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Authority Figures

    Basileus 

The Organizer

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Basileus the Organizer


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    Othello "Theo" Tomaras 

The Hound of the Organizer

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Theo Tomaras

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As The Organizer's right-hand man and the one who personally greats every newcomer, he's become an expert fighter who can add new maneuvers to his repertoire just by observing them.
  • Ambiguously Brown: It is not entirely clear what ethnicity he hails from.
  • Large and in Charge: He's 6'2" without boots, which is especially tall for the time period he would have come from.
  • Our Were Wolves Are Different: All that's been implied about his sybal is that it's some kind of canine.
  • Skunk Stripe: His otherwise brown hair has a small patch that's greyed.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He's developed an impeccable talent for it in his many years.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: It's no wonder Tristine fell for him.
  • The Older Immortal: Theo is sitting at around 4000 in a setting where everyone else is generally under 2000.
  • Time Dissonance: His standards for the passage of time have been altered somewhat by his age. Bringing someone into the city a decade ago still feels like it was just yesterday to him.

    Darshil Sethi 

The Venine Paladin

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Darshil Sethi, Disciple Faction Leader


    Erina 

The Bitter Rón

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Erina, Insurgent Faction Leader

  • An Ice Person: She conjures fish made of ice.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Her motivation for leading the Irizima appears to be to return to her children, who are long dead and grew up thinking their mother abandoned them.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Her sybal has pink frill.
  • Sweet Seal: Her sybal is a fancy-looking seal-like creature.

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Ministers

    Chaska Palla 

La Vicuña del Destino

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Minister of Heiros

  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Minister Chaska's ministerial style.
  • Living Relic: A member of the Inca empire, her survival in Sybal-Heim makes her one of the last of her people.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Her pink hue matches that of the morning sunrise in her homeland.
  • Relationship Values: A rare non-Video Game example; her power allows her to see threads connecting the target of her power to everyone with whom they have some sort of relationship within a one mile radius. The thicker and brighter the thread, the closer the relationship.

    Colo 

The Savage Eel

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Minister of Seele


    Necalli 

The Tecuani Grimalkin

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Former Minister of Doxa


    Silatuyok "Sila" 

The Garrison Roe

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Minister of Doxa


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    Tristine "Tris" Serral 

The Astral Moth/The Falling Star

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Minister of Ambrotos

  • Super Senses: Her sybal has enhanced senses of smell and balance and, to a lesser extent, hearing.
  • Wanted A Son Instead: Her father wanted a son but got several daughters instead. He still loved them, but some of them ended up with masculine names.

     Yul 

Black Opal Panthona

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Minister of Heilig

Citizens

    Deyri 

The Ebony Herbalist

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Deyri

  • Abusive Parents: Her father forced her to perform child labor and intended to sell her into marriage.
  • Alien Blood: She leaks tree sap when severely injured.
  • Cast From Stamina: She can only use her power so much before it tires her out.
  • Green Thumb: Her power to create and enhance plant matter.
  • Horned Humanoid: She sports goat-like horns with strings of pearls hanging from them.
  • Oblivious to Love: Failed to notice Ta Yeh's attraction to her, despite it being obvious to Nadiya.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Her sybal bears resemblance to a demon, which is ironic since she entered Sybal-Heim to avoid being executed as a witch.
  • Nature Lover: She loves plants and owns a greenhouse.
  • New Old Flame: Despite entering the cast during the second group opening, after he did, she turns out to have been a romantic interest of Ta Yeh's in the past, unbeknownst to her.
  • Parental Substitute: Tuku considers her one of her mothers.
  • Planimal: Tree demon goat.
  • Plant Person: Her sybal.
  • Poisonous Person: The plant matter she can create includes poisons.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She stands at 5'10" against her boyfriend Tahiry's 5'0". This becomes even more pronounced at night, when she grows to 8'6" and he shrinks to 3'6".
  • Transflormation: She turns into a Plant Person at night.

    Hoshimoto Kenshin 

The Anklyosaurid Dragon

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Kenshin


    Marron O'Taite 

The Insatiable Puddle/Water Thing

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Marron O'Taite


    Phan Thi Chau 

Karuṇā / Luminous Joy / Firefly

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Phan Thi Chau


    Rosette "Rose" Fueller zi Tai Ying 

Der Alptraum/The Sapling Shade/The Consummate Silhouette/The Twilit Paragon

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Rosette Fueller

  • Abusive Parents: Her mother thought she was possessed by a demon as a child and was the cause of her depression, so she whipped her to try to drive it out.
  • Addiction Displacement: Tones down her alcoholism with the help of workaholism.
  • Afraid of Doctors: One of her phobias.
  • The Alcoholic: Some characters consider this her primary trait.
  • Parental Favouritism: Her parents preferred her older sister, who wasn't a troublemaker like Rose.
  • Pointy Ears: Often manifested them in her original form, and gained them permanently in her new one.
  • Rail Enthusiast: She is fascinated with trains, and her parents even hired her a tutor one year to try to satisfy her interest in them. Unfortunately, Sybal-Heim has no need for trains, so she has to make do with tiny models.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Growing up with an Abusive Parent left Rosette instinctively averse to trusting authority. Over time she has grown more comfortable with listening to her husband and respecting the Ministers.
  • Riches to Rags: Went from a wealthy heiress to someone struggling to pay rent. Subverted when she marries the wealthy Ta Yeh.
  • Security Cling: Her sybal does this to her husband's.
  • The Tragic Rose: One of her motifs.
  • The Voiceless: Her sybal cannot speak, only make a few noises like chirps and growls.
  • Victorian Novel Disease: While not tuberculosis, her lung scarring had a similar effect on her life before Sybal-Heim. Bonus point for actually coming from the Victorian era, though from Germany rather than Britain.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: After feeding, Rosette Fueller's could solidify her gaseous form into solid tentacles and blades. She lost this ability after her sybal change.
  • The Watchmaker: Her day job at the Rosen Bridge.
  • Weakened by the Light: Rosette Fueller's sybal was burned by light prior to her sybal change. She couldn't even be out in the open at night comfortably, since moonlight alone was enough to bother her.
  • Workaholic: Shares this trait with her husband.
  • Your Heart's Desire: Rosette Fueller's sybal combined her Emotion Eater and Voluntary Shapeshifting abilities to take the shape of people her victims yearned for. When she lost the Voluntary Shapeshifting, she lost this technique with it.

     Santiago "Tiago" de Campos 

The Wandering Corcel

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Tiago

  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Dating Nadiya. Dating Tristine. That one time he kissed Deyri and almost sank her ship. Biting Cayo.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Tuku. Which one is the badass is up for debate.
  • Blackmail: Was blackmailed by Bael within his first few years in the city.
  • Book Dumb: He came in with no formal education, and his dyslexia has made him avoid rectifying this. He’s intelligent, but not educated in almost any capacity.
  • Born in the Saddle: Horseback riding was a huge part of his life and his identity, which manifests as turning into a horse himself at night.
  • Butt-Monkey: Misfortune is constantly befalling him.
  • Cannon Fodder: As an uneducated soldier, he was treated like this at first, before moving up the ranks a bit to the position of scout, however, being a ‘boludo’ left an impression on him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Tiago has never freely admitted his dyslexia to anyone. The few who know usually had to fight over it, even though admitting it would probably mean he’d figure out it’s not just him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Yes, he likes women. Yes, he was probably staring. No, not like that.
  • Commitment Issues: Tiago goes through a string of flings. Ironically, the first time he's willing to commit, he gets dumped.
  • Conscription: Conscripted in Argentina, he negotiated to being included in Uruguay’s troops instead after the battle of Curupayty, when he couldn’t get out of service altogether.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Associates his full name and assigned last name ‘De Campos’ with his military conscription or official business in general. His maternal last name is Peña, but he does not often give that, either, unless asked.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Self medication for PTSD.
  • Dueling Scar: Tiago has several cheek scars from cultural dueling before entering the city. He's actually rather proud of them, even though each one was technically a defeat.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Tiago has a few of these. He doesn’t like talking about most of them.
  • Hobos: Lived homeless for a year or two.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Tiago makes friends easily but his own destructive habits make some of them hard to keep.
  • "L" Is for "Dyslexia": Since he doesn't know what dyslexia is, he assumes that his difficulty reading when everyone else picked it up fine is due to his own stupidity.
  • Loveable Rogue: Despite his bad judgement and multiple character flaws some people still seem to like him.
  • Made Myself Sad: Self-triggering feral swings.
  • Malicious Slander: Has had his sybal’s feral tantrums and his own exploits gossiped about.
  • Mirthless Laughter: A common stress release response for him, however inappropriate. He often responds to dark situations with black humor or anxious joking as a form of avoidance.
  • Papa Wolf: To Tuku, and to some degree, Embla as well.
  • Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: The worst takeaways from war were the mental ones.
  • Really Gets Around: While Tris may have him beat in total love interests, he has the most named ones, including Piedad, Adusamsi, Nadiya, Tris, and Chau. And this is in a far shorter time-span.
  • Reckless Sidekick: Tuku. He’s played it himself to a number of other characters.
  • Riches to Rags: Subverted. He’s made modest progress in advancing himself and improving his money habits.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Self medicates with alcohol. Much of his instability is revealed at night. He has flashbacks occasionally during the day as well, but they’re uncommon. Fought in the battles of Tuyutí, Curupayty, (and a few others including Avaí, although by this point he'd advanced to not being common infantry) in the War of the Triple Alliance and Uruguay’s subsequent civil war.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: Ended up killing a friend named Diego in a skirmish, that left Tiago wounded as well. This event eventually steered him toward entering the City.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: He’s had a hard time with this since he was nineteen.
  • Tracking Spell: Santiago deCampos' power allows him to detect the locations of people and objects with a visible beacon emanating from the desired target. Since it works through a combination of Clairvoyance and Telepathy, it struggles if the object is not visibly apparent or is willfully hidden.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Date at your own risk.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His former friendship with Kenshin.
  • Wisdom from the Gutter: He’s found himself at the lower end of Sybal Heim’s economic ladder, but has provided advice or become friends to a few characters quite a bit higher up.
  • Woobie: Or Butt-Monkey. You decide.

     Saul Cordell 
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Saul Cordell

    Tuku 

Owl Golem

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Tuku

  • The Atoner: Her fervent support for the CAC stemmed from regret for initially blaming Basileus and the ministers for the downfall of the people instead of herself.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute little girl who somehow manages to be one of the most hardcore characters.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tuku fights dirty during the day, since it's the only way she can stand a chance. Even then, she eventually acknowledges that sometimes running is the only option.
  • Elective Mute: Usually chooses not to speak and instead writes what she wants to say on a slate.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Arrives in Sybal-Heim to find the civilization she had thought she was saving to be long dead.
  • Has Two Mommies: Was raised by several priestesses.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She was in the midst of attempting one when she entered the city.
  • It's All My Fault: Once she learns that entering Sybal-Heim was a choice on her part, she believes she failed a test by the gods and doomed the Inca Empire.
  • Le Parkour: How she gets around the city.
  • Little Miss Badass: Tuku is this during the day. She's not so little at night.
  • Living Relic: A member of the Inca empire, her survival in Sybal-Heim makes her one of the last of her people. This is particularly distressing to her, since her human sacrifice was supposed to entice the gods to save them.
    "I don't want to be a tombstone."
  • Mistaken Age: She's been mistaken for an adult, since adults in child bodies are much more common in the setting than genuine children.
  • Power Glows: When in the dark.
  • The Quiet One: She usually refuses to speak, instead writing what she wants to say on a slate with chalk.
  • Revenge: Her motivation for initially opposing the Ministry; she blamed them for the downfall of her people by interrupting her ritual sacrifice.
  • Riches to Rags: She lived a life of comfort in preparation for her role as a human sacrifice, which came to an end on the day of her sacrifice and entrance into Sybal-Heim.
  • Scars Are Forever: Tuku's hands.
  • Super Strength: A situational variant, proportional to the ambient darkness.
  • Tron Lines: How her power's glow manifests.
  • The Voiceless: Her sybal is completely incapable of speaking.
  • Weakened by the Light: Bright light makes her sybal weaker.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Tuku's sybal becomes stronger the darker her surroundings. She also becomes more feral.

    Wen Chi zi Ta Yeh 

The Dragonroot Serpent

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Wen Ta Yeh

  • A Million Is a Statistic: Defied Trope. He takes issue with Basileus only allowing a small number of people into Sybal-Heim when millions are dying preventable deaths.
  • Asian and Nerdy: He is essentially one of the very first foreign exchange students from China.
  • Bizarre Alien Locomotion: He moves by controlling his "phantom winds" to push himself around.
  • Blow You Away: In an unusual take on this trope, he can only blow himself. Later, his wife's hair gets added to the mix.
  • Casanova Wannabe: His attempt to add a concubine to the mix failed miserably.
  • Combat Tentacles: His whiskers are surprisingly strong and come into play in fights much more often than his comparably tiny arms.
  • Doomed Hometown: It wasn't completely destroyed, but his hometown of Hangzhou was ravaged by the Heavenly Kingdom in a surprise attack during the Taiping Civil War.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: His weaknesses of fire and cold.
  • Emotional Powers: His winds become harder for him to control when he is experiencing intense emotion, and they tend to reflect his mood.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Since the telegraph is one of the inventions he introduced to the city, he developed a Sybalian equivalent. He taught it to Rosette so she could communicate before they learned sign language.
  • Family Honor: One of his motivations, which extends to his wife after she becomes a part of it.
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: His fruit most closely resemble peaches, but can take on a wide range of tastes depending on the knowledge invested in them.
  • Genius Bruiser: He becomes physically powerful at night without sacrificing his intelligence.
  • Green Thumb: He is made of wood and vine, and his power comes in the form of fruit.
  • Harem Seeker: Invited Deyri to become a concubine in addition to his wife Rosette.
  • Has a Type: The women he fell in love with share several elements in their sybals.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ta Yeh and his principles often make things more difficult than they have to be.
  • Ingesting Knowledge: His power is letting others do this.
  • Insufferable Genius: Ta Yeh sometimes flaunts his education in front of less educated characters like Tiago and Marron.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: The Serpent is pyrophobic, which is unfortunate since the widespread cultural significance of fire makes it an especially common sybal power.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: While the historical Chinese Educational Mission Students took several years, many of them in poverty, to be trusted and ultimately successful, Ta Yeh gets to become filthy rich quite quickly thanks to his education and its rarity in Sybal-Heim.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: His Harem Seeking was not his brightest move.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child: Downplayed Example. His mother didn't die in childbirth, but complications from it left her too sickly to flee the attack on Hangzhou a year later and she was killed there (along with other family members who weren't impaired). The blame on Ta Yeh went unstated and he wasn't mistreated for it, but it formed part of his motivation for striving to please his father.
  • Monster Modesty: Carries his strict Confucian sense of modesty over to his sybal form, donning coats every night to cover all of him exempt his head and arms.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: The Serpent's tongue is another vine that he can extend and manipulate like his whiskers.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Sybal-Heim's population skews towards those who were downtrodden and uneducated, so Ta Yeh entering with a state-of-the-art modern education gives him an enormous leg up.
  • The Nose Knows: Has the tracking skills of a viper.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Downplayed Example. Entering the city with an Ivy League education in engineering and a power that can temporarily enhance his memory and thought-process make him a captain of industry, but his impact on the setting is dampened by the highly controlled nature of the city's economy and by the slow pace of immortal culture.
  • Overly Long Tongue: It can extend out just as far as his whiskers.
  • Photographic Memory: He can do something like this temporarily by eating his own fruit.
  • Planimal: Plant snake dragon.
  • Retractable Appendages: His tongue, whiskers, and limbs can all be fully retracted into his body, since they're composed of the same vines as the rest of him.
  • Riches to Rags: Zig-Zagged. The Wen family fortune was lost in the attack on Hangzhou, but his father was able to re-earn something comparable by the time Ta Yeh was a boy. Then when Ta Yeh went to America he had to learn to live off of the much smaller program stipend, and then his entry into Sybal-Heim was penniless like everyone else. He was soon able to use his education and business sense to quickly rise to fortune in Sybal-Heim, even more than he had had in his life before. But then a CAC investigation froze his assets for a few months and dealt a serious blow to his business empire.

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