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Marinus Draak / Rien / The River Dragon
The youngest of the Draak brothers. Marinus was born under an eclipse, giving him a destiny of which he is slowly becoming aware.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Most of the good he's done has been by accident
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Has to kill a dragon to become king Except Bast ended up killing the dragon
- Badass Boast: Indulges on occasion.When exactly did you forget who I was, Drika? What I was? Did you really think you were enough? That this rabble was enough? I am Marinus Draak. I am the River Dragon.
- Badass Normal: Doesn't appear to actually have magical powers, but is definitely a badass.
- Bash Brothers: Even before they get along in the slightest, he and Bast fight well together
- The Big Guy: He's a large and muscular man with An Axe to Grind
- Big Brother Worship: Has three big brothers, and while these days he only worships the eldest he did once look up to all of them. He's starting to look up to Lammert again.
- Benevolent Boss: At least toward Maela and Rachel
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may be book dumb and a goof, but they call him The River Dragon for a reason
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Is significantly bigger than Bast.
- Book Dumb: While he's read some of the books in his library, it's clear he felt he had better things to do
- Childhood Brain Damage: Possibly averted. Lammert only dropped him on his head once.
- Depraved Bisexual: Tends to alternate between Bast and the twins
- Distracted by the Sexy: Acknowledges this as his biggest weakness
- Entitled to Have You: Is this toward Bastien, since he captured him in battle
- Fearless Fool: He is nearly gleeful at the prospect of fighting a dragon
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Pulled this on Bastien
- It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Uses this to explain a lot of his thoughtless behavior
- The Leader: Unfortunately for his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, he's the one in charge. Though it's worth stating that Lammert may only be humoring him on this subject
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When he decides to start paying attention and caring about what is going on around him, he's significantly more dangerous than most people realize.
- Lightning Bruiser: Even though he's big, he's lightly armored and fast.
- Lord Error-Prone: His reckless actions cause quite a few of the problems he now has to fix
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Manchild: Being the youngest, he hasn't had to take a lot of responsibility in his life and it shows.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
- Nobody's That Dumb: It's clear he's not actually a stupid man, just an immature one.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: At least some of his behavior is this, and he indulges in it often enough that he occasionally, with some frustration, has to remind people that he's not actually stupid.
- Royal Harem:
- The Strength of Ten Men: Breaks free of manacles at one point
- A Threesome Is Hot: Or a foursome, for that matter
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this a lot, and eventually starts listening.
- Youngest Child Wins: He's the youngest of the princes, but it appears he's the one destined to be king.
- You Killed My Father: Jurgen was his Big Brother Mentor rather than his father, but Phillip bragging about having killed him was the moment Rien decided It's Personal
Sir Bastien Kohler / Bast
A knight taken as a slave by Rien after proving himself nearly Rien's equal in battle.
- Badass in Distress: Despite being a prisoner, he may have dealt more damage to Rien than Rien did to him.
- Bash Brothers: Serves as the defense to allow Rien to go on the offense
- Chaste Hero: Until he met Rien
- Chained to a Bed: Finds this preferable to actually cooperating most of the time
- Determinator: Multiple days of hunger, sleep deprivation, and torture aren't even enough to get him to stop cussing at Rien.
- Distressed Dude: He is still technically Rien's prisoner
- Even the Guys Want Him: Rien does, certainly, but a couple other men also offer to purchase him
- Knight in Shining Armor
- The Lancer: Falls into this role with Rien
- Lightning Bruiser: Wears lighter armor than most of his peers because his smaller size lets him move quickly
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Uses a shield for both defense and offense
- Nature Abhors a Virgin: His virginity doesn't last long when Rien learns about it.
- No Heterosexual Sex Allowed: Rien forbids him from sexual relations with anyone else.
- Offhand Backhand: Doesn't need to look to block thrown knives with his shield
- Old-School Chivalry: One of the reason's he's still a virgin at 23.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Is a bit shorter than most of his people
- Questionable Consent: Technically he agreed to do what Rien wanted. However, he didn't feel he had a choice and was right about that.
- Servile Snarker: The fact that he owes fealty to Rien doesn't stop him from insulting Rien at every possible opportunity
- Sex Slave: Eventually becomes resigned to being this for Rien, though it's clear he's not happy about it even after he starts enjoying it.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: And very creatively, at least around Rien
- Shield Bash: Rien notes that Bastien seems to take an unholy delight in hitting him with the shield during their sparring sessions.
- Unexpected Virgin: Rien was really surprised to learn Bastien was a virgin
- Values Dissonance: He and Rien have very different notions about how things are supposed to be.
Twin sister of Rachel, and a member of Rien's harem.
- Badass Bookworm: Is growing into one of these
- Cunning Linguist: Understands and can read and translate multiple languages due to her Geisha style training. She was expected to be able to entertain, and that extended beyond sex.
- Ethical Slut: Made sure Rachel wasn't touched when they were stolen by keeping their captors happy.
- Heroic Seductress: Tries to seduce Lammert for information, but fails
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Is a genuinely sweet person
- Hot Librarian: Treats having to leave books behind as though it were abandoning children
- Lady and Knight: Has some light shades of this with Bastien
- Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Tends to be more playful than her sister.
- Sex Slave: Has been one since she was very young
- The Smart Guy: Is clearly intelligent
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: The fact that she and Rachel are identical is why they are so valuable.
- Women Are Wiser
Twin sister of Maela, and a member of Rien's harem.
- Brains and Bondage: Smart, and loves it when she gets to tie Bastien up
- Disposable Sex Worker: Averted. Rien shields her with his own body several times
- Dominatrix: Is a bit more sadistic than her sister
- Good Bad Girl: Is a nice person, though enjoys a bit of teasing. Bastien calls her a sadistic siren, but it's clear the epitaph is meant fondly
- Kinky Spanking: Has just as much fun giving as receiving.
- Happiness in Slavery: Now that she belongs to Rien, anyway.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Genuinely cares about her friends
- The Immodest Orgasm: Will play this up at times
- Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Likes tying Bastien up, but is very careful to make sure the ropes won't hurt him
- Sex Slave: Sold by her parents, who knew she'd likely become this
- The Smart Guy: Is more clever than Rien
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: She and her sister were sold as a pair.
Rutger Draak / The Grass Dragon
The thirdborn son of Thirza Draak, by Thirza's slave Koert.
- Affably Evil / Faux Affably Evil
- Big Brother Worship: As a boy he clearly idolized Lammert.
- The Charmer: Is a smooth talker
- Elephant in the Living Room: Her name is Daffodil. In Dragonlord, Bast finally gets around to asking Liam why he didn't just kill Rutger before all the trouble started. This is then averted by Stone and Fire, half of which is devoted to answering that very question.
- Humiliation Conga: Suffered one after running away from Jurgen during his adulthood quest. Liam finds him just moments before Rutger throws himself off a ledge.
- Jerkass Woobie: He becomes sympathetic when you realize that at one point, all he wanted to do was prove himself to his brothers and was instead Locked Out of the Loop
- Like Father, Like Son: Averted. His father is thus far the nicest guy in the story.
- Manipulative Bastard: Though he learns quickly that Lammert is better at this than he is
- Mark of Shame: Rutger failed his adulthood quest, meaning by Wilder standards he's not a real man. The only person who knows this is Liam, who covered for him. Sadly, this proves to be his Start of Darkness and the very thing that seems to turn him against Liam.
- Middle Child Syndrome: While he is his mother's favorite, to the Wilders as a whole he's much less impressive than his brothers.
- Momma's Boy: Clearly Thirza's favorite
- Rage Against the Mentor: He and Lammert were once very close, with Lammert teaching Rutger about other cultures. Part of Rutger's hatred of Lammert stems from feeling as though Lammert betrayed him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A strange case. He was clearly an adorable child who adored his elder brothers, but he also tried throwing a newborn Rien off a balcony for being loud when Rutger was about three.
- Villain with Good Publicity
Baron Aurel Kohler
Bastien's father, a knight who proved himself worthy of a noble title.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Earned his title by safely leading an eight year old girl past a pack of Wilders and assassins out to kill them both.
- Badass Normal: When Rien breaks his manacles, Aurel is the only one of the knights who isn't intimidated. Rien realizes that and has a couple second thoughts, particularly noting that Aurel is the one that trained Bastien and has fifteen years more experience.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite the general insanity that surrounds Rien, he takes it pretty well.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- I Gave My Word
- Not So Above It All: A couple times he gives up the pretense of being the stern nobleman and just starts laughing. He also offers to beat up Lammert because he's the only one who won't get in trouble with the king for doing so.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Surrounded by Idiots: Especially once Rien shows up and starts spreading his chaos.
The Dragon Queen, the most powerful chief of the Wildlands, and mother of Jurgen, Lammert, Rutger, and Marinus.
- Abusive Parents: Toward Lammert
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Weeps for Pauwel after his death, stating she never expected to actually love him.
- Doting Parent: Toward Rutger. The others, however...
- Freudian Excuse: Her treatment of Lammert stems from what his father did to her
- Kick the Dog: Does this to Lammert. She throws his cat off a balcony to its death.
- Lady of War: When under attack, Thirza wastes no time throwing a spear back at her assailant and then demanding a sword.
- Moral Event Horizon: Would rather execute one son than believe the other capable of deception
- Mrs. Robinson: Her lover is only a few years older than her son. Her latest husband is only a year older than her son.
- Parental Favoritism: Shows this heavily to Rutger, her son by the only one of her mates she actually loved.
- Pet the Dog: Has a few moments, though some border on Bait the Dog
Stone and Fire
Lammert Draak / Liam / The Phoenix
Second son of Thirza, by Levi. Upon being adopted by the Ilael, Lammert takes the name Liam and clearly considers that his true identity. He considers himself Ilael rather than a Wilder. Liam has the gift/curse of being able to see the future, which comes with two additional abilities. He can speak and understand any language as well as a native speaker, and he is unable to lie. That doesn't always stop him from dishonest. His full name among the Ilael is Liam Arendse si Idowu, and shortens to Liam Idowu.
- Aloof Big Brother: Has been this to Rien for a while, but it's starting to change. It becomes clear later that Liam did this to protect Rien so that Rutger didn't grow jealous of his younger sibling.
- Batman Gambit: His stock in trade
- Becoming the Mask: Whether he did this or avoided it is a subject for debate. Lammert is his birth name and original identity, but he refers to it as a mask he no longer has to wear
- Blessed with Suck: The staff gives him terrible nightmares
- Brutal Honesty: Is very blunt about Rien's failings
- Cannot Tell a Lie: This doesn't mean he tells the truth
- Chaste Hero: Rien wonders if he's an eunuch. It's becoming increasingly clear he's just faithful to his wife
- Combat Pragmatist: If he can't beat you, he'll just poison you.
- Crazy-Prepared: Considering he can actually see the future, it's not difficult for him to be this
- Cunning Linguist: Not only can he speak multiple languages, he can read and write them too.
- Distressed Dude: Has had to be rescued a couple times, though at least once it was All According to Plan.
- Dreaming of Things to Come
- Exact Words: He can't lie, so he often chooses his words very carefully and allows people to simply make assumptions.
- Family of Choice
- A God I Am Not: Though the folks that claim otherwise do have reasonable arguments.
- The Good King: His brothers are fighting over a throne. Liam already has one.
- Guile Hero: Bordering on Magnificent Bastard
- Happily Adopted: To the point he doesn't consider the Wilders to be his people and considers his real name to be 'Liam'.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Almost two feet taller than his wife.
- Insult Backfire: Considering his feelings toward his mother, he really doesn't object to being called a son of a bitch.
- Like Father, Like Son: People assuming this screwed up his childhood. His father was a murderer and a Manipulative Bastard
- Manipulative Bastard: Though thus far a benevolent version.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A lot of Rutger's talent at manipulation and diplomatic skills come from Liam having mentored his younger brother. The especially tragic part is Liam knew what would happen by doing so, but couldn't bring himself to turn away.
- Noodle Incident: Once blew up a castle.
- Not So Above It All: Is genuinely amused at Bastien's wordplay pranks on Rien
- Omniscient Hero: Especially as he learns to control his powers.
- Omniglot: Can converse fluently in any language, to the point it takes effort on his part to figure out what language is being spoken.
- Property of Love: Due to how Ilael marriage ceremonies work, he technically belongs to Adaeze.
- Rape as Backstory: Was violently and repeatedly gang-raped during his adulthood quest, after he killed one of his captors trying to protect Efua from suffering that fate instead.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Dips into this to annoy Rien
- The Stoic: Lammert is this. Liam, however, may not share this trait.
- Suddenly Bilingual: So suddenly, in fact, he doesn't even realize he is
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He stands 6'8"
- The Unfavorite: Thirza's behavior toward him was flat out abusive.
- The Woobie: Has been through a lot
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Uduak's nickname for him was 'little lamb'.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted. This is apparently what he does.
Uduak Arendse si Vesta
Captain of The Phoenix, and adoptive mother of Lammert/Liam. She clearly loves her adopted son and can be very protective of him.
- Adoptive Peer Parent: She's only thirteen years older than Liam.
- Family of Choice: Introduces Liam to her people as her son.
- The Leader: Is captain of three ships
- Mama Bear: Develops this tendency toward Liam within moments of meeting him.
- No One Gets Left Behind: Even before she learns what Liam can do, she refuses to leave him behind. She offers to pay five times their price in order to get the Tebota to ransom Liam.
- Physical God: In at least one village in Uhses, she is worshiped as a goddess.
- Team Mom: Is also this to her friends, at least until she and Baako get a Relationship Upgrade
Adaeze Idowu si Arendse
Captain of The Bard, wife of Liam, and Queen of the Ilael. Perhaps the only person in the known world capable of keeping a Draak in line.
- Badass in Distress: Has to be rescued, but wastes no time in picking up a sword and backing her rescuers up.
- The Captain
- Dominatrix: Takes this role in her relationship with Liam as they began exploring what works for their relationship.
- Happily Married: She's Liam's wife as well as his captain, and their marriage is strong and affectionate.
- Headbutt of Love: Due to some of Liam's issues, they have a tendency to show affection to each other by touching their heads or leaning on each other.
- The High Queen: Is named the heir to the throne. By Dragonlord, she's the ruler of the Ilael.
- Holding Hands: When Liam is unable to kiss her, she settles for this to let him know it's okay.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Is apparently over a foot shorter than Liam, and he's still growing. Ilael are a small people. Wilders aren't.
- Love Interest: It appears she serves as a love interest for Liam.
- Physical God: In at least one village in Uhses, she is worshiped as a goddess.
- Puppy Love: Even at fourteen, it's clear their affection for each other is already strong. Adaeze proves to able to calm Liam's nightmares without having to wake him.
- Rescue Romance: Liam's visions are the reason she was saved from drowning, and he's the one that hauled her out of the water. When she's in danger again, he gets a vision of it while awake and immediately runs off to save her.
- Sleep Cute: Efua catches her and Liam at it and thinks it's adorable.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Marches in to confront her ship's captain when she thinks Liam is being mistreated, and they aren't even dating yet. She also occasionally resorts to extreme measures to protect Liam from himself.
An Ilael shaman apparently charged with looking after Liam. She was one of the first Ilael Liam met, and they have a pseudo-sibling relationship.
- The Caretaker: Acts as this for Liam, helping him focus his oracle powers and comforting him when the dreams overwhelm.
- The Consigliere: Though she's been masquerading as Liam's slave for a long time, it seems he often takes orders from her or at least she can counter his objections with little effort.
- Family of Choice: Clearly part of Liam's, as she's been at his side for thirty years by the time of Dragonlord. Their relationship is somewhere between Platonic Life-Partners and Like Brother and Sister
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Liam met when they were prisoners of the Unitafels, and have clearly been through a lot together.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Has bedded two crown princes. At the same time.
- Never Mess with Granny: In Dragonlord, she's not at all intimidated by Rien, Baron Kohler, and Bastien. She's also quite capable of whipping up a poison that can kill someone in seconds after they just get a mere scratch.
- Power of Trust: Liam trusts her enough that he cuts his arm open with a spear tipped in deadly poison because she gave him the antidote ahead of time. That the poison has zero effect on him proves the trust was justified.
- Secret Keeper: One of the first to learn of Liam's gifts.
- Servile Snarker: Played with. She can be quite snarky toward Liam, but it's questionable as to just which one of them is actually in charge.
- Troll: Takes an unholy delight in telling Maela and Rachel how dangerous the Ilael are, including making up insane religious practices and tortures. It's unclear if she's messing with them, or messing with Liam.
- Undying Loyalty: Liam was tortured at the hands of the Unitafels for defending her, someone he'd known for only a few minutes. By Dragonlord, they've been friends for thirty years. It seems to be mutual.
Actual big brother to Adaeze and surrogate big brother to Liam. One of the first Ilael Liam meets, and for a time his best friend.
- Big Brother Instinct: Even knowing what the outcome will be due to Liam telling him of the vision, Enu doesn't hesitate a moment in going to rescue his little sister.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: And his executioners make sure his crew can see it
- Dead Guy Junior: Liam and Adaeze eventually name their son after him.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He bonded with Liam during the escape from the Unitafels, and becomes a Big Brother Mentor figure to him.
- Foreshadowing: Knows how he's going to die over a year before it happens
- Killed Off for Real: His death also serves to make it clear there are prices to Liam's powers. Liam could have saved him at the expense of another man's life, but doing so would have had serious ramifications.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Playfully makes fun of Liam
- Shipper on Deck: Clearly approves of his sister getting together with Liam, going so far as to make a point of scaring other girls off.
- Tragic Bromance:
Daughter of Uduak and Baako, and adopted sister of Liam
- Big Brother Worship: Adores Liam, though is not adverse to teasing him when she gets the chance
- Beta Couple: Is in a relationship with Mikaere, which Liam apparently takes great pains to pretend not to notice
- Brother-Sister Team: She and Liam can link and thus heighten their powers. This is apparently much more beneficial to Ama than it is to Liam.
- Magical Girl: Has inherent magical powers, though unlike her adopted brother, Ama was born with them
- Physical God: In at least one village in Uhses, she is worshiped as a goddess.
- Weather Manipulation: Was born during a storm, and has some innate magic that lets her exercise control over weather
Eldest daughter of Liam and Adaeze.
- Physical God: In at least one village in Uhses, she is worshiped as a goddess.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Though she is a princess, she has to prove her worth before earning a ship and work right alongside her crew
- She's Got Legs: After not seeing her for a few years, Mbali's long legs are the first thing Diantha notices about her.
Second daughter of Liam and Adaeze, and captain of The Copper Dragon
- Daddy's Girl: Helps her father build a spy network, and is accomplished at espionage herself
- Politically Active Princess: She's very calm about the fact that she shanghai'd the warchief of the most powerful army in the world. Granted, he is her uncle and perfectly willing to personally kill anyone who threatens her.
- The Strategist: She is Liam's protege, occasionally finding things he misses
- The Spymaster: Created the codes used by Liam's network, and also built her own smaller network among various groups of street urchins.
Youngest child of Adaeze and Liam, and apparently born with magic.
Jurgen Draak / The Stone Dragon
Firstborn son of Thirza, by Gerlach, and until recent events the crown prince. His current status and whereabouts are unknown. To many, Jurgen is a legendary and fearsome warrior, and the Stone Dragon has a reputation far beyond the borders of his own lands.
- Amazon Chaser: Likes Diantha because she can hold her own in a fight against him.
- Badass in Distress: Isn't particularly worried when he's a captive, and quickly picks up a weapon and starts fighting once rescued. His captors are clearly more afraid of him than he is of them.
- Big Brother Instinct: It takes a bit of prompting from Koert, but it's there.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Rien, serving as his father figure
- The Big Guy: A trait he and Rien share.
- Bi the Way: Is married to a woman, but has male lovers. It's also clear his marriage is fairly open, because upon learning he took a crown prince to bed Diantha is only upset because he didn't bring the crown prince back for her to have a turn.
- Death Faked for You: He's not dead. Liam drugged him and then took him and his men off to stash them somewhere. Jurgen is a little bit annoyed about this.
- Distressed Dude: Has to be rescued, and is clearly unhappy that his brother knows about it.
- Doting Parent: Clearly loves his son and enjoys interacting with him.
- The Dutiful Son: Both played straight and averted. He does his duty, but he also has no problem calling his mother out or even threatening her.
- Love at First Punch: May have fallen in love with Diantha the moment she broke his nose.
- Odd Friendship: He and King Wendel of Solsthriem have secretly been good friends and lovers for years and got into a lot of trouble together over the years. The friendship is strong enough that Jurgen would rather be captured and tortured than risk revealing his friend's identity, and at one point they are discussing arranged marriages between their children.
- Papa Wolf
- Parental Substitute: This to Rien
- Polyamory: Open marriages seem to be a Wilder custom, as despite being deeply in love with Diantha it's not unusual for Jurgen to bed whoever catches his fancy. Sometimes he even brings whoever it is back to Diantha as a present.
- Posthumous Character: In Dragonlord, though he's one of the main characters in the prequel. It's starting to be questionable whether he was actually Killed Off for Real, because they Never Found the Body and have only Phillip's claim that he killed Jurgen. Liam is known to play games with Exact Words, and it's worth pointing out that Liam has never actually come out and said Jurgen is dead.
- Secret Keeper: Learns what Liam can do, and is almost immediately prepared to kill to protect his brother by keeping it a secret.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Foreplay for him and Diantha appears to involve beating each other up
Thirza's beloved slave, father to Rutger. A genuinely kind and loving man as well as an accomplished musician. His son takes after him in the latter part.
- Big Brother Instinct: He plays a bit of a fatherly role to Jurgen and Lammert, but he's not actually much older than they are.
- Bi the Way: Is apparently sleeping with Pauwel in addition to Thirza, but considering his status how interested in men he is may be irrelevant.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. His death has ramifications throughout the story.
- Happiness in Slavery: Genuinely loves Thirza, and she loves him in return.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Uses himself as a human shield to prevent a crossbow bolt from killing Liam.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies saving Liam
- Parental Substitute: Is only a few years older than Jurgen, but serves as a father figure to him and Liam. He outright calls Liam his son.
- Nice Guy: Sends a gift to Adaeze despite her being a complete stranger to him, because he notes she makes Liam happy and Liam loves her.
- Odd Friendship: Seems genuinely fond of the bumbling Pauwel.
- Sex Slave: Is technically this to Thirza
Chief of Clan Draak and wife of Jurgen. She's an accomplished warrior in her own right, and one of the ones Liam trusts with his secrets. She and Adaeze also have their own friendship.
- Amazonian Beauty: Is noted to be a powerful, muscular woman capable of holding her own against the likes of the Stone Dragon.
- Battle Couple: When she and Jurgen aren't fighting each other, they have no problem teaming up to kick other asses.
- Big Brother Instinct: Big sister and not actually related, but displays a bit of this toward Lammert.
- Bi the Way: Torments her husband by tying him to the bed, then has sex with a slave girl while they are both on top of him.
- Destructo-Nookie: One of her and Jurgen's favorite pastimes, to the point that when they get a room at the inn together they pay for the broken furniture ahead of time.
- Happily Married: She and Jurgen are very well matched.
- Lady of War: Doesn't hesitate to grab a weapon and stride into battle. Liam actually feels sorry for the poor schmucks dumb enough to go up against her.
- The Leader: She is a chief in her own right, meaning that she technically outranks her husband despite him being the crown prince.
- Mama Bear: Rien states that she is this, which is why he is certain Jurgen's kids are absolutely safe. When her family is attacked, she grabs a weapon and sends Liam to withdraw with the kids. Nobody bats an eye about it.
- Parental Substitute: Seems to have been this toward Rien
- Polyamory: Her marriage with Jurgen appears to be fairly open. Both of them are actively involved with their bedslaves and it's implied both have also slept with Efua. Diantha is aware and approves of Jurgen's relationship with Wendel.
- Princess: At least until she's leader of her clan in her own right. Her elder sister gets passed over because Diantha is far better suited to leading Wilders.
- Secret Keeper: Knows about Liam's abilities, and was the one hiding the keystones for him.
- Statuesque Stunner: Especially when she is outside the wildlands.
The fourth and last husband of Thirza Draak. Rien's father. He's technically a chief in his own right, though once he marries Thirza his title becomes war chief rather than actual chief.
- The Big Guy: Apparently capable of cutting a man in half vertically.
- Bi the Way: Doesn't at all object to Koert being present in Thirza's bed.
- Blood Knight: Enjoys a good spot of combat.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Occasionally acts as Jurgen's second.
- Dumb Muscle: To say he's not the brightest bulb is something of an understatement. He doesn't know the difference between barley and parley, putting down the pronunciation difference as a 'funny accent'.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: According to Rien, it took forty men to put Pauwel down. Not only did it actually take more than that, because he died with his body leaning against a rock outcropping instead of falling, the surviving enemy force of 200 soldiers isn't 100% sure he's actually dead and hang back because none of them want to approach to find out
- Friend to All Children: Adores children and they clearly return the sentiment. Within three seconds of him meeting Mbali she's already adopted him as her favorite person in the world.
- Like Father, Like Son: It's immediately obvious Rien's father isn't Koert.
- Nice Guy: Is a bit of a Gentle Giant, perfectly willing to get down on his hands and knees and play with the children instead of worrying about his dignity and proves himself a compassionate friend. The people he's around may acknowledge he's not too bright, but they are all clearly fond of him.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Played with. He's dumb, but he knows he's dumb and occasionally plays it up so he can take care of certain problems.
- One-Man Army: It's really not in anyone's best interest to mess with someone Pauwel cares about. He's got no problem using the excuse of 'collateral damage' to make you pay dearly.
- So Proud of You: Never hesitates to make it clear just how proud he is of his boys.
Eldest son of Jurgen and Diantha.
- Ambadassador: Though a Wilder, he has rank in Solsthriem due to winning a tournament. He went up against squires who had been training their entire lives as knights, and won. At age twelve.
- Amazon Chaser: Much like his father, he falls in love with a woman who proves able to best him in combat
- Blood Brothers: With the future king of Solsthriem
- Generation Xerox: Petrus is apparently the spitting image of his father
- Secret Keeper: Is at least somewhat aware of what is going on, and occasionally runs missions for Liam
- Odd Friendship: He is the bloodbrother of the crown prince of Solsthriem, and the two occasionally run missions together
- Warrior Prince: He is his mother's heir, and possibly also his father's, meaning that until Rien ended up in the line of succession Petrus could have ruled the entire Wildlands in truth.
- The Wise Prince: By Wilder standards, anyway. He's well educated, and has spent time among the Ilael and in Solsthriem.
An Uhses warrior given as a servant to Liam. Liam fulfilled some of the prophecies regarding one of Mikaere's gods, causing Mikaere to believe Liam is the human avatar of Aihuroa.
- Battle Butler: Rien knew him only as a pretty little servile exotic enslaved to his brother. Seeing Mikaere draw a couple long knives and prove himself a Badass Normal took him by surprise.
- Beta Couple: Seems to be in a relationship with Ama, Liam's little sister. Liam does not want to know about it.
- Big Brother Worship: Liam comes to see Mikaere as a little brother, and Mikaere enthusiastically reciprocates. The worship is literal.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Though Liam can take care of himself, Mikaere sought out training so he could function as Liam's bodyguard.
- Human Sacrifice: He was offered as this to Liam, with Mikaere's enthusiastic approval. Liam got partially around it by saying Mikaere could serve him in this world instead of the spirit realm.
- Like a God to Me: His reaction to seeing Liam kill a basilisk was to decide Liam was actually a god in mortal form.
- Pirates vs. Ninjas: Played with. He's a ninja living among pirates.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Jurgen at one point comments that he can fit Mikaere in his belt pouch.
- Secret Keeper: Knows who Liam is and what he can do, and it's clear Liam trusts Mikaere wholeheartedly.
- Servile Snarker: By Dragonlord, he can be fairly snarky toward Liam. At that point though, their friendship is into it's second decade.
- Show Some Leg: A male example. Being from Uhses makes him very exotic in the mainland, and it seems Liam occasionally has him weaponize this as a distraction.
- Undying Loyalty: Has this toward Liam, as he is sworn to follow Liam in this life and the next. When/if Liam dies, Mikaere will commit ritual suicide to follow him into the next life.
- Unwanted False Faith: Decided Liam was one of his people's gods and started worshiping him. In his defense, he makes a really good case and twenty years later he heavily implies that he still thinks Liam is Aihuroa.
- You No Take Candle: Mikaere was thirteen before he'd ever even heard a language other than his own. Though he now speaks several, his speech is strongly accented and he often has trouble with grammar. He seems to speak Ilael much better than he does any other language other than his native tongue.
Prince / King Wendel Jaeger
King of Solsthriem. Wendel is just as prone to drag the Draaks along on his adventures as he is to be dragged along on theirs, and it's quite possible Wendel is Jurgen's best friend.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Bastien notes that the king's sword is not decorative.
- A Friend in Need: Encounters Liam while in a rather desperate situation. Liam not only frees him from slavery, he helps him stop two wars. And that's just their first encounter.
- Callback: In their first meeting, Liam comments that Wendel should kill him while he has the chance. Thirty plus years later, in Dragonlord, Wendel notes that he should have killed Liam when he had the chance. Liam's response is a smile and a told you so
- Hero of Another Story: It's never said how he ended up captured in Manisar or why he's running from assassins, but it's clear he's got a lot going on.
- Odd Friendship: Though their countries are historically at war, he and Jurgen quickly become friends. Helps that they actually have a lot in common despite their different backgrounds. They give each other advice on being leaders.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pardons Rien, though he makes it clear his tolerance for Rien's antics only goes so far. Some of his reasonableness, however, may stem from the fact he knows what Liam can do and he'd adventured with Rien's elder brothers.
- Rebel Prince: It's hinted he's working against one of his elder brothers, as one of his big concerns is his actions causing a civil war. As he is king by the time of Dragonlord, he was successful.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's not the crown prince, but he's the one his father views as competent and trustworthy so he's sent off on missions.
- That Didn't Happen: Bi the Way, he ends up in bed with Jurgen and Efua.
- Warrior Prince: Wastes no time in picking up a sword to fight alongside his rescuers
- Your Cheating Heart: Is married with children, but carries on an affair with Jurgen whenever they end up adventuring together.
Ruarc is a Thatelan knight that ends up in a bad situation due to some poor decisions. Not all the poor decisions were his.
- Ambiguously Bi: It's questionable if he is bisexual, if he considers Gian female, or if it's an If It's You, It's Okay situation
- Badass Normal: Holds his own against the Stone Dragon twice, and punches the River Dragon in the face. He also proves during a tournament that he is one of the finest warriors in Thatela.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Ends up Liam's guard captain.
- Chained to a Bed: Because the duchess isn't stupid, she usually chains him to the bed when sleeping next to him
- Fire-Forged Friends: His relationship with Gian starts as this, with both of them suffering under the yoke of the Duchess
- Gilded Cage: The duchess offers him one, though it's his family that benefits from the gilding rather than him personally.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Doesn't quite realize how bad his situation is until the duchess gets him back to her castle.
- Knight in Shining Armor: It's tarnished from poverty, but he otherwise suits this trope
- Locked in the Dungeon: Suffers this whenever it amuses the duchess
- Love Revelation Epiphany: Has one when he realizes why the haircut and clothes are so traumatic for Gian.
- Marital Rape License: The duchess married him specifically intending to grant herself this. She also offers him to others on occasion.
- Master Swordsman: Holds off two of the finest warriors in the world, and it's likely if he'd come prepared to fight he'd have won. Liam is clearly of the opinion that Ruarc would beat Rien in a fight.
- Noble Fugitive: He is a Duke, but cannot return to his country due to the list of charges against him. Technically, he's guilty of about half of them.
- Opposites Attract: He and Gian are almost as unalike as two people can get, save for being the only two people in the castle with an ounce of compassion to their names.
- Sex for Services: Initially assumes this is what the duchess wants and is willing to go along with it to keep his brother from getting in trouble with loan sharks.
- Sexual Extortion: The duchess keeps him in line by reminding him that his family's well being is a stake.
- Sex Slave: He typically refers to himself as a 'whore' instead of a slave because unlike Gian, Ruarc actually has avenues of freedom open to him but stays to keep his family safe.
Gian is a young Manisarian man who seems to prefer looking and acting like a woman.
- Aggressive Submissive: Inverted. Gian seems very submissive and sweet, but is sexually dominant in the relationship with Ruarc.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Has this going at first, as it's clear very early on that Gian has a crush on Ruarc.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Gian falls in love with Ruarc because Ruarc is the first person to ever really show concern for Gian's wellbeing.
- Bishōnen: Even after the traumatic haircut and being forced to dress as a man, Ruarc claims Gian is still beautiful.
- Big Damn Heroes: When a 'dragon' does show up, it's Gian that saves Ruarc
- Eating the Eye Candy: Declares Ruarc magnificent at first sight
- Lady and Knight: Wistfully talks about wanting to be the lady to Ruarc's knight
- Nice Guy: Genuinely kind and sweet, which provokes Ruarc's protective instincts.
- Sex Slave: Specifically trained and purchased as such.
- Transgender: The story is a medieval fantasy setting so it's not called out as such, but it's clear Gian identifies as a woman rather than just being a case of Dude Looks Like a Lady or Camp Gay. Gian is absolutely heartbroken when forced to present as male.
- The Baroness: Well, duchess, but close enough
- Leonine Contract: Takes control of Ruarc with one
- Manipulative Bitch: Manipulates Ruarc easily, though she loses quickly when she goes up against Liam.
- Torture Cellar: Has one. Calls it her playroom.
- Torture for Fun and Information: She intends to excuse her torture of Jurgen by calling it an 'interrogation'.
- Romanticized Abuse: Occasionally it seems as though she's genuinely fond of Ruarc
- The Vamp: Uses her looks and charm to nefarious purposes.