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The Gael Clan

    Arawn 
The central protagonist of the story. A man heralded as the Demon King of legend, he was revived from his ancient slumber by cultists from the Holy Empire. Despite his supposed status, Arawn himself is quite an affable and honorable person. Soon after his awakening, he becomes the chieftain of the Gael Clan through his betrothal to Rhiannon, the previous chieftain's daughter.
  • Accidental Marriage: Towards Rhiannon, Morgan, Llyr, and Octavia. The latter two especially as it was Arawn's fault, however unknowing, that he got engaged to them in the first place. Averted with Octavia in the anime however.
  • Big Fancy Castle: Avalon, which is where the Gael Clan permanently settles.
  • Big Good: To the Gael Clan and to the world itself once the truth about his past is revealed.
  • Chick Magnet: In addition his actual wives, he has several other girls fawning over him as well.
  • Cool Sword: Edrum.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears predominantly dark clothing and called the Demon King yet is very much on the side of good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, especially when it comes to Arthur.
  • Fallen Angel: Considering his actual namesake, it's no surprise when he turns out to be one himself.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At least over a thousand years old taking into account his time spent asleep before his awakening.
  • Really Gets Around: In the original game thanks to his status as a Chick Magnet.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The reserved blue to Arthur's emotional red.
  • The Reveal: His true identity is Lucifer, the thirteenth White Spirit who was cast out of heaven due in part to his aiding of mortal life in the past.
  • Satan is Good: Though heralded as the Demon King, Arawn himself is very much a good person. Especially once the truth about his origins and past is revealed wherein he very much becomes this in contrast to the Twelve Spirits.
  • Stealth Mentor: Towards Arthur. Throughout the story Arawn has been slowly grooming Arthur to become a man worthy of becoming king much like his ancestor and past life, King Pwyll. He eventually succeeds by the time of the epilogue.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Though the main lead, much of the story itself is actually devoted to developing Arthur's character with Arawn serving as his mentor.

    Arthur 
The deuteragonist of the story. Son of the Gael Clan's previous chieftain and older brother to Rhiannon. Brash and hotblooded to a fault, he serves as the First Warrior of the Gael Clan and its leader until Arawn comes into the picture as his sister's new husband. Though initially reluctant about the prospect, he eventually comes to terms with having Arawn as chief and serves him loyally.
  • Bare Your Midriff: His outfit in the remake shows off his decently toned abs.
  • Bash Brothers: With Arawn and later with Taliesin.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Harming Rhiannon is a surefire way to piss him off. He's also quick to anger when he thinks Arawn is hurting Rhiannon's feelings.
  • Big Eater: Less apparent than Morgan but still there as seen when the two compete with each other.
  • Bishōnen: Especially in the PS3 remake which the anime takes inspiration from.
  • Character Development: Goes through this the most among the characters. Initially a brash and impulsive young man, he slowly grows into the role of a proper leader which eventually culminates in him becoming the new King of Albion.
  • Celibate Hero: In contrast to Arawn, Arthur shows no real signs of being interested in romance.
  • Childhood Friends: With Morgan.
  • Cool Sword: Eventually gains one in the form Dyrnwyn, sibling sword to Arawn's Edrum and previously wielded by his ancestor King Pwyll.
  • The Good King: Becomes the new King of Albion in the ending.
  • Heroic Lineage: Him and his sister are distant descendants of King Pwyll, the legendary King of Elves.
  • Honor Before Reason: Believes in this much to Arawn's annoyance. It's to the point that he breaks his own arm just before his fight with Taliesin as he believed the latter to be injured at the time and thus wanted to handicap himself out of a sense of fair play.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very much so in comparison to Arawn.
  • Idiot Hero: Primarily due to his hotblooded and impulsive nature. He eventually grows out of it.
  • King Arthur: Based on the mythical king of legend. He even gets a Cool Sword much like his namesake too and later even becomes a king himself by the end of the story.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after stabbing Arawn and fully realizing what he just did.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Him and Arawn. He's the emotional red whereas Arawn is the more reserved blue.
  • Reincarnation: Of King Pwyll.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Towards Pwyll, looking nigh identical to his distant ancestor with a few differences.
  • You Killed My Father: Towards Arawn after initially mistaking him for the White Spirit who murdered his father when he was a child. He eventually discovers that it was Lector who was responsible and reacts appropriately.
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    Rhiannon 
Tritagonist of the story. Daughter to the Gael Clan's previous chief and Arthur's younger sister. Her kidnapping and attempted sacrifice at the hands of cultists from the Holy Empire is what resulted in Arawn's awakening. After being rescued by the latter himself, she quickly falls in love with Arawn and becomes his wife in gratitude. She serves as a voice of reason to her brother's more volatile nature.
  • Childhood Friends: With Morgan.
  • Healing Hands: Specializes in healing magic.
  • Heroic Lineage: She and her brother are distant descendants of King Pwyll, the legendary King of Elves.
  • Nice Girl: Very much so and is in fact probably the nicest among Arawn's wives.
  • Reincarnation: Of Primula, King Pwyll's human wife.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Plotted to be this by cultists from the Holy Empire during their bid to awaken Arawn from his deep slumber. Quickly subverted when Arawn himself rescues her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Primula, with the only real difference being their eye colors.
  • Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Arawn begins with him rescuing her from being sacrificed.

    Morgan 
Second Warrior of the Gael Clan and childhood friend to both Arthur and Rhiannon. A friendly young woman with a passionate streak for food and drinking, she is a seasoned archer and huntress. Morgan becomes Arawn's second wife when he spares her life after a blunder on her part that nearly cost the Gael Clan the ships needed to sail to Albion.

    Llyr 
A water elf that Arawn and the Gael Clan come across while hunting. She was sent by her clan in order to congratulate Arawn on his resurrection and to serve him in his needs. She ends up becoming his third wife however after he accidentally ended up burning her Seal Pelt, which according to her clan's traditions, any man who takes it will become her husband. Though competent enough in battle, she's a clumsy girl at heart.

    Octavia 
A female soldier from the Holy Empire. Her family was once nobility that served the empire but were slaughtered after being accused of treason. Octavia ends up joining the empire in order to get at those responsible and change it from within. During the story itself, she is found by Arawn bound and tied in a box and ends up joining the Gael Clan after a plot by her superiors to get rid of her. A competent and loyal warrior, she ends up becoming Arawn's fourth wife.
  • Accidental Marriage: According to Octavia, Imperial tradition dictates that a man who holds an unmarried woman's hand is equal to proposing to her. Arawn ends up doing just that when he takes her hand in his which results in her becoming his fourth wife. Averted in the anime however.
  • Ascended Extra: Gains a more prominent role in the PS3 remake as it gives her rival character known as Lydia to deal with. This also carries over into the anime which by itself also extends her role more by having her appear earlier than she does in the actual games such as facing off against the Gael Clan in episode 6.
  • Big Eater: Surprisingly enough, she actually manages to put to shame both Arthur and Morgan in this department.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Serves as one to Arthur. Both are noble-minded warriors of the sword who lost family when they were children and cares deeply for those under their command.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Arthur, which is especially seen in the anime. He initially distrusts her greatly due to her ties with the empire but eventually comes around to befriending and accepting her as a comrade.
  • Friend to All Children: Ends up befriending two children during her stay with the Gael Clan and even ends up becoming their teacher.
  • Girl in a Box: How she's first introduced in the games.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A noble warrior dedicated to doing good.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Originally an enemy soldier, she ends up swearing fealty to Arawn and the Gael Clan. More apparent in the anime as she actually fought them first before joining.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted, she's actually demoted from the role in the anime.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: The entire hand-holding thing with Arawn is basically this. This is averted in the anime however as there's no mention of such a thing when she holds her hand out to Arthur in episode 10 after the latter comes to accept her as a comrade.
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