Characters from The Dresden Files, the Fomor.
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Daughter of Balor, Ethniu is the last Titan in existence. She is worshipped and served by King Corb, and seems to be directing his acts of increasing hostility towards other Accords members.
- Adaptational Villainy: Absolutely. Ethniu (whose main role in Celtic Mythology is very similar to that of Danaë of Greek Mythology, a Girl in the Tower locked by her abusive Archnemesis Dad due to a prophesy that her son would kill him. Said surviving grandson turned out to be Lugh) in the Dresden Verse has taken her father's traditional role as the powerful yet utterly amoral, sadistic and sociopathic supernatural being who is also a leading member of The Old Gods.
- Arc Villain: For the Fomor Story Arc, due to being the The Man Behind the Man behind Corb and his fellow Fomor filling up the Evil Power Vacuum left by the eliminated Red Court. She effectively becomes the Big Bad of the Peace Talks - Battle Ground Two-Part Episode with her direct appearance.
- Ax-Crazy: Easily one of the most openly deranged characters in the whole series. When Harry does a soulgaze with her, nothing happens, and he realizes it's because her soul is already all around him: she is all the carnage and destruction she's wrought.. Add to that the fact that her main weapon of choice is basically a weaponized version of The Power of Hate and her own Omnicidal Maniac attitude and she comes off more as a terrifyingly unhinged engine of destruction than a real character.
- Big Blackout: She announces her intentions by unleashing a magical EMP that shuts down everything electrical in and around Chicago. It seems that she's just as prone to showy shows of power as Mab is. Harry notes that later on there were nearly 1,500 automobile accidents in the single moment and scores of resulting deaths.
- Body Horror: Downplayed at first. She apparently replaced her left eye with the Eye of Balor, which appears to be the actual eye from Balor, her dad, and it's slightly too large for her head. She's also mutilated, maimed, disfigured, and heavily charred in places by the end of Battle Ground.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Marcone sneers at Ethniu for this, noting that if she had just attacked without warning, she would have crushed her opposition, but instead she had to grandstand and make speeches.
- The Chessmaster: Turns out that she's quite the player herself, considering her rather brilliant Xanatos Gambit: The whole Peace Conference with The Unseelie Accords signatories to finally hash out an arrangement with the Fomor? She's just gathering everyone to announce her intents to wage war on humanity, and to tell the signatories to Join or Die. And if they refuse? Well, no problem... because if she succeeds in razing all of Chicago to the ground during her fight against The Unseelie Accords, then it will draw the outrage and notice of the entire mortal world, which they will make war on all the Supernatural forces. And while they fight, the Fomor and Ethniu will watch safely from under the seas. Either way The Masquerade is going to be damaged, which is something that she's aiming for anyway.
- She also takes advice from Listen and considers Dresden to be rightfully dangerous, enough so that she sent men to the Carpenter house to kill everyone there and recorded it to show Harry as Pschological Combat to Break the Badass. It would have worked, had not Molly already planned for it and put decoys there
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: How everyone plans to take her down. It works, and she is weakened enough so her final Sealed Evil in a Can fate sticks for good. Every heavy-hitter in the Final Battle (Mab, Odin, The Earlking, Titania, The Archive, River Shoulder, Ebenezer, Listens-to-Wind, Ramirez, Gard, Hendricks, Marcone, Thorned Namshiel, two Knights Of The Cross, Lara, The Cavalry lead by both Molly and Sarissa and Harry himself) all do their part to slowly weakened her bit by bit until she's wounded enough that her permanent sealing in Demonreach is possible. As Harry himself lampshades: "How do you eat a Titan? One bite at a time".
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Ethniu as a character is almost literally a devil from nothing: an astronomically powerful and evil villain who comes out of left field, her existence never previously alluded to. And exactly as the trope defines such a character, she is revealed to exist, she gets a tiny smattering of backstory, she shakes up the setting, and she is disposed of at the end of her story arc (the only way shes coming back is if Harry decides to exploit her power, which he acknowledges as a catastrophically stupid idea, or if Demonreach gets breached, in which case North America is screwed with or without her).
- Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. She's not stupid, but she doesn't have much of a mind for strategy or politics. Most of her gambits either backfire or are countered by her opponents, and Mab and Marcone both mock her for playing her hand badly and botching what could have otherwise been an easy win. What makes her dangerous is the enormous amount of power she wields -more than anything else Harry has encountered in the series so far, at least while maintaining the ability to use it relatively freely.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Ethniu has an epic case of this when she's defeated by Marcone and Harry working together, Heaven and Hell powered, plus all the citizens of Chicago. Her response is that she was betrayed by Listen and that's the only reason she could have lost. Harry even shows a surprising amount of sadness because of it, when he somberly states: "Sure, that's your takeaway here"
- Fantastic Nuke: Wields The Eye Of Balor (which is named after her Mythological father's Deadly Gaze), a reusable version of this that can single-handedly be used to level cities and crush armies. There's a scrum for it when it gets knocked out of her head, and Ethniu realizes that it can be used to end her.
- Flat Character: Ethniu has two character traits, and they are arrogance and violence. This is something of a plot point see Dumb Muscle above, and Psychopathic Womanchild below.
- Gaia's Vengeance: She considers herself to be this, declaring that humanity needs to be purged due the damage that mortals have done to the world. Like everything else, it comes out as complete madness on her part and another outlet for her murderous insanity.
- God Needs Prayers Badly: Averted with Ethniu. Unlike most deities, whose power scales with worship and relevance, Titans are apparently not limited in quite the same way. Though Ethniu did plan on getting a world where she could feed on the suffering and sacrifice of mortals to reestablish herself back into the food chain.
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Murphy wryly points outs that being locked away by your Archnemesis Dad for thousand of years clearly does nothing good for your sanity, and considering how much a Omnicidal Maniac Ethniu proves herself to be both in battle and temperament Karrin very clearly has a point.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard:
- Narrowly averted in the final battle. Odin gets one last word in by getting Gungnir to stab her right in the Eye of Balor just as she is about to fire it, damaging it, frying her skull, and breaching the Titanian Bronze armor. This allows Lara to just knock the Eye out of Ethniu's head, leaving it up for grabs. If somebody managed to get it to another immortal, they could have used it to fry Ethniu and put the matter at rest. Marcone managed to snag it, and short on ways to actually use the Eye and other options, he uses it to lure Ethniu to the shore to give Harry a shot at binding her.
- Due to Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, she 100% believed that her grandstanding actions in Peace Talk made her a Hope Crusher towards her enemies, but in the end it only served to galvanize The Accords and unite them against a single enemy in a way that had not been seen in a long time in order finally defeat her once and for all. Marcone actually lampshades this fact to her face during his Break Them by Talking speech toward the Titan. In the end, she only has her own arrogance, cruelty and lack of pragmatism to blame for her final fate.
- Hot God: Downplayed, Ethniu is described as quite attractive and has a very pleasant voice. This is only brought up in her introduction, and quickly becomes background detail in the face of her gravitas, maddened hatred, and her stated end goal.
- The Juggernaut: She wears armor made of Titanic bronze, an alloy of Olympian bronze and mordite, the protective ability of which is tied directly to the strength of her will — in other words, as long as she thinks she's invincible, she actually is, even on those parts of her not covered by armor. Only sufficient divine (or infernal) power can breach her armor without first needing to break her will. On top of that, she matches a who's who list of the Dresdenverse in divine, magical, and physical combat, even as they team up against her. Quite simply, she was so stupidly powerful, that she could stand up to just about everything.
- Large and in Charge: Though she has human proportions, she's 9 feet tall, towering over even other gods.
- Last Of Her Kind: The last of The Titans. In a case of Our Titans Are Different being a Titan in the Dresden-Verse seems to be very similar to how the Titans were interpenetrated in Greek Mythology (Instead of the "titanic in size" modern examples), The Old Gods who were in power centuries before the current supernatural ruling power.
- The Man Behind the Man: It turns out that she is behind Corb's monstrous acts. When introduced she is literally holding Corb by a leash.
- Master of All: Actual skill aside, Harry compares fighting her to playing a game of RockPaperScissors where his side only has a single pick, while she can always choose whichever trumps her enemies, if not just choosing an even better rock, better paper, or better scissors to Beat Them at Their Own Game.
- No-Sell: Breaks the magical defenses Marcone placed into his castle with as much effort as walking through a spider's web.
- The Old Gods: As a Titan, which in the context of the Dresdenverse, means a member of one of the original pantheons. Like most deities, who simply went dormant once worship dropped off or changed to fit new paradigms, she was a deity in Bronze Age Ireland who dropped into the background and the world went on until she got involved with the Fomor.
- One Degree of Separation:
- She's personally acquainted enough with Thorned Namshiel that she personally insults him, and in return Thorned Namshiel via Marcone actually casually snarks back that she herself has not changed much either.
- She also starts screaming in rage at the angel housed within Fidellachius, apparently immediately recognizing the object for what it was and who was inside it, though Harry and Butters only realized this recently, and only after the events of Skin Game.
- This isn't terribly surprising, since Mab is acquainted with Anduriel and possibly Uriel, and Odin casually remarks that he has lunch with Uriel once a year early in Battle Ground. Angels and the lesser godly powers like to keep acquainted, it seems.
- Out-Gambitted: Ethniu suspected that Harry would try to imprison her on Demonsreach as a last resort, and that doing so would require a battle of wills between her and him. In preparation for this, she had Listen and his troops raid the Carpenter house and kill everyone inside (including Maggie), and saved the memory to use it against Harry to break his will. Unfortunately for her, Molly was expecting this and had illusions of her family ready just in case, and Harry saw through the illusion because Mouse was not among the victims, which was a clear sign from Molly that it was a deception.
- Physical God: Has one hell of a Establishing Character Moment by not only casually slapping down Mab (As in the freaking Queen of Air and Darkness herself) with terrifying ease but she also manages to use her power to choke Ferrovax with very little difficulty on her part. This is the first time she physically appears in the series yet she very quickly proves herself to be by far one of the most powerful supernatural beings in the whole series.
- Pyschopathic Womanchild: Her long imprisonment at her father's hands has left her with more than a few screws loose. In particular, Dresden compares her Villainous Breakdown to a child being told "No" for the first time.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She ends Battle Ground as a prisoner of Demonreach and technically bound to Harry's will, though he recognizes that actually trying to exploit her power wouldn't be smart.
- Story-Breaker Power: Ethniu boasts the power to casually smack Faerie Queens around and intends to tear down The Masquerade with her own two hands. Given that this combination could single-handedly destroy the basic concept of The Dresden Files in less than a week, she gets dealt with semi-permanently at the end of her first appearance (if one considers Peace Talks and Battle Ground a single story).
- Time Abyss: She's old enough that she both remembers Mab back when she was a mortal child and remembers when Odin used to be in his prime in terms of divine power. One of her memories is watching over farmers in Ireland during that region's Bronze Age; to wit, that means she goes back to 2000 B.C. at most by that metric, and she's quite probably even older than that.
- To Unmasque the World: This seems to be her endgame/the most ideal scenario in her mind. And she's perfectly willing to cross every line possible without hesitation in order to make it so.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Played with. According to legend, she basically has no skill at all. Whether true or not during the age of myth, when she's actually encountered she actually displays some fighting skill, but her real strength is that she has enough raw power to bulldoze just about everyone. What ultimately brings her down was her lack of discipline; she becomes overly reliant on the eye for most of her fight, and she's ruled by her emotions, allowing her enemies to manipulate her into a losing position.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ultimately, she is just another pawn of Nemesis. Ethniu's entire attack on Chicago was merely a distraction to prevent Dresden from noticing that Justine had been possessed so Nemesis would have access to Demonreach.
- Villain Team-Up: Peace Talks strongly implies that she has done this with The Outsiders. She hadn't. It's not entirely clear if she was corrupted by Nemesis (or even if she could be) or if it had manipulated her, but the Outsiders intensified their attack on the Gates as Ethniu attacked Chicago, anticipating that it was potentially hours before the Gates fell from the other side. Ethniu's personal war was a long con by Nemesis, designed specifically to eventually infiltrate Nemesis onto Demonreach, with Harry's protection no less. Fortunately, Harry sees the plan with only minutes to spare.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The Eye of Balor behaves like this, complete with needing to charge up between uses. When used, it fires a beam of solid hate that obliterates anything in its path. People caught in it die quickly, but their last moments are filled with unimaginable suffering. Mab confidently withstands a direct hit from it, because being queen of the cold, logical Winter Court makes her the antithesis of the Eye's hate, but she's left too exhausted to even sit up straight afterwards.
- Arc Welding: There are hints the Formor may have been behind a lot of the action in the series, unbeknownst to Harry.
- Arch-Enemy: To The Fair Folk.
- Bioaugmentation: All of them have it in order to survive underwater, and they both transform their human servants and create other "experiments" using the same techniques.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Their armies are experts at fighting as underwater units, but they're much less effective on land where they can't move in three dimensions and it's harder to avoid colliding with each other.
- Didn't Think This Through: As King Corb himself realizes in Battle Ground, the Battle of Chicago only succeeds in them losing most of their army, the loss of their Physical God Empress, and encouraging an Enemy Mine of the Unseelie Accorded Nations against them (rendering them all effectively persona non grata in the supernatural community.
- Entropy and Chaos Magic: Their combat magic is heavily entropy based (which, in The Dresden Files, comes from water magic).
- Evil Power Vacuum: Moved in fast after the complete destruction of the Red Court.
- Fantastic Racism: Most of the Fomor depicted in the series think themselves far superior to mortals.
- Fantastic Slur: Harry likes to mockingly refer to them as "frogs."
- Fish People: An amalgam of the features and shapes of various aquatic creatures.
- I Have Your Wife: Or child. Or sibling. Or neighbor. Or pet. Another tactic of the Fomor to get at people. They will use what they can.
- Kill It with Water: Like Ramirez, their offensive magic is heavily based on water - specifically the entropy aspects.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The octokongs from Skin Game are definitely Fomor creations, and the guard-animals used by the Denarians are suspected to be as well.
- The Oathbreaker: The Fomor all become this as they break their oaths to abide by the Unseelie Accords after Ethniu humiliates Mab with a single blow. As such, no one will ever make a deal with the Fomor in the future and will only see them as untrustworthy swine.
- Organic Technology: Most of their weapons look like and appear to be made from undersea organisms.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Fomor are a collective group of species, described as the cast-offs and rejects of several different mythologies.
- Superhuman Trafficking: They've been doing this to cities all over the world. Murphy's rescue op in "Aftermath" was just one of many talent trafficking operations they've done.
- Underestimating Badassery: Battle Ground highlights that they seriously underestimated the danger of both the other Unseelie Accorded Nations and the mortals of Chicago.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Nemesis in both Peace Talks and Battle Ground.
- Villain Team-Up:
- Their origin. The current Fomor are made up of various monstrous creatures that were defeated by the current supernatural powers and were forced into the oceans to survive.
- Lord Omogh, who seeks to control Chicago, works with the Corpsetaker in Ghost Story.
- We Have Reserves: As one servitor tells the Corpsetaker, she may kill him as part of her reply to his lord, but he is inconsequential - there are many more to take his place. As she irritably observes, she would kill him anyway if he wasn't telling the literal truth. That said, he does have a sense of self-preservation and would not like to die in any means that isn't helping his lord.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Downplayed; Not to the extent of the Faeries, but as they interbred with them back during the Sidhe Wars, they don't do well with iron.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Fomor have no compunctions about slaughtering children along with everyone else. At one point during the Battle of Chicago, Harry and company rush to the defense of a daycare being besieged by a group of Huntsmen, and he's also haunted by the sight of an abandoned bloodstained crib he finds.
- You Will Be Assimilated: What they do to their human minions, resulting in uniform servitors who have little individuality.
The ruler of the Fomor.
- Didn't Think This Through: King Corb gradually comes to note he may be on the other end of this when it becomes increasingly clear that Ethniu has a We Have Reserves attitude to his troops and fully believes that the US army will slaughter the Fomor when they arrive. The goal is purely to kill as many humans as possible in as little amount of time as they have left.
- Dirty Coward: After Ethniu's defeat he's seen slaughtering a path through his own men to flee into Lake Michigan.
- The Dragon: Corb seems to function as Ethniu's second-in-command and is helping her in her quest to bring down humanity.
- Faux Affably Evil: Harry describes Corb as having a velvety, sincere sounding voice as he speaks which is off course offset by the sneering expression on his face and contempt he shows others.
- General Failure: Battle Ground shows him to be this despite his own personal power as The Dragon, being incredibly hot-headed, being quite the Bad Boss, having a dangerous Leeroy Jenkins mentality becuase he considers himself and his troops so far above humanity as a whole and overall being a major Jerkass blowhard to the point that even Ethniu considers him incompetent in comparison to Listen's whole Hypercompetent Sidekick deal. By the end of the Final Battle, almost half of his people being gone and showing his true color as Dirty Coward proves that he was way over his head and paid the price for it.
- Greater-Scope Villain: As the ruler of the Fomor, he serves as one to the ongoing war between them and the rest of the world as they vie for control.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Presented as being one in Battle Ground.
- Smug Snake: Battle Ground highlights that he's far less competent than he thinks he is.
- Time Abyss: In the same way as Ethniu. And like his leader this makes him an example of Ancient Evil.
A Fomor who collected the minor talents and hedge wizards of Chicago after the Red Court's collapse. Was taken down by Murphy and the Alphas.
- Attempted Rape: Frogface leers at Georgia and implies that he will rape her once they all get back to Fomor territory. Fortunately, Murphy intervenes.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Calls Murphy a bitch.
- Would Hit a Girl: Gets excited at the prospect of hurting Georgia, who was resistant to his drugs.
- Your Head Asplode: Gets his head blown to smithereens by Murphy.
A Fomor sorcerer who was robbed by Justine and who pursued her, ultimately battling John Marcone when he opted to protect her and the baby Justine had rescued from Mag's care.
- Evil Overlord: He follows pretty much every trope. He makes dramatic entrances, cackles about how his opponents are beneath him, and monologues without end.
- Pride: His main problem. He really thinks Marcone will crumble before his magic. This turns out not to be the case.
- Worthy Opponent: Admits Marcone to be this after being injured fatally.
Mag's brother, who planned to gas a treaty signing between the Fomor and the svartalves; Marcone was attending the signing, and Froggy wanted to kill him in revenge for Mag's death. His plans went awry, however, when witch Molly Carpenter and werewolf Andi Macklin intervened. Froggy might be the Formor known as Omogh mentioned in "Ghost Story".
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Mr. Etri captures him, Froggy begs for mercy, but in vain.
- An Arm and a Leg: Etri cuts off one of his arms and his nose before taking him away to exact further punishment.
- In a Single Bound: Courtesy of his frog physiology.
- Manipulative Bastard: Calls a truce meeting simply to get the local Unseelie Accords leaders in one place under the Svartalf roof, so that he could kill them and place the blame on the svartalves which would compel them to ally with the Fomor to not be destroyed.
- Villain of Another Story: He provided the Red Court with the nerve gas they used to hit the White Council hospital in the Congo for the attack that decimated the Warden Old Guard, forcing them to conscript younger Wardens such as Harry and Ramirez.
- Would Hit a Girl: Molly sees three dead young women in his bed, all strangled to death. He nearly does this to Molly as welln
A Jotun whom Dresden tangles with during the assault on Chicago.
- Badass Boast: He brags that he fought the Odinson (presumed to be Thor) and survived, which Dresden notes is extremely impressive.
A servant of Frogface in charge of collecting minor talents from around Chicago.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Killed by one of his own coral weapons.
A servant of Omogh. He acted as a messenger between him and Corpsetaker. He also served Froggy during the attempted gassing of the treaty signing with the Svartalves.
- Affably Evil: Always polite and cordial, even when talking to the shade of the Corpsetaker in Ghost Story.
- Arch-Enemy: Seems to be one for Molly Carpenter. They've matched wits numerous tries in their battles throughout Chicago over the better length of a year, have repeatedly tried to kill the other, Listen nearly killing Molly in Ghost Story helped incite further Character Development for her, and he shows up as The Dragon to a peace summit with the Svatalves in "Bombshells,' with Molly uncovering evidence that the summit is being sabotaged.
- Ascended Extra: A minor character in Ghost Story who only shows up for a few scenes becomes both a recurring antagonist to Molly and one of Ethniu's Co-Dragons in Battle Ground.
- Blind Obedience: To the point where his only complaint about being killed by the Corpsetaker would be his death wouldn't aiding his lord.
- Co-Dragons: Due to being a lot more intelligent than Corb, he shares this role with the Fomor King in Battle Ground, to the point where Ethniu actually likes his advice more than Corb's.
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of his advice to Ethniu in Battle Ground is rather dry-witted concerning his expendability.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Does this to Ethniu when she makes a bad call, as he knows very well her invasion would go sideways without his leadership. She is forced to give in.
- Failed a Spot Check: He failed to recognize that Mouse wasn't in the Carpenter house when he sent a bunch of mercenaries to kill the Carpenters and Maggie Dresden to demoralize Harry. In reality, they were just decoys left behind by Molly, and Mouse's absence served as that it was false and they were okay, completely subverting Ethniu attempt at using this to break his hope and prevent him from binding her into Demonreach. Alternatively, Listen did notice, but was tired of being a slave, and let Ethniu used the false memory anyway since it would get her sealed in Demonreach and basically make him a free man since Corb and the Fomor are essentially shattered after the events of Battle Ground.
- Foil: Seems to be this to Harry, since he is another Starborn, a magic-user, and serves Corb in much the same capacity as Harry serves Mab. The only real difference seems to be that while both Omogh and Corb expect and receive sycophantic obedience, Mab explicitly expects Harry to operate independently and even oppose her when it is in Winter's best interest that he do so.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out he's also a Starborn.
- Hyper-Awareness: To the point where he can actually foil Molly's veils. Molly mentions he once noticed the Perception Filter she mixes with her veil when he noticed the thoughts he was having weren't his own and attacked her. Another time he almost finds Molly when he smells her perfume.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: "Listen" is smart - as noted by both Dresden and Molly - and skilled. He also rightfully points out to Froggy how his actions, despite him making sure he'll not kill any Svartalf, would anger them by damaging their honor and jeopardize the treaty their Empress demands. He turns out to be completely right. Etri kills Froggy when he uncovers the plan and cancels the plan for a peace treaty. Molly notes that she's tried to kill Listens a dozen times and he's either always escaped or turned the tables on her.
- He even points out the flaws in the logic of King Corb himself, to the point where Ethniu (who despises mortals on principle) would rather send Corb away and keep Listen around as her own advisor.
- Karma Houdini: Completely escapes any consequences for his actions in Battle Ground.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Utterly ruthless and practical, to the point where Molly's tired to kill him at least a dozen times and yet he's still managed to survive every time.
- The Stoic: Always immensely calm and civil, to the point where there never seems to be anything that can get a rise out of him.
- Uncertain Doom: Harry drops 18-20 tons of earth on him, possibly killing him, but he and the others Never Found the Body, so he's probably still out there.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Fomor. Notably, he's so loyal that he even chides his inhuman leaders when they make dumb decisions that only hurt their goals. However, it's also subtly implied that he actually doesn't have this for the Fomor, and he's actually playing both Ethniu and Corb for fools in his bid at freedom. After all, him forgetting Mouse (an ally of his Arch-Enemy that he's been closely fighting for almost a year) could just be an honest error... or it could be him intentionally sabotaging Ethniu's memory gambit against Harry so that she'll get sealed away.
- Walking Spoiler: Battle Ground reveals that he's a Starborn, meaning that he can hold power over Outsiders and is The Immune to Nemesis. It's also implied that he's ultimately a Wild Card who set up both Corb and Ethniu for failure as part of him getting a shot at freedom.
- We Have Reserves: He fully acknowledges he is this. If the Corpsetaker kills him, another will take his place.
- Wild Card: If the theory that he did intentionally betray Ethniu is correct, than he's definitely this, as he's ultimately just looking for any way to free him from his masters.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Ethniu, who sees most mortals as tantamount to annoying insects, actually likes Listen due to his competence (to the point of telling Corb to shut up because she appreciates Listen's advice more) and makes a remark of this vein to him in Battle Ground.
"The Third Man"
A mysterious figure who helps Frogface during his efforts to gather up the minor talents of Chicago.