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Character List from the Visual Novel The Elementalists. Warning for Spoilers.

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Penderghast University


Eli Russell (Main Character/You)

The protagonist of the series and a former Hartfeld student who stumbled into Penderghast University

  • Bi the Way: Played straight or averted depending on the player's choices. If averted, Eli can date only one gender or neither.
  • Fish out of Water: Eli stumbled upon Penderghast University and its universe with no prior knowledge of it, including magick.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The player can choose the first and last name, with the default being Eli Russell.
  • Power of the Sun: They are primarily Sun-attuned, though they will have a secondary Attunment as well, which is determined based on player choices.

Griffin Langley
A Sophomore and Thief player who rescued Eli from drowning when the latter arrived at Penderghast University

  • Bi the Way: He can date Eli regardless of gender, as long as the latter is into men.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Because of his tendency to tell the truth most of the time, he has to be charmed to saying something else whenever he almost tells a secret about Eli's birthday party.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's earth attuned.
  • Lovable Jock: He's a Thief player and acts helpful towards Eli.

Shreya Mistry
A Freshman Eli first encountered at the Hall of Mirrors; she is the heiress of Mistry Inc.

  • Bi the Way: She can date Eli regardless of gender, as long as the latter is into women.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She uses her celebrity status to help her friends, such as inviting them into the Mysterium.
  • One Head Taller: If Eli sneaks away with her in Chapter 8, she has to stand up on her toes to kiss them, showing that Eli is at least a couple of inches taller than her.
  • Playing with Fire: She's fire attuned.
  • The Tease: If Eli is interested in women, Shreya has no problem flirting with them in public such as batting her eyelashes or calling them pet names.

Beckett Harrington
A snobby Freshman Eli met shortly after meeting Griffin

  • Bi the Way: He can date Eli regardless of gender, as long as the latter is into men.
  • Blow You Away: His secondary attunement is air.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: He's metal attuned.
  • Insufferable Genius: He has a vast knowledge of magick and sometimes looks down on others who doesn't display the same amount of knowledge as him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, he acted rude towards Eli in their first encounter and even provoked them into losing control during their first class together. After he apologized on Eli's behalf and warms up to them and their friends, he has mellowed out into this.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: The group constantly mock him for being a nerd (like wanting to study plants during a Solstice Rave), and he is in great shape thanks to yoga.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He entered the Mirror Dimension to practice his Magick and protect Eli from further attacks from The Dread, only to put them and Penderghast in bigger danger than before.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Has an older sister who’s accomplishements he finds hard to live up to.
  • Tsundere: Eli can accuse him of being this as the motive for being a jerk to them at first. Beckett will try to deny it and accuse Eli of trying to seduce him.
    Eli: It makes it really hard to focus on anything! Especially since you are so clearly in love with me.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In the beginning of Chapter 9, he is seen shirtless as he practices yoga.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's under a lot of pressure to succeed by his family, hence his ambition and initially cold attitude towards Eli.

Zephyr "Zeph" Hernandez
A Freshman who quickly befriends Eli and Shreya

  • Asexuality: He identifies as such.
  • Making a Splash: He's water attuned.
  • Red Herring: Several chapters implied that he was The Dread's accomplice who was working against Eli. It was later proven to be Dean Goeffe.

Aster D'Yew
A wood nymph who runs the Maison D'Yew at Penn Square

  • Bi the Way: She can date Eli regardless of gender, as long as the latter is into women.
  • Interspecies Romance: Possible for her to have one with Eli (wood nymph and human)
  • Nature Spirit: Aster is a wood nymph to be exact.

Atlas Ernhardt
Gender and appearance dependent on Eli's
Eli's identical twin.

  • Always Identical Twins: Eli and Atlas (who will always be the same gender) look exactly alike except for the hair.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Atlas starts off as The Cynic, criticizing Eli for having too much trust in their friends, choosing to be The Aloner to avoid getting everyone else hurt. Once the Pend Pals meet Atlas, they start to warm up to the group if Eli chooses to integrate Atlas to their reunions.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: They are attuned to metal in addition to moon and water.
  • Freudian Excuse: Their cynical attitude and bitterness are product of a traumatic childhood. They have seen their caretakers murdered by Raife, and spent most of their early life on the run. The revelation that their mother is a Source and possibly still alive uncovers a big resentment at her for abandoning them and Eli for 18 years without looking for them.
  • Invisible to Normals: As a Premium choice, Eli can buy a mask that makes everyone forget Atlas as soon as they stop interacting. The only way to be aware of their presence is with especial lenses.
  • Lunacy: They are attuned to moon in addition to metal and water.
  • Making a Splash: They are attuned to water in addition to moon and metal.
  • Mystical White Hair: Has white hair as part of her/his moon powers.
  • No Social Skills: Since Atlas has been living most of their childhood and puberty on the run, they barely had any experience with interaction with other people of their age. When Eli asks how would Atlas flirt with someone, their response is an awkward “You look... fertile.”
  • Polar Opposite Twins: While Eli is a Naïve Newcomer raised by Muggle Foster Parents, Atlas is a cynical person, versed in magick. Kane later notices that Eli is the more polite of the twins and gives all his attention to Eli while ignoring Atlas.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: When teaching you the Hydrobreath spell: s/he dunks Eli's head underwater, telling them that's how it's gonna be in real life.
  • Tsundere: Despite trying to appear tough and emotionless, Eli can tell that Atlas tries too hard to hide any glimpse of a smile whenever their friends do something nice. It’s justified because Atlas doesn’t want to get too attached in fear of getting emotionally hurt if something happens.


Dean Elise Goeffe

The Dean of Penderghast University

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Chapter 16, it is revealed that she is The Dread's accomplice.
  • Dean Bitterman: Has shades of this towards Eli, who suddenly stumbled upon Penderghast without properly enrolling into the school, leading to her harsh view of them. It was later revealed that she is The Dread's accomplice.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: She's metal attuned.

Professor Kontos

A professor in charge of Attunement tests and teaches natural disciplines

Professor Englund

A professor who teaches Spellwork 1A

Professor (now Dean) Evelyn Swan

A professor who teaches Sun- and Moon-Attuned students

Katrina Harrington

Beckett's older sister who teaches History of Spells
  • The Ace: She has an extensive list of accomplishments, including 4 degrees from 3 different Attuned universities; and an MBA from Harvard, winning the title of Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America pageant, being able to speak 8 languages, studied at Le Cordon Bleu, a humanitarian and she interned at a non-profit organisation committed to preserving fairy gardens. And she's only 28.
  • Big Sister Instinct: According to Beckett, she once confronted some bullies picking on him when they were younger.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Beckett, who felt that he had to live up to her standard.
  • Cool Teacher: She provides interactive ways to teach her students, such as using fire and metal magick to forge a weapon.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: She's metal attuned.
  • Playing with Fire: Her secondary attunement is fire.



Raife Highmore

A century-old Serial Killer who killed kids during his lifetime


A man who starts wreaking havoc after coming out of a chasm he was trapped in for centuries

  • Affably Evil: In Chapter 2, he sent a letter to Eli apologizing for causing a cyclone when they first met.
  • Arch-Nemesis: To Eli, given that he is obsessed with them. When he destroys the wood nymph forest, he states that all that Eli holds dear will suffer.
  • Been There, Shaped History: It is mentioned in Chapter 9 that he was friends with legendary conquerers like Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Sun Tzu.
  • Big Bad: Of Book 2.
  • Blow You Away: He's the Air Source
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Has the appearance of one. Top hat, handlebar mustache, and brightly colored period clothing. Shreya even comments on how out of date his sense of fashion is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears in the bonus scene of the last chapter of Book 1 if Eli has all collectibles.
  • Fantastic Racism: He views mortals as his "playthings" and doesn't understand why the rest of the Sources would want to protect them.
  • For the Evulz: He has conjured natural disasters simply because he was bored.
  • I Have Many Names: Within five chapters he already has several nicknames and aliases such as "Powerful Wind Guy", "Kane of the Clouds and Winds and Storms in the Heavens", and "The Jester King".
  • Mind Rape: In Book 2, Chapter 14, he casts an illusion that makes Eli see Atlas murder their love interest (or Zeph, if Eli is single) in Raife's lab.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: As Eli points out, some of his villainous actions are more akin to a child throwing a tantrum.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Eli gives him one heck of a verbal smackdown for constantly trying to manipulate them.
    • The Pend Pals give another one to him for using them as bait and forcing Eli to save them instead of having the guts to face them directly.
  • This Cannot Be!: If Eli shoots him with the ‘’Mind Killer’’ in Book 2, Chapter 16, he sees a vision where his lackeys abandon him and view Eli as their true leader. He seems absolutely shocked that they would turn their backs on him for someone they perceive to be more powerful.
  • Villain Respect: After being defeated in Chapter 16, he tells Eli that they are a gem among humans.

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