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    The Five 
Five friends from Canada, sent to Fionavar to celebrate the crowning of a new monarch. However, not everything is as it seems, and these five are dragged into something greater than they could have realized.

The Five as a Whole

Kevin Laine

  • The Ace: At least for much of the first book until the second...
  • Broken Ace: ...where he learns that he can't fight and begins to doubt himself, especially in face of others' powers.
  • Death by Sex
  • The Heart: Actually seems to keep the group together before the adventure starts in "The Summer Tree."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Returns to Gwen Ystrat and sacrifices himself to Dana to stop the snow. Unlike Paul, he doesn't recover.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Tries really hard to be this to Paul in the first book.
  • Really Gets Around: There are quite a few women who he spends a night with. Including Earth-Goddess herself.

Kimberly Ford

Paul Schafer/Pwyll Twiceborn

  • Back from the Dead: He dies and is reborn as "Pwyll Twiceborn".
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Jaelle. Eventually it's consummated.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Tries to fill this role for Darien, doesn't go so well.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very very deadpan. And usually only with people he feels very comfortable with. Interestingly, he seems to internalize alot of his snarking, as can be seen from the flashback sequence in his last night on The Summer Tree.
  • Death Seeker: He blames himself for Rachel's death and thus he welcomes Ailell's offer to hang on The Summer Tree without much deliberation.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He hangs himself on The Summer Tree in order to bring rain and end the drought. He gets better.
  • Pride: A primary character trait, unusual in that it's portrayed as a strength rather than a flaw.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Paul is pretty obviously supposed to be an analogue to Odin.
  • Smart People Play Chess: He almost beats Ailell at ta'bac, which is the Fionavar version of chess, which is the reason the king likes him so much.
  • The Stoic: So much that people find him unsettling and withdrawn. It's actually related to his status as a Twiceborn.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After he spends three days and nights on The Summer Tree, he gets much more powerful. Admittedly, he's still not much of a fighter, but by then he can command and bind gods and talk down Galadan of all people.
  • When He Smiles: Subverted, when he smiles its usually described as crooked or mocking and is often in reaction to something tragically ironic happening.

Jennifer Lowell/ Guinevere

  • Break the Cutie: Literally, after she is captured by Maugrim, although luckily Kim is able to rescue her before her sense of self is totally destroyed.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Maugrim can take any form, but he can't hide his missing hand. After he's finished raping her in the forms of men she loves, she disdainfully tells him "every one of them had two hands". This makes him so angry he decides she needs to be tortured more instead of just killing her, which means Kim is able to rescue her and she lives to have a happy ending and give birth to Darien, Maugrim's undoing. Nice one, Jen.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Kay puts her through hell and back, but she eventually leaves together with Arthur and Lancelot to Avalon.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a reincarnation of Guinevere.
  • The Load: Though she has an understandable reason for being this way. Then she starts to play the role of Guinevere.
  • Meaningful Name: Jennifer is the Anglicized form of Guinevere, who she happens to be.
  • Rape as Drama: She is captured by Rakoth Maugrim, who rapes her simply because he wants to break her. She doesn't get out of her Heroic BSoD until after Darien is born.

Dave Martyniuk

  • Abusive Parents: His dad was pretty tough on him.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Had a thing for Liane but it didn't go far. He did get to bang a goddess and have a child with her as his consolation prize however...
  • An Axe to Grind: Specifically because it does not need exhaustive training. He turns out really proficient.


Ailell dan Art


  • Jerkass: Can be gruff but he's kind of got his hands full fighting Rakoth. It's that anything that doesn't directly involve the war with Maugrim barely receives any of his attention.
  • Mercy Kill: Gives one to Diarmuid since the latter doesn't want to die by an urgach's sword.
  • One-Man Army: Early on in the story, he and Kim are ambushed by about 15 svart alfar. None gets to live and Aileron comes out of the fight unscathed.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He makes it a point to go and fight Rakoth's forces right there, right now.



  • Sacrificial Lion: After getting to know her for most of Book 1, she sacrifices her soul to grant Kim her power and understanding of the world.

Loren Silvercloak

  • Badass Book Worm: He's a mage but he can use magic... and is good with a sword.
    • Brought Down to Normal: Though Matt comes back to life, their link is severed and thus, Loren loses his ability to cast spells.
  • Cool Old Guy: It's mentioned that even without Matt he can still sword fight quite well.
  • May–December Romance: During the holiday in Ystrat he and Kim have sex. True she was an adult but he's at least 50, YMMV on if it's squicky.

Matt Sören

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Loren takes too much of his life force - on Matt's request - to overpower Metran and dies as a result. He gets better.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: He says one or two 'eye' jokes. Kim tells him she could forgive anything he did, but never his puns.


  • Evil Chancellor: Actually a double subversion. Everyone is led to believe that Gorlaes is a cliched evil chancellor, turns out there is an evil chancellor... but it's Metran.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Fakes being old and senile to get close to Ailell.


  • Last Minute Hookup: With Paul.
  • Odd Couple: Gradually warms up to Kim, even awkwardly embracing her when they re-met in the third book at Ysanne's cabin.
  • Opposites Attract: She and Paul are both the physical representations of the Mother-Goddess and All-Father Archetypes, so of course they are going to. Also the whole Kuudere/Tsundere thing.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Though it takes all the way back to the end of Book 3 for a kiss to happen.



  • Child by Rape: Born explicitly because Maugrim did not expect to conceive a child, which means that, logically, Darien's birth goes against his plans.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kills himself on the magical dagger Rakoth's holding, which, because of the dagger's enchantments, causes his death.
  • Warring Natures: Between that coming from his mother's, and that of his father's. He eventually chooses the former.
  • Wild Card: The heroes ultimately leave it to him to decide where he wants to belong. He chooses the good side after symphatizing with The Dark for so long.

    Diarmund's Band 


  • Acrofatic: Pretty quick for a fat man but his agility needs work.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Of all the Boisterous Bruisers in this series, he stands head and shoulder above them all.
  • Large Ham: He has a flair for the dramatic, and loves to sing drinking songs.
  • Stout Strength: Fat but quite strong, enough to not only lift Diarmuid on a piggyback but to act as his "mount" during a mock battle.


    The Dalrei 

Ivor Dan Banor



Levon Dan Ivor

Liane Dan Ivor

Tabor Dan Ivor


  • Big Eater: The tribe's hunters occasionally catch an additional animal just for him.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a pretty nice guy, all things considered. He often jokes around with Liane.
  • Dirty Old Man: He likes to joke how, back in his day, girls would be obliged to lie with a shaman like him.
  • Eyeless Face: All he has is a pair of empty sockets.



  • The Emperor: He is presented with this kind of image, but he is staunchly on the side of Light. Once the war with Maugrim starts for good, his bad side is downplayed.
  • Kick the Dog: The first time he's in a scene he has a slave gladiator murdered because the guy didn't bow deep enough, probably because the guy had been injured in a fight.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Partially... he tended to love making great quotes and promptly did the opposite, however he was ready to fight in the war.
  • The Stoic: He never smiles.


  • Action Girl: She sneaks out of Cathal, goes all the way to Paras Derval and takes a shot at assassinating Diarmuid. That takes some skill to pull off.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: A near-lethal version with Diarmuid.


    Lios Alfar 


    The Dark 

Rakoth Maugrim

  • Evil Laugh: Prone to these, and quite often.
  • Fatal Flaw: His blinding hatred of all things Light and the temper that goes with it tend to ruin his plans or cause him other problems; he picks up the Villain Ball most when he's angry about something.
  • God of Evil: Sort of. He kinda is, but also isn't subject to the exact same rules as the rest of gods in Fionavar, see below.
  • Humanoid Abomination: For starters, he's from outside the Tapestry and lacks a face. Consider that literally everything has a place on the Tapestry.
  • Satan: "Sathain". Given that his influence is felt throughout all the worlds in the Tapestry, this is a rather secure association to make.
  • Villain Ball: He is likely aware of his Weaksauce Weakness, so leaving Jennifer alive after raping her was sure to backfire. Granted, he did leave her in hands of a subordinate and he couldn't anticipate Baelreath whisking The Five back to Earth, but still.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Having a child puts him on the Tapestry and makes him killable, which makes Darien so dangerous to him.

Galadan, the Wolflord

  • Anti-Villain: Seems to be an attempt to invoke a type II, but his Freudian Excuse is so ridiculously flimsy that it doesn't really work.
  • The Dragon
    • Dragon with an Agenda: He wishes to completely destroy the universe rather than have Rakoth rule what's left of it. Rakoth himself is entirely aware of this and finds it mildly amusing.
  • Expy: In his Silmarillion days Sauron was known as Thu the Wolflord.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason he wants to completely destroy existence is because the woman he loved rejected him.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Turned rather genocidal towards mortals after one stole his girlfriend - but when said mortal wound up getting her killed, he went crazy and decided that the only way to end his pain was to destroy the universe. The only time in the trilogy he shows genuine emotion is when he finds some of the heroes apparently "desecrating" his shrine to her, and at the very end, when the heroes spare him and he realizes that there is some good in the world - and in himself.

Avaia, the Black Swan

Fordaeatha of Ruk

  • Evil Is Deathly Cold
  • Out of Focus: She has a single scene in Book 2 and then vanishes from the plot completely, only briefly mentioned as a caretaker of Rakoth's Dragon.



  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A mad artist using his rhetorical skill to take over an entire people. Genocide is a result. Hmm...
  • Mad Artist: He isn't even obviously evil (that goes to his brother), but so obsessed with artifice he's willing to side with Rakoth just so he can find an ancient magical artifact. He doesn't even keep it afterwards.
  • More Than Mind Control: He's such a masterful speaker that he manages to pull the Dwarves to the side of Darkness.


  • The Brute: A position shared with Uathach, given they both lead two different armies.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Throws a dagger at Matt once he ensures that he can go scot free if he kills him. This being high fantasy, it doesn't work out for him.

    The Gods and Heroes of Legend 

King Arthur

  • Back from the Dead: For punishment of his heinous crimes, he must constantly be re-awoken and die in battle.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He probably has to work the hardest to do this.
  • Foregone Conclusion: In-universe, he knows he will never be able to make it to the final battle of any war because of his punishment. Then he makes it to the final battle of this war and gets a happy ending.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted. It looks like he will die in the battle against Uathach. However, Diarmund takes his place in this fight and dies instead. He survives the battle the following day as well
  • Would Hurt a Child: He is known as the "childslayer" for his killing of many children.


  • Back from the Dead
  • Master Swordsman: It's Lancelot, duh, the best knight of Arthur's court. And boy, does he back up his reputation.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: It's Lancelot, duh. All that he asked for after defeating a huge, many-armed, burning, shapeshifting, regenerating earth elemental was to never speak of this fight again, since he did it after asking a bystander for some minor help.


  • Signature Move: The "Revor's Kill", which involves standing down the enemy and letting your blade slice into them.

    Other Characters 




  • Actual Pacifist: He and the rest of Paraiko refuse to engage in any sort of violence, period. Not even Baelreath can convince them otherwise, though it can convince them to leave Khath Meigol and purify Eridu.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up at the end of the final battle to bind Owein and The Wild Hunt once more.
  • Gentle Giant: Quite literally, considering what Paraiko are.


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