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The First Dwarf King is a setting with Loads and Loads of Characters. If we were to list them all, we'd be here all week. However, here are some of the more prominent ones.

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The Dwarves

     General Dwarven Tropes 
  • Badass Beard: Every male dwarf has a beard worth writing home about. Averted with their women, however, who have no facial hair of any kind.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The dwarves are just a collection of peasants who prefer to live in harmony with those around them. But step on their toes, and they will tear your entire nation apart.
  • Cute Bruiser: Dwarven women are just as capable of tearing you limb from limb as dwarven men...yet they're just adorable!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: An in-universe example. Aulis fought with a sword, but by the present day, dwarves have adopted axes and warhammers as their standard weapons.
  • Elves vs. Dwarves: After two hundred years of slavery and three years of war, the dwarves would sooner be flayed alive than look at an elf.
  • The Order: The Shieldmasters, an order of Mighty Glaciers that protect Kordsgard, and, by extension, all of Dwarfonium.
  • The Southpaw: An entire race thereof — in contrast to humans and elves, who are primarily right-handed, almost all dwarves are left-handed.
  • Underground City: Kordsgard. It's the largest settlement in Dwarfonium, but is mostly used as a fortress for those who don't live there year-round.


The protagonist of the story. A young hunter from the village of Nujar who finds himself in the midst of a brutal war. He doesn't think much of himself at first, but soon discovers that his destiny is to lead.

  • Sword and Gun: Subverted; he owns a rifle in addition to his axe, but he rarely, if ever, uses his rifle in battle.
  • Where Da White Women At?: Black-skinned Jani is in a relationship with white-skinned Iris.

Jani's girlfriend. She stands by him in the midst of even the most brutal situations. She can shoot and hew with the best of them.

Jani's best friend since childhood.

Armo's girlfriend/wife and Iris's best friend.
  • Adorkable: She's easily excited and prone to "cute" gestures.

A dwarven hero of legend. It was he who killed the Demon Lord in single combat.

A young Shieldmaster who duels Iris in Hesharan Forest.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has Iris as a sparring partner. Shieldmaster sparring involves bashing your opponent with your shield. In the face. Iris learns this the hard way (although suffers no real damage, thankfully).

A young Shieldmaster who duels Jani in Hesharan Forest.

The head of the Shieldmasters during the early stages of the War of the First Dwarf King.


The Elves

     General Elven Tropes 

An elf who gets caught in a situation he never wanted. He winds up having to fight alongside the dwarves.
  • Large Ham: It's a World of Ham, so this is to be expected; however, Eustathios takes it further than most. Justified, since he's a stage actor.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's incredibly athletic — years of training have given him both speed and strength.
  • Sword and Gun: Has a shortsword as well as a pistol.

The queen of the elves.

     Poniros And Skotia 
Phryne's nephew and niece.

The Humans

     General Human Tropes 
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The humans' most popular weapon is some kind of sword, save for the Holomites, who use spears.
  • Horny Vikings: The Craglanders are Vikings without the longboats or the Rape, Pillage, and Burn mentality.
  • Humans Are Divided: While the other races have uniform cultures, the humans have four kingdoms that are very distinct from each other: the Derunes (ancient Britain), the Fulonians (the Arabs), the Holomites (Africa), and the Craglanders (the Vikings).
  • Humans Are Special: Averted. There's no real way to call the humans particularly "special," unless you count their Gift of Diversity.
  • Humans Are Warriors: They will stand and fight against invaders, and will band together in times of crisis.
  • Humans Are White: Averted. The Derunes are white, but the Holomites and Fulonians are not.

The king of Derune, husband of Aristomache, and father of Leofric.
  • Badass Beard: While it's not as long or as thick as some dwarven ones, it's still pretty impressive.
  • Front Line General: He's one of the first into battle.
  • The Good King: Cenric is one of the wisest, most upright characters in the book.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He's smart enough to have planned for Trang Barok's attack... but forgets that maybe, just maybe, the Ironheads might not be broken after a single loss.

The queen of Derune, wife of Cenric, and mother of Leofric.

The prince of Derune and son of Cenric and Aristomache; husband to Amirah.

The king of the Fulonians and father of Amirah.

The princess of the Fulonians, daughter of Jabbar, and wife of Leofric.

King of the Holomites.

The king of the Craglanders; husband of Borghildur.

The queen of the Craglanders; wife of Agmundr.

A Craglander warrior who encounters the dwarves on their quest.

The Orcs

     General Orc Tropes 

     Trang Barok 
King of the Bloody Talons and dragon to Pathruushkè.
  • Nerves of Steel: While his lackeys are trembling in Pathruushkè's very presence, Trang Barok simply stands there passively, showing no signs of fear whatsoever. He even mocks Pathruushkè to his face!
  • Pet the Dog: Shows visible disgust when an Osthan kicks Zirrluhk savagely.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He may have more mooks than he knows what to do with, but that doesn't mean he'll waste them. (Observant readers may be noticing a pattern.)
  • Smoking Is Cool: Has a pipe which he smokes sometimes.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He's a less-than-benevolent ruler, albeit a rather competent one.

Trang Barok's wife.

Chieftain of the Firebeast Clan and husband to Nerga.

The matron of the Firebeast Clan and wife of Gorash.
  • Cool Old Lady: She treats Jani and Armo kindly the first time they meet.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Although the book never officially centres on her actions in battle, Word of God confirms that yes, indeed, she does fight in many of the book's battles.

     Baskriim and Bag'ai 
Firstborn of Nerga; stepsons of Gorash.

Stepsister of Baskriim and Bag'ai. Daughter of Gorash. Also, a Jerkass.
  • Ass Hole Victim: Character Death only a few chapters in by Copthera-gn.
  • Cute Monster Girl: As an apegothian orc, she's expected to have green skin. Also, she's relatively attractive, considering she's an orc.
  • Jerkass: From the moment we meet her, Feschera is either complaining or causing trouble for our heroes.

The Redariam

     General Redariam Tropes 
  • Bald of Awesome: They can't grow hair, so any awesome characters to come out of their society will be this.
  • Beam Spam: Given that they wield plasma guns, this is to be expected.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Inverted. Their eyes may be black, but they're pretty benevolent.
  • Decade Dissonance: In a world where everyone else is stuck in the Middle Ages, these guys have glass skyscrapers, helicopters, smartphones, and jeeps. And, as Trang Barok has shown, artillery.
  • The Greys: They're based on the grey aliens of popular culture; however they can have other skin tones as well.
  • The Southpaw: Like the dwarves, an entire race of left handed people.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: They play the trope perfectly straight...and then subvert it by the fact that they're not really aliens; they've just been living on their own island away from the Herezarians.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The Redariam have this as their hat.

Owner of the Jetstream.
  • The Captain: Holds this rank in the Redariam Air Force.

Krivdalom's co-pilot and second-in-command.

CWO (Chief Warrant Officer) for the Jetstream's crew.

The Jetstream's air observer.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's her incredible eyesight that makes her so invaluable. Said eyesight ends up determining the fate of the world at one point.

The Jetstream's flight surgeon.
  • Ensign Newbie: He was promoted to corporal just before being assigned to the Jetstream.
  • The Medic: Well, he is the flight surgeon....
  • Non-Action Guy: Early in his career, his disabilities steer him away from combat-oriented positions. He gets better.

The Jetstream's Weapon Systems Officer.

The Jetstream's tail gunner, and one of its aviators.

The Jetstream's other aviator.

The Tarsi

     General Tarsian Tropes 

Emperor of the Tarsi and husband of Aimi.

Empress of the Tarsi and wife of Kenta.
  • The Empress: Jointly rules with her husband Kenta.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Uses a bow and arrows while Kenta uses a katana.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Averted; she had accumulated a fair amount of wealth and influence before she married Kenta, and she got it mostly from her own efforts.

The son of Aimi and Kenta (thereby making him a Tarsian prince).

Shogun of the Tarsian army.

Leader of the Tarsian air force. (Definitely not to be confused with Maruto above.)

     Father Kiyoshi 
Pastor of Toshi-tatsu. He ends up accompanying the heroes on their adventure.

The Demons

     General Demon Tropes 

The demon's leader (or is he?) and secretly Trang Barok's master.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He's a demon who can wield magic.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can put on a polite facade. It usually vanishes quickly, revealing his true colours.

     The Osthan 
Pathruushkè's personal bodyguards and assassins.

A...thing summoned by a demonic ritual.

     The Demon Lord 
The demons' first ruler.
  • Bigger Bad: Even centuries after his death, his followers are still carrying out evil deeds in his name.
  • Body Horror: To quote the narrative:
    "The figure stood at least five metres tall. Six massive, leathery wings emerged from its back. Its skin was steel-grey, and covered in spines. Eight muscular limbs — three pairs of arms and a single pair of legs — jutted out of its body. Each arm held a terrible weapon – its left hands held a rapier, a flail, and an axe; its right hands held a claymore, a sabre, and a spiked mace. Six stingers wriggled back and forth on its shoulders, each frothing with a yellow-green venom. Three terrible heads rested between the shoulders. The head on its right resembled the head of a bird, save it had no feathers on its terrible hide. The head on its left was that of a crocodile, but had a horrible, unnaturally long snout with sharp yellow teeth. The head in the middle resembled that of the other demons, and possessed three sinister, glowing eyes but not a single hair."
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Two VERY unpleasant examples: one of his heads looks like that of a bird, and another looks crocodilian.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has six arms, each of which is holding a different weapon.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: Seconds before he dies, he warns Aulis that his servants will carry out vengeance upon the dwarf's descendants.
  • Large and in Charge: In a world where Evil Is Bigger is in full effect, the Demon Lord takes full advantage of it. He stands five metres tall (see quote above) — twice as tall as Pathruushkè and the Osthan.
  • Satanic Archetype: Duh.
  • The Voiceless: His only communication comes in the form of telepathic messages directed at those with whom he wishes to speak.

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