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Characters introduced or appearing prominently in Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes, a standalone sequel to The First Law trilogy.

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Curnden Craw

Leader of a crew of Named Men, known to all as a real straight edge.

Prince Calder

Bethod's younger son, a charmer and schemer among the straightforward warriors of the North.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With his wife Sef, and occasionally comes through in interactions with his older brother Scale. In the end, played straight as he gives Scale rulership of the North.
  • The Casanova: His love for his wife is enough to make him swear off other women. Well, almost enough.
  • Dirty Coward: By his own admission.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Not ugly per se, but Sef's most mentioned physical trait is her pig nose.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Ends up as this to Scale.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dead set on reclaiming his father's throne from Black Dow.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Doesn't start with one, since he's never earned it. Then after he defeats Black Dow in the circle (with a little help), people start calling him Black Calder.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After Scale's apparent death, Calder's response is uncharacteristically hot-headed.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Scale. Calder's blue.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal! / Shut Up, Kirk!: Depending on your perspective, delivers a pretty awesome one to Black Dow, so much so that many of the people there to watch Dow butcher him start laughing.
  • Smug Smiler: Wears his smirk like armor.
  • Smug Snake: Actually somewhat averted. Calder has many of the traits, but he's aware of his own overconfidence and tries to curb it. He's also pretty likable when he tries.
    • Zig-zagged throughout The Heroes. He repeatedly schemes himself into a corner and wriggles out in unexpected ways, until Bayaz finally traps him. And then he escapes that through brotherly love.

Bremer dan Gorst

King Jezal's disgraced former bodyguard, now a special observer on the war from the Closed Council of the Union.
  • The Brute
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In love with Finree for years. When he finally does tell her, it goes disastrously.
  • Master Swordsman: Screwed out of a championship by Bayaz, and now possibly the best fighter on either side.
  • Stoic Woobie: Tremendously depressed over his disgrace, but mostly just stands around silently until it's time to put on his armor and kill dozens of people. Subverted; almost everything wrong in his life is his own fault.

Finree dan Brock

A Union noblewoman with ambitious plans.

Corporal Tunny

Standard-bearer of the First, a veteran Union soldier.
  • Dirty Coward: Subverted. He's suicidally brave when his adrenaline's going, and spends the battle trying to repress it.
  • Glory Seeker: Averted. All Tunny wants to do is live through the next battle and make a profit reselling loot. Even after he gets his blood up and does crazy things, he doesn't like hearing about them.
  • Good-Looking Privates: averted to hell and back.
  • Old Soldier: Not that old, but definitely has this attitude.
  • Red Shirt Army: He's in one.


A Northern lad of seventeen, whose father was a famous champion.




Craw's second-in-command.

Whirrun of Bligh

A hero from the High Places, and a member of Craw's dozen.
  • BFS: The Father of Swords, an impossibly large two-hander.
  • Character Development: In "The Fool Jobs," a story concerning Craw's crew several years before The Heroes, Whirrun is new to the band and is a humorless, self-important, stoic hero. By the time of The Heroes, he's lightened up a great deal.
  • The Chosen One: The witch Shoglig told him to seek his destiny on the battlefield, and told him the day and manner of his death.
    • Subverted: he's killed by a random spear, and admits as he's dying that Shoglig had no idea what she was talking about.
  • Crazy Awesome: And how.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Acts like a weird goofball most of the time.
  • Famed In-Story: Other Northmen spend the time between battles talking about his ridiculous list of accomplishments.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Due to the nature of the Father of Swords.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Has less clothes on every time he fights.


Bethod's older son and one of Black Dow's five War Chiefs.

The War Chiefs

Black Dow's five generals, all leaders in their own right with a claim to the North. Consists of Scale (see above), Glama Golden, Cairm Ironhead, Caul Reachey, and Brodd Tenways.


A towering savage who brings his Northmen to Dow's cause.
  • Blood Knight: Specifically joins Dow's army because he wants a good fight. He repeatedly asks about fighting his own allies, like Whirrun or Dow himself.
  • The Mole: One of Bayaz's pawns.


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