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Delac & Hasegawa

    Hardestadt Delac 

Hardestadt Delac

"I'm just doing the best I can for people along the way."
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The main character of the saga. A mysterious man with a talent for finding things, particularly those entwined with the supernatural. His real name is Daemon Satanael Lucifer.
  • Action Dad: Ever since Grete was born, Hardestadt has been as action oriented was ever.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Heroic variant. Hardestadt thinks nothing of his dignity next to innocent lives and begs Jacobs for the life of an innocent woman without hesitating.
  • Amazon Chaser: Hardestadt Has a Type for strong women. He loves Erin because of her spirit and drive, and prior relationships included a warrior named Maria who was nearly his equal in combat. As far back as his youth in Hell, he also had a relationship with the devil Satannus-the most powerful of all of them save for Lucifer himself.
  • And This Is for...: Has a habit of repeating the names of those he's avenging.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: He slowly comes to accept he cannot create a perfect world like he wanted, and the dream he took on is impossible. It doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for and for all his failures, he's achieved so much to be proud of as well.
Hardestadt: They say paradise cannot exist. So why can't I stop looking for it?
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Hardestadt is wealthy enough to own at least two houses, an apartment, a vintage car, with seemingly limitless resources while being able to pay Erin a large salary. He later reveals he's quite embarrassed that his wealth comes from his aunt Mammon, the Sin of Greed, dumping in billions of dollars to his account every month and refuses to let him turn it down.
  • Arch-Enemy: Nyarlothotep considers him this and the feeling is fully mutual.
  • The Atoner: Part of what he does is driven by guilt for failing to save his mother. It is also revealed that he had a hell of a Face–Heel Turn centuries ago until he came back from it and has never stopped trying to make up for it. It is made fully clear he never will stop trying.
  • Badass Boast: Doles these out pretty regularly.
  • Badass in Distress: Spends the second half of Girls On Film in Rich Jacobs' clutches.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Hardestadt's played a role in a number of historical events.
  • Benevolent Boss: A very friendly boss to Erin in Girls on Film, who's reasonable, pays very well and even cooks.
  • Blood Knight: Under that kind attitude and friendliness, Hardestadt admits he is truly joyful when he is fighting and killing.
  • Broken Ace: Hardestadt is the son of the most powerful angel and most powerful devil, the student of Satannus herself, and a Child Prodigy with a legacy of heroism behind him. He is also emotionally devastated by countless failures and losses, suffers from a horrific sense of Survivor's Guilt and PTSD, along with the knowledge of a truly monstrous Face–Heel Turn when he became an outright villain out of despair. He usually keeps it together well, but sometimes it's easy to see how broken and damaged he is under his confidence and relaxed demeanor.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A racist tries throwing a punch at him when he's enjoying a meal. Hardestadt leaves him with a very injured hand as a result, and he gets off easier than the next people to attack.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Even moreso when your dad is Lucifer himself and you're angry he refused to fight in a major war to assist your mother.
  • Chick Magnet: Sometimes. He doesn't exactly seek it out overmuch, but he's had a fair number of relationships including Erin, Thorunn, Satannus, multiple women from past eras and also Cthylla herself and Eliza Cortly of the Never Mythos.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Has a hard time not protecting the innocent or getting involved to help others.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Averted. Due to being raised in Hell, he has a complete detached view on jealousy. Erin's confession an ex once got her pregnant brings zero judgement from him, and when 'Aoife' remarks she was quite close to having a random fling with someone who bought her a drink in Loves Lost, she's a bit annoyed with how blase Hardestadt is about it, which he justifies with "your body, your choice."
  • Combat Pragmatist: As revealed in None Too Holy, he does not fight clean when he has to. He'll use any trick to win a fight.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers a brutal one to Rich Jacobs after tearing apart his men.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He turns out to be a half-devil who freely admits he'd be harmed by holy magic. He's still a good guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets a number of dry, witty comments. Most notably when he sees a revived Jacobs working for Nyarlathotep, he asks how good the healthcare must be for the employment. Then comments it must be really good after delivering a beatdown on Jacobs.
  • Declaration of Protection: He gives those to people who seek out his help.
  • Defiant Captive: When captured by Jacobs, he doesn't yield.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it long ago with the loss of his beloved mother. On earth, he hit it when his attempt at a supernatural utopia, Arcadia, was destroyed, turning him into a villain known as the Dragon.
  • Determinator: Hardestadt refuses to ever give up, ever since he was young with the name Daemon; He had to push himself hard to become Satannus's student and since then, he pushes through immense pain and suffering to see happy endings brought about.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Happens to him in The Dreams of Lonely Stars when he and Maggie are forced to part. Also the case with him and Eliza Cortly of the Never Mythos, the two being former lovers who are no longer together in present day. Loves Lost even shows them as a happy, loving couple, but the chapter title? "Never to be."
  • Dissonant Serenity: Eerily serene when he brings his worst enemies to their end.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He loathes the name 'Hardy-Boy' Jacobs gives him. He's not altogether very fond of 'Stadt' either but allows it. Maggie Isla once gave him the name 'Day' which he eventually just resigned himself to.
  • Empathic Weapon: The sword given to him by his father has its own consciousness and gets very angry if anyone but Hardestadt tries to use it with often lethal consequences. It isn't happy Hardestadt threw it away long ago, either, which he has to apologize profusely for.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He really, really dislikes misogyny and racism.
  • Friend to All Children: Emphasized most clearly in None Too Holy, Hardestadt is exceedingly gentle and amicable with children, eagerly reading The Little Prince to a bunch of orphan kids. He deals especially brutal retribution to those who harm them, too.
  • Game Face: Puts on one with fangs and red eyes when he goes all out.
  • Good Parents: Lucifer and Aleviel loved him dearly, as did his foster mother Nephera Vallikan. He was also a loving, caring father to his only daughter.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: As a half-devil, he has a solid healing factor, which helps when he's shot in the head so bad his brains spill out.
  • Handicapped Badass: After his fight with Nyarlathotep, he's left badly crippled and has to walk with a cane. He still has all his skills.
  • Has a Type: He has a thing for strong, capable women. Loves Lost and Founds contains flashbacks of some of his ex-wives and all of them fit the bill, up to the dedicated, moral and capable Erin.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He carries a gun but he really loves his swords, using a basket-hilt schiavona in Girls on Film and a Chinese dadao in Nights in Lonesome Arkham.
  • Horror Hunger: If his body is too badly damaged and is in need of repairs, he'll start seeing anything around him as 'just flesh' to be consumed.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Hardestadt is half devil, half angel, in love with a human.
    • There's also his brief stint with werewolf Thorunn, which ended up producing Hardestadt's werewolf daughter, Grete.
    • Later stories reveal he's had many of these. In the Castle of the Night showcases a glimpse to a warrior named Maria, and Nyarlathotep names several as Grainne, Ceoladh and Tomoe. Most tend to be human, though Ceoladh was a former mermaid.
  • It's Personal: He sometimes gets quite personal with his enemies when they cross him and harm those he loves. Especially Nyarlathotep, his Archenemy who has a history with him going back 5,000 painful years.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Slips into this at the end of Arkham against Nyarlathotep when he goes all out more than ever before to take down the evil Outer God.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He and Lucifer are more alike in ways he'll ever admit. He and Grete share a number of similarities as well, notably their strong senses of justice, their Deadpan Snarker tendencies and their penchant for Tranquil Fury.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He moves fast and hits damn hard.
  • The Lost Lenore: He's lost every person he's ever loved at some point over the millennia. Though most notably? He and Eliza Cortly were lovers and it's implied they were engaged as of the early 1900s until she mysterious vanished. Hardestadt isn't over her almost 20 years later.
  • Master Swordsman: Hardestadt might well be the single greatest swordsman on the planet. Later revealed he used to be exceptionally skilled even by demon and devil standards.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Is painfully aware he's going to outlive Erin and has been involved in many of these in the past.
  • Men Don't Cry: Utterly averted. Hardestadt uses tears as an apology and atonement for people he's failed to save. He inherited this from his mother.
  • Mystical White Hair: He's a half-devil, half-angel, and his hair is white.
  • Nice Guy: Hardestadt is pleasant and non-judgmental unless threatened or roused to anger.
  • Odd Friendship: He has a bit of a close-knit bond with the bubbly, optimistic Eliza Cortly of The Never Mythos. Later revealed the two became lovers for a time.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Being thousands of years old, he is this to most of his foes, except the ancient ones like Nyarlathotep.
  • One-Man Army: Give him a sword, watch numbers stop mattering.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very, very dedicated to protecting children and he is especially protective over his beloved daughter Grete. Bonus points as she's technically the 'wolf' there.
  • Parents as People: Part of his arc is seeing Lucifer and Aleviel as less idealized than they truly were as parents. Hardestadt also dearly loves his own daughter, but was not always a perfect parent himself.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Hardestadt has zero compunction delivering painful deaths to vile individuals. This can verge into dark territories when he very cruelly toys with a Neo-Nazi vampire and offers him a Hope Spot that he knows the guy has no ability of fulfilling and kills Hargrove in the hospital. Even he reflects he surrenders to the worst impulses at times.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Looks like he's in his mid-late 20s, is far, far older. Just over ten thousand to be exact.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When his eyes turn red? Watch out. It means he's well and truly enraged.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: He has come a long way since the days of his Face–Heel Turn but his one-time friend Koschei refuses to accept it.
  • Shoot the Dog: He did this on a very grand scale in Thinis...killing literally everyone still alive in the city to save the planet.
  • Slasher Smile: When he's in a bad mood, he tends to show with a very pointy-toothed, vicious grin more akin to a shark than a human.
  • So Proud of You: He becomes Emma's teacher in 'field work' and tells her how proud of her he is. He is also incredibly proud of his beloved daughter and the warrior he's become.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Hardestadt and Eliza Cortly of the Never Mythos were lovers for nearly two hundred years and Hardestadt was clearly deeply in love with her, but they were destined never to be.
  • Supreme Chef: A master at cooking delicious meals, even admitting he gets genuine fulfillment from making them.
  • Survivor Guilt: A veteran of the second great war between heaven and hell...on hell's side, where he lost his mother. He's never gotten over this. The subsequent centuries have resulted in this growing worse and worse with all the conflicts he's involved in.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He expresses great sympathy towards Thomas Nero, saying he's not a bad man, just a lost one.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he's well and truly enraged, he presents as bizarrely calm and relaxed.
  • Walking the Earth: What he used to do. After the war, Hardestadt traveled the world, meeting and saving innocent lives.
  • We Used to Be Friends: On the receiving end of this from Koschei the Deathless, who despises him for becoming the Dragon.
  • You're Not My Father: Threw away the name Daemon as a way of severing ties and relationships with Lucifer after the second great war.
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    Erin Hasegawa 

Erin Hasegawa

"I have the people love. Whether that ends tomorrow, or in a year, you can't take away the fact that I had it. That is something that will never, ever disappear.
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The deuteragonist of the stories. A woman who was saved by Hardestadt and became his assistant, and later lover as of Nights in Lonesome Arkham, Erin is resourceful, eager and intelligent, truly believing in the mission of helping others.


  • All Women Are Doms, All Men Are Subs: while she and Hardestadt enjoy some BDSM, Erin is the sub there with her safe word being 'moonlight.'
  • Asian Airhead: Not this trope at all, but plays it to lure a murderous vampire into a trap, even lampshading it by name and how sick it makes her.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Japanese-American, loves tech and science fiction. Her favorite writer is Ursula Le Guin.
  • Badass Bookworm: Erin loves reading fiction. She also manages to hold her ground against Nyarlathotep himself, and walks alone into the Dreamlands to capture the Necronomicon.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Manages to rescue Hardestadt from Rich Jacobs' nonexistent mercy at the climax of Girls on Film.
  • Blessed with Suck: Has Yog-Sothoth in her head, granting her incredible knowledge and insight to things most humans can't dream of. Shame it'll burn her brain out and leave her a dead shell of herself when Yog-Sothoth is through.
  • Brains and Bondage: Erin is quite intelligent, and when she uses the phrase 'moonlight' to snap Hardestadt out of a berserk rage inflicted on him in Carcosa, she briefly mentions it's her safe word. Further confirmed in Under the Cold Moon she goes for this.
  • Break the Cutie: She goes through this thanks to Yog-Sothoth, almost utterly shattering. She gets better.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Even moreso than Hardestadt. Erin truly believes in saving others and won't ever rest until she does.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Is absolutely squeeing over the cats of Ulthar and has to remind herself not to "hug the king of cats and tell her what a cute little kitty she is."
  • Determinator: She will not give up, no matter what. Even when she realizes Yog-Sothoth is slowly killing her, she forces herself to keep putting 'one foot in front of the other' with the knowledge everyone is counting on her.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Tells Nyarlathotep to 'go fuck yourself' after he attempts his Deal with the Devil with her.
  • Everyone Can See It: Her feelings for Hardestadt are seen as incredibly obvious in Girls on Film. By the time the two are together, nobody is surprised
  • Face Death with Dignity: When her task is complete, she simply asks Yog-Sothoth for her happiest memory-the first time she and Hardestadt ever told each other "I love you" and accepts her mental oblivion with calm acceptance.
Erin: No more crying. You knew how this was gonna go. You knew how this was gonna end. No use being scared now. Going to happen whether you want it to or not. Be brave, even if the only person you're proving anything to is yourself.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She befriends an ancient demon who's the Queen of Hell on their trek through the Dreamlands.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted. Erin is a very good person and reveals at the end of Cold Moon that she chose not to keep a pregnancy from a failed relationship.
  • The Heart: Her kindness is infectious and she's the moral center of the team. It's implied she even helped Hardestadt reconnect with humanity again.
  • Heroic BSoD: Learning she's dying and Yog-Sothoth's utter indifference to it makes her break down utterly.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: One reason Yog-Sothoth chooses her as a repository of knowledge is it knows that even if she has to kill herself to save the world, she will.
  • Hidden Depths: She turns out to be highly resourceful, kind and determined when the chips are down.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: In Girls on Film, Erin puts things together and saves her far more experienced boss with little to go on.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Erin is a sweet, moral person, and as she shows in the Dreamlands, she absolutely adores cats. Especially talking cats.
  • Jumped at the Call: Erin met Hardestadt when she was threatened by a Brahmaparusha that intended to drive her mad and eat her alive. Hardestadt rescued her, prompting her to go to him herself and say she wanted to help others just as he'd helped her.
  • Nerves of Steel: Delivering a Precision F-Strike to the Crawling Chaos itself while she's at his mercy. nets her some of these.
  • Nice Girl: Erin's assertive and not afraid to put it where it is, but she's still earnest, enthusiastic, and an incredibly moral woman.
  • Official Couple: She and Hardestadt get together by Nights in Lonesome Arkham and remain so. By the end of Under the Cold Moon, they're formally engaged.
  • Perky Goth: Favors black clothes, has numerous piercings and dyed hair, yet is quite cheerful and upbeat.
  • Secretly Dying: Thanks to Yog-Sothoth in her head in Arkham, Erin tries desperately to conceal her impending demise.
  • Sex for Solace: Due to the above issue with Yog-Sothoth, Erin initiates an encounter with Hardestadt that is more about relief and comfort for herself than anything else.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Is the true hero of Girls on Film, saving her far more experienced boss with little info to go on.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From innocent victim to Hypercompetent Sidekick to facing off against the Crawling Chaos and telling him to go fuck himself. This trend continues even more in Cold Moon when she takes out two werewolves via her cleverness.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Before she and Hardestadt got together, they tended to snark at one another a lot while being best friends.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Yog-Sothoth in her head means her mind will eventually be obliterated, much to her despair.

    Emma West 

Emma West

Lydia West's sister and a former victim of Rich Jacobs' trafficking ring, later turned into a vampiric field agent and fierce ally of Hardestadt Delac.


  • Action Girl: Cements herself as a skilled, talented fighter after training.
  • And This Isfor: She seems to have taken up Hardestadt's habit of delivering this to enemies. As Jacobs finds out.
  • Badass Gay: She's in a committed relationship with Dani, and she's also a capable, courageous fighter more than capable of fighting against the sorts of monster Hardestadt courts regularly.
  • Beta Couple: She and Dani are the secondary couple to to Hardestadt and Delac.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She puts Hardestadt's brother a powerful demon lord, in his place verbally.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Twofold. She's one of the vampiric women leading the fray against Jacobs at the end after suffering his abuses in Girls on Film, and later takes the honor of personally finishing the bastard once and for all in the next story by tossing him to Cthulhu.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Emma was turned into a vampire for the purpose of Jacobs' "special" films. A few years later when she's liberated from the ring, Emma's still a vampire, but she's entirely pleasant and dedicated to helping those in need.
  • Knife Nut: In battle, she loves her knives.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She loves Dani dearly, who has red hair.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Formerly a pornographic actress, but always a very kind, moral human being.
  • Lesbian Vampire: In a loving and committed relationship with Dani, another vampire.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: When Jacobs, the man who tortured and traumatized her, is resurrected to act as Nyarlathotep's minion, Emma is the one who faces him, no longer afraid of him. She kills him for good when she feeds him to Cthulhu.
  • Running Gag: Has a habit of mistaking Hardestadt's (mostly ageless) family members as "hot older siblings."
  • Shipper on Deck: She ships Hardestadt and Erin quite a lot.
  • Took a Level in Badass: From a tortured victim of Jacobs' trafficking ring to one member of a party taking on a Great Old One. The leap is huge.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is fiercely loyal to Hardestadt and Erin for saving her and her fiancée.

Hardestadt's Family

    Grete Ravenhallow 

Grete Ravenhallow

"I may be afraid but I am going to do this regardless.''
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The deuteragonist of Under the Cold Moon, and a talented, competent Werewolf Jaeger sent to infiltrate Pine Creek. Grete has a long and complex history with Hardestadt.


  • Action Girl: Comes with being a trained warrior and werewolf. Grete is a particularly talented and skilled example.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Grete Ravenhallow does roll off the tongue. As does Grete Luciana Alevia Delac, which earns her bonus points as all three of those names belong to some of the most powerful, accomplished characters of the setting.
  • Badass Gay: Grete reveals she's an out and proud lesbian in the final chapter.
  • Badass Princess: Her mother had the title 'Queen of the Clans.'
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a dry wit about her when she wants to show it. Presumably she picked it up from her father.
  • Declaration of Protection: "This time, dad. This time I protect you!" She also extends this to Kasumi Akamine, inspiring her with a promise to defend her.
  • Determinator: Like both her parents, Grete refuses to stay down or give up.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After having lived for years with the trauma of Siegfried's attempt on her life? She's the one to finally kill him.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Hardestadt called her 'mon ciel etoille' and 'mon petit loup' (meaning 'my starry sky' and 'my little wolf') in the past, which she's a bit embarrassed by in current day.
  • Friend to All Children: Grete is very fond of children.
  • Gayngst: Very briefly as a teenager when struggling with her orientation. Given this was in the 1700s, it's more than justified, and her Parental Substitute Eliza Cortly was there to help her become proud of it.
  • Heroic BSoD: She nearly suffers one when she learns Siegfried is the one behind Pine Creek, almost freezing up out of sheer PTSD when she sees him.
  • Heroic Lineage: Grete is of the line of the famous Gunhild, one of the greatest leaders and warriors of the werewolf clans. Her mother Thorunn was an even greater one, and, and through her father's side, she's the granddaughter of Lucifer and Aleviel themselves.
  • Hidden Depths: Grete spends the first half of the story being cool and professional with Hardestadt only to reveal a much more compassionate and kind woman who deeply loves him as her father.
  • I Am What I Am: Grete's proud to accept herself as she is and refuses to use Hardestadt's silver band to hide herself.
  • Interspecies Romance: She falls for a Kitsune, being a werewolf.
  • Little Miss Badass: when she couldn't have been older than three, she ripped out Siegfried's eye with her teeth when he had her hostage.
  • Old Flame: Was seemingly one of these to Hardestadt, during his time among the clans. Except she's not. She's his daughter, and the product of a romance between one of his old flames, Thorunn.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You chose your god. Now embrace his hell.
  • Really 700 Years Old: As a werewolf, Grete is much older than she appears, and she was born in the mid-late 1700s.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she goes all out, her eyes shift from gold to red, unlike other werewolves. Like father, like daughter.
  • Rescue Romance: She falls for Kasumi Akamine after saving her life.
  • Straight Gay: Played with. She's calm, professional and doesn't advertise her sexuality on the job, but she's an out lesbian and clearly doesn't bother hiding it when she's back home in San Francisco.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She greatly resembles her mother Thorunn, down to the same eyes.
  • Surprise Incest: She's just a wee bit cautious of this with Kasumi after seeing how close Kasumi's mother Oyuki Akamine was to Hardestadt, only to receive assurances from Oyuki that while she and Grete's father were lovers, he is absolutely not Kasumi's father.
  • Tranquil Fury: She tends to express pure rage with calmness.
  • Twofer Token Minority: She's noticeably not Caucasian, with light-brown skin. She's also gay. Beyond that? She's also a hybrid, with werewolf and human DNA in her — which makes her a target for Siegfried just as much as her mother was.
  • Walking Spoiler: The reveal she isn't Thorunn. She's Thorunn and Hardestadt's daughter.
  • You Killed My Father: One reason for her hatred of Siegfried is Thorunn's death when she was just a baby.

    Alineia Vasilisa Maria 

Alineia Vasilisa Maria

"Are you my brother?!"

Hardestadt's younger sister and the daughter of Aleviel, accidentally born after the events of Nights in Lonesome Arkham and rescued by Baba Yaga and Koschei. Debuts in the first part of Give Us Forever.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Ali, or "Ali Vasya" by Baba Yaga and Koschei.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Alineia's power is such that the mere concept of existing is enough to potentially threaten the entirety of the Teraverse. She's eerily blithe about being willing to die for the sake of preventing this.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As cheerful as she is, Alineia is the strongest being in all reality. Hardestadt snapping at Baba Yaga provokes her to almost crush Hardestadt under an unfathomable amount of power and lose her niceness for a brief second.
  • Cheerful Child: Her having been raised by Baba Yaga and Koschei hasn't affected her development into an excitable, well-reared, pleasant child whose nothing less than ecstatic to finally see her brother.
  • Children Are Innocent: Decidedly so. Alineia is untouched by the world's cruelty so far even if she is at the center of a lot of dark planning—her first taste of loss, ever, ends up being her "Uncle" Koschei.
  • Exact Words: She's the "youngest of the devils" Baba Yaga keeps hinting at, not Hardestadt.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Alienia's mere existence constitutes as this, dethroning Aleviel as the strongest living entity in the current setting. This is all offset by the fact she's a child and doesn't really know how to control her power yet.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her mere existence is a gigantic spoiler for Give Us Forever.
  • World's Strongest Man: Alineia's potential power isn't just remarkable among demons and angels; she's literally the strongest being in the entire Teraverse in terms of raw power. The only problem is she doesn't quite know how to control it.
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Denizens of Hell

Leadership

    Lucifer 

Lucifer

Stand with me here as equals, with pride in yourselves. In what we have made. Look within and help me build anew here. As we choose.

The strongest of the fallen angels sans Aleviel herself, and the Lord of Hell. He is also Hardestadt' — or Daemon's — father, through Aleviel.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: To the Devils, Lucifer is beloved. They're not simply an army, they're a family. Satannus puts it best: they're not slaves or servants. They follow Lucifer because they love him.
  • A Father to His Men: Lucifer loves his followers and they love him dearly in turn. They're a family.
  • Affably Evil: He's technically evil by virtue of being the devil, but he's polite, charming and pleasant.
  • Always Someone Better: He admits he knew Aleviel would forever 'walk ahead' of him for the rest of eternity.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Lord of Hell and worthy of all the power that title bestows. Lucifer is capable of taking on Nyarlathotep directly at the height of his powers. Nyarlathotep even claims that a fight between them at their best would put the entire universe at risk. At one point, he shows just how strong he is by trashing two Great Old Ones when highly weakened.
  • Benevolent Boss: Very pleasant and caring to those under him, especially the Seven Sins.
  • Big Good: Serves as this to the heroes in Nights in Lonesome Arkham in lieu of Aleviel's absence.
  • Broken Pedestal: Hardestadt grew up loving, respecting and admiring him. The events of the second holy war left him with a deep bitterness that Lucifer never tried to properly mend.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Has slept with many of his 'sisters' among the angels, Aleviel, Satannus, Belial, Mammon and Leviathan being the ones named. All these relationships continued for eons.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Getting chucked into Dagon and Hydra's dimension strips him of most of his powers. He still wrecks the both of them.
  • Cain and Abel: the Cain to his younger twin Michael. It's revealed they were once very close before the Fall.
  • Chick Magnet: Belial is head over heels for him, as are the other female Sins. He and Aleviel were almost Love at First Sight and one of the most powerful demons in hell is deeply in love with him. He also indicates he has a lot of children by many mothers in hell.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Lucifer has a lot of kids by different mothers, and is indicated to get around a lot, but he treats consent as completely sacred following his obsession with choice. Notably he refuses to lay a hand on Aleviel again unless she wants him to and with Belial makes it very clear that if anything happens between them, he wants it to be her decision.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Delivers an utter beatdown to Dagon and Hydra before nearly erasing them, as well as to several archangels during the Fall.
  • Dark Messiah: The savior of the downtrodden 'outcasts' of heaven, who helped them to accept themselves, and nearly took heaven. Even after this failed, he led them into finding a new home in hell where their very existence was their triumph.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: He's the strongest of the good guys and not by a little, so he spends most of the story without his powers as not to end things by snapping his fingers.
  • Enemy Mine: Forms one of these with Michael to protect both Heaven and Hell in the climax of Nights in Lonesome Arkham.
  • Fallen Angel: Devils are fallen angels who have transitioned into becoming something between angel and demon.
  • Famed In-Story: Who doesn't know who Lucifer is? Even the Great Old Ones know him by his rep.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is not fond of Great Old Ones, and finds Dagon and Hydra to be 'overgrown fish' claiming to be gods.
  • Good Parents: Tries his damned best to be this to Hardestadt, trying to make up to him again
  • Heel–Face Turn: The massive damage caused by the war, Aleviel's sacrifice, and his own son cutting him off for centuries really rattled him, and by the point of Lonesome Arkham, while he's hardly humble and still a danger to those who oppose him, he's significantly mellowed out from his days as the would-be conqueror of Hell and is now fighting in earnest to save the world from Nyarlathotep.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Under his haughtiness and arrogance, he can be extremely kind and respectful.
  • I've Come Too Far: His refusal to stop the war in heaven, even after seeing his beloved brother Michael opposing him? To stop would mean all of his fallen followers and dead opponents would have died in vain.
  • Kill It with Fire: His general fighting style seems to be summoning tons of fire and incinerating anything in sight with it.
  • Leitmotif: Fittingly enough, in his introductory chapter in Nights in Lonesome Arkham, Lucifer is given "Sympathy for the Devil."
  • Louis Cypher: Assumes the identity of "Nicholas Morgen" to get his son's sentient sword out of the hands of a petty murderer and thief, letting the man get a glimpse into his true form as incentive to turn his course in life.
  • My Greatest Failure: Could not bring himself to reach out to Hardestadt properly after his mother's death, something he is secretly deeply ashamed of.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing rattles him. Not even being thrown into an Old One cage or his own apparently impending demise. Lucifer takes it all in stride without panicking or changing his expression.
  • Noble Demon: Even during the war between Heaven and Hell, Lucifer was still impeccably polite and honest with noble intentions. At his core, Lucifer's barely evil at all; he detests killing for its own sake, never lies or twists his word, treats his son's human and vampire friends as full equals at one small prompt from Hardestadt, and even goes out of his way to convince a conniving, small-time gangster using his son's sword to kill people to change his lot in life — albeit by terrifying him into doing so.
  • Older Than They Look: Has been alive since pretty much the dawn of time and is still a gorgeous, young-looking man. Emma even says he resembles Hardestadt's "hot older brother" more than his father.
  • Papa Wolf: While he's aloof, he loves his kids and Nyarlathotep finally incurs his utter wrath when he insults Hardestadt.
Nyarlathotep: He's just like both his parents. A failure to the end.
Lucifer: Don't you ever mock my son.
  • Pride: He is Lucifer, after all, and his haughtiness is clearly manifest despite him otherwise being a decent guy. Fittingly enough, he's able to inspire pride in positive contexts, as well, convincing Belial to be proud of her true self in A Matter of Pride and finally allowing her to stop hating herself.
Emmma: What's [Lucifer] like?
Hardestadt: Same as he's ever been. A hands-off parent, arrogant, too sure of himself, manipulative, proud — you wouldn't believe the "proud" part.
Emma: Pretty sure some of those were synonyms, Stadt.
Hardestadt: You'd be amazed how he can make them different.
  • Parental Neglect: Pretty hands off as a parent to say the very least. Also a victim of this from his own Father.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Freely admits he could destroy the earth with no effort. When he fights Nyarlathotep, their fight could put the entire universe at risk just from the backlash.
  • Really Gets Around: Has a lot of kids, the vast majority by different mothers. Lust is one of those sins after all.
  • Red Baron: 'The Morning Star.'
  • Satan is Good: Downplayed. Lucifer's haughty, arrogant, distant from his son, and was still responsible for the angelic war that led to thousands of angels dying needless deaths and the Fall that took place afterwards — but at his absolute worst, Lucifer is magnificently Affably Evil and beyond that genuinely likes both his fellow angels and humanity themselves as beyond just pieces to manipulate, showing care for Belial and convincing her to take pride in her true self and offering to give Aleviel a chance to exist beyond the garden she's been marooned in for so long. In the present day, Lucifer's essentially a decent guy who wants to reconnect with Hardestadt and plays a direct role in saving all creation from Nyarlathotep.
  • Smug Super: Just as arrogant as you'd think, but he can really, really, really back it up.
  • Time Abyss: He considers ten-thousand years to be quite insignificant in the grand scheme of his life.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he's well and truly furious, it manifests as him being really, really calm.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of The Fall. Lucifer's principled and well-intentioned, but there's no denying he's still leading a full-out war against Heaven that costs the lives of thousands — many of whom he kills himself — to install himself as Heaven's ruler, even spitefully mocking his brother Michael by ordering him to "obey" as he's always done.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The reason for his rebellion? "To return order to this fractured chaos" with God gone.
  • World's Strongest Man: Insinuates he's stronger than every demon in hell put together and with Aleviel dead, he's the strongest character in the setting except for Michael and Nyarlathotep at their best before you get to God or the Outer Gods.

    Aleviel 

Aleviel

"I see the pain of everyone who has lived. Everyone who lives now across so many worlds. I see the pain inside you. The pain of being abandoned. The hatred at being suborned by something you do not understand. I see it and I understand it.
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One of the strongest and most noble angels in existence, and Hardestadt's mother.


  • Action Mom: The most devastatingly powerful angel who ever lived, implied to be the strongest being in all Creation or even existence, and a loving mother to boot.
  • All-Loving Hero: Aleviel differed from Lucifer and his amoral Sins in that she couldn't bring herself to pointlessly destroy so many lives even in her rebellion. She's so benevolent she even offers Nyarlathotep a chance at a better life, one he almost seems to consider taking. However, she fully acknowledges the paradox in that allowing the war to drag on further only leads to even worse bloodshed.
  • Always Someone Better: To Lucifer and Nyarlathotep both.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Was that really Aleviel Nyarlathotep saw in his last moments, or was he hallucinating?
  • Back from the Dead: She returns to life at the end of Nights in Lonesome Arkham.
  • Bi the Way: Normally for an angel, Aleviel doesn't see gender as an issue.
  • Big Bad: It is revealed she is the main villain of Give Us Forever after Baba Yaga makes her exit, working alongside Malachor Archayus.
  • Big Good: For the setting as a whole, with God serving as a Greater-Scope Paragon. Aleviel is the greatest source of inspiration in Hardestadt's life, and even though she's long gone, her influence still continues to have an effect on everyone she met, with Hardestadt seeking to pursue the "world without tears" she sought to create.
  • Broken Ace: She's the most powerful angel, even the most powerful being in existence, the paragon and great revolutionary, who is shattered by all the deaths she's caused. In A Conspiracy of Serpents she refuses to get involved with any conflict under the belief all she does is make them worse and hurt the ones she cares for most.
  • Broken Pedestal: She loved God dearly as his daughter. Then she was locked in the Garden for endless eons, and her love slowly turned to hatred and anger. She also serves as this to Nyarlathotep who once idolized her.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Her one known romantic relationship was Lucifer, who is technically her brother. Not that Angels view it that way.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Face her one on one and this is the only fight you get. She has crushed both Nyarlathotep and Apophis without any effort to date.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Hardestadt thinks much higher of Aleviel than he does Lucifer. She's also disappeared for centuries, seemingly erased from existence.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Was known to fight with a gentle, relaxed smile in contrast to the blood she shed.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She made sure the last thing Hardestadt ever saw of her was her smiling.
  • Good Parents: As busy as she was, she adored her son and made every effort to be a good parent to him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Seemingly gave her life to save her son from prosecution at the hands of the other angels.
  • Ironic Echo: Whether it's really her or not, Aleviel is the one to deliver this to Nyarlathotep just before he's destroyed by Azathoth, turning his favored words against him: "all I have to offer you is madness. Madness, and the void's wild vengeance. The only gifts the presumptuous has earned."
  • Knight Templar Parent: Aleviel is ruthlessly dedicated to protecting her daughter Alineia, to the point of lying to everyone and manipulating everyone around her, even her own son.
  • Lady of War: Impossibly beautiful, relaxed, elegant and the strongest warrior in the history of creation who tore apart all of Nyarlathotep's offenses while never losing a peaceful expression and gentle smile.
  • Mama Bear: She would fight to any length to protect her son. She would also do anything to protect her daughter...
  • The Man Behind the Man: She's revealed as the one manipulating events in Give us Forever, working alongside the ruthless demon Malachor.
  • Missing Mom: In the most literal sense possible. Aleviel isn't dead, per se, but she's been missing from creation for thousand of years.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She is stricken with guilt and grief for the consequences of her rebellion and refuses to get involved in new crises because she feels she only makes things worse.
  • My Greatest Failure: Her war ended up killing trillions, and all for nothing.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: The most beautiful, noble and kindest of the angels, and the first ever made by God. She ends up rebelling and being an even greater threat to heaven than Lucifer.
  • Parental Neglect: Suffered eons of this' when God seemingly abandoned her in the Garden to languish (in truth having been tired out to near nonexistence in keeping the Outer Gods out of creation). This caused her to eventually rebel alongside the other angels.
  • Pregnant Badass: Aleviel curb-stomps Nyarlathotep while she's pregnant with Hardestadt, earning the Outer God's fear and hatred. It is later revealed she was pregnant as well during the final battle in her rebellion, so early not even she knew of it.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: For eons, the only person who interested her was Lucifer. She finally acknowledges her feelings for Nephera at the end of Conspiracy of Serpents.
  • Time Abyss: Like most of the first angels, she's ancient. And she's the oldest angel.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As selfless as it was of her to offer even the Crawling Chaos mercy in the world she sought to create, it also ended up as one of her greatest mistakes. Aleviel's fall from grace ended up causing Nyarlathotep to permanently plunge over the Despair Event Horizon and any hope of validating his own existence in a way that didn't involve destroying millions — and, out of sheer, vengeful spite to her, Nyarlathotep decided to embrace his nature and destroy the very world she sought to protect.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The goal of her rebellion was to create a better world, even if she killed many, many people to do it.
  • Willfully Weak: She suppressed most of her power to keep from just wiping heaven out during the great war. Nyarlathotep implies she would've destroyed heaven if she had been able to force herself to do it, but 'faltered' at the end.
  • World's Strongest Man: Easily the strongest character in the setting outside of God and Azathoth themselves, well beyond even Lucifer and Nyarlathotep. Even the trace remnants of her power serve as powerful macguffins Nyarlathotep seeks to take in order to break the lock on creation so he can devour the other Outer Gods.

    Queen Karai Gehenna 

Queen Karai Gehenna

"Paradise can so easily become a hollow, lost thing, Erin. Do not lose sight of reality."

A demon and the former Queen of Hell, struck down by a spell of sleeping that sent her into the Dreamlands for centuries, where she has become the archmage of Ulthar.


  • Ambiguously Brown: Noticeably darker skinned than Erin, but no human ethnicity is ascribed to her.
  • The Archmage: In the Dreamlands, she's become the Archmage of the town of Ulthar, and she can back it up with a lot of power.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As with all of Hell's nobility. Karai proves a couple-thousand years in the Dreamlands hasn't dulled her at all when some upstart men of Leng try and attack her and Erin.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Draws Azmodan into one at the start of the epilogue before she fades, the first in thousands of years.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Another with Azmodan when she awakens for the first time in thousands of years.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted. As a demon, Karai is very open-minded and when Azmodan is having trouble sleeping, she offhandedly mentions if he needs a few nights with another lover, she's absolutely fine.
  • Deep Sleep: Induced on her, and she's been in it for thousands of years, taking up residence in Ulthar for that time in the Dreamlands. The revelation of Nyarlathotep threatening Hell convinces her to finally act to break it.
  • Eternal Love: She and Azmodan have been together a long, long time, hundreds and thousands of years in fact.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Erin bond immensely on their journey together through the Dreamlands.
  • Happily Married: It doesn't seem they've made a formal ceremony of it,but by demon standards Az and Karai are essentially a married couple, and are a very supportive and loving one.
  • Healing Hands: Possesses these. Uses them to heal Erin in the Dreamlands.
  • The High Queen: A beautiful, powerful demon who would do anything to protect the hell she rules.
  • I Warned You: She gives the men of Leng ample time to get out of the way in the Dreamlands. Their smugness costs most of them their lives.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Something of a different take, but Erin notes she's quite good with the cats of Ulthar — which she's lived among for thousands of years now — and she's quick to offer her services to Erin once she realizes Nyarlathotep threatens all existence.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Take away her magic? She moves incredibly fast and hits hard enough to kill a grown man in a single blow.
  • Master Swordsman: Not just a skilled mage, but a lightning-fast fighter with a scimitar too.
  • Not So Stoic: She has a playful, mischievous side to her she she loves showing.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Served as this for a time in Hell, after Aleviel's sacrifice and in Lucifer's absence, admitting she wasn't anywhere near up to their level but persevered in the role regardless.
  • She Is the King: Originally, Karai held the title of King alongside the other Nine. After a mass abdication, she restyled herself as High Queen.

The Seven Sins

    Belial 

Belial

I see who I am! I see myself! And I. Am. PROUD!"
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An angel and transgender woman who became a powerful Devil and the Sin of Pride. One of Lucifer's first and most utterly loyal followers. The main character of A Matter Of Pride.


  • Beautiful All Along: She was never hideous, but despised her male body and could not understand why. After accepting her true nature, she sees herself as beautiful, inside and out.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Lucifer's kindness towards her and his aid in accepting her true self earned Belial's eternal undying loyalty.
  • Bi the Way: She is deeply in love with Lucifer and has been his lover for eons, though she also sleeps with Satannus, Leviathan and Mammon.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: As part of the first angel generation, she and Lucifer are technically siblings. She expresses no reservation about sleeping with him before the Fall and states she has been his lover and friend ever since.
  • Cool Aunt: She's referenced by Lucifer's kids as a very loving and proud aunt to them, and in her closing narration, she mentions how much she's loved and protected each and every one of Lucifer's children.
  • Defector from Decadence: She despised the stifling 'perfection' from heaven and finds the freedom of her Devilry far more fulfilling.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She hated the name Belial, which means 'worthless.' After meeting Lucifer, she learned to take pride in it instead, making it so it referred to her as one whose value was beyond naming.
  • The Dragon: As the Sin of Pride, she is implied to be Lucifer's right-hand among the Devils and the seven sins.
  • Fallen Angel: Was one of those to Fall during Lucifer's great rebellion.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She dearly loves Lucifer, but is aware that even if the she's his friend and lover, his heart truly belongs to Aleviel and Nephera Vallikan. While she believes she might get somewhere if she were to truly open her heart and beg for him to remain with her, she has to admit she's too prideful for it.
  • Insult Backfire: One of her 'brothers,' Ezekial declares her arrogant for embracing her name of 'Belial' and her nature as a woman. Her only response is to retort "Pride."
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Was treated horribly and contemptuously by other angels for her name 'Belial', meaning 'worthless.' This apparently factored into her decision to leave Heaven for Lucifer's legion.
  • Pride: Her sin. In a twist, it's far less evil than expected, as it's her learning to take pride in herself.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Repeatedly against her absentee Father for creating her with a body she was never comfortable in, without truly knowing why.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's described as having 'rose-colored' hair and is rather benevolent and pleasant as far as devils go, with her urging others to accept pride in who they are.
  • The Tease: She's well aware Asmodeus, Sin of Lust wants her badly regardless of her gender, but she prefers to play around with him.
  • Transgender: As she realizes and embraces, Belial is a woman who was created with a male body. After Lucifer urges her to find her true self, she realizes that she is female and embraces herself.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lucifer. She is one of his first followers and one of the most utterly loyal for helping her realize her true self.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She was a participant in Lucifer's rebellion that killed many on both sides, but her ultimate goal is fixing the errors with the world her absentee Father made.
  • Winged Humanoid: She appears humanoid and like most angels, has white wings at the story's opening.
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    Satannus 

Satannus

"Every day I remind myself to remain calm. Every single day I hold my wrath in check."
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The Devil sin of Wrath, one of Lucifer's seven Sins, and the main protagonist in The Kiss of Wrath.


  • All for Nothing: Satannus is torn by the revelation that her Father is dead. As she says, if God was never there to oppose, "what am I but another monster?"
  • Amazonian Beauty: Satannus is gorgeous, but wild and strong looking.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The greatest military commander in Hell's ranks sans Lucifer himself, and easily one of the strongest.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: She has long, fiery red hair, emphasizing her wild nature.
  • Berserk Button: Being forced to ignore hearing her safeword when she was forced to brutalize Daemon to save him from Karadas enrages her, far more than the other indignation of what Karadas does to her.
  • Bi the Way: Par for the course for a devil, Satannus's lovers included men and women both.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her power comes from her wrath and makes her one of the most dangerous warriors in hell. It's also always with her and every single day is a constant fight not to lose herself to her fury.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: She's one of the Sins, so she's A Lighter Shade of Black, but Satannus' fall begun with her turning on her brethren for their traitorous actions and she eagerly followed Lucifer from that moment on.
  • Blood Knight: Satannus loves a good fight, and she's seen particularly hungry for fighting during the war on Heaven in The Fall.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: As is particular with most devils. Not only with Lucifer, but she regularly sleeps with her fellow female Sins and devils of both genders.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Satannus is violent and loves fighting, but she has a deep love for her family under it and a lot of good points to her.
  • The Chessmaster: Plays Karadas Baal like a finely-tuned guitar when he thinks he's in control of the conspiracy underlining The Kiss of Wrath.
  • Co-Dragons: While the Seven Sins have claims to this as one, she and Belial are the closest, serving as his right and left hands during the Fall.
  • Cool Aunt: It takes a while, but she becomes this to Daemon after she makes him her Soul-Bound, though as per usual for Devils and Soul-Bounds, the two are physically involved during his tutelage.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Red eyes and fiery red hair.
  • Dark Action Girl: Satannus is the most action oriented of the Devils and has the skills to prove it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's got one hell of a dry wit to her as well.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She does not believe in taking it easy with her students, putting them through grueling exercises and pushing them to their limits.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Satannus fights through death itself to return her soul to her body and launches a brutal, fast-paced attack on Apophis that nearly kills the King of Serpents himself before her body gives out.
  • Eyepatch of Power: She's a total badass, and is missing an eye, which she covers with a red patch.
  • Fallen Angel: Like all devils, she's a former angel.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's wild, hot-blooded and has red hair.
  • Genius Bruiser: Satannus is one of the most capable and deadly in terms of combative ability among the Devils, and she's also one of the smartest too.
  • Go Out with a Smile: When she passes, Hardestat sees a smile frozen on her face.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's Wrath of the Seven Sins, and it doesn't take much to get her off.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Satannus takes a stand against an empowered Apophis, knowing full well it will mean her life.
  • Heroic Willpower: Satannus has will powerful enough to will her soul back into her body after death, making Apophis realize just how strong she truly is.
  • Hidden Depths: Not only her kindness, but while she's primarily a warrior, Satannus is an incredibly skilled manipulator. While she confesses her dislike with the political game of the demons known as the Grand Dance, Satannus remarks she can "throw together a few steps" when she puts her mind to it.
  • Hot-Blooded: Unlike most of the reserved Sins, Satannus is wild and tends to shout a lot.
  • I Don't Want to Die: She has a sad moment before Apophis when she realizes she's terrified of dying and having her soul devoured, but pushes on to engage the serpent anyways.
  • Implacable Woman: Satannus will not stay down and goes through entire armies on her own.
  • Incest Is Relative: Despite being Daemon's aunt, being Soul-Bound requires physical intimacy as well and the two highly enjoy that aspect together, which is par for the course for devils.
  • It's Personal: When the King of Serpents kills two devils, Satannus takes it very personally.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Satannus is not a friendly person, but she can be quite kind to those she cares about. It does take a while to get there, though.
  • Made of Iron: It's damn near impossible to even damage her.
  • Master Swordsman: She taught Daemon, AKA Hardestadt how to fight and it's clear why she's the master.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: She sacrifices her life against Apophis and dies in her student's arms, though her spirit still assists him for the final battle with the King of Serpents.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Being used and manipulated by her angelic superiors shattered her loyalty to heaven and drove her to Lucifer's rebellion.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She is driven to despair by the revelation that her Father is gone. The notion she killed so many angels for nothing weighs heavily upon her.
  • My Greatest Failure: Satannus has never really gotten over the deaths of all of her soldiers that resulted in Lucifer noticing her wrath to begin with.
  • One-Woman Army: Satannus is the most powerful devil except for Lucifer and is nearly impossible to bring down in battle. She takes on a massive army of Apophis's servants and carves through them to get to the King of Serpents himself.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Karadas's case, her lack of reaction at him demeaning her and demanding her submit to sex with him and his men should have been a key tip-off that something was horribly, horribly wrong and he was nowhere near in control as he appeared. Sure enough, Satannus had been setting him up to go from 'insurgent' to 'test.'
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her power is insane, and she's easily capable of shattering entire planets if she's a mind to.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes are always red and she's very, very dangerous.
  • Reverse Mole: To Karadas Baal's conspiracy. Satannus derails the entire thing from the inside while maintaining a convincing guise — even brutally beating Daemon in front of Karadas to "prove" her loyalty — and personally takes the honor of paying Karadas back alongside Daemon by cleaving Karadas to gibs.
  • Safe Word: Like any devil or demon, she has a signal. Hers is 'Dawn.'
  • Scars Are Forever: She chooses to keep the scar Daemon gave her in their duel, in honor of her student.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Satannus is probably the most foul-mouthed member of the cast.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Satannus is at least as tall as Mammon and jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
  • Stealth Mentor: Seemingly betrays Daemon to manipulate him into a final test, and so he'll fight her with no hesitation.
  • Stern Teacher: She's Hardestadt's mentor and remarkably stern and humorless with him during mentoring.
  • Training from Hell: She subjects her students to this. Even attempting to become her student requires going through hell.
  • Tranquil Fury: Even when she's not actively enraged, Satannus is constantly fighting her own inner wrath underneath her surface and it's fairly easy to boil over.
  • Undying Loyalty: She is utterly loyal to hell, and to Lucifer especially, referring to him as the one who made the Devils a family.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When she's in a particularly bad mood. It starts with her losing herself to a red mist and slaughtering her own brethren once they cause her to lose her soldiers in a set-up mission.

    Mammon 

Mammon

"Demons never had anywhere to fall. I, on the other hand, fell a long way indeed.

The Devil sin of Greed, one Lucifer's seven Sins and a major player in Heart of Greed.


  • Affably Evil: She's evil, and relishes spreading the sin of Greed, but she's remarkably pleasant.
  • Benevolent Boss: She's extremely personable to those under her command, treating her minions like family. After all, she's always greedy for more.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Played with. She simply cannot allow herself to accept Hardestadt doesn't really need billions of dollars every month and his attempts to refuse the money make her think he doesn't love her anymore.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning God to her does irritate her.
  • Cool Aunt: To Hardestadt, her 'darling little Daemon.' She has been regularly dumping fortunes to him every month so he has money on earth, casually moving billions to his account in a month.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Cheating at her casino can result in painful ends if you don't amuse her enough.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Mammon killed a lot of angels and has no compunction disposing of troublesome individuals, but she values integrity and despises those who sell out their own.
  • Exact Words: Par for the course for a devil, but Mammon will happily fulfill the letter of an agreement while violating the spirit of it.
  • Good Parents: She has one daughter from Lucifer, Avarisia. She absolutely treasures her, considering her the most valuable thing in all existence.
  • I Gave My Word: Mammon will always honor her promises. Though you have to watch out for the way she decides to do so when she considers the oath fulfilled.
  • Pet the Dog: Mammon is far more considerate and accepting of mortals than other devils, and has no problem accepting Erin as family.
  • Quality over Quantity: As the Sin of Greed, she values having a lot, but she has taste in what she collects.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's quite tall and like most devils, impossibly gorgeous.
  • Undying Loyalty: Like all the Sins, she is utterly loyal to Lucifer and dearly loves him.

House Vallikan

    Nephera Vallikan 

Nephera Vallikan

"I understand the old blood has not yet cooled, my lords and ladies, but we must not allow Hell to be subsumed in old hatred."
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A demon and mother of Azmodan Vallikan. Ruler of House Vallikan, Nephera is also the mother to Hardestadt by demon convention, and a major player in Hell.


  • Almighty Mom: Politically, she's one of the strongest people in Hell, and even her sons are wary of angering her. Notably Hardestadt, who has faced down Outer Gods without losing his composure, quails when Nephera narrows her eyes at him.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Given her deep and mutual attraction to Aleviel, a lot of their previous bickering comes off this way.
  • Berserk Button: One of the few things to set her to anger is someone implying she's any less Hardestadt's mother because their connection isn't biological. To Nephera, that's irrelevant.
  • Bi the Way: Nephera's greatest lover is Lucifer and she has many other men, but she makes offhanded comments about sleeping with King Beleth, King Vinea, Belial and Satannus at points.
  • Brutal Honesty: When she gets tired of Lucifer's moping, she lets him have it with blunt facts, ditto to Aleviel.
  • The Chessmaster: By reputation, Nephera is the greatest player of the Grand Dance in hell, enough to keep Karai's power base secure while Karai was in a coma for centuries.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Heavily averted. Nephera practically encourages Lucifer to take other lovers. The only one she ever got jealous over was Aleviel.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Nephera's eyes are the same shade as her hair: dark red.
  • Eternal Love: She and Lucifer met eons ago, with Nephera being the first demon he ever introduced himself to. The two have been in love almost that long.
  • Good Bad Girl: Nephera is actually a very kind person for a demon, but she makes little bones about taking many lovers and has no sense of shame in herself.
  • Good Parents: Nephera adores her children. While she isn't Hardestadt's biological mother, by demon conventions, she's no less one than Aleviel, and loves him fiercely.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Well, Lucifer is an anti-hero at best, but Nephera had been his lover for eons, and he's just as in love with her as she is with him.
  • Open-Minded Parent: By demon standards, she doesn't mind the adventures her kids have. She also doesn't mind them associating with vampires and is rather intrigued by Hardestadt taking human lovers where most demons would just be confused or scornful.
  • Red Baron: The 'Crimson Empress of Annihilation' isn't a title Hell gives for show.
  • The Rival: She and Aleviel were friendly rivals and Nephera is stunned to find how much she missed the angel.
  • Socialite: The demon equivalent. Nephera loves socializing and navigating political battlefields.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Satannus, in Kiss of Wrath, walks in on her having sex with Lucifer. Nephera continues with no issue and doesn't bother dressing for a bit after. Satannus even notes Nephera has no real need for shame whatsoever.

    Azmodan Vallikan 

Azmodan Vallikan

"Know your fate was sealed when you sought to place your unworthy hands upon my brother."

A demon-devil and the lord of the Eighth Layer of Hell. He is also Lucifer's eldest son and a powerful ally to his brother Hardestadt.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's not the strongest in Hell — that distinction goes to his father, Lucifer — but he is the lord of Malebolge, and he's got all the capability and strength to back it up and then some.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He cares deeply for Hardestadt and joins the quest to assist his brother without a second thought.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It runs in the family. Big time.
  • Demon Lords And Arch Devils: He's one of the top demon lords around.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He's the one leading the battle against Ithaqua in Arkham, managing to slam the Great Old One back into its can after it was only recently released.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like most demons, he doesn't think much of vampires, at least at first. Karai notes he's actually more liberal towards humans than most demons, despite his dismissive attitude.
  • I Will Wait for You: Azmodan's been waiting and searching for hundreds of years for Karai to wake up. It pays off in the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's particularly aloof and condescending to Hardestadt's Badass Normal allies, at first, but he's not a bad person and he even warms up to them after a while,
  • Kill It with Fire: Like father, like son, Azmodan favors fire magic in fighting.
  • Klingon Promotion: He became Lord of the Eighth, the Malebolge, by killing its previous ruler.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Azmodan zips circles around Ithaqua during their fight, refusing to let himself get hit even after Hardestadt ends up injured.
  • The Lost Lenore: He has been looking for a way to revive Karai for centuries, with nothing but hope.
  • Odd Friendship: Eventually forms one with Emma (who herself is a vampire).
  • Red Baron: 'Demon of the Light' for his skill with manipulating light itself as a weapon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are naturally red, and while he is a decent sort for a demon, one would be wise not to push him too far.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He really is Hardestadt's "hot older brother" and he's thousands of years old, but like the rest of his family, it doesn't show on appearances alone.

House Baal

    Karadas Baal 

Karadas Baal

"I am Karadas Baal. Scion of the illustrious House Baal. And you are Daemon Satanael Lucifer. Pitiful indeed. I should let you talk. Hearing you mewl for mercy should prove most amusing."

Supposed son of the late King Azazel Baal and the leader of a shadow order in Hell. Appears in The Kiss of Wrath.


  • All for Nothing: Eons of scheming and plotting comes to a most ignominious end.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Karadas doesn't lack for ambition, but he's this for Kiss of Wrath; he's not even introduced until well over halfway, fashions himself a shadowy mastermind capable of taking out even Aleviel and Lucifer before Satannus lets him know just how misplaced that faith is and kills him not that long after he's introduced.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He is NOT in Satannus's league, not remotely, but sees fit to belittle her and make unreasonable demands. If not for her trying to use Karadas to test Daemon, he would've died way, way sooner.
  • Dirty Coward: He folds hard when confronted when an enraged Daemon. He tries to run before Satannus shoves him back into the fight.
  • Evil Uncle: By demon convention he's Hardestadt's uncle (though not biologically) and a slimy SOB.
  • Eye Pop: His reaction to getting stabbed in the groin with a sword.
  • Fantastic Racism: Karadas is a born demon and unlike most of his kind, he despises Devils.
  • Groin Attack: A painful one courtesy of Satannus.
  • Hate Sink: There's very little to respect or admire about Karadas and his infuriating arrogance and sadism.
  • Kick the Dog: Groping and kissing Satannus in front of Daemon before trying to have him carved apart by his beloved teacher is not exactly his finest moment.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Slashed into a fine pink mist by Daemon and Satannus.
  • Overlord Jr.: The son of the late King Azazel Baal and in a mind to succeed his father.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Freely admits he wouldn't bother heeding another's 'signal' (a grievous, grievous taboo among demons) and fondly reminisces upon his father's 'Court of the Broken', where his damaged 'toys' were kept.
  • Rasputinian Death: Used as a ping pong ball to be smacked between Daemon and Satannus, speared through the groin, flung at Daemon again and then chopped up so many times he's reduced to a fine red mist.
  • Sadist: Admits he won't be satisfied in simply killing Daemon with a curse, but wants to see his own teacher tear him to shreds first so he can savor the look in betrayal.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Unwittingly gives this to Satannus, demanding she sleep with him to prove her loyalty, as Satannus is a Fake Defector trying to protect her student, she agrees to keep her cover.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Karadas thinks having the name of Baal means he has the same ability as his feared and dreaded father. Not quite.
  • Smug Snake: One of the smuggest — and also least effectual — villains in the entire plot. Even when she's undercover, Satannus can barely hide how exasperating she finds him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He treats Daemon/Hardestadt as a weakling, only to find out how dangerous the young devil truly is. He also thinks he has Satannus under his thumb. Turns out this is a horrific mistake.
  • The Usurper: Planning to take over Hell and usurp the throne from Lucifer. Emphasis on "planning" with very little success.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Oh, he does not take it well when Satannus gleefully reveals how badly his plans have fallen down around him.
  • You Killed My Father: He has this against Lucifer, though he's more concerned with the loss of status than any filial affection.

Denizens of Heaven

    Uriel 

Uriel

One of the great archangels, whose domain is over the earth. A kind angel who is remorseful over all that has transpired, Uriel allies with Satannus and the others against Apophis.


  • Archangel Uriel: The man himself.
  • The Atoner: Uriel feels he has to make up for the deaths of so many in the pointless wars between heaven and hell, and feels he could have done more to stop it.
  • Badass Pacifist: Uriel is one of the most peaceful of the angels, but he's also one of the most powerful and showcases that.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Uriel is the kindest, gentlest archangel sans Jibrill. When you push him too far, he's still a force to be reckoned with.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Uriel wishes to protect all his younger siblings. After a time, this extends even to the devils.
  • Cool Uncle: He reveals himself to be kind and caring to Hardestadt when they finally get a chance to talk, embracing his role as Hardestadt's uncle.
  • The Dutiful Son: Uriel was devoted to his Father and his commands, which extended to doing nothing during the silence. Satannus furiously accuses him of doing nothing but waiting for God to return, pat Uriel on the head and tell him what a good little boy he'd been.
  • Go Out with a Smile: His final expression is a warm, gentle smile to heaven and hell alike, asking if they can call things even between them.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uriel gives his life to protect heaven and hell alike, defending countless souls from Apophis as well before slipping peacefully into death.
  • My Greatest Failure: Uriel is torn by his failure to act more to see the pain of the devils before the Fall, believing he could have done more to stop it.]]
  • Nice Guy: Uriel is incredibly kind and nice, even if plagued by doubts and sadness.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He used to be close with Lucifer and the devils, and regrets the separation long after.

Outer Gods & Great Old Ones

    Nyarlathotep 

Nyarlathotep

"Madness and the void's wild vengeance are my only gifts to the presumptuous."

The Crawling Chaos, the emissary of the Outer Gods, and the voice of Azathoth. The Big Bad of Nights In Lonesome Arkham.


  • A God Am I: He's an Outer God and well cognizant of that fact.
  • Abusive Parents: As much as Azathoth can be defined as "abusive," Nyarlathotep was wrought into existence by the random whim of an all-powerful deity who expected Nyarlathotep to feed it without ever rewarding Nyarlathotep's efforts or even validating his existence, never even giving him a name which causes Nyarlathotep endless despair.
  • Aliens are Bastards: He's an alien being from beyond time and space, and he is hands down the most evil of the lot who delights in torment and suffering.
  • All According to Plan: Things have a way of going exactly as he wants it, especially when it turns out everything in Dreams of Lonely Stars went precisely as he desired.
  • Arch-Enemy: Considers Hardestadt one of his more personal enemies, and Hardestadt returns it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Under that polite veneer, he's fucking insane and relishes torturing and killing others.
  • Bad Boss: On a good day, he'll abandon you to be killed by the heroes. On a bad one, he'll let a Great Old One eat you.
  • Berserk Button: The mere subject of Nyarlathotep's name and how much he obsesses over it is a big trigger for him, especially given that he never actually had a name himself until he gave himself one. Even saying his name if he doesn't give permission can provoke a violent reaction. Also, as Sangue Serenissima reveals, he does not take attempts to leave his services well.
  • Big Bad: Of Nights in Lonesome Arkham.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He'll act friendly and pleasant while he's plotting your gruesome demise.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Averted. He loves to monologue about his plans except he's actually lying the entire time about what those plans actually are. Hardestadt only realizes it when their minds are linked at the end.
  • Broken Pedestal: Strange aeons of serving an uncaring, idiot god like Azathoth have completely shattered his loyalty to Azathoth and the Outer Gods.
  • The Chessmaster: He plays a mean game. He's too old and smart not to anticipate most possibilities and generally stays a step ahead.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: His hobby with the minds of others.
  • Completely Missing the Point: He never truly understood why Aleviel spared him, nor her wishes and ideals.
  • The Corrupter: Nyarlathotep delights in twisting the minds of others to darkness and evil.
  • Creepy Souvenir: He keeps glass baubles in his castle in Kadath...later revealed to be filled with the perpetually suffering souls of his victims.
  • Dark Is Evil: He's associated with darkness in shadows and is hands down the single most evil being in all Kindness of Devils thus far.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's possessed of a really dry sense of sarcasm, such as when archangel Michael bathes him in flame? "Sweet Shub-Niggurath, what is with this family and fire?"
  • Didn't See That Coming: He didn't see Hardestadt would be shielded from Azathoth while throwing them into Azathoth's realm.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He turns a Deep One into a living part of the scenery just for delaying him for a few seconds. Also, saying his name when he doesn't deem you worthy can result in horrific repercussions, like having your tongue turned into maggots.
  • The Dragon: Is this to Thomas Nero while posing as Taylor Hapten in The Dreams of Lonely Stars.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He's this to the Outer Gods, secretly intending to usurp them and reign over the cosmos.
  • The Dreaded: Almost everyone who knows of Nyarlathotep is terrified of him and with good reason. There's even a rhyme about him: "Lurking in shadow, haunting every step, bringer of chaos: Nyarlathotep."
  • Driven to Madness: His bread and butter, easier for him since he's already a horrific Eldritch Abomination who's true form is capable of driving entire civilizations and planets to ruin and insanity.
  • Eaten Alive: His final fate, being eaten alive by Azathoth.
  • Eldritch Abomination: His true form is a shifting mass of tentacles and shadow barely perceivable to a human being.
  • Empty Promise: He's the king of the empty promise. Whatever he swears to gift you? It isn't worth it.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Hardestadt. Both are children of incredibly powerful cosmic beings, both had their lives touched by Aleviel, and both made her ideals their reason for existence. While Hardestadt wishes to bring them to fulfillment, Nyarlathotep wishes to repudiate them. While Hardestadt dedicates his life to helping others Nyarlathotep dedicates his to destroying them. It's made more apparent by Nyarlathotep's seemingly unconscious fondness for assuming Hardestadt's form.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He finds the suffering of others to be hysterical and after he forces Emma to flash back to her torture at Jacobs' hands, his response is a "...too soon?"
  • Evil Is Hammy: Nyarlathotep is very, very fond of eloquent, elaborate To the Pain speeches almost every time he opens his mouth.
  • Evil Is Petty: Willing to exterminate countless realities and torment Hardestadt eternally to spit on the grave of an angel he felt let down by.
  • False Friend: Played up being helpful to Pharaoh Semerkhet in Egypt and Randolph Carter on his Dream Quest. Did not mean any of it.
  • Fatal Flaw: Nyarlathotep is arrogant, but not without cause. He's still exceptionally good at reading situations and not letting it get in his way. His obsession over having an adequate challenge as well as his seeming pathological fixation on breaking Hardestadt and proving he's the better one, however, is what ultimately leads to his defeat.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Pleasant and refined at times before the mask slips and you see the seething hatred and limitless cruelty beneath.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Inverted. Nyarlathotep does this sometimes, but usually he seems to take forms that make someone else as uncomfortable as possible, appearing to Hardestadt as Erin and Pharaoh Semerkhet and using the form of Rich Jacobs' father when he's annoyed with him.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: Nyarlathotep's attitudes towards Hardestadt are almost lustful at times, propositioning him at least twice in female form, one in Erin's shape.
  • For the Evulz: Accounts for a lot of what Nyarlathotep does, fittingly enough. He says it himself very clearly to the terrified Stefano de Cortly in Empty Memories and Cold Graves, that his agony will happen for three reasons: "Because I want to. Because I enjoy it. And because I can."
  • Friendly Enemy: He makes a show of this, but it's hollow. He loves teasing Hardestadt and acting like an old friend, but Hardestadt despises him and Nyarlathotep, under this, holds Hardestadt in utter contempt, viewing him as something to break in order to validate his own existence.
  • Freudian Excuse: Him being denied attention and respect from Azathoth after all the things he's done for him caused him to despise the Outer Gods.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Though that still doesn't excuse his extreme sadism, cruelty, and love for toying with humans' fears and emotions, and he is flatly called out for this.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
  • I Have Many Names: He has many, many titles: Black Wind, Dark Lurker, Haunter in the Dark, Bloody Tongue, Black Pharaoh, Crawling Chaos...but the only name he acknowledges as his true self is Nyarlathotep.
  • Insistent Terminology: He refuses to stop calling Hardestadt by the name of Daemon.
  • It's All About Me: Nyarlathotep tends to measure things entirely in how it relates to his wishes and desires.
  • Jerkass Gods: On a good day he'll pop up, kill everything you love and drive you insane. On a bad one...well, get ready to suffer forever, for no greater reason than Nyarlathotep enjoys it.
  • Karmic Death: His plan to summon the Outer Gods so he can feast on them is negated when he himself is eaten by Azathoth.
  • Kick the Dog: One of his pettier and cruel touches?
Hardestadt: [Aleviel] gave her life for me!
Nyarlathotep: As I said. For nothing.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: What he does to Stefano de Cortly is horrific, clearly saying he's going to torture the man for ages. As Stefano was an abusive marital rapist, this isn't exactly one of his more unforgivable crimes.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's very good at playing people and leading them down the paths he wishes.
  • Monster Clown: Poses as one (though he's technically a jester) in The Dreams of Lonely Stars during a flashback.
  • Narcissist: He utterly adores himself and considers himself the grandest thing alive.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Taking in so much angel power meant Hardestadt was able to use it against him due to his better claim to it. It also meant Azathoth saw him as a tasty little snack at the very end.
  • No Biological Sex: Nyarlathotep is technically genderless and freely switches between the pronouns of he, she and it depending on its form and mood. However, he ultimately seems to prefer male ones.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's subjected to this when he realizes just how powerful Aleviel is and how he's grievously miscalculated how he matches up to her. He also suffers this when he realizes Hardestadt is safe from Azathoth and he isn't with a very soft "oh no."
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His final goal is to annihilate all reality, save the few pieces he keeps alive to torture for all eternity.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he drops the mask to grow enraged, this is a bad, bad sign.
  • Parental Neglect: Azathoth doesn't ever bother to communicate with, praise or offer him any affect. Of course Azathoth is completely incapable of these things.
  • Perpetual Smiler: It's rare he doesn't have a satisfied little smirk on his face.
  • Playing with Fire: A flashback in The Dreams of Lonely Stars shows him burning an entire party of people.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Delivers a massive one to his mindless, idiot father.
    Nyarlathotep: “Father! It is my turn now! Your child has risen greater than you ever were, greater than the false god! The child you never knew, the child you never named! I am NYARLATHOTEP, father! And now your child will surpass you!”
  • Sadist: Oh boy. Nyarlathotep's never just satisfied with just destroying an entire world and offering up its populace to Azathoth. Nyarlathotep delights in making them hurt first, driving them to the brink and utterly destroying them before offering up their mad souls to oblivion.
  • Say My Name:
    • Goads Hardestadt into saying this during the confrontation with the Deep Ones.
    • His final word also counts:
      Nyarlathotep: ALEVIEEEEEEEL!
  • Shapeshifter: He constantly alters his form, almost on pure reflex.
  • Stalker with a Crush: After Aleviel defeated him the first time and gave him hope of a better life, he began stalking her for reasons he himself couldn't realize, growing to believe in her until her death made him despise her. He's even worse with this when it comes to Hardestadt, obsessively toying with him over the course of centuries.
  • The Starscream: No longer content with being the Outer Gods' pawn and utterly hateful of his mindless father, Nyarlathotep's true plan to use Aleviel's power to break the lock on creation and devour the Outer Gods to reign supreme over all existence.
  • Time Abyss: Nyarlathotep is old. Old to the point that trillions of years doesn't seem very much to him. Strange Aeons indeed.
  • To the Pain: Nyarlathotep is rarely satisfied with merely killing someone.
  • Troll: The only thing he likes more than hurting someone is fucking with them for laughs.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He has a bad habit of not quite taking Hardestadt as seriously as he should, especially at the end.
  • Villain Has a Point: His sneering description of Hardestadt as bound by an oath he cannot fulfill is sadly not inaccurate.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Nyarlathotep edges closer and closer to the brink the further his plans are waylaid, but it's not until Hardestadt draws him into Azathoth's realm — while hiding himself from Azathoth. Nyarlathotep completely flips after Azathoth converges on him, screaming and protesting the entire way through and his last word being a furious screech of Aleviel's name.
  • Villainous Valor: He doesn't have problems with standing and fighting when he has to, even if it's often his last resort.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's implied he once craved recognition from Azathoth for all his work. The mindless Azathoth, however, is not even capable of acknowledging his existence, let alone praising him for anything.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Hardestadt this ever since Hardestadt gave him the first defeat he ever had in Thinis. Hardestadt by contrast, has nothing but pure hatred for him. Unfortunately, being Nyarlathotep's worthy opponent is no better than earning his hatred and may even be worse given how he fixates on breaking him.

    Azathoth 

Azathoth

The Mindless Sultan, the Nuclear Chaos, the Cold One. Azathoth is the chief god of the Outer God pantheon, and a terrifying, formless mass that devours existence as it comes to it. The 'parent' of Nyarlathotep.


  • Above Good and Evil: It simply has zero notion of any notion of morality whatsoever.
  • Abusive Parents: Towards Nyarlathotep, creating him for the purpose of servitude and never acknowledging nor rewarding him. Of course, Azathoth is incapable of these things.
  • Almighty Idiot: Azathoth is completely mindless, but also the most powerful being in the setting except for God.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A massive, formless mass of flesh, teeth and tendrils that can snake through entire worlds. Looking at it too close can drive you irreparably insane.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Technically the force of evil behind Nyarlathotep, being far more powerful than him and never stops hunting for new dimensions to prey upon.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Always surrounded by strange creatures playing eerie, tuneless sounds on their flues.
  • Horror Hunger: Azathoth is always, always hungry.
  • Top God: The chief of the Outer God pantheon, and the most powerful.
  • Truly Single Parent: The 'father' of Nyarlathotep, who was spawned from Azathoth with full form and mind.

    Yog-Sothoth 

Yog-Sothoth

The Key Beyond the Gate. An Outer God synonymous with time and space, with a borderline omniscient knowledge of all things.


  • Above Good and Evil: Human and celestial morality mean absolutely nothing to Yog-Sothoth.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Human morality does not ascribe to Yog-Sothoth, being utterly alien and cold.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: The Cthulhu in this case, as Erin repeatedly snarks at Yog-Sothoth. It simply ignores her.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A slightly friendlier example than most, but Yog-Sothoth's form is utterly alien and almost incomprehensible, often choosing to appear via strangely glowing spheres.
  • Karma Houdini: It's not really possible to punish it for anything. Yog-Sothoth is far beyond the power of the heroes to affect, and doesn't fully exist in the same dimension or plane of existence, so it faces no consequences for what it does to Erin. Sort of. After a conversation with God, Yog-Sothoth is forced to realize it was wrong about a great deal, and that there are forces it doesn't comprehend, giving it a taste of loneliness and despair for a brief moment.
  • Lack of Empathy: Remains in Erin's head, but demonstrates zero sympathy or remorse over what it's doing to her mind.
  • Light Is Not Good: Yog-Sothoth appears with shining, iridescent spheres to announce itself, and it is not a good guy.
  • Mission Control: Remains in Erin's mind on her dream quest in the Dreamlands to give her occasional advice. Not that it's always helpful...
  • The Omniscient: Yog-Sothoth knows everything in creation. Although it's possible to break the script.
  • Parental Neglect: The parent of the Outer God Hastur. They don't have a warm relationship and seem to consider the parentage wholly irrelevant (though Erin does note perhaps a bit of pride from Yogs to Hastur at one point.)
  • You Can Not Grasp The True Form: Yog-Sothoth's true form would drive human beings irreparably insane, so it appears and speaks in other forms.

    Ithaqua 

Ithaqua

The Great Old One of the cold and hunger. The White Silence, the Wind Walker, the king of Borea and the prince of snows. Ithaqua is unleashed by Nyarlathotep in Canada.


  • An Ice Person: Uses cold magic and snow.
  • Big Bad: The one who's arranging Siegfried's actions in Under the Cold Moon.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Like most Great Old Ones, it operates on an alien morality system. But it understands revenge very well.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a sudden return in Under the Cold Moon after getting its eldritch ass kicked by Hardestadt and Azmodan from the previous story.
  • Eye Scream: A victim of this when Hardestadt slashes out its eye.
  • Fate Worse than Death: When Cthugha is unsummoned, it drags Ithaqua with it to its world of Formahlaut....a place of endless fire. It's mentioned Ithaqua will eventually get back to Borea, but it's going to be burning endlessly for years until then.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Serves as this, necessitating the summoning of Cthugha to counter it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The bigger bad of Under the Cold Moon, who lurks in the darkness behind Siegfried.
  • Grim Up North: Its cage is located in Canada, but it tends to have its influence most felt in cold, northern areas.
  • Horror Hunger: Perpetually hungry for blood and flesh.
  • It's Personal: It really holds a grudge to Hardestadt for taking its eye and helping to lock it back up.
  • Kaiju: It's battle with Cthugha from Under the Cold Moon almost resembles a Godzilla battle.
  • Leitmotif: Lyrics to Black Sabbath's Snowblind appear at the end of his chapters.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A terrifying beast with crimson eyes.
  • Scars Are Forever: Even for Great Old Ones. Ithaqua keeps the scar Hardestadt gave it over its eye well over a year later.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The can being its realm of Borea. Siegfried is working to free him as part of his plan, but Under the Cold Moon ends with Ithaqua being sucked into another "can" by its nemesis, Cthugha.
  • Slasher Smile: It tends to flash these with its enormous sharp teeth.
  • Walking Spoiler: While a standard obstacle for Hardestadt's gang to overcome, he plays a much bigger role in Under the Cold Moon, with his return acting as a plot twist.

    Cthulhu 

Cthulhu

The lord of R'yleh, one of the most well-known Great Old Ones. Makes several brief appearances in Nights in Lonesome Arkham.


  • Big Bad: For The Dreams of Lonely Stars, though his cult-leader, Nero, is the one who moves the plot along.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Old One, above good and evil, so on and so forth
  • Combat Tentacles: A whole face full of them.
  • Demoted to Extra: For the face of the mythos, Cthulhu gets comparatively little screentime, particularly next to Ithaqua.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Locked up in R'yleh.
  • Telepathy: It seems to have a measure of telepathic power, and staring too long at where it's looking back? You'll feel it in your mind, doing very bad things to your sanity.
  • Villains Do The Dirty Work: Is the one to eat Rich Jacobs after Emma throws Jacobs to the Old One. Being eaten by Cthulhu does not seem the kinda thing you come back from.

    Y'golonac 

Y'golonac

"It's no fun if you stop when they tell you to stop! That's. Not. How. This. Works."

The Defiler, the Pale Spider, the Insatiable Violation. Y'golonac is a twisted, all-too human monster who lurks in the Dreamlands and governs perversion and violation. The main villain of Only A Lonely Heart.


  • Anything That Moves: Y'golonac wants to 'know and love' everything and everyone.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of Only A Lonely Heart.
  • Body Horror: those Y'golonac possesses find themselves twisted all about into monstrous forms, and its avatars become headless, bloated things.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Averted. Unlike its brethren, Y'golonac is far, far too human and understandable.
  • Brown Note: Saying its name will bring it forth. Even reading its name risks drawing it out.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Y'golonac glories in its nature, even gloating "I am Y'golonac, rapist of billions!"
  • Defiled Forever: Y'golonac truly believes that once you have been raped or violated, you belong to it. Forever.
  • Eldritch Location: Turns the house into one after revealing his true colors, the house now containing walls that close in and turn, meaty-looking creatures with mouths, and even a replica of Eliphas Coyte.
  • Fat Bastard: A repulsive, obese figure who is also a complete and total dick.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Nobody, nobody, wants to allow Y'golonac to catch them. What awaits them if it does is considered one of the most horrific fates in the entire Teraverse.
  • Jerkass: Already a vile rapist, Y'golonac is also a sadistic bully, taunting Hardestadt about his victims and the rapes of people he knows and cares for.
  • Louis Cypher: Played With. Duvalier, the name of the man who sought Y'golonac out, just so happened to have a similar name, making it fitting that the Defiler himself would later possess him.
  • Post-Rape Taunt: Gives a nasty one to Hardestadt concerning Eliza, who had been a victim of marital rape at the hand of her husband...which goes right to Y'golonac's domain.
  • Serial Rapist: Y'golonac's hat. Y'golonac is the Old One of depravity and carnality, that rapes anything it gets its hooks into. It even states "it's no fun if you stop when they tell you to stop! That's not. How. This. Works."
  • Token Evil Teammate: The Great Old Ones are all alien and unknowable. Except Y'golonac, who's a vicious sadist.
  • Troll: Y'golonac's host body dies while it's teasing Hardestadt after an entire story of callous mockery, though it leaves on a very disturbing note. When Hardestadt protests he's never been raped, Y'golonac asks if he is quite certain of that without further elaboration.
  • Wham Line: Delivers one of the biggest of the series when Hardestadt claims he's never been violated: "Oh. Are you quite certain of that?"

Cultists

    Thomas Nero 

Thomas Nero

"I have spent decades agonizing over my answer. Do not think you can overcome that in mere hours."

The leader of the cult of Cthulhu, seeking to summon the eldritch being to earth. He serves as Big Bad of The Dreams of Lonely Stars.


  • Affably Evil: He's a really friendly guy despite being an evil cult leader who wants to destroy the world.
  • Anti-Villain: Cared for his wife and daughter, whose deaths continue to haunt him and his motives, while apocalyptic, are borne of a desire to spare the world further suffering.
  • Badass Grandpa: Though he's only an old sorcerer, Nero is a tougher opponent than most of Stadt's non-human rogues, purely because he's smarter.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite being an apocalyptic cult-leader, Nero truly cares about the cultists serving him, treating them more like dear friends than disposable henchmen. He subverts You Have Failed Me by asking his enforcer to do better in the future, and though he kills many of his followers as part of his ritual to summon Cthulhu, those followers volunteered for it and Nero mourns their deaths.
  • Big Bad: It's his plots that drive The Dreams of Lonely Stars, despite the presences of Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep it's his will and machinations that it advances by.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Appears to be modeled after Christopher Lee.
  • The Chessmaster: Since Nero is an elderly sorcerer going up against the son of Lucifer, he outthinks Stadt rather than outfights him. Throughout the story, Nero is ten steps ahead of everyone else, to the point that even Stadt admits that he's impressed by him.
  • Death Seeker: In the end it's implied all he wanted was to die having been proven wrong about the inevitability of the end of the world.
  • Disposable Vagrant: Lampshaded. Nero orders his followers to only sacrifice people who's death won't be missed by others. This is actually down to moral qualms rather than simple pragmatism. He doesn't want to cause more people to suffer than is "necessary."
  • Dragon-in-Chief: While subordinate and eclipsed in power by Cthulhu, the latter is trapped in another dimension and unable to reach Earth without all the scheming and plotting Nero is doing.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife and daughter, who died decades prior to the events of his story, but whom he still mourns as if they only died yesterday.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite his apocalyptic aspirations he can't bring himself to murder children in an orphanage as a sacrifice.
  • Evil Old Folks: He's fairly old and the story's villain.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He accepts his death at the hands of Hardestadt by closing his eyes in silence.
  • The Fettered: Just when it seems like Nero is going to murder an entire orphanage to further his plans, it turns out that the threat was just a ruse to manipulate Stadt. Nero's inner narration has him thinking it strange that, despite his apocalyptic ambitions, he still has moral lines he won't cross.
  • The Heavy: Nero ultimately answers to Cthulhu, but since the eldritch deity can't manifest on earth on his own, Nero's the one who's trying to summon him.
  • Human Sacrifice: One part of his job that he's fairly uncomfortable with. Cthulhu needs sacrifices so Nero has his followers ritualistically kill those who are least likely to be missed.
  • I Am Not Your Father: The story seems to be building up to the reveal that Nero is Maggie's father and that he needs her to summon Cthulhu. While the latter is correct, Nero reveals that he's not her father. Cthulhu is.
  • Pet the Dog: Handing a young orphan named Victoria his daughter's music box.
  • Sinister Minister: Played with. While he's the leader of a wicked cult, he himself is a pretty decent man.
  • Straw Nihilist: After meeting Cthulhu, he believes that life is suffering and the end of the world is inevitable, so he may as well summon a god that will wipe out mankind in the blink of an eye rather than wait around for one that'll torture everyone first.
  • Together in Death: He's reunited with his wife and daughter in the afterlife after his death.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Nero still has his daughter's music box. He gives it away to an orphan girl near the end of the story.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Nero wants to destroy the world in order to end people's suffering. Part of this is due to coming face-to-face with Cthulhu and discovering that Lovecraftian gods exist. Nero figures the end of the world is inevitable, so he may as well summon one that'll end all life in the blink of an eye, rather than give a different eldritch god the chance to get free and torture all humanity.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He's a kindly old man permanently scarred by the loss of his wife and child, and is in service to the eldritch god that killed them as a means of granting the human race a Mercy Kill.
  • Worthy Opponent: After being outmaneuvered by him, yet again, Stadt admits he's impressed by Nero, thinking he's one of the smartest opponents he's fought against.
  • Would Hurt a Child: As part of his ritual to summon Cthulhu, Nero plans to sacrifice an entire orphanage. It's later revealed the entire thing was a ploy to manipulate Stadt. No matter how far he's fallen, he won't murder children.

Supernatural Allies

    Kasumi Akamine 

Kasumi Akamine

A Kitsune from Japan and the daughter of the Yokai leader, who stumbles into San Francisco after being attacked by the Conspiracy of Serpents.


  • Angel Unaware: Kasumi doesn't know she's Amaterasu until the very end.
  • Badass Adorable: Kasumi is damn cute, even shy, but determined, a skilled fighter, and she's also a goddess.
  • Badass Princess: She's the daughter of the queen of the Yokai.
  • Badass Gay: She ends up leading the fight against Yamada with Grete, and reveals she's fallen for the werewolf during their time together, who fully reciprocates.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Grete have tons in common and bond quickly over that matter.
  • Fantastic Foxes: As a Kitsune, she's a magic foxlike being.
  • Game Face: Besides being able to transform into a giant fox, when she fights in human form, her skin goes white with red marks, her eyes go gold, and she gains a set of sharp teeth.
  • God in Human Form: Kasumi is actually the incarnation of Amaterasu, with a natural human form, even if she's a Kitsune.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's a Kitsune, and falls for a werewolf.
  • Master of Illusion: She's very talented with making illusions, enough to even fool Yamada and Kukulcan at differing points.
  • Ship Tease: She and Grete get a bunch together, with Kasumi clearly in awe of her. By the battle of Japan, Kasumi confesses that Grete has her heart.

    Susanoo No Mikoto 

Susanoo No Mikoto

The Japanese God of Storms, son of Izanagi and Izanami, and the slayer of the Yamata no Orochi. Susanoo is a skilled warrior and hero in his own right, seeking to protect the world from the Conspiracy of Serpents.


  • Archenemy: His arch-foe is the Yamata no Orochi, or Yamada. The two despise one another and have an enmity going back centuries.
  • The Atoner: Susanoo was once a wild, cruel god who even tormented his sister Amaterasu. He feels horrible for it and has devoted himself to being a hero to make up for it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's devoted to protected Kasumi and as she's Amaterasu, she's actually his beloved sister's soul in a new body.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He's introduced saving Hardestadt from Apophis.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Hardestadt bond instantly over their tendency to wander the earth, have adventures and save people.
  • God in Human Form: He's a god, and takes the form of a tall, handsome man with stormy grey eyes.
  • Hero of Another Story: Susanoo has a number of heroic adventures himself in the past where he's saved countless people. Long ago, he even dispatched the Yamata no Orochi, or so he thought.
  • Master Swordsman: Susanoo wields the Kusanagi blade and is an exceptional warrior with it.
  • Nice Guy: In contrast to the admitted dick he could be in the past, Susanoo is very pleasant and relaxed.
  • Old Shame: He's a bit embarrassed by how he defeated the Yamata no Orochi in the past by getting it drunk first.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Susanoo engages Yamada who promptly dispatches him by ripping out his heart.
  • Walking the Earth: He travels the world, saving people as well.

    Thorunn 

Thorunn

A werewolf from the Germanic forests who was an old friend of Hardestadt's. Thorunn is the one who brought the werewolf clans into a nation, and plays a major role in Under the Cold Moon.


  • Action Girl: A total and complete badass who could hang with the best of them.
  • Action Mom: As much a warrior as ever, even when her daughter was a baby.
  • Archenemy: Nobody hated Siegfried more than her, and the two were bitter rivals for nearly two thousand years.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Thorunn is the queen of the werewolf clans, and one of the singular most capable and badass werewolves in the entire series.
  • Cain and Abel: The "Abel" to Siegfried's "Cain." She's hardly the only of Siegfried's siblings who opposes him, but she lasts the longest and she comes the closest to putting down her horrendous brother.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A variant. She freely admitted her love for Hardestadt as a friend and lover, but she had a hard time telling him she had a daughter and he was the father.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Siegfried ensured she didn't have a pretty time growing up, murdering her family members one by one and subjecting her to horrific psychological abuse she likens to rape in a fashion.
  • Died Standing Up: During her death in battle, she dies on her feet, "a warrior to the last."
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: She fought to her last breath against her brother, killing every single wolf he brought with him and coming within a near literal inch of finishing Siegfried.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: By far one of the most poignant and awesome in the entire series. Thorunn gives her life utterly slaughtering Siegfried's forces for the sake of those she's protecting and almost takes out Siegfried himself, expiring of her wounds an inch before she can touch him.
  • Failed a Spot Check: She didn't realize Siegfried placed a silver dagger in the place where he engaged her. In the honor-bound werewolf culture, she likely didn't even consider he'd go that far.
  • Interspecies Romance: She had an off-again, on-again romance with Hardestadt over the many centuries they knew one another.
  • Lady of War: Elegant, strong, caring and a great warrior.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: There's little wonder as to where Grete got half of her own skills as a Jaeger from (the other half, of course, being from Hardestadt).
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her mother was a German werewolf. Her father was a Roman soldier from Numidia named Corvus.
  • Posthumous Character: Her presence is restricted to flashbacks when it's revealed she's not actually Grete Ravenhollow, but in fact her mother, and she's revealed to have died centuries before the main plot at the hands of Siegfried's forces.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: She has one hell of a one before she goes out swinging against Siegfried's forces:
    Thorunn: "Look closely, craven! Brand this into your eyes, all of you! See the way a warrior dies!
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a beloved and capable leader during her tenure as queen of the clans, and one who's willing to protect them with every drop of energy and life in her body. Literally.
  • Red Baron: "The Queen of the Clans."
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She was considered a queen to the werewolf nation, and a front-lines fighter.
  • So Proud of You: She cameos at the end of Conspiracy of Serpents to see her daughter from Valhalla and wordlessly gives her a warrior salute, smiling with pride and love.

    Maggie Isla 

Maggie Isla

An old-flame of Hardestadt Delac's in 1925. She finds herself on the run from a sinister cult of Cthulhu worshippers and comes to Hardestadt for help.


  • Anti Anti Christ: Cthulhu wants to use his daughter to arrive on earth and herald the apocalypse. Maggie tells him in no uncertain terms to get lost.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Turns out Maggie is really Cthylla, daughter of Cthulhu, and her father plans on using her as a gateway to arrive on earth, triggering the apocalypse. Maggie manages to overcome his influence in the end, but she realizes it's only a temporary thing, so she leaves earth and goes into a magical sleep forever to prevent him from ever winning.
  • But Now I Must Go: Rather than risk Cthulhu using her as a portal to earth, Maggie leaves earth forever.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Despite being the daughter of old squid-face, Maggie's beautiful even as a red-skinned humanoid with wings.
  • Daddy's Girl: Maggie loves her adopted father, Albert Harrington. Not so much her birth father, Cthulhu.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: She and Hardestadt don't end up together, with Maggie willingly going into a magical sleep forever to prevent her father from eventually using her to cause the apocalypse.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When her father—the actual Cthulhu—tries to use her to materialize on earth—Maggie seals him off, telling him to "get lost."
  • Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: It turns out that Maggie is really Cthylla, the daughter of Cthulhu and unwilling Apocalypse Maiden. She also has a romance with Hardestadt. Also, her mother did this literally, resulting in Maggie's existence.
  • The Flapper: Probably inevitable given she's from 1925.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half human and half Great Old One.
  • Happily Adopted: Maggie was adopted by Albert Harrington and she clearly loves him a great deal.
  • Heroic Willpower: You have to have some impressive willpower to overcome the influence of a Great Old One!
  • New Old Flame: She's a former girlfriend of Hardestadt who shows up in need of help in 1925. They rekindler their romance, but, as a Foregone Conclusion, they don't remain together.
  • Walking Spoiler: You can see how much is whited out. By the end of the story it's revealed: not only is Albert Harrington not her father, but Thomas Nero is also not her father, just a Red Herring. Her birth father is Cthulhu and he plans on using her to arrive on earth to trigger the apocalypse, which forces her to seal herself away forever to save the earth.
  • You Remind Me of X: Nero tells her that Maggie reminds him of his deceased daughter, Hannah, with him thinking Hannah would be like her if she was still alive.

    Ceoladh 

Ceoladh

A former mermaid who made a pact for legs and mortality to claim the man she loved. Later married Hardestadt, then known as Diarmuid ua Duibhne.


  • Deal with the Devil: She made a bargain with the Sea Witch. Twice. Her second bargain, to spare her and Diarmuid? Was to offer his everlasting sorrow from her eventual death for the Sea Witch.
  • Cute Mute: Part of her pact was her voice being removed, forever. She gets by on a sign language she and Hardestadt invented.
  • Famous Last Words: The last she has the strength to sign:
    "Rivers ever return to the great ocean. I will always be with you, Diarmuid. I will ever be with you. You are my sea, my love. I would not trade this for anything. My love for you is as boundless, as eternal, as deep as the greatest ocean. My song, my sea, my love."
  • Second Love: Her love for the Prince named Conn turned out to be painful and carried an unknown betrayal from him. She eventually formed a deeper bond with Hardestadt, or Diarmuid then.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Her pact meant she had twenty years to live, something she accepted and eventually embraced.

    Sun-hyo 

Sun-hyo

A Mudang living in 11th century Goryeo and Hardestadt, or Sung-yeol's then wife.


  • Action Girl: Sun-hyo is not just a skilled shaman, she's a talented fighter as well.
  • All-Loving Hero: Sun-hyo is a kind woman who responds to suffering spirits with infinite compassion.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her response to her husband's concern? Tease him a lot about being overprotective with dry humor.
  • Scars Are Forever: Sun-hyo is heavily scarred from her Kumiho enemy savaging her as a little girl.
  • You Killed My Father: Sun-hyo's nemesis is a Kumiho, a fox demon, who ate and wore her father as a disguise to try to eat her alive.

Human Allies

    Loren Prospero 

Loren Prospero

A professor, a medium and an ally of Stadt who joins him in his investigation of Castle Krolock.


  • Badass Normal: While his abilities as a medium grant him some minor supernatural abilities, they're pretty useless in a straight up fight. This makes him—for all intents and purposes—a normal human who's badass enough to fight vampires alongside Stadt.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a professor after all.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Prospero is very obviously modeled after Vincent Price, from his looks to his dry wit. He comes complete with Shout Outs to numerous Price films of his, with the name Frederick Loren from House on Haunted Hill and Prince Prospero from The Masque of the Red Death.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Prospero has a very, very dry wit, in keeping with the actor he's modeled off of.
    Daphne: You're wearing a cross?! Are you insane?
    Prospero: No, I'm Presbyterian.
  • Happily Married: He was happily married twenty years ago. That ended ten years ago. But as of five years ago, he is happily married again. All to the same woman.
  • It's Personal: One of the reasons he's accompanying Stadt on investigating is because Krolock killed his brother.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing seems to phase Prospero whatsoever. a sadistic Great Old One warping reality around him? He just calmly asks for an explanation.
  • Psychic Powers: He's a medium with minor psychic powers, including the ability to see ghosts, past events, and sense supernatural activity.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: He's a devout Presbyterian, which comes in handy as his faith is needed to repel strigoi with the cross.

     Maria Lucita de Moncada 

Maria Lucita de Moncada

A non-binary Hunter from the 14th century and former wife of Hardestadt, then called Lucian.


  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Maria felt deep within they were neither man nor woman (while being biologically female), and the story uses the pronoun 'they' for them.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the highest-ranking members of the Brotherhood, and arguably their most proficient member.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Effortlessly deduces a strigoi impersonating Lucian from the few minor, easily missed slip-ups he makes.
  • Badass Normal: Maria has none of the supernatural powers of their husband, or many of his other loves, but their prowess in combat and their skill in putting down verminous supernatural creatures is equal to Hardestadt himself.
  • Badass Spaniard: Maria is a fighter equal to Hardestadt in martial skill, and they're from Aragon.
  • Battle Couple: With Hardestadt. Both are incredible warriors and make an incredible team when fighting together.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Rather dashing, well dressed and talented, as well as being from Aragon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared in a flashback in In The Castle of the Night before their proper introduction in Loves Lost & Found, revealing they were involved with fighting back creatures at the fall of Wisborg.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Quickly proves they're worthy of their mettle when they deduce and slay one of the Kraans—one of the Co-Dragons of Count Krolock—without breaking a sweat.
  • Hunter of Monsters: As proficient as Hardestadt himself in this end, regularly fighting bloodthirsty monsters and killing them as a profession.
  • The Lost Lenore: A Foregone Conclusion, but Hardestadt lost them to the Black Death long ago, despite their clear love for one another.

    Hild 

Hild

A woman living in northern England in the 7th century, the ruler of Korvagat, and a storyteller and spellcaster herself. Hardestadt's wife, then called Godric.


  • All-Loving Hero: Her preferred way to deal with undead monsters? Gently ease them into their fates by promising they'll be remembered.
  • Friend to All Children: Hild loves the children of Korvagat and regales them with her stories frequently.
  • The High Queen: The lady of Korvagat, and a noble, beautiful woman who protects her people.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Hild is sweet and gentle, but with a core of iron under it.
  • The Storyteller: Hild's favorite activity? Telling and hearing stories.

    Kanti 

Kanti

A Cree tracker and warrior living in northern Canada in the 17th century. Former wife of Hardestadt


  • Action Girl: Kanti is a particularly skilled warrior.
  • The Archer: One of her weapons of choice? Her bow, and she's an amazing shot.
  • Badass Native: Kanti is a Cree woman and a skilled tracker and fighter.
  • Cold Sniper: Kanti is relaxed and calm, but an exemplary sniper with her bow and arrow.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a dry sense of humor to complement her husband's.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Kanti is a very good person, but she has no hesitation slitting the throat of a trafficker who kidnapped children for dark purposes.
  • Happily Married: She's Hardestadt's wife and the two are incredibly happy together.
  • Knife Nut: Her other favorite weapon? Her knives.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Kanti is not a particular believer in mercy for evil villains.

    Aleksandar 

Aleksandar

A young, mute boy from Yugoslavia who lives in an orphanage in Maryland. Integral to the plot of None Too Holy.


  • Cute Mute: Never says a word, but his vulnerability and shyness only makes him more endearing to Hardestadt and the rest.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Aleksandar witnessed his own mother being murdered by his father back in Yugoslavia. Except the truth is even worse; said murder? Was committed because her mother was a vile monster who molested him at the prospect of bringing herself back as a pijavica through that atrocity.
  • Dumb Struck: Was rendered mute after his mother was murdered in front of him. Thankfully, years later, it's related that he did eventually learn to speak again.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's particularly withdrawn among the orphans and never says a word.
  • Parental Incest: Inflicted upon him by his mother, which was the trigger for his father killing her to begin with.

Supernatural Threats & Criminals

Pine Creek

    Siegfried Gunmarsohn 

Siegfried Gunmarsohn

"The wolf has found you in the woods at last, little girl."
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The main villain of Under the Cold Moon, an ancient, evil werewolf.


  • Abusive Parents: Treats his kids horribly, personally murders them if he decides it's necessary, and raised hundreds to be disposable cannon fodder in his war against his sister.
  • Ax-Crazy: Underneath his thin demeanor of control, Siegfried is completely insane and relishes being able to embrace the beast within when slaughtering innocents.
  • Back from the Dead: Had supposedly died decades ago at the hands of Hardestadt and Grete, only to return some time later thanks to making a pact with Ithaqua prior to his death.
  • Bad Boss: Siegfried is liable to brutalize any of his underlings for contradicting him. The only one who seems exempt from physical harm is Sieglinde Nomura and even she knows not to push him too far.
  • Berserk Button: Any betrayal of his expectations for what a proper werewolf should act like is liable to set him off, especially begging or apologizing to him.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of Under the Cold Moon. It turns out he's actually The Dragon to Ithaqua.
  • Birds of a Feather: His child whom he most gets along with and is his "favorite" is Sieglinde Nomura, who, like him, is a sadistic sociopath. Of course, given that they are sociopaths, he doesn't much care when she's killed, since she'd already done what he needed her to do.
  • Cain and Abel: To both his siblings, especially his sister Thorunn who was his arch-nemesis for centuries.
  • Child Eater: His preferred prey? Children.
  • Child Soldiers: Kidnaps children he's fathered to be raised as fighters to die for his cause-or more specifically, to save his hide when the going gets tough.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As part of his hypocritical nature, Siegfried acts like a proud warrior but is willing to cheat to achieve his ends. In his duel with his mother, he poisoned her with silver dust beforehand, and he killed Thorunn by begging for mercy, only to stab her with a silver dagger while her guard was down. His narration has him condemning tradition in his head, prioritizing victory at all cost.
  • Deal with the Devil: While not with the devil, before his death, Siegfried made a pact with Outer God Ithaqua to resurrect him in return for his services.
  • Dirty Coward: For all his bluster about being a warrior, Siegfried is a coward who will cheat his way to victory if his opponent actually poses a threat, flee if he's backed into a corner, or flat-out beg for mercy if both of those fail.
  • The Dragon: To Ithaqua, whom he's trying to free under the promise of being given the Earth in exchange for his services.
  • The Dreaded: To Thorunn's nation of werewolves, Siegfried is seen as 'the beast,' with all knowing and fearing him.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Siegfried has a deathly cold body temperature, and beyond that, he's also the chief servant of Ithaqua himself.
  • Evil Is Petty: Flourishes his normal diabolical behavior with several plain dickish touches — like knocking away Hardestadt's cane.
  • Evil Redhead: His hair is red and they don't come much eviler than he is.
  • Evil Uncle: To Grete, since her mother Thorunn was his younger sister.
  • Eye Scream: When she was a child, Grete ripped his eye out.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts very friendly whenever he's around others, but is willing to abuse and murder his companions, children, and even his fellow werewolves should they annoy him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a series of horrible ones around his missing eye, caused when Grete took his eye out.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Turns violent upon the drop of a hat, dropping all of his friendly demeanor in the process.
  • Hate Sink: While not as smug and immature as Rich Jacobs, Siegfried is vile without any of Nyarlathotep's charisma or class, being a vicious child killer and sadistic beast who relishes in his own monstrosity.
  • The Heavy: He's the villain driving the plot of Under the Cold Moon even though he's secretly serving Ithaqua, who's imprisoned in his own realm.
  • Human Sacrifice: He's been engaging in this for years, using even his own children as fodder for it, to slowly rebuild Ithaqua's strength and let him enshroud the world in an eternal blizzard.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: His lottery chooses some of his citizens to be hunted by him and his fellow werewolves. Hardestadt even calls him General Zaroff at one point.
  • Hypocrite: Siegfried believes in survival of the fittest, and says he's a warrior, but he's quick to do whatever he has to in order to save his own hide, from cheating in duels to fleeing at the first sign of trouble to sacrificing his own minions and children.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He eats people alive, his "safe community" really a hunting reserve for himself and his children. Children are his preferred prey.
  • Karmic Death: Chooses Ithaqua to herald his domination of humanity. Grete forces him to embrace Ithaqua's hell, consequentially, and tosses him to die an agonizing death to burn and freeze within the Great Old One's flames, possibly for all time.
  • Lack of Empathy: He has zero, absolutely zero, regard for the feelings of others. Even when his favorite child Sieglinde Nomura dies, Siegfried gets over it in moments of realizing her death.
  • Offing the Offspring: In addition to using his kids as canon fodder, he personally kills his son, Marcus, as a human sacrifice, simply because it's convenient.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Siegfried is ancient for a werewolf, but he's still about a fifth of Hardestadt's age.
  • One-Winged Angel: Thanks to summoning the power of Ithaqua, he grows bigger, his fur turns from red to white, and he becomes more powerful.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Strongly implied he's quite racist and considers anything less than pure Germanic blood in werewolves to be an affront.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He believes werewolves should be warriors and is disgusted by his henchmen whenever they display fear of him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: About two thousand years old and was born just some centuries before the Battle for Teutoberg Forect.
  • Sadist: Probably one of the most sadistic foes Hardestadt has ever come across, reveling in the pain and fear he causes.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Took control of the werewolf clans by killing his own mother in a duel-after he poisoned her first.
  • Slasher Smile: More than any other villain in the series, he loves flashing frightening grins with his sharp teeth.
  • Smug Snake: One of the most infuriatingly arrogant in the entire series. Siegfried's a sadistic beast who's all too confident of his control over the situation, but he utterly folds when he's confronted by a greater threat like Thorunn or Hardestadt and, ultimately, Grete.
  • Social Darwinist: Believes only the strongest of the wolves should be allowed to live.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Siegfried's an animal under his paper-thin veneer of condescension and confidence — and when Hardestadt truly rattles him, Siegfried lets the animal forth and becomes a monster figuratively and literally in his last mad attempt to slaughter everything before him.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When he's well and truly fucked, he tends to resort to begging.
  • Wicked Cultured: He makes an effort at this, but Hardestadt quickly points out the flaws (he only knows a few general quotes to give the impression he's well-read and when he drinks expensive wine, he holds the glass improperly and gulps most of it down in one go).
  • Would Hurt a Child: He eats, sleeps and breathes this trope, even his own niece couldn't escape it from him.

    Sieglinde Nomura 

Sieglinde Nomura

"I've been through tens of thousands of subjects and I so rarely get to do a vivisection."
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Siegfried's Japanese-German daughter and his scientist second-in-command appearing in Under the Cold Moon.


  • Asian and Nerdy: Comes with being a doctor. She's got a hell of a resume, too.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Nomura is far quieter and more relaxed than her boisterous father. She is at least as dangerous as he is, and in some ways even moreso.
  • Birds of a Feather: She's the only henchman who actually banters with Siegfried. Given that they're both sadists and sociopaths, this is unsurprising.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Shares her father's careless and casual sadism. She happens to be her father's "favorite," not that a sociopath like Siegfried spends more than a few seconds "mourning" her before moving on since she'd outlived her usefulness.
  • The Dragon: Serves a higher command than Siegfried's other "children".
  • The Evil Genius: The Mad Scientist in Siegfried's group and the brains providing the serums needed to keep her people alive during the upcoming winter apocalypse.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Nomura ends up killed when Erin poisons the stimulant she uses to keep herself awake with silver dust.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: She loves the taste of human flesh, albeit as a more delicate eater than Siegfried.
  • Ironic Death: Nomura makes an effort to resist her animalistic instincts for the most part. The one time she gives in—giving Erin a head start so she can hunt her—buys Erin enough time to poison Nomura's stimulant with silver dust.
  • Mad Scientist: Willing to experiment on multiple werewolves and human beings. Enough that her notes fill pages and pages of countless books.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: When Hardestadt meets her, he actually doubts she's a real doctor, only for Nomura to reveal that she has earned her doctorate.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes she's injected pure silver into her veins.
  • Sadist: Takes great pleasure in her operations.
  • Serial Killer: She's killed hundreds of thousands of people through her experiments.
  • The Sociopath: Utterly devoid of empathy and compassion. When Erin looks at her eyes, she likens it to staring into the windows of a vacant home.

The Conspiracy of Serpents

    Apophis 

Apophis

"Eternity itself dies between my jaws. I am the King of Serpents, and what I bring is your ruin."

The King of Serpents, the counterpart to Ra and the Egyptian embodiment of chaos. The main antagonist of A Conspiracy of Serpents.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: His dying moments are curiously somber, as he reflects on what may have been different, accepts Ra accompanying him to death and feels deep sorrow at all he failed at.
  • Ancient Evil: One of the oldest and most primordial in all the setting, matched only by those like Nyarlathotep.
  • Big Bad: Of A Conspiracy of Serpents.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Apophis turns out to be seeking his own, dissatisfied with both Ra's answer, and his own nature, attempting to find a compromise between the two.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Earns his credentials as a Hero Killer by butchering two Devils, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in eons.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He seems dissatisfied by some of Yamada's excesses, notably displeased Yamada killed Kaliya's family without his orders, though he notes he still needs Yamada.
  • Evil Laugh: One of the first indications Apophis has evolved his usual, emotionless self is when he suddenly lets loose a chilling laugh.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When he realizes he's done for, seeing Ra and Satannus's spirits behind Hardestadt, Apophis peacefully closes his eyes and accepts the final blow.
  • Foreshadowing: Bits and bobs are dropped that Apophis' goal extends beyond just eating the Teraverse. "Eternity itself dies between my jaws" actually refers to Apophis' intent to devour the afterlife itself, and replace it with himself.
  • Master Swordsman: Apophis is fully capable of engaging Hardestadt on equal terms with a sword, and even goes against Satannus herself.
  • Not So Stoic: Initially incredibly stoic, he begins emoting more, culminating in laughter and even shock and awe by the end.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is to devour the Teraverse entire and the souls of all within. Except the truth is more complicated; introspective on himself as a result of his newfound emotional range results in him vying to preserve the Teraverse to observe its life—and to replace the afterlife, so all who die instead have their souls go to him so he can feed on them forevermore.
  • Soul Eating: His primary power. Anyone who has their souls devoured by him is rendered Deader Than Dead in the process.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Apophis is the most powerful of the serpents within Conspiracy of Serpents, and bar none the most nightmarish and evil of them. Although it turns out Yamada is actually quite a bit more evil than he is.
  • The Stoic: An interesting case. Apophis begins as an utterly cold, emotionless monster, but the more he devours, the more his emotional range starts to emote, which begins a very new, gradual change in identity within Apophis as he considers what this means for him.
  • Together in Death: As they die together, Ra refuses to leave him as they fall to oblivion and death together.
  • Villain Respect: After his clash with Satannus, he genuinely promises to remember her when all is said and done.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Ra were once best friends, when Ra reached out to him outside of their battles. Apophis, however, began to fill unfulfilled with everything in his life and eventually betrayed him.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Being a being of primordial darkness, Apophis spent eons without emotions. When he begins feeling them, he's often unable to pin down just what he's expressing.
  • Worthy Opponent: Initially regards anything outside himself with utter contempt, but he starts to legitimately respect Hardestadt the more they clash.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His forte in devouring souls. It's also what he's planning to do on a Teraversal level by literally replacing the afterlife with himself, so the souls of all those who die are taken by him instead of passing on.

    Yamada 

Yamada

"My motivations are simple. I simply enjoy watching things in motion before the end. I have made entire worlds my laboratories. Harvested billions of screaming souls to feed the growing strength of Apophis."

The right-hand man of Apophis in the conspiracy of serpents. A sadistic, cruel man whose true identity is Orochimaru of legend, as well as the Eight-Headed dragon, the Yamata no Orochi.


  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: His true form is an eight headed serpent even stronger and bigger than Jormungandr and he uses it to great effect in Japan.
  • Berserk Button: He really, really hates being reminded of how Susanoo disposed of him by getting him drunk on sake in the past.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: His final fate is Being yanked into an infuriated Yig's cage, who has complaints to register about how Yamada treated him and other snakes.
  • The Dragon: A literal and figurative sense. He's Apophis's right-hand in the conspiracy, while being an eight-headed dragon in his true form.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified with Yamada for good reason. The Yamata no Orochi's reign over Japan is remembered largely in hushed whispers.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Yamada is deathly pale and has black hair.
  • Hero Killer: Yamada is feared as a major force, is cripplingly effective against the heroes and even kills Susanoo with ease when they duel again.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The most evil of the serpents is the one who used to be a human himself and sought to surpass his mortal limits.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Grete and Kasumi engage Yamada with an incredibly personal stake after all he's done to the Yokai.
  • Lack of Empathy: His utter sociopathy exceeds even Apophis himself. While Apophis possesses some standards and doubts, Yamada has none.
  • Mad Scientist: Yamada loves experimenting on innocent people.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Even for this series, Yamada is unbelievably hard to put down, able to regenerate from all his heads severed and taking an incredible amount of damage he bounces back from.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: Inverted. Apophis retains doubts and standards, but Yamada is the most vile and wicked of the Serpents without a trace of goodness or humanity to him. Ironic as he's the only one who was ever human.
  • Off with His Head!: Yamada was defeated in the past by being beheaded, all eight of his heads being severed. The battle of Japan becomes all about taking each of them off again.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Yamada is capable of obliterating a country with no effort.
  • Was Once a Man: Yamada was once a normal human sage who harnessed the energies of Yig to transform himself.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Yamada used to be friends with his fellow sages Jiraiya and Tsunade, but now bears them nothing but hatred.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Yamada has no compunction killing Yokai children, the children of multiple worlds or dissecting the Naga Kaliya's children.

The Snuff Film Ring

    Rich Jacobs 

Rich Jacobs

"I'm gonna see what makes a legend break. Then I'm gonna film it."

The Big Bad of Girls on Film. The illegitimate son of Wallace Malcolm Hargrove, Jacobs was turned into a vampire at a young age and now maintains a snuff film operation he uses to distribute snuff porn across the deep web, kept covert by his father's resources.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: During his Villainous Breakdown, where he pleads to Hardestadt for mercy. He gets none.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sees Hardestadt as one.
  • Bad Boss: Casually mutilates, disfigures, and murders his own men for any reason he can think of.
  • Bastard Bastard: An illegitimate child, and just as much of a bastard as his father.
  • Berserk Button: He gets...pretty furious at the mention he's nothing without 'daddy's money.' He also hates being called a coward.
  • Big Bad: Of Girls on Film, as the snuff films were all his idea.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Technically one with his father Hargrove. Both are responsible for the snuff film ring in some way (Rich providing and carrying out the idea, with Hargrove providing the funds, location, and women).
  • Boomerang Bigot: Is pretty racist towards Hispanics, despite the fact that he's Latino on his mother's side.
  • Butt-Monkey: After he's revived in Arkham, he's constantly getting chewed out by Nyarlathotep, gets pathetically nipped by sunlight, and has his ego crushed a countless number of times. Granted, he deserves everything he gets.
  • Child by Rape: Jacobs is illegitimate, having been fathered by Hargrove's assault on a Hispanic women, something his father dismisses as 'just fun.'
  • Country Matters: Almost calls Emma one in Nights in Lonesome Arkham.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Gender-flipped variation. Like evil father, like evil son.
  • Deader Than Dead: After being eaten by Cthulhu, safe to say he's gone for good.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Come Nights in Lonesome Arkham, where he's resurrected as Nyarlathotep's enforcer. Even then, he's still capable of doing much more damage than he was as a simple vampire and hates serving the powerful Outer God.
  • Dirty Coward: While all talk, Rich can't back it up when Hardestadt manages to break free, leaving his men behind to fight the far more powerful demon as he runs away in terror. This holds true for when he's later revived by Nyarlathotep and becomes powerful; even against Hardestadt with his new powers, he still prefers to hide in the shadows while Hardestadt lays waste to his henchmen.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Jacobs' scheme is enabled by his father, but Jacobs knows his old man is late for the world and dangles the promise of vampirism over his head until the day he chokes to keep him complacent and to keep his resources under his control.
  • Eaten Alive: His final fate, courtesy of a pit of starved ghouls he uses to dispose of bodies. Double after his resurrection in Arkham, with Cthulhu taking a bite out of him instead.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Under a superficial charm and friendliness, he's an unrepentant monster and sadist who lacks any good will whatsoever.
  • Fantastic Racism: Sees vampires as the "real master race".
  • Final Boss: Served as this for Girls on Film. In Nights in Lonesome Arkham however, he served as the penultimate boss before Nyarlathotep.
  • The Heavy: His plans in Girls on Film drive most of the plot, while his evil old man lays back in the shadows.
  • Karmic Death: Twice over. The first time he's made into ghoul chow and is torn apart while on camera, the subject of a last snuff film. The second time, the woman he tormented so badly deals him an absolutely agonizing series of wounds, gouges out his eyes and throws him to Cthulhu.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jacobs is resurrected as Nyarlathotep's eldritch servant in Nights in Lonesome Arkham, but toward the end of the book, meets his final end at the jaws of Cthulhu itself.
  • Lack of Empathy: Possesses zero regard or empathy for any other living being, and when he learn his father is very likely suffering in the afterlife, his response is "Fuck him."
  • Laughably Evil: Despite being an evil little thing, Rich is sometimes so gleefully aware about how horrible he is, that he's oftentimes funny.
  • Mad Artist: Seems to regard his snuff films as a sort of depraved artwork on their own with a special focus on the death and suffering of his victims.
  • Moral Myopia: He's enraged at Emma and Dani for helping Hardestadt overthrow him and throw him to his ghouls. Him being a snuff film maker and murderous sadist doesn't really seem to mitigate his anger over this.
  • Never My Fault: He is incapable of ever accepting responsibility for any of his own failings or anything ever going wrong.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: In Nights in Lonesome Arkham, it wasn't bad enough that he got sliced, gutted, and had his eyes gouged out, but then he had to get dumped into black water and get eaten by Cthulhu himself.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Is thousands of years younger than Hardestad and thinks he's a washed up old man.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: An open misogynist with a racist streak as well, despite his claims of seeing only vampires as the 'master race.'
  • Sadist: Absolutely revels in tormenting and harming people, especially women and Hardestadt.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: The torture, rape, and murder of hundreds of women is all nothing to Jacobs and his daddy's money.
  • Smug Snake: Jacobs is insufferably arrogant and, despite a clever trick which briefly gets the best of Hardestadt, nowhere near as in control as he thinks he is. Once Hardestadt frees himself and mows through his vampiric soldiers, Jacobs folds like wet tissue.
  • Spoiled Brat: The result of growing up under a wealthy father just as horrible as the boy he raised. Rich always expects getting exactly what he wants, and goes on yelling sprees when things don't go his way.
  • The Starscream: he wants to be this to Nyarlathotep, already plotting on a way to betray the Outer God. As Nyarlathotep is....Nyarlathotep, it never really gets past ineffective seething.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite his father showering him with money and connections, helping him with his snuff film ring, and even curing him of a fatal disease by having him turned into a vampire, Rich still hates his old man's guts, and is glad when he hears the news of his death.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has a huge one when Hardestadt gets free and proceeds to tear his men apart.

    Wallace Malcolm Hargrove 

Wallace Malcolm Hargrove

"They were nothing. Just women."

The CEO of BoldTech and Rich Jacobs' father, as well as his financier.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He claims he won't beg for his life. Turns out when death is right around the corner, he breaks and pleads to Hardestadt when the latter shuts off his life support.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Technically one with his son Rich. Both are responsible for the snuff film ring in some way (Rich providing and carrying out the idea, with Hargrove providing the funds, location, and women).
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: A wealthy, corrupt man with a series of rape allegations against him on top of also funding a vampiric snuff film operation, even providing them with victims all across the world.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Due to his age, Hargrove's been confined to a breathing apparatus and later life support to keep him alive. Predictably, Hardestadt kills him by taking him off of it.
  • Evil Old Folks: At the end of his years, but no less monstrous than he was in his prime.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Hargrove provides and finances his son Jacobs' scheme, and helps to keep it covert with his money and connections, but is tangentially involved with the actual conflict.
  • Hate Sink: Utterly zero redeeming features about him, and he lacks even the occasional flash of effective cunning his son has.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Hargrove is an unrepentant misogynist who dismisses all the women he's had shipped to Jacobs as "just women!"
  • Humans Are Bastards: While an ordinary human in a world with demons, vampires, and other supernatural beings, he still manages to be one of the most evil, disgusting opponents Hardestadt ever encountered.
  • Hypocrite: Claims that he doesn't fear death, only to beg for his life when Hardestadt pulls the plug on his life support.
  • Immortality Immorality: Is willing to give countless innocents to his son for his videos, just for a shot at Jacobs finally turning him.
  • Karmic Death: After having sneered at the face of the law for decades while expecting his vampiric son would make him immortal even at the end of his life, Hargrove lives just long enough to see both his legacy and his meal ticket to immortality die, his crimes uncovered, and his life's work collapse before him, all before Hardestadt takes him off life support and causes him to suffocate while pleading for his life. Receives extra karma when Jacobs refuses to have him revived from the painful afterlife.
  • Lack of Empathy: Couldn't care for his son Rich, only saving his life so that he can be turned into a vampire like him. When Hardestadt brings up Rich's death, Wallace could hardly care.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: Taken care of after Jacobs is defeated with the confrontation being Hardestadt taking him off life support and watching as he asphyxiates to death after utterly destroying his reputation and legacy.
  • Retired Monster: Retiring by the time the story starts, and while he's still providing for his son's scheme, both he and Jacobs know his time and involvement is coming to an end.
  • Serial Rapist: On top of providing for his son's operation, Hargrove is revealed to have to have raped or otherwise assaulted around a dozen women on his own time, one of which father his son Jacobs.
  • The Sociopath: He shows absolutely no remorse for the horrible things he has done, calling his victims "just women."
  • Wardens Are Evil: Built a series of brutal prisons back in the day, earning him the moniker "Wally the Warden" from the media.

Independent Antagonists

    Koschei the Deathless 

Koschei the Deathless

"You may speak to me of redemption, of attempting to atone, but what you have not been is properly punished for your actions."

One of Hardestadt's old allies back in the days before he became the Dragon, and one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate in Shadow of the Dragon.


  • Affably Evil: Quite courteous to anyone not named Hardestadt, and even then he eventually softens, especially when Alineia and Hardestadt meet for the first time.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: His end? Calmly accepting his end and entrusting Hardestadt with the future, even sharing a last few swigs of vodka with him before he crumbles to dust.
  • Anti-Villain: Koschei's merciless, but the only people he ever kills in the present day are a group of white supremacist vampires who deserve it and he's quite cordial and principled otherwise.
  • Big Bad Friend: One of the main villains of Shadow of the Dragon and once Hardestadt's good friend.
  • Cool Uncle: He's called "Uncle Koschei" by Alineia, and he seems as endlessly fond of her as she is of him.
  • Evil Former Friend: Played with. He's become much darker, but this is because Hardestadt was his evil former friend who betrayed him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: An interesting case in that the main protagonist's own Face–Heel Turn causes this; Hardestadt's since redeemed himself and vowed to atone for this, but Koschei decides Hardestadt hasn't been punished enough takes it upon himself to bring Hardestadt to his knees.
  • Fallen Hero: Once a great hero in his own right, his fall was caused by Hardestadt's fall and betrayal of him. In present, he longs for the capacity for forgiveness, but he cannot forgive his former friend and resorts to brutal means to punish him.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Downplayed. Koschei's too ruthless to be called a hero anymore, but his moral compass was only tarnished instead of simply leaving: the innocents he and Baba Yaga supposedly put in danger were never in harm's way, and while he's ruthless in testing Hardestadt's resolve it's all to prove his mettle to see if he's able to protect the Teraverse, and Koschei entrusts the future to him once again.
  • Healing Factor: He heals instantly from any wound there.
  • Honorary Uncle: He's considered an uncle to little Alineia Vasilisa Maria. It's implied the latter two names were his idea.
  • Husky Russkie: He's huge, wielding a two-handed sword with one hand easily, and he's a Russian folklore character.
  • Last Chance to Quit: Mixed in somewhat with You Will Be Spared: Koschei tells Hardestadt's allies they are free to walk away if they so choose as Hardestadt's old crimes do not make them targets. They refuse.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He once gets impaled through the chest and simply treats it like a papercut. Of course, he is immortal.
  • Master Swordsman: He's almost as good as Hardestadt himself.
  • Not So Different: He admits that his pursuit of justice is turning him dark and violent, just as Hardestadt's own once did.
  • One-Handed Zweihänder: He uses a gigantic sword and wields it one-handed. Bonus points as it actually is a Zweihander.
  • One Last Smoke: Shares a drink of vodka with Hardestadt before he expires.
  • Our Liches Are Different: He's functionally mostly human, but freakishly big and strong, with his soul hidden inside a needle. He's invulnerable as long as it's intact.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Koschei is a believer in killing evildoers swiftly and brutally.
  • Pet the Dog: Quite literally. One sign that he hasn't become wholly monstrous in his quest for revenge is his mutual affection with Erin and Hardestadt's pet Cu Sith Nyx.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Koschei is immortal and at least a thousand years old.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Koschei turns himself upon Hardestadt's own blade during their final fight, letting his own life fill the hole to keep Amatsu-Mikaboshi from breaking into Creation while also letting Hardestadt pass the test.
  • Soul Jar: His soul is contained within a needle. If it's destroyed, he dies as well.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He tells Hardestadt in no uncertain terms he finds his actions as the Dragon impossible to forgive.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Hardestadt were once dear friends, before the latter's monstrous Face–Heel Turn.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Koschei is exhausted with his immortal life, tired of living with nothing but hate and pain driving him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Seems ready to murder Alineia at Baba Yaga's command. Of course, it's all just another one of her tests.

    Baba Yaga 

Baba Yaga

"I have been known by many names, in many tongues. I was old when this world was fashioned, old when even the world was new. I was known by many names before the spoken word. Young Lucifer once knew me well. Even he was wary in my woods."

An unfathomably ancient old woman and legendary Russian bogeyman, and one half of the Big Bad Duumvirate in Shadow of the Dragon.


  • Above Good and Evil: Conventional notions of right and wrong mean very, very little for her. She's ultimately on the heroes' side anyways, but she has her own unique style of doing things.
  • Affably Evil: She's quite cheery and pleasant despite her ruthlessness.
  • The Chessmaster: There is scarcely a single moment that does not go perfectly according to her plan.
  • Cool Old Lady: To Alineia, whom she saved from death when she materialized outside the notice of even her mother Aleviel (supposedly). Baba Yaga, for all her aloof cruelty, adores her little Ali Vasya.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Everything she says has wheels within whels.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The little old woman she is is not an approximation of her true form. Whatever she is, she's ancient and a being that predates Creation itself.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Baba Yaga disdains hypocrisy and needless cruelty. And she says if Hardestadt had truly chosen to kill his innocent little sister for the easy way out, she would have slain him on the spot.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Baba Yaga has people dancing to her tune without any effort.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: She's pretty tiny and takes the form of an old woman. Underestimate her at your peril.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She takes the form of a little old woman, but she's hands down one of the most powerful beings in the setting, and at no point is Hardestadt being able to defeat her even considered.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: When Hardestadt is at her hut, she calmly serves him a bowl of stew to enjoy with Koschei and Alineia.
  • Pet the Dog: She is a loving, caring grandmotherly figure to Hardestadt's sister Alineia Vasilisa Maria, or 'Little Ali Vasya.'
  • Sacred Hospitality: She's a big believer in this, telling Erin to offer her a snack as proof she means no harm when under her roof.
  • Sadistic Choice: Cheeriness or not, she's very fond of invoking this in her various tests; suffer excruciating pain to save the lives of innocents, stand aside as others are forced to reckon with the danger themselves, and in the climax, forcing Hardestadt to kill Alineia or watch as Koschei does it instead. Naturally, all of these are rigged; nobody except Hardestadt is ever in any genuine danger at any point.
  • Secret Test of Character: Every trial she puts Hardestadt through is to gauge whether or not he's worthy of truly standing up to being the savior of the Teraverse when he's already fallen to darkness once. Baba Yaga veils this from Hardestadt himself, and the fact none of these tests are actually putting anyone in harm's way.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She does intend to train the good guys, but she is not nice about it. Fail her tests, you go down. Period.
  • Stealth Mentor: Much of what she does is designed to help and challenge Hardestadt to be better.
  • Time Abyss: Baba Yaga is one of the oldest beings in the settings—Lucifer, who himself was around at the dawn of Creation, was a kid when she was already ancient.
  • Tough Love: She's not without affection, but her methods are harsh.
  • Training from Hell: She'll put people through utter nightmares to ensure they receive proper training.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her methods are harsh, but she wishes to safeguard the Teraverse's existence.

    The Pijavica 

The Pijavica

"Majka's here."
A wicked, murderous Eastern-European type of vampire targeting an orphanage in Maryland. The Big Bad of None Too Holy.
  • Achilles' Heel: A Pijavica is incapable of feeding until it wipes out its family from mortality. She intends to murder Aleksandar, her last living family, and then start stuffing herself.
  • Back from the Dead: Came back and turned into a pijavica upon her resurrection. This is something that can happen to people who are evil enough, particularly through acts of incest. In her case? Raping her own son for years ended up with her becoming a Pijavica upon death.
  • Child Eater: Intends to murder Aleksander so that she can feast on all the children in the orphanage.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Horribly, horribly averted. The reveal of the Pijavica's molestation of her son Aleksander is portrayed as horrific, with Aleksander himself becoming a traumatized mute because of the whole ordeal.
  • Evil Matriarch: Turns out she's this to Aleksandar, being her incestuous, vile mother who now wants to reclaim him and murder all his friends after she initially lost him.
  • Kill and Replace: Did this to the real Sister Viola, for the purpose of getting close to her son to take away the charm that prevented her from feeding.
  • Kill It with Fire: Hardestadt kills her this way, lighting her up like a dry log and watching her burn until she stops moving.
  • Nuns Are Spooky: Disguises herself as the goodhearted Sister Viola after murdering the real one.
  • Off with His Head!: As an extension to Kill It with Fire? Hardestadt lops off her head and buries her with it placed between her legs as the sure way to prevent her from ever coming back.
  • Offing the Offspring: Decides to help herself to Aleksandar "one more time" before trying to murder him as both punishment for revealing her and so she can finally start feeding.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: When she was still a human, she ensured her husband hanged for her murder after he caught him raping her own son, albeit at the cost of her own death.
  • Villainous Incest: Did this to her own son, for the purpose of coming back as a pijavica. Every indication when she finds him again is to repeat this process before murdering him.
  • Walking Spoiler: The Pijavica's true identity and connection to Aleksandar in particular spoil the big twist of None Too Holy.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Her last words when she's overpowered by a very pissed off Hardestadt, verbatim.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Molested her son Aleksander, and was not afraid to murder the kids at the orphanage.

    Count Nicolai Gabriel von Krolock 

Count Nicolai Gabriel von Krolock

"I will leave a trail of corpses. Not enough to deplete the larder, but enough to make them remember why they used to huddle around the fires, to pray we did not come calling."

An evil Strigoi Mort vampire residing in Romania, whose spirit desires to be resurrected. He serves as the Big Bad of In the Castle of the Night.


  • And I Must Scream:
    • Pulls this on his brother's final descendant, Stefan. Making him his anchor, he used magic to keep him alive for centuries, where he hid him under his bed in complete darkness with no food or water.
    • This is implied to be his ultimate fate after Stadt defeats him, the mysterious powers he made a bargain with come to collect their due.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A Count by birth, and as evil as it gets.
  • Back from the Dead: Hopes to achieve this on Hallows Eve by sacrificing loads of people.
  • Bad Boss: Shows no care for the his henchmen and followers, and murders Frederick Hughes once he'd outlived his usefulness. One instance had him nearly kill Kryder for displeasing him, only relenting after his brother's had begged for mercy on his behalf. Nicolai agreed to be "merciful" and ordered Kryder to cut out his own tongue in order to keep his life.
  • Big Bad: Of In the Castle of the Night.
  • Cain and Abel: He despised his goodhearted brother Serghei. When the heroes enter the von Krolock family crypt, Serghei's coffin has his skeleton with the head torn off and placed between its legs.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Of a sense. He's aristocratic, caped and very much in the vein of a Hammer Horror vampire count.
  • Deal with the Devil: He's made pacts with dark powers for strength. He seems to be under the delusion that it was Satan he made a pact with, but Stadt corrects him by saying his father would never deal with someone like Krolock. Whatever Krolock bargained with, they come to personally collect on his deal after he's beaten by Stadt.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Implied to be his final fate, as he's dragged screaming into the "hungry dark" after whatever dark powers he'd been bargaining with decide it's time to cash in on his debt. Where he's going, hell might've been preferable.
  • Dream Walker: Thanks to being mostly dead, his spirit can enter people's dreams, though they have to have entered his castle in order to do so.
  • Final Solution: Has nearly wiped out the fay population all of the sake of fueling his magic.
  • Genius Loci: Somewhat. After he was killed, his spirit resided inside his own castle thanks to the help of Stefan, his anchor.
  • Master Swordsman: He is one of the only villains in the entire series to be able to go one on one with Hardestadt with a sword, which says a lot.
  • Mystical Plague: Has created a plague that turns people into monstrous creatures, having used it on the city of Wisborg centuries ago, which wiped it out utterly.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He's a Strigoi Mort from folklore, but he's enhanced himself heavily.
  • Sadist: Revels in the terror and murder he commits.
  • Sibling Murder: Has murdered his entire sibling bloodline for the sake of inheriting his castle.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His eyes are completely yellow, and can be seen in the dark along with his yellow fangs.
  • Torture Technician: He enjoyed torturing people in the past in his castle dungeons, savoring the victims' blood for either magical experiments, or for himself to consume.
  • Vampire Monarch: Leads an army of rabid Pricolici wolves, along with the last remnants of his monstrous servants that include Moroi and other Strigoi, and serves as the ruler of Castle Krolock.

    Krampus 

Krampus

"But really, Hardestadt Delac. You were expecting someone else?"

The Krampus himself, who seeks to destroy Christmas and defeat Santa Claus. Appears in And To All A Good Night.


  • Affably Evil: He isn't exactly a bloodthirsty sadist, and amicably commends Hardestadt for deducing his plans and acts chummy with Santa.
  • Archenemy: Is Santa Claus's arch-foe.
  • Big Bad: Of And To All A Good Night.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Krampus cheerfully acknowledges he's the bad guy and love it.
  • The Chessmaster: His plan to destroy Christmas nearly goes off without a single hitch if not for the Yule Lads being slow to burn a vital clue.
  • Friendly Enemy: Is rather cheerful with Santa at the end, being more a friendly rival than a deadly foe.
  • Joker Immunity: He's a vital part of Christmas lore in the modern age and can't really be punished overmuch, which he takes full advantage of.
  • Karma Houdini: While defeated, Krampus simply makes it clear he's going to just help fix Christmas, but try the same thing again later. It's what he does.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He plays everyone in And To All A Good Night like fiddles.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He is Santa's Evil Counterpart, after all; he seeks to establish a new holiday where children are punished rather than rewarded on Christmas, and the crux of his plan revolves around letting the Gryla eat a half-dozen kids to distract Hardestadt.

Alternative Title(s): Girls On Film, Nights In Lonesome Arkham, The Hardestadt Chronicles, None Too Holy, The Fall 2018, A Matter Of Pride, Under The Cold Moon, In The Castle Of The Night

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