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The Sodality of the Aberrant
Appears in: Sangue Serenissima | The Wolves of War | Stories Never Told
"What's happened has happened and justice must be meted out. That's all there is to it."
A mysterious man who runs the Sodality of the Aberrant, safeguarding Seers and other outcasts. An old acquaintance of Eliza Cortly.
- A Father to His Men: He loves his followers like his children and they revere him in turn.
- Ambiguously Human: Adam resembles a youthful human, but it's becoming abundantly clear he might not be human whatsoever.
- Anti-Hero: Adam is revered as a stalwart and noble man who selflessly provides a home for the lost and aberrant of society, and he's quite civil (if blunt and somewhat tactless in casual conversation) but he also makes it clear he's not exactly concerned about justice or morality, up to the point where he apparently murdered a taxman who's worst crime was threatening to expose Adam's flock.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Sodality, an exceptional swordsman and a powerful warrior with exceptional speed and strength.
- Berserk Button: Unwelcome intrusion into the affairs of his flock in any way is a surefire way to gain his "retribution." A taxman who tried to pry into their affairs ended up murdered by Adam.
- Brutal Honesty: Adam doesn't mince words, and encourages others to do the same.
- Byronic Hero: Adam is a hard, calculating man, not without virtue, but also possessed of a ruthless sense of devotion to his flock. He cares little for conventional morality or anything but guarding what he protects and seeking to destroy his father. He's a good friend to have, but extremely dangerous as well.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Adam's past is largely unknown but he is references as being a discarded 'toy' of the monstrous 'Eye.'
- Deadpan Snarker: Hardestadt staring at him when he regenerates from corrosive acid to the face? "Are you captivated by my beauty or do I have something stuck in my teeth?"
- Death Seeker: It is revealed that Adam one day aspires to die after achieving his ultimate purpose.
- Due to the Dead: Adam keeps the ashes of his dead flock members in ceremonial urns and treasures their memories.
- Fantastic Racism: Adam despises angels, demons and all other higher powers for their ineffectiveness in stopping beings like his father.
- Fire-Forged Friends: For all his aloof stoicism, Adam deeply cares for Hardestadt and Eliza after all they have been through together.
- Genius Bruiser: Adam is exceptionally intelligent and can throw a mean punch.
- Good is Not Nice: Adam has little use for social graces or any sort of gentleness when talking, even if he is a good person.
- Healing Factor: Has a particularly pronounced one, first demonstrated when he receives a dose of acid which completely melts his face, which he shrugs off in seconds. Brought further when he regenerates from having his entire bodily mass forced into the area of a pin-tip, leading him nothing more than a pebble of flesh, then proceeds to regenerate from that in "almost five seconds."
- Humanoid Abomination: Adam is a former toy of his "father," an Eldritch Abomination called Ix Nagoth. At a glance, Adam isn't particularly unsettling, but he isn't human, is older than both Hardestadt and Eliza, has an impossibly efficient Healing Factor and tireless stamina, and has the ability to spirit off people to the Eye themselves. Whatever Adam really is, "human" is a very, very unfitting word.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He is the warranty. Adam hunts down the worst monsters who escape their crimes and makes them pay.
- The Leader: Adam is the undisputed leader of the sodality of the Aberrant for good reason.
- Literal-Minded: Adam occasionally slips into taking statements quite literally, particularly figures of speech.
- Magic Eye: Adam supposedly has the 'Malocchio,' or evil eye. There's no 'supposedly' about it. When Adam employs this, it can be a near insta-kill if the enemy isn't prepared, drawing the horrific attention of his father, the Ending Eye Ix Nagoth.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: Adam is one of Ix Nagoth's children. He has trillions upon trillions of siblings all locked in agony within his home realm of Xi'Acerbia and it's implied his greatest wish is to free them upon destroying Ix Nagoth.
- Master Swordsman: He is an exceptional swordsman, able to even hold his own against Hardestadt Delac in Sangue Serenissima.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Anyone threatens his flock, this is what they get. He's strongly implied to be guilty of the murder of a tax man who mad that error.
- Nazi Hunter: Adam at the very least hunts down Mengele in punishment for all his crimes.
- Necromancy: Adam can shove dead souls back into their bodies for interrogation. It's not a pleasant feeling for the people he uses it on.
- Nerves of Steel: Nothing rattles Adam. Nothing. He maintains his cool through incredible pressure and when thrown into a section of the City of Never, he simply lunges to fight off the monsters he's stuck with.
- No Social Skills: Adam does not do well with social skills, being calm and blunt without any need for small talk.
- Papa Wolf: Adam deeply cares for his flock, whom he treats like his own children.
- Parental Substitute: Adam adopted Byron and Saviri as his sons, and loves them dearly.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: It's hard to get more evil than banishing a soul to his home dimension of Xi'Acerbia, where they will suffer forever and ever. But if Adam judges them to deserve it, he will.
- Really 700 Years Old: While he looks youthful, he is much, much older than he appears.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Adam isn't an inflexible man. Even when one of the Flock is lost despite Hardestadt's best efforts, Adam saves his anger only for the thing that took Franco, recognizing Hardestadt did all he could.
- The Stoic: Adam isn't in to emoting at all. Nearly nothing gets any kind of rise out of him, not Hardestadt's dazzling skills with a sword, not getting a splash of acid in the face, and he's even able to disguise his emotions perfectly to the death of his own flock members — although it's clear that, at least, saddens and enrages him deep down.
- Technically a Smile: Adam does not get expressions like smiling and believes a feral bearing of his teeth in a manner that could frighten small children counts as one when he makes the effort.
- Tranquil Fury: When discussing his follower, Peyton's death, he is clearly enraged, but shows it with utter stoicism.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Adam doesn't quite get the emotion of love, especially the romantic variety.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Played with. Adam considers Hardestadt the only devil worth a damn because Hardestadt left the comfort of hell and his huge, loving family to come to earth where he's known so much misery so he can fight to make things better for people continuously.
Appears in: Sangue Serenissima | The Wolves of WarA strange man who serves as Adam's right-hand in the Sodality. Saviri seemingly began to exist as he was one day, with no other explanation to his origin.
- All the Other Reindeer: Saviri is a very odd man and was treated terribly by most people until Adam found him.
- Ambiguously Brown: Saviri has skin like burnt caramel, but does not seem to belong to to any known ethnicity.
- Ambiguously Human: It's pretty unclear what the heck Saviri actually is. He just started existing and has no idea why or how.
- Excessive Mourning: Saviri hasn't stopped mourning Byron years later, constantly having to remind himself that his brother is gone.
- Happily Adopted: Saviri is Adam's son in every sense but blood, and dearly loves Adam as his father.
- Humanoid Abomination: Possibly. Saviri simply began to exist one day, and is known to be quite odd, while being off in some ways.
- Foil: To Grete. Both are outcasts in society, but while Grete steadfastly refuses to give up on a better world and has forged a life beyond her father's shadow, Saviri despises humanity and is content to rest in Adam's.
- Master Swordsman: He's Adam's student and son and picked up a lot of his skill.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Saviri loathes humanity, freely admitting such to Grete.
- Number Two: Adam's right hand in the Sodality.
- Odd Friendship: He and Grete Ravenhallow slowly bond after their fathers befriend one another. The two couldn't be more different, but get on regardless.
- Perpetual Frowner: It's rare Saviri has any other expression on his face.
- Pet the Dog: For all his oddness and misanthropy, Saviri is truly fond of Julio and enjoys the boy's enthusiasm.
- Really 700 Years Old: Saviri is 500 years old, having been with Adam for almost that entire time.
- The Quiet One: Saviri rarely emotes much, usually keeping his own thoughts.
- The Stoic: Saviri learned from the best in Adam for this.
- Undying Loyalty: Saviri is more Adam's son than subordinate and treats him as a beloved savior and father.
Appears in: Sangue Serenissima | The Wolves of WarA member of the Sodality and one of Adam's closest followers.
- All the Other Reindeer: As a member of the Sodality, Byron is a natural outcast until Adam took him in.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Byron is half human, half creature from The City of Never.
- Killed Offscreen: Bryon is introduced as dead in The Wolves of War, having died in his sleep.
- Nice Guy: Despite his origins, Byron is a very kind man.
- Passed in Their Sleep: Byron dies before The Wolves of War begins. He passes of pneumonia, peacefully in his sleep.
- Undying Loyalty: Like Saviri, Byron is more Adam's son than subordinate and treats him as a beloved savior and father.
Children of Valentine
- Big Bad Ensemble: The Valentine siblings are working to unleash their father, the Defiler itself. Most visible are Salvatore Valentine, the eldest and leader of the siblings, and his younger twin Exoto, who's a savage, barely functioning monstrosity.
- Cain and Abel: Like most of Helen's children, the children of Valentine serve Helen even after her death, as opposed to the heroic Bruno who rebelled against her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones:The Valentine siblings revere and miss their mother, who was also a lover to each of them. Salvatore especially, who speaks of his mother in the most intimate manner.
- Red Right Hand: Unlike the monstrous Exoto, Vittoria and Salvatore look normal, but have mouths in the palms of their hands like the Defiler and Helen. This is a trend with their other siblings as well, if Santino and Lorenzo are any indication.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Vittoria, Helen's only known surviving daughter, is nearly identical to her mother...and, interestingly, is the least monstrous of the children, even having a HeelFace Turn at the end.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Salvatore lacks his mother Helen's maliciousness, viewing a world without inhibitions ripe for defilement as freedom and happiness.
- Berserk Button: Implying what Helen did to Salvatore was abuse makes him lose his composure immensely.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Salvatore may sees his father's depravity as an expression of freeom, but despises the pedophiles attrracted to his business. It's implied to be the reason that Andre Mays, who had a "scandal" while working a gym teacher, was feed to Exoto.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Salvatore presents as a pleasant club owner who just happens to dabble in the porn industry. Not many know he's half-Old One and a cultist intent on unleashing his monstrous father.
- Body Horror: Exoto is a hulking six armed beast that can possess and devour others from inside out before wearing them like flesh puppets.
- The Brute: Exoto's role with the Valentines is being a savage beast who tears through whatever is in his path.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It takes nearly nothing to set Exoto off. Exoto nearly rapes Santino to death on the spot when Santino accidentally backtalks him and Vittoria is constantly treading on broken glass in interacting with him.
- Mood-Swinger: Exoto's temperament is a volatile thing, swinging from fits of sullen moroseness and childish, petty tantrums to nigh-uncontrollable fits of savage lust and violence. At one point, when Vittoria starts to renege, Exoto breaks down sobbing in front of a picture of his mother and begging Vita not to leave him like Helen did, before winding over a literal second later and promising to "fuck you until the only thing you will ever feel again is my pain!" should Vittoria ever disobey them again.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Exoto is a depraved predator who acts like a spoiled child. Henri even compares him to an eight year old and a schoolyard bully. At one point he breaks down weeping and wailing over a picture of his deceased mother.
The gods of the Old World. The Daydreamers were a group of female deities who helped to design the ancient world before its destruction.
- Everyone Has Standards: the Daydreamers did not approve of one of their number, Lucia, devoting herself to hurting others and threw her out to earth.
- Have You Seen My God?: What became of the Daydreamers? Nobody really knows. They have utterly withdrawn themselves, save only for the fallen Daydreamer Lucia.
- Neglectful Precursors: They...were not really very good at the upkeep of the world and one of them managed to create an artificial Seer that obliterated it by mistake.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: One of the Daydreamers created an artificial Seer that obliterated the world, horrifying the Daydreamers. Also, it was really unwise to throw Lucia to earth and unleash a vengeful sadist with nothing to lose upon the world.
The Gangrene Man
Appears in: The Gangrene ManA mysterious man who seems to be rotting, who wanders the earth.
- Bad Powers, Good People: He can rot things with a touch, but he's not a bad guy.
- Creepy Good: He's rotting, creepy and weird, but he seems a decent enough fellow, in actually helping out a lonely, depressed woman.
- Walk and Talk: His thing in the titular story. He arrives beside Mary, and takes a walk with her while chatting.
- Walking the Earth: Kind of his thing. He walks and he talks. Who knows where he'll show up?