The list of characters from the web novel The Road to Hell...
Some spoilers are unmarked.
A group of orcs who all band together to free Kosslivo from King Chorn Torgash's tyranny.
- Anti-Hero Team: All of them have no problem allowing collateral damage and committing treason, but it's all so they can stop Torgash's wrath and rescue all the slaves in the city.
- Dark and Troubled Past: All six of them have some kind of horrible backstory caused by Torgash. Harvon, Shurrmvin, and Hykler all had their loved ones killed; Jervow and Aerotan were tortured by Torgash's minions, with the latter having been castrated; Gendyl just hates the king.
- Knight in Sour Armor: All of them know there's no justice in the world, and they know that innocent people get hurt and/or die all the time, no matter what they do. But they still strive to make Kosslivo a better place for the world, even if their methods are questionable.
- A Lighter Shade of Gray: They're warriors who fought for the king for years, and they've no issue with killing innocents to maintain their cover. But they're all trying to save Kosslivo before the king ends up destroying the country, and they despise the sheer amounts of slavery and rape that the king legalized.
The leader and instigator of an orc rebellion in Kosslivo.
- Berserk Button: Complacency towards injustice. Harvon cannot stand when people in Kosslivo just stand by and watch as slaves are raped or innocents are cut down. He even thoroughly chews out his best friend in chapter 4 just because he had absolutely no reaction to an orc getting murdered in a public tavern.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shurrmvin. Both of them have been friends for over twenty years and still trust each other more than anyone else. They even share the same apartment together.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like all orcs, he cares more about saying what he needs to say and doing what he needs to do, while everyone's feelings are secondary to him. Nevertheless, he tries to allow people see situations from his point of view and does his best to maintain healthy relationships with others.
- The Leader: He's the orc leading the eponymous crew who convinced Shurrm, along with the other four, to join his rebellion.
- Old Soldier: He's over seventy years old, but is still more than capable of fighting like a hulking brute in battle.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Exaggerated. Harvon outlived all three of his children, all of whom were murdered when Torgash staged a coup in Kosslivo.
Harvon's second in command, and his best friend.
- Acrofatic: He's a portly orc, yet he's still capable of fighting and maintaining the speed of any orc who's much more physically-fit.
- Big Beautiful Man: He's a very fat orc, yet muscular and attractive nonetheless, according to Jervow.Jervow: I hate you.Shurrmvin: Why's that?Jervow: Because you're three times fatter than I am and twice my age, and somehow you look more attractive than I do.
- Fat Best Friend: He's Harvon's close companion, and he's also very chubby.
- Heroic Neutral: Initially wanted nothing to do with Harvon's rebellion. Chapter 4 shows that Shurrm was just as apathetic and conformed to the degradation of Kosslivo as everyone else. He only joined Harvon's crew after Harvon convinced him to, and after Harvon spontaneously attacked a group of orcs raping a slave in the streets.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harvon. Both of them have been friends for over twenty years and still trust each other more than anyone else. Oddly enough, Shurrmvin is gay, but sees Harvon as a blood brother, not a potential love interest.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be snarky towards others, and he tends to be Brutally Honest when it comes to the state that Kosslivo has devolved into. But he's still an affable and pleasant orc to be around, and genuinely wants what's best for the people in Kosslivo.
- The Lancer: He's Harvon's right-hand-orc and his best friend. He's also the polar opposite of Harvon, being much more reluctant at starting a rebellion because he knows he'll have to kill his fellow brethren in the process.
- Manly Gay: Very burly, chubby, masculine orc who's homosexual, along with being a dangerous fighter.
- Old Soldier: He's over seventy years old, but his age does nothing to slow him down, as he still fights like any common, blood-drunk orc would.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: When he's not in armor, his casual clothing consists of brown trousers and a beige vest showing off his gut.
One of the more reluctant orc warriors who joins the crew.
- Berserk Button: Bringing up his deceased son, Welmar, will more than likely result in Hykler breaking your windpipe with his bare hand.
- Hypocrite: Hykler chews out Harvon in chapter 7 for having the audacity for killing fellow orc warriors...then he goes and does it too. He also is opposed to Harvon's idea of rebellion because he knows there will be collateral damage, yet he had absolutely no issue with participating in razing a village full of peaceful ogres.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Hykler is whiny, brunt, and very hypocritical, but he does bring up several good points, such as what Harvon and his allies are doing will result in more bloodshed, and that the orcs they intend on killing—like Morklox—have loved ones who will miss them dearly.
- Never My Fault: Hykler frequently blames Harvon and his allies for what he does, acting as though he never has a choice in the matter. But at no point did anyone physically force him to join Harvon's cause, and nothing prevented Hykler from killing Harv the second he realized what he was planning.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son was killed (presumably by King Torgash) years before the events of the story.
- Token Religious Teammate: He's the one member of the team who still worships and prays to Lussager the Orc God.
A physically-deformed orc who joins the crew.
- Covered in Scars: He has dozens of scars on his head, burn wounds on his chest, and his left eye is pale and milky.
- Eye Scream: It's never explained how it happened, but Torgash tortured Jervow so badly that his left eye is now pale and useless.
- Manly Gay: Like many other orcs, Jervow is a burly, masculine beast who isn't ashamed that he's sexually attracted to males.
- Nice Guy: While "nice" may be a stretch, he's a lot more understanding and affable compared to the rest of the team. He even spares Lincas while raiding a breeding facility despite knowing he'd be better off killing him.
- Shameful Strip: In chapter 8, Torgash forces Jervow to take off his clothes in front of him and several other orcs in an attempt to make him feel emasculated. It fails.
An archer who teams up with Harvon and Shurrmvin.
- Action Girl: Like various other females in Kosslivo, she has no problem holding her own in combat with her weapons.
- Archer Archetype: She prefers to use a bow and arrow instead of traditional axes or swords like most orcs in Kosslivo do.
- The Chick: She's the only female member of Harvon's crew.
- Crippling Castration: It's never openly stated what happened, but Psymarr maimed Aerotan to the point where she physically can't have children anymore.
- The Stoic: Shows very little emotion. She's completely stone-faced in chapter 7 after she helps Harvon and the others massacre fellow soldiers, whereas everyone else—sans Gendyl—is almost on the verge of having an emotional breakdown.
- The Unfettered: Once Aerotan agrees to help Harvon take down Torgash, she puts forth all her attention to completing her objective without any reluctance, even if it means killing other orcs she just fought beside.
A sarcastic, rare blue-skinned orc who teams up with Harvon's crew at random.
- Alliterative Name: Gendyl Gynjyt.
- Bullying a Dragon: In chapter 8, Gendyl tells Torgash right to his face that he and Harvon's crew "enjoy being an accessory to his bloody, dominating empire" and that the last thing they want is to "deprive him of splaying his dominance everywhere." Cue Death Glare from everyone in Harvon's crew.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Gendyl isn't being condescending or pessimistic, he's usually being very witty and sarcastic.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He's the funniest and snarkiest member of the crew who genuinely doesn't care about anyone, not even himself. He's only helping Harvon because he hates Torgash and feels like he's done nothing but get countless soldiers killed for no reason.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His behavior isn't far off from a rowdy, bloodthirsty child or teenager, with his vulgar, nihilistic rants about society, and he always jokes around with everyone, even in serious situations.
A smarmy, orc-hating goblin later recruited by Harvon.
- Bullying a Dragon: His debut is him mocking and insulting King Chorn Torgash directly to his face, despite knowing he could effortlessly crush his body with his bare hands.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's as witty and sarcastic as Gendyl, and almost everything he says is condescending.
- Establishing Character Moment: Krun is introduced pissing on the king's statue in broad daylight. When the king catches him, he doesn't deny what he did and starts passive-aggressively insulting him.
- Excrement Statement: When Krun first appears, he's spotted peeing on a statue of King Torgash in defiance.
- Jerkass: Krun isn't nice to anyone and always has something rude to say. He's only helping Harvon because he hates King Torgash that much; he doesn't care about Kosslivo or any of the orcs' well-being.
- The Pig-Pen: Krun isn't hygienic, and many orcs complain about how much he stinks.
- The Sociopath: Like Gendyl, he doesn't care about anyone or anything except his own well-being, and is only assisting Harvon's crew to spite the king.
The ruler of Kosslivo who leads the nation with an iron fist.
- 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. A majority of the people in Kosslivo hate Torgash, want to kill him, or fear him—including his own soldiers and council members. But there are still orcs who follow him—even when they know they shouldn't—and for all the faults he's committed, his daughter still loves him.
- Bad Boss: He's usually indifferent whenever any of his soldiers get killed, and he never bothers to improve the quality of his soldiers' living quarters, believing that living rough, grimy lives will toughen them up.
- Big Bad: He's the central antagonist of the story, and the sole reason why Kosslivo has devolved into a Dystopia.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You:
- The only reason why he puts up with Krun and his snarky, condescending attitude is because he uses Krun and other goblins as spies and scouts.
- This is also the reason why he puts up with his council's cowardice and incompetence. He knows he can't run the country on his own and that they're more capable of organizing the political aspects of Kosslivo.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Torgash shows up in a few flashbacks in The Green Wanderer, but his role in the story was very minor. It isn't until The Road to Hell... where he's properly introduced.
- Klingon Promotion: Exaggerated. During the coup he started, Torgash murdered the king and queen of Kosslivo, along with their entire council, and took the throne for himself afterwards.
- Might Makes Right: Torgash holds complete power over all of Kosslivo, and he's also the tallest and strongest orc in the nation. Unsurprisingly, almost no one challenges him directly, and he frequently abuses his power because of this.
- Never My Fault: He never owns up to the plethora of mistakes he makes while running Kosslivo, and offloads the blame on traitors, foreign enemies of the nation, or even his daughter and other advisors.
- Non-Action Big Bad: For all the horrors Torgash has committed, he rarely gets directly involved in any conflicts onscreen, and usually has his soldiers and close aids handle his dirty work.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Torgash is merciful at times, but only because he knows that he's better off leaving certain people alive as opposed to killing them. The only reason why people like Krun are still alive is because Torgash needs goblins like Krun to act as scouts for his army.
- The Social Darwinist: Believes that all orcs in Kosslivo must be strong and dominant if they are to rule the world. Those who are "useless" or "weak" end up as prisoners, or they're killed.
- The Sociopath: He cares about no one but himself and maintaining his dominance over Kosslivo. Torgash has a good relationship with his daughter, but it's implied that it isn't genuine, given the sheer amount of times he addresses her as "daughter" instead of by name, and the fact that he called her a "valued asset."
- Villain Has a Point: Chapter 2 reveals that Torgash sanctioned a law where all soldiers must soil themselves if they need to use the bathroom. As disgusting and insane as this is, Torgash brings up how various elite orcs (and even a former king) were all killed not because they were bested by someone stronger than them, but because they were too busy using the bathroom to notice they were in danger.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He never wears a shirt throughout the story.
- You Need a Breath Mint: Shurrmvin and Krun have both brought up that Torgash suffers from bad breath. Krun in particular tells Torgash to his face that he should "start eating centaur shit" because that would make his breath smell better.
Chorn Torgash's daughter and most trustworthy aide.
- Child by Rape: Bereesa is a half-orc, and Chorn regularly has human slaves imported into the nation solely so they can be breeders. It's never outright stated, but there's enough hints to show that Chorn raped and impregnated one of them several years ago.
- Daddy's Little Villain: She's the daughter of the kingdom's most fearsome tyrant. While she thinks before she acts, and tries her best to avoid bloodshed, she has no problem following his lead and practices.
- Dark Action Girl: Bereesa knows how to take care of herself when in battle and fights just as fiercely as all of the male orcs in Kosslivo.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Regardless of how she feels about her father's laws and ruling, she still loves Chorn and cares about his well-being.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Bereesa has no problem with her father ruling Kosslivo like a brute and reinforcing his laws, but she does not enjoy wanton carnage that could spark a war with other nations. She's understandably pissed off when her father appoints Mernal Mynwort to join his council, especially after he ends up starting a war with another nation that could've been avoided.
- Smug Snake: She tries to outsmart people like Mernal and form false alliances, but her plans usually backfire, and she's never wise enough to think of any backup plans.
A minotaur and freelancing warrior who is appointed to help King Torgash with his scheming.
- Alliterative Name: Mernal Mynwort. He also happens to be a minotaur.
- Blood Knight: He thoroughly enjoys war, battles, and getting into as many fights as he can just for the thrill of it.
- Establishing Character Moment: After shamelessly urinating in a castle corridor, Mernal introduces himself by barging into a council meeting, decapitating a member of the council, and then audacious replacing his position within Torgash's council.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. Chapter 10 reveals that Mernal doesn't like rape and wouldn't dream of fornicating with a slave. But that's only because rape, to him, is like fighting an opponent who doesn't even try, whereas regular sex is much more ecstatic and fulfilling.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's one of the more vile villains in the story, and he's incredibly outgoing, loud, and overly-expressive with his mannerisms.
- Fetish: For orc feet, given his "interactions" with Kinshik and Ishmael.
- Klingon Promotion: He kills Avvut Kovmoss and immediately proclaims his position as the country's new army coordinator.
- A Load of Bull: He's a minotaur, a humanoid bull-like creature.
- Manly Gay: He's openly gay, and he's a musky, muscle-bound brute who takes much pleasure in fornicating with equally masculine orcs.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He never wears a shirt, only a loincloth and some traditional armor.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Mernal isn't all that smart, but he's very charismatic and capable of adjusting his plans in a matter of minutes. When Bereesa tries to get Mernal blamed for killing the Myllgardian king and queen, Mernal twists the situation to make it seem like he came up with the idea on his own as a means to further the king's agenda. And when several slaves are freed from the kingdom's dungeon and Bereesa tries to pin the blame on him, Mernal declares that he intends on staying in the kingdom indefinitely just so he can find the traitor, and also so he can further aggravate Bereesa and Psymarr.
A mysterious and deadly murid assigned to torture and interrogate many prisoners within the Kosslivan dungeons.
- The Pig-Pen: His fur is disheveled, he drools a lot, and his clothes are ripped and covered in tiny bugs.
- The Sociopath: Psymarr couldn't care less about the king's empire and the deterioration of Kosslivo. All that matters to him are the various creative ways he can torment and kill his victims.
- Torture Technician: His expertise. Nothing pleases Psymarr more than discovering all the brutal, excruciating ways to interrogate and slowly mutilate prisoners.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to drag out any words that have an "sh" combination in them, almost the same way a snake drags out an "s" in words.
- Would Hurt a Child: Chapter 3 reveals that he killed a six-year-old girl by sawing her in half groin first. The same chapter shows Psymarr having dismembered a young boy so he could devour the flesh from one of his legs.
- You Dirty Rat!: He's a murid, a humanoid rat-creature. He's also one of the nastier villains in the story.
Torgash's inner circle, which is comprised of eight high-rank orc officials.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": None of them are happy when Torgash announces that he plans on bringing Mernal Mynwort into the country to assist him with seeking out traitors.
- Punch-Clock Villain: None of them seem overly malicious or demented, unlike people like Psymarr. They're all just trying to keep the country under control while Torgash continues to slowly tear it apart.
A member of King Torgash's Council.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She openly complains that Torgash's murderous conquests are too brutal and are attracting unwanted attention, such as when he preemptively attacked a parade and inadvertently killed the prince and princess of an elf kingdom.
A member of King Torgash's Council.
The kingdom's army coordinator and regional director.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's murdered in chapter 6 in a matter of seconds. As soon as Mernal takes his position in the council, nearly everyone—sans Bereesa—forgets about his death.
- Dying to Be Replaced: Mernal killed him after Avvut bad-mouthed him, and promptly claimed his title immediately afterwards.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Dies while he's announcing his full title to Mernal.
- Off with His Head!: Gets decapitated by Mernal Mynwort.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He's killed off in his second appearance mere seconds after his full title is revealed.
A member of King Torgash's Council who handles the weapons and armor trading routes.
- Dirty Coward: He's noted for being spineless, and for refusing to stand up to the king because he fears the king will have him senselessly killed.Chorn Torgash: "There's a spine back there?"
- Fat Bastard: It's mentioned that he's noticeably obese, and he's one of the council's more cowardly members.
- Yes-Man: Downplayed. Dyv'puun doesn't always agree with his king, but anytime he tries to go against Torgash, the king threatens him, and he meekly goes back to agreeing with whatever Torgash says.
A member of King Torgash's Council who oversees the slaves and breeders.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While she seems okay with slavery, Byslucleer is horrified when she learns that many female slaves are delivering stillborn babies, and is visibly frustrated when Torgash tells her to have half of the females killed, and for the other half to "do better at giving us more half-breed heirs."
A religious member of King Torgash's Council.
- Token Religious Teammate: He's the only member of the council who's openly religious and desperately wants churches to be built, because he knows there are hundreds of orcs who also pray to the gods.
An elderly member of King Torgash's Council.
- The Quiet One: She's the only member of the council who hardly says anything and mostly keeps to herself.
A member of King Torgash's Council.
- Evil Is Petty: Unlike everyone else in the council, who voice complaints about the poor state of Kosslivo, Illwotkot decides to complain about the fact that Bereesa interrupted him while he was fornicating with a slave.
- The Grunting Orgasm: Apparently he sounds like "a dying bull moaning" whenever he has sex.
- Jerkass: Unlike the other councilors, Illwotkot is very brash and doesn't care about the state of Kosslivo or how the slaves are treated.
Torgash's ever-growing band of soldiers, warriors, and mercenaries.
- Affably Evil: None of the orcs are Always Chaotic Evil, and many of them are friendly and easy to talk to. Doesn't change the fact that a lot of them are slaughtering innocents just because they're ordered to, nor does it excuse that some of them rape the slaves in Kosslivo because it's permitted there, and therefore "acceptable."
- Just Following Orders: Most orcs in the army are simply doing what their tyrant of a king commands of them, whether they're doing so willingly or not.
- Punch-Clock Villain: While morality varies between certain characters, many soldiers in the army are just fighting for their country because they have nowhere else to go or because they feel it's the right thing to do.
A young orc soldier.
- Mauve Shirt: He's a crass orc who tends to annoy other soldiers and has a few conversations with the main characters. Then he's killed off in chapter 7, and no one besides Hykler was all that disturbed by his death.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: It's hinted that Morklox doesn't approve of the king's orders, but he doesn't care, because all orc soldiers are supposed to obey them regardless.
- Potty Failure: Unlike several other soldiers, Morklox is fine with Torgash's law enforcing soldiers to soil their britches, as demonstrated in chapter 1 where he pisses his pants on purpose.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off in chapter 7 after establishing his role as a recurring character in the story.
One of Morklox's companions.
- Potty Emergency: Comes very close to pissing himself in chapter 7 while waiting for mutton to finish cooking. Although Morklox suggests that he go in his pants, he eventually retreats into the forest and pees on a tree.
- Red Shirt: Nothing is known about him short of his name. He's killed off almost immediately after he's introduced.
- Slashed Throat: How Harvon kills him.
A very fat, friendly orc soldier.
- Fat Bastard: Shlodokk is so fat that he can't wear armor because it doesn't fit. It's saying something when Shurrmvin, who's also quite hefty, is dwarfed by his size.
- Manly Gay: He's a very fat orc and a brute of a warrior who isn't ashamed that he's attracted to males.
- Nice Guy: Gross as he may be, Shlodokk's is one of the more jovial orcs in the army.
- Potty Failure: It's not explicitly shown, but Shlodokk violently shat his pants at some point in chapter 7, much to Shurrmvin's disgust.
- Red Shirt: Not much is known about him, short of him being friendly, openly gay, and believing that Kosslivo is a great place to live. By his second appearance, he's dead.
- Slashed Throat: How Shurrmvin kills him.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He only wears a pair of brown pants, and constantly lets his flab hang out for all to see.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed off in his second appearance, right when it seemed like he might've been a recurring character.
Kosslivan City Guard
Torgash's soldiers stationed to patrol the capital of Kosslivo.
- Affably Evil: Like the army, many of the guards are just doing their jobs, even though they're willingly letting slavery, rape, and murder exist within the city's limits.
- Just Following Orders: Similar to the army, they're just following the commands of a tyrant, even if they don't like it.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Many of the guards aren't needlessly sadistic (save for a few). They're Just Following Orders.
One of the city's guards who spends most of his free time abusing slaves.
- Ass Shove: Jervow kills him by ramming a claymore into his ass.
- Asshole Victim: He's one of the orcs in the city who enjoys being evil and abusing slaves because the king allows it. Hard to get upset when Jervow brutally murders him.
- Card-Carrying Villain: One of the few orcs who willingly chooses to be a sadistic rapist and constantly brags about how nobody in the world will stop him or the Torgash Empire.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Jervow cuts off his ears, his nose, his tongue, and he stabs him in both eyes. Then he finishes him off by impaling him in his rectum with a claymore.
- Depraved Homosexual: He's homosexual, and he happily spends his time abusing and raping male slaves.
- Flat Character: He's a homosexual rapist and sadist. He has no other characterization outside of this.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Villainous example. Gurchun's characterization, along with his death, are a firm reminder that even though everything Harvon and his team are doing isn't exactly right, there are some orcs in the city who need to be put down for the greater good.
- Token Evil Teammate: Unlike most of the other orcs in the army and city guard, Gurchun stands out as being gleefully depraved and happily raping and torturing slaves.
- You Need a Breath Mint: When Gurchun tells Jervow that he can't get in a consensual relationship with regular orcs because they're too snobby, Jervow tells him he'd get better results if his breath wasn't repulsive.
Two orcs who supervise and train a division of teenage and child soldiers.
- Ear Ache: Half of Sollox's right ear was cut off prior to the story.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Sollox and Vulxcon have blatantly told the king to his face that some of the news laws he invented (namely the one where soldiers have to soil themselves) are asinine and aren't doing anything to improve their trainees' lessons.
- Eye Scream: Vulxcon's left eye was cut out prior to the story. And in chapter 13, Krun intentionally hurls a stone at Sollox's right eye to "match his lover's eye complexion."
One of the orcs who guards the western breeding facility and Lelgan's partner.
- The Alcoholic: It's rare for Lorrsh to be seen when he's not drinking.
- Berserk Button: Religious hypocrites. Lorrsh mentions in chapter 13 that an orc he knew constantly absolved himself of his sins everyday, but would immediately go back to raping slaves—something Lussager prohibited. Lorrsh got so fed up with the orc that he cut his throat open.
- Hidden Depths: Initially comes across as being a bit character who just drinks a lot. Chapter 13 reveals that he has a close relationship with Hykler, he hates hypocrites, he disagrees with many of the king's laws, and he's deeply religious.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Regardless of how he feels about King Torgash, Lorrsh is still proud to have fought for Kosslivo, and will gladly die protecting his country.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He's typically seen without any form of shirt or jacket on.
- You Need a Breath Mint: His breath stinks of beer and ale all the time, according to Lelgan.
One of the orcs who guards the western breeding facility and Lorrsh's partner.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her hair is very short and doesn't even reach her shoulders.
- Facial Markings: She has a birthmark all around her left eye.
- Hates Small Talk: She doesn't like casual conversation and prefers to get right to the point.
- The Stoic: She doesn't show that much emotion and rarely raises her voice.