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    Rhue 

Rhue of Landorin

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The protagonist of The Way. Years before the game starts, he lost his childhood love Serena when she fell into a river while running from the beasts who caused the infamous Landorin Massacre. Ever since this fateful night, Rhue has been travelling the Way in a frantic pace, determined to find her.

    Strata 

Strata

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Already after they first cross ways in Episode 1 it's out of the question that Rhue and this guile, arrogant wanderer will ever be on good terms with each other. Strata violently wounding Rhue and stealing his possessions is only the first of several painful encounters with this fighter who aims to become the Paraphalyn.
  • Break the Haughty: Through Episode 5. Maybe.
  • The Casanova: A womanizer who believes that a having a Trophy Wife is another thing that proves to the world how great of a fighter he is.
  • Glory Hound: If hurting people and lying will help him get his way, he'll do it.
  • Glory Seeker: Lives and breathes this trope.
  • Hidden Depths: He seems genuinely broken up when Rhue kills Lyrra, to his own surprise. Also, he actually keeps his promise to protect her for most of the game.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He wants to become the Paraphalyn, the ultimate badass.
  • Jerkass: He'll gladly hurt or kill Rhue to steal him a rabbit. Which he'll later throw away, because he actually doesn't care about it that much.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Rhue "Blue Boy" and several women "Babe".
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Part of his "wannabe cool" appearance.
  • The Rival: Played up to be this to Rhue, expecially during the tournament in Episode 4.
  • Troll: He really enjoys making Rhue angry.
  • Smug Snake: He spends 95% of his screentime being arrogant and violent towards those weaker than him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In earlier versions of Episode 5, Strata temporarily goes through this during his arena Plunge with Rhue if he lasts for much longer than the six-turn limit predicted upon him. This has been changed to have Rhue go down immediately at the seventh pass regardless of how much HP he has remaining.
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    Traziun 

Traziun

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This charming and knowledgeable wanderer starts travelling with Rhue halfway through Episode 1 and pays for all of their expenses in Lide. As a strong and skilled Plunger, he teaches him several features of the Plunge system. Both easygoing and determined at the same time, he becomes the first and only friend Rhue has had in a long time.
  • Abusive Parents: His main character arc is him wanting revenge on his father.
  • The Ace: When you meet him, he is the strongest member of the party by far. Actually, he is way stronger than that.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He calls out his father for killing his mother and generally being an evil dick.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has the appropriate fiery personality, though he can also be a Guile Hero when he wants.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Of the Good Goatee variety, indicating a mysterious character or an outsider.
  • Guile Hero: Despite being one of the strongest characters, he prefers being this. At one point he even teaches Rhue that some problems can be solved by being smart instead of fighting.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In one ending, he manages to destroy the Phantom Slasher by using it to kill himself, forcing it to break its own rules.
  • Mysterious Past: The circumstances of his mother's death are never really explained.
  • The Oath-Breaker: He's one of only two Blood Lyn to ever run away from the Blana Sera and live.
  • One-Man Army: He kills a whole fortress of Blood Lyn by himself.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    Do you want me to make a speech or something?
  • Red Is Heroic: He's probably the closest thing to a straight hero in the main cast.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A, He's a confident and upbeat guy, but he's ready to throw his life away to avenge his mother.
  • You Killed My Mother: And he wants revenge for it.

    Gaius 

Gaius

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A magically inclined wanderer Rhue meets in Episode 1 shortly after encountering Traziun. Their paths keep crossing, but Gaius's own agenda on the Way remains a mystery.
  • The Chessmaster:
    • He seems to be playing both sides of the conflict among the Guided.
    • Also, in Episode 5 and 6 he implies he's trying to destroy the Shadow Swords.
  • Dissonant Serenity: As long as his problem isn't relating to Kloe, he seems calm and relaxed even in apparently horrible circumstances.
  • Guile Hero: From Rhue's point of view, he's a Manipulative Bastard. But since by that point Rhue has become a Villain Protagonist, Gaius can be considered this.
  • Hero Antagonist: In Episode 6 he wants to stop Rhue, who is the Phantom Slasher and by that point has become a Villain Protagonist. Depending on the ending, a third option may present itself.
  • Hidden Depths: Interestingly, this is alluded to in the gameplay: in Episode 5, Gaius has an attack ominously called "Inner Darkness", whose in-game description states that it can be used only under peculiar circumstances. These circumstances never occur in the game, so that skill remains grayed out.
  • Mind Reading: He taps into Kloe's memories. However, the details of this ability are not explored.
  • Mysterious Past: The very few statements that are made about his past raise more questions than they answer.
  • Nice Guy: The first two time Rhue meets him, before his Mysterious Past starts coming up.
  • Non-Answer: Gaius ends up being the king of cryptic speeches.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Inverted Trope: in his very first appearance he introduces himself by saying that his name is pronounced "Guy-us" – which is purely for the benefit of the player, since neither Rhue nor Traziun have any way of knowing how it's spelled.
  • The Oath-Breaker: He managed to run away from the Blana Sera.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: After he finds out that Kloe killed Foreman Ballar, he tells her she has crossed the Moral Event Horizon in his eyes and wants nothing to do with her from then on.

    Lyrra 

Lyrra

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A cheerful young woman who loves stories and imagines herself as the fair maiden waiting for her Knight In Shining Armour. Rhue shares a campfire with Lyrra's fist of wanderers at the end of Episode 1, where she takes an instant liking to him.

    Cetsa 

Cetsa

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Her outstanding beauty and flirtatious demeanor have caught the attention of every man in Lide when Rhue reaches the settlement in Episode 2. They will even compete in a quickly organized Plunge tournament only to get one kiss from her.

However, she is later revealed to be Dancing Violet, the leader of the murderous Blue Scarves bandits, and maybe hold a clue as to where Rhue might find Serena.


    Kloe 

Kloe

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A young Blood Lyn who was trained at Delhara Battlegrounds and sold to Foreman Ballar before her training was completed. She acts as leader of the guards in Lide and as Ballar's personal bodyguard. Rhue meets her when he enters Lide in Episode 2 and immediately clashes with her. And even after Rhue leaves the settlement their paths keep crossing.
  • Big "NO!": In the canon ending, as she stops Gaius from killing Rhue.
  • Bodyguard Babes: Is sold as one to Foreman Ballar.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: She was the one who killed Foreman Ballar.
  • Bodyguard Crush: She developed one on Foreman Ballar.
  • Broken Bird: She has been raised as a mercenary since she was a child, abandoned by her Blood Brother, considered "damaged goods" by her masters because of said abandonment and finally sold as a Bodyguard Babe.
  • Child Soldiers: As a Blood Lyn, her training began when she was very young.
  • Connected All Along: She and Cetsa were childhood friends who fell out over the pendant they found.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When she witnessed how Foreman Ballar was sleeping with other women, she didn't take it well. It got to the point of eventually killing him.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: And yet she's Born Unlucky. Her childhood friend pushed her into a river, her Blood Brother who she was in love with breaked his oath and ran from the Blood Lyn and the only person to ever show real affection towards her is a cheating bastard. No wonder she tries to win Rhue's affection, or at least his friendship.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Blood Lyn are sold to the highest bidder and trained to have this attitude to their buyer.
  • The Oath-Breaker: When she was sold as a Blood Lyn to Ballar, she swore to protect Ballar's life and the Shadow Sword in Lide. She fails at both tasks.
  • The Reliable One: A competent leader of the guards in Lide and go-to person when people are in danger.
  • Tomboy: She needs to be one, to be an effective leader for the guards in Lide. She gradually drops this after she changes environment.
  • Tsundere: Towards Rhue, sometimes.
  • Tyke Bomb: She was trained as a Blood Lyn.
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    Slade 

Slade

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A strong and stoic warrior who acts as an elite soldier for the Vigilance Council in Estrana. Their shared interest in finding Dancing Violet in Episode 3 leads him and Rhue to team up for a short while.
  • Abusive Parents: His mother is a big example of this.
  • Aloof Big Brother: He was this to his sisters, before his mother went past the Moral Event Horizon and brought him along.
  • Anti-Villain: The man has a weird sense of justice, but that's simply because his mother trained him to obey orders without question.
  • Berserk Button: Triggered by anyone who is sleazy or abusive towards women. Probably because of a subconscious My God, What Have I Done?.
  • The Big Guy: In Episode 6. He's silent all the time, and a very strong physical fighter.
  • Dark Secret: Having been trained for birth to blindly obey his mother, he even threw his sister into the Pits when he was ordered to.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
    Find someone else to be your prostitute. Try your husband.
  • Driven to Suicide: After having part of his aura absorbed and supposedly not being able to save Lyrra's life, he ends up considering whether to throw himself off a cliff. In the end... he does, scared by Kloe's request for help.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He shows up in Episode 1 long enough to save Rhue's life and scare Strata before disappearing until Episode 3.
  • The Fettered: He holds the rules and his screwed up perceptions of the world very high. He's actually a very good and uncorruptible law enforcer... until he snaps.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His facial scars represent the fact that he's a seasoned warrior.
  • Lawful Stupid: He works with people who manipulate him and take him for granted, and he's very aware of it. Still, he can't even consider stopping.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Two main characters, Scatha and Serena, are actually his sisters.
  • The Quiet One: In Episode 6, he never speaks a word. Even before that, he's usually not very talkative.
  • Super Soldier: Not magically or scientifically modified, but as a Shadow Foot of the Vigilance Council he usually works alone and is an elite fighter.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He starts chasing Rhue in Episode 5. Granted, Slade isn't exactly a "virtuous" cop, but by this point Rhue has basically become a Villain Protagonist.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Realizing the rules he has followed all his life were arbitrary and unjust starts driving him to suicide.
  • What Have I Become?: See Villainous Breakdown and Driven to Suicide.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green hair, as part of the Animesque graphical style.

    Scatha 

Scatha

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Rhue first encounters this stealthy and cynical woman when she foils Cetsa's and Kygar's plans in Lide. She is a strong fighter who has been living in the Pits for years, fluently communicates with the monsters who reside there and hides her face under a mask. When Rhue's path unexpectedly leads him into the Pits in Episode 3, the two of them briefly join forces to overcome the underground obstacles.
  • Abusive Parents: Saying her mother was abusive would be a big Understatement.
  • Broken Bird: She used to be a happy young woman until the events of her Dark and Troubled Past happened...
  • Cool Mask: She uses it to hide her hideously scarred face.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: We don't learn her entire story, but she was thrown into the Pits by her own brother after she was disowned and scarred for life by her abusive mother.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Rhue: I'm looking for a girl. And right now I'm trying to figure out why her pendant was stained with blood.
    Scatha: Becaussse sssomeone got cut and bled on it, hon.
  • Does Not Like Men: She has her reasons: she was abandoned by the man she slept with and was later thrown in the Pits for that.
  • The Grotesque: She has accepted that role for herself, refuses to take off her mask and expects to be shunned by everyone for what lies beneath it.
  • Hates Being Touched: She even accuses Rhue of groping her when he carried her away from imminent danger when she was unconscious.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She is one of Slade's sisters.
  • Meaningful Rename: She rearranged the letters of her previous name: Chasta -> Scatha.
  • Not Good with People: Being knocked into a hole by her own brother and living alone hasn't done much for Scatha's social skills, but she's perfectly fine talking with monsters.
  • Scars Are Forever: Althrough we never see them, her scars played a big part in determining her personality.
  • Raised by Wolves: Spent most of her youth in the Pits and is much more comfortable interacting with monsters than with humans.
  • Spanner in the Works: It's mentioned that Cetsa and Kygar have had their plans foiled by her several times.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Implied to be caused by the fact she's used to speaking the language of monsters.
  • Straw Nihilist: Expecially about true love not existing.
    • She assumes Rhue only cares about Serena because she was pretty.
    • When she sees Lyrra crying about her lost love, Scatha gives her another lecture about how love is an illusion.
  • Technicolor Ninjas: A bright pink costume for a very sneaky and stealthy character.
  • This Is Reality: Gives this dialogue to Lyrra in Episode 5. Scatha berates her for believing her life was a fairytale when Lyrra is sobbing over Strata showing interest in Cetsa.
  • Tomboy: It's implied she doesn't really view herself as a woman. Though she seems to like Rhue complimenting her hair.

    Lexus 

Lexus

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A young woman from Estrana Rhue seems to have an instant connection with. She convinces him to compete in the local Plunge tournament and is quite an adept fighter herself.

    Sorya 

Sorya

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A cunning and confident woman Rhue meets on his first day in Estrana in Episode 4. Realizing how badly Rhue wants to see the prisoner Dancing Violet in the Arm of Estrana, she approaches him and makes him an offer: If he helps her organization, the Arastotzi, complete a number of jobs, she will make sure Rhue will get the visiting rights to the prison he needs.
  • Femme Fatale: The straightest example in the series.
  • Hidden Depths: If you take her out on a date in Episode 6, she reveals that she used to be a Blood Lyn.
  • Meaningful Rename: She takes a letter out of her name after dying: Sorya -> Rosa.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl:
    • She gives Rhue orders for their next meeting while being naked in a bathtub. She can even ask Rhue to join her.
    • In Episode 6, you can meet her again after a plunge. She's still naked in the very same bathtub.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: You wouldn't know by her outfit and her way of talking, but she's quite the skilled fighter.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, as part of the Animesque graphic style.

    Dirk 

Dirk

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An apparently crazy old man who claims to be a great Forerunner. He's a member of Rhue's and Kloe's team to protect the workers in the underground mine in Episode 4.
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    Sacrifa 

Sacrifa

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The leader of the Guided in Estrana administrates the city and takes direct orders from Pontifex Tetzel. While he takes his position seriously, he also gladly shares the leadership of Estrana with the Vigilance Council. This allows him to focus on his own personal endeavors, such as a secret mining operation underneath the city, where Rhue starts working for one day.
  • Deal with the Devil: He makes a deal with the Lord Below to cure his wife, who suffers from a mysterious disease that is eating away her flesh. This goes horribly wrong: he is discovered, his wife is stoned to death, and Sacrifa unleashes a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, destroying the city itself.
  • Happily Married: To his wife Lilah. Of course, this being The Way, they both end up dead, after he resorts to desperate measures to cure her illness.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When his wife gets killed, he just stops caring about anything but revenge.
  • Morality Pet: Lilah. Sacrifa may be ready to go to pretty awful extremes, but is nothing but sweet and caring towards his wife.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for his wife Lilah leads him to make a Deal with the Devil to cure her from a painful disease.
  • Sacrificial Lion: When shit hits the fan in Episode 5, he's one of the victims.
  • The Smart Guy: In Episode 6, he takes this role in the party.
  • Younger Than They Look: According to Lilah, their struggles have aged him quite a bit.

    Midian 

Midian

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A young man who joins Rhue's mission to enter the Arm of Estrana – now called the Demon's Blade – in Episode 6. His unfinished business with a man called Jeruh motivates his actions, though we don't find out much more about him initially.
  • Anime Hair: He has the weirdest hair in the whole series.
  • Best Served Cold: He spends several years (possibly decades) searching for Jeruh.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In-name only, but the headhunter in the Marna Strech in Episode 2 calls Rhue Midian. Come Episode 6, a guy called Midian is a playable character.
  • The Lancer: In Episode 6, he takes this role in the party.
  • Multicolored Hair: See Anime Hair.

    The Phantom Slasher 

The Phantom Slasher

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This figure engulfed in shadows is a looming threat on Rhue's journeys ever since Episode 1. Rumors of a serial killer who randomly kills innocent wanderers on the Way soon start spreading. More and more people seek refuge in settlements like Estrana to be safe at night.

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