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This is a character page for Thorn Universe, listing characters from Dora Wilk Series and Shaman Blues.

Vampires and werewolves are classified as sub-categories of magicals, but for the most part, they keep themselves apart from magic-using society. Their abilities are more "biological" than that of other magicals, and they express much smaller variety of powers compared to their supposed kinsmen. While there's little love lost between the two, there are several similarities - most notably living in separate groups (called covens and packs) and having international organizations keeping an eye on all things vampire and werewolf - the Conclave and the Hand.

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Vampires

    Roman 

Roman

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"You're not going to discriminate me because of my diet, are you?"

A sorcerer turned vampire, a Council member and the absolute master of Thorn's vampire coven. Roman is a shrewd and experienced politician, but he's not above having some fun in his position, and supports Dora mostly because her antics are amusing to watch. While this may be a questionable motivation, he's one of Dora's most reliable allies. Thanks to his past as a magical, he bypasses many vampire weaknesses, making him especially powerful.

  • Anti-Magic: He can sense and disable protective wards.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's a daywalker and possesses vast array of magic powers, which is how he ended up as Thron's vampire king.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: He's an expert politician and Dora's ally, but doesn't shy away from taking part in the action if need be.
  • Berserk Button: Comparisons to fictional vampires are the only thing that disturbs his aura of vague amusement.
  • Big Good: Ends up being Dora's greatest ally in the Council.
  • Day in the Limelight: Wolf In Sheep's Clothing has the most Roman to date, and offers a good look into his personality and world.
  • Daywalking Vampire: His Story-Breaker Power, in-universe, is that he can walk in broad daylight, while other vampires are destroyed by it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He likes snarking and sniping at Dora.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He has glamour, illusions, daylwalking, vampiric senses and strength, immortality and probably a host of other powers.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: He grows into Dora's ally, and never feeds on people against their will, though that's partly because that'd just be a bad business.
  • Foil: To Gajusz, Triple Alliance's vampire lord. While Gajusz is inept, insecure and has to rely on Teresa to keep himself on top of things, Roman is an expert politician, excellent manipulator and an absolute lord of his coven.
  • Glamour: He can control minds of humans and weaker magicals to some extent.
  • Herald: He's the one to bring Dora in on the Soul Thief case, kickstarting the entire series.
  • It Amused Me: His reason for supporting Dora is that she's fun to watch.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Has this sort of powers as part of his vampiric abilities. Dora even calls it a Jedi Mind Trick.
  • Master of Illusion: He can create illusions so good and so detailed - complete with smells and sounds - that it borders on Humanshifting.
  • Must Be Invited: Defied; his past as a magical makes him bypass this limitation of vampirekind as well.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: He should be burned by the sun, unable to enter houses without being invited, and forced to sleep during the day, but apparently, who you were before the change impacts who you are afterwards.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's two hundred years old.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: He likes to play this part when visiting Gladiator Games.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: Played for laughs; he half-jokingly tries to convince Dora to get turned into a vampire and rule as his consort, as some of their power would transfer to their "children" and they'd create a strain of powerful magical/vampire hybrids.
  • Slave to PR: He can't show any weakness, as he claims that if his aura of invincibility was broken, the coven would tear him to shreds.
  • Sorcerer King: A wizard-king of vampires.
  • Super Senses: He can see at night, his hearing is exeptional and he can smell a single person in a tightly-packed crowd of spectators. It borders on supernatural, too, as he can see people hiding themselves with illusions.
  • The Sleepless: Without the detrimental influence the sun has on other vampires, he apparently doesn't need to sleep.
  • Troll: Often does and speaks randm stuff for fun and to see the other side's reaction. And just watch him at Dora's "trial" - he's clearly having a time of his life, covertly insulting everyone.
  • Vampire Monarch: He's the lord of Thorn's vampire coven.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Grows into this with Dora, and the two like to take potshots at each other whenever they're in the same room.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's noted as being second-to-last when it comes to power levels of the Council members, but second best when it comes to political experience and guile.
  • Younger Than They Look: An odd case. One one hand, he's Really 700 Years Old, clocking in at two centuries. However, he looks and acts much more mature than Miron, who's a century older, and it's commonly assumed in-universe that he's at least five hundred years old.

    Gajusz 

Gajusz

Vampire master of Triple Alliance's coven and, by extension, one of three rulers of Triple Alliance. He is, however, a rather inept lord, and one widely reviled in his own coven. Despite this, he continues to rule them, as any replacement would likely be a step down.

  • 0% Approval Rating: His coven dislikes him and everyone agrees that someone else could do a better job. Unfortunately, "someone else" hasn't materialized yet, as all other candidates are much worse. No-one's about to throw himself in line of fire to protect him, though.
  • Berserk Button: Underminding his authority.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's angry at Dora for not respecting him as master of Triple Alliance coven. She doesn't care much.
  • Flat "What": His reaction to Dora digging three graves behind his coven's home.
  • Honor Before Reason: He refuses to let Dora investigate strange happennings in his coven because he hates her.
  • Jerkass: He cares for little more than his position in the coven, disrespect others and outright insuls Dora, refusing her help even if it might save his coven - until he himself is in danger, that is.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When it turns out Dora's his only hope, he reluctantly agrees to cooperate with her. Dora isn't thrilled either.
  • The Caligula: By all accounts, he's a horrid ruler.
  • Vampire Monarch: Master of Triple Alliance's coven.
  • Vetinari Job Security: The only other candidate to take the master mantle is Albin, and he's even worse.

    Teresa 

Teresa

Gajusz's seneshal and practically a leader of the coven, as she's the one to interpret his orders and put them into action. Dora's ally in Triple Alliance's vampire community, but also a vampire suffragette, fighting for she-vampires to gain more influence in vampire world.

  • Beta Couple: With Joachim, the vampire who ends up in Dora's "coven", which causes some amounts of drama.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He has all the competence Gajusz lacks and then some, managing to keep the coven working even when he's pretty much acting against it.
  • Number Two: Gajusz's seneshal.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's elegant and well-behaved, but also a politician so cunning, Gajusz doesn't realize she pretty much took the coven over from him.
  • Smurfette Principle: She's the only she-vampire of any importance that we see. No surprise she wants more women in vampiric politics.
  • The Good Chancellor: While not entirely on board with Gajusz, she certainly makes his coven function.
  • The Quiet One: She prefers to keep her opinions to herself when in Gajusz's presence.
  • The Starscream: She intends to take over Triple Alliance's coven when she's ready.

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    Eryk 

Eryk

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A vampire of Gajusz's who's been battling immortality depression and has nearly comitted suicide before meeting Szelma and nearly drowning, leading to him rediscovering the beauty of life. As the only vampire in the coven to successfully resist immortality depression, he's knows from the outset that something's off about the string of suicides in Gajusz's coven.

  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Averted; he goes to a therapist to help with his suicidal thoughts, and it appears to be helping. He partly bonds with Szelma over their experience as therapy patients.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Despite seriously contemplating suicide, when a sea monster is about to eat him, he realizes he doesn't want to be killed.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His spiral into depression turns out to be this, as he's able to recognize that something's off about the way Gajusz's vampires are walking out into the sunlight.
  • Driven to Suicide: His growing dissatisfaction with eternal life and lack of purpose has led him to the brink of suicide.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: He's much happier after Szelma saves him from his suicide by sea monster.
  • Interspecies Romance: He has a werecat girlfriend.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: He has at least a hundred years on Szelma, and she's apparently not gifted with any form of longevity. So far, he doesn't seem to care.
  • Meet Cute: He bumps into Szelma in a pub.
  • Odd Couple: He's a melancholic vampire, she's an energetic werecat. They're a couple.
  • One Head Taller: Szelma is one head shorter than him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Szelma's red.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: To Szelma.
  • Suicide by Sea: When the sea monster attacks him for the first time, he's tempted to let it kill him and end his life before realizing that he doesn't want to go just yet.
  • The Eeyore: He's definitely a melancholic, with a dash of a cynic.
  • The Power of Love: Saved from suicide by his burgeoning affection for Szelma.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: His main psychological problem - he's lived for so long, he's pretty much tired of immortality and finds himself with nothing to do and nothing to live for.

    Albin 

Albin

One of the most influential vampire lords in Europe, with over two hundred vampires - not counting covens sworn to him - under his rule. This comes in no small part thanks to him being a sorcerer. He moves to Triple Alliance to take over Gajusz's cover as well, but Dora's intervention stops him.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Even the Conclave he enlists to help him hates him.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: What he attempts to do - scare Gajusz into paranoia and then charm him so that the vampire would obey him completely.
  • Breather Boss: The novel where he's an antagonist is something of a Breather Episode between parts two and three of Raphael problems, and all things considered, once he's identified, he's easily beaten.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears in Gods Must Be Crazy accusing Dora of killing his creation - and Soul Thief's associate - before becoming the villain in All Stays In The Family.
  • Kill It with Fire: He kills vampires by making them walk out into the sunlight, burning them alive.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Likes to show off his money and elegance, but once Dora breaks into his house, she notes that in his pursuit to show off just how much money he has, he's lost any sense of taste.
  • More Than Mind Control: His charms make vampires see memories of their lives as human, thus making them unaware that they're sleepwalking and that the sun is dangerous.
  • Paranoia Gambit: How Dora beats him - she tells him she's reversed his "walk into sunlight" charm so that it'd strike him rather than any other vampire. He has no way to check it, so he abandons the cause out of fear.
  • Sorcerer King: He's a vampire sorcerer and one of the most influential vampire lords in Europe.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: His M.O. is coercing vampires into this.
  • Vampire Monarch: Even moreso than Roman and Gajusz; he has other vampire covens under him, even.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's noted as having platinum-white hair, and is murdering vampires to take over their coven.

Werewolves

    Bruno 

Brunon, "Bruno"

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The packmaster of Thorn werewolves, and thus a member of the Conclave. He's got an ongoing beef with Dora, brought about when she refused to let his nephew go free just because he was his nephew. It turns out there's a lot more he does that others would find rather unseemly.

  • Anti-Climax Boss: It takes the entire novel just to find him, but once he shows up, he's taken down within two pages.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Averted; he got the job because his brother didn't take it.
  • Blackmail: He blackmails Katarzyna with a token that could make her his slave if he wanted to.
  • Cain and Abel: Cain to Borys' Abel, despite being the younger brother.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The general opinion about him is that he's an idiot, but he manages to raid an elven cairn and take it over, and manipulate two gods into fighting one another.
  • Evil Prince: The pack should actually go to his brother Borys, but the latter bailed out because he didn't want to compete with Bruno.
  • Evil Is Petty: His entire grudge against Dora is because she refused to let go of a case concering his nephew.
  • Gladiator Games: He endorses those between various shapeshifters, despite shifter fights being wildly illegal, and several participants being held against their will.
  • Jerkass: He sees nothing wrong in his nephew raping multiple women, tries to force Dora to let him go based on nepotism, always acts against her because of a petty grudge and forces werewolves to participate in fights for amusement of the public.
  • Nepotism: Tries to force Dora to let free of his nephew on his basis. She refuses, and thus enmity is born.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He summons the Fist to Thorn to throw another obstruction in Dora's way, but Johann ends up helping her rather than him.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He's the one Council member who's always opposed to Dora's actions.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He's a mysogynistic scum who doesn't see anything wrong with rape.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He openly disobeys the law knowing that his identity as a Council member has him protected.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Likewise, he believes that his membership on the Council is a carte blanche to do whatever he wishes.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He's killed his father to get the Alpha position.
  • The Ghost: Despite being the main antagonist of the series finale, he makes very little appearance in the story.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's apparently behind Katarzyna's actions against Dora, though frankly, it doesn't seem like Katarzyna needed much convincing.
  • Warhawk: He craves war with Dora and jumps on the first opportunity to start it.

    Olaf 

Olaf

Packmaster of Triple Alliance and overall a very amicable man, defying a lot of werewolf stereotypes. He's actually from Norway and has taken over Alliance's pack after his own was slaughtered, and while he's worried about Dora wrestling the control over the werewolves away from him, he turns into an ally after making sure this won't be the case.

  • Action Politician: His position brings a lot of political responsibilities, which he performs admirably, but he's not afraid to get his hands - or claws - dirty when necessary.
  • Ambiguous Situation: At first, it's unclear what his relation with Dora will be, as he's suspicious both of her
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's taken over the pack by killing the previous leader, and lets no-one take it from him by beating every pretendant to the "throne".
  • Beta Couple: With Inga in All Stays In The Family, although it takes Dora poking them in the right direction to get him there.
  • Big Good: Easily the most nicest and most "good" member of Triple Alliance's Council.
  • Challenging the Chief: How he got to be the leader of Alliance's coven.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Underplayed, but if he didn't call Dora "Faoiliarna", he wouldn't awaken this part of her genes, and the whole problem of Dora entertaining the possibility of taking over his pack would be averted altogether.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His first coven was pretty much slaughtered, and less than ten werewolves survived. He has some scars, both physical and psychological, left over from that.
  • Divided We Fall: He's distrustful and suspicious of Dora at first, and opposes cooperation with vampires. He comes around, though.
  • Doting Parent: An adopted one to Szelma. He's pretty much unable to refuse her, and even lets her date a vampire.
  • Foil: To Brunon. The two are a case study in "stereotypical leader vs. good leader".
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Stereotypical werewolf is a brutish, somewhat moronic person without education past high school, vulgar and quick to fight. Olaf is intelligent and introspective, and tries to impose order and law-abiding on his wolves.
  • Nice Guy: Once he gets over his distrust, he's very nice and helpful, and he adores his adopted daughter.
  • Oblivious to Love: Inga's falling head over heels for him, but it takes a long, long time for him to notice anything.
  • Open-Minded Parent: He's very tolerant of his adopted daughter going out with a vampire, despite not being fond of vampires in general.
  • Sole Survivor: Underplayed, but he's one of very few survivors of his old pack.
  • The Good King: Caring, tries to straighten up his werewolves, nice.
  • Undying Loyalty: Will do anything for his pack.

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    Szelma 

Brygida, "Szelma"

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Olaf's adopted daughter and a honorary member of Triple Alliance's pack. She's actually a werecat, not a werewolf, but this doesn't stop her from calling the pack her family. Dates a vampire.

  • Break-In Threat: Does this on Dora's behalf, breaking into Albin's house to leave him an invitation and scare him.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: She's a werecat and likes to snark.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's a small, cute girl, and is perfectly capable of going toe to toe with a sea monster.
  • Daddy's Girl: Olaf dotes on her and would do everything to please her, and she clearly has a lot of affection for him as well. The fact she's adopted is a non-issue.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She's apparently been sent to a therapist because she's been attacking werewolves three times her size for very minor slights.
  • Happily Adopted: She loves her adopted werewolf family and they love her back.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a teenager, but sees no danger in threatening Eryk with a knife and fights off a giant sea monster to save him later.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Eryk lived long enough for Who Wants to Live Forever? to set in, while Szelma is a teenage werecat. The issue of Szelma aging is never touched upon - it could be that werecreatures are longer-lived than humans.
  • Meet Cute: She bumps into Eryk in a bar and, after a few fumbles and a giant sea serpent, they hit it off.
  • Odd Couple: She's a cheerful, trollish werecat girl, he's an old, melancholic vampire. They get along great.
  • One Head Taller: She's exactly one head shorter than Eryk.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Nobody calls her Brygida.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: She's a werecat, meaning she can turn into a cat, has elfish ears and doesn't care for conservation of mass.
  • Pointy Ears: According to artwork in Toadies, she has pointy ears.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Eryk's blue.
  • Smells Sexy: Her smell is attractive to werewolves, which has caused some issues in the past.
  • Troll: She likes to prank people.

    Bjorn 

Bjorn

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An Alliance werewolf and Dora's self-appointed guardian whenever werewolf issues are tackled. He's been a member of Olaf's original pack and its slaughter has left him gruesomly scarred, which he's very conscious about.

  • Adorkable: His attempts at flirting with Alina, and his dogged deference to her, are just plain adorable.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's a badass. His hair won't grow as a result of the same thing that gave him his scars.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Part of the reason behind his loyalty to Dora is that she's one of few people outside of his original pack's survivors to see beyond his scars.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He bodyguards Dora, who's shown time and again that she can hold her own very well in a fight. She's no One-Man Army, though, so it's nice to have someone to watch her back.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Like most Norwegian werewolves, he's an army veteran, making him even more deadly.
  • Covered with Scars: The attackers on his pack tortured him and poisoned with silver, leaving his entire body covered in scars.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: He wasn't just in the army - he was in the special forces.
  • Freakiness Shame: He's ashamed of his facial scars and because of them, doesn't believe anyone would fall in love with him.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He thinks of himself as broken and all-but-useless to his pack, and initially doesn't believe that Alina would be interested in him as a person rather than as an injured animal.
  • Hidden Depths: A big, burly Viking with passion for classical music and cooking.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Alina, a human.
  • Love at First Sight: He falls head over heels for Alina after seeing her once - though he does accompany her for a few hours then as she treats werewolves without batting an eye.
  • Muggles Do It Better: Prefers to stay in his human form and use firearms rather than turning into a wolf.
  • My Greatest Failure: He's been at the pack house when it was attacked, and failed to stop the enemy. He considers it a personal failure.
  • Real Men Cook: He's a fantastic cook, and makes Alina meals when staying at her house.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He likes cookie-cutter romantic comedies.
  • Scars Are Forever: His face was scarred beyond recognition during the attack on the original pack, and even with his augmented healing, nobody hopes for the scars to ever go away.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Varg's Manly Man.
  • The Quiet One: He's certainly not given to long-winded speeches.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's absolutely loyal to his pack and to dora.

    Varg 

Varg

Another of Olaf's Norwegian werewolves, and a pack executioner. He's one of the few people not to get caught up in Hero Worship of Dora, so he finds it quite annoying when his munin - wolf spirit - decides that her munin would be a great partner.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: To paraphrase Dora, most of his girlfriend have surname .jpg, which she finds odd, as he's hardly ugly.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Like Bjorn, he's a veteran of Norwegian army.
  • Celibate Hero: He prefers his Porn Stash to women.
  • Designated Love Interest: His munin decides that he'll be one for Dora. Neither is happy, and in the end, they both go without... consummating the pairing.
  • Driven to Madness: He's almost driven insane by silver poisoning and being locked up in his wolf form for too long.
  • Badass in Distress: He's kidnapped by the end of Exorcisms of Dora Wilk and large part of Dora's motivation in No Innocents is rescuing him from Bruno.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Likes to keep his distance and snark at people.
  • Distressed Dude: In No Innocents At War, he's kidnapped and has to be rescued by Dora and co.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He's not a bad man, but the circumstances have made him jaded.
  • Naked on Revival: Werewolves not having Magic Pants, he ends up naked when Faoiliarna and White Wolf return him to his human form. He's not very moved by this and almost gets Dora to borrow him her pants before Witkacy steps in.
  • Perma-Stubble: He's described as having a perpetual few days' stubble
  • Porn Stash: Has a huge collection of digital porn that Dora loves mocking him about. He's hardly apologetic about it.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Many Man to Bjorn's Sensitive Guy.
  • Servile Snarker: He obeys Dora from respect to Faoiliarna, but it's clear there's little respect going with it.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: He insists to Faoiliarna that him and Dora aren't going to get together.
  • Silent Snarker: When trapped in his wolf form, giving Dora hope that he can be saved.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Despite insisting there's nothing between him and Dora, he finds himself attracted. Neither are happy, and both manage to untangle themselves from the red string before the story's over.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his snarkiness and dislike of Dora, he's nevertheless extremely loyal and willing to break the pack law for her.
  • UST: Thanks to their munins, they have a lot of this with Dora.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dora, once they figure out their differences. Dora is outright relieved when he starts snarking at her.

    Grizzly 

"Grizzly" Grucha

A werewolf owning a travelling gladiator arena of shifters, who's in cahoots with Bruno. Dora suspects him of keeping Varg when the latter's kidnapped, and while she doesn't find her wolf, she does undercover what can most accurately be describes as illegal shifter fights, with most participants being virtual slaves.

  • Dirty Coward: He's cocky and threatening when his prisoners are in cages, but once he's at a disadvantage, he leaves his men to fight for him and tries to run away.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Inverted; what makes him especially scary is that he has none whatsoever.
  • Fixing the Game: He deliberately drugs some of the participants and puts wehrwolf collars on others so that his rich backers will have the victory they want to happen.
  • Forced Prize Fight: Most of his fighters are prisoners and slaves brought to the edge of loup.
  • Ghostapo: He uses collars invented by SS - the so-called SS Wehrwolf collars - to force the werewolves in his possession to fight.
  • Gladiator Games: He organizes those.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: His victims practically lynch him. Dora leaves before she can see it happen fully.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by being forced to fight against his chief bodyguard, a weregorilla, while his victims are filling the spectator seats, screaming at him what he's been screaming at them.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His death is gruesome and, frankly, terrifying, but given what Dora and Olaf's pack discover in the compound, they're justified in it.
  • Large Ham: He likes to ham it up when acting as fights announcer.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He likes to pick those places as his arena locations - in the book, he organizes the fights in Bad Town and Blackville.
  • Red Herring: Dora gets a tip that he's holding Varg among his prisoners for Bruno, and large chunk of the final novel is devoted to dismantling the whole arena to get Varg out. Once the compound's raided, though, it turns out that Varg has never been there at all.
  • Shame If Something Happened: He holds hostage a daughter of one weretiger and a wife of the other to force the two to fight.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Attempts this by setting up a massive flashbang and disappearing into the night. Subverted when Ion, one of his victims, tracks him down and drags him back to the compound.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's drowned Ion's daughter to force the weretiger to fight in his arena.

    Borys 

Borys

Bruno's older brother, who decided not to participate in contest for alpha position and instead moved out of town, starting his own pack of misfits and loners. When it turns out his brother's gone completely off the rails, Dora comes to him to persuade him to take the position of alpha again.

  • Alliterative Family: Siblings Bruno and Borys.
  • Badass Beard: He has a lumberjack-style beard and is an asskicking werewolf.
  • Beard of Barbarism: Has a huge beard and lives in the middle of the forest.
  • Cain and Abel: Abel to Bruno's Cain. Oddly enough, he ends up being the killer, but he's certainly an improvement over his brother.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: When Dora comes to him the first time, he refuses to intervene. When she calls again after busting Grizzly's arena, he decides he'll be Neutral No Longer.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's on Dora's side, but has to be persuaded and even when working with her, he's far from being a nice guy and doesn't regret leaving things to be ruled over by Bruno.
  • Happily Married: To a fellow werewolf, Ksenia. He lets her keep him under his heel to some extent, and listens to her advice.
  • Henpecked Husband: Turns into one whenever he's around Ksenia. He seems to like it.
  • Hidden Elf Village: He gets his pack to live in the middle of enchanted marshlands. Dora calls them werewolf survivalists.
  • Jerkass: He finds Dora crying funny and mocks her for acting overly feminine. Some things run in the family, it seems.
  • Magnetic Hero: Even when he tried to live alone, he still attracted a pack to be an alpha for.
  • Neutrality Backlash: His negligence lets Bruno rule over everyone like a despot, and other characters don't let Borys forget about it.
  • Neutral No Longer: Upon hearing what kind of mess Bruno endorsed, he immediately packs his things and comes to Toruń to straighten things out.
  • Sibling Murder: He kills Bruno to take back his pack.
  • Rightful King Returns: Other werewolves see him as this, as he's the older sibling and should've inherited the pack.

    Johann 

Johann Faust

The Fist of the Hand, European organization of werewolves, Johann is their executioner, keeping watch on other werewolves and intervening when pack law is being broken. Bruno calls him to punish Dora for Varg entering his grounds, but Johann determines that Varg isn't at fault - and remains to investigate Bruno's trangressions.

  • Badass Bureaucrat: While a formidable fighter, Johann's true strength lies in his ability to work with the law, bend it and coerce various politicians to work along with Hand's agenda.
  • By-the-Book Cop: A good version - he instantly accepts Dora's status without bending the rules to outlaw her, and switches sides to Dora's when he realizes Bruno's trying to play him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He first arrives to investigate Dora and make her life harder, but switches sides when he realizes Bruno's using him.
  • Inspector Javert: Subverted; he goes after Dora at first, but joins her when he realizes her innocence.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He has Hand's full authority to judge and executre any werewolf to fall out of line.
  • Loophole Abuse: His job mostly involves stopping this from happenning, but he's not above bending the letter of the law if he believes it will preserve the spirit of it.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He likes to show himself as amicable, nice dude who's only there to look over the legal issues. He's the Hand's executioner, though, and fiercely intelligent.
  • One Riot, One Ranger: The Hand decides that their Fist is the only person necessary to sort out Bruno/Dora conflict. As a matter of fact, it appears he's Hand's only Fist, meaning he's One Ranger for All Riots.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He smiles a whole lot as part of his Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Shame If Something Happened: He not-so-delicately suggests the possibility of alerting the powerful Irish elves to oppression of their kinsmen if the Council continues to insist that Bruno was right in his conflict with Dora.
  • Tranquil Fury: The only clue that he's absolutely boiling with fury is the tension in his body and the fact that the smile is gone.

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