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Anna Dreschner

Precocious, sarcastic, and as confident in herself as any twelve-year-old can be. She's home alone quite often, what with her father being out on business a lot of the time. She's grown to be quite independent, and with a village full of elite warriors and mages, she's never had a shortage of people willing to teach her all they know.

Species: Human, Partelos
Age: 12
Height: 151 cm (4'11.4")
Weight: 37 kgs (81.57 lbs)
Likes: Books, Magic, Enchanting stuff, Seed cakes, Swords and other sharp pointy things, Her father
Dislikes: People who waste her time, Cold weather, Cheese, Throwing knives, Small yappy dogs

First Appearance: Chapter 0 - Page 0: Ashface's Daughter

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Hartwig Amsel

Bitter, angry, and cynical, Hartwig is one of a pair of bandits who attempted to rob Anna. He and Frode mostly travel throughout the various duchies of the Aldanian Empire, earning their way through petty thievery. They're not too good at it though, but they do their best.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 32
Height: 166 cm (5'5.4")
Weight: 67 kgs (147.71 lbs)
Likes: Frode, Money, Gold, Cash, Mince pie, Finances, Horses
Dislikes: Nobles, Officers, Aritocracy, People in general, Humself

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 2: How Not to Rob a Store

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Frode Holzknecht

Optimistic, positive, but can at times be a bit too supersitious and naive. He is filled with wide-eyed cheerfulness and loves hearing stories from all over the empire. He tends to thing the world is black and white, good and evil. And if it's not, then it should be.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 25
Height: 188 cm (6'2.0")
Weight: 78 kgs (171.96 lbs)
Likes: Hartwig, Stories, Poetry, Roasted chestnuts, Long walks under a beautiful starlit sky
Dislikes: Evil people, Vile necromancers, Artichokes, Monsters, Liars, Horses

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 2: How Not to Rob a Store

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Sardar Demir

Patient, understanding, and intellectual, Sardar is quite the opposite of what you'd think of when you hear the words "orc warlor", which is exactly what he was during the Master's War. Nowadays, he prefers to talk things out, resorting to compromise and understanding, rather than broken femurs and bloodied skulls.

Species: Orc
Age: 174
Height: 203 cm (6'7.9")
Weight: 138 kgs (304.24 lbs)
Likes: His wife, Anna ("Kitten"), His best friend (Anna's father), Listening to a flowing river for hours on end, Painting, Experiencing the cultures of other people, Rost mutton
Dislikes: Bigots, Senseless violence, Cheese, Dairy products in general, That new-fangled style of "dancing" that's popular in the capital right now, because where's the art and grace in that nonsense?

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 3: Ulshanderec's Balls!

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The Master

Irreverent, carefree, and quite, quite silly, the Master is the village chief of Pagat Or, as well as one of the most powerful and notorious liches of the current era. He is Anna's teacher in necromancy, despite her occasional misgivings about his lack of seriousness.

Species: Lich
Age: 1474
Height: 181 cm (5'11.3")
Weight: 12 kgs (26.46 lbs)
Likes: Magic, Necromancy, Anna, Fluffy bunnies, Flowers, Ancient and forgotten secrets not meant for the mortal mind, Jasmine tea
Dislikes: Boredom, Boring stuff, Having to walk when he could instead fly, Pickles

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 11: The Master

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Siward Bauer

Tough, grizzled, and loyal, Siward has served the imperial household almost all his life, starting from when he was a young soldier in the Master's War. He rose through the ranks, eventually coming to serve under Melker Aldane, the second prince, as captain of Joakim's bodyguards. He fell in the line of duty, while protecting the young prince.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 62 (†)
Height: 183 cm (6'0.0")
Weight: 74 kgs (163.14 lbs)
Likes: His grandchildren, His wife whom he is now going to meet after many long years of being alone, Joakim Aldane, Melker Aldane, Honor
Dislikes: War, Violence, Orvar Aldane, Sander Aldane, Treachery, Deceit

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 16: You Just Had to Say It

Joakim Aldane

Frail, sheltered, and meek, but quite intelligent and willing to learn. Joakim Aldane is the son of Melker Aldane, and is thus an imperial prince. He is rather timid and easily frightened by things, but he has a powerful intellect allowing him to analyze and adapt as the need arises. Unfortunately, his lack of confidence in himself severely limits his ability. His lack of any real friends also severely affects him.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 14
Height: 162 cm (5'3.8")
Weight: 48 kgs (105.82 lbs)
Likes: Books, The grand temple-library of Kalia, Learning, Cartography, Calligraphy, Chess, Freedom, A few of his cousins
Dislikes: Violence, Loud sounds, Being cooped up in the castle all day, The Academy, Fish, His own lack of ability

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 31: Back Home

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Orvar Aldane

Cunning, devious, and ambitious, Orvar is Joakim's uncle, and the third prince of the Aldanian Empire. He is quite hungry for the throne, and is more than willing to resort to less than upstanding means to get what he wants. Particularly unsettling is his ability to quite easily separate his own feelings of affection for others, from his ambition and his need to trample over those in his way.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 33
Height: 179 cm (5'10.5")
Weight: 65 kgs (143.30 lbs)
Likes: Magic, Power, Enchantment, Political intrigue, His father, His nephew Joakim
Dislikes: Violence, Blood, Sharp weapons, Dancing

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 32: Something Grand

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Zahir Elamin

Twisted, malicious, and sinister, Zahir is an assassin who works for Orvar Aldane. Originally a slave from the Ur Sefal Dominion to the south, he grew up alongside Orvar, serving as the prince's personal slave. He takes pride in his work as an assassin, as well as a rather inordinate amount of pleasure in executing his duties.

Species: Human, Ur Sefal
Age: 32
Height: 170 cm (5'6.9")
Weight: 59 kgs (130.07 lbs)
Likes: Knives, Torture, Bloodshed, Kittens, Poison, Political intrigue, Honey cakes
Dislikes: Melker Aldane, Elves, Orcs, Goblins, Anyone non-human really, Meat

First Appearance: Chapter 1 - Page 32: Something Grand

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Melker Aldane

Honorable, powerful, and straightforward, Melker Aldane is the second prince of the Aldanian Empire and is Joakim's father. He is a military man at heart, believing that his rightful place in the world is not on the imperial throne, but instead on the battlefield, leading men and risking his life. He can be a bit gruff, but that is not to mean that he is uncaring. He loves his son deeply, even more so since his wife died when Joakim was but a child. As such, he has been a bit overprotective of the young prince, at times unintentionaly stifling the young boy.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 38
Height: 198 cm (6'6.0")
Weight: 112 kgs (246.92 lbs)
Likes: Tactics, Strategy, Chess, Honorable combat, Law and justice, His brothers
Dislikes: Deceit, Politics in general, Magic, Court fashion and etiquette, Fish

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 2: It's a Flashback!

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Aldebrand Klossner

Friendly, kind, and deadly, Aldebrand is one of the few remaining Blade Masters in the world, although as far as Blade Masters go, he is a relatively weak one. That still places him many, many tiers above the average swordsman though, even an expert swordsman. He and Sardar are good friends, and both have taught Anna hand-to-hand combat ever since she was little. Or rather, more little. He has refused to teach Anna how to use a sword though, insisting that she should be a bit older before she starts.

Species: Dark elf
Age: 45
Height: 194 cm (6'4.4")
Weight: 82 kgs (180.78 lbs)
Likes: Swordsmanship, Anna, Gül, Venison, Cold weather (it reminds him of home), Playing the lute (even though he's utterly, mind-rendingly, terrible at it)
Dislikes: The Empire, The unjust treatment of his people, Politics

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 6: Meet Aldebrand

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Hugleikr Portner

Grim, reclusive, and serious, Hugleikr serves as the militia captain of the village. As a vampire, he doesn't quite like the sunlight, but he manages to tolerate it well enough while on patrol. He is rather no-nonsense, executing his duty without comment. He is extremely loyal to Anna's father, under whom he served during the War.

Species: Vampire (Formerly Feldanos Human)
Age: 78
Height: 183 cm (6'0.0")
Weight: 61 kgs (134.48 lbs)
Likes: Ashface, Pagat Or, His wife
Dislikes: Sunlight, Idle chit-chat, People wasting his time

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 9: Saved!

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Prokopy Chlebek

Good-natured, all-loving, and quite jovial, Prokopy is a baker working in the village of Pagat Or. He was adopted by Sardar and Deryn when his father died (his mother died during the war). He is a bit slow, even moreso than other ogres, but he is very well-liked in the village as his child-like innocence and happiness is quite contagious, and no one has a bad thing to say about him. And any who would pick on him are met with quite, quite serious anger.

Species: Ogre
Age: 33
Height: 206 cm (6'9.1")
Weight: 162 kgs (357.15 lbs)
Likes: Sweets, Baking, Cooking, Children, Adults, All people in general, Laughing
Dislikes: Nothing really, he's quite the happy guy

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 9: Saved!

Deryn Demir

Coquettish, incredibly intelligent, and fiercely terrifying in battle, Deryn is a powerful enchantress who served under Anna's father during the war. She is married to Sardar, and the two have an adopted son, Prokopy. She is rather playful, hardly taking anything seriously (though definitely not to the extent of the Master). She is currently teaching Anna enchantment, although she does recommend that the young girl abandon enchantment and instead focus on necromancy, something for which she has shown to have a great talent for.

Species: High elf
Age: 49
Height: 178 cm (5'10.1")
Weight: 63 kgs (138.89 lbs)
Likes: Her husband, Her adopted son, Magic, Tending her garden, Peace and quiet
Dislikes: Any who would hurt anyone in her extended family (they will be ground into paste and burnt with the fury of a thousand exploding suns)

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 9: Saved!

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Gül Peynirci

Playful, tomboyish, and always ready for a scrap, Gül is a young orc child who lives with her mother in the village. She practically hero-worships Anna, whom she sees as an awesome and incredibly cool older sister.

Species: Orc
Age: 8
Height: 128 cm (4'2.4")
Weight: 22 kgs (48.50 lbs)
Likes: Anna, Climbing trees, Anna, Playing in the forest, Anna, Helping her mother make pots, Anna
Dislikes: Having nothing to do, Cold weather, Cheese, Reading

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 20: Village Life

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Hadia Saaba

Gruff, abrasive, and ornery, Hadia is an old goblin who moved to Pagat Or a decade and a half ago. She is a blacksmith and farrier, working the forge with her adopted son, Tayeb. Her words and demeanor can be incredibly sharp, but all that hides a very kind and loving heart. She's the type of person you'd expect to scream and shout at kids for playing in her yeard and stealing the pie she had cooling on the windowsill, but would bake a pie the very next day and leave it on the same windowsill while making sure that it's a different flavor so the damn kids have some variety in their snacks, those blasted good-for-nothings. But don't tell her that, or she'll smack you upside the head with a stick.

Species: Goblin
Age: 52
Height: 124 cm (4'0.8")
Weight: 18 kgs (39.68 lbs)
Likes: Nothing, she hates the world, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. No, she wasn't smiling as she watched the children eating the cake she baked. Are you daft, or something? *SMACK UPSIDE THE HEAD!*
Dislikes: Everything, especially those blasted children who are eating her out of house and home with their pies and cakes and cookies

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 21: Goblin Mom

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Tayeb Saaba

Proud, confident, and slightly arrogant, Tayeb is a friend of Anna's, having known each other pretty much since they could walk. He is rather big for his age, and he is quite proud of his physical strength. While not quite a bully, his arrogance does make him belittle others at times. This doesn't work on Anna though, as despite the great size difference, Anna has had actual combat training as well as her magic, while Tayeb relies on brute strength alone. He rather idolizes Anna's father, believing him to be everything a man should be.

Species: Human, Partelos
Age: 14
Height: 175 cm (5'8.9")
Weight: 83 kgs (182.98 lbs)
Likes: Hard work, Ashface, Making beautiful tools and weapons out of raw steel brought to life in the heat of the furnace, Himself
Dislikes: Nobles, Weak people, Outsiders

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 21: Goblin Mom

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Rainard Dreschner

Mysterious, solitary, and very, very deadly, Rainard Dreschner (better known as "Ashface") is Anna's father and without question the most notorious assassin in the empire. He never takes off his mask, with only a few close friends and family knowing what he hides under it.

Species: ???
Age: ???
Height: 188 cm (6'2.0")
Weight: 75 kgs (165.35 lbs)
Likes: His daughter Anna, Pagat Or, His best friend (Sardar), Gardening (even if he's so bad at it he can kill a cactus)
Dislikes: Politics, Any who would harm his daughter, Cold weather, Alcoholic beverages

First Appearance: Chapter 2 - Page 30: Ashface

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Vigi Kaufer

Intelligent, meticulous, and meek, Vigi has served the imperial family for many years as a diviner and spymaster. He is a low master, which puts him above most other magic users, but is nothing extremely special when it comes to divination. His skills, however, are in his logistical abilities and keen mind for organization management. As such, he is highly valued by Orvar Aldane who shows him a great deal of respect.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 70
Height: 170 cm (5'6.9")
Weight: 48 kgs (105.82 lbs)
Likes: Organization, Properly sorted files, Paperwork, Order, Magical tinkering
Dislikes: Disorganized people, Misfiled paperwork, Improperly sorted documents, Sticky food

First Appearance: Chapter 3 - Page 2: Imperial Stuff

Baugulf Bernhard

Angry, savage, and powerful, Baugulf Bernhard is one of the few remaining high druids in the Aldanian Empire, and wields power to match. He seems to have some sort of history with the Master, but just what that history is remains to be seen. He currently reports to Zahir, and seems to have been tasked with finding prince Joakim.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 56
Height: 183 cm (6'0.0")
Weight: 98 kgs (216.05 lbs)
Likes: Nature, Animals (particularly bears), Geneve, Strawberries
Dislikes: The Master, The Master, The Master, The Master, The Master

First Appearance: Chapter 3 - Page 21: Caerbannog

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Celik

Withdrawn, mysterious, and loyal, Celik is one of the Master's oldest comrades, having known him for centuries now. He currently helps to defend the village, though is not part of the militia under Hugleikr. Instead, he tends to do his own thing, and is quite effective at it.

Species: Ghoul (formerly Ur Sefal human)
Age: 632
Height: 184 cm (6'0.4")
Weight: 52 kgs (114.64 lbs)
Likes: Reading books, Playing the oud (he's quite good at it, what with centuries of practice), Swordplay (he often spars with Aldebrand)
Dislikes: Undeath and being undead, Lute music (it's a cheap imitation of the oud, dammit!), Rivers, The ocean, Boats

First Appearance: Chapter 5 - Page 7: Spooky Powers

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Eirlys Vaughn

Wise, quiet, and grandmotherly, Eirlys was the Master's chief seer and diviner during the war. She is mostly quiet and collected, but she is always ready with an impish grin and a witty joke. As she tends to say, humor keeps one young, and considering how old she is, there is definitely some truth to the statement.

Species: Human, Aldanian (adopted by Elven parents)
Age: 83
Height: 163 cm (5'4.2")
Weight: 34 kgs (74.96 lbs)
Likes: Jokes, Bawdy humor, Apple pie (thank you, Hadia!), Playing chess
Dislikes: Music plucked on stringed instruments (the fiddle is where it's at, Aldebrand and Celik!), Long and boring meetings, Violence of any sort

First Appearance: Chapter 5 - Page 7: Spooky Powers

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Leofgyd Bernhard

Calm, matronly, and collected, Leofgyd is the mother of Baugulf Bernhard and wife of Cynfried Bernhard. Like her husband, she comes from a relatively wealthy family, and together they manage the Bernhard estate, one of the wealthiest estates in their county. She can be rather doting on her children, especially her youngest, Baugulf.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 54†
Height: 172 cm (5'7.7")
Weight: 51 kgs (112.44 lbs)
Likes: Her husband, Her children, Growing things, Accounting, Romance books
Dislikes: Bears, War, Politics, Spicy food

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 2: So Young

Norbert Bernhard

Fat, jolly, and loud, Norbert is easily the most outgoing of the three Bernhard brothers. He is well-liked by practically everyone who works for the Bernhard estate, and he takes pride in the fact that he can drink just about anyone under the table. The farmers who work for the family particularly like this trait, as when he takes part in these drinking challenges he always picks up the bill for everyone in the tavern. This has gotten him scolded by his mother though.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 84 (Currently, not in flashback)
Height: 184 cm (6'0.4")
Weight: 132 kgs (291.01 lbs)
Likes: Ale, Roast mutton, Wine, Honey cakes, Rum, Grilled salmon, Mead, Swimming, Wrestling, Charity
Dislikes: Carrots, Seeing hungry children, War, Suffering

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 4: Stories Over Food

Cynfried Bernhard

Intelligent, stoic, and reserved, Cynfried Bernhard has managed the Bernhard estate from a young age since his mother, the previous head of the estate, died when he was sixteen. He has been managing the estate with his wife, Leofgyd, for many years, and together the two managed to turn it from a poor farm into one of the largest and richest estates in the county.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 53†
Height: 180 cm (5'10.9")
Weight: 112 kgs (246.92 lbs)
Likes: Hard work, Growing things, Freshly baked bread slathered with butter, The sound of rain, Watching his three sons grow into good men
Dislikes: War, Things he doesn't understand, Drought, Frogs

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 4: Stories Over Food

Kori Stendahl

Old, powerful, and wise, Kori is a traveling druid and follower of the nature deity Geneve. While he may not be one of the nine high druids of the Green Circle, he is still quite powerful and influential. Originally from the Ur Sefal Dominion, he currently lives in the Aldanian Empire, wandering from place to place, spreading the word of his deity and teaching promising youngsters the art of magic.

Species: Human, Ur Sefal
Age: 63†
Height: 192 cm (6'3.6")
Weight: 71 kgs (156.53 lbs)
Likes: Trees, Wolves, Rabbit stew, Teaching, Peace and quiet
Dislikes: Violence, Anger, Needless killing, Unchecked rage

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 8: Druid Ex Machina

Uthr Bernhard

Proud, businesslike, and regal, Uthr is the eldest of the Bernhard brothers and the heir to the Bernhard estate. As such, he has been groomed by his father to eventually take over all the business and to deal with the nobility who they often deal with.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 82 (Currently, not in flashback)
Height: 183 cm (6'0.0")
Weight: 98 kgs (216.05 lbs)
Likes: Organization, His children, The Bernhard Estate, Hunting
Dislikes: Surprises, His brother Baugulf

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 16: Goodbyes

Yngvildr Bernhard

Brilliant, driven, and athletic, Yngvildr is the youngest daughter of some minor nobility, and a childhood friend of Baugulf's. They married when the two of them were relatively young, though they did not have a child until later in their lives. She is much more involved with the running of the estate, often working alongside Uthr and his wife in tackling the logistics side of things.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 76 (Currently, not in flashback)
Height: 166 cm (5'5.4")
Weight: 59 kgs (130.07 lbs)
Likes: Books, Magic, Stories of distant lands, The Empire, Her daughter Sabine
Dislikes: War, Her husband Baugulf, Galen Aldane

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 16: Goodbyes

Sabine Bernhard

Rambunctious, glory-seeking, and precocious, Sabine is the only child of Yngvildr and Baugulf Bernhard. Like her father, she is quite talented in using magic (though perhaps not at his level) and is fascinated by anything magical. She was raised on tales of the Empire and is fiercely loyal to it, something that would unfortunately not end well for her.

Species: Human, Feldanos
Age: 20†
Height: 161 cm (5'3.4")
Weight: 51 kgs (112.44 lbs)
Likes: The Empire, Stories of distant lands, Stories of adventure and glory
Dislikes: Enemies of the Empire

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 20: Time Passes

Baron Vragi

Stern, just, and fair, Baron Vragi is the noble immediately ahead of the Bernhards in the noble hierarchy. He has three other estate heads under him, though the Bernhard estate is easily the richest of those four. He is known to be a very hard man, but also a fair one. He is a veteran of multiple campaigns, having fought against the Ur Sefal Dominion, the Eastern Tribes, and even the Mylantrin Empire.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 65
Height: 181 cm (5'11.3")
Weight: 77 kgs (169.76 lbs)
Likes: Law and order, the Empire, Strategy and tactics, the Battlefield
Dislikes: Necromancy, Politics, Politicians, The Ocean, Ships

First Appearance: Chapter 6 - Page 24: Changing Times

Pinar Kartal

Tomboyish, reliable, and confident, Pinar is one of the older teens in the village. She is currently learning cryomancy and has shown quite the talent for it. Like all orcs, she has gotten multiple tattoos over the years, something she is quite proud of. She is always ready to try new things (except for anything related to bugs) and isn't afraid to get down and dirty when need be. The one place her confidence is a bit shaky though is when it comes to her fellow teen Xenja, whom she has had a crush on for years. She is well-known among the parents in the village, as she is often called on to babysit younger children.

Species: Orc
Age: 16
Height: 174 cm (5'8.5")
Weight: 62 kgs (136.69 lbs)
Likes: Magic, Combat practice, Running, Exercise, Xenja
Dislikes: Creepy crawlies, boredom

First Appearance: Chapter 7 - Page 1: The Friends

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Xenja Bähr

Flamboyant, self-assured, and utterly fabulous, Xenja is the eldest in the group of friends that includes Anna. Despite this, she rarely acts as the most mature (that would instead be Pinar) as she is instead often the one to get everyone into trouble with her shenanigans. She is always ready to head out for adventure, no matter what the adventure may be. As the daughter of a minor noblewoman, she has learned proper court etiquette as well as sword fighting, although she is quite ready to ignore the former.

Species: Half-elf (Self-proclaimed, actually Feldanos Human)
Age: 17
Height: 168 cm (5'6.1")
Weight: 54 kgs (119.05 lbs)
Likes: Adventure!
Dislikes: Not-adventure!

First Appearance: Chapter 7 - Page 1: The Friends

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Basit ul Zaid

Bookish, mischievous, and intelligent, Basit was originally from the Ur Sefal Dominion. He came to Pagat Or with his parents when they were forced to flee the Dominion after his parents got in trouble with one of the local rulers. He is quite intelligent and likes to spend time with his books more than anything. However, he has been influenced by his best friend Qamar over the years, and the two have been known to get into all sorts of trouble together.

Species: Human, Ur-Sefal (True Werewolf)
Age: 9
Height: 137 cm (4'5.9")
Weight: 35.2 kgs (77.60 lbs)
Likes: Reading books, The Library, His best friend Qamar, Eating
Dislikes: Loud noises, Dirt, Folding the corners of books over as a bookmark

First Appearance: Chapter 7 - Page 1: The Friends

Qamar Tilki

Mischievous, adventurous, and friendly, Qamar is the son of rich merchants and thus comes from one of the wealthier families in the village. He is expected by his parents to one day take over their business, but he doesn't much like what he sees as the drudgery and boredom of working books. He is instead much more excited by the idea of going on adventures and seeing the world. This is a passion that he shares with his best friend Basit, and hopes that one day they can go out and see the world together.

Species: Goblin
Age: 10
Height: 128 cm (4'2.4")
Weight: 27 kgs (59.52 lbs)
Likes: Adventure, Stories, Pranks, Exotic foods, Exploration
Dislikes: Logistics, Books, Studying, Merchant-ing

First Appearance: Chapter 7 - Page 1: The Friends

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Brenda Schröder

Erudite, cultured, and formidable, Brenda fought alongside the Master during the war and has since retired to the village. Being rather long-lived, she has acquired much knowledge over the years, knowledge that she attempts to pass on to the next generation.

Species: Spiderkin
Age: 131
Height: 212 cm (6'11.5")
Weight: 213 kgs (469.58 lbs)
Likes: Books, Learning, History
Dislikes: War

First Appearance: Chapter 7 - Page 2: Questions of History

Dishka Rao

Fierce, loyal, and efficient, Dishka is Melker Aldane's head of security for his seat of power, En Danus. She moved north to the Aldanian Empire many years ago, seeking fame and fortune. After winning a local tournament, she was recruited into Melker's retinue, slowly working her way up to the head of his security and one of his most trusted advisors.

Species: Human, Sha'Araz
Age: 42
Height: 209 cm (6'10.3")
Weight: 112 kgs (246.92 lbs)
Likes: Order, Justice, Weapons, Cold Weather, Steamy romance novels, Dueling
Dislikes: Orvar, Subterfuge, Politics, Orvar,

First Appearance: Chapter 8 - Page 21: Cunning

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Ewald Scheer

Erudite, loquacious, and eloquent, Ewald is Melker Aldane's chief seer and head of intelligence. He also rules over the En Danus library with an iron fist, and woe betide anyone who would dare to be late in returning a book or *gasp!* damaging a book! For they would certainly feel his wrath. Or rather, he would would get Dishka Rao to enact his wrath for him.

Species: Human, Partelos
Age: 64
Height: 185 cm (6'0.8")
Weight: 131 kgs (288.81 lbs)
Likes: Books, Learning, Education, Poetry, Theater
Dislikes: Licking fingers to turn pages, Willfull ignorance, Anti-intellectualism

First Appearance: Chapter 8 - Page 27: The En Danus Library

Fikri ul Baris

Friendly, industrious, and intelligent, Fikri is a farmer and wagoner who works closely with giant wolves. He came to Pagat Or a few years ago, upon the recommendation of Qamar's parents, who were close friends of his.

Species: Goblin
Age: 46
Height: 121 cm (3'11.6")
Weight: 24 kgs (52.91 lbs)
Likes: Wolves, Sweet food, Mead, Snow
Dislikes: Heat, Summer, Weeds, Anything bitter

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 5: I Want to Be

Mirza ul Nasrin

Jovial, outgoing, and hospitable, Mirza runs the village tavern, serving hot food and good drinks. He is a devout follower of Feorle, the deity of sacred hospitality, and thus Mirza feels it is his divine duty to ensure that all feel welcome in his establishment, and does his best to please his customers. Because of this, he is well-liked and well-respected in the village, and any who would make trouble in his place would be quickly dealt with by the other diners.

Species: Human, Ur Sefal
Age: 62
Height: 178 cm (5'10.1")
Weight: 123 kgs (271.17 lbs)
Likes: Food, Guests, Drink, Warm fireplaces, The sound of food cooking, His adopted daughters
Dislikes: Rudeness, Violence, Wasting food, Anyone who would harm his daughters

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

Khalida il Rawda

Tomboyish, outspoken, and friendly, Khalida is one of Mirza's three employees and the eldest of his adopted daughters. Back before they moved to the Aldanian Empire from the Ur Sefal Dominion, she was rescued from the streets by Mirza. As she grew older, she started to help out in his tavern. She accompanied him when he left the Dominion, and the three eventually settled in Pagat Or. She got married the previous year, something which her younger sister teases her about, saying it took her far too long to finally met someone.

Species: Orc
Age: 39
Height: 185 cm (6'0.8")
Weight: 85.3 kgs (188.05 lbs)
Likes: Mirza, Her sister, Her husband, Mirza's tavern, Cooking food, Meeting new people, Music
Dislikes: Bugs, Creepy-crawlies, Rats, Tomatoes, Spicy food

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

Shafaqat il Nur

Careful, shy, and sweet, Shafaqat is one of Mirza's three employees and his youngest daughter. Like her elder sister, Khalida, she was rescued by Mirza when she was living on the streets. She would also start to work at Mirza's tavern when she was a teenager back in the Ur Sefal Dominion. When the son of a local satrap attempted to take advantage of her, Mirza stepped in and beat the man up before throwing him out. While it was the satrap's son who had abused sacred hospitality, Mirza was still pressured by local bigwigs to leave the Dominion. The satrap, who sided with Mirza, was unable to shield Mirza despite knowing he was not at fault. Shafaqat felt it was her fault, but Mirza and her sister have repeatedly assured her that she was blameless. They have all since settled in Pagat Or, finding happiness in their new home.

Species: Human, Ur Sefal
Age: 35
Height: 162 cm (5'3.8")
Weight: 45.3 kgs (99.87 lbs)
Likes: Mirza, Her sister, Coffee, Cats, Playing the oud, Insects
Dislikes: Tea (it's just weaker coffee!), Lightning and thunder, Green vegetables

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

Eydís Klein

Cunning, athletic, and rugged, Eydís recently moved to the mainland from the frozen north. She eventually found her way to Pagat Or along with her brother. She initially worked as a hunter along with her brother, but has since found employment at Mirza's tavern. She does still go hunting (taking Khalida with her at times) in order to provide meat for the tavern. It was through this friendship that Khalida met Eydís' brother, whom the orc would eventually marry.

Species: Dark elf
Age: 59
Height: 178 cm (5'10.1")
Weight: 72.4 kgs (159.61 lbs)
Likes: Hunting, Warm summer days, Mirza's cooking, Her brother, Khalida
Dislikes: Rabbit meat, Salted food (I had enough of that in the North!), Winter cold (I had enough of that too!)

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

Tahir ul Fadime

Quiet, reserved, and formidable, Tahir is a younger orc who fought under Sardar during the war and was the captain of Sardar's mounted archer troops. He currently works in the village as a hunter and a ranger. He also works closely with the apothecaries, and has extensive knowledge of the various plants that grow in the region. He tends to keep to himself most of the time, and is quite taciturn, rarely speaking on any matters beyond the bare minimum needed to communicate.

Species: Orc
Age: 88
Height: 195 cm (6'4.8")
Weight: 121 kgs (266.76 lbs)
Likes: Hunting, Rabbits (both to cuddle and to eat), Listening to a babbling river, The sound of rain on the roof
Dislikes: Alcohol, Loud people, Crowded places, Large gatherings

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

Ishani

Determined, intelligent, and powerful, Ishani is a member of the Maidens of Fallen Blood, the religious order of Alessandra, the patron deity of slaughter and birth. Like her patron deity, she is a proud warrior woman, and a staunch guardian of women and children. While her first encounter with The Master saw her attempting to kill the lich (Alessandra despies the undead) she has since stopped attempting to kill him outright. She still dislikes necromancy, but has come to realize that it in itself is not evil. She is still opposed to the creation of undead though, viewing it as a disruption of the natural order. However, she no longer attempts to violently deal with such, and instead uses her words to try to disuade necromancers from creating undead servants. Currently, she serves as the village's midwife, as well as at times aiding Brenda in teaching the younger children.

Species: Flame demon
Age: 53
Height: 215 cm (7'0.6")
Weight: 111.5 kgs (245.82 lbs)
Likes: Alessandra, Children, Fighting, Teaching
Dislikes: Necromancy, Undeath, The Undead, Any who would harm women and children, Salty food

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

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Amalric Beckert

Unassuming, quiet, and creative, Amalric is a gentle giant who enjoys spending his time alone, either making a living on his potter's wheel or tending to his garden in pleasant solitude. While he does enjoy his solitude, he is not antisocial, and is quite willing to talk to others should the need arise. He currently has a bit of a rivalry with Qamar, as the child has taken to pranking him by hiding frogs in some of the pots that he makes. In exchange, he often bakes strawberry pie for Qamar's family, as he knows that Qamar likes pies, but hates strawberries. Sometimes, when he catches Qamar (and Basit, who often tags along) he punishes him by forcing him to work at his potter's wheel. He sees this as a teaching opportunity, and both Qamar and Basit have gotten fairly decent at pottery from all the times they have been "punished" in this manner.

Species: Crocodile kin
Age: 68
Height: 217 cm (7'1.4")
Weight: 132 kgs (291.01 lbs)
Likes: Peace and quiet, Pottery, Painting, The smell of flowers, Warm days, Children
Dislikes: Violence, Fighting, Poorly-made ceramic-ware (It insults my professional pride as a craftsman!)

First Appearance: Chapter 9 - Page 16: New People!

Quirin Bähr

Insightful, charismatic, and kind, Quirin is a hunter and ranger who came to Pagat Or some years after the war. A few years after arriving in Pagat Or, he encountered a fleeing woman in the forest who was going into labor. He helped her deliver the baby, and brought the two of them to the village. After a few years, he and the woman would get married, and he would raise Xenja as his own daughter, teaching her all the skills he could.

Species: Dark Elf
Age: 43
Height: 181 cm (5'11.3")
Weight: 82 kgs (180.78 lbs)
Likes: Venison, Cold weather, Climbing stuff just to climb it, Liesa, Xenja, Tomatoes, Cheese
Dislikes: Hot summers, Fish, Fighting

First Appearance: Chapter 10 - Page 10: Big Questions

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Nimat Kartal

Friendly, unassuming, and tough as nails, Nimat Kartal was born in the frozen north and grew up in one of the frontier towns of the empire. While too young to have fought in the Master's War she did grow up hard, and thus knows how to fight. After the Master's War, her parents settled in Pagat Or, where she spent the rest of her childhood.

Species: Orc
Age: 39
Height: 185 cm (6'0.8")
Weight: 111 kgs (244.71 lbs)
Likes: Her family, Cold weather, Roughing it in the great outdoors, Hiking, Hunting, Honey toast, Physical exertion
Dislikes: Spiders (they're creepy!), Pudding, Hot weather, Reading, Alcohol

First Appearance: Chapter 10 - Page 3: Old Familiar Faces

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Quirin Bähr

Insightful, charismatic, and kind, Quirin is a hunter and ranger who came to Pagat Or some years after the war. A few years after arriving in Pagat Or, he encountered a fleeing woman in the forest who was going into labor. He helped her deliver the baby, and brought the two of them to the village. After a few years, he and the woman would get married, and he would raise Xenja as his own daughter, teaching her all the skills he could.

Species: Dark Elf
Age: 43
Height: 181 cm (5'11.3")
Weight: 82 kgs (180.78 lbs)
Likes: Venison, Cold weather, Climbing stuff just to climb it, Liesa, Xenja, Tomatoes, Cheese
Dislikes: Hot summers, Fish, Fighting

First Appearance: Chapter 10 - Page 3: Old Familiar Faces

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Jadranko Wodja

Gruff, deliberate, and tired, Jadranko is one of the ogres who served under Sardar Demir in the Master's War. He is sick and tired of fighting, and after settling in the village of Pagat Or, he swore to never take up a weapon ever again. Currently, he works alongside his friend NAME as a builder and carpenter.

Species: Ogre
Age: 85
Height: 212 cm (6'11.5")
Weight: 137 kgs (302.03 lbs)
Likes: Peace, The smell of freshly-cut wood, Hard work, Well-kept tools
Dislikes: Fighting, Violence, War, Poorly-kept tools, Disorganized workspaces

First Appearance: Chapter 10 - Page 5: Pigeon Post

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Jafar ul Altan

Mischievous, erudite, and chatty, Jafar is an old man in the prime of his youth. He previously served as the Master's artillery and siege engineer during the war, but has since retired to Pagat Or, working as a carpenter and builder. At 89, he is determined to spend the rest of his "youth" playing around and having fun, living life to the fullest.

Species: Human, Ur Sefal
Age: 89
Height: 176 cm (5'9.3")
Weight: 61 kgs (134.48 lbs)
Likes: Fun, Pranks, Jokes, Blowing bubbles through a straw into his juice, Climbing trees, Collecting bugs
Dislikes: Boring stuff, Talking about the war, Vegetables, Bitter foods, Growing up

First Appearance: Chapter 10 - Page 5: Pigeon Post

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Romilda Lafrentz

Unsociable, quiet, and solitary, Romilda is one of the more powerful vampires in the village. Not exactly an outright powerful one compared to others worldwide, but definitely in the top tier of the village. She is a mostly solitary figure, quite content to work on her brewing by herself.

Species: Vampire (Formerly human)
Age: 93
Height: 162 cm (5'3.8")
Weight: 48.3 kgs (106.48 lbs)
Likes: Peace and quiet, Solitude, Cleanliness, Hard work
Dislikes: Dirt and grime, Social gatherings, Small talk, Socializing, Going outside, Meeting people

First Appearance: Chapter 10 - Page 10: Big Questions

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Galen Aldane

Headstrong, proud, and devoted, Galen Aldane, popularly known as Galen the Great, is the current emperor of the Aldanian Empire. His reputation was cemented with his various victories against the likes of the Ur Sefal Dominion and the Mylantrin Empire. He firmly believes in the empire, and believes that everything else is secondary. This perhaps backfired somewhat, as he raised his sons as heirs to the empire and teaching them how to serve the people, all while neglecting to raise them as children to be shown the love of a father. Not to say that he was an outright abusive parent, but at best he was distant. Currently, he knows his days are numbered, and is looking to do something, anything, that will help to stabilize and safeguard the empire.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 71
Height: 195 cm (6'4.8")
Weight: 75 kgs (165.35 lbs)
Likes: The Empire
Dislikes: Enemies of the Empire

First Appearance: Chapter 11 - Page 1: The Ruler

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Gulbrand Aldane

Loyal, stoic, and long-suffering, Gulbrand is Galen Aldane's only brother. From a young age, he was raised to serve the empire and to aid his older brother in everything. He has never resented this, and has never desired power, and has instead devoted himself fully to ensuring the safety of the empire and its emperor. He is currently the head of the Imperial Guard, an army within the capital dedicated to the defense of the capital and the protection of the emperor. He is often frustrated by his brother's headstrong and impulsive ways, but has never failed to do whatever is necessary to protect him.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 68
Height: 201 cm (6'7.1")
Weight: 119 kgs (262.35 lbs)
Likes: The Empire, His brother, The Imperial Guard, Training new recruits, Chess, Adventure novels
Dislikes: Enemies of the Empire, Threats to the Empire, His brother's foolishness, Traitors

First Appearance: Chapter 11 - Page 2: Something Completely Different

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Zita Gutknecht

Headstrong, tomboyish, and independent, Zita Gutknecht is the second daughter of a baron within Central Aldania. She is almost fanatically loyal to the empire, and strongly believes that the empire is what is best for everyone living in it. She hero-worships the Aldanian imperial family, believing them to be nearly divine, what with having grown up on stories of Galen the Great in her youth. She fled an arranged marriage five years ago, and up until three years ago she was living on the streets.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 22
Height: 181 cm (5'11.3")
Weight: 73 kgs (160.94 lbs)
Likes: The Aldane Family, The Empire, Galen the Great, Adventure, Freedom, Her little sister
Dislikes: Her father, Her brother, Politics, Enemies of the empire

First Appearance: Chapter 11 - Page 2: Something Completely Different

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Villads Voll II

Easygoing, fair, and loyal, Villads is the husband of Galen's niece and a true believer of the promise of the empire. He met Trine Aldane while he was working as art of the Imperial Guard, long before he became a Commander. While he does love his wife dearly, he does love the Empire even more, something that has caused a bit of marital discord in the past.

Species: Human, Aldanian
Age: 45
Height: 183 cm (6'0.0")
Weight: 88 kgs (194.01 lbs)
Likes: The Empire, The skies above Mer Aldania, Spelunking, Rock carving, Poetry
Dislikes: Enemies of the Empire, Camels, Alcoholic beverages, Carrots

First Appearance: Chapter 11 - Page 2: Something Completely Different

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