Characters

Last updated: April 28th, 2015.
Added Jesenia Sebolt, Nico Sebolt, Perla Sebolt, Manuel Delaguna, Fuad Saqqaf, Marosso, and Melissa Mallory.

THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS. It's meant to serve as a refresher and index page. If you are looking for a list of all servants and their corresponding abilities, check the Abilities page.

(Note: “Named” refers to when a character's name is first used. It is not necessarily when a character is first referenced. Helen was referenced as early as Pg. 67 and Geoffrey as early as Pg. 36, but they neither appeared nor had their names revealed. I decided not to include "first referenced" links, because I wanted to leave that just for the folks who like to reread.)

]]--House Goffe--[[
  • Hector Goffe -- A young black man. He is sixteen when he first appears in the story. His reaper is Garovel. Hector committed suicide prior to his revival. Has difficulty speaking due to his crippling shyness. He sees reapers as scythe-wielding skeletons.
    First appearance: Pg. 1 -- Second appearance: Pg. 4 -- Named: Pg. 4
  • Samuel Goffe -- Hector’s father.
    First appearance: Pg. 7 -- Second appearance: Pg. 110 -- Named: Pg. 111
  • Vanessa Goffe -- Hector’s mother.
    First appearance: Pg. 7 -- Second appearance: Pg. 46 -- Named: Pg. 244
  • Garovel -- A reaper. His servant is Hector Goffe. Independently aligned, but was a member of the Vanguard about twenty years ago.
    First appearance: Pg. 1 -- Second appearance: Pg. 5 -- Named: Pg. 9
  • Amelia Carthrace -- An elderly woman who was assigned by Queen Helen to assist Hector.
  • Jamal Easton -- A guardsman who volunteered to serve under the Darksteel Soldier.
===House Rofal===
  • Damian Rofal -- Father to Joseph Rofal, grandfather to Geoffrey Rofal. He is a servant. His reaper is Feromas. Unknown alignment. Despite his mental instability, he seems to possess great power and knowledge. He sees reapers as jesters.
    First appearance: Pg. 211 -- Second appearance: Pg. 241 -- Named: Pg. 211
  • Feromas -- A reaper of unknown alignment. His servant is Damian Rofal. Feromas is also Damian's great grandfather.
    First appearance: Pg. 211 -- Second appearance: Pg. 241 -- Named: Pg. 211
  • Geoffrey Rofal -- Nephew to Joseph Rofal, grandson to Damian Rofal. He is an “aberration”-- a monster in human form. He sees reapers as blurry humans.
    First appearance: Pg. 68 -- Second appearance: Pg. 90 -- Named: Pg. 68
  • Joseph Rofal -- The head of the Rofal crime family. Forced Colt to work for him.
    First appearance: Pg. 70 -- Second appearance: Pg 84 -- Named: Pg. 36
  • Timothy Swank a.k.a. “Ponytail” -- A high-ranking enforcer for the Rofal family. He is a normal human.
    First appearance: Pg. 35 -- Second appearance: Pg. 61 -- Named: Pg. 62
  • Dunstan Rofal -- A servant working in the Seventh Watcher's Unit under General Lawrence in the Vanguard. He ran away from home when he was fifteen and became a servant when he was seventeen. He sees reapers as tattered black wraiths with glowing red eyes. His reaper is Rezamaar.
    First appearance: Pg. 699 -- Second appearance: Pg. 865 -- Named: Pg. 699
  • Rezamaar -- The reaper of Dunstan Rofal. Officially, she is aligned with the Vanguard, but she has privately expressed doubt in the organization to Dunstan.
--==House Colt==--
  • Bohwanox -- A reaper. Around 100 years old--notably much younger than most reapers. He had no servant until the Third Oath, wherein he resurrected Colt.
    First appearance: Pg. 44 -- Second appearance: Pg. 87 -- Named: Pg. 45
  • Colt (Jeremiah Colt) -- An ex-cop who used to kill criminals and was later forced to murder innocent people. Became a servant during the Third Oath. His reaper is Bohwanox. Independently aligned. He sees reapers as black-hooded figures.
    First appearance: Pg. 44 -- Second appearance: Pg. 67 -- Named: Pg. 45
  • Stephanie Colt -- Jeremiah Colt’s daughter. She is Thomas’ twin.
    First appearance: Pg. 72 -- Second appearance: Pg. 108 -- Named: Pg. 227
  • Thomas Colt -- Jeremiah Colt’s son. He is Stephanie’s twin.
    First appearance: Pg. 72 -- Second appearance: Pg. 108 -- Named: Pg. 227
~}} House Belgrant {{~
  • Helen Belgrant, Queen of Atreya -- She holds the highest seat of power in Atreya. Ascended the throne by her father’s appointment, much to everyone’s surprise. After her assassination at the hands of her brother Nathaniel, she became a servant. She is 33 years old when she first appears in the story. Her reaper is Mehlsanz. She sees reapers as silvery ghosts.
    First appearance: Pg. 118 -- Second appearance: Pg. 145 -- Named: Pg. 118
  • Mehlsanz -- A reaper. Her servant is Helen Belgrant. Independently aligned, but was previously a member of the Vanguard.
    First appearance: Pg. 118 -- Second appearance: Pg. 145 -- Named: Pg. 118
  • Jezebel Belgrant, Duchess of House Belgrant -- Aunt of King William. Seems to possess a wealth of connections and knowledge in political matters.
    First appearance: Pg. 146 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 146
  • William Belgrant, King of Atreya -- Helen’s husband. He is King consort, yielding to the Queen’s right of rule.
    First appearance: Pg. 146 -- Second appearance: Pg. 158 -- Named: Pg. 146
~:~:House Fullister:~:~
  • Gina -- A blond woman working under Roman Fullister. She is a normal human but is aware of servants and reapers.
    First appearance: Pg. 190 -- Second appearance: Pg. 199 -- Named: Pg. 190
  • Roman Fullister -- A servant and accomplished thief. His reaper is Voreese. Independently aligned. He sees reapers as crows.
    First appearance: Pg. 132 -- Second appearance: Pg. 166 -- Named: Pg. 133
  • Voreese -- A reaper. Her servant is Roman Fullister. Independently aligned.
    First appearance: Pg. 167 -- Second appearance: Pg. 179 -- Named: Pg. 167
_//House Lumenbel\\_
  • David Lumenbel, Prince of Atreya -- One of Helen’s seven brothers. A portly gentleman. Was not involved in Helen's assassination.
    First appearance: Pg. 391 -- Second appearance: Pg. 408 -- Named: Pg. 159
  • Gabriel Lumenbel, Prince of Atreya -- Helen’s oldest brother. Plotted to assassinate her, though apparently Luther had a hand in it as well.
    First appearance: Pg. 393 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 146
  • Helen's Brothers -- Seven in total. In order of oldest to youngest, they are Gabriel, Nathaniel, Charles, David, Martin, Luther, and Meriwether. Helen is younger than all of them.
    First appearance: Pg. 393 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 393
  • Luther Lumenbel, Prince of Atreya -- One of Helen's seven brothers. Generally quieter than the others yet perhaps more threatening than any of them.
    First appearance: Pg. 393 -- Second appearance: Pg. 411 -- Named: Pg. 393
  • Nathaniel Lumenbel, Prince of Atreya -- Helen’s brother. Though not the architect of the plot against her, he was the one who poisoned her.
    First appearance: Pg. 393 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 121
  • Meriwether Lumenbel, Prince of Atreya -- Helen’s brother. Assisted David in capturing Luther. Married to a Sandlord woman named Nasira Saqqaf. Has at least two children with her, one of whom is named Rashad.
    First appearance: Pg. 393 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 121
<<--House Edith-->>
  • Isabelle Edith -- Lynnette's mother. Was born in Intar, and her mother (Lynnette's grandmother) was apparently a government-trained assassin there.
  • Jacob Edith -- Lynnette's father.
  • Lynnette Edith -- A member of the Queen’s Guard under Helen. She is a normal human and wields a sword.
    First appearance: Pg. 119 -- Second appearance: Pg. 163 -- Named: Pg. 119
  • Melanie Edith -- Lynnette's younger sister.
~~~House Elroy~~~
  • Zeff Elroy -- Head of the Elroy family, a Rainlord of Sair, and a Captain of the Vanguard. Lives with his family in Aguarey, Sair. He is a servant, and his reaper is Axiolis. He sees reapers as large bats.
  • Mariana Elroy -- Zeff's wife. Also a servant and member of the Vanguard. Her reaper is Shenado. She sees reapers as ethereal, flaming foxes.
  • The Elroy Children -- Five total. From oldest to youngest, they are Gema, Cisco (Francisco), Emiliana (Emy), Marcos, and Ramira. Gema no longer lives with the family.
  • Cisco (Francisco) Elroy -- The second child of Zeff and Mariana Elroy. He is sixteen, having been a servant for two years. His reaper is Dennex. He sees reapers as hulking, skeletal wolves shrouded in black fire.
  • Emiliana (Emy) Elroy -- The third child of Zeff and Mariana Elroy. She is fourteen and newly resurrected as a servant. Her reaper is Chergoa. She sees reapers as fiery blue wisps.
  • Marcos Elroy -- The fourth child of Zeff and Mariana Elroy. He is twelve years old. Resents his older brother for picking on him.
  • Axiolis -- Zeff's reaper.
  • Chergoa -- Emiliana's reaper.
  • Dennex -- Cisco's reaper.
  • Shenado -- Previously Mariana's reaper, now Marcos'.
  • Claudio -- a middle-aged butler who has served the Elroy family for many years. He is a normal human being.
The Vanguard
  • Adam Leroy -- A servant of the Vanguard. Seen working under General Lawrence at Rhein's Keep
  • Bartholomew Erickson -- A regional captain of the Vanguard in Intar. Appears to be only around ten years of age, but in truth, he is more than triple that. His reaper is Kohzek.
  • Charlie Day -- A servant of the Vanguard. Was sent to escort Mariana and ended up fighting her when she did not comply.
  • Darsihm -- The reaper of Harper Norez.
  • Dergoz -- The reaper of General Lawrence. He seems to be at odds with his own servant, having to force Lawrence to do as he says.
  • Harper Norez -- A lieutenant general of the Vanguard. Regarded as one of the 38 strongest people in the Vanguard. Operates as a kind of freelance officer, not bearing the authority to give orders but also not having to take orders from anyone below the rank of general. Born in Jesbol. Was a rookie of gathering fame before Garovel left the Vanguard. His reaper is Darsihm. He sees reapers as clouds with glowing faces.
  • Jackson -- A Field Marshal of the Vanguard. One of the Vanguard's "top eight," according to Juliana Salazar. Fought in Vaeland some fifteen years ago. Currently in Jesbol. Also known as "the Star of the West."
  • Jonathan Flint -- A servant of the Vanguard. Was sent to escort Mariana and ended up fighting her when she did not comply.
  • Kohzek -- The reaper of Bartholomew Erickson.
  • Lamont -- An Air Marshal of the Vanguard. Parson Miles' superior. One of the Vanguard's "top eight," according to Juliana Salazar. Also known as "Iceheart."
  • Lawrence, Xavier -- A General of the Vanguard in Sair. Elderly in appearance, he has worked in the Vanguard for over seventy years. His reaper is Dergoz. He does not seem to agree with his reaper's decisions. Nicknamed "the Blue Bear."
  • Louis Ferrage -- A servant of the Vanguard under General Lawrence who was sent to take Cisco and Emiliana Elroy into custody.
  • Overra -- A female reaper of the Vanguard. Her servant is Captain General Parson Miles. While she doesn't seem much more serious than Parson himself, she apparently does not like being tardy.
  • Parson Miles -- a very powerful servant of the Vanguard. His rank is captain general, and he answers directly to Lamont. He has been kept youthful despite being even older than Lawrence.
  • Randall Pierce -- A servant of the Vanguard under General Lawrence who was sent to take Cisco and Emiliana Elroy into custody.
  • Sanko -- A Field Marshal of the Vanguard. One of the "top eight," according to Juliana Salazar. Also known as "the Gargoyle of Korgum" or just "the Gargoyle."
  • Sermung -- One of the four servant emperors. Leader of the Vanguard. His reaper's name is Tenebrach. The most powerful person in the world, according to Juliana Salazar. Also known as "the Crystal Titan."
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 152
  • Tenebrach -- The lead reaper of the Vanguard. His servant is Sermung.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 152
  • Valess -- a reaper and shared friend of Mehlsanz and Darsihm. Convinced Darsihm to come to Mehlsanz's aid. Nothing else yet known about him.
  • All of House Elroy
  • All of House Cortes
  • All of House Sebolt
  • All of House Stroud
  • All of House Zabat
  • All of Hahl Dagher
  • All of Hahl Haayen
  • All of Hahl Kattan
  • All of Hahl Mateen
Abolish
  • Andres Geth -- A member of Abolish, residing within Sescoria. Together with Nola Pauls, he set up an underground net that prevents opposing reapers from sneaking into the city from below.
    First appearance: Pg. 410 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 410
  • Conall Learen -- A member of Abolish, residing in Sescoria.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 410
  • Desmond Grantier -- A servant of Abolish. His reaper is Ezmortig. He sees reapers as cloaked figures in white masks.
    First appearance: Pg. 161 -- Second appearance: Pg. 173 -- Named: Pg. 162
  • Dozer -- One of the four servant emperors. Co-leader of Abolish. There is also a country called Dozer, which he founded and still rules to this day through his grandchildren. Appears to be an old man.
    First appearance: Pg. 360 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 152
  • Dunhouser -- A feared servant of Abolish. Nothing else yet known.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 177
  • Ezmortig -- A reaper of Abolish. His servant is Desmond Grantier.
    First appearance: Pg. 161 -- Second appearance: Pg. 173 -- Named: Pg. 162
  • Germal -- Little yet known about him. He apparently caused the reaper Nize to doubt her faith in the Void and her allegiance to Abolish. Also has a horn on his head.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 313
  • Gohvis -- A member of Abolish. Seen working directly under Dozer. Described as a monstrous man with black scales instead of flesh. Also known as "the Monster of the East" and "the Black Scourge"
    First appearance: Pg. 360 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 360
  • Hoyohté -- A reaper of Abolish. Her servant is Karkash.
    First appearance: Pg. 301 -- Second appearance: Pg. 310 -- Named: Pg. 302
  • Ivan -- A feared servant of Abolish. Nothing else yet known.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 177
  • Jercash -- A feared servant of Abolish. Nothing else yet known.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 177
  • Karkash -- A servant of Abolish. A native of Vaeland's northern isles. Bears scars on his chest. His reaper is Hoyohté. He sees reapers as killer whales.
    First appearance: Pg. 301 -- Second appearance: Pg. 310 -- Named: Pg. 302
  • Morgunov -- One of the four servant emperors. Co-leader of Abolish. Nothing else yet known.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 152
  • Loren -- An old friend from Stoker's childhood. Became a servant of Abolish after their encounter with Dozer.
    First appearance: Pg. 359 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 359
  • Mira -- An old friend from Stoker's childhood. Became a servant of Abolish after their encounter with Dozer.
    First appearance: Pg. 359 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 359
  • Nize -- A reaper of Abolish. Her servant is Stoker. Harbors a desire to leave Abolish.
    First appearance: Pg. 301 -- Second appearance: Pg. 310 -- Named: Pg. 302
  • Nola Pauls -- A member of Abolish, residing within Sescoria. Together with Andres Geth, she set up an underground net that prevents opposing reapers from sneaking into the city from below.
    First appearance: Pg. 409 -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 409
  • Stoker -- A servant of Abolish. His reaper is Nize. Has a swirling tattoo on the side of his face. He sees reapers as giant snakes.
    First appearance: Pg. 301 -- Second appearance: Pg. 310 -- Named: Pg. 302
  • Tessa Shelrick -- A member of Abolish, residing in Sescoria.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 410
  • Vladimir -- A member of Abolish working in Rendon. Was curb-stomped by Harper Norez.
The Rainlords of Sair
    Ten Families
  • House Elroy -- see above
  • House Redwater -- known members: Octavia [w/ Wendy (Wendissofigelroc)], Diego (w/ Yangéra), Alicia
  • House Cortes -- known members: Joana, Selena
  • House Delaguna -- known members: Salvador (w/ Mevox), Alejo, Elba, Lorenzo (w/ Marosso), Manuel
  • House Garza -- known members: Socorro
  • House Merlo -- known members: Rayen (/w Lonogren)
  • House Sebolt -- known members: Abel, Xuan a.k.a. "the Seadevil" (w/ Duvoss), Dimas (w/ Iziol), Amaya, Carlos, Jesenia, Nico, Perla
  • House Zabat -- known members: Santos (w/ Jostomere), Ester
  • House Blackburn -- known members: Ismael (w/ Rholtam), Nere, Melchor a.k.a. "Darktide" (w/ Orric), Ibai, Fidel, Silvia, Pilar, Tomas, Horatio, Sabas, Rafael (w/ Ustox)
  • House Stroud -- known members: Evangelina (w/ Ezura)
The Sandlords of Sair
    Eight Families
  • Hahl Najir -- known members: Asad a.k.a "the Lion of the Desert" (w/ Qorvass), Haqq (w/ Sazandara), Imas (w/ Orjand), Jada (w/ Atalim)
  • Hahl Saqqaf -- known members: Abbas (w/ Worwal), Badat (w/ Emerix), Fuad [deceased], Nasira Saqqaf-Lumenbel, Rashad Saqqaf-Lumenbel
  • Hahl Dagher -- known members: Hamza
  • Hahl Shihab
  • Hahl Duxan
  • Hahl Haayen
  • Hahl Kattan
  • Hahl Mateen
Other
  • Alex Belos -- Emiliana Elroy's boyfriend. Two years older than her and a friend of Cisco's for the past five years.
  • Gerald -- The elderly head of an Atreyan smuggling ring. He is a servant. His reaper's name is unknown. Was working with Roman.
    First appearance: Pg. 131 -- Second appearance: Pg. 172 -- Named: Pg. 133
  • Armengél -- Salazar's reaper.
  • Gregory -- One of Hector’s schoolmates.
    First appearance: Pg. 73 -- Second appearance: Pg. 217 -- Named: Pg. 73
  • Janine -- One of Hector’s schoolmates.
    First appearance: Pg. 73 -- Second appearance: Pg. 217 -- Named: Pg. 73
  • Jenny Friedman -- An acquaintance of Hector’s from school.
    First appearance: Pg. 56 -- Second appearance: Pg. 267 -- Named: Pg. 56
  • Jessica Paulson -- The very first person Hector rescued. She is a close friend of Jamal Easton.
  • Lance Alexander -- One of Hector’s schoolmates. Treasurer of the carpentry club.
    First appearance: Pg. 30 -- Second appearance: Pg. 58 -- Named: Pg. 30
  • Lila Vance/Demitri -- A woman of apparent significance to Luther Lumenbel. As a young girl, she lived in Snider. Her parents were executed for blasphemy. Luther helped her build a new life for herself in Kahm. She now has a husband and three girls. She works as a flower vendor.
  • Melissa Mallory -- The daughter of Police Officer Mallory, whom Hector attempted to save from a team of hitmen. She was ultimately killed by Colt.
  • Micah Chamberlain -- One of Hector’s schoolmates.
    First appearance: Pg. 25 -- Second appearance: Pg. 56 -- Named: Pg. 25
  • Ms. Trent -- A teacher at Hector’s high school. Hosts the carpentry club.
    First appearance: Pg. 58 -- Second appearance: Pg. 77 -- Named: Pg. 58
  • Nathan -- One of Hector’s schoolmates.
    First appearance: Pg. 73 -- Second appearance: Pg. 217 -- Named: Pg. 73
  • Sai-hee -- One of the four servant emperors. She stands independent of both Abolish and the Vanguard. Nothing else yet known.
    First appearance: n/a -- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 152
  • Salazar (Juliana Salazar) -- A general of the Vanguard. Her reaper is Armengél. Recently deserted the Vanguard in order to join the Vahgrakaanas as its sixth leading member. Was once Mariana Elroy's commanding officer.
  • Sheryl -- One of Hector’s schoolmates.
    First appearance: Pg. 73 -- Second appearance: Pg. 216 -- Named: Pg. 73
  • Vincent Boulder -- CEO of Boulder Inc. and servant. His reaper’s name is unknown. Was working with Roman.
    First appearance: Pg. 131-- Second appearance: n/a -- Named: Pg. 131
Historical
  • The Redwater Twins -- Lluc and Marcelo Redwater. They started and led the Redwater Uprising, which led to the downfall of the Mohssian Empire. They had the same servant ability as Zeff Elroy. Lluc had a daughter named Nereida, and Octavia is his great great granddaughter.
  • Stasya Orlov -- The long-deceased builder of Warrenhold. She was an extremely powerful servant, and her reaper was Voreese. She had an architectural mind far ahead of her time, and she used her integration-type ability to great effect in her work. However, despite her incredible accomplishments, she was all but forgotten by history.
  • The Armans -- An ancient group of people native to western Eloa. Well known for halting the bloody advance of the Lyzakks across the continent some 2800 years ago. The Rainlords of Sair are their purest-blooded descendents.
  • The Lyzakks -- An ancient group of people who came to Eloa some 2800 years for the purpose of conquest. Their conflict with the Armans has lived in on throughout history. The Sandlords of Sair are their purest-blooded descendents.

27 comments:

  1. Ah crap, when you're done, could you please delete the comment above? I hadn't meant to broadcast what blogspot thinks is my country.

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    1. Haha, done. And thank you. I think all the links are fixed now.

      Wanna know what the problem was? It was something super important and not at all silly. It was the quotation marks. The quotation marks around the url links were “ when they needed to be ".

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      I KNOW, RIGHT? SUPER INTUITIVE AND SENSIBLE.

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    2. If you're using Firefox you can press Ctrl + U to see the source code of the page and there's a nifty built in HTML validator that shows any errors in red. For future reference or something. ^^

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    3. Interesting. Didn't know that, thank you.

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  2. I couldn't think of a better place to ask this question. Please tell me if there is one. Do Dozer abolish reapers ever wait a while and let the souls go mushy before they take a servant? I Several Dozer servants seemed to be near mindless, especially Hanjir and Moss and I was wondering if that was why.

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    1. Nah, once the time limit is up, the soul becomes truly unusable. They can't fiddle around with it in order to make their servant more obedient.

      That was a great question, though. Very thoughtful.

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    2. Two more: Do Dozers just choose naturally stupid servants, and is it a precise time that the soul goes from working to broken? I had assumed that it was a gradual process, but I guess the way that Mariana and Shenado talked about a time limit for resurrecting Marcos would point towards it being sudden.

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    3. Oh, I forgot to correct you. Hanjir and Moss were aligned to Morgunov, not Dozer. Karkash and Stoker were aligned to Dozer.

      But your questions. Do the Morgunovs purposely choose stupid servants. They have a tendency to choose servants they think will be obedient. "Stupidity" isn't restricted to servants, though, as we saw with Hanjir's unnamed reaper.

      The decomposition of the soul is indeed a process. The time it "expires" is merely a certain threshold in that process. The decomposition still continues afterward, becoming more agonizing for the soul as time goes on. You may recall Garovel mentioning this when he was telling Hector about why reapers even bother to reap souls in the first place.

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    4. Would I be correct in saying that in general, the fanatics work for Dozer and the whackjobs work for Morgunov?

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    5. Pretty much, yeah. This subject gets talked about from Desmond's perspective on page 302 and then Karkash's perspective on page 575.

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  3. I have a question...about the Rofals....are they perhaps the currently self-appointed historians of the war between Abolish and Vanguard?

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    1. Doesn't seem likely, given Dunstan. Although he was mentioned as a runaway, so maybe not the best example.

      Perhaps Damian might be a better one.

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  4. Why do the high-level servants never hunt down lower level ones? I know they tend to be busy, but imagine if Melchor had paid queen Helen a visit. About an hour or low-risk work and there's ten Abolish reapers no longer growing servants, 60 servant-years or growth immediately negated, and two entire countries rescued. That seems like a pretty good deal compared with fighting on his own level for only twice (I estimate his age here) the growth time and a tenth the growth potential (reapers) the growth time, assuming he doesn't lose and cost his own side the same value he stood to gain. In ten years time the gains in training prevented would be worth almost as much as he was, and they would just keep mounting, because any reaper with a servant is an emperor minus 600 years.

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    1. I'm sure they do do that, but if you go and start wrecking havoc in some lonely corner of Eleg, it's going to attract the attention of the other side, as well as the independents. At which point the combined forces of the Vanguard and Sai-hee smash into you. small countries get destroyed by the forces being hurled around, and, even discounting the risk of dying in a fight, you're basically risking quite a bit for what amounts to hunting for sport.

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    2. Why would Sai-Hee get angry about vanguard and abolish servants ripping each other apart? What I'm talking about also isn't "hunting for sport", its effective threat management because you can keep reapers from ever getting dangerous servants if you kill them. As long as a servant didn't become too predictable, they could keep on making strikes against weak Abolishers that disrupt their operations, deplete their numbers and erode their capacity to cause trouble. Remember, not only can strong, old servants easily take down weaker and younger ones, removing several times their number means that the total power growth of Abolish would drop as less and less servants exist to be training, even if the survivors are comparatively powerful. Also, a policy of hunting the weak first would drive new members away from joining because any recruit would know that they would get the worst of the fighting and probably not live to become powerful. Eventually, Vanguard would have a telling numerical advantage over Abolish in midlevel servants, and the Abolish upper echelons would be force to take more and more dangerous missions as expendables and weight of numbers became harder and harder to find. Effectively, Abolish would be eaten away from the bottom up, until it came down to just the emperors and then even they were overwhelmed.

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    3. Of course, that strategy works for the Abolishers as well. Not to mention that any organization like that would have a lot to gain by transporting any new recruits into centres of power for brainwashing, especially ones as ritualistic as Abolish seems to be, and that would make any attempt on new servants into a good old free-for-all battle between hugely powerful servants and the artillery of a small country.

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  5. Jessica Paulson doesn't have links to her First Appearance, Second Appearance, etc.

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  6. Anyone have any ideas for what various characters' leitmotifs would be?
    I think Hector's would be "I'm Going Home" by Approaching Nirvana, and Roman's would be "Now" by Blackhole12.

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    1. And Geoffrey's would be the Nomad Dyson Sphere battle them from Freelancer

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    2. Harper would be "305" by Approaching Nirvana.

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    3. Colt's would be "I will not die" by Three Days Grace. Yes, I know the joke is corny, but the song actually does fit him pretty well.

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    4. I would make the argument that Hector's letimotif should really by Enlightened, by Approaching Nirvana. :P

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  7. A thought me and Lord Eric had had about dealing with the influx of new recruits to vanguard: Have them spend 5 years as superheroes like Hector was before they "graduate" to real vanguard members. This would serve a number of valuable purposes.
    Loyalty: having the servants spend time on grassroots problems will give them a taste of the value of Vanguard work, may win over Dozer double agents because good feels good, and would simply bore Morgunov ones into giving up on infiltration before they get within 100 feet of any important secrets (five years of helping people? bleck!). It would also teach servants humility, so less of them would go the way of Garovel's previous servant.
    Safety: The point at which servants and reapers are at their most vulnerable is before they have had any time to grow. This would give them plenty of time to grow safely behind Vanguard lines without having to worry about abolishers and aberrations which can kill them for real.
    Training: real battles are a very high-pressure environment, where instant returns are the only way to avoid dying. Not a good environment to experiment and work on potentially valuable abilities that just take a lot of practice to get down, but a superhero wouldn't have to worry so much about danger and could try new things and see what works.
    Resource management: The Vanguard is having problems with its massive influx of new recruits, even if Salazar was heavily overstating her case about the organizational flaws. By making servants only require management after 5 years, they would be assured of at least having a useful servant taxing their organizational structure.
    Public relations: Despite the initial confusion, the Darksteel Soldier is considered a hero. Imagine the value Vanguard would have in having their name associated with 50,000 of him. It might even give them the political respect to convince nations not to march off to war to Abolish's tune, making their job much easier and Abolish's much harder.
    And finally, the obvious one, public good: The world needs superheroes to fight the supervillains, but it also needs them to maintain law and order, and when that isn't needed, to help old ladies cross the street. Vanguard should try to make the world a better place any way it can, and that means doing more than punching lots of Abolishers in the face. It means showing people a life without fear, so that when they die they would never want to join abolish.
    Maybe dedicate a mid-level servant and reaper and a human minion per hundred trainees, who could keep track of how they are doing, offer training, set up events, and answer questions. They could also defend their charges against any real dangers that slip through Vanguard's net. This would probably be much less work and manpower than they would devote to more full-time babysitting of new recruits, and would still provide plenty of support and guidence.

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  8. Thank you for creating this character page. I have been starting to notice I can't remember who everyone is anymore. This is probably both due to the large number of characters and also the "trickle" release style of the story. I hope you will be able to continue to keep this page up to date.

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  9. Do you mind ask people to draw image for you character? I somehow more or less imagine Hector to be white guy with long unkempt hair.

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      Try use this guy
      http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120529000112/bleachfanfiction/images/a/a8/Black_Anime_Guy_by_Princess4Life09.jpg

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  10. Shouldn't Dunstan and Rezamar be listed under Vanguard rather than Rofal. Yes Dunstan is a Rofal, but he owes no loyalty to the family and at least some to Vanguard.

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