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The Original Four

Misho (Twilight Caste Solar)

  "I'm not used to not knowing something."

The intelligent, compassionate leader of the band and initiator of the quest. He has perfect memories of his life in the First Age, but no memory of his current life before Exaltation.

  "And one of these kings was called Misho, and he was named Thrice-Radiant. To his peers, this was for his sorcery, his memory, and his swordsmanship. To the common people, it was for his insight, his charisma, and his compassion."

 Secret: How many merits do you have?!?

    • Also subverted. He's got amnesia of his Pre-Exalted life, and Nightmares ("It's not worth the three points.") Oh, and the Eidetic Memory resulted in the of his sacrifice of ignorance to gain sorcery. Which is part of what led to his lonely death in his first incarnation.
  • Mysterious Past: While from a munchkin perspective an Exalted not remembering his pre-Exalted life is normal, it's very odd for a character. Lampshaded.

 Secret: ...you realize that is extremely suspicious.

Misho: Yes, we've discussed it. At length.

Marena: I've got ten obols on robot clone!

Ten: I'll take a piece of that action!

Marena (Changing Moon Caste Lunar, fox totem)

  "There we go... Ready for a night out!"

A flirtatious, fun-loving, confident woman who is much more than meets the eye.


Secret (Day Caste Abyssal) Real Name: Dernelle

  "It's okay! I'm still not dead!"

Full name: The Most Secret And Sorrowful Of The Bearers Of The Endless Destiny Of All Creation Which Wander Amidst Forgotten Sights And Fallen Tears Along The Tread Of Ancient Ashen Footsteps Through The Shadow Of That Which Comes And Into That Riotous Cacophony Which Births All Fools And Steals All Beauty, Who Heralds Through Her Silence The Stillness And Chill Of Those Who Were Not Born And Who Will Fade ‘Till All Things Fall And In That Most Grim Harvest Form The Final Restful Tomb Of All Awakened Life And All The Sleepless De- (At this point she collapsed.) A renegade Deathknight, formerly in service to the Silver Prince, who hasn't yet felt able to live up to her Exaltation.

Ten Winds (Air Aspect Terrestrial)

  "JUSTICE!!"

Formerly a monk in the Immaculate Order, who left because he grew disillusioned with the Order, and because he enjoyed the pleasures of the world a bit too much. At least, that's what he originally said. While it's true to an extent, he was originally an aide to the Bronze Faction as well, and a member of the Realm's Secret Police, the All-Seeing Eye. He left because he was tired of his life being a spy novel, not because he wanted to drink (which he probably did a lot of, being essentially James Bond). Taciturn, wry, resolute.

  • The Ace
  • The Alcoholic: Actually helps him out in the fight against Nova.
  • Badass: Wait. So you're saying this guy is an all-powerful martial artist despite being of a weaker character type than other Exalts, he knows almost everyone important in Creation, and he's an Expy of James Bond? Holy shit, is this guy Chuck Norris' Dragon-Blooded brother!?
  • Badass Grandpa
  • The Big Guy
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Averted and played straight. Imbibing some apparently pretty punchy stuff, including a strong sedative, does not seem to affect him. At other times he takes a swig and falls down. But then he sneaks off for a drink every other panel sometimes...
  • Defector From Decadence: Sort of. In another sense, a defector to decadence--Immaculate monks aren't allowed alcohol. Then played perfectly straight when we find out he isn't a monk.
  • Expy: He's essentially what would happen if James Bond retired.
  • From a Certain Point of View: His original backstory.
  • Old Master: Badass enough that a Sidereal thinks twice before fighting him. Probably because he knows that particular Sidereal.
    • And we now know that he's trained in, and is capable of teaching, several Celestial martial arts styles. Most Dragon Blooded never get around to learning even one.
  • Papa Wolf: Strip #241. Nemen Yi may have ripped through Ben's entire band without breaking stride, but now she's made the mistake of threatening Secret, and Ten Winds is pissed.
  • The Quiet One
  • Weak but Skilled: Dragon-Blooded are the weakest of the Exalted, but Ten is easily one of the toughest characters in the comic.

Allies and Associates

Karen (Dawn Caste Solar)

  "..." (does not speak)

Marena's twin sister. She Exalted to save Marena from Immaculate Monks and later traded her voice to join the Silver Pact to be with her sister.

Cluivnarihe

  "[Treachery] is my nature; this is what I am. It is all I have that cannot be lost."

A shape-changing weapon that travels with Secret but is only barely under her control.

Racer (Full Moon Caste Lunar, horse totem)

  "Suddenly, my lady-sense is tingling!"

Marena's old teacher and, it seems, occasional lover.

Servants of the First and Forsaken Lion

Resonance Ben (Midnight Caste Abyssal)

  "Ah right, the eyes. Hey, who needs them, right?"

Full name: The Conductor of the Cacophonic Steel Chorus. Faux Affably Evil blind Musical Assassin.

Flame (Daybreak Caste Abyssal)

  "I've got a bone to pick with you..."

Full name: The Forgotten Flame of Endless Unmarked Years. In the author's words: "[a] south-american-style mummy dishing out kung fu action". With soulsteel chainsaw-Khatars.

  It seems you have a situation to salvage, Ben.

Others

Nova (Orichalcum Caste Alchemical)

  "[...] I can make anyone into a demigod... piece by piece."

Full name: The Elegant Nova of Progression. A cybernetic mad scientist with cyborg mooks.

Blossom of Harmonious Ethers (Unknown Caste Alchemical)

One of Nova's two Alchemical Henchmen. She prefers non-violent solutions to problems. Probably a Jade Caste Alchemical, but it's not explicitly said.

  • Actual Pacifist: She won't fight, though she is willing to let someone else fight (under protest) if she can't talk sense into potential enemies.
  • The Cutie
  • Flower in Her Hair
  • Granola Girl
  • Made in Country X: Nova's attempts to make Alchemicals in Creation aren't quite up to snuff, as shown when her arm falls off.
  • Puppy Dog Eyes
  • Robot Girl
  • Robot Maid: She's the one who has to clean up any mess after a fight.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Tries it on Ten Winds. He complements her on her taste in sedatives.
  • Smells Sexy: Subverted. She uses pheromones to subdue opponents, but they're calming pheromones, not sexy ones. Marena counters her with more traditional pheromones.
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to feel sorry for her when she flinches from all the violence around her or when she points out that she's the one who has to clean up after everyone.

Nemen Yi (Sidereal of Battles)

  "I will judge as a warrior does."

Aria (God-Blooded)

  "Lavish meals and fine drinks for everyone!"

Full name: Sonorous Aria. Marena's and Karen's mother, Queen of Janara, daughter of Kuka-Rem, a god of machination and manipulation. A pleasant and gracious demeanor hides a mind as sharp and strong as a steel blade.

  "Petal!"

 Aria:Your son is alive. Sidereals.

 Marena: You're not my mother, Aria!!

Beat

Aria: No... I was in a position to be certain, petal. Now if you were unsure of your fa-

The King of Uncloaked Steel (Dusk Caste Abyssal)

  "Stop running away, you pansies!"

A Deathknight with an enormous appetite for combat and a violent disdain for people who have more power than puissance.

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