- List of Record of Lodoss War characters
The following is a list of characters from the
Record of Lodoss War media franchise.
Parn's best friend and a priest of Falis, the Supreme God. Upon King Fahn's death, he later becomes the king of Valis and the husband of Princess Fianna.
Parn's older friend and sometimes advisor, a wise and powerful magician. He marries the priestess Laylia and is the father of Little Neese.
A thief and the last member of the party to join them, Woodchuck encounters the group when they are briefly thrown into prison. After Leylia is rescued from Karla's possession, she possesses Woodchuck.
Known as the "Black Knight", Ashram is a highly skilled warrior and the former retainer and right-hand aide of Emperor Beld. He served Beld during the War of Heroes, and was sent in the front to deal with any possible resistance. After the death of Beld at the hands of Kashue (later changed to Karla the Grey Witch in the OVA), Ashram took up his blade Soul Crusher and returned to Marmo to regroup. Later on, Ashram seeks to dominate Lodoss rather than conquer it, as he looks for one of the governor's treasures, the Scepter of Domination. After the destruction of the scepter, Ashram is believed to have died in the fires of Fire Dragon Mountain, but it is later revealed that one of the agents of Wagnard sacrifices his powers (stripped by Wagnard himself) in order to save his life. Ashram is voiced by
Akira Kamiyain the original OAV, and by Shō Hayamiin the TV series. In the English version, he is voiced by John Knox in both series.
Beld was a former member of the "Six Heroes", a band of adventurers who fought and defeated the demon god 30 years before the events of "Record of Lodoss War". During the battle with the demon god, Beld's soul was destroyed when his blade became baptized in the blood of the demon, and in the aftermath, his sword became the legendary blade Soul Crusher. He later became the lord of Marmo Island and led an army comprising humans, dark creatures, and Dark Elves in an invasion of Lodoss. The invasion was largely successful, but just after killing his old friend Fahn in personal combat, he is betrayed and struck down by Karla the Grey Witch; the rule of Marmo subsequently passed over to his general, Ashram.
Beld is voiced by
Taro Ishidain Japanese and by Bob Barryin English.
Like his former friend and companion Beld, Fahn was one of the Six Heroes, later becoming the King of Valis. He is the one force that truly holds Beld in check and prevents him from acting. Fahn holds the opposing blade to Soul Crusher that never has its name mentioned, but the two blades increase in power when in each others' presence. Parn's father was a former knight of his. Fahn is struck down by Beld just before Beld himself is killed.
Karla The Grey Witch
Karla The Grey Witch (so named because of her obsessive neutrality) is the enigmatic sole survivor of the ancient kingdom Kastuul, "Kingdom of Sorcery." As barbarian tribes laid siege to the city, Karla, a member of the nobility at the time, foresaw the destruction and sealed her consciousness into a circlet she wore on her forehead. Though her original body was inevitably killed in the battle, her consciousness (and power) lives on in an endless series of host bodies, utterly possessed by her so long as they wear the circlet in which she resides. Due to the horrible fate of Kastuul, Karla swore never to allow such destruction to occur again. Karla has maintained a secret, shadowy influence on the major events of Lodoss for more than 500 years. Her long life and incredible power has warped her perception of herself. Her sworn duty "for the good of Lodoss" is to endlessly shift the balance of power between the various nations of Lodoss, preventing the annihilation of any one power, at the cost of preventing its rise. All of the major wars in Lodoss since the fall of Kastuul have been carefully manipulated (and some directly participated in) by her, though by nature of her neutrality, she is not always an antagonist. She was even one of the "Six Heroes" - a group of adventurers who fought and defeated the Demon God King 30 years prior to the events of the series.
Throughout the anime series, she is shown possessing three bodies: Leylia, priestess of Marfa and daughter of Neese, Woodchuck, whom she used to escape at the battle where Karla's circlet was forcefully removed from Leylia (subsequently freeing her,) and an unnamed woman who somewhat resembles her original body. After helping Wagnard to resurrect Naneel, avatar of Kardis the Destroyer, Karla is sealed away forever when her circlet is once again forcefully removed from its host body, ending 500 years of conflict in Lodoss due to her machinations.
Leylia is the daughter of Neese, a priestess of Marfa. She is possessed by Karla when her mother is busy tending a battered Ghim. Ghim then sets out to rescue Leylia from Karla's control. Later Leylia marries Slayn.
A red-headed and somewhat hot-tempered mercenary woman. She meets Parn and his companions while on protective watch over a village, along with her partner Orson. She develops a crush on Parn (much to Deedlit's disconcertion), but in the end they only remain good friends.
In the TV series, after losing Orson, Shiris makes off on her own and eventually marries the prince of the duchy Moss [ [http://members.fortunecity.com/samhain13/lodoss/heroes.htm Lodoss War the RPG ] ]
A strong and silent male mercenary, and the partner of Shiris. He maintains an impassive front to anything and anybody, mainly because he is a
berserker. In the TV series it is revealed that a dark spirit called Hyuri first took him over as a child when he watched his sister being assaulted by bandits. In order to prevent himself from hurting those he loves, he has shut himself off from the rest of the world.
Orson is secretly in love with his partner Shiris; his berserkism is triggered when he sees her in mortal danger, and only she is able to bring him out of it. However, because of his condition he cannot bring himself to admit his feelings to her. In the TV series, he dies protecting Shiris from Ashram, and it is only then that Shiris discovers her true feelings for him.
The daughter of Fahn and heir to Valis. Fianna's presence is a diplomatic one at first, sent to give a message to Alania, but she is intercepted by Karla who informs her that Alania has fallen anyway. She is saved by Parn and his companions, and later on grants Parn the blade of her father.
Upon first encountering the group, Fianna becomes attracted to Etoh. While it is never explicitely indicated in either the manga or the anime series, it is likely that they were married when Etoh assumed the throne of Valis.
Also known as "the mercenary king", Kashue is famous for being the only man capable of uniting the desert country of Flaim, which he accomplished using only his sword. During the War of Heroes, Kashue was instrumental in staving off the invasion of Lodoss by the Marmo forces, assuming leadership following the death of King Fahn, after the latter killed Beld in the final battle by cutting him down when he was distracted by a crossbow bolt shot by Karla the Grey Witch (the story surrounding these events was changed in the OVA, instead having Karla perform the killing blow herself.). Because of this Ashram holds Kashue responsible for treachery, and would love nothing more than to slay him for his supposed sins. Parn greatly admires him.
In the Japanese version, Kashue was played by
Shuichi Ikedain the OAV and by Joji Nakatain the TV series. In the English version, Kashue was played by Chris Yatesin the OAV and by Anthony Cruisein the TV series.
Naneel is a priestess of "Kardis", as well as her avatar embodied. [Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Episode 26] She begins to directly manipulate the people of Lodoss for over 50 years before she is slain by King Kadomos I. Naneel's death was one that was not complete, as she was reincarnated in the form of Leylia some time later. Neese, knowing the child's dark secret, adopted her and raised her as her own, trying to shield her from the truth of her dark secret. When Leylia became pregnant, the soul of Naneel was transferred into the body of her baby, "little Neese". [Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, episode 25]
Pirotess is a dark elven noble, and considered to be one of the more prominent figures in dark elven society. Like most dark elves, she calls the Forest of Darkness on Marmo island her home, and is a worshipper of Kardis and Falaris. She is a one-time agent and spy of Wagnard, but renounces her loyalty to him after the battle with Shooting Star, the ancient red dragon. She is fiercely loyal to Ashram, vowing her loyalty to him very early on after he intervened on her behalf against some of his men.
Pirotess is a skilled adversary, being adept with the rapier and is also a skilled magic user. Like Deedlit, she is a shaman, but she often uses spirits that high elves will not associate with, such as the spirits of darkness.
When Ashram decides to leave Lodoss for good and seek a new land where they can find peace, Pirotess goes with him. The two may be in love (as it is certainly hinted upon), although they never share any signs of affection for one another other than during her death in the OVA, an event which doesn't happen in the actual light novels. When they reach Crystania, Pirotess is forced to seek out a solution after Ashram is placed into stasis by one of the god beasts of Crystania.
In the Japanese version, Pirotess is voiced by
Sakiko Tamagawain the OAV and by Kumiko Nishiharain the TV series. In the English version, Pirotess is voiced by Meg Francesin both series.
Wagnard is a dark wizard, and a worshipper of Kardis, the goddess of destruction. He was originally a student of the magical academy in Valis (the same Slayn had attended), but was expelled for studying the dark arts of magic and cursed with a spell which restricted his ability to cast magic by inflicting severe pain whenever he does so. In time, however, Wagnard became mostly inured to the pain and managed to attain great power as a magician.
Despite following Beld, Wagnard's intentions are far worse, as he seeks to kill all the inhabitants of Forcelia, and rule over them as their undead king (a lich). In the OVA, he attempts this by abducting the high elf Deedlit, as high elves have near immortal life spans, and such energy is necessary to revive Kardis. In the original story, manga, and TV series, Wagnard tries to accomplish this task by abducting the priestess of Marfa and daughter of Leylia, Little Neese, the doorway to Naneel and avatar of Kardis. When Naneel is successfully summoned, Wagnard's plans are thwarted and he is killed. Wagnard's summoning of Kardis never takes place in the manga, but the summon of Naneel does.
In the Japanese version, Wagnard is voiced by
Takeshi Aonoin the OAV and by Chikao Otsukain the TV series. In the English version, Wagnard is voiced by Jayce Reevesin the OAV and by Pete Zarusticain the TV series.clear
A blue dragon, and an ally of Narse, one of the five ancient dragons that had one of the governor's treasures. Abram resides on Blue Dragon Island, where he leisurely swims from to attack and destroy sailing vessels. Abram protects the Soul Crystal Ball, an artifact that can restore life. [Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, episode 5]
Bramd is an ancient white dragon, and a former ally to the magic city of Kastuul. A direct ally with Mycen, he would be more likely to lend his aid to her than to any other ally on Lodoss. When Kastuul fell during the final battle of the magic city, Bramd and several other dragons were sent to distant corners of Lodoss to try and preserve the legacy of the magic city. Bramd himself was given the Staff of Life to protect, and until he was absolved of the geas spell upon himself, he did so.
A decade or more before the events of "Record of Lodoss War", Bramd's geas spell was lifted by Neese, a priestess of Marfa. After Neese removed the curse from Bramd, Bramd granted her the staff he was entrusted to protect. In order to keep the staff protected, Neese sent the staff away to the city of Valis to remain within the halls of the temple of Falis. [Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Episode 1]
In his search for the Scepter of Domination, Ashram slew Bramd while he was still in hibernation, but finding no treasure with the dragon,he went to Tarbin, the location of the high temple of Marfa, where he found out that Bramd's artifact was not what he was looking for. [Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Episode 1]
A golden dragon, one of the five ancient dragons that had one of the governor's treasures. She resides in Moss, guarded by a fortress of dragon riders. Mycen's treasure is the Mirror of Truth, the least powerful of the treasures. However, she is by no means the least powerful dragon.
A black dragon, one of the five ancient dragons that had one of the governor's treasures. Narse resides underneath Marmo itself, where he sleeps awaiting the proper day to awaken. Narse protects the Ferronierre of Knowledge, but it still lays unclaimed and unfound under Marmo. Narse is the dragon counterpart of Kardis.
A red dragon, one of the five ancient dragons that had one of the governor's treasures. The most powerful of the dragons, Shooting Star protects the most powerful artifact, the Scepter of Domination. Shooting Star resides in Flame Dragon Mountain, not far from the city of Blade.
Gods of Lodoss
The seven gods listed below each form the basis for a major religion of Lodoss. There are other gods who are worshipped, such as Ganeed, the god of thieves, but these gods are considered minor gods. Some gods are named after
racehorses such as Pharis, Marfa, Mairie and Phalaris.
Pharis is the supreme god of goodness and light, and his affiliated colours are blue, white, and gold. He is associated with healing, good, and protection, and is lawful good in alignment. Pharis and Phalaris were two of the major gods who had a place in the cataclysmic war, with their final battle resulting in the destruction of many gods and other fighters in the battle. Etoh is a priest of Pharis.
Marfa is the goddess of all creation and preservation, and her affiliated colours are green and silver. She is associated with healing, creation, and good descriptors, and is chaotic good in alignment. Marfa and Kardis were the final two gods left alive at the end of the cataclysmic war, with their battle ending in a stalemate as the two tried to strike each other down with one final blow, but both falling into a death sleep after Alecrast and Lodoss split apart.
Mairie is the god of war and justice, and his affiliated colors are red and grey. He is associated with war, protection, and knowledge, and is true neutral in alignment. Mairie's role in the cataclysmic war is never specified. In
Rune Soldier, Melissa is a priestess of Mairie.
Radha is the god of knowledge, and his affiliated colors are black, white, and grey. He is associated with knowledge and law, and is lawful neutral in alignment. Rahda's role is not specified in the cataclysmic war.
Cha Za is the god of good fortune and luck, and his affiliated color is green. He is associated with the luck and chaos, and his alignment is chaotic neutral. His role is not known in the cataclysmic war.
Faralis is the god of evil and darkness, and his affiliated colors are black and crimson. He is associated with evil, death, darkness and freedom, and is chaotic evil in alignment. Phalaris and Pharis were two of the major gods who had a place in the cataclysmic war, with their final battle resulting in the destruction of many gods and other fighters in the battle.
Kardis is the goddess of all destruction and misery, and her affiliated colors are black and red. She is associated with evil, death, and destruction, and is chaotic evil in alignment. Kardis and Marfa were the final two gods remaining alive at the end of the cataclysmic war, with their battle ending in a stalemate as the two tried to strike each other down with one final blow, but both falling into a death sleep after Alecrast and Lodoss split apart.
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