Characters I: Elysium And Angels
This is an alphabetical reference list of some important characters in the "Down Deep" series. Some lore may not be in the final edit of the books, and this section of lore is most likely to contain spoilers. To find a character, you can also use cntrl-F in your browser. To find more information on divines and factions, refer to the factions and gods reference.
- Anin Al Adin
Anin is a youthful, strong-willed angel boy with light brown skin and chocolate eyes. In a way, Anin is the opposite of Shar. While Shar rebels to express her stifled and repressed sense of self, Anin rebels to mask his insecurities and sins. Nonetheless, Anin wants to be an important, heroic angel one day and work as an adventurous secret agent for the Ministry of Ignominious Affairs.
Anubis is a demigod possessor, a devil-spawn son of Lord Hades in His dog form of Set. Anubis is an ancient being with mysterious motives and his own code of ethics. He works as a bounty hunter, but he prefers to avoid overtly taking sides in the Great War. He is afraid of his father. Anubis speaks English with a sentence structure influenced by Arabic. His magical specialty is the realm of death. He is known for a number of names, most notably "the Jackal."
Mistress Appoloniah is a master craftsmistress and builder in the Lady's city, entrusted with many public works for the city's benefit.
Mistress Arachneh is a slender, petite, sophisticated beauty mistress with jewels interpersed in her powdered hair. She is a weaver of the finest tapestries in all of the Underworld. Her fashion sense and knowledge of courtly comportment are considered impeccable, at least by the lower standards among the New Order succubi in the Lady's city.
Mistress Artemisiah (Artemis) is an aspect, or avatar, of the Lady. Her tracking abilities are legendary, and so are her abilities to escape from any difficult situation. She is the Lady's chief spy in the Underworld. See also gods and politics.
Balan is a muscled young male acolytos who serves Mistress Freyah. His handsomeness and gentle, yet aggressive demeanor makes him a popular go-fer in the city, and he wields his blade in service of the Lady whenever called upon.
Commander Calimah is Lieutenant Phareh's former mentor and mistress. Calimah has a worn visage with brown-grey hair, a semi-formal Sisterhood uniform, and typically a sword at her hip. She is undergoing her transformation into elder succubus age, and walks with a slight limp.
Chen is Tenweh's housemaid. She is youthful with a round, moonlike face and ample breasts. She is the Asian echo of Wen, Tenweh's attentive dressing-girl.
Cisca is formerly Dierdrah's acolytos, but is given to Theodorah upon Dierdrah's presumed death. In her earthly life, she hailed from a small town in Spain. She is a short, voluptuous glutton. She enjoys nectar and forbidden sex with her partner in crime, Trace.
Mistress Demetriah (Demeter) is another conflated mother aspect, or avatar, of the Lady. Her healing abilities are legendary. She is traditionally the goddess of harvest and fertility of the Earth. She is connected to Aphrodite through ancient mystery cults of female priests with a direct connection to the Underworld. Demetriah's daughter is Persephoneh (Persephone), the former wife of Lord Hades before Lilith.
Duriel is an archangel and an important figure in the Ministry Of Ignominious Affairs. He interviews Shar and determines that she's perfect for the Ministry task at hand. He is tall, old, bearded, and kind. When in Elysium he towers over the succubi to the point of scraping the ceiling. The emotional realm also seems to pull forth in Duriel an impatience and edginess that is far from virtuous perfection.
Mistress Gallinah is the city busybody and gossip. She is pleasant, robed, and rotund. She loves crafts. She lives and keeps things organized in the city workshop district. She is often seen in the streets making personal deliveries with a woven basket in hand.
The Greybeard clan is the largest, strongest, and oldest werewolf clan with a presence in Elysium. Their success is built on the back of the nigh-invincible Greybeard, who must have been a half-giant in the former century during which he walked the Earth.
Professor Grimble teaches history and math at the Holy College of Sacred Doves. He's a stern, oniony professor with little patience for underperforming, disrespectful, miscreant angels.
Mistress Hatshepseh is an Egyptian milliner and shopkeeper in the workshop district of the Lady's city. Her modest home is across the road from Theodorah's home.
Henne is the fledgling of Mistress Tenweh. She is also Tenweh's younger lover, but Henne is reluctant to ever speak or wax poetic on her adventures in bed. She is a beautiful, pale-skinned artiste with a mane of fine red-gold hair and faint freckles. She has a strong but gentle hand for sculpting. Henne's bird is a brown catbird. Her philosophy is to survive and adapt.
Mistress Ambassador Inannah is an elder succubus, conflated with the Sumerian goddess of the same name. Inannah has platinum white hair and loves diamonds. She is a writer, francophile, polyglot, and famous collector of angel slaves. She rose from obscurity to power on the back of her successes and manipulations during the French revolution. When her incubus husband died (King Henry II), she subsequently married one of Lord Hades' eldest sons, Archduke Asmodai. While it's considered rare for a succubus to ever marry a diabolical pain-lover, Inannah has always lived for power and influence. As Asmodai's wife, she became one of the few succubi ever promoted to the status of ambassador for Hell. Inannah is known as a skilled illusionist and enchantress. She is a cunning adversary who shows no pity for her enemies, just as her husband shows no pity for her flesh in their conjugal bed.
Ishildah is a dirty blonde mistress of magic and a puffer of fine pipery. She is perpetually good natured, loves a good joke, and especially likes elementalism and magical pets.
- Jade Turtle
"Turtle" is an Asian fledgling, a student of Mistress Silver Fox. She is lanky and strapping among the relatively gentle fledglings of the New Order succubi. Everyone respects the strength of Turtle's fearless long blade.
Julian is a big, muscular, olive-skinned acolytos who goes nude except for black silk pantaloons and a smattering of gold ornaments on his wrists, fingers, and earlobes. Julian is a musician cum handyman in service of Mistress Portiah. In the morning, the sound of his hammer often clinks across the chateau lawns, to be replaced by the tinkle of Portiah's piano in the evening.
Katia is a fledgling mentioned by Kundra as having been taken by the Old Order during the brief but devastating occupation.
Portiah's housegirl is a Greek with long, curly hair, a beakish nose, and ample hips. Like Portiah's other acolytoi, Kouritsi is wilful and spirited, but seems to have few desires of her own other than to serve in Portiah's chateau in every way the mistress wishes.
Kundra is a sleek, sensuous black fledgling with perfect curves. Kundra's dark, often oiled body seems to glow with her mysterious beauty like an eclipsed moon. Her bird is a small brown sparrow. Kundra cultivates her own pride, and she doesn't shy away from testing her will against the other fledglings in the city.
Mistress Portiah's gardener is a big French man with gentle hands, a large nose, and a worn workman's hat. He lives in the humble wooden gardener's cottage just north of her chateau. He has obediently shoveled and hoed Portiah's various scented gardens for a few centuries.
Queen Mab rules over the Unseelie Court of the Fey. The Unseelie Court is the home of hobgoblins, dark elves, wicked fairies and gnomes in the far east reaches of Elysium, on the darker, gloomier bone-strewn coasts of the Sea of Desire. Portiah comments that Mab is a skilled fairy blade mistress who wields a wicked bodkin at tremendous speed.
Marcus is the eldest of the Four Brothers. Old, hirsute, and burly, Marcus is a fearsome leader who cares deeply about his clan. He is also an intelligent and skilled strategist, which is how clan has survived for so long to become a force in Eastern Elysium. Marcus isn't so skilled with handling women, however.
Minnie is a sturdy and capable blade fledgling, mentored by Mistress Pyrinnah. In the third book, she has joined the Serpent Sisterhood.
Minou is young and speaks with a heavy French accent (her name in French means 'pussycat'). She's hardly more than a teen, and the bones of her petite body project at odd angles like a little doll. Her breasts are round and puffy, and she often wears a black leather collar matching her dark hair. Her eyes are dark brown and liquid over her painted rosebud mouth.
- Missy May
Missy is a perfectly accoutered and straight-A senior student in the Holy College of Sacred Doves. Missy is a queerly nerve-wracking figure of both envy and attraction for Shar.
Noxie is a palace acolytos who befriends Anin. She prefers a pale pink skirt and an underbust corset. She enjoys serving both Cupid and Priapus, and as a favorite of the latter, she leads a relatively pampered life with rarely any of the more strenuous, sweaty, and unfortunate maid duties for the Lady and family.
Octavia the Younger was the sister of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, and fourth wife of Mark Antony. She was also the mother-in-law of the Emperor Tiberius, great-grandmother of the Emperor Caligula and Empress Agrippina the Younger. One of the most prominent women in Roman history, Octavia was respected and admired by contemporaries for her loyalty, nobility and humanity, and for her traditional Roman feminine virtues. In Heaven, she quickly rose to the highest ranks of the Ministry, then was appointed to the most dangerous and difficult post of all: an ambassador for Heaven in Hell. When the Great War re-ignited, Octavia was arrested and sentenced to the Dungeons of Dis as a war prisoner.
Portiah is an elder succubus with greying hair, typically single-braided with pearl pins. She is a legendary blade mistress in the Underworld, and a former star fledgling in the Serpent Sisterhood. Most would call her a lone wolf. Some would call her a merciless killer, the "Butcher of Dis". In her elder years, she has a passion for teaching fledgling blade students. Portiah cares for her students like a mother wolf for its cubs, but she insists nonetheless on perfection.
Professor Postlewort teaches Botany and other "science" subjects in Heaven, casting the light of Lord Deus on all things natural in Heaven and Earth. Postlewort is secretly curious about Botany in the Underworld, and dares to research such a forbidden subject.
Sekhmet is a tall, lion-headed goddess with lazy cat eyes and magnificent divine fire magic. Sekhmet calls herself "the Lady of Slaughter". As an ancient wife-sister of Ptah, she forms the Triade of Memphis, together with their son Nefertem. In recent centuries, she has lived quietly in the Underworld counterpart of her Earth home, presiding over a small hidden sect of renegade Egyptian succubi who still worship her. Convential wisdom among those in the know says to never bother Sekhmet, never bother her sacred cats, and never raise a ruckus in her nectar-scented temple.
- Shar Di Salvo
Shar was registered with Heaven in the year 1818 as Valentina Sharlotta Di Salvo from Florence, Italy. Her earthly French father and brother are upstanding librarians in Heaven, but her mother was a pagan who went the other way. In Heaven, Shar is an insecure, blond-haired, blue-eyed "rule-breaker" with a lazy eye when she is nervous, as Portiah observes. Shar is a bit prideful, which happens to be a desirable trait among the succubi. Her messenger bird is a blue finch.
- Silver Fox
Mistress Silver Fox is a sturdy, passionate, and cunning Asian blade mistress with a sharp tongue. Although skeptical from the very beginning of the succubus schism, she dared to join the Lady's city for the freedom to love other women, where she met Jade Turtle.
Tenweh is the mistress, mentor, and elder lover of Henne-si, Shar's friend. Tenweh enjoys tea parties, costumes, and philosophical banter.
- Theodorah Senatrix
Theodorah was once an honorary senator of Rome, the wife of Theophylact, and the mother of Marozia. When she died, she was judged and denied entry to Heaven. Her beauty and intelligence were well-noted by the devils, however. She was chained, caged, and later open-auctioned in the city of Dis. Her purchaser was the perverse Egyptian cat goddess, Basteh. For centuries Theodorah served as a whore for coins in the city of Caina, until her potential was noticed in passing by Lady Aphrodite. The Lady rescued Theodorah from an ignoble fate in return for her spying services. Theodorah's lips are stained blue from her long use of the blue nectar in Elysium. She has pale blue eyes and wild red-brown/auburn hair. He bird is a green and gold finch.
Queen Titania rules over the Seelie Court of the Fey with Lord Oberon. The Seelie Court is in the Blessed Isles, not far off the coasts of the Asphodel Meadows in western Elysium. The spired towers, sweet vineyards, and flowery halls are the homes of the light elves, dryads, nymphs, good gnomes and fairies. Each year, the Fey must tithe slaves to Lord Hades, to fulfull ancient contracts for safe residence in his realm.
Trace was formerly Dierdrah's acolytos, but he was given by the Lady to Theodorah, along with Cisca. He has a heavy Italian nose and a ponytail that pleased Dierdrah. He is an older boy and competent with chores, but less given over to losing himself in subservience. After Dierdrah's death, Trace is restless, unfulfilled, and wants a 'real' Mistress to serve, one who will indulge him.
Veronique is a city acolytos, a girl of the stables, made available by the Lady to whoever may need her services. Her services are well known and appreciated in the city.
- Violet Vanderhuf
Violet is a sophomore angel who had the misfortune to fall from Heaven, illustrating the dangers that Anin and Shar managed to evade in the shelter of the Lady. Violet is blonde-haired and blue-eyed, and squeaks cutely when pressed with either pleasure or discomfort. She is fascinated by the life in little insects.
Vorne is a member of the Four Brothers clan of werewolves. He is big, burly, and red-furred, with a smiling snout. He admires that Shar can be feminine yet still carry and wield a sword.