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Attelus Kaltos Edit

The main character is a young apprentice assassin whose father, Serghar Kaltos, was perhaps the greatest assassin to ever set up shop in the Calixus Sector. Attelus has to constantly live in his father's shadow. Born and raised in the recently discovered Agri world Elbyra, he is a bit more idealistic and kind than an assassin should be but this could soon change. He is a chain smoker but ironically is strongly against the use of harder drugs.

  • Always Someone Better: Serghar Kaltos, Glaitis.
  • The Apprentice: A subversion as Attelus, while he is an apprentice, is far older than most assassin apprentices (most, including Elandria, would already be a full assassin by twenty three). But it's obvious to most people except Attelus that Glaitis is grooming him to be her replacement. He already has skill in combat down, but everything else, not so much.
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  • Badass Longcoat: He wears one.
  • Badass Normal
  • Bad Dreams: He suffers these during his injured state. They are basically horrific scenes taken straight out of his past. It is heavily implied that these dreams are actually a test of his willpower.
  • Berserk Button: Don't steal Attelus' Lhos or betray him, just don't.
  • Bishounen: Lampshaded to hell and back at Attelus' expense by the Mimic and Karmen Kons. It accuses Attelus of "looking like a girl" and says that he's a hypocrite for claiming to be a Combat Pragmatist but still keeping his hair long, which would obviously be a disadvantage in combat.
  • Break the Cutie: whether Attelus is cute or not is up for interpretation, but to break him mentally seems to be Glaitis' main objective. But so far she is losing.
  • Catch Phrase:

 "Just in Case."

"Quite depressing really."

"The first time, in along time."

"That's the understatement of the century/Millennium/Millennia."

"I could hazard a guess."

 Glaitis:"I know you young Attelus, to all but the most educated you seem...chaotic, strange, random but you really are not. There is some method to your madness. Some surprisingly sane reasoning as to why, ironically nothing like your father who was always as straight and narrow as anyone can get, that is a trait I can admire, one that would help you if you ever meet the requirement of making you a full fledged assassin...That is if you live that long of course, but for me it makes you predictable."

 "I knew it was over kill but these "Honour Before Reason" idiots were usually tough bastards and that was the only way I could make sure he wasnt ever getting back up."

    • His genre savviness is used as a character flaw: his reaction to Elandria's death shows that he kind of knows he's the main character and is therefore highly selfish and paranoid.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He can be really good at understanding some people but when it comes to understanding women, he has no clue.
  • Hot for Teacher: Attelus is very much into Glaitis, and he didn't even know until Taryst points it out. This is made extra Squicky because she isn't just his mother figure, but is three times his age.
  • Hypocrite: He is oh so contemptuous of Taryst's paranoia, but in reality he is as, if not even more, paranoid than Taryst. Especially after the Twilight Bar incident.
  • Karma Houdini: He has dodged the consequences of many of his actions.
  • Knife Nut: A heroic(ish) example: he has a boot knife and hidden compartments of throwing knives up the sleeves of his flak jacket.
  • Love Makes You Dumb
  • Magnetic Hero
  • Man Child: Although he is 23, he can still act like a child in many circumstances, a fact which he is constantly reminded of by Glaitis.
  • Kick the Dog: Poor Vex...
  • Nay Theist: Attelus is a play on one of these; he holds to the belief that the Emperor was a great man rather than a god, but subverts it by acknowledging that the gods of Chaos do indeed exist.

    His anti-faith position is becoming stronger due to his increasing bitterness and paranoia, with his distinct contempt of people with "faith."
  • Selective Obliviousness
  • Scars Are Forever: A horrific one is now on his left cheek.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: As implied by his nightmares.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Attelus is always having to deal with Serghar Kaltos' legacy as one of the greatest assassins to ever work in Calixus sector.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Subverted. He knows it's a filthy habit but he can't stop.
  • Super Reflexes: To such an extent that he can pick up a knife and get into a throwing position before Elandria could even consider pulling a trigger.
  • There Are No Coincidences: After having to work under a Chessmaster for so long, Attelus is this trope incarnate.
  • Training From Hell: Everything he goes through under Glaitis is training from hell.
  • Understatement: Used a lot when he is in Sarcasm Mode.
  • Verbal Tic: Both in inner monologue and dialog, Attelus uses a lot of rhyming and alliteration and begins quite a few of his sentences with "hmmm", especially when in Sarcasm Mode.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years

Elandria

 "Well if you call me “dear” one more time you will find yourself sorely lacking a head."

She was recently employed by Glaitis. Though she is the same age as Attelus, she holds the rank of full assassin and is extremely ruthless while at it.

 "What are you doing?"

"What ever."

 Elandria: So what is it that you improvise now oh you magnificent bastard you?

I looked over my shoulder at her shocked, was that an actual joke? A backhanded compliment perhaps? Or something else entirely?

Garrakson

 "And kid if you want to sheath your blade in her may I suggest using your “other” blade instead."

A senior mercenary of Taryst's organization, he is an ex-guardsman, an explosives expert, and the leader of Elandria's and Attelus little squad.

  "I don’t know sir, meaning that they are either still lying in the pools of blood we left them in or in a Magistratum mortuary either/or."

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