It’s sometimes helpful to have a guide to novel characters, particularly in an ongoing series. Well, I’ve created a LOT of characters, for my Shadowbane series (the FOURTH long fiction part of it will be 2012), and here are the ones I consider most significant. (I’ll put down some mechanical notes for reference, for you 4e afficionados).
I’ll also note what novels they appear in: Downshadow (DS), “Chosen of the Sword” (CotS), Shadowbane (SB), Eye of Justice (EoJ). Some of those appearances are cameos, which I have noted as such.
I won’t mark all the characters who appear in EoJ, as that would spoil it, wouldn’t it? There will also be several brand new characters in EYE OF JUSTICE, and I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.
I posted this on Candlekeep, ranked by basic alignment, but here I’ll rank it based on the novel in which the characters first appear. Note that there are SPOILERS for each novel you haven’t read.
Kalen “Shadowbane” Dren, Chosen of Helm: male human ex-rogue/ex-paladin/pursuit avenger (Helm/Threefold God) (DS, SB, CotS, EoJ)
Myrin Darkdance, amnesiac wizard: female human wizard (spellscarred harbinger theme, see NWCS) (There was a mention of a different name as well…) (DS, SB, CotS cameo?, EoJ)
Cellica, Kalen’s adopted sister: female halfling ardent (DS)
Arrath “Rath” Vir, deadly murderer: male dwarf monk/assassin (DS)
Fayne, the Trickster of Waterdeep: female fey’ri warlock (DS, CotS)
Araezra “Rayse” Hondyl, Valabrar in the Waterdeep Guard: female human fighter (DS, CotS cameo, SB cameo)
Lady Ilira “Fox-at-Twilight” Nathalan, former adventurer: female moon elf rogue/assassin (DS cameo, EoJ)
Chosen of the Sword
Vaelis, Kalen’s former apprentice: male human ex-rogue/paladin (Tyr/Threefold God) (CotS)
Kirenkirsalai, vicious manipulator, wants Myrin: male half-elf vampire (DS cameo, CotS, EoJ)
Rhetegast “Rhett” Hawkwinter, Waterdeep Guard and noble scion: male human paladin (Torm/Threefold God) (SB)
“King Toy” Toytere, Gang Lord of the Dead Rats of Luskan: male halfling artful dodger rogue/prescient bard (SB)
Eden of the Clearlight, Gang Lord of the Coinspinners of Luskan: female human cleric (Tymora/Beshaba) (SB)
Sithe, Dead Rats enforcer: female voidsoul genasi avenger (Shar) with a big, jagged axe (SB)
Lilten, mysterious traveler and schemer: male sun elf bard/cleric (Beshaba) (SB, EoJ)
Eye of Justice
Levia Shadewalker, Kalen’s former teacher: female half-elf rogue/cleric (Torm/Threefold God)
 When classing a Threefold God worshipper, I’m also going to identify the character’s *main* deity of choice.
 It’s ambiguous whether that’s actually Myrin in that scene, or someone else–someone more powerful . . .
 Yes, Fox-at-Twilight fans, you read that right. Mysterious Lady Ilira will be reappearing in Eye of Justice, and while I won’t spoil her role, I will say it’s expanded over her appearance in Downshadow.