As a player in Tarnish, you're welcome to play any number of characters that you feel you can handle. While the story predominantly follows Athes̈elt's group of kavkema, you need not restrict yourself to that group in particular and can start up your own group of kavkema if you'd rather, Tarnish or otherwise - or a solo character that happens upon the group.

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kavkema under Athes̈elt's guidance

Athes̈elt / Es̈e

Athes̈elt (commonly referred to as Es̈e) is a Tarnish faith ryrhakenem and a de-facto leader of the group of Tarnish kavkema that the plot follows.

He takes his role as a spiritual guide very seriously, though he avoids making demands of anyone, preferring to wait until others come to him with specific questions to actively interfering in their lives. Despite his quiet, observant nature, there's a lot of will-power and determination in him.

Athes̈elt is played by Reh. Due to limited support of the s̈ glyph across fonts, the name is rendered as Athechelt / Eche in sessions.

Atrim / Ati

Atrim (commonly referred to as Ati) is the kavkem equivalent of a medic and toxicologist.

Atrim is played by Atrim.

Edaaj / Eda

Edaaj (commonly referred to as Eda) is a builder and an established member of the group.

Edaaj is played by Shyriath.

Idarago / Ago

Idarago (commonly referred to as Ago) is an apprentice Watcher and tool-maker, currently under guidance of Nadani during pre-dusk Watching. He's busy growing out of his teens, but very dedicated to his position. He's been trying to create tools for easier Watching - trying to craft a kind of goggles based on panes of smoky quartz to dim the sunlight. His coat is thoroughly speckled, on average a little more brown than white.

Idarago is played by Morgrim.

Nadani / Ada

Nadani (commonly referred to as Ada) is a semi-seasoned pre-dusk Watcher and tool-maker, mentor of Idarago. She's at an age where she is no longer quite as nimble as she once was, but not by any stretch of the imagination considered an elder. Her left forearm is almost completely brown and the patch around her right eye as well as her plume white, while the rest of her is best approximated with a cheetah spots pattern. Her right wrist is not as flexible as her left due to having been fractured once, reducing her ability to climb (and completely erasing her confidence to).

Her occasionally forceful personality doesn't lend itself to the trope of 'wizened sage', though this doesn't stop her from sometimes thinking she knows better than others. She's fully dedicated to the protection of the group; perhaps a mildly patronising and controlling streak quite comes in handy there, for whenever she needs to nudge everyone awake during daytime hours.

Nadani was not born to the group but joined them in her youth. Prior to joining them, she was raised by a group adhering to the Siri Akynkulla faith, a cosmology strikingly different to that of Tarnish. She has little memory of it (and certainly does not know the name of the bits and pieces she does recall), though there are enough fragments of memories in her that she occasionally convinces herself that she does not really believe in Tarnish. She'd be wrong - she's adopted Tarnish on instinct by now, due to its many rituals of light-avoidance simply having ingrained it as some form of truth - but she would, if pressed and Athes̈elt were nowhere to be seen, argue that she's essentially an atheist.

Nadani is played by Dread.

Rakashe͡i / Aka

Rakashe͡i (commonly referred to as Aka) can be considered the kavkem equivalent of a toxicologist and medic. He has a solid grasp of natural poisons and (if applicable given the kavkem tech level) their cure and how to find them. He also has a more detailed understanding of anatomy and biochemistry than most of his fellow kavkema, allowing him to diagnose health problems without having to first cut or bite someone open.

He has a slightly impish personality, which he acknowledges can get grating, but his is quite intentionally brighter than the average kavkem's outlook on life. He doesn't fool himself to think his outward optimism is realism, but he tries to inspire some hope in his fellow kavkema 'by example'.

Rakashe͡i is an NPC and up for grabs. He's been played by Dread so far. Due to limited support of the double combining inverted breve across fonts, the name is rendered as Rakashei in sessions.

Serademar / Era

Serademar (commonly referred to as Era) is a builder and an established member of the group.

Serademar is played by BLusk.

Gehki / Eki

Gehki (commonly referred to as The Dawn Watcher or Eki) used to be part of Es̈e's group until he got himself poisoned with the Nayabaru-designed poison Serrata and was left behind. While the group don't know anything about his fate and likely won't easily discover it, Nayabaru discovered him despite his best efforts to stay hidden and apprehended him.

Gehki was an NPC belonging to a closed side-arc. He's not expected to reappear, but if you would like to see him back and play him, formally he is up for grabs.


Open spots in Es̈e's group: hunters/fighters, possibly another herb/toxin/healing quasi-expert, a junior Dawn Watcher, other things we haven't thought of. For reference: The group is probably not larger than around twelve kavkema.

Other kavkema

Tehasha / Asha

Tehasha (commonly referred to as Asha) was Athes̈elt's mentor and taught him how to be a ryrhakenem.

Tehasha was an one-shot session NPC. She's not expected to reappear, but if you would like to see her back and play her, formally she is up for grabs.


Asraaban is a kavkem companion to Evenatra on her quest to meet the alien visitors.

Asraaban is played by Morgrim.



Tanan is one of the Nayabaru that happened upon Gehki.

Tanan is an NPC and up for grabs. He's been played by Dread so far.


Vorun is one of the Nayabaru that happened upon Gehki.

Vorun is an NPC and up for grabs. He's been played by Dread so far.

ESA expedition

Samanta Landvik

Samanta is the biologist of the crew. While she's not formally in charge of the expedition, she's made quite a name for herself during the long approach from Earth and most of the crew do listen to her to some degree. It helps that she doesn't usually raise her voice or mock anyone's concerns. Occasionally, she gets flustered at people that don't want to stick to regulations - but given one of the primary concerns on the alien world is the pathogen load of the atmosphere, forming a perpetual threat, this is perhaps not so surprising.

Samanta is an NPC and up for grabs. She's been played by Dread so far.

Jason Edwards

Jason is part brawn, part generalist. He wouldn't have made it on board if he were pure brawn, but given the clearly inhabited nature of the planet, ESA did not want to risk sending a crew without squeezing in someone with military training. Jason is best described as 'concerned' rather than 'trigger-happy', and often supplements the crew's musings with decent educated thoughts of his own.

Jason is played by BLusk.

Saira Hoshino

Saira is the crew's linguist.

Saira is played by Nymphetamine.


Greg is a somewhat black-humoured pilot, navigator and engineer who enjoys gently ribbing his team mates - although he will stop immediately if he gets the impression he's genuinely annoying them. Greg is good at pretending all of the situation they're in is generic, but don't for a second think that's his actual opinion.

Greg is an NPC and up for grabs. He's been played by Dread so far.


Open spots on the expedition: geologist, physicist/chemist, or more generalists. The crew should not get larger than seven.



Evenatra as a character will be described later.

Evenatra is an NPC, but is not for adoption (though you're welcome to play her in individual sessions if you feel sufficiently equipped to do so). She's been played by Dread so far.