Ara thinks Cel is a really great and nice person! She'd love to hang out with her someday, and she really wants to get her strawberry sammich recipe! Unfortunately, they're on opposite sides and Ara understands why Cel has little interest in coming over even during times of peace. Nonetheless, Ara hopes the Competition won't break Cel, and that they'll get the chance to be friends someday.
Cel will never understand how such a little angel like Ara managed to end up in Umbra's Alliance, but she supposes Ara's just another sign that Umbra's a good person after all. Her existence always makes Cel hesitate to take any action against Umbra's Alliance, though. The last thing she wants to do is send people to storm the mansion and hear Ara was a casualty from it...
Muri likes to pop up in Castle Oress now and then. The Test Reality and There are so closely connected that she might as well! It's a shame that she's not allowed to devour everyone there - quite difficult to resist since they're just walking bags of soul juice - but surely Cel could spare just a little nibble? Her soul must be ever so sweet...
Ah, Cel. People are so casual these days that it's always nice to have someone who actually complains when you break in! Larya just can't help but bug her and the rest of her goody-two-shoes alliance. It's just too easy!
A constant nuisance. Larya loves bugging Castle Oress in particular, constantly stealing various trinkets and annoying everyone on her way out. Who does she think she is?! She's not even part of the Competition! Why does she even keep showing up?!
Cel is a nice girl, which is unfortunate because the Test Reality shows no mercy toward her type. She's happy to aid the Castle Oress Alliance when needed and hopes that Cel will be able to hold on to who she really is. She's seen so many good people lose themselves to violence, and Cel doesn't deserve to be one of them.
A technically neutral party who runs a Doll Shop. The Doll Shop Alliance is really more on the Castle Oress side of things, so Cel feels pretty comfortable around her and her associates. They've been dependable, but also the Doll Shop is just really cute!!! She wants dolls of everyone!!!!
Mood. Big mood. Dicro can sympathize with Cel, being stuck needing to be a leader and have opinions when he'd rather just do his own thing and not have anyone relying on him. He feels bad for her, but having the alliance firmly on her side would make things awkward for a lot of their connections. He's not too sure he could ever bear to hurt or kill her, though. It'd be like kicking a puppy...
Dicro seems like a really nice guy, but Halyn's Alliance is so weird. It'd be a lot nicer if they were more on the Castle Oress side than the Umbra side, but they seem to prefer being on the darker side of neutral. Dicro's helped them out in a pinch at least once, though, and she figures she could probably trust him between Competitions... and he's cute but,
Umbra can't help but feel bad for Cel. She's not sure what happened that made Cel maintain some semblance of her pre-awakened self, but it's unfortunate that it caused her to end up in a position she clearly wasn't prepared for and would never want in the first place. As neutral as she tries to stay, it does pain her to constantly be the source of Cel's woes. She's far too gentle a being to be stuck in the Competition, but people like her are exactly why Umbra does what she does.
Cel has... complicated feelings about Umbra. Umbra's Alliance has always been in direct opposition to the Castle Oress Alliance, but Cel knows that Umbra is actually a good person deep down. Heck, not even that deep down at all! Cel recognizes that in the end, Umbra is really just another person trapped in the system and has her own unique way of helping everyone cope. She wishes they didn't have to be enemies, but even during times of peace it's hard to trust her...
Bunny is pretty much Castle Oress' mascot since he hangs out there so much! Of course, he hangs out with Umbra a lot, too... but Cel doesn't mind that, Bunny is a purely neutral party that everyone can count on! And he's cute! He's a weirdly reassuring presence considering he's just a weird mysterious rabbit with a :3 face.
She won't remember him for very long. Such is having the mind of an infant (as qamar puts it.) Time will tell if they ever cross again.. she did her very best to help him, though!! That's what matters most!!! ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
This guy seems WAY nicer than the other fire magician she knows. She met him on some escort mission for a big jerk dude, and he seems pretty cool!
And he's so gonna french fry Dicro, c'mon, even she can tell...
Dicro's little sister. As much as Yval enjoys teasing Dicro, he always does so through the message cantrip if Fray's around because look she really shouldn't be hearing any of it.......... also, she's banned from swearing. :colbert:
A former student of his at Hell College, as well as his current TA. Poe is a rarity in that he excelled in Ignis' courses, leading to the aforementioned job offer. Ignis has high hopes for Poe and places a great deal of faith in him for someone not under his traditional employ. That isn't to say that he hasn't tried recruiting Poe in a more typical sense, though... perhaps the next time a Procurator position is on the table...
His former professor and current employer; Poe is Ignis' TA. He handles grading and other monotonous tasks for him, and tends to tutor half of his students since his classes are pretty brutal. Poe managed to excel in them, though, and has nothing but admiration for him. And maybe a little fear, but that's normal. Habitually refers to him as "sir" 99.999999% of the time.
Has been considering his various offers, but... not that he doesn't trust Ignis - well, I mean, he doesn't Totally, Ignis is a successful demon, after all - but giving up your soul is kind of a big deal. And a permanent one.
One of Poe's professors. He was always fond of her and likes talking to her whenever he gets the chance. Her warm but excitable personality resonates with him, and her sheer breadth of knowledge is fascinating. She's definitely a role model of his.
Yenzhal was one of Poe's professors. Though Yenzhal is rather harsh, Poe managed to succeed in his classes nonetheless. He feels Yenzhal's feelings are relatively valid, in that he understands it's hard for a Real Demon(tm) to adjust to an increasingly communicative and gentle world.
An interesting figure. He radiates an energy found only at the very boundaries of existence, and perhaps he brushed against the outside of them. A shame he couldn't get permanent experimentation rights to him, but oh well. Research continues.
Poe spends much time in the library and Ganymede has interest in subjects that Poe is inherently tied up in, namely the fringes of Entirety and phenomena that are yet to be explained. They're familiar with each other, and while Poe doesn't mind Ganymede's prickly personality all that much his prying nature is a bit disorienting.
Istra is fond of Poe. He always compliments them, brings them snacks, pets them, doesn't care if they sleep in his bed or plop their head in his lap... The epitome of how everyone should treat them, Istra feels.
Poe met Istra early on at Hell College, as they too were a test subject. They wound up becoming friends thanks to Istra's nonchalant nature and Poe's kindness and generosity, and this connection has only grown as Poe's become closer with Ignis. Istra lives with him, after all! He doesn't mind their lapses in memory too much; it obviously bums him out, but he's always determined to get on their good side again. Not that it's terribly hard, seeing that he's always sure to bring them snacks.
Poe has inexplicably never wackily harmed Istra with his mutations. Maybe that's the power of friendship...?
A good friend of theirs, much more than a mere co-worker. Her incredible curiosity and unhesitating nature make Nashira someone that Theocritus respects and trusts. Even if there are better role models...