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Styx as he appears in Master of Shadows
Race: Goblin
Gender: Male
Appearance(s): Of Orcs and Men
Styx: Master of Shadows
Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx is the deuteragonist in the game, Of Orcs and Men, and the protagonist in Styx: Master of Shadows and Styx: Shards of Darkness.

He is the opposite of Arkaïl, relying on subtlety instead of brute force. Styx is perfect for stealth and he has some dark powers at his command.

He is unique in the fact he is the only known Goblin capable of human speech, unlike the other Goblins which can only make unintelligent yelling sounds.


Life as an Orc Edit

Warning: This section contains spoilers for the plot of the game, Styx: Master of Shadows.

As revealed in Styx: Master of Shadows, Styx was once an Orc living with his family. On his 30th birthday he received a dagger as a present from his father who forged it himself. On the same day he received the dagger from his father, Styx decided to leave his family in order to finish his Initiation and become a true Shaman.

When asked by his father why he intended to travel so far, he told him that he wanted to see the World Tree with his own eyes and study the Amber flowing from it. He claimed to have felt "such a powerful force." His father told him to "come back one day" to which Styx promised, It is unknown of he ever returned to see his father.

Becoming the first Goblin Edit

It is unknown what specifically caused Styx's transformation into a Goblin (or Rakash), but it is known that it was somehow caused by the Amber. Upon seeing his reflection and realising he was not an Orc anymore, and had instead become a Goblin, he reacted angrily, declaring himself "no longer worthy of being an Orc," saying "May my ancestor's forgive me."

Journey to Akenash Edit

Sometime after his transformation into a Goblin, Styx resolved to travel to the Atrium of Akenash. In Master of Shadows, Styx told his clone that he had "crossed two centuries of nightmare's to reach Akenash." At some point either before or or after arriving at Akenash, he encountered a human called Ozkan.

As explained by Ozkan in Master of Shadows, they became friends due to Styx's expertise in stealing and Ozkan's skill in "dealing" and they came to an understanding with each other, and presumably worked together to survive in the tower.

Styx set up a laboratory in Akenash hidden in the sewers, not too far from the hideout that would later be used by Ozkan and Styx's own clone during the events of Master of Shadows.

Plan to steal the Heart of the World Tree Edit

Whilst unknown when Styx conceived his plan, at some point he made preparations to infiltrate the rest of the tower of Akenash and make off with the Heart of the World Tree. As he explained late in the game, he had hoped to obtain the Heart in order to study it, supposedly looking for a means to become an Orc one again.

Personality Edit

Styx is an ancient goblin and is incredibly intelligent for his species being the only known goblin able to speak. He is a skilled infiltrator and assassin, capable of killing humans twice his size without raising suspicion. He has a sarcastic demeanour as opposed to Arkail's much more serious personality. He tends to shy away from prolonged combat as he is somewhat fragile and instead prefers taking out enemies silently without raising alarm.

Before losing his memory after the fall of Akenash, Styx was shown to possess an angry side of his personality, to the point of him being infuriated, at what Amber had made of him. Styx appeared to despise the fact that he had been morphed into a Goblin, referring to himself as a "puny runt with a burnt out brain, sentenced to vomit his despicable reflection again and again, to be sure he never forgets his curse."

Appearance Edit

Styx as an Orc

Styx as an Orc

As an Orc Edit

It is unknown exactly what Styx looked like as an Orc as the only time he is ever shown as an Orc is in Styx: Master of Shadows as a silhouette. However he is depicted as an enormously tall being, shown wearing large armour, spiked shoulder pads, as well as spiked wrist and foot bracer's.

As a Goblin Edit

In Of Orcs and Men Edit

As a Goblin, Styx is a significantly shorter being, standing roughly two thirds the heigh of an average human when at full height and about half the height of a human when crouched down. In Of Orcs and Men, Styx is shown wearing shoulder pad armour, a pair of rough sandals, and a red/brown-ish ragged cloak like garb, also with a long pointed hood pulled over his head.

In Styx: Master of Shadows Edit

Styx's design remained very similar in Master of Shadow and his clothing strongly resembled what he wore later on in Of Orcs and Men. The only real difference being his cloak like clothing was a dark black colour rather than the red/brown-ish colours he adopted in Of Orcs and Men.

In Styx: Shards of Darkness Edit

(This section is for a currently unreleased title in the Styx series. Specific details unavailable are currently unavailable at the present time.)

Equipment & Abilities Edit

Equipment Edit

In Of Orcs and Men Edit

In Of Orcs and Men, Styx carries 3 throwing knives over his right shoulder, a dagger over his left shoulder and another dagger in his hand.

In Styx: Master of Shadows Edit

In Master of Shadows, Styx is exceptionally well armed, and carries several different weapons on him at any given time. He tends to carry 4 daggers with him, 1 strapped onto his waist, 2 hanging in a scabbard like thing on his back which he can reach over his right shoulder, and one more which he holds in his hand. He also carries 3 throwing knives, hanging from a holster over his left shoulder.

He also carries flask's of Amber as well as Vials of Life, which he can use to replenish his Amber and Health respectively. He may also carry vials of Acid which he can use as a means of quickly and easily disposing of the bodies of his fallen victims without the risk of enemies discovering them and raising the alarm.

In Styx: Shards of Darkness Edit

(This section is for a currently unreleased title in the Styx series. Details unavailable are currently unavailable at the present time.)

Abilities Edit

Standard Abilities Edit

Styx is a very agile Goblin, capable of leaping incredibly high in a single bound. This lets him easily reach of the way places, or climb walls by leaping from one foothold to another. He can also roll in order to escape combat or quickly slip through an enemies view without the chance of them raising the alarm.

Styx can also crouch down or flatten himself against things such as walls and barrels, in order to become more stealthy and avoid detection. He is also a relatively skilled combatant, capable of duelling and besting most enemies, although he does prefer to avoid head in combat in favour of stealthily defeating his opponents.

He also shows exceptional accuracy and throwing power with both throwing knives and sand balls, capable of killing un-armoured foes from afar with knives, provided his throwing line isn't impeded by anything, as well as lobbing sand balls to put out torches from a distance. Styx can also whistle in order to attract and lure nearby guards toward him.

Amber Abilities Edit

Thanks to his capacity to utilise Amber, Styx has several unique abilities at his command, which he can use as he pleases provided he has enough Amber.


Styx has ability to spit out some Amber which will form into a clone of himself. He can then temporarily assume control of the clone for a set period of time, until it either expires, he destroys it to reclaim the Amber used to originally create it, or the clone dies in some way. He can then use these clones to perform tasks he himself may not be able to, such as squeezing through grille's beneath gates in order to activate mechanisms to allow the real Styx to pass through.

The clones themselves have very basic capabilities, only being able to run, jump sneak, and around. They can also bind guards to allow the real Styx to finish them off, make loud, growling/yelling like noises in order to lure any nearby guards, as well as unfasten chandeliers and loads from cranes, to drop them on unsuspecting enemies that may be beneath and crush them.

Amber Vision:

Amber Vision temporarily heightens Styx's senses, allowing him to be more aware of his surroundings. Amber Vision can help him gauge where an enemy may be facing if seeing them through a wall, easily detect objects worth collecting, observe sections of walls that are climbable, and see marks left by Ozkan and his smugglers drawn in Amber, which can lead him to hiding places.


Styx can use Amber to temporarily make himself completely invisible to his enemies. This can allow him too easily escape from an enemy when in combat, or even outright bypass dangerous situations altogether.

Trivia Edit

  • According to the Character Introduction #1 entry on the Official Developer Blog for Styx: Master of Shadows, Styx is 250 years old in the game, and he stands at 1m 28 (4' 2")

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