Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. September Main characters[ edit ] Joram The son of the Emperor and Empress of Merilon, and heir to the throne, Joram was born completely Dead devoid of magical power in a society where magic is considered life. He is left to die but a distraught woman named Anja finds him and takes him to replace her own stillborn child. Anja teaches Joram sleight-of-hand tricks and non-magical illusions to conceal the fact that he has no magic of his own.

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Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. September Main characters[ edit ] Joram The son of the Emperor and Empress of Merilon, and heir to the throne, Joram was born completely Dead devoid of magical power in a society where magic is considered life. He is left to die but a distraught woman named Anja finds him and takes him to replace her own stillborn child. Anja teaches Joram sleight-of-hand tricks and non-magical illusions to conceal the fact that he has no magic of his own.

In the wilds of the Outland, Joram joins the outlawed Technologists who are practicing the long-forbidden Mystery of Death, Technology. There he plans to forge the Darksword, a blade capable of absorbing magic. However, his plans are delayed because forging such a sword requires a Catalyst special magicians that have little personal magic but are necessary to enhance the magic powers of all the others.

Saryon is sent by Bishop Vanya, ostensibly to capture Joram. The two are opposed to the tyranny displayed by Blachloch, and Joram convinces Saryon to help him forge the Darksword. Then, together with Simkin and Mosiah, they leave the village for Merilon so Joram can claim his heritage.

Garald teaches Joram to wield a sword and how to behave like a sovereign. At the gates of Merilon, they are kept by the guards, but saved by a young girl named Gwendolyn with a little help from Simkin.

The Duuk-Tsarith capture Joram and sentence him to the Turning: being turned into living rock to face eternal suffering. Joram gives Saryon the Darksword, causing it to turn to stone as well, and preventing it from falling into enemy hands.

Joram and Gwendolyn live "Beyond" - the technological Planet Earth - for ten years but only one year in Thimhallan time , and Gwendolyn goes mad. Joram meets Menju, a mage from Thimhallan.

Then he hears Earth is planning to attack Thimhallan. He returns with his wife Gwen, retrieves the Darksword, uses it to revive Saryon and helps the mages acquire their first victory. Because of this victory, the people of Thimhallan see him as the true heir to the throne. However, Joram realizes that it would be impossible to win the war against Earth.

Major James Boris ceases the attack, makes peace with Thimhallan, and offers to bring them to Earth and help them adapt there. Joram decides to stay in Thimhallan with his cured wife and daughter. Because he was harassed by Kevon Smythe, the leader of the Dark Sect Mages who gain magic from Death, not life , he forged a new Darksword.

The font was attacked by the Dark Sect and Joram was captured. However, due to the actions of Scylla, a mage born under the mystery of Time, he was resurrected. Father Saryon Saryon is a scholarly catalyst with a natural talent for mathematics.

However, Saryon ends up siding with Joram, and becomes something of a father figure to the younger man. It even went so far that when Joram had to undergo the Turning being turned into stone while still living, thus experiencing eternal suffering , Saryon took his place allowing Joram to escape. After Joram releases the magic from Thimhallan, Saryon leaves for Earth with the other survivors.

Mosiah Mosiah is a field magus who grew up with Joram in the village of Walren. Mosiah is naturally gifted at magic, though he was never formally trained in its use. He is well known in all the royal courts in Thimhallan and often regales his friends with scandalous tales and gossip about the nobility.

As many characters in the novels remark, Simkin has a game of his own to play, though he chooses to not reveal his true motivations to anyone, preferring to put people in various alarming situations in order to see how they react. Simkin, however, can look anything from 14 to 75 years old. In Legacy of the Darksword, Simkin reveals that he truly is "Magic". You and your kind never did. Oh, you tried to manipulate me.

You tried to use me. But it never truly worked, because you never really believed in me. Allies[ edit ] Andon Andon is the original leader of the Technologist village.

He is a kind hearted man who does not want to use any violence. However, before the beginning he was overthrown by Blachloch. Prince Garald Garald is the prince of Sharakan, a rival kingdom that plans to engage in war with Merilon with the aid of the Technologists. Garald is noble, if ambitious, and sees the hidden potential in Joram. He teaches Joram how to wield a sword effectively, and also gives him pointers on nobility and courtly behavior. He becomes king of the people of Thimhallan on earth after Joram releases the magic from Thimhallan and thus making it an inhospitable place.

Cardinal Radisovik Radisovik is the Cardinal of Sharakan, who sees the current bishop Vanya as a corrupt man. Therefore, he breaks up with the church to help his prince Garald with the war. Radisovik is a wise and patient man who is always there for Garald. He is also respected greatly by Garald, as the prince seems to listen to his wise words. He became the new Bishop for the survivors on Earth. Lord Samuels is a Guildmaster, thus moderately rich, which means Gwen has led a carefree life.

Because she hits puberty, her favorite hobby is going into town with her cousins and flirting with young men. When she saw Joram, she fell hopelessly in love with him and vice versa. When Joram returned from the beyond Gwendolyn followed him back. Though she gained the ability to talk to the dead, she was unwilling to talk to the living at all.

She was cured after Joram released the seal keeping Magic in Thimhallan. Villains[ edit ] Bishop Vanya As the Bishop of the realm, he is one of the only people apart from the Duuk-tsarith who is aware of the Prophecy.

He fears that Joram will bring the Prophecy to fruition, and does all that he can to ensure that Joram is captured—though whether this is out of concern for the good of the realm, or in order to protect his own political power, is debatable.

Blachloch Blachloch is a Duuk-tsarith spy in the Technologist Village. He overthrew the real leader Andon by claiming he left the order of the Duuk-tsarith and rallying the technologists into fighting Merilon, thus making himself more popular than the pacifist Andon.

He even went as far as making an alliance with Sharakan. His true plan was to start a war between Sharakan and Merilon, helping Merilon behind the scenes. Before he could make his plan reality, he was killed by Joram and Saryon who had just finished the Darksword. When he ordered Saryon to channel magic to him for use to attack Joram, Saryon did the illegal and drain magic from him instead, making him helpless.

After that, it was revealed he was working for Vanya instead of being a renegade. Joram being the first. The right to rule in Thimhallan is determined by the family of the queen, thus if the queen dies, her closest family member takes over the throne, in this case Xavier.

But when the truth arose, and Joram was sentenced to the Turning, Xavier quickly took the chance and crowned himself emperor. Garald challenged him to war, which he gladly took. However, when both armies clashed, a third army came, which consisted of Dead people using Iron Creatures and people with Iron skin which were in fact tanks and infantry of future earth.

Because he could not defeat this threat, he became mentally unstable and was later killed by a shot from one of the tanks. The Prophecy[ edit ] The Prophecy is an integral part of the Darksword trilogy. In the chaotic times after the Iron Wars in which the Technologists attempted to take over the world , the Bishop of the Realm decided to attempt a vision of the future, in order to calm the fears of the populace.

In the month leading up to the attempt, he secluded himself in a small room and fasted, in order to purify himself. He died before the Prophecy was given in full, and the theurgist assisting him was rendered catatonic. Since the theurgist was the last of his profession in the world, no further attempts to see the future could be undertaken.

The Prophecy begins "There will be born to the Royal House one who is Dead yet will live, who will die again and live again. And when he returns, he will hold in his hand the destruction of the world--" It is revealed in Triumph of the Darksword that the broken-off sentence would have ended with "or its salvation".

It is also revealed that The Prophecy was only supposed to be a warning. Properties of Darkstone[ edit ] Darkstone is an ore that is similar in properties to iron but has the ability to absorb Life magic. In Doom of the Darksword, Saryon asked Joram to create a setting for a piece of darkstone so that Saryon could wear it as an amulet.

Saryon hoped that the darkstone amulet would absorb magic and prevent Bishop Vanya from contacting him through magical means. The Darksword was forged by creating an alloy of iron and darkstone. The proportions had to be exact, or else the metal would be too brittle for use as a weapon. Weapons forged from darkstone need to be infused with Life from a catalyst and can only be effectively wielded by the Dead, who have no magic to be absorbed, as Prince Garald discovered when he and Joram traded weapons while sparring.

The Nine Mysteries[ edit ] Fire After the testing, a magus who is powerful in the mystery of fire is taken to a place known only as the Mountain to begin training as one of the Duuk-tsarith warlocks and witches. Water Those born to the mystery of water are called druids. There are three types of druid: Field druids, Fihanish, who help the field magi clear the land for farming.

Druids of minor healing, Mannanish, who deal with cuts and scrapes. Druids of major healing, Theldara, who deal with broken bones. Earth Those born to the mystery of earth are born either: Mon-alban, the alchemists , who change metals into more useful metals. Quin-alban, the conjurers, who use Life as the only material in their work. Pron-alban, the shapers, who can alter materials and produce chairs from a single piece of wood or a fort from a mountain.

Albanara, the noble magi born to rule, who possess skills in all parts of the earth mystery. Air Any magus born to this mystery is either a Kan-hanar, a gate keeper, or a Sif-hanar, a weather changer.

Illusionists are the artists of Thimhallan. They use Life to create plays, music, and images of dragons and other creatures. Life The rare magi born to this mystery are known as catalysts or thaumaturgists.


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