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Characters: Elantris
The Character Sheet for Elantris.

For information on other characters around the Cosmere, see Mistborn, Warbreaker, and The Stormlight Archive. For Cosmeric Forces such as the Shards of Adonalsium and Hoid, see The Cosmere.

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Prince Raoden

Crown prince of Arelon, Raoden tried to help Arelon, but then turns his attention to Elantris and the Aons.



Raoden's best friend in Elantris, Galladon is a cynical Dula with a Mysterious Past.



One of the more proactive gang leaders, Karata personally goes to the gates when a new Elantrian comes in, and has tried to escape several times.
  • Action Girl
  • Bald Women: Like all Elantrians, she's bald.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She allies with Raoden, knowing who he really is, once he helps her get to the palace to see her daughter again.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Aids Galladon in distracting the soldiers who could potentially stop Raoden from saving Elantris (though only Raoden actually knew what he was doing at the time). Unlike Galladon, who is impaled, she is decapitated, meaning she does not come back.
  • Noble Demon: Shifts to Anti-Hero.
  • Off with His Head!: Tragically, just moments before she could be a true Elantrians at full power.
  • Pet the Dog: She's been rescuing children, and the food her gang steals mostly goes to feed them.
  • Vasquez Always Dies


Aanden (Taan)

"Baron of Elantris", he is another gang leader.
  • Authority in Name Only: Only his gang follows him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Until Raoden defeats him.
    • Crazy Sane: According to Galladon, his insanity was a conscious choice upon entering Elantris.
  • Badass Mustache: Invoked, but subverted. His mustache is very obviously fake, according to Raoden's point of view.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Raoden once he is shown the Scenery Porn that is post-Reod Elantris, reawakening the Taan within him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Or rather, My God, What Did I Nearly Do?. He breaks down on figuring out the beauty of Elantris after so long.
  • Rags to Royalty: Not quite royalty, and given this is Elantris, not out of rags, either. However, he was just a sculptor named Taan outside of Elantris, and faked his way into Baron of Elantris.


Shaor (Soine)

A psychotic gang leader of the most insane group.



An Elantrian who takes up the job of bodyguard to "Lord Spirit", and trains a guard for him as well.



Princess Sarene

A Teoish princess, Sarene's hopes of marrying Raoden were dashed with the news of his "death", but she works to save Arelon regardless.


Kiin (Dreok Crushedthroat)

Sarene's uncle and the brother of the king of Teod.
  • An Axe to Grind: There's a big, badass axe hanging over his mantle. And he knows how to use it pretty damned well.
  • Badass Normal: When confronted with Dakhor monks, he kills one by himself with an axe, then it takes three of them to restrain him. Even after that, he still kicks at them, necessitating that they knock him unconscious to stop his resistance. This man has nothing but his physical strength going for him.
  • Cool Uncle: To Sarene.
  • Happily Married
  • I Call It "Vera": His axe bears the Aon for "Vengance" on it.
  • Modest Royalty: Especially because he was the rightful heir to the Teod throne.
  • Mysterious Past: He steadfastly refuses to tell Sarene why he and her father aren't speaking to each other anymore. Being exiled after his younger brother usurped the throne will do that.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: When you're called Crushedthroat, there's a reason to run away.
  • Pirate
  • Retired Badass: He's skilled enough with his axe to kill Dahkor monks with it.
  • Shrouded in Myth: As Dreok Crushedthroat.
  • Supreme Chef



A friendly member of the aristocracy, and close friend of Raoden before his Death Faked for You.



A member of the aristocracy with a personal army of his own, giving him authority that even Iadon will not try to uproot.



A Jindo who earned a place in the Arelon aristocracy by way of his money.



A duke who is a friendly rival with Roial.




A gyorn sent by Wyrn to convert the people of Arelon in three months, or Wyrn will send an invasion force to conquer it, his loyalties are tested over the course of the novel.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III.
    • Anti-Hero: Type V in the Battle of Teod. He's still loyal to Jaddeth, but rebels against Wyrn and Dilaf.
  • The Atoner: Increasingly, culminating in the finale.
  • Badass Preacher
  • Bad Dreams: He still has nightmares from his time in Dakhor.
  • Blue Oni: He contrasts his logical support of Jaddeth with Dilaf's fanaticism several times.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Church Militant
  • Death by Irony: One of his first actions in Kae is to send a priest to Fjordell for training. Said priest is trained as an assassin, and Hrathen is his first kill... after killing Dilaf, anyway.
  • Defector from Decadence: In the end, he still believes in his religion, but not in its leader.
    Hrathen: My problem is with Wyrn, not God.
  • Destructive Savior: Sees himself as a saviour. Ended up causing a bloody revolution in another country, and despite his efforts to make his next attempt more peaceful, is involved in the near-destruction of two others.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's trying to demonize the Elantrians for political purposes, but he still finds Dilaf's attempt to publicly burn one to death sick, and has his Heel-Face Turn in response to finding out about the Final Solution plan for Teod and Arelon.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Mildly toward Raoden near the finale for having Sarene's love, though he didn't realize it at the time.
  • Heroic BSOD: For a given value of "Heroic." His first one is due to the Armor-Piercing Question. The second is finding out that as gragdet of the Dakhor monastery, Dilaf is ranked above him and was manipulating him to get into a position to kill everyone of Aonic descent in existence.
  • Master Swordsman: Even called as much.
  • Noble Demon: Sure, he's out to conquer Arelon for Wyrn. However, he's doing so in order to avoid a war to accomplish the same thing.
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • Red Right Hand: His transformed right arm from his time in Dakhor.
  • Super Strength: Only on his right arm due to the Dakhor transformation.
  • The Spock: In heavy contrast to Dilaf.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: A third of the chapters are devoted to his point of view.
  • 24-Hour Armor: Of a sort. His vestments include armor, since he's a priest in a Church Militant, but he can take them off to sleep. Most Derethi priests use it for show. Not Hrathen.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Dilaf was essentially using him to stall for time so the Dakhor could get into place to massacre the entire country.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's the most visible antagonist for most of the story, but also the viewpoint character for a third of it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that since his religion's conquest is inevitable, undermining the Arelene government and converting the populace by force is the best way to save lives.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Sarene.


King Iadon

The ten-year king of Arelon and father of Raoden, Iadon has replaced the broken-down system of Elantris with a wealth-based hierarchy, and instituted many unpopular laws.



A very rich Arelene duke, Telrii hopes to gain the throne and usurp Iadon with the help of Fjordell.



A twenty-year-old psychotic arteth in service to Hrathen, Dilaf seems to be more than he looks like on the surface.


Wyrn Wulfden the Fourth

The ruler of the Fjordell Empire, Wyrn serves as a mostly unseen Big Bad to the novel.
  • Big Bad
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: He's known as "Wyrn", as if the title were his name.
  • Evil Overlord
    • Sorcerous Overlord: It's hinted in the novel and confirmed by Word of God that he's some kind of magic-user, but the details are as-yet unknown.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: His only actual appearance so far is a brief scene where Hrathen calls him up via Seon (and we only see the opening part of that).
  • The Pope: Essentially, for Shu-Dereth.
  • Priest King: Spiritual and secular leader of Fjorden.
  • Seer: According to Word of God, Fjon's assassination of the then-nearly immediately traitorous Hrathen in Teod was meant to show, among other things, that Wyrn has limited future sight.
  • The Unfought: Given he's in Fjordell during the book, and the story itself takes place in Kae and Elantris.
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