Characters / Sword of Truth

Main Characters

Richard Cypher:

The Seeker of Truth. Originally a woods guide from the mostly pastoral nation of Westland, Richard was drawn into the struggle against Darken Rahl when he met Kahlan and Zedd named him the Seeker to oppose the Prince of Lies.

Kahlan Amnell:

The Mother Confessor, leader of the Confessors and final authority in the Midlands. After escaping the genocide of the Confessors at the hands of Darken Rahl, she fled to Westland, where she met Richard and Zedd and recruited them to help save the lands of magic from Rahl's grasp. She is Richard's love interest and one of the main characters, second only to Richard in importance.

  • Action Girl: Especially after Richard teaches her to Dance with Death.
  • Attempted Rape: Many, many times, by many different people, including, quadsmen, Demmin Nass, a red-haired man from Westland, Prindin, several D'Haran and Imperial Order commanders, Darken Rahl, Drefan Rahl, Oba Rahl, Emperor Jagang, and Samuel. No one actually manages to succeed, though, unless you count the time when Nicci linked herself to Kahlan and then hired a thug to brutalize her, forcing Kahlan to feel every sensation as if she were the one getting it.
  • Badass
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Her power is the ability to forever enslave a person to her will.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Consistently averted, as she gets injured and dirty repeatedly.
  • Bed Trick
  • Berserk Button: Anyone trying to harm Richard. The Con Dar turns this Up to Eleven and makes her damn near unstoppable.
  • Bullet Time: "Time was hers", usually used to describe when she uses her Confessor powers.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Or the man she sleeps with will be Confessed. Sorry, Richard, none for you. Until he finds a way around that pesky problem, that is.
  • Child by Rape: Her father was confessed by her mother and kept as basically a Sex Slave.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Her approach to combat and war. She advises others to take this approach as well, on the logic that an enemy is just as dead if you kill him in his sleep as if you kill him in battle.
  • Compelling Voice: Her Confessior's touch. And it lasts.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Using Confession, before Richard knew what she was.
  • Cunning Linguist: Being that she, like other Confessors, are diplomats and are expected to travel the Midlands to settle disputes, she can speak almost every language in the Midlands, including Nicobarese, Mud Person, Bantak, the common language also spoken in Westland and D'Hara, etc. The only language she hasn't been able to understand and translate so far is High D'Haran, likely because it's been out of common use for centuries.
  • Convenient Miscarriage
  • Cute Bruiser: She is so strong that she can snap a metal sword in half over her knee, and possesses nearly superhuman stamina that is sufficient to keep up a traveler's pace for three days without food or rest, and still set a hard pace, use her power (which exhausts her more when she does), and hold a conversation.
  • Deuteragonist: In the first five books and in the eighth.
  • Dress Code: She wears a white dress and keeps her hair long as a symbol of her rank.
  • Emotionless Girl: Her Confessor's face, which serves as her public image. Averted in her actual personality and interactions with Richard.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: She leads an attack on an army of Imperial troops completely in the nude, partly on the basis that a beautiful naked woman on a horse is, at the very least, going to be a bit of a distraction for the enemy.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: She does, but doesn't avoid the Convenient Miscarriage.
  • Green Eyes
  • Groin Attack: What she does to Demmin Nass... isn't pretty.
  • Heroic BSOD: When Shota prophecizes that Kahlan will use her power against Richard, she becomes severely depressed and repeatedly tries to kill herself. It takes a lot of time and effort on Richard's part to bring her out of it.
  • I Am What I Am
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: There are times she really doesn't like having her Confessor magic. Particularly since they get in the way of her being with Richard.
  • Lady of War
  • The Lancer
  • Last Of Her Kind
  • Line in the Sand: Everyone loyal to her goes on one side. The ones who question her authority go on the other. Later, the ones on the first side have to kill all the ones on the other side, on Kahlan's order, based on the (eventually proven correct) assumption that the dissenters were going to sell them out.
  • Living Lie Detector: The purpose behind the Confessors' magic.
  • Magic Knight: She's a capable combatant and uses physical combat in addition to her magical abilities.
  • Mugging the Monster: Messing with a woman who turns out to be a Confessor is a bad idea, as anyone who's attacked Kahlan at some point can attest to.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She often beats herself up about it, too.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted once, as a plot point.
  • Plucky Girl: She varies between this, and a female Determinator. Her willingness to die for Richard, or for her cause, is a little extreme to say the least.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Without it, her name can be a little tricky to pronounce. According to the author, it's "KAY-lan".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Remove. Your. Hands."
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Con Dar.
  • Show Some Leg: Part of the aforementioned Full-Frontal Assault. She also has to do this, to a squicky extent, to escape a cell full of convicted murderers and rapists planning on having their way with her.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Sorcerous Overlord: A more benevolent example than most, but still.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her beauty and her height are remarked upon by Richard, the narrative, and several minor characters along the way.
  • The Power of Love
  • The Scottish Trope: She really shouldn't have spoken the names of the Chimes out loud...
  • Traumatic Haircut: When Neville Ranson cuts her hair.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her mother.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The Con Dar.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
  • Witch Species
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the first book, she says that she would kill an innocent child with her bare hands if she thought it would somehow stop Darken Rahl. She feels guilty about saying this later, though, and falters in her conviction when Shota reveals that Kahlan will have a son who will be one of the Always Chaotic Evil male Confessors, and asks Kahlan if she would be capable of killing him, or asking Richard to do it, if she had to.
  • Woman in White
  • Woman Scorned: When in the Con Dar.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: As stated by Richard in the first book. Though Kahlan herself seems to think that it's Nicci who is this.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: In the second book, she interrupts Richard's spiel about how much he hates magic by reminding him that she is herself a creature of magic.

Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander:

The former First Wizard of the Midlands, who led the battle against Darken Rahl's father Panis when he tried to invade the Midlands years ago, earning himself the nickname, "The Wind of Death." After the war, he became furious with the Midlands council for their actions, and decided to go into hiding, erasing everyone's memories of his name and posing as a harmless but eccentric old man in Westland. When Kahlan comes to Westland seeking the aid of the great wizard of legend, he returns from retirement to help in the struggle against Darken Rahl.


A Mord-Sith, former servant of Darken Rahl, who pledged her loyalty to Richard starting in the second book. She now serves as Richard's bodyguard.


A Sister of the Dark who served as one of Richard's instructors while he was at the Palace of the Prophets in the Old World. Nicci was the daughter of one of the members of the Fellowship of Order, and thus was indoctrinated from an early age in their ways, and experienced a very unpleasant early life. She has served the Fellowship of Order, the Sisters of the Light, the Keeper, and the Imperial Order at different points in her life. She eventually took Richard prisoner by casting a maternity spell on Kahlan, in an attempt to learn from him.

  • Abusive Parents: Her mother.
  • Affably Evil: How she appears at first. Even when she's working on behalf of the Imperial Order, rending Mooks with violent magic, casting dangerous spells on Kahlan, and taking Richard prisoner, she maintains a calm and polite presence, never raises her voice, and in general acts like she's dealing with old friends. Richard finds her friendly and respectful exterior to be much more disturbing than the arrogant, sneering ones of the villains he's faced in the past.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Ascended Extra: She was originally a minor character in Stone of Tears, a secondary antagonist, but when Faith of the Fallen came around...
  • The Atoner
  • Badass
  • Badass Boast: Several, to Richard, in Faith of the Fallen, driving home the point that she is not like any enemy he's faced before and is not going to be outsmarted easily.
    My dear boy, I was born into this wretched world one hundred and eighty-one years past. You know that. Do you suppose I have not learned a great deal of patience, in all that time? Though our bodies may look about the same age, and in many ways I am no older than you, I have lived near to seven of your lifetimes. Do you honestly believe that you would have patience to exceed mine? Do you think me some young foolish girl for you to outwit or outwait?
  • Badass Bookworm: She was a Sister of the Light for well over a hundred years before she appeared in the series, and it shows.
  • The Baroness: Of the redeemable variety.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted very, very hard.
  • Berserk Button: Nicci is somewhat... touchy regarding matters of sex. On one hand, men "assuming they had a right to her body" really, REALLY pisses her off.(Though she doesn't ever complain, seeing it as her duty to sacrifice herself for others.) On the other hand, she also explodes in anger when she makes an advance on a male character and he refuses her.
    • Also lice. She hates lice, to the point where upon seeing a peasant girl with lice on the side of the road, she had to stop and scrub the little monsters off of her.
    • Pink, Nicci's least favorite color. Just seeing it usually provokes mutters of "I hate pink" at the least. On one occasion, being put in a pink nightgown annoyed her so much that she used Subtractive Magic just to get rid of the color.
  • Black Magic: She is one of the few who actually wields Subtractive Magic.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Subverted.
  • Character Filibuster: Aside from Richard, there is no one in the series who can go on a filibuster like Nicci can. Her particularly specialty is deconstructing the Imperial Order inside and out.
  • Combat Sadomasochist
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • The Comically Serious
  • Cunning Linguist: She can speak multiple languages, including High D'Haran. Not surprising, since in the Chainfire Trilogy, she's pretty much replaced Kahlan in every way that matters.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy
  • Dark Action GirlAction Girl
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A really, really big understatement.
  • Deadpan Snarker: No one seems to find it funny, though.
  • Deal with the Devil: She joined the Sisters of the Dark, but not out of a desire for power, or immortality, or rewards. She hated herself so greatly that she actually wanted to be damned for all eternity, and didn't think she deserved anything more. This turned out to work to her advantage, as she renounced the Keeper, getting out of that "eternal torment in the underworld" bit, while still getting to keep the Subtractive Magic that she got as part of the bargain.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Deuteragonist: In Faith of the Fallen and the Chainfire Trilogy, though it can be argued that she is actually the protagonist of Faith of the Fallen and the tritagonist during the Chainfire Trilogy.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: When she locks her eyes with Richard, he has difficulty remembering how to breathe. Imperial Order troops have the same problem when Nicci uses a slightly more... obvious invokation of this trope.
  • The Dragon: To Emperor Jagang.
  • The Dreaded: As Death's Mistress, she's more feared than Emperor Jagang himself. An entire town of hundreds of people committed mass suicide at the news of her approach, the children taking poison first, then the adults. Even after her Heel–Face Turn, her reputation still frightens many of the people who are now on her side.
  • Emotionless Girl
  • Expansion Pack Past: Nope, she wasn't just some Sister of the Light who Richard met. Turns out she is a lot more conflicted and has a lot more backstory than the previous books would indicate.
  • Extreme Doormat: Her ideology requires her to selflessly sacrifice herself for the needs of others, so this is a given. She gets better.
  • Femme Fatale
  • For the Evulz, For the Lulz: Subverted. She tends to deflect questions about her motives as "It amuses me," and Annalina gives "because she is evil!" as an explanation for why she would kidnap Richard. The truth is quite a bit more complicated.
  • Freudian Excuse
  • Good Is Dumb: Averted.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door
  • Heel–Face Turn
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique
  • Knight Templar
  • Lady of Black Magic
  • The Lancer: In the Chainfire Trilogy.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When Nicci refers to herself as Death's Mistress, it's a sure sign that she isn't playing around.
  • Little Black Dress: Her preferred outfit.
  • Love at First Sight: For Richard. She only had to look into his eyes once.
  • Love Redeems: Defied and doubly subverted. Even though she is in love with Richard from almost the moment she first sees him, she doesn't let her feelings get in the way of her mission and goals, and keeps in mind that she will still likely have to kill him eventually. However, in the end, she decides on her own to switch sides when his actions help her figure out what was missing in her life, and her love for him becomes the driving force of her loyalty for the rest of the series.
  • Lust: Subverted. According to Richard (right after meeting her for the first time), Nicci is "the embodiment of pure, unadulterated lust." However, Nicci herself is not a particularly lustful person at all. She has little in the way of personal ambitions and desires, and doesn't even particularly like sex.
  • Magi Babble
  • Merlin and Nimue: She plays the role of the older mage.
  • Mommy Issues
  • Mundane Utility: Subtractive Magic is not just useful for combat, but also for getting that nasty pink color she hates so much out of the nightdress they put her in.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Death's Mistress.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She worries that she is responsible for Richard's, “delusions.”
  • Not Afraid to Die: She already believes the world is doomed and she'll be damned for all eternity regardless of how long she lives, so death doesn't frighten her. After Richard changes her mind, she is surprised at the new sensation of not wanting to die, because she finally cares about her own life.
  • Number Two: She has a habit of playing Number Two on whatever she she is currently on.
  • Person of Mass Destruction
  • Pink Is for Sissies: She hates the color, partially because it isn't really her color, partially because her mother forced her to wear pink when she was young, and partially because one of the Mord-Sith keeps putting a pink dress on her when she's knocked unconscious.
  • Plucky Girl: Drifts in this direction after Faith of the Fallen. Before that, she was a straight up female Determinator.
  • Put on a Bus: For two books.
  • Rape as Backstory
  • Razor Wind: And so skilled with it that she can decapitate multiple armed soldiers without a sound.
  • Really Gets Around: She doesn't seem to enjoy it, though.
  • Really 700 Years Old: 181.
  • Romantic Runner-Up
  • Shock and Awe
  • Show Some Leg: Or just go topless.
  • Silk Hiding Steel
  • Slut-Shaming: Her mother laid it on good and thick, which turned out to be counterproductive; Nicci stopped caring who she had sex with in what situations because she was convinced that she was already irredeemably evil.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: "My mother used to tell me that being beautiful was only useful to whores. Perhaps she was right."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Richard.
  • The Stoic
  • Synchronization: The maternity spell.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: She likes being in pain, being punished, and feeling agony, because she's so emotionless and depressed most of the time that being in pain is the only way she can feel anything at all.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Richard, after her redemption. Zedd notes that Nicci would go to the underworld itself to rescue Richard if she had to.
  • The Unfettered: She is like this in operation, willing to do just about anything to accomplish her goals.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her mother.
  • Up to Eleven: She is so beautiful that Kahlan feels "as ugly as a clod of dirt" just by standing in her presence.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Richard refuses to sleep with her, and again when she thinks that he's "profiteering."
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Does she ever.
  • Villain Protagonist: In Faith of the Fallen she is given a comparable number of her own chapters as Richard and Kahlan, and her personal development is about one half of the story of that book, the other half being the continuation of the war against the Order. At this point, she is still very much a villain.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Her blue eyes are often remarked upon.
  • When She Smiles: Richard notes how "singularly expressive" her face is, and how her smiles make her even more impossibly beautiful than she already is.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Lice.
  • Woman in Black: Always. Black is the only color she wears.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • Workplace-Acquired Abilities: She attributes her skill with creating magical locks to having to spend so much time teaching young wizards how to behave at the Palace of the Prophets.
  • World Half Empty: How she views the world. Until Richard changes her mind.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: She is described as absolutely, completely, 100% physically perfect, and even Kahlan seems awed. Towards the end of the series, there seems to be some dispute over whether she or Kahlan is more beautiful.

Secondary Characters

Dell "Chase" Brandstone:

The leader of the boundary wardens in Westland, and an old friend of Richard Cypher and his father. He is the husband of Emma Brandstone, and the father of several children. Chase and his men serve the Westland government publicly, but their true loyalty is only to the true Seeker.


An orphan in the Midlands who was taken by the government to be Princess Violet's "playmate", which pretty much meant she was a punching bag to be bossed around and abused. By a combination of guile and help from the wizard Giller, Rachel escaped her position, delivered the third Box of Orden to Richard and Kahlan, and became Chase's adopted daughter.

  • Badass Normal: No magic, no powers, no antimagic, no magic weapons, and still a major piece in the overall plot.
  • Geometric Magic: She had no magical training or upbringing, but managed to learn how to use the written magic of Tamarang by listening to Six and Violet talk about it.
  • Guile Hero
  • Hair of Gold: Probably the youngest and most thoroughly good character out of all the main characters. Her blond hair isn't mentioned until Naked Empire, however.
  • Little Miss Badass: Considering that she was adopted by Chase, it's no surprise.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Becomes trapped in one with Chase in the second book.
  • Put on a Bus
  • She Is All Grown Up: Well, not all the way, but it's invoked, in a non-romantic way. When Zedd is captured, he sees a girl who looks like her, only a little older. He chalks this up to his mind playing tricks on him... until he spots the "guard" with her, recognizes him as Chase, and realizes it is Rachel a couple years older, since he hasn't seen her in that long.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her mother.


A trader with a soft spot for children, who was framed for murder by Demmin Nass, Darken Rahl's right-hand man. He submitted to a Confessor, Kahlan, to prove his innocence, and after it was done, was turned into an animal by Giller to give him back some measure of free will. He choose to live his life out as a wolf.


A sorceress from the Midlands who know lives at the mouth of the pass of the Narrows, right on the boundary. She is blind as a result of being tortured by the Blood of the Fold when she was young, but still manages to see but use of her gift.


One of the most skilled hunters and warriors of the Mud People, who later becomes the acting "general" of his people and an honorary elder. He initially dislikes Richard and Kahlan, blaming them for the trouble brought to the Mud People, but eventually relents in this policy after journeying with Kahlan for a time.

  • Archer Archetype: Fits the cold, analytical version of this trope. His job among his people is to assassinate intruders with his bow, and he's very, very good at it.
  • Back for the Finale: He appears briefly in Confessor.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Heel–Face Turn: Though he was never an outright enemy, he strongly disliked Richard and Kahlan and blamed them for most of the bad things that happened to his people, such as Darken Rahl and Shota showing up. This eventually changed after he traveled with Kahlan for a time.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He will occasionally participate in ceremonial Mud People rituals, which often involve eating a small amount of human flesh.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He considers Richard and Kahlan's archery to be this, because they can use their gift to enhance their accuracy.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: While he doesn't desire Kahlan in a sexual sense, he becomes a lot more positively disposed to her after seeing how violent she can be and hearing her philosophy on warfare.
  • Noble Savage
  • Poisoned Weapons: He puts ten-step poison on his arrows, and also carries around the cure for said poison.
  • Put on a Bus
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He repeatedly calls Richard and Kahlan out on what happens.


Another Mord-Sith, and Richard's bodyguard along with Cara. She was one of Darken Rahl's advisors, and knows some High D'Haran, so she serves as a translator for Richard when they find old records. Of the Mord-Sith, she is by far the cheeriest and most amiable.

  • Boobs of Steel: Of Richard's personal bodyguards, she's noted as being the bustiest.
  • Cunning Linguist: She can read High D'Haran, and thus ends up working more closely with Richard than the other Mord-Sith while he's around.
  • The Glomp: On seeing Richard return toward the end of Blood of the Fold, she's described as divetackling him like an excited squirrel.
  • Plucky Girl: Despite being as much of a Torture Technician as her Sisters of the Agiel, she's by far the most cheerful.

Jennsen Rahl:

Also known as Lindie, Jennsen is the illegimate, pristinely ungifted daughter of Darken Rahl, and half-sister of Richard, Oba, and Drefan Rahl. Due to Darken's policy of eliminating all ungifted offspring of the House of Rahl, Jennsen has spent her life running and hiding from quadsman. As a pristinely ungifted one and Pillar of Creation, Jennsen cannot be harmed by magic. She is convinced by the Imperial Order that Richard, as the new Lord Rahl, is out to kill her just as Darken Rahl was, and thus plans against him. After meeting Richard in the flesh, she realizes she has been deceived, and becomes his ally.

Annalina Aldurran:

The Prelate, leader of the Sisters of the Light. Ann is a major political player who carefully watches and enforces prophecy to ensure events turn out the way she wants them to.

Nathan Rahl:

The prophet held prisoner by the Prelate Annalina and the Sisters of the Light, delivering prophecies to them. He is also a descendant of the Rahl family, and a distant relation of Richard's.


A powerful witch in the Midlands, greatly feared by everyone who has heard of her. She has prophetic visions, and often works to enforce or prevent them. She is both a powerful ally and a dangerous enemy, and can be either at the drop of a hat.


Darken Rahl:

The Master of D'Hara, heir to the throne of the House of Rahl, Prince of Lies, and the Player for the power of Orden. Darken Rahl seeks to rule the world, and intends to use the Boxes of Orden to this end. He appears as a benevolent man promising peace and security between all the nations. In secret, however, Darken Rahl is a rapist, a sadist, a cannibal, a child-killer, a tyrant and a demon worshipper. He secretly serves the Keeper.

  • Abusive Parents
  • Animal Wrongs Group: This is the man who protests that he doesn't approve of slaughtering helpless animals and consuming their flesh, but will also kill a horse and drown a soldier in its guts for daring to eat meat in the People's Palce, or ritually consume the organs of a sacrificial victim.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bastard Bastard
  • Big Bad: In the first book.
  • Black Magic: He managed to acquire limited use of Subtractive Magic.
  • Blood Magic: An expert of anthropomancy. That would be getting answers by slicing open living people.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • The Casanova: A very dark version of this trope. He takes numerous women to his bed, and the ones who bear ungifted offspring or laugh at his scars are killed.
  • Character Tics: Licking his fingers and rubbing his eyebrows, as a result of being horribly burned as a child.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture
  • Deal with the Devil: How he got that Subtractive Magic.
  • Dystopian Edict: Fire is bad. Fire was used against Darken Rahl's father. Fire is a sign of disrespect to the house of Rahl. Fire is outlawed. Except, oddly, for the candles in his father's tomb, which have to be kept lit or else.
  • Eats Babies
  • Eat the Dog
  • Ephebophile: His appetites have been known to include teenaged girls as well as adult women. Jennsen's mother, for example, was fifteen when her daughter by him was born.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: Not quite a eunuch, but Darken Rahl is implied to have a serious scarred penis. However, judging from The Casanova part, it is largely cosmetic damage.
  • Evil Overlord
  • False Flag Operation: His soldiers dress up as Westlanders, committ horrific atrocities against his own people, and Darken Rahl gets to make himself look like the savior.
  • Finger-Lickin' Evil
  • Gone Horribly Right: He spent a lot of time and effort trying to get a gifted, male heir. He does. It's Richard, so things don't quite work out how he'd wanted.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He could be quite affable and personable at times, then Ax-Crazy at others.
  • Heir Club for Men: He has had quite a bit of trouble getting just the right gifted heir, and he has plenty of bastard children as a testament to his efforts.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's normally a vegetarian, and he considers eating meat distasteful, but when the ritual calls for it, he'll still devour the organs of a child.
  • Lie to the Beholder: He can cause this effect by casting “enemy webs” on others.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father
  • Manipulative Bastard: Though for someone called the Prince of Lies right on the back cover of the first book, it's pretty much a given.
  • Mind Rape
  • More Than Mind Control
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast
  • Offing the Offspring: He won't tolerate any ungifted offspring remaining alive.
  • Plot Armour: Thanks to the magic of Orden, Rahl cannot be killed until he opens a box, or the first day of winter arrives.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He may be evil, but he's not entirely unreasonable. To one Mord-Sith's surprise, he doesn't have her executed after her pet breaks free, because he realizes that the failure was not her fault, as the task was, in hindsight, impossible, and it would be pointless to get rid of his best Mord-Sith because of it.
  • Red Right Hand: His body is scarred in embarrassing places.
  • Sorcerous Overlord
  • Straw Misogynist: From his point of view, women are just the dirt that a man's seed grows in, unworthy of higher recognition. Those that don't bear gifted heirs are barren soil, and done away with.
  • Take Over the World: Why he wants the Boxes of Orden.
  • Unnamed Parent: His mother. Of course, to the house of Rahl, women aren't considered important anyway.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Yup. In fact, he would rip one apart with his bare hands as well, if she has the nerve to laugh at his equipment during sex.
  • Would Hurt a Child

Demmin Nass

The commander of the quads, right hand of Darken Rahl, the lightning of the Master's dark thoughts. His loyalty and devotion to the house of Rahl is matched only by his dedication to cruelty and sexual sadism. He has a weakness for young boys, and definitely not in the good way.

  • Abusive Parents: It is not-so-subtly implied that he was sexually abused by his father as a boy.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Brophy.
  • Armored Closet Gay: He cultivates the image as the biggest, meanest, nastiest man in D'Hara. Insulting his manhood is a definite Berserk Button.
  • Attempted Rape: Even though he isn't attracted to women, he decides to make an exception for Kahlan, because he hates her that much. Needless to say, it doesn't go very well for him.
  • Berserk Button
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • The Brute
  • Depraved Homosexual: He mockingly tells Kahlan that she isn't his type. His preference seems to be for young boys. He claims to have molested and killed somewhere between 80 and 120 boys in his life, but can't remember the exact number. The dead ones, according to him, are the minority.
  • The Dragon
  • Dumb Muscle: He isn't very smart, particularly in matters of magic, so Darken Rahl keeps him around mainly for their twisted friendship and this purpose.
  • Evil Gloating: "Problem, old man?"
  • Freudian Excuse: Apparently, he was molested as a child himself. However, it is nowhere NEAR enough to even begin to justify half of his actions.
  • Giant Mook: Like his quadsman, only a lot bigger and meaner.
  • Groin Attack: Ouch...Kahlan shows no mercy.
  • Hard Gay
  • Just Add Bitch: His dialogue when talking to women contains generous helpings of the word.
  • Karmic Death: He is confessed by Kahlan, leaving him utterly consumed with devotion to a woman. Kahlan than castrates him and makes him eat it, then bashes his head in with a mace.
  • Large And In Charge: One of the biggest men in D'Hara, and the highest ranked servant of the house of Rahl, giving orders to all but Darken Rahl himself.
  • Murder, Inc.: He's the leader of the quads, D'Hara's professional hitmen and anti-Confessor units.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Darken Rahl put webs around him that block all magic and attack, making him immune to Additive Magic and Confession. But not to the Con Dar.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and his men attempted to do this to Kahlan, but she turns the whole "horrific violence and sexual mutilation" part around on them halfway through.
  • Rape as Drama
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • Would Hit a Girl: "Shut up, bitch."
  • Would Hurt a Child: Oh, yeah, about a hundred of them or so. Fatally. More than that non-fatally.


Darken Rahl's favored Mord-Sith and one of the most skilled and relentless Torture Technicians in D'Hara. She is charged by the Lord Rahl to trap Richard and torture him into insanity so that he will reveal the secrets of orden to Rahl. She does.

Emperor Jagang:

The leader of the Imperial Order, and the first Dreamwalker born in 3000 years. His goal is to enforce the doctrine of the Imperial Order by conquering the world with his massive armies and placing himself as the leader of it.

  • Badass
  • Bald of Evil: No one can imagine him with hair on his head. It would only make him look less menacing.
  • Big Bad: For the last 8 books of the series.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The mark of a Dreamwalker.
  • Blood Sport: Ja'la is his favorite sport, and he likes the bloody aspects of it.
  • The Casanova: Either the darkest version of this imaginable, or a horrible subversion. As the emperor, Jagang has a whole army of women who would be all too happy to be with him, but instead of sleeping with any of them, he deliberately chooses women who are slaves or unwilling captives, because being a serial rapist is more fun.
  • The Chessmaster: It turns out being able to read the minds of most of the planet really helps in this regard.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture
  • Dirty Communists
  • Dream Weaver: He has this power as a result of being a Dreamwalker, and he uses it to great effect.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: He opposes the Keeper and the Sisters of the Dark, who want to destroy the world, making him the evil against their oblivion.
  • Forced to Watch: He's rather fond of his tactic for people he knows won't break from being tortured themselves. Once, in an attempt to get Zedd to divulge important information, he brought in a group of children captured from the Midlands, and made him listen while his best torturers went to work on them. He also used a similar tactic as a threat on Kahlan, to keep her in line; since she more or less does stay in line, he never has to go through with it.
  • Genius Bruiser: He appears heavily muscled, with arms thicker than some people's waists, and an enormous bull neck. However, he's a scholar and a tactician as well as a warrior and a leader, and as Kahlan admits, he is far from being just some stupid brute. "He was a very smart brute."
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Nicci. The first thing he said after reencountering her in Confessor was, “So, do you love him?” referring to Richard.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like most of the other villains, he's prone to murderous rages at the drop of a hat, but can also be calm and polite and even forgiving at other times.
  • Hypocrite: When Richard sends his armies to ravage the Old World and deprive Jagang of supplies, Jagang rants in anger and talks about Richard as if he's a monster for doing this, despite that this is exactly what Jagang has been doing to the New World since the early books of the series.
  • Knight Templar: According to several characters, he honestly believes he's doing the right thing.
  • Last of His Kind: The last Dreamwalker in the world, the only one in 3000 years.
  • Lust
  • Mind Rape: His specialty. He regularly practices the physical kind, as well.
  • Mister Big: He's not that tall, so when surrounding himself with gigantic brutes, this is inevitable.
  • Monochromatic Eyes
  • More Than Mind Control: Even when the Chimes deprive him of his ability to control the captured Sisters of the Light, they still don't rebel out of fear.
  • Names to Trust Immediately: Jagang the Just, taken on Nicci's suggestion because it made him sound more heroic and less evil.
  • The Napoleon: Of average height, small compared to most of the characters in the series, but plenty mean.
  • Obviously Evil: He still thinks he's on the side of good, though.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He's willing to listen to others, particularly when they know more about magic than he does, rather than just asserting his opinion.
  • Psychic Powers
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Pretty much the Imperial Order's MO.
  • Red Right Hand: His eyes, which mark his status as a Dreamwalker.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: By virtue of piggybacking on the Sisters of the Dark when they invoke the Chainfire spell.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed from entering the New World until the barriers are brought down.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Nicci.
  • Straw Misogynist: Not to the same extent as Darken Rahl, but still.
  • Take Over the World
  • Unstoppable Rage: When he sees Brother Narev's head.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ditto.
  • We Have Reserves: Millions of soldiers, and he expects to lose a lot of them. That being said, he is still severely pissed when he loses hundreds of thousands.
  • Would Hit a Girl
  • Would Hurt a Child: Would torture them as well.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Invoking a certain Either/Or Prophecy left Richard pretty much screwed whatever he did.

Drefan Rahl:

A bastard son of Darken Rahl, though not pristinely ungifted, who works as a healer for the Raug'Moss order. He, like his father, is a sexual sadist and servant of the Keeper.

Oba Rahl:

Another bastard son of Darken Rahl, pristinely ungifted, who serves the Keeper in exchange for "invincibility" or so he believes.

  • Abusive Parents: His mother.
  • Anti-Magic: Because magic doesn't affect him, he takes this as a sign that he is invincible.
  • Attempted Rape: Of Nyda, along with some more successful attempts on women he meets along the way.
  • Bastard Bastard
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Hilariously discussed by Oba himself. He thinks about how hot Jennsen is and is implied to be getting turned on, but then reminds himself that they have the same father. "Oba was too principled to consider her as a lover. Despite her ravishing looks and the way thinking of her made his groin wake, his integrity wouldn't allow such a breach of decency. He was Oba Rahl, not some rutting animal."
  • Cain and Abel: He's Cain.
  • Deal with the Devil: "Surrender, Oba, and you will be invincible."
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Enemy to All Living Things
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jennsen. They are both pristinely ungifted bastard children of Darken Rahl, and are the two main characters of The Pillars of Creation, and are repeatedly contrasted. Jennsen's mother was seduced by Darken Rahl when she was fifteen, while Oba's mother intentionally seduced Darken Rahl as a plan to increase her status.(It didn't work.) Jennsen is horrified and shocked when her mother is murdered by quadsman, while Oba kills his mother personally and shows no remorse. They both visit Lathea and Althea, Jennsen getting information and help from them while Oba tries to kill them. However, it is Jennsen, not Oba, that the Keeper chooses to play the pivotal role in his master plan.
  • Extreme Doormat: He does everything his mother tells him at first, until he finally snaps.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His Extreme Doormat politeness turns into this after taking the Keeper's offer.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He was originally fairly well-behaved, if obviously weird and with traits of the potential sociopath, before he began dealing with the Keeper.
  • Laughably Evil: He doesn't have a single redeeming trait compared to his numerous Kick the Dog moments, but his self-righteous and blatantly disturbed way of thinking still makes him incredibly amusing.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He kills his abusive mother after joining the Keeper, with a shovel.
  • Shovel Strike
  • Smug Snake: He likes to think of himself as a cunning Warrior Poet with a healthy curiosity who likes to learn things, and thinks he's got the whole cast wrapped around his finger and will become the ruler of D'Hara in time. In reality, he's a blundering, sociopathic idiot who's being manipulated by the Keeper.
  • Straw Misogynist: His favorite thing about women? Raping and torturing them to death.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is very similar to Drefan and goes a similar path, and he isn't introduced until Drefan is already dead.
  • Unnamed Parent: Yes, his mother.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Noticing a pattern, yet?


Emperor Jagang's strategist, a very high ranking man in the Imperial Order, and Jennsen's companion throughout The Pillars of Creation.

  • Affably Evil
  • Anti-Villain: He's well-intentioned, Affably Evil, seemed to genuinely be in love with Jennsen, and is still utterly devoted to the Imperial Order and willing to commit any number of atrocities in its name.
  • Badass Normal
  • Big Damn Heroes: He appears and kills the last men of a quad and saves Jennsen from them, though not in time to save her mother. It turns out, they weren't a quad, but Sebastian's own men, disguised so that he could eliminate Jennsen's mother, make himself look like a hero to her, and turn her against Richard.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • Evil Genius: He's one of Jagang's primary advisors and tacticians, and the strategist for the Imperial Order as a whole.
  • Evil Will Fail: The conflict between his love for Jennsen and his loyalty to the Imperial Order's beliefs is one of the primary factors that leads to him killing himself.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • The Unfettered: He isn't as sadistic as most other villains, but he is still very much on the Imperial Order's side and has little compunction to "sacrificing" numerous innocent people in the name of winning the war.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means
  • We Have Reserves/ You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He doesn't seem to have a problem with causing the deaths of his own men along the way, once they do their part.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He consumes a certain plant in a dangerous quantity to give himself a fever, so that Jennsen will be encouraged to offer him shelter for the night.

Princess Violet:

The Princess of Tamarang. Though only a child, she already orders beheadings, keeps a "playmate" who she regularly slaps and punishes for no reason other than her own enjoyment, enjoys torturing prisoners, and makes plans to have women she does not like gang-raped by the castle guard.

Michael Cypher:

The adopted brother of Richard Cypher, son of George Cypher. Michael plans to unite the three any means necessary.

Dalton Campbell

The Minister's Aide, and later Minister of Culture, in Anderith. He serves Bertrand Chanboor and plots to make him the ruler of Anderith.

  • Anti-Villain: While he works for Bertrand and the Imperial Order, he isn't nearly as evil as most villains in the series.
  • The Atoner: He shows regret for his actions and returns the Sword of Truth to Richard at the end of Soul Of The Fire. Unfortunately, Redemption Equals Death.
  • Berserk Button: He values his relationship with his wife, Teresa, above all else. Things do not go well for anyone involved when she cheats on him.
  • Driven to Suicide: After he realizes that his beloved wife is cheating on him.
  • Evil Genius: While Bertrand might wield the power, it's Dalton's schemes that get him to his position of power.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Pet the Dog: Besides his love for his wife, he gave a large sum of money to his hired thugs Fitch and Morley so they could escape Anderith and live comfortably, even after he used them as scapegoats.
  • Taking You with Me: Before he dies, his last act of revenge is to intentionally contract a fatal STD, then give it to his wife and Bertrand's wife Hildemara, so that all of them will die.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Stein tells Dalton about how he had sex with Dalton's wife and mocks him about it, Dalton eviscerates him. Literally.

Tobias Brogan

The Lord General of the genocidal Blood of the Fold.

Nicholas The Slide

A Slide, a creation of Emperor Jagang and the Sisters of the Dark. He was once a wizard, but was transformed into a Slide through horrific magical experiments. He now serves Jagang, and secretly plots to rule as Emperor himself.

The Chimes of Death:

A soulless, demonic force that destroys magic, beginning The End of the World as We Know It. They take different forms and kill their victims through either wind, water, or fire. One of those forms happens to be a chicken that is not a chicken.

The Keeper of the Underworld:

The ultimate evil force of the universe, the antithesis to the Creator, imprisoned in the underworld. The Keeper of the Underworld torments the dead who do not earn their place with the good spirits, and wishes to exterminate all life.