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Skannt is a headhunter in the Northern League of Headhunters under Captain Pesquil in Ships of Merior. He is described as a middle-aged, vigorous man with a weasel-thin face, blond whiskers, and a squint. He has a boisterous sense of humour and wears a gleaming collection of knives.

Caolle once compared Skannt to Pesquil by saying, "He's not Pesquil's equal for cunning, but the pair rain cheek by jowl for sheer, bone-headed persistence."[1]

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5646: During the trek to Werpoint, Skannt assumes command and becomes Captain Skannt after Pesquil is killed by a clan vengeance arrow. Following the attack at Werpoint, Skannt's headhunters are in charge of the land search for Arithon to the south, but they find no trace of him.

Warhost of Vastmark

Third Age 5647: After the strike at Dier Kenton Vale, Skannt's headhunters patrol the mountains for Lysaer, in search of shepherd and clan camps. One of his patrols nearly pins Arithon and Dakar on the last day of the campaign.

Fugitive Prince

Third Age 5647: Skannt is present at the foundational meeting of the Alliance of Light, as the leader of the Northern League of Headhunters.

Third Age 5652: He is also in attendance at a later meeting, when Lysaer's inner circle gains financial backing from a faction in Erdane.

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5654: When word of sabotage at the Riverton shipyard reaches Avenor, Sulfin Evend enlists Skannt's trackers aboard Lysaer's state galley, in order to hunt down conspirators. After the conspiracy at Riverton, the Cabal of Light hold a clandestine meeting to plot the spread of Light across all five kingdoms. Skannt worries that a reduction in resources will make headhunter bounties smaller.

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: A tracker trained by Skannt accompanies the Etarran army when they form a cordon around Daon Ramon Barrens. After Braggen and Arithon escape to the north, Sulfin Evend orders this tracker to pursue, rather than sending the second-best tracker in his place.


  1. © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 710 (US-Hardback)