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Ivel is the name of a blind splicer in Cattrick's crew. He has large, seamed, horn-callused hands, a grizzled beard, and gapped, yellow teeth, and is described as "a dried-up, corded little monkey of a man who lived and breathed to stir up malice"[1].

Role in the Story

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

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5646: Ivel is hired by Arithon to work at his temporary shipyard in Merior. He stages a contest of insults with Dakar. After winning, Ivel bets that Dakar cannot fit in an empty tar cask. When the bait is taken, a joiner nails the lid on and sets him adrift on Garth's Pond. In exchange for rescuing him, the local fishermen steal his beer store.

Warhost of Vastmark

Third Age 5646: After the shipyard is burnt to the ground by Tharrick, Ivel learns of Arithon's true identity through Tharrick's ravings. He cannot get back to work immediately since the rope store was burned in the fire.

Third Age 5647: Ivel and the other workers make their way to Arithon's hideout in the Cascain Islands, and are working there when Arithon kidnaps Lady Talith. As the rest of the workers are too disciplined to fall for Talith's wiles, she informs Ivel that she would give all her jewels to escape. Ivel later informs her of four men leaving Arithon's services who would be willing to spirit her away on the Royal Freedom.

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5653: Ivel is part of Cattrick's crew at the Riverton shipyard after the events depicted in Fugitive Prince. It is not clear whether he was hired in the aftermath, or whether he remained undetected after the Riverton conspiracy was exposed. When Lysaer visits, Ivel expresses his honest opinion on the state of pay and shipyard supplies.

Third Age 5654: Ivel is one of the conspirators in Cattrick and Mearn's plot for the Riverton shipyard and new ships. After the shipyard burns, Ivel is brought aboard the s'Brydion state galley for protection. A facsimile of his dead body is fashioned from wax and bone to fool Lysaer's men, and Ivel himself is secreted away to Alestron.

Stormed Fortress

Third Age 5671: Ivel continues to work in secret at Alestron through the siege. When Fionn Areth vists the sea quarter in search of gossip about Arithon, Ivel recognizes that he is the made double.


  1. © Janny Wurts, Ships of Merior, p. 538 (US-Hardback)