Khadrien s'Valerient

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Khadrien s'Valerient is the cousin of Esfand s'Valerient. He has curly carroty hair, blue eyes, a sharp nose, and freckles. He is matrilineally connected to the s'Valerient family line, one generation removed. His gift of Sight generally manifests during natural sleep.

Khadrien is sometimes called "Khadri" by his friends.


Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Destiny's Conflict.

Khadrien is descended from Jeynsa s'Valerient and Sevrand s'Brydion.

Role in the Story

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

Initiate's Trial

Third Age 5923: Esfand and 15-year-old Khadrien eavesdrop on the council meeting over Arithon's fate by hiding on the lodge roof. Siantra warns them of Khadrien's grandmother's anger, and the trio flees outside the camp. Esfand reveals that he's had prescient dreams of Arithon tracked by the Koriathain and True Sect, and that Arithon sensed his presence in the most recent dream. Khadrien admits that premonition led him to steal Alithiel from the armory. The trio decides to embark on their own to bring Alithiel to Arithon, in spite of the risks. Later, Khadrien's grandmother reports his absence to Cosach.

The resonance of the planet shifts when Davien and Seshkrozchiel cause a plant to grow on Kathtairr. The trio feels the change and hears Alithiel ring in resonant sympathy but press on with their chosen mission. At the western border of Rathain, they argue about the best way to avoid the True Sect and Athili. Esfand falls into a Sighted trance and Khadrien feels his own Sight stirred up in sympathy. He sees Arithon and Tarens approaching a decimated village near Torwent before being awakened by Esfand. The trio flees south near Athili after Siantra encounters headhunters nearby. Her attempt to use her hunter's instincts backfires from the potency of the flux around Athili. When the headhunters' tracking dogs discover them again, Siantra draws Alithiel and causes Athili's borders to move again.

Asandir answers Alithiel's call and protects the children from being consumed by Athili. He returns Alithiel to Esfand's care and warns Siantra that the backlash from the flux might heighten her innate sensitivity. Unable to send them on to Arithon because of the Fellowship's vow of noninterference, he asks them to serve the land's greater need. The children accept and are transported to Fiaduwynne. Their arrival triggers Dakar's immutable prophecy about High King Gestry's death. His caithdein, Halika, orders Dakar and the children isolated out of fear that the prophecy will cause Gestry to lose heart. When Tarens arrives in camp, Dakar assesses the crofter's memories and recent dreams and demands an immediate audience with the High King. Dakar orders the children to pack for passage to the safety of Elkforest, but later finds that they have fled the camp instead.

Tarens catches up to the children on the Paravian road to Rathain after weeks of tracking. He allows himself to be caught in their trap and realizes that the clash between the True Sect army and High King Gestry's forces is imminent. From hiding, Tarens and the children observe as Gestry taps his crown jewels against the True Sect. This action ultimately summons projections of all three Paravian races, halting the fighting and rendering many combatants senseless.

A centaur appears before Tarens, Esfand, Khadrien, and Siantra, trailed by the reborn Isfarenn. The centaur charges one of them to rise and bear Alithiel, then vanishes when Khadrien claims this duty. Khadrien claims the sword and rides off on the horse. The reborn Isfarenn throws him off and flees with Alithiel's sheath still looped around her neck.

Dakar discovers Khadrien on the battlefield and presses him into service collecting supplies to restrain Lysaer. They discover that Daliana has reached Lysaer first. She reveals the existence of more Koriani fetches. Khadrien slips away later that day.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5923: When Siantra, Esfand, and Tarens arrive in Halwythwood, they learn that Khadrien survived the True Sect invasion, having been sent home by Asandir after losing Alithiel. After learning of Tarens' unique background, Cosach asks him to swear a guest oath of amity.

Third Age 5925: The clans of Rathain fall back to Strakewood. In late spring, Dakar senses an imminent attack by The Hatchet and urges the clan council to retreat further. Siantra says that Khadrien has been assigned to rear-guard protection.