Ler Rhan

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Ler Rhan
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There are only three Shadows known by name. Ler Rhan and Black Ferah are "generals" in the service of Bael'Zharon. They are extremely powerful entities that do not seem to fully exist in our world. Instead, they send aspects of themselves into Dereth.[1]

Third Sending of Darkness

You hear a childish voice say, "Long ago there were five, but now there are three. They will have their revenge."[3]

The Fourth Sending of Darkness

  • Ilservian's surviving friends became corporeal once more and raised the Thorns, using them to alter the patterns of magic in the world. Ferah, by now called Black Ferah, and Ler Rhan attacked the Isparian population and kidnapped some of them for individual trials. [2]
  • The Shadows launched their invasion during the Thorns of the Hopeslayer patch. Their armies poured into the Direlands under the leadership of general Black Ferah. After being defeated a few times, she moved her command post into one of the Shadow Spires where she was overwhelmed after a coordinated attack of the Isparians.[4]
The invasion of Ler Rhan's forces started in A'mun Desert. Unlike Ferah, he elected to directly establish his headquarters in the Spires. After he was slain there, he moved on to the plains in the Aluvian-settled regions of Dereth. Again, he was tracked and defeated. Once more he moved, into the Spire found in the Blackmire Swamp. Once more he fell.
The conquered Spires held keys to the Nexus Crystal, which was defended by an army of Undead and Shadows (See als Nexus Shadow Armor Quest). [4]
  • Until the To Raise a Banner of Flame, the Spires moved over the landscape, but their army and their generals remained unseen.[5]
  • The Spires of Ferah and Ler Rhan's Spires attacked Cragstone and Arwic.[2]
  • Ler Rhan's forces invested Anadil's garrison at the Fenmalain Vestibule, but the battle ends indecisive, partly due because Isin Dule withheld his forces.[6] Before any action could be taken by the divided Shadows, the Isparians interfered again and destroyed all three of the Vault Crystals.[2]
  • After five of the Soul Crystals were destroyed, only the Shard of the Herald kept Bael'Zharon imprisoned. On most worlds, also this last Crystal was destroyed relatively quickly. Only on the world of Thistledown, a strong defense was organized.[7]
To overcome this, Ferah and Ler Rhan assumed human form once more and contacted the Isparians they abducted and tested before. Together with one of them, Vidorian, they swept into the dungeon, drove the defenders back and shattered the Shard of the Herald. With a shriek that could be heard across worlds, Ilservian Palacost was freed. [2][7]

After the Fourth Sending

  • After the second time the Hopeslayer is defeated, the Shadows retreat[10]
  • The first mention hereafter of Ler Rhan is during the Mirror, Mirror event. The island of Caul undergoes a radical change due to experiments of Aerbax in cooperation with Ler Rhan, also referred to as "The Mirror".The island now shows an additional strong Shadow influence. [11]
  • During the The War of Blood and Shadow Story Arc, the Shadow Leaders become active again. The three generals, Ler Rhan and Black Ferah on one side, Isin Dule on the other, concentrate their activities on Caul, where Isin Dule keeps a close eye on the whereabouts of the other two [12][13][14]
  • Ler Rhan's experiments together with Aerbax result in the creation of a Prodigal Shadow Child by the name of Kirienne Palacost.[15][16]One of his aspects defends the Child, together with an aspect of Black Ferah.[17]

The Tou-Tou Shadow Invasion

During the Hidden In Shadows patch, a Shadow Spire appeared near the town of Tou-Tou.[18][19] This was the starting point of a new wave of Shadow activity, led by Ler Rhan and Black Ferah, both now in their true forms, and not as aspects.[20][21] Though it seems their goal is to bring back Bael'Zharon to the surface, this was merely a test of theories.[22]. In fact, they are collecting information on the ley lines around Tou-Tou in the hope of bringing the Hopeslayer on for a prolonged time, to defeat Isin Dule and to spread the corruption all over Dereth.[23][24] The Shadows started the attack Tou-Tou and many of the townsfolk decide to evacuate.[25][26] The siege of Tou-Tou succeeded and the town, and the inhabitants that stayed behind, was corrupted and pulled toward the shadow[27]. The remaining townspeople were turned into shadows, be it weak and unwilling.[28][29] The event culminated in the reappearance of the Hope-Slayer, and its subsequent defeat by the combined forces of Asheron, Isin Dule, the golem Deewain and even Ulgrim left his favorite drinking spot to give a wack or two with his sword. The forces of Ler Rhan and Black Ferah retreated, though the town of Tou-Tou remains devastated and occupied by the shadow forces and their leaders will keep trying to collect crystals to keep trying to summon the Hopeslayer.[30][31]

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Appearances In Game

Ler Rhan himself used to not appear as such ingame. Instead, he sent aspects of himself into the world. Destroying these aspects does not destroy Ler Rhan himself.[32] [33]

Ler Rhan Shadow aspects appear in various quests and he was one of two leaders (along with the A Shadow of Black Ferah) that led the Shadow invasions during the Thorns of the Hopeslayer event.[34]

Video on Youtube: Shard of the Herald / Liberation of Bael'Zharon on Thistledown


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Instructions (Shriveled Lump)
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Instructions (Shadowfire Stone)
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Translation of the Pulsating Bony Lump




  1. AC:DM CD Lore/Bestiary/Derethian Bestiary#Shadows
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2000/11 - Should the Stars Fall/The Child of Daralet--Leafcull to Frostfell, PY 11 / (November to December, 2000)
  3. 3.0 3.1 1999/11 Release - Shadow Child#Notes
  4. 4.0 4.1 2000/05 Heroes' Respite General History of Dereth Vol. V
  5. 2000/08 Taste of Twilight - General History of Dereth Vol. VIII
  6. 2000/09 Twilight's Gleaming - Shadow Dispatch
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 2000/12 The Child of Daralet - Announcements - 2000/12 - The Child of Daralet#Letter to the Players
  8. 2001/04 A Reign of Stone - Scrawled Note (Aerbax Laboratory)
  9. 2007/10 Masked Memories - Delving into Claude's Mind#Lore & Dialog
  10. 2006/05 - The Price of Loyalty - Isin Dule's Orders
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 2004/01 - Mirror, Mirror - Announcements - 2004/01 - Mirror, Mirror#Teaser
  12. 2006/05 - The Price of Loyalty - Isin Dule's Orders
  13. 2006/01 Reprisals - Instructions (Shriveled Lump)
  14. 2006/02 A Change in Tactics - Instructions (Shadowfire Stone)
  15. 15.0 15.1 2007/09 Dark Materials - Translation of the Pulsating Bony Lump
  16. 16.0 16.1 2007/09 Dark Materials - Description of Scrap of Shadow Essence
  17. 2007/09 Dark Materials - Aerbax's Prodigal Shadow
  18. 2011/03 Hidden In Shadows - Teaser
  19. 2011/03 Hidden In Shadows - Shadow Communication#Lore & Dialog
  20. 2011/04 Dark Deliveries - Teaser
  21. 2011/06 Stirrings in the Dark - Teaser
  22. 2011/06 Stirrings in the Dark - Fate of Bael'Zharon#Lore & Dialog
  23. 2011/07 Shifting Shadows - Ulgrim Rumors
  24. 2011/07 Shifting Shadows - Teaser
  25. 2011/08 A Rising Darkness - Teaser
  26. 2011/08 A Rising Darkness - Shadow Assault#Lore & Dialog
  27. 2011/09 Loss - Announcements - 2011/09 - Loss#Teaser
  28. [2011/09 Loss - Tou-Tou Blockade
  29. 2011/09 Loss - Jeweler Lo Dai-Ou (Creature)#Notes
  30. 2011/10 Cloak of Darkness - Announcements - 2011/10 - Cloak of Darkness#Teaser
  31. 2011/10 Cloak of Darkness - Stop the Rebuilding#Lore & Dialog
  32. 2000/04 Thorns of the Hopeslayer - Nexus Shadow Armor Quest#Lore & Dialog
  33. 2007/09 Dark Materials - A Shadow of Ler Rhan#Notes
  34. 2000/04 Thorns of the Hopeslayer - Thorns of the Hopeslayer Maggies Site- Thorns of the Hopeslayer
  35. 2004/09 A Small Victory - Devious Shadow#Notes
  36. 2010/06 Shifting Gears - Margul (Town Network Painting)
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