The Elf King is the mysterious, masked figure who threatens the kingdom of Alledia in order to obtain the stonekeepers. As the leader of the elves, he possesses a vast army to do his evil bidding and uses his power to oppress the commoners. In particular, he guides his footsoldiers in pursuit of Emily Hayes – one of the few remaining stonekeepers – and his main goal is to use the power of the stones to obliterate the kingdom of Alledia.
The king's mask is a royal heirloom and acts as a symbol of the kings before him, including the former "Erlking". It also represents his dominion over Gulfen, and helps to establish a sense of authority.
As a child, the king grew up in a small village, and was quiet and often kept to himself. It is also known the boy held a stone of his own, and this would eventually lead to his corruption. Along with three other young stonekeepers, the boy lost control of his powers and the stone was able to possess his mind and body – eventually morphing him into a colossal beast that set the surface of Alledia aflame.
Other stonekeepers managed to keep the four at bay, and this resistance was eventually able to subdue them – except for the king, who was severely altered by the transformation at this point.
The elders were able to separate him from his stone, and despite his requests to be executed, imprisoned him in an attempt to cure his evil curse. As time progressed, he spoke only of his desire for power, and warned of dark days to come. He also told them that they would regret having kept him alive, and that he would show them why.
Leon Redbeard's father, one of the guards assigned to watch over his prison cell, was there the night the stone returned to help the boy escape. An explosion followed and Leon's father, along with the rest of the guards, were killed.
The Elf King managed to gain the support of his followers, as well as a human named Max Griffin – whose childhood friend, Layra, was thrown into jail and killed by authorities when he attempted to aid her family in an escape. The king later urged Griffin to retrieve the Mother Stone.
Meanwhile, when his son, Trellis, failed to deliver Emily Hayes, the Elf King sent royal guards to capture and send the prince back to the palace. Disappointed in his son's failure and disrespect, the king sent an elite commander named Luger to aid his son in pursuit of the young stonekeeper - ensuring the task is completed - giving him the option to kill Trellis lest he show any disobedience.
However, once Luger engaged in a brief combat with the Charnon House, he was quickly outmaneuvered and sent spiraling down a cliff atop Demon's Head Mountain, where he took refuge in a small cave and later found by Trellis; the two disband from the Elf King's forces. After being wilfully disrupted in a message, the Elf King is prompted to send a skilled mercenary named Gabilan to hunt down the two traitors, as well as to resume the task of capturing Hayes.
In the test for the spot of the Guardian Council, Max Griffin successfully obtains the Mother Stone and, per agreement, the Elf King allows him to use a piece of it to awaken a mountain beast named Chronos encased in a glacier in the Ice Prison of Korthan. The king orders him to begin their march at the city of Frontera, as well as to leave no survivors behind.
The Elf King typically wears a long white robe, and as a symbolic expresson of his authority, a white mask carved with simple patterns. This mask also contains a small, but rather prominent dot at the forehead. He also appears to be significantly taller than other known elves.
The Elf King expresses great ruthlessness in his quest to obtain the stones, though he manages to remain calm and hidden from most of the public eye – including his own son. In fact, he seems to be particularly wary about Trellis, who he deems distrustful and rebellious. As a result, the relationship between the two is poor.
The Elf King is seen only briefly several times, and his involvement in Alledia's affairs are mainly instilled through his troops, who do most of his bidding for him.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
While the Elf King has yet to demonstrate his true skills in battle, he uses his stone as a main form of defense, as well as communication. His subordinates, as well as the kingdom of Alledia, fear him in a sense that suggests great authority and power.
- While the king is mentioned briefly in The Stonekeeper, he does not make an official debut until the second book.
- He somewhat mirrors Firelord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Both are feared and powerful leaders of their country who seek to expand their rule through tyranny, and both view their sons as incompetent and traitorous. They also both serve as an antagonist in their respective stories.