|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Patriarch of the Dihanur clan|
|Years of Service|
|Died||Prior to 1039 HE (killed by Jamar Rokat)|
|Other Family||Nurhar Dihanur (degree of relation unknown)|
|Circle Universe character|
|Only Mentioned||Magic Steps|
Palaq Dihanur (pronounced PAH-lahk DEE-hah-noor) was the patriarch of the Dihanur family, a powerful merchant clan based in Janaal. They were economic rivals and developed a blood feud with the Rokat family. Palaq was brutally murdered by one of the brothers of Jamar and Qasam Rokat who was based in Janaal. His head was severed and displayed atop a fountain for all to see.
Palaq's murder sparked the serial killings of 1039 KF by Nurhar Dihanur and his wife Alzena. Before turning their murderous spree to Summersea in Emelan, the two killers had managed to murder all of the Rokat clan that was based in both Janaal and Bihan. Nurhar and Alzena managed to kill most of the Rokat family before being stopped and killed by Sandrilene fa Toren and Pasco Acalon.
Palaq Dihanur died before Magic Steps, the first installment of The Circle Opens quartet, so he does not appear in the books. He is, however, mentioned quite a bit in Magic Steps, and is an important character despite his lack of appearances, as his death sparks the brutal serial killings of 1039 KF in Summersea.