Stenmun Fodeben

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Stenmun Kinslayer
Biographical Information
Nickname Kinslayer (epithet he received after killing family members of his)
Born Unknown
Died 460 HE (killed by Keladry of Mindelan)
Nationality Scanran
Magic None
Physical Description
Gender Male
Height 6'7"
Hair Blond
Family Information
Other Family
Rank Commoner
Rogue Position
Affiliation Court of the Rogue
Blayce the Gallan, Maggur Rathhausak, Scanra
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Stenmun Fodeben[1] (pronounced STEHN-muhn foe-DEHB-uhn), called Stenmun Kinslayer, was a Scanran mercenary who worked for Maggur Rathhausak and Blayce the Gallan during the Scanran War against Tortall.


Early life

Stenmun received the epithet "kinslayer" at some point for killing members of his family. It is unknown how many he killed or to what degree of kinship they shared. In the real world, those who received this sort of epithet usually kill immediate family.

Mercenary in the war

Stenmun worked for King Maggur the warlord. He was assigned to work for Blayce the Necromancer sometime before 460 HE. He spent his time in the war collecting children for Blayce the use in order to create killing devices. They started first in the village of Fief Rathhausak, gathering first the most lovely children, then others until there were no more there. Stenmun started to lead raiding parties into neighboring villages and even Tortall in search of children to fuel Blayce's metal monsters.

He attacked the fortified refugee camp called Haven in early June of 460, killing many people and taking the rest as prisoners. The adults he planned to sell in Scanra as slaves, as slavery was still legal there. The children he planned to take to Blayce.

Deep in Scanra during their flight, Stenmun's men started to get attacked and to be killed. He did not want to stay and find those who did it, because time was of an interest and he needed to get the Haven children to Blayce. This worked in the rescue party's favor, which was headed and commanded by Keladry of Mindelan.

Stenmun was killed by Keladry during her and her people's attack on Castle Rathhausak in mid-June of 460.

Physical description

Stenmun is described as being extremely tall, around 6 foot 7 inches, and "handsome enough in a Scanran way". He has long blond hair and a beard that is greying at the sides. He is in extremely good fighting condition and crushed a man's windpipe due to a strong backhand[2].

Because of his grey hair, his age ranges from late thirties to early fifties.

Personality and traits

Stenmun is very apathetic when it comes to morals, and does what he does only because of the money involved. He did not care about the lives he was ending, just as long as he got paid. He accused Keladry of Mindelan for thinking just like a noble when the young knight showed shock that someone would kill for money.


Stenmun appears as a major antagonist in Lady Knight.

Notes and references

  1. Discrepancy: In the Random House Laure-Leaf print edition of Lady Knight, it is spelled "Fobeden". Online and possibly in other editions (unknown), it is spelled Fodeben.
  2. Lady Knight, Ch. 16 (pg. 331; Laurel-Leaf)

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