Erskine Ravel

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Erskine Ravel
Erskine Ravel Information
Names Erskine Ravel, The Man with Golden Eyes
Birth Unknown
Age Unknown
Magic Elemental
Faction The Dead Men (formerly), The Irish Sanctuary (formerly)
Titles Grand Mage
Location Ireland

Erskine Ravel is an Elemental who was first introduced in the fifth book. During the War Erskine Ravel was part of the group the Dead Men. He was the Grand Mage in Ireland, before he killed Ghastly and Shudder, betraying his friends. He is revealed in Last Stand of Dead Men to be the Man With the Golden Eyes, hiding Roarhaven's revolution behind a war so that mages could rule mortals. His plan ultimately fails as the Warlocks realised he was behind their murders. Darquesse punishes him for his actions by making him suffer pain beyond belief for 23 hours each day. He is disgusted by himself for his actions, even though he belives them to be necessary. 


During in the war he was part of a group called the Dead Men.He also took orders from Corrival Deuce. His family is currently unknown. He was captured by Mevolent 's soldiers and tortured. He spent time with the Children of the Spiders whilst recovering and their living conditions caused him to believe that mages should no longer have to hide from mortals.


The Council Election

At the Great Chamber, after Corrival Deuce is elected as Grand Mage, Ravel, along with Skulduggery, is nominated as an Elder by Corrival, despite not wanting to become one. It is later discovered that it was his plan to be elected.

He is present at the interrogation of Davina Marr where he, along with Skulduggery, Valkyrie Cain and Tanith Low, is defeated by Tesseract. He fights Tessaract, sustaining only some broken ribs. He leaves the medical bay early to report to Deuce, despite Kenspeckles orders.

Ravel likes Tanith, but Skulduggery tells him to keep away from her as Ghastly is also interested in her.

The Remnant Outbreak

The three are attacked by Deuce, Shudder and Wreath who are all possessed by Remnants. He joins the possessed Remnants that attack the Hibernian and later has the Remnant ripped from him at MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Near the end of the book, he is elected as Grand Mage, and he accepts Madam Mist and Ghastly Bespoke as his Elders. In Last Stand of Dead Men Skulduggery says that Ravel used the Remnants to cover up the murder of Corrival Deuce so that Ravel was elected grand mage.

Duties as Elder

Ravel makes his first appearance as Grand Mage in the new Sanctuary along with his Elders, where they are told by Skulduggery and Valkyrie about Melancholia being the Death Bringer.

After Valkyrie is seriously injured by Melancholia, Ravel approves Madame Mist to bring in Nye and make it the Sanctuary's new doctor, despite numerous objections.

Ravel later attends the the Requiem Ball, during which he had his life energy taken from him by Melancholia, along with the other guests. However it is later returned to him with Valkyrie's help.


As the war with the Supreme Council began to fall apart into bickering and petty attacks, Ravel returned to the Sanctuary to confront Mist, despite Skulduggery's warnings about experiencing intense agony within the Sanctuary in one of Cassandra Pharos' visions. Ghastly and Anton Shudder were sent to accompany him, along with two Australian mages.

The team split up, and Ghastly, Shudder and Ravel go to face Madame Mist. However, when they find her, she introduces the Black Cleaver, a modification to the rebuilt White Cleaver, 'donated' by Dr Nye, who is revealed to have killed the two mages sent to accompany Ravel, Ghastly and Shudder.

Before the trio can attack, the Black Cleaver advances, it's scythe slashing through Shudder, and even as his gist attempts to emerge, Shudder is unable to retaliate, and the Black Cleaver ends his life.

A moment later, Ghastly feels something cold and sharp penetrate his back, and despite thinking it to be the Cleaver, as he falls, he is rolled onto his back to face Erskine Ravel, holding the knife.

As Ghastly's body shuts down, he begs Ravel to stop. Ravel apologizes, and as Ghastly dies, he notices Erskine Ravel's golden eyes, revealing that Ravel was always the traitor.


Corrival Deuce says that Ravel 'likes spending money too much' and he describes himself as a rogue. He shows a clear attraction to Tanith Low but is told by Skulduggery to leave her alone after Ghastly is attracted to her. It is implied that he is a bit of a ladies man. He was also against becoming an Elder as he considered the job too peaceful although he was content to badger Deuce into taking the job. 

He seems to be trustworthy and caring towards his friends.  Although he kills Ghastly and Anton , and plans to help the mages take over the mortal world, he regrets what he had to do for his views constantly.


Ravel was shown to be an experienced Elemental when he was fighting the hired killer Tesseract. His skills in Elemental magic are also shown when Corrival Deuce, Anton Shudder and Solomon Wreath attack Bespoke's Tailors while possessed by Remnants. However he is shown to be inferior to Skulduggery in their fight.


Death Bringer
Kingdom of the Wicked Front Cover
Last Stand of Dead Men Cover

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