During in the War he was part of a group called the Dead Men. He also took orders from Corrival Deuce. He was once captured by Mevolent's soldiers and tortured. Whilst recovering he spent time with the Children of the Spider 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.
Eight weeks after Argeddion was defeated, he sent a proclamation to Sancturay agents arounf the world, detailing the escape of Silas Nadir from prison and the disappearance of Skulduggery and Valkyrie.
Despite his apparet best efforts, Ireland suffered too many transgressions and slid into war with almost all of the world. He led some missions with the reformed Dead Men to France and in Ireland. He also had a shield raised around the country to prevent entrance to the belligerents.
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.
He later later announces to the people of Roarhaven that in another dimension a giant city was built that will be shunted onto the current village. After Skulduggery and his allies fail to assassinate Ravel (after learning he was a traitor), he is alerted by an aide that the Warlocks, led by Charivari, are marching on Roarhaven. He doesn't understand why the didn't attack Dublin, like in his plan. Skulduggery mentions that the Warlocks saw through the whole ruse of Department X.
During the Battle, Ravel sends mages supercharged by The Accelerator to kill Skulduggery and his allies. They fail to defeat them. Skulduggery and China Sorrows go to the Sanctuary where Ravel is waiting with The Black Cleaver and the Children of the Spider. After a legnthy battle, Ravel and his allies are defeated. Darquesse arrives and tortures Ravel after he asks her to join him. She says death is too good for him and places on him twenty-three hours of pure pain that can't be sedated for eternity. When he gets used to the pain, it will increase. The one hour without pain would be spend in terror, waiting for it to come back. The vision the came through when he was seen writing in agony. Late on, it it mentioned that nothing can be done to reduce the pain.
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.
Corrival Deuce says that Ravel "ikes 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.