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Through her treatments with Amberdrake, Winterhart begins to treat the gryphons more as persons than animals, starts to become friends with Amberdrake, and in turn begins to question her superficial relationship with a mercenary mage named Conn Levas.

She is also revealed to have formerly been a member of the neighboring Leodhan kingdom before Ma'ar's agents caused it to fall. Meanwhile, Skan begins to fall in love with Zhaneel as they fly combat missions together, though the missions are a mix of victories and retreats.

When the Sixth Wing commander is killed by an explosion in his command tent, Shaiknam resumes command of the Sixth Wing -- much to the gryphons' dismay -- and Skan volunteers to lead the Sixth Wing as they stage a formal protest of Shaiknam's latest orders.

Skan the black gryphon pdf file meets with Urtho privately to discuss Shaiknam. In doing so, Skan reveals they have acquired Urtho's secret knowledge and are therefore free to leave Urtho's service if they choose -- but they would rather stay, out of loyalty and love for their creator; Urtho is shocked at first, but ultimately approves.

Urtho also reveals that Ma'ar's forces have been advancing the black gryphon pdf file, have occupied the nearby Leodhan Palace, and are almost able to launch a direct assault on the Tower itself; Urtho has been secretly organizing gradual evacuations of all nonessential personnel. Shaiknam is appointed to hold the defensive line while the nonhuman and mage troops of the Sixth Wing are dissolved into other divisions outside his command.


As the evacuations escalate, a gryphon named Aubri discovers General Shaiknam has brokered a deal with Ma'ar, simply allowing them to pass through to advance upon Urtho's tower, while also hiring the mercenary Conn Levas to assassinate Urtho.

Although successful in poisoning Urtho, Conn Levas is killed by Skandranon, and the dying Urtho gives Skan a device to be used against Ma'ar specifically, similar to a prototype Zhaneel field-tested earlier to great effect.

Skandranon arrives at the Leodhan Palace in time to rescue a captured Kechara and Aubri, activate the device against Ma'ar, and escape through a Gate before the device detonates.

Ma'ar appears to take his own life while claiming that he and his empire will last forever. Upon Urtho's death, his tower explodes in a massive surge of energy, while mages at the evacuation sites ready magical shielding for the approaching blast wave.

The site's Gate activates, with Kechara and Aubri the first the black gryphon pdf file arrive, but the Gate begins to break down before Skandranon can follow; the mage Vikteren, with the help of the others, is able to hold the Gate together long enough to pull Skandranon through safely, though his signature coat of black feathers has been bleached white from the force of the blast.

Although unable to establish any magical contact with the other evacuees, they are thankful to be alive and safe.

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He is interested in books and learning of leaders-and how they lead. Very confident in his abilities, he believes no one the black gryphon pdf file can do what he can.

He is injured at the beginning of the story and has to stay in a healer's tent while his wounds are mended. His chief healer is Amberdrake, but he also receives help from Cinnabar and Tamsin. While healing, he meets Aubri and also Zhaneel, who he falls in love with. In the end, he is the defeater of Ma'ar, but it all comes with a price for his black feathers are turned white from a problem with the gates.

Kiyamvir Ma'ar—leader of the group fighting Urtho.

He is a powerful mage bent on world domination. He's defeated many different cities and uses the conquered people in his new army. Like Urtho, Ma'ar creates a new race of creatures called Makaar.

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The makaar, unlike the gryphons, take orders without question and without a thought of their own. Ma'ar the black gryphon pdf file suicide rather than face defeat at the hands of Skandranon.

He does not fit in with either kestra'cherns, people usually of the Kaled'a'in race that are trained in helping people mentally and emotionally, or healers because he is a combination of both.


He is a friend of Skandranon, and worries about his friend when he does not return from his dangerous mission. Meanwhile, he meets Winterhart after a the black gryphon pdf file between her and Zhaneel. He learns of her past and falls in love with her. There are some hinted at homo-erotic duties that certain empaths and healers will perform, and some of the fees for the better service providers Amberdrake is identified as being in that category can be quite high.

There appears to be very little stigma attached to this type of service, and Amberdrake continues to be held in high regard by those familiar with this practice as well as those who are not.