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When the King was younger, he found the Wyrdkey hidden in Elena's tomb and brought it to Morath. Duke Perrington then took the King under the Keep to show him the crypt, even though it was forbidden. But the King opened it with the key and Erawan came; he took Perrington’s body-and let his minion take the King's body.
The fall of Terrasen
When Aelin was a child, the King visited Terrasen shortly before the takeover of the country. During a feast in honor of his visit, the King—or the human inside him—tried to influence Aelin to use her fire and kill him, and the Valg living in him.
Shortly before his Conquest of Terrasen, the King of Adarlan issued a proclamation claiming that magic was an affront to the Goddess and her gods as it tried to imitate their divine power. As a result, he outlawed magic and led the purge of magic from Erilea, burning ancient books, sacred sites, and even magic practitioners themselves.
The human still inside the King was scared of what would happen when the Valg discovered Dorian's powerful magic, so he built the Wyrdstone Towers to rid the continent of magic, however, using his own blood in the spell made his line immune and eventually, Dorian's magic came out.
The King continued his mission to conquer Erilea.
The King ordered Celaena to assassinate Galan Ashryver, and he possessed Dorian by forcing him into a Wyrdstone collar. The human in him tried to stop that from happening, but ultimately failed to overcome the Valg's possession and could only watch while his son was enslaved.
Aelin and Dorian fight aganist the King, resulting in the Valg controlling him being destroyed. This allows the King to speak freely and he explains to Aelin and Dorian that the Valg forced him to destroy Terassen as the royal family were a threat, being descendants of Brannon. He also reveals that the decree to outlaw magic was done as a way for him to deny the Valg hosts, as they preferred magic users. The King then states that he did it to protect them. Dorian, unable to believe his father, goes into a rage and kills him as he shatters the glass castle.
Personality and traits
When the King was younger, and before he had been taken over by the Valg, he was much like his son Dorian, always poking around in forgotten places where he wasn’t wanted and reading books no one his age should read. However, being inhabited by the Valg when he was still young changed him, making him tyrannical and sociopathic.
Under the Valg's control, the King became a ruler who took great pleasure in exerting his will over others. He did not appear to care about anything other than himself and gaining more power.
The King was described as not looking at all like his son Dorian; he had a broad frame with a round face an craggy features, and sharp eyes.
- Magic: The King possessed powerful magic as a result of his possession by the Valg, and his own Havilliard ancestry.
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- Despite being one of the main antagonists of the series, the King's full name is never revealed. All that can be assumed is that his last name was Havilliard.