"Six leagues to the north, a bone-white dragon with eyes of lurid red sailed through the morning sky. Wings creaking, muscles bunching, the wind hissing against scales and along bared fangs that were the length of shortswords."
―Silchas Ruin in flight[src]

Silchas Ruin was a Tiste Andii and Soletaken.[2] He was the son of Nimander Purake and the brother of Anomander Rake and Andarist.[3] Among the Tiste Edur he was known as the Betrayer.[4]

Silchas was albino, with characteristic red eyes. He was tall, gaunt, with smooth, almost translucent skin, a hairless chest and thick, long white hair. His Soletaken form was that of a giant bone-white dragon.[5]

Silchas preferred to fight with two swords, one in each hand.[6]

In Midnight TidesEdit

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Interpretation of Silchas Ruin by Corporal Nobbs

Silchas Tiste, Silchas Eleint by slaine69

Interpretation of Silchas Eleint by Slaine69


In the time of the Elder Gods Silchas led the Tiste Andii contingent of a joint immigration of Tiste Andii and Tiste Edur into the world that, at the time, was held by the K'Chain Che'Malle. This led to a conflict between the Tiste and the K'Chain that ended with the Tiste victorious. But the Andii were ravaged by the K'Chain Che'Malle.

It was at this point that Scabandari Bloodeye and the Edur betrayed Silchas and the Andii, forcing them to surrender and subsequently killing them. Silchas was not killed outright, but was instead left to the mercy of an Azath House who kept him captive for an untold amount of time.[7]

Main StoryEdit

Silchas appeared to Trull Sengar as a wraith. Trull called him 'Betrayer'.[8] He also appeared as a wraith in front of Seren Pedac and her travelling companions, Buruk the Pale and Hull Beddict.[9]

Silchas rising by Shadaan

Silchas rising by Shadaan

The Edur believed that Silchas had betrayed Scabandari rather than the other way round. Udinaas found out the truth from the wraith Wither.[10]

It was revealed that the Azath House that held Silchas captive was located in the modern, human city of Letheras. This same house had been decaying for a number of years and was close to death at the start of the novel. The undead child Kettle communicated with the imprisoned Silchas and eventually freed him. This was part of a bargain that Silchas had made with the House, the other part being that Silchas would kill some of the more dangerous inhabitants that would wrestle free of the House as it approached death.

Before being freed from the Azath House, Silchas requested that Brys Beddict supply him with two swords. Kuru Qan choose the two Letherii swords Sarat Wept and Glory Goat from his own private collection for Brys to give to Silchas.[11][12]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

The Travellers by Autumn Tavern

The Travellers by Autumn Tavern

Silchas became known as The White Crow.[13]

He travelled with Clip, Fear Sengar, Seren Pedac, Udinaas and Kettle to the Refugium. There, he avenged himself and his people by using Scabandari's Finnest to seed an Azath House, sealing the gate to Starvald Demelain and fulfilling his vow to the Azath.

Afterwards he flew to Letheras and attempted to attack the city to destroy the Letherii Empire, but was routed by Quick Ben, Fiddler and Hedge.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

He led Rud Elalle away from the Refugium and the impending arrival of the Eleint.

In The Crippled GodEdit

Silchas and Tulas

Interpretation of Silchas and Tulas by Puck

Shadowthrone gifted him with a Hust sword carrying the chains of Ampelas, Kalse and Eloth. Along with Kagamandra Tulas, Telorast and Curdle, he fought to defend Korabas from the attacking Eleint in the 'War of Awakening'. He later met up with Nimander Golit and his people.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

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Silchas Ruin by Meonika

Silchas and his two brothers were given the title 'Son of Darkness' by Mother Dark.[14] Silchas Ruin's skin did not take on the ebon hue of the Tiste Andii like his brothers when exposed to Mother Dark. He was good friends with Scara Bandaris who arrived in Kharkanas with twenty-five Jheleck child Hostages. Silchas recommended the 'hounds' be given to Kagamandra Tulas to raise.[15]

In Fall of LightEdit


"More than any of us – more even than Anomandaris, Silchas Ruin thinks… draconean. As cold, as calculating, as timeless. Abyss below, Sukul Ankhadu, you have no idea…"
―Eleint sisters Sheltatha Lore and Sukul Ankhadu, ploting against Silchas Ruin[src]
"Silchas Ruin, of course, was not afflicted with a sense of humour. Or its dryness beggared a desert."
―Seren Pedac observing Silchas Ruin[src]
"The brother of Anomander and Andarist, for ever deemed the coldest of the three, the cruellest, Silchas Ruin flew, a white leviathan with murder in its heart...White as bone, with eyes red as death."
―Silchas Ruin returning to Letheras[src]

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