He was middle-aged, married, father to two sons and very, very rich.
- — The High Lord
|Book Origin||The Black Magician Trilogy|
Royend of Marane, mostly referred to as Dem Marane, is a rich Elyne aristocrat who is married to Kaslie. He is taller than the average Elyne and has black hair from his Kyralian grandmother. He is the leader of a group of Elyne rebels, first seen in the High Lord. On numerous occasions he has invited Tayend to his meets. Tayend had always refused such invitations, until the time in which both Dannyl and Tayend had been invited to go to the same party.
|Spoilers from "The High Lord"|
Marane's brother-in-law Farand has magical potential, but is refused a place at the Guild by the the Elyne King. This was because Farand had previously worked for the King, using his magic to overhear conversations, and so give the king information. The king was concerned that if Farand attended the Guild, than the magicians would read his thoughts and discover too many secrets. Marane searches for another way to teach the young man magic.
Dem Marane enlists the help of Ambassador Dannyl to teach Farand Control of his magic. Dannyl is secretly on a mission from the Guild to arrest Marane and his group of rebels. He takes as long as possible to teach Farand Control, in order to learn as much about the rebels as he can. When he attempts to read Farand's thoughts, Marane becomes suspicious of Dannyl, and so the magician is forced to arrest him and the rebels.
Back at the Guild, Farand is granted a place of study, even though he is several years older than the average novice. Meanwhile, the rebels are put on trial. Marane makes an angry outburst regarding Dannyl's affair with the scholar Tayend, but Dannyl insists that he told the lie in order to gain their trust. His slandering of Dannyl is partially what influences his sentence. Marane is sentenced to death, while the other rebels are imprisoned.