The father of Rachel and Ricky, and the step-father of Landius.

When Ricky asks how Landius joined their family, Landius says that his mother tried to save him from the flood that destroyed their village. She exhausted herself in the process, and the elder found her before she died. He took Landius in as his own son after that.

The elder defied Gizlof's rule when the taxes for gotahl were raised, and he attacked the tax collectors when they arrived. This led him into Gizlof's trap and gave him justification to attack Gotahl. When the odds are apparent, he sends Landius and Ricky ahead to save Rachel, buying them time with his life.