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"How many times do I have to say this? I know things."
"I hate you."
"See? I knew that."
— Saracen and Dexter Vex, Last Stand of Dead Men
Saracen Rue
Saracen Rue
Character Information
Taken Name Saracen Rue
Species Human
Gender Male
Birth Unknown
Age over 400
Magic Adept
Faction The Dead Men (formerly)
Weapons Unknown
Location Unknown

Saracen Rue was an old member of the group the Dead Men during the War, and an old boyfriend of Tanith Low and Ashione.


Saracen Rue was one of the nine members of the Dead Men during the War. He met the others when he "attacked a camp singlehandedly" according to him, but Shudder corrects him, saying that he "tripped and rolled down the hill into enemy camp" and the others had to save him. Saracen grumpily replies that it was an aggressive roll.  At one point Saracen also dated Tanith Low. While Saracen was dating her, the two fought together in a battle. After the night was over, the two kissed under the moonlight, drenched in gore and pieces of brain. Tanith recalls it as a "night enjoyed by all".

He also participated in a mission in Siberia to assassinate the Butcher, a soldier so terrible his own wife and soldiers disliked him. Saracen seduced his wife and hid with her for three days until his ankle healed and went up against Baron Vengeous in Leeds, and the psycho Sisters, Cerys and Aspen in Norwich. He also seduced them, but not at the same time.

He fought in The Corpse Attack in Denmark and was present at Anton Shudder's Birthday.


Saracen in 1861

Across a Dark Plain

He accompanied the other members of the Dead Men on a mission in America to capture Nefarian Serpine.

The Maleficent Seven

In The Maleficent Seven, Saracen made an appearance as one of the six people that helped Dexter Vex search for the four God-Killer weapons. It was shown that almost nobody knew what his magic was - when asked, he simply replied that he "knows things". 

Last Stand of Dead Men

Saracen accompanied the other Dead Men to reclaim the Engineer in France. He also infiltrated the British Sanctuary with them. Later, he participated in the Battle of Roarhaven; fighting Charivari alongside Dexter Vex and Valkyrie Cain's reflection.

The Dying of the Light

He helped defeat Darquesse, but she crushed him with a wall. It is unknown if he is alive or dead.


Saracen is mentioned several times in Resurrection. He appeared in Valkyrie's vision in Cassandra Pharos's house, dead on the ground with his throat torn out. In a conversation with Valkyrie Cain, China Sorrows revealed that he and Dexter Vex are no longer "on good terms".


Apart from being said that he was an Adept, all that has been said about Saracen's power is that he "knows things". He demonstrated this when, for example, he knew that there was a guard around a corner holding a machine pistol without seeing him or hearing him. Some fans have speculated he has x-ray vision of some kind. It is also predicted that he may be a psychic.
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Aura: Saracen appears to possess a unique aura, as his is the colour of deep purple.


  • When Derek Landy was asked about his sexuality, he responded that there was none when one was 400 years old. [1]
  • During a Q&A at a signing Derek Landy was asked what Saracen's power was, Derek stated that Saracen Rue was his name in the books. This would mean that because Saracen is essentially the author he would know things that no-one else would.
  • It has been confirmed that Saracen is not a Neoteric.
  • Erskine Ravel knew Saracen's power.
  • It is uncertain if Saracen's ability will be revealed or not.[2] (Will be in Seasons of War)


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