The Unnamed
Character Information
Species Human
Gender Male
Birth Unknown
Age Unknown
Death Killed by Mevolent through the Obsidian Blade (First Time)
Magic Immortality, Black Fire manipulation, accelerated healing, flight
Titles Mevolent's master.
Location Unknown

The Unnamed was Mevolent's master before Mevolent started The War. Not much is known about the Unnamed, except that he did not have a True Name, but was still able to perform Magic. During the events of the most recent book he is resurrected by Abyssinia. In a painting at the Great Chamber, he is shown as a man burning with black fire.

In Skulduggery Pleasant: Midnight, it was revealed that he was the father of Abyssinia and therefore the previous King of the Darklands.

In Skulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam, The Unnamed is brought back to life by Abyssinia. He claims Caisson's body as his vessel and takes back the powers he had bestowed to her.

Magic and Abilities

As an alleged direct descendant of Faceless Ones who had taken human form, The Unnamed is an unfathomably powerful sorcerer. His magic and vitality is so potent that nothing short of the most powerful God Killer, The Obsidian Blade, is said to be able to kill him. Abyssinia states that he possesses many powers but so far he has only shown accelerated healing, the ability to burn in black flames and the ability to fly. His knowledge of magic and alchemy is vast enough to bring his daughter back from the brink of death and esoteric enough to (temporarily) prevent his own from what is said to be the oldest and strongest God Killer in existence.

It is unknown what else he can do and where his magic comes from as he has no True Name. It is implied that his family’s strain of magic and their ability to drain the strength/lifeforce from their opponents is hereditary, unique and quite possibly Neoteric.


Skulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam

It is revealed that The Unnamed survived the initial attempt on his life by Mevolent. Using powerful and obscure magic he slowed the effects of The Obsidian Blade causing him to fall into a deep hibernative state. When his daughter became pregnant he was aroused from his long slumber. Now old, weak and near deaths door he searched for her. He found her, albeit grievously wounded in the aftermath of her failed plot to overthrow Mevolent. Using his vast arcane knowledge he brought Abyssinia back from the brink of death. Unfortunately, due to the injuries he had sustained his magics was not enough to heal her wounds as well. Death seemed all but certain. Abyssinia, up until this point, had no idea that she had in fact been taken care of by her father and asked to know the name of her saviour before she died. The Unnamed revealed himself and informed her that he had indeed survived but was in fact slowly dying himself.

He had, however, come up with a plan to save them both. When her child was to reach a certain age she was to end his life and allow The Unnamed, whose soul would be stored within a Soulcatcher until that point in time, to posses her sons body and rise anew as The King of the Darklands reborn. In exchange he would give her his vast magical powers allowing her to heal her wounds and return stronger than ever. It would allow him to shed his now frail and decrepit form as the effects of The Obsidian Blade finally caught up to him. Just moments away from dying and with seemingly no other choice she agreed and in exchange The Unnamed gifted her his power, healing her, and allowing him to finally succumb to death, long overdue, from the effects of The Obsidian Blade. Abyssinia kept her end of the bargain and his soul remained in a Soulcatcher hidden and safely stored away.

At the end of Bedlam, Caisson is grievously wounded. Abyssinia, in her grief and despair, commands Nero to fetch the Soulcatcher containing her father. Despite Skulduggery and Valykrie's pleas, Abyssinia releases her father's soul into Caisson's body. The Unnamed, now inhabiting Cassion's body, returns to life. He proceeds to take back the power he had granted Abyssinia before healing the damage done to his new vessel and flying away.


  • In Kingdom Of The Wicked, Mevolent appears in an alternate dimension where he won The War. The Unnamed may exist in this dimension as well.
  • In Last Stand Of Dead Men, Darquesse burns in black fire, described similarly to The Unnamed.
  • He is the King of the Darklands although this position was lost when he was killed by Mevolent.
    • He has a grandson through Abyssinia called Caisson, who was to be crowned the new King of the Darklands.
  • Derek Landy may or may not use this character in the future. [1]
    • Furthermore, more information on The Unnamed will be revealed in the future.[2]




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