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Arobynn Hamel

also known as: King of the Assassin's
                          Adarlan's Assassin

Male | Human  

Loyal to Assassin's Guild

Lives in Rifthold, Adarlan 
Born in an unknown kingdom that was conquered by Adarlan

39 | Deceased
Died in Queen of Shadows  





Love Interests
Sam Cortland's mother (Favored Courtesan)
Lysandra (Favored Courtesan)



Arobynn Hamel by Salome Totladze

Physical Appearance:

    Celaena describes Arobynn as not the most handsome man, but one of the most alluring ones she knows.  He has reddish-brown hair with strands of gray and silver/gray eyes.  He is tall enough that when he gets down on one knee, his head is level with Celaena's when she is seated.  

    Celaena described his movements as graceful due to his many years of training as an assassin.


    Arobynn is a sociopath.  He is able to emulate emotions to lure people in, but ultimately manipulates them into doing his bidding.  He hides the fact that he doesn't have morals, and is willing to do anything to get more power.  His relationship with Celaena is proof of this.  He favored her, showered her with gifts and affection - as long as she did what he told her to do.  If she deviated from his plans, he punished her.  When Celaena started to see the kind of man Arobynn was, and he realized he lost control over her, he punished her in the ultimate way; making sure she was caught, and sending her to Endovier.  

Before Book Events:

    Not much is known about Arobynn's past, such as his family name, or even the specific kingdom he was born in.  It is a kingdom that was conquered by Adarlan.  It is unknown how he became an Assassin, or came to be considered the King of Assassin's.  

    Eight years before The Assassin's Blade, he was at his property in Terrasen, he was awoken by a woman - Elena Galathynis - and was led to a young girl who was close to death by the Avery River.  This young girl was an eight-year old Aelin Galathynis.  He gave her a choice - stay and die, or come with him, and train to become an assassin.  She chooses to go with him.

The Assassin's Blade

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Arobynn is one of the most influential side characters in this book.  As the King of Assassin's, and Celaena's "master", he has full control over her for most of the book.  When he sends Celaena and Sam to Skull's Bay under the pretense of collecting payment for three dead assassin's killed by pirates, Sam tell's Celaena that he thinks Arobynn wanted them out of Rifthold for the month for a reason.  Celaena, at that point, doesn't want to believe the bad things about Arobynn, but this mission has opened her eyes a bit to who Arobynn Hamel truly is, when she learns he wants to start selling slaves.

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