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Del Pottery



Cause of death

Committed suicide under the Shadow Lord's influence by eating a poisoned cake

Physical description




Eye colour

Faded blue

Personal information

Unnamed husband, children and grandchildren

Chronological and political information
First appearance

The Isle of Illusion (only appearance)

Amarantz once lived and worked in Del's largest pottery on Piper's Lane. She owned an old horse named Dolly, and often went to the forge to have its hooves shod, where she met Sharn.[1]


Early history[]

After the invasion[]

Amarantz was captured by Grey Guards alongside her husband and taken to the Shadowlands after she was discovered to be part of a resistance movement that had plotted a futile attempt to overthrow the Shadow Lord. While she claimed to be beaten and abandoned by the Grey Guards near the border, she was actually taken to the Factory. Servants of the Shadow Lords experimented upon her with a prototype Carrier Worm that took away her hearing.[1]

The Isle of Illusion[]

Under the supervision of the Shadow Lord, Amarantz returned to the Del Palace as a cook. As a cook, she easily poisoned the food of important people. Using her connections to her former friends, Amarantz was able to learn of Marilen through Josef. She attempted to poison her, but Marilen was warned by the great Amethyst of the poison, and Jinks later ate the poisoned food instead.

Thinking she had succeeded in killing Lief's bride, Amarantz then proceeded to poisoning Steven, Lindal, and Doom, using small poisoned cakes. Luckily Sharn was able to stop them before anyone could eat the cakes. Amarantz (perhaps possessed by the Shadow Lord through it's worm) mocked everyone once she had been exposed, and dropped hints of the Carrier Worms. She told that 'many more' would come and vowed that 'she' would see Doom in another place, at another time. After that she ate one of the poisoned cakes, and the Carrier Worm attempted to flee, only to be crushed by Doom.

Now freed from the Shadow Lord's control, Amarantz managed to speak to Sharn, expressing joy in waking from a horrible nightmare, before dying in her arms.[1]

Physical appearance[]

Amarantz was thin and old. Her face was covered in scars because of the horrible time in the Shadowlands. She had faded blue eyes.[1]


Amarantz was a kind-hearted and trustworthy woman. Sharn commented that she trusted Amarantz with her life.[1]

Conversion Project[]

While under the control of a carrier worm, Amarantz had only one goal: to do the Shadow Lord's will. The carrier worm controlled her personality and how she acted. For example, she lied about how she managed to evade entering the Shadowlands. She also prepared poisoned food for Marilen and others.[1]


Amarantz was a reasonable skilled cook because Sharn offered her a job as palace cook. She also mastered the craft of potter since she had worked in the pottery for most of her life. It is likely that Amarantz was able to ride a horse since she owned one. However, it is never confirmed in the books that she could ride a horse.[1]


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  • Amarantz and Paff are the only characters in the Roddaverse shown comitting suicide.
  • Though never specified, it is possible that Amarantz was the wife of Mikal (later known as Claw), who also worked at the pottery and was similarly taken into slavery.
  • It is unknown why Amarantz referred to Sharn by her true name rather than Anna, the alias she went by, as Sharn had confirmed previously in Return to Del that none but herself, Endon, Jarred and Anna knew of their plans for the couples to switch places.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Rodda, Emily. The Isle of Illusion. Scholastic Australia. March 1, 2002.

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