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Seven Traitors
Biographical information
Alternative name(s)

Seven Goblins




Plume Island (formerly)





Chronological and political information
First appearance

Tales of Deltora (only appearance)

Last appearance

Cavern of The Fear (mentioned)

The "Seven Traitors", alternatively referred to as the Seven Goblins, was a group of seven Plumes who stole the mouthpiece of the Pirran Pipe from their Piper and travelled to the world aboveground, planning to tell their story and return to lead the Plumes back into the sun.[1]


Tales of Deltora[]

When the seven "goblins" came to the Land of Dragons, they went through a dragons den to enter the land. They encountered Ben Os-Mine who was drinking at the pool in front of the den. He saw the goblins and in his shock threw a stone at the smallest one. It hit her in the center of her brow and she died immediately. Before the goblins could attack Ben, he turned on his heels. The goblins buried there companion and moved on. One of them started to lag behind and was seized by Granous who killed him instantly. The Granous mentioned a puzzle box while they were eating but the other goblins ran away as fast as they could.

They had run until they had reached the end of the hills and moved onto a plain. There they saw a lonely farmhouse and they progressed to it. They peered to the window and saw a child and his mother. The child saw them and screamed waking the mother who threw a boiling pot on one of the goblins. He fell screaming while his heart was pierced by his own knife. The others ran away because other enemies were approaching. They wandered for weeks eventually reaching a harbour town where one of the goblins ate poisoned raisins and died.

The last three travelled west, eventually making their way into Diamond territory. One died of starvation and another was eaten by grippers. The last goblin, their leader, stumbled upon a seemingly abandoned hut and hid under the bed. That night, the hut's owner and the head of his clan, arrived home and lept into bed, crushing the rotten timbers with his weight. When the knight woke the next morning, he discovered that he had crushed the goblin. The Jalis took the goblin's pouch, containing the mouthpiece of the Pirran Pipe, which the knight mistook as a talisman. He then took the goblin's body to boast about his kill. This incident resulted in animosity between Pirrans and humans for years to come, each race regarding the others as vicious savages.[1]

Cavern of The Fear[]

Barda, Lief, Jasmine and Glock would later locate the mouthpiece of the Pirran Pipe to the plumes and clear the caverns of a monster, allowing for reconciliation.[2]

Physical appearance[]

The Seven Traitors are described as 'goblins'. Small, pale creatures that had been living underground for their entire lifespan. They wore garments that were red as blood. Their faces looked like the faces of dogs.[1]


The seven traitors were brave individuals who went above ground despite the dangers.[1]


They were reasonably skilled fighters for goblin standards.[1]


Deltora Quest[]

Deltora Quest 2[]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rodda, Emily. Tales of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2005.
  2. Rodda, Emily. Cavern of The Fear. Scholastic Australia. February 1, 2002.

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