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— Soldeen, as the companions attempt to back away.

Biographical information
Alternative name(s)

Nanion (human form)


Lake of Tears


Transformed into Nanion

Physical description

Sea Serpent (enchanted)



Eye colour


Personal information

Ethena (wife)



Weapon of choice


Chronological and political information

Guardian of the Ruby

First appearance

The Lake of Tears

Soldeen was a giant fish-like monster that resided in the Lake of Tears and guarded the Ruby. He was Nanion, the leader of D'Or, transformed and trapped in the Lake by Thaegan's magic.[1][2] Later when Thaegan was destroyed, Soldeen transformed back to Nanion.[1]


Soldeen head

Soldeen's head.

One hundred years ago, the sorceress Thaegan, who hated all things beautiful and good, transformed the city of D'Or into the Lake of Tears and its people into the monsters that inhabit it. The cheiftan, Nanion, she turned into an aquatic serpent and renamed Soldeen. He had no memories of his previous life.

After the Shadow Lord invaded Deltora, the great Ruby was placed on the Weeping Rock—which was Nanion's wife Ethena trapped in stone. Even though the ruby was dulled by the evil around it, the gem brought happiness to Soldeen.[1]

The Deltora Book of Monsters[]

Josef, the palace librarian during the reign of king Alton, was inspired to write a book detailing various monsters in Deltora after hearing of Soldeen. He featured Soldeen as the first monster in his book.

The Lake of Tears[]

Soldeen face

Soldeen's head as seen in the anime.

Lief, Barda, Jasmine, and Manus were attacked by Soldeen when they came to the Lake of Tears. He easily tossed them about and almost ate Lief, but was driven back when Lief threw Bard and Jasmine's food packs into his mouth.

Soldeen and compaions

Soldeen negotiating with the companions in the anime.

On the shore, Manus played his flute to help cheer the companions. Soldeen heard the music and rose from the depths of the Lake to speak to the travellers. He explained that he knew they were there for the Ruby, but would not let them take the one thing that brought him joy. He offered to make a deal: trade the Ruby for Manus, who would play his flute on the Weeping Rock until he died.

The Ralad man was willing to make the sacrifice, but his friends refused to make a trade and Soldeen attacked again. Lief managed to grab a hold of one of his spines and threatened to stab Soldeen in the eye if he did not let them go. Touched by their dedication for a friend, Soldeen suddenly found himself remembering his life as

Lief riding Soldeen (anime)

Lief riding Soldeen, as seen in the anime.

Nanion (thanks to the power of the Topaz). With his memories restored, Soldeen ferried Lief to the Weeping Rock and allowed him to take the Ruby. As Soldeen and Lief made their way back to the shore, Thaegan arrived and blasted Soldeen with her magic, stunning him. He was transformed back into Nanion when Kree killed Thaegan.[1]

Physical appearance[]

Soldeen was a large sea serpent that looked like a blend between an eel, a catfish and a shark.[1]


Soldeen was a tortured soul, constantly weighed down by the sorrows that the Lake of Tears instilled. He was desperate for anything to bring him joy and happiness and would fight ferociously to acquire and defend it.[1]


Soldeen land

Soldeen on land.

Soldeen could breathe water and air. He would crawl on the shore and attack enemies or chase his prey. Soldeen also had the ability to speak because he spoke to Lief, Barda, Jasmine and Manus when they camped near the Lake of Tears.[2]




Deltora Quest[]

Deltora Quest 1[]


  • Out of all the monsters in the books, Soldeen has the least amount of changes made to his design in the anime.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Rodda, Emily. The Lake of Tears. Scholastic Australia. May 29, 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rodda, Emily. The Deltora Book of Monsters. Scholastic Australia. 2001.

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