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We all have secrets. And reasons. And many of us have earlobes.
Are you trying to be funny?
No, I am succeeding.

—Ronodin, to Kendra

Ronodin is the first and only Dark Unicorn, briefly mentioned by Bracken in Keys to the Demon Prison as a Unicorn who willfully corrupted his horns with dark power, and again in Dragonwatch, where he is mentioned to have been seen at Soaring Cliffs. In Wrath of the Dragon King, he makes his first physical appearance at the Feast of Welcome and provides valuable information to Celebrant and his Dragons. He meets Kendra and Seth in human form, expressing a desire for Bracken's First Horn, which Bracken left in Kendra's possession, as well as an interest in Seth for being a Shadow Charmer.

Background

Ronodin is the nephew of the Fairy Queen. He claimed to have had a sister, whom Kendra reminds him of. At some point, he apparently became enamored of darkness and willfully corrupted his own horns to take on dark power... and then abandoned his horns, deciding he wanted nothing to do with his heritage (but would in time come to see this decision as his greatest mistake). He apparently had a role in the downfall of his uncle, the Fairy King, which resulted in his uncle's capture by Gorgrog though everyone thought the Fairy King was killed.

Ronodin then vanished and began doing favors for the Underking in order to reclaim his First and Second Horns, which somehow came into the Underking's possession.

Ronodin has encountered Tanu and Lomo on separate occasions, and even Patton Burgess back in his day.

He would also start currying favor with Celebrant, who somehow acquired his Third Horn, and got it back from him after Ronodin gave Celebrant information regarding the Wizenstone.

Appearance

In human form, Ronodin appears as a young man in his late teens with thick dark hair, intense dark eyes, and wears a dressy black robe of Asian design with subtle touches of embroidery at the neck, near the wrists, and around its fancy buttons. His nose is described as looking crooked, as though it had been broken once or twice, and he has a faint scar through one eyebrow.

In his unicorn form, he has a dark gray coat, fiery mane and tail and his horn glows orange like metal that has been heated up, and his blood is reddish-gold.

Personality

Ronodin is a dark and sly individual with a self-righteous attitude and obviously narcissistic, refusing to acknowledge his own wrongs, at least not sincerely or regret his misdeeds. He is smug, confident, knows how to push others' buttons, yet he never tips his hand, saying overconfidence is clumsy. Ronodin is known to not align himself with anyone and any ties he has to someone he will readily sever once he decides those ties are no longer useful or become a hindrance.

Later during his time mentoring Seth Sorenson Ronodin also reveals the true extent of his malevolent and manipulative personality, having taken advantage of the latter's amnesiac state to manipulate him to accomplish his own ends, willfully endangered Seth by getting him indebted to the Underking to insure he could not escape, and use him against his own family.

Ronodin spitefully holds his family in contempt, especially his cousin Bracken, whose horns Ronodin had intended to corrupt in order to weaken his cousin. Ronodin despises the likes of his cousin, calling him and those like him the 'light-makes-right brigade', telling Seth more than once that dark beings like himself (and Seth) are unjustly persecuted by beings of light and using rhetoric to illustrate his point that darkness isn't inherently evil (which has some truth to it).

However, it's all a façade that he uses to conceal his truly wicked and sinister nature, such as when Kendra calls him a monster he responds that she has no idea. This is also evident when he cruelly warns Seth that the boy's actions have resulted in great harm, despite his coercion and being exploited, and claiming that Seth's friends and family will lock him up for the misdeeds he was made to do, disregarding the facts that Ronodin exploited Seth and endangered his life more than once to use him for his own ends.

Wrath of the Dragon King

Ronodin appears as a personal guest of Celebrant at the Feast of Welcome, where he meets Kendra and Seth for the first time, in his human avatar. He insinuates to Kendra that he has Bracken and offers advice to find him if she gives him Bracken's First Horn which is in her possession; Kendra blatanly refuses. He speaks with Seth, noting that Seth is a Shadow Charmer yet his powers are woefully underdeveloped, offering to mentor Seth to reach his full potential. Again he is refused but takes it in stride, and he tells them both that the Dragons' victory is guaranteed. He also compares Seth to himself by claiming he had a sister whom Kendra reminds him of.

He speaks with Kendra again when she is captured by Jaleesa and brought to Celebrant, offering to help her escape if she gives him Bracken's First Horn and even the knowledge he shared with Celebrant, only to be refused again. Although he doesn't reveal the big secret as to how the dragons will win, he uses rhetoric to explain why he sides with them to illustrate his certainty that Kendra's side is doomed to failure.

He later appears in Stormguard Castle, where he arrives just after Seth has lost all memory of his identity by using the Key of Forgetting and begins to manipulate Seth to turn him against Kendra.

In the end, Ronodin arranges for Seth to be kidnapped by Mendigo (who had been tampered with in his reconstruction) and brought to him, where he teaches Seth how to quench fire and gleefully looks forward to the work they'll do together.

Master of the Phantom Isle

Ronodin continues to mentor Seth, exploiting the boy's amnesiac state and getting him in debt with the Underking to insure Seth can't escape so that he can use Seth for his abilities as a Shadow Charmer. At the behest of the Underking and to aid Celebrant, Ronodin sends Seth to Wyrmroost, where the boy meets the Sphinx (but no longer remembers him) who has Seth unleash the Undead imprisoned in the Blackwell, resulting in the the fall of Wyrmroost.

During his confrontation with Kendra and Bracken, he reveals that he holds a great amount of resentment and anger towards his family and even more animosity for his cousin, having openly insulted and mocked his Uncle's long imprisonment and suffering by the demons for the sole sake of infuriating the latter and taking absolute glee at the fact that he had somehow played a part in the Fairy King's capture and he had even sought to corrupt his cousin's horns in his vendetta against him.

They do battle in their unicorn forms, fighting each other ferociously until Kendra helps Bracken by giving him an energy boost. This allows Bracken to break off Ronodin's horn, forcing him back into his human avatar, and then purifying Ronodin's Third Horn, much to his outrage. He swears to make Bracken pay before using a potion to transform into a large raven and make his escape.

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