This article is about the person. For the creature, see Sphinx (creature)

The Sphinx is a powerful man in the Fablehaven series. He is very old, having lived many centuries, and his life and motives are shrouded in secrecy. He survived for years by drinking from the Font of Immortality every week. For a short time in Keys to the Demon Prison, The Sphinx is called The Ethiopian.

The Mystery

Little is known about the Sphinx. His name is a conundrum, as no one knows his true form, despite many theories. He is first seen in book two, as a very dark-skinned man with short beaded dreadlocks. He was known as one of the most powerful and most trusted allies for the Conservator's Alliance. His help dated back to the 12th Century, so he is very old. In the end of book two, Vanessa Santoro claims that the Sphinx is a traitor to them, as he is secretly the leader of The Society of the Evening Star. He shrouds himself in mystery purposely. He is, as of book three, a known traitor, and the leader of the Society of the Evening Star. He is also the captain of the Knights of the Dawn . In book 5 it is learned that he is the caretaker of The Living Mirage, the fifth secret preserve, and was originally a slave from Ethiopia who was brought to work at the Living Mirage.

Rise of the Evening Star

The Sphinx first appears in Book 2, when Ruth Sorenson takes Kendra and Seth to meet him. He tells Kendra that she is Fairykind, and tells Seth about Olloch the Glutton. He later comes to Fablehaven, putting Vanessa into the Quiet Box, taking the previous resident out (Navarog/Gavin) , and taking the Sands of Sanctity away.

Grip of the Shadow Plague

In Book 3, Warren thinks that the Sphinx is the leader of the Society of the Evening Star, and everyone knows it, despite that he never reveals himself. Warren questions Dougan Fisk, one of the Lieutenants for the Knights, if the Sphinx is the Captain, but Dougan denies it. In the last chapter, Dougan visits Fablehaven, bearing news. He tells them that he conferred with the other Lieutenants about the Sands of Sanctity, which were removed from Fablehaven by the Sphinx. None of them knew, which was a severe breech in protocol. They confronted him, but the Sphinx escaped,using teleport rods,which revealed his true alliance.

Dougan then tells that Lost Mesa has fallen. Apparently, Chalize, the dragon from the Painted Mesa, got free and attacked the house. Several skeletons from the museum came to life and attacked, which included the skeleton of Ranticus, a dragon, doing the most harm. Dougan tells that a powerful Viviblix (see Blixes) reanimated them. A few zombies had gotten loose as well. As result, Lost Mesa fell, and only Hal and Mara survived.

Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary

During the book he attempts to use the Oculus. Much like Kendra, he cannot control it well and has to be brought back by a powerful being, who is revealed in book five to be Nagi Luna[1].

Keys to the Demon Prison

The Sphinx is revealed to be completly human. His continuous life is explained by the Font of Immortality, which he has had in his possession for many centuries. He explains that he was a slave at a young age and was sold to the Caretaker of Living Mirage. He then meets Nagi Luna, who helps him to become a Shadow Charmer.[2] In time, the Sphinx, after long and careful planning, overthrew and usurped the Caretaker, taking over Living Mirage with the outside world none the wiser.

He obtained the Font of Immortality and continued his schemings to one day create his ideal world by planning to use the demons of Zzyzx to dominate mortal and magical alike.

Alas, the Sphinx, in his arrogance, underestimated his mentor, Nagi Luna, and the loyalties of some of his followers, as Nagi Luna instructed the dark wizard Mirav to aid Seth in escaping the Sphinx's dungeons by giving him the Translocator and the Sands of Sanctity.

In doing so, and because he'd promised to, Seth returned to Fablehaven and healed Graulas, only to be betrayed by him when the demon (who'd been contacted by Nagi Luna) stole the artifacts, including the Chronometer, killing Coulter in the process and overthrowing the treaty of Fablehaven. Graulas came to Living Mirage via the Translocator and quickly won over the majority of the Evening Star, including the Sphinx's bodyguard Mr. Lich. The Sphinx was forced to "submit" to Graulas's leadership to avoid being sent to the dungeons and secretly aided Kendra, Warren, and Bracken in their escape from Living Mirage.

He kept in contact with them via a telepathic coin left for him by Bracken to keep them updated on the Evening Star's progress, and eventually met up with them on the Shoreless Isle. He retrieved some of the artifacts after killing Mr. Lich but had been unable to obtain the Sands of Sanctity or the Occulus from Graulas and Nagi Luna respectively.

In the end, the demons were thwarted and tricked into going to the fairy realm where they were imprisoned, and the Sphinx surrendered himself to the Knights of the Dawn.

Back at Living Mirage, the Sphinx and Agad had a long conversation, and Agad considered the Sphinx's proposal that he become one of the new Eternals needed to keep the locks of the new demon prison closed.

Although some of the others had thier misgivings about the proposal, Kendra and Seth both agreed that, despite their animosities towards him, the Sphinx becoming an Eternal was acceptable as well as a punishment.

It is unknown if the Sphinx has indeed become an Eternal, as he has not been seen or heard from since.


  1. Revealed in Keys to the Demon Prison
  2. Keys to the Demon Prison, p.107