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Teo Royal Family
Parents Kiin, Daora
Siblings Lukel, Kaise, Daorn
Abilities Elantrian
Residence Kae
Ethnicity Aonic
Nationality Arelene
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

Adien is an Elantrian from Sel, who gains his abilities after Elantris is restored. He is the son of Daora, step-son of Kiin, younger brother to Lukel, older half-brother to Kaise and Daorn, and cousin to Sarene.[1]

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Adien (right) with his step-father and siblings

Adien is from Kae, born autistic.[2] Throughout his childhood, Adien moves in an awkward, stiff, uncontrolled manner. He constantly mumbles numbers (e.g., distances to landmarks in steps)[1] and words (e.g., "Elantris")[3] to himself. Adien has a natural way with numbers, instinctively knowing the distance in strides between any two locations.[4]


In his early teens, five years before Raoden heals Elantris, Adien is taken by the Shaod.[5] Unwilling to have him thrown into the city, his family conceals his condition with makeup[6] and keeps him close to home. The makeup gives Adien a pale white complexion with a strange cast to his face.[1] Because of his new condition, Adien spends much of his time sleeping.[1] With his family's help, Adien accomplishes the unprecedented feat of staving off becoming Hoed for those five years.

When Sarene meets him, Adien is a thin-faced boy in his late teens.[1] After Raoden heals Elantris, Adien gives him the exact distance to Teod so that Raoden can effectively use Aon Tia to rescue Sarene.


  • Adien is the planned protagonist in the Elantris sequel.[2] It is also expected that Hrathen's seon will be passed to Adien in the sequel.[7]
  • Brandon plans on writing Adien in Elantris 2 differently with his greater understanding of autism, and how to properly write such characters.[8] As he understands how he displayed it in a very stereotypical and pop-culture based way, and wants to improve it.


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