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Arelene Royal Family
Spouse Raoden's mother, Eshen
Children Raoden
Died suicide[1]
Titles King of Arelon
Residence Kae
Nationality Arelene
World Sel
Universe Cosmere
Featured In Elantris

Iadon was the first king of Arelon after the Reod on Sel. He is the father of Raoden.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Iadon was a thin man with a shrewd face.[2]

His personality is decisive and forceful, with little regard for others. His treatment of Sarene indicates he is somewhat self-centered and rude. He prefers to be brief and to the point when speaking. Iadon is opportunistic and seemingly short-sighted, but after his death it is revealed that he had more foresight than most people had believed.


Before the Reod, Iadon was a successful Arelene merchant. He and his first wife had one son, Raoden. His wife died approximately 2 years before the Reod.[2] By the time the Reod struck, he had become the head of the merchants' guild, a position he used to leverage his bid for kingship during the chaos that followed. He married Eshen a few months after taking the throne.[2] The ten years of Iadon's rule were widely regarded as among the worst that Arelon ever faced.

To maintain some dignity and forgo the humiliation of having to abdicate he eventually committed suicide, after his heavy involvement with the Jeskeri Mysteries became public. After Iadon's death, the Patriarch of Shu-Korath came to Arelon to read a document Iadon had given him years before, which revealed that Iadon's capricious reign had intentionally laid the groundwork for a much more stable system of government. From then on, all noble titles are to be frozen, and that nobility will henceforth be based on inheritance and not on wealth.[3]


Iadon follows the Jeskeri Mysteries, a fact discovered by Sarene when she follows him to a meeting of the cult, where she finds him performing a sacrifice of a girl her age. She is then noticed by Iadon and the priests, who try to attack her. The human sacrifice is then implied by others to represent Sarene herself, in an attempt for Iadon to overcome the hardships Sarene deals to him.


Preceded by
King of Arelon
Succeeded by
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