Cogline is a character in The Wishsong of Shannara, The Heritage of Shannara tetralogy, and First King of Shannara. Due to liberal use of the Druid sleep, he is the longest-living Druid in the history of the Four Lands, born before the First War of the Races and dying over 300 years after the Third War of the Races.
Cogline was once one of the Druids, but he had left the Order before Brona (as stated in the First King of Shannara). He still studied the old sciences vigorously though, and was a master of them. Cogline knew how to create "black powder", what is essentially gunpowder, and Cogline was the one who gave Bremen the recipe to create a metal stronger than iron, which was used for forging the Sword of Shannara. He later joined Brin Ohmsford and Rone Leah in the battle against the Mord Wraiths. He also instructed Walker Boh in the use of magic and his own science, and served as Allanon's messenger in the conflict with the Shadowen. He had lived in Hearthstone for the great majority of his life, although he spent the last months of his life in hidden Paranor as a wraith to escape Rimmer Dall until Walker Boh restored him along with the Druid Keep. Cogline was killed when he used his gunpowder at point-blank range to greatly weaken the Shadowen that was posing as Death, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, saving Walker's life in the process. He was mortally wounded doing so, and after a few words to Walker, he died.
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