Ellich Elessedil is a minor character in The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy. He is the brother of Emperowen Elessedil, King of the Elves, and great-uncle to the sisters Aphenglow and Arlingfant Elessedil.
In Straken it is mentioned that Queen Arling Elessedil would likely be succeeded by the daughter she had with King Kellen Elessedil, as Kellen and his sons Kiris and Wencling were killed by the Federation. However, in Wards of Faerie a retroactive continuity is established where Arling is said to have been succeeded by a son named Emperowen. Emperowen also had a brother named Ellich, which means that Arling had two more Elessedil sons besides Kiris and Wencling.
Presumably this retroactive continuity means that Emperowen and Ellich are sons of Kellen as well as Arling, as they would not have had Elessedil blood otherwise.
Quest for the Missing ElfstonesEdit
By the time his granddaughters Aphenglow and Arlingfant were young adults, Emperowen had been King for nearly eighty years. Age had caught up with him, and he struggled with chronic heart and lung problems. He was also demoralized by the impending transfer of power to his son, Phaedon Elessedil, because he no longer saw it as a good idea.
Meanwhile, Ellich, while also getting on in years, was healthy, alert, and an intelligent, well-spoken man. He was happily married to his wife Jera, and unlike most Elves, he still supported Aphenglow after her decision to leaves the Elves to join the Druids. Many Elves, including Aphenglow, privately believed that Ellich would have made a better King of the Elves than Emperowen, and certainly more so than Phaedon.
When Aphenglow discovered that there may be a way to find the lost sets of Elfstones, the Ard Rhys Khyber Elessedil decided to undertake a quest to find them. As Ellich was the only one in Aphenglow's extended family who strongly supported her after she had become a Druid, Aphenglow sought his advice before going to Emperowen to ask his permission to use the Seeking Stones so that she could determine the other Elfstones' whereabouts. But although Ellich did support Aphenglow before Emperowen and the Elven High Council, Emperowen did not loan the Elfstones to Aphen due to the objections of Phaedon and other members of the High Council. Instead, the King compromised by allowing his granddaughter to use the Stones only within the confines of Arborlon.
Quest to Restore the ForbiddingEdit
Later, when Aphenglow and Arlingfant informed Emperowen and Ellich that the Ellcrys was dying and that Arlingfant had been chosen to become the new Ellcrys, Emperowen gave the Elfstones to the sisters without telling Phaedon or the High Council, so that they could find Safehold and the Bloodfire.
Some time after the sisters embarked on their quest, Emperowen and Ellich informed the Druid Seersha that Tael Riverine and his Demons had broken free of the Forbidding and were moving to attack the Federation stronghold of Arishaig. They asked Seersha to convince the Elven High Council of the need for the Elves to ally themselves with their historic enemy, and she was successful: The High Council voted seven to two to ally with the Federation, with Phaedon being one of the dissenters.
During the mobilization against the Demons, Emperowen was killed in his sleep by a Changeling-type creature under the command of the Federation Prime Minister, the sorceress Edinja Orle. The creature, who was masquerading as Ellich's wife Jera, framed Ellich for the murder, and Phaedon, who succeeded his father as King, used the opportunity to throw Ellich in jail to secure his succession. He also tried to imprison Seersha in retaliation for working with Emperowen and Ellich to get the Elves to ally with the Federation. Seersha was warned of Phaedon's plan by Sian Aresh, Captain of the Home Guard, and she fled Arborlon with Crace Coram, intending to find Aphenglow and Arlingfant and to warn them to stay clear of Phaedon.
Ultimately however, Ellich was the one who succeeded Emperowen: Phaedon had a mental breakdown after witnessing Edinja Orle's creature, in the guise of Jera, kill Sian Aresh and another member of the Home Guard before it was stopped and killed by Seersha. Phaedon's incapacitation and the realization that the creature had killed Emperowen led to Ellich's exoneration and his crowning as King of the Elves. He became King never knowing how long it was that his wife had been dead and that he had been living and sleeping with Edinja's creature.
Ultimately, Ellich's reign marked the end of centuries of Elessedil rule. Ellich had had no children, and with Phaedon incapacitated, Emperowen's daughter Afrengill withdrawn and uninterested in political life, Aphenglow occupied as Ard Rhys of the Druids, and Arlingfant become the Ellcrys, there was no one in the family left to take over when Ellich passed away. The crown went to a member of the Ostrian family who became Queen of the Elves.
Ellich is described as tall, lean, blonde, and blue-eyed, like his grandniece Aphenglow Elessedil. His hair is graying.