Quest to Defeat the Warlock Lord
Thirty years before Demons began to reappear in the Four Lands, Shea Ohmsford was called by the Druid Allanon on a quest to defeat the Warlock Lord, a former Druid who had turned evil and was wreaking havoc across the land. Flick, Shea's loyal brother, couldn't let him go alone.
Shea was able to defeat the Warlock Lord with the Elfstones and the Sword of Shannara, as well as with Allanon and Flick's help. They managed to hold on to the Warlock Lord's head and sword, but the dark Druid's followers managed to gain possession of his heart.
When Shea left after the Third War of the Races, he asked Flick to watch over his son Wil and to raise him as his own. Shea made Flick promise to tell Wil nothing of magic to keep the boy safe.
Wil Leaves, Then Returns
When Wil is a young man and his mother Heady passes away, Wil decides to leave for Storlock to train as a Healer. Flick tries to persuade him not to go, warning him of the dangers outside Shady Vale and telling him to train with a local villager named Dax instead. When Wil reveals that Heady gave him Shea's Elfstones before dying, Flick urges him to throw them away, claiming that made Shea go mad, and that his stories about magic were just that: only stories.
A year later, General Riga of the Crimson, who is after Wil, orders his men to raze Shady Vale in their search for Flick. The villagers flee to Storlock for medical attention and Wil is there when he learns that residents of the Vale have arrived looking for help. He frantically searches for his uncle but only manages to find Dax, who says that Flick managed to escape and hide from the Crimson.
Wil urges Flick to head south with him to seek asylum with the Federation in Arishaig, but just as Mareth had done earlier, Flick disagrees with the plan, saying that they should stay and fight the Crimson and the Mord Wraiths.
Later, as Mareth naps, Flick reveals to Wil that Shea's stories were true and that he had accompanied Shea on his quest thirty years ago. He tells Wil that he had initially lied to Wil out of respect for his promise to Shea to protect his son, but points out that in the current situation he can't protect Wil anymore. He argues that whether Wil's father accepted it or not, Wil shared Shea's calling. He said it was wrong to tell Wil to throw out the Elfstones, and clarifies that it wasn't the magic that drove Shea mad, but rather Shea's refusal to accept his true purpose.
Later, Flick and Mareth wake a napping Wil when they hear the Wraiths approaching in the form of plumes of smoke. The trio flees, with Flick saying that the monsters cannot be defeated while in their incorporeal form.
However, Mareth takes this as a challenge and decides to stand her ground, telling Wil and Flick that she will buy them more time. The men flee into a barn as the Wraiths approach and Mareth uses her illusions to trick the Wraiths. However, one manages to find the men and materializes in the barn.
Bandon enters the barn and confronts Wil, demanding to know the location of the Warlock Lord's skull. He probes Wil's mind aggressively, causing blood to pour out of Wil's nose and ears.
Flick yells at Bandon to stop, and reveals that he has the knowledge of where the skull is. Bandon reads his mind and learns that the skull was locked away in Paranor, the Druid's Keep.
After obtaining this information Bandon captures Flick, and Wil is unable to stop him with the Elfstones since Bandon's magic has him immobilized. Bandon leaves, ordering Wil to bring Allanon to Bandon if he wants Flick to live.
Changes Made for the TV Adaptation
- Flick is Wil's great-uncle in the The Elfstones of Shannara; in the TV series he is Wil's uncle.
- Flick's initial behavior towards Wil, where he tries to prevent his nephew from leaving the Vale and warns Wil against magic, is similar to Flick's nature in the novel. However, in the novel Flick remains staunchly skeptical of getting involved with magic and quests, while in the TV series Flick seems to accept the need for it when the threat of the Crimson and of the Mord Wraiths draws close.
Flick Ohmsford is one of the main characters in The Sword of Shannara. Unlike his adopted brother, Shea Ohmsford, Flick has no Elven blood. He is deeply devoted to his brother, but they have quite different personalities as Flick can be somewhat sarcastic and pessimistic at times.
Though at first feeling quite useless in comparison to the other members of the party, Flick eventually exhibits resourcefulness and courage and distinguishes himself by saving the life of the Elven King, Eventine Elessedil. He makes a return cameo appearance in the second book of the series, The Elfstones of Shannara as Wil Ohmsford's great uncle.