Mareth is a character in The Shannara Chronicles, based on the character of the same name in First King of Shannara. She is a volatile and unpredictable young woman with magical abilities. Sharp, brash, and independent to a fault, Mareth gets what she wants on her own terms and by any means necessary.
A year after Amberle Elessedil restored the Ellcrys, Wil Ohmsford is scarred by the loss of Amberle and his separation from Eretria. He has turned his back on his magical destiny and become the Healer he always wanted to be. But when he is attacked by The Crimson, an organization hunting down those practicing sorcery, Mareth saves him and convinces him to join the action once more.
Together with Eretria, Wil and Mareth seek out Allanon. Unfortunately, the Druid has some bad news: his former pupil Bandon has turned evil and is on a mission to resurrect a creature of dark evil called the Warlock Lord. Wil, Eretria, and Mareth are tasked with stopping Bandon—and defeating The Crimson—before it's too late.
Changes made for the TV AdaptationEdit
- The events of First King of Shannara, the novel in which Mareth appears, take place over five hundred years before the events of The Elfstones of Shannara, on which the first season of the TV series is based.
Mareth is a character in First King of Shannara. She is one of the few Druids to heed Bremen's warnings and survive the massacre of the second Druid Order by the Warlock Lord. She suspects that Bremen might be her father.
Mareth had an unusual history: Her mother had died giving birth to her and her father had always been absent. The people of her town said that he had been an evil sorcerer who had seduced her mother and then wandered on. Their descriptions convinced Mareth that Bremen was her father.
Whoever her father was, her parentage meant that Mareth was born with a dangerous ability: she had innate magic, a rare trait not seen since the Age of Faerie. Her magic was extremely powerful, and at times it would explode out of control to destroy anything in its path. However, it also served to make Mareth an empath, allowing her to take the pain of others into herself and heal them.
Seeking to control her powers, Mareth asked to be accepted into the order of Gnome Healers at Storlock. However, she was refused, since only Gnomes were allowed to study there. With the help of former Druid Cogline, she was accepted into Paranor as a Druid apprentice. However, she was not allowed to study magic.
Second War of the RacesEdit
When Bremen appears at Paranor to warn the Druid Order of the threat of the Warlock Lord, Mareth is one of the few Druids who join with Bremen in leaving the Druids' Keep to prepare to fight the evil; by leaving Paranor, they avoided becoming part of the Warlock Lord's massacre of the Druid Order.
Unlike the other Druids who trusted Bremen, Mareth had additional reasons for listening to Bremen and following him on his journey. Along the way, Mareth told Bremen of her background and her suspicions. Much to her dismay, Bremen not only told her that he was not her father, but that he believed that her magic indicated she was probably the child of one of the Warlock Lord's servants.
However, Bremen did end up treating Mareth as though she were his daughter, even giving her a staff through which she could channel and better control her magic. Mareth also became close with Bremen's friend Kinson Ravenlock, particularly when the two traveled together to the Eastland in search of the Dwarves. Along the way, a Skull Bearer tried to convince Mareth that it was her father in order to break her resolve, but she ended up destroying it instead.
Mareth used her powers to fight in the final battle against the Warlock Lord, but after Jerle Shannara banished the evil creatures, she renounced her life as a Druid.