Slanter is a minor character in The Shannara Chronicles, based on the character of the same name in The Wishsong of Shannara. He is a Gnome assassin who was freed from the dungeons of Arborlon by Ander Elessedil, Prince of the Elves, who hoped to receive Slanter's assistance in the fight against the Dagda Mor and his Demons.
The War of the Forbidding
Ten years before the Ellcrys began to fail and Demons began reappearing in the Four Lands, Slanter snuck into the palace of Arborlon and murdered Aine Elessedil. He was overpowered and imprisoned in the palace dungeons for this crime.
When Demons started appearing in the Four Lands, Ander turned to Slanter for help. Without informing his father, King Eventine Elessedil, Ander freed Slanter from the cell he'd been languishing in since Aine's murder in return for his assistance in traversing the Breakline, as well as the assistance of the Gnomes in the fight against the Demons. Slanter initially double crossed Ander and fled, but he ended up returning to Ander after seeing the Demon horde for himself and vowed to speak to the Gnomes about the situation and of Ander's honorable nature.
After Eventine's death, Ander became King of the Elves. As King he urged Commander Tilton to travel to Gnome territory to meet with Slanter and convince the Gnomes to join the Elves in the battle against the Demons. While the Commander was away, Kael Pindanon staged a bloodless coup with the Black Watch under her lead, capturing Ander and throwing him in prison.
Diana was successful in her task and returned to Arborlon with Slanter and a cadre of Gnomes, who quickly freed Ander from prison. Together with the Druid Allanon, the Commander, and the Gnomes, Ander presented the new alliance between Gnomes and Elves to the High Council. The Black Watch, upon seeing the work Ander had done to bring in reinforcements against the Demons, quickly apologized to the King and fell back in line under his rule and under Diana's command.
Slanter and the Gnomes stood besides King Ander and the Elves in the fight against the Dagda Mor and his Demons, helping the Elves to hold fast and defend Arborlon until Wil Ohmsford and Amberle Elessedil returned to Arborlon with the Ellcrys seed and restored the Forbidding.
Changes made for the TV Adaptation
- Although Slanter is based on a Gnome character of the same name, he does not appear at all in The Elfstones of Shannara, the novel on which the first season of the TV series is based.
- In The Wishsong of Shannara Slanter is a Gnome Tracker working for the Mord Wraiths, not an assassin. He is tasked with tracking Allanon, which led him to Jair Ohmsford, Wil's son.
- Slanter's only contact with Elves in Wishsong is with Jair, who is only partially Elven, and Edain Elessedil, Ander's son.
Slanter is a character in The Wishsong of Shannara. He is a Gnome Tracker who looks out only for himself and does what is needed to stay alive. He was tasked with tracking the Druid Allanon, which led him to Jair Ohmsford.
Slanter left the Eastland at a young age, learning the skills of tracking from an old Borderman. He has traveled through all of the Four Lands at one time or another, and as such is more worldly compared to the rest of the relatively reclusive Eastland Gnomes. He tracked for the Mord Wraiths simply because it was the smartest thing to do, and not because he particularly enjoyed it.
The Mord Wraiths tasked Slanter with tracking the Druid Allanon. Slanter followed the Druid's trail to Shady Vale, where he had an encounter with Jair Ohmsford. When he questioned Jair about Allanon's whereabouts and threatened the Valeman, Jair attacked him with the wishsong. Jair distracted Slanter by creating an illusion of snakes wrapping around the Gnome's body, and Jair swung a tree branch from an old maple at Slanter to render him unconscious. Jair fled Shady Vale, heading toward the Highlands of Leah.
However, Slanter's tracking skills allowed him to find Jair easily, and he captured the boy and turned him over to Spilk, the Sedt in charge of the Gnome patrol tracking Allanon. Later, while Jair was being rescued from the patrol by the Weapons Master Garet Jax, Slanter defended Jair against a fellow Gnome, and then went with Garet and Jair on Jair's quest to save his sister, Brin Ohmsford.
Slanter followed Jair and the Weapons Master to Culhaven, capital of the Dwarves, despite the deep enmity between Dwarves and Gnomes. From there he followed the company Jair had assembled in Culhaven to Graymark, the citadel of the Mord Wraiths, though he did so unwillingly and with no small amount of complaint.
Despite his protests, Slanter proved a valuable ally to the company, and he developed a strong bond with the Valeman, ultimately saving Jair's life numerous times. Indeed, Slanter was the only one of Jair's companions from Culhaven to survive the journey into the deep Eastland to save Brin and heal the Silver River, and he promised Jair at their farewell that they would meet again.