The "Word" is a sort of God in the Shannara series. The purpose of the "Word" is to protect Human Kind from the chaos and manipulation of the "Void." If the "Word" is God, then the "Void" would be the Devil. The "Word" does its work through the work of its Knights. Each successive Knight carries the Staff of the Word, through which their power is channeled. There are two other beings related to the Word spoken of during the series the Lady of the Word and the King of the Silver River who is second only to the Word itself. The Lady appears every so often to Knights in times of great need and acts as a sort of representative of the Word, both recruiting and warning Knights when a major turning point is approaching.