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Instructor Killian

Instructor Killian

Killian is Cursor-Legate of the crown and a blind instructor in the Academy. In addition to teaching at the academy, Killian is one of the primary instructors for other Cursors, teaching the arts of combat, assassination, and espionage to Tavi, Max, Ehren, and Gaella during the events of book 2, Academ's Fury. Killian is elderly but still sharp, and has lost his eyesight to age.


Killian is dedicated to his role as a Cursor Legate, and takes his patriserus duties — the training of his academs — seriously. He is a devious teacher, encouraging his students to hide their true potential from others, even each other.


Killian has a small frame, wispy white hair, and wrinkled skin. He uses a cane to feel around and support himself as he moves about. But beneath his frail exterior Killian is tightly muscled, his aged appearance belying an experienced and dangerous fighter. His strength is pushed to the absolute limit when he must fight Vord and Canim in the Citadel, the First Lord’s stronghold in Alera Imperia (book 2).


Killian is an experienced windcrafter, able to use his crafting to sense movement in the air around him, effectively allowing him to 'see' despite his disability. Killian uses his windcraft to increase the speed of his movements, giving him enough speed to outmaneuver much younger, more athletic opponents.

Academ's Fury[]

During Tavi's time at the Academy Killian instructs Tavi, Ehren, Max, and Gaella in the arts of espionage, preparing them to be Cursors of the crown. He also makes a special deal with Gaella, which he later regrets. Killian advises Tavi when the First Lord falls into a coma, and takes care of Gaius Sextus while Tavi deals with the crisis. Tavi becomes angry with his patriserus for showing insufficient regard for Isana, and putting the Crown above the People.

“Enough, boy. It’s done. Remember your patriserus for his life. Not his death. He was quite proud of you.” (Academ’s Fury ch 55)