- This page is about the bloodline. For the book, see Abhorsen
The Abhorsen are those of the hereditary bloodline whose charge is maintaining the border between life and death, though inheritance is not always direct –the next Abhorsen could be a niece or cousin or sibling, rather than the current Abhorsen's child. The Abhorsen combines Charter Magic and Free Magic in his/her bells to compel and control the dead, righting the wrongs created by Necromancers or others who pervert the nature of Life and Dead. The arrival of a new Abhorsen or Abhorsen-in-Waiting is signaled by the arrival of the bells. They use necromantic bells infused with Charter magic. As they are servants of the Charter, they bear uncorrupted Charter Marks, unlike necromancers who raise the dead. Up until the binding of Orannis, Abhorsen had been served by Yrael/Mogget.
The Abhorsen stronghold, called Abhorsen's House, is located on an island in the Ratterlin near the Long Cliffs. The House lies in close proximity to a great waterfall; the associated rapids complement the magical wards of the House in keeping the Dead and other dangerous things from accessing it.
Physical Characteristics: Abhorsen share certain physical characteristics. They inherit very pale skin, perhaps leeched of its color from the waters of death. Abhorsen also have dark hair.
In Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, the Hrule implies that they are the bloodline created when Astarael bound herself in the Charter, calling them "Astarael's get". The origin of the name "Abhorsen" in the book's world is unknown, but Nix may have chosen the name referencing "Abhorson," the executioner in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Saraneth is also thought to be in the Abhorsen's blood as well as Astarael.
This is a list of the Abhorsens who have been named.
The following are members of the Abhorsen bloodline but are not Abhorsens: