Orannis is the ninth and last of the Nine Bright Shiners. In The Beginning, Orannis attempted to destroy the Charter, but was stopped and bound by the Seven. Orannis is the Destroyer, and It wants to destroy all Life in all worlds, leaving only the Dead. Orannis was bound in a large metal sphere, which was split in two and buried. The Binding of Orannis occurred before the Old Kingdom was joined to Ancelstierre, as Mogget remarked that Orannis would have to have discovered that they had intersected another world to incorporate it into his plans for escape.
Orannis is the first one to tell the reader of what happened to the Nine Bright Shiners at the end of Lirael and using Nicholas Sayre as a mouthpiece, he tells what happened in the Beginning via the Song of the Charter
I'll sing you a song of the long ago.
Seven shine the Shiners, oh!
What did the Seven do way back when?
Why, they wove the Charter then!
Five for the warp, from beginning to end.
Two for the woof, to make and mend.
That's the Seven, but what of the Nine--
What of the two that chose not to shine?
The Eighth did hide, hide all away,
But the Seven caught him and made him pay.
The Ninth was strong and fought with might,
But lone Orannis was put out of the light
Broken in two and buried under hill,
Forever to lie there wishing us ill.
- Orannis is the most powerful of the Nine.
- The explosion Orannis causes at the end of the chapter "Nine Bright Shiners" is apparently equal to twenty thousand tons of nitrocelluose, according to Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case.