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"He always tried to be polite, even with men he was going to kill"
For the similarly named Darkfriend, see Hadnan Kadere.

Furyk Karede is a Seanchan Banner-General and leader of the Deathwatch Guards.[1]


He is a tall, bluff-faced man with gray at his temples.


Karede was born in 958 NE as da'covale, the property of Jalid Magonine in Ancarid.[2] At age fifteen, he was selected for the Deathwatch Guard, during which he was cited twice for heroism and mentioned three times in dispatches. He was named to the bodyguard of Tuon Athaem Kore Paendrag upon her birth.

He was one of the three survivors of the first attempt upon Tuon's life in the first year of her birth. He was trained as an officer and served during the Muyami Uprising and the Jianmin Incident.

Though the Deathwatch Guard are not supposed to become attached to those they protect, Karede seems to have become attached to Tuon. He was reassigned to her bodyguard at his request, an unusual occurrence, and made two more requests to be transferred back later.


Family lore said that one of the ancestors of the Karede family had been a nobleman from the Westlands, and accompanied Luthair Paendrag Mondwin to Seanchan at Artur Hawkwing's command. A subsequent ancestor ran afoul of the authorities by trying to create his own kingdom, and was sold on the block, with the family being reduced to da'covale.[3]

Furyk's wife Kalia and one of his sons died in the Great Fire of Sohima. His other two sons joined the Deathwatch Guard, with one dying in the line of duty.[4]


Promotion and kidnapping

Kadere is a highly experienced officer who does not suffer fools under his command. He executed Jadranka, one of his officers, for giving an exceedingly stupid order during an engagement with Asha'man in Altara. He is forced to retreat back to Ebou Dar when the Asha'man begin to demolish his forces. He was promoted to Banner-General following Rand's counterattack into Altara, and held in Ebou Dar until the Seeker Almurat Mor slips into his room in the Wandering Woman and told him of several coincidences, including the disappearance of Mat and two Damane, Teslyn Baradon and Edesina Azzedin, along with Captain of the Green Lady Egeanin Tamarath and Thom Merrilin in the same night.

Karede left to hunt them down, believing that Thom was the instrument of the White Tower sent to kidnap Tuon. He caught up to the party and escorted Tuon back to Ebou Dar. When they arrive back in the Tarasin Palace, he brings Zaired Elbar's head to Suroth Sabelle Meldarath and makes her da'covale under Tuon's command.

He is present when Tuon warns King Beslan Mitsobar not to cause a revolt against the Seanchan. He stands guard over her when she meets with the Dragon Reborn. He is guarding Fortuona when Melitene brings her Suffa, the former Amyrlin Seat who shows Fortuona and those gathered around her how to Travel. This makes the Deathwatch Guard uneasy, as attack to the Empress could come at any time from anywhere. Fortuona decrees that all damane are to learn the weave in preparation for a full-scale attack on the White Tower using Traveling to transport the army there.

Karede is on duty, when Mat saves Fortouna's life from a Gray Man. He searches for the Gray Man, who managed to escape in the confusion. Karede returns to Fortouna and asks to end his life for his failure. Fortouna forbid's this as the Gray Man was a creature of the Shadow. She tells him that Mat will teach the Deathwatch Guard what to watch for in the future. Karede is summoned when Rand appears at the Tarasin Gardens. He is shocked when Rand makes the garden around them bloom with life, even though he is shielded.

The Last Battle

After the attack on the command tent by Gray Men and Sharans, Karede and some of his fellow Deathwatch Guards are given a death sentence by Fortouna to kill Sharan channelers on the front lines. However, this is ploy meant to fool any spies in the camp and allow Mat to use the Deathwatch Guards to reclaim the Polov Heights. He survives the Last Battle.