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Lief and cloak
Lief's cloak
General information
Owned by

Lief

Created by

Sharn

In possession of

Lief
Sharn (formerly)

Use

Hide underneath the cloak

Purpose

Keep wearer warm, conceal wearer by changing colour to match surroundings

Status

In use

Chronological information
First appearance

The Forests of Silence

Last appearance

Shadowgate (final mention)


Lief's cloak is a magical cloak woven by Lief's mother, Sharn, that changes colour to match the surrounding area, practically making the wearer invisible when he or she hides underneath it.[1]

History

The Forests of Silence

For his sixteenth birthday, Sharn gave Lief a magic cloak that would keep him warm on his quest to restore the Belt of Deltora. At the time, Lief was still unaware of the cloak's concealing abilities.

When Lief and Barda arrived in the Forests of Silence they were quickly incapacitated by the Wenn and brought to the offering place. Jasmine came across them and tried to steal Lief's cloak. Lief managed to convince her that they were not her enemies and she left the cloak by Lief while she ran off.

Later Jasmine returned with the antidote to the Wenn poison. She helped Lief and Barda to get up in the tree. The Wennbar tried to devour them but was eventually unable to reach them although it kept trying. While on one the highest branches they settled underneath the cloak to keep themselves warm. At that moment the Wennbar stopped trying and moved back. The companions concluded that the cloak must have hid them.[1]

The Lake of Tears

The companions hid under Lief's cloak when the Grey Guards approached them with the Ralad prisoner. They remained hidden until all of the guards were asleep.Then they silently emerged and took the Ralad man away from the guards. Unfortunately the guards woke and the companions narrowly escaped their fury.

Later, when escaping from Jin and Jod across the quicksand that encircled their home, Jasmine was hit by an axe on her shoulder thrown by Jin. She fell forward, toppling off the stepping stone she stood on and begun to sink. Lief, who had gotten to the bank, tore off his cloak, twisted and knotted it to make a thick cord out of it, and Barda, who was at Jasmine's side, tied it around Jasmine. Together Lief and Barda managed to pull Jasmine close enough to the bank to reach her and drag her out of the quicksand.[2]

City of the Rats

In Tom's shop the companions looked for any possessions to offer Tom in return for his products. Tom asked if Lief wanted to trade his cloak but Lief rejected his offer.[3]

The Shifting Sands

At the edge of the plain upon which Hira was built, Kree warned the companions of an approaching Ak-Baba. The companions had nowhere to hide with barren earth behind them and a deep, wide stretch of water in front of them. Barda then had the idea to use Lief's cloak and hide under it in the water. Optimistic that the plan might work to deceive the Ak-Baba, the companions plunged in the water. Below the surface the companions gathered underneath the cloak and waited for the Ak-Baba to fly past them. Before this happened, fish gathered around and above the companions. Lief felt like the fish were trying to drown him when they were actually concealing the companions from the Ak-Baba. Meanwhile Lief was afraid the Ak-Baba might look down and notice that a section of the stream was different than the rest, but it never did.

On their way through the Shifting Sands the companions heard the Grey Guards approaching. They had been following the tracks in the sand. Lief came up with a plan to avoid them. He instructed Barda and Jasmine to walk backwards fitting their feet inside their footprints in the sand. When they reached the edge of a dune, they sidestepped and hid underneath the cloak.[4]

Return to Del

Lief, Barda and Jasmine used the cloak to sneak out of Steven's cart while Steven distracted the Grey Guards ahead. Unfortunately the companions stumbled into the Gripper field without knowing how dangerous the plants were.[5]

The Isle of Illusion

On Auron Lief, Barda and Jasmine witnessed the dome tearing open, slowly creating a gap for the Arach. Soon the beasts were entering the Dome and rushing towards the statue. Lief suggested to hide underneath the cloak and instructed Barda and Jasmine to do so at once while he would fetched Auris. The piper refused to abandon the statue and rigidly attempted to steady the shattering illusion. Lief hurried to Barda and Jasmine and together they hid underneath the cloak while the Arach rushed past them.[6]

The Shadowlands

Shadowgate

Description

The cloak is finely woven, made with a rare, special fabric,[1] worthy of the looms of Tora according to Zeean, despite ordinary string thread being used in its marking.[5] The cloak is soft, light, and warm, and Sharn used every art she knew in its making, weaving into it much love and many memories into, as well as strength and warmth. The colour of the cloak is hard to tell, as it changes depending on the surroundings. When Lief was presented with it by Sharn, it was hard for him to tell if it was brown, green or grey, and he decided that it was somewhere between all three, like river-water in autumn.

The cloak is very large, as it is able to cover both Lief, Barda and Jasmine at the same time, although they need to bow down low to do so.[1] Lief wears the cloak double-tied at the neck.[2]

Appearances

Deltora Quest

Deltora Quest 1

Deltora Quest 2

Deltora Quest 3

Trivia

  • In the books the cloak is described as having no single colour, since it changes colour to match its surroundings. In the anime, the cloak appears dark blue and in the Nintendo DS game, it appears green.
  • In the anime, the cloak is depicted as an actual invisibility cloak, whereas in the books it simply changes colours to match the surroundings.
  • Although not specifically mentioned in every book in the Deltora Quest series, Lief was wearing or at least carrying his cloak in all of them, except when disguised. The cloak is mentioned in every book of the first and second series, but only once in the third, in Shadowgate.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Rodda, Emily. The Forests of Silence. Scholastic Australia. 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rodda, Emily. The Lake of Tears. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  3. Rodda, Emily. City of the Rats. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  4. Rodda, Emily. The Shifting Sands. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rodda, Emily. Return to Del. Scholastic Australia. 2002.
  6. Rodda, Emily. The Isle of Illusion. Scholastic Australia. 2002.

See also