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"Your family must survive or Deltora will be lost to the Shadow Lord forever."
Jarred urging Endon to escape the palace.[1]

Royal family
General information
Leader(s)

King Adin (deceased)
Unnamed eldest son of King Adin and Queen Zara
King Elstred (deceased)
Queen Adina (deceased)
King Brandon (deceased)
King Lucan (deceased)
King Gareth (deceased)
Queen Elspeth (deceased)
Queen Lilia (deceased)
King Alton (deceased)
King Endon (deceased)
King Lief

Notable members

Lief
Jasmine
Endon (deceased)
Princess Anna II
Prince Endon II
Prince Jarred II
Adin (deceased)

Founder(s)

Adin

Headquarters

Palace of Del

Affiliation

Del tribe

Purpose

Rule Deltora

Status

Active

Chronological information
First appearance

The Forests of Silence

The royal family is the ruling family of Deltora, consisting of the kings and queens of Deltora and their families. They live in the Palace of Del with other various servants and maids. Strengthening ties between Del and Tora, and following in the footsteps of Adin, the royal family commonly marries a Toran.[2]

History Edit

The royal family began with the first King of Deltora, Adin. After Adin reunited the tribes and won the Battle for Deltora, he was crowned King. All the tribes swore allegiance to him and his descendants. Adin realised that the Shadow Lord was defeated but not destroyed, and would invade Deltora again if he could, so Adin wore the Belt always and never let it out of his sight. Adin and his Toran wife, Zara, had five children, and the oldest of these became king after Adin's death.[3]

After the death of Adin's child, (who, according to the third book in the second series, had only one child), Elstred became king. During his later years Elstred became fat with good living, and the Belt of Deltora was tight around his waist. His chief advisor convinced him that he need not wear the Belt all the time if it was uncomfortable for him. Elstred wore the Belt only five times during his reign.

After Elstred's death, his daughter Adina became queen. She followed the advice of her chief advisor and wore the Belt only three times during her reign. Soon it became the custom for the monarch to wear the Belt only during their coronation.  

Palace Edit

Before the Palace of Del was built, by order of King Brandon, the royal family lived in the Forge in Del. Even though Brandon never lived to see the completion of the Palace, Brandon moved into it before it was even finished.

Duties Edit

During the time of Adin, the royal family's duties involved ruling Deltora, keeping good relations with Tora, and always wearing the Belt of Deltora to protect Deltora from invasion from the Shadowlands. But as the centuries passed and the chief advisors began to control the kings and queens, these duties were forgotten and a new set of rules were created, called 'the Rule'. Members of the royal family were taught to obey these rules. 

After the defeat of the Shadow Lord during the time of King Lief, the royal family were obliged to protect the kingdom by wearing the Belt of Deltora and help their people recover from the Shadow Lord's tyranny.

The Rule Edit

Main article: Rule

The Rule was a collection of thousands of laws and customs created by the Chief Advisors of the monarchs of Deltora. The Rule governed the actions of the monarchs and influenced daily life. Although many rules paid homage to Adin and included many useful skills, its purpose was to manipulate the rulers into doing the Shadow Lord's will and to ignore their duties.

Family tree Edit

Adin
   
   
Zara
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Unknown
   
   
Unknown
   
   
Unknown
   
   
   
   
   
   
Unknown
   
   
Unknown
   
   
Unknown
   
   
Unknown
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Elstred
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ballum
   
   
Liah
   
   
(Generations)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Adina
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Sarah
   
   
   
   
   
   
Marilen
   
   
Ranesh
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Brandon
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Josef
   
   
   
   
Lucan
   
   
   
   
Gareth
   
   
   
   
(Generations)
   
   
   
   
Elspeth
   
   
   
   
Unknown
   
   
   
   
Lilia
   
   
   
   
Alton
   
   
   
   
Endon
   
   
Sharn
   
   
Jarred
   
   
Anna
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Lief
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Jasmine
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Anna II
   
   
Jarred II
   
   
Endon II
   
   
   
   
   
   

References Edit

  1. Rodda, Emily. The Forests of Silence. Scholastic Australia. 2000.
  2. Rodda, Emily. Cavern of The Fear. Scholastic Australia. 2002.
  3. Rodda, Emily. Tales of Deltora. Scholastic Australia. 2005.

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