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Mord-Sith as seen in Legend of the Seeker

The Mord-Sith are an elite group of women warriors from D'Hara. They were created to defend the master of D'Hara, Lord Rahl, from creatures and people with magic. Mord-Sith believe that it is their sole purpose in life and in death to serve the Lord Rahl unconditionally, and in every way; their devotion is unparalleled.

Becoming Mord-Sith Edit

Candidates to become Mord-Sith are selected from the gentlest and kindest girls in D'Hara, regardless of rank, wealth or any other factors. The kindest girls always make the best Mord-Sith because they have the farthest to fall. Mord-Sith must have no siblings. This is different in Legend of the Seeker as Cara is a notable exception to this rule: we see her kidnapped while playing with her father and sister and meet her sister in episode 3 of season 2 (Broken). They are kidnapped along with their parents and trained from a young age on three levels. Each time, she must be "broken."

The first breaking is a time during which she is tortured to the point of obedience so strong that she would do absolutely anything her master/mistress tells her, without question or hesitation. This part of the training breaks her of her sense of self and personal desires.


A Mord-Sith reflects Additive lightning.

During the second breaking, she is forced to watch as her teacher slowly and brutally tortures her mother to the point of being broken, and eventually, death. This is to rid her of compassion.

The third, and arguably the most difficult, breaking is when she is given the instrument of torture and must inflict pain and suffering upon her own father until he breaks as well, and then she must kill him. When she has completed this task, she is a full Mord-Sith.

Weapons and powers Edit

The only weapon that Mord-Sith carry is the Agiel, a magical rod that causes constant pain to anyone who touches it. Mord-Sith use Agiels to fight, but primarily to torture and break captives and enemies, turning them into devoted "pets." Each Mord-Sith wields the Agiel with which as a child she herself was broken.

The Lord Rahl endows each Mord-Sith with the ability to capture and utilize magic that is used against them. Once someone's magic has been captured by a Mord-Sith, she can use it to cause him or her unimaginable pain at will. As such, Mord-Sith are wizards' greatest vulnerability. This is a technique used for training pets. In Legend of the Seeker, the Mord-Sith's power is slightly different. A Mord-Sith is able to deflect any magic used against them back at the user, strengthening its effect until it is almost impossible to escape.

The Mord-Sith are taught the Breath of Life, essentially a resuscitation technique, that is used to revive victims that are dying from training. In Legend of the Seeker, the Breath of Life is magical mist that a Mord-Sith can blow into a dead person's mouth to bring them back to life. This Breath of Life only works if it is given while the corpse is still functional, warm and reasonably whole.

The greatest danger to a Mord-Sith is a Confessor. Since a Mord-Sith's power comes from hate, the Confessor's power to amplify love is deadly to her. In Legend of the Seeker and Debt of Bones, a Confessor's touch also causes a Mord-Sith several minutes' agonizing pain before killing her; during these minutes, the Mord-Sith would love the Confessor as an ordinary Confessed person would.

Appearance Edit

Mord-sith leather

A Mord-Sith's tooled red leather.

Mord-Sith wear iconic skin-tight leather suits at all times. They usually wear white or brown leather, but when they are training a pet, suspect trouble, or are in battle, they wear red leather. This is to hide the blood of their victims. At least one Mord-Sith, Erica, was known to have worn black leather, to show she is in the service of Ludwig Dreier.[1]

Should a Mord-Sith fail in a task assigned by Lord Rahl they wear the red leather and are permitted to choose their manner of execution. If a Mord-Sith selects a pet as her mate, she will don white leather, to show that she does not need to use the Agiel to draw blood because her mate is completely and absolutely broken. The leather uniform always has a crescent and a star on it, the symbol of the Mord-Sith.

Known Mord-Sith Edit

Appearances Edit

Books Edit

Legend of the Seeker episodes Edit

Behind the scenes Edit

Several changes were made to the Mord-Sith in the TV series:

  • The standard brown leather uniforms of the Mord-Sith are omitted, and all Mord-Sith are shown in red leather.
  • Denna is the only the Mord-Sith seen to wear white leather. Cara notes that all Mord-Sith wear white after breaking a new pet.
  • Mord-Sith do not die instantly at the touch of a Confessor. Instead, they suffer in pain and agony until they die as seen in episode 2:3 "Broken". It is made clear, however, that their training makes it impossible for Mord-Sith to be read by Confessors.
  • There seems to be no restriction on a lack of siblings for a Mord-Sith: Cara is shown to have a sister and that those that abduct her are aware of the sibling.
  • Mord-Sith do not have the ability to capture a persons magic to cause them pain, but merely to deflect it back at them with much deadlier power. This power extends to magical weapons, as Cara was seen to repel several Dacra in mid-flight as well as being able to control the Sword of Truth.

References Edit

  1. Severed Souls, chapter 38

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