Letholdus Stirling III was king of Alucarsia. Born the eldest of three children, he was named heir to the throne at his birth.

It is believed he had a hand in the deaths of his sister Odette Stirling, his brother Stephen Stirling, Stephen's wife Maria and their infant son in order to prevent them from impeding the line of succession.

He married Aalis Bricassart, whom he imprisoned after discovering she had committed adultery. Their only child, Enid, was conceived and born in the Ivory Tower.

Letholdus' "greatest accomplishment" was the so-called conquest of the city of Kataru, the final addition to the kingdom of Alucarsia. Angered by the city's refusal to include itself among the Alucarsia city-states, Letholdus devised a way to humble them. He allowed relations with the Exekians to deteriorate until another war began brewing; their first target would naturally be Kronos. When the Krono called upon him for aid, he refused. The Exekians under the command of Zimreon slaughtered many of the city's inhabitants during the night. The next morning, when the bodies were discovered, Letholdus and his soldiers entered the city, where the townspeople were so stricken with terror they thought he was responsible, bowed before him, and begged for mercy.

His reign lasted eleven years. He is remembered for his ruthlessness and brutality as well as his bizarre obsession with his personal ideals of purity and justice. He was known by the moniker "the raven king".


Mentioned by Vormund in Hymns to the Sun.