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Letholdus Stirling III, aka the Raven King, was ruler 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 took the city by force and established a reign of terror that would stay in the memory of the people. Anyone who disagreed with him or spoke against him was punished with death or simple "disappeared" without a trace; individuals were encouraged to inform upon their neighbors and family members.

His reign lasted thirty nine 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" for his black hair and wardrobe.