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Xanthe is a Sadrean girl who lives in the underground city of Phos Astos.


Xanthe had lived in Phos Astos underground her whole life, and she is very proud of everything her city has built out of fungi and large mushrooms. Her city and all the other cities in Sadre have built thousands of tunnels going all over the world, and she knows the tunnel way to The Evertree by heart. After she leads Takoda, Meilin, and Conor across the musical web, they are forced into the Sulfur Sea when Kovo slides into them - except for Xanthe, who is assumed to have disappeared.


Xanthe has pale, ether-white skin, short pale white-blonde hair[1], and soft pink eyes.[2] Her eyes are extremely sensitive to light brighter than a faint glow. She is described to have small hands and a delicate accent, unlike anyone else in Erdas.

In The Books

Immortal Guardians

Xanthe appears shortly after the Many attack Meilin and she rescues Meilin, Conor, and Takoda from being killed and brings them to the tunnel way on to Phos Astos. She tells them about Sadre and its pathways. She then shows them around Phos Astos and introduces them to the Elders who explain their history, The Many, and the Wyrm to them. When the Many infiltrate Phos Astos, Ingailor is killed after he saves Xanthe's life. At the end of the book, Xanthe, Conor, Meilin and Takoda start on their way to kill the Wyrm and save the Evertree.

Broken Ground

Xanthe, Meilin, Conor, and Takoda continue to travel through Sadre. She guides them to a place where the cave splits into two paths. Although they originally try to take the left path, it is filled with the Many, and they have to return to the split, and take the right path (which is much more difficult to take than the left one), where they must pass three "trials." She tells them of the first two: the Arcahane Fields and the Sulfur Sea, but does not explain the third. While the group attempts to cross the Arachane Fields, Xanthe is separated from Conor, Meilin, and Takoda, leaving them without a guide in the Sulfur Sea.

The Burning Tide

Xanthe appears, near the end of the book, with an army of Sadrean warriors to assist Meilin and Takoda in holding off the Many when the Wyrm hatches. Xanthe briefly recollects how she survived after being separated from the group, having made it almost entirely because of her determination to save Takoda.

When the Wyrm hatches and grabs Takoda, she attempts to help him, although Kovo beats her to it. Meilin asks her for help ringing the bell, as she cannot lift the mallet on her own. Xanthe does so, and together they ring the bell (although the snare is jammed), opening the portal to Erdas for the Wyrm.

Abeke mentions in the epilogue that Xanthe and Takoda came out of the doorway holding hands.


Coming Soon



Takoda and Xanthe become good friends throughout Immortal Guardians. Takoda accidentally bumps into her when they are travelling to Phos Astos, and Xanthe blushes. There is a small bit of evidence that they may like each other, and this is most likely due to the fact that the Sadreans admire Kovo, who is bonded to Takoda.


  • Her name is pronounced "Zanthe".
  • Eliot Schrefer said that he'd like Takoda and Xanthe to end up together.[3]
  • Xanthe means "blond" in Greek.
  • Xanthe is the first non-marked character to play a significant role in the series.
  • Kovo refers to her as "pale girl"
  • In Broken Ground, Xanthe makes up 2 creatures, a snarle and a gallor, trying to trick Takoda into thinking they were real as a joke.
  • Conor describes Xanthe as a more beautiful, delicate version of The Many.



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Spirit Animals Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Tarik - Shane - Zerif - General Gar - Olvan - Lenori - Great Beasts - The Greencloaks - The Conquerors
Fall of the Beasts (Books 1-4) Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Zerif - Olvan - Lenori - Takoda - Xanthe - Tasha - Kirat - Great Beasts - The Wyrm - The Redcloaks
Fall of the Beasts (Books 5-8) Conor - Abeke - Meilin - Rollan - Anka - Worthy - Princess Song - The Oathbound
Special Editions The Book of Shane: Shane - Zerif - General Gar - Drina - Anya - Yumaris - Karmo - Tahlia - Maddox
Tales of the Great Beasts: King Feliandor - Katalin - Yin - Tembo - Tepin
Tales of the Fallen Beasts: Devin Trunswick - Raisha - Cordalles - Anuqi - Great Beasts
The Spirit Animals Game Keeper of Greenhaven - Olvan - Lenori - Mustela - Keith - Worthy - Maddox - Great Beasts - The Greencloaks - The Conquerors
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