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Simeon is a retired human bookbinder from Emon, and the traveling companion and rival of Lord Willan.



Simeon is a human man in his late thirties (c. 807 PD[3]) with dark skin.[1] He is taller and darker-skinned than Lord Willan.[1] When he met Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia, he wore "a long practical cloak," gloves, and "a pair of glasses on a chain around his neck."[1][note 1]


Simeon is very friendly towards strangers: he invited Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia to join his group's camp and share their food without question.[1][note 1]



At one point, Simeon worked as a bookbinder in Emon.[2] He subsequently retired from his profession, and, around 806 PD, began traveling with Lord Willan, a historian.[3][2]

Kith & Kin[]

Around 807 PD,[3] Simeon and Willan traveled together to Jorenn Village from Turst Fields; they had "been traveling together for the better part of a year".[2] They hired Nera and a pair of dwarves to accompany them on their journey.[2] Along their journey, their group crossed paths with a messenger traveling between Turst Fields and Westruun; she described them as merchants and informed Vax'ildan and Vex'ahlia that they might catch up to them.[4]

The following evening, Simeon and his party made camp with Jorenn Village in view.[5] The twins and Trinket did indeed catch up to them, and asked to camp with them.[1] Simeon told them they were welcome to join and share in their food, while Willan was less enthusiastic.[2][note 1] One of the two men cooked dinner for the group.[6] Simeon then went into a tent,[2][note 1] but both men later joined around the fire for one of the dwarves' story about the ash walkers.[7][note 2] Later that night, while Vax'ildan and Nera took watch, ash walkers descended upon the camp.[8] Simeon and his fellow travelers, except for Vax'ildan and some of their ponies, were rescued by riders from the Shadewatch; Vax'ildan was rescued by the outlaw miners, while all but two of the ponies were killed by the ash walkers.[9][10][11] In their flight, the travelers left behind much of their belongings, including a notebook belonging to either Simeon or Willan.[12] The Shadewatch brought the travelers to Jorenn Village and told them there would be rooms for them at The Scattered Bar.[13] As the pair arrived in town, Willan dismounted from his horse and vomited.[14] Simeon "made his way toward his nemesis, checked to see if he was unhurt, and within moments they were bickering again."[14]

During the following days, Shademaster Derowen and Wick spoke with Simeon and the other survivors.[15] The two scholars then found a guide to lead them into the Grey Valley, while the dwarves returned to Turst Fields; Nera left for Westruun the day after the attack.[12][15]


Lord Willan[]

Simeon and Lord Willan are travel companions, despite being described as adversaries and nemeses.[16][14] According to their fellow travelers, the two men argue constantly over trivial matters such as "the proper use of gloves".[2] Even after being nearly killed by ash walkers, the two men immediately started bickering again.[14] They also seem to have quite opposite personalities: Simeon was very welcoming to strangers asking to join their camp, while Willan was not.[1][note 1]

Appearances and mentions[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Simeon and Willan are not named or identified when they are first described. This article assumes that Simeon is the man with glasses who speaks first, and Willan is the man with the staff who speaks second: Simeon is the bookbinder and Willan is the scholar (p. 75), and the scholar is a spellcaster (p. 83). It would therefore make sense for the man with the staff to be the scholar. However, they are sometimes both referred to as scholars (p. 76).
  2. This may be a continuity error. The two men retreat after dinner (p. 76), and the scholar remains on the cart (p. 76), but the two men are then noted as being by the fire with the others on the next page (p. 77).