Alden Dedrick Vacker is a member of the Vacker family - the husband of Della Adara Vacker and the father of Alvar Soren Vacker, Fitzroy Avery Vacker, and Biana Amberly Vacker.

He lives in Everglen with Della, Fitz, and Biana. He works for The Council as an Emissary — members of the Nobility who are sent on special missions, usually as diplomatic representatives. Because of his job, he often wears a midnight blue cape; as revealed in Legacy, he is an Emissary with the highest level of clearance.

His trademark line is "no reason to worry," which he uses to reassure and support the people around him.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Alden has teal eyes and wavy dark brown hair — the filial resemblance between him and his son Fitz is very strong. He has very kind eyes, which made Sophie trust him when she first came to live with the elves. He and his family are all strikingly handsome, their beauty being salient compared even to most other elves. Alden has a highly recognizable accent, much like his son Fitz and, presumably, his daughter Biana.

Wanderling[edit | edit source]

Alden's Wanderling is dark-leafed with vivid teal flowers peppered among the branches. Though Alden is still alive, the Wanderling was planted because it was believed that he would not recover from his state of a broken mind and because the elves generally do not believe in taking existing life.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Alden is first introduced in the first book of Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities and quickly becomes an important character. Sophie relies on Alden throughout the books, and Alden, in turn, relies on Sophie. An example of this is in Book 2: Exile when Alden has Sophie be his guide for the Memory Break of Fintan, and when the face of Sophie appeared among the portraits of his friends and family in his mind. Alden was one of the only people to believe that the Black Swan existed and searched for 12 years for Sophie despite being told he was chasing an imaginary ghost. Alden cares deeply about his family and friends and makes sure that everyone has 'no reason to worry'. During the second book, Exile, Alden's mind breaks after seeing Wylie from the guilt of exiling Prentice, but Sophie works tirelessly and is able to heal him.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Della Adara Vacker[edit | edit source]

Della is Alden's wife who is about 100 years younger than him and was #201 in his third matchmaking list. They are seen to support each other and stay with each other always. Della will often pull him close and whisper into his ear when he pales or receives devastating news. When Della cries, he holds her and comforts her. Sophie says she can't imagine them not being together, as they are one of the sweetest and most loving couples she knows.

Alvar Soren Vacker[edit | edit source]

  • eldest son/enemy

Alvar is Alden's oldest son. They had a good relationship — until Alvar revealed that he was, in fact, a member of the Neverseen, and spied on the Vacker family. Alden was devastated and shocked by the news. In Flashback, though, Alden gave Alvar a second chance, only to be left with a discovery of a troll hive that had been hidden in Everglen for a reward.


Fitzroy Avery Vacker[edit | edit source]

  • middle child

Even though the father sometimes disagrees with the son, Fitz and Alden have a good relationship. Fitz is the middle child, who followed in Alden's footsteps, and manifested as a Telepath like him. Fitz was told by Councillor Terik that he would grow to be an even better Telepath then Alden, which made him overjoyed. Fitz cares deeply for Alden, shutting everyone out when his mind broke and only returning to normal when Alden was healed.


Biana Amberly Vacker[edit | edit source]

  • youngest and only daughter

Biana trusts and loves Alden deeply and often needs his support. When Alden's mind broke in Exile, she withdrew from most of her friends, not wanting to make a public appearance.

Sophie Elizabeth Foster[edit | edit source]

  • like-daughter

Alden was one of the first elves to greet Sophie. He taught her most things about the Elvin world and offered her hospitality when needed. He and Della also offered to be Sophie's adoptive parents when she first arrived in the Lost Cities and when Grady and Edaline cancelled her adoption in Book 1: Keeper of the Lost Cities. He always helps Sophie through her missions and supports her, as an emissary. Alden also trusted Sophie with his life when he chose her as his guide during Book 2: Exile.


Keefe Sencen[edit | edit source]

  • like-son

Keefe often relies on Alden and needs his support, and views him as a father figure. This sometimes angers Lord Cassius, who, in Book 7: Flashback, was noted to have said that Alden is not Keefe's father. Keefe responded in turn by saying that he wished Alden was. In Flashback's "Keefe's Short Story" We see Alden coming to Candleshade to ask Keefe to come to Alvar's Tribunal to stop Fitz from saying anything mean to Sophie. He also tells Keefe to, "Let them be happy," Referring to Sophie and Fitz.


Grady Howell Ruewen[edit | edit source]

  • close friend

Alden was one of the few supporters Grady and Edaline had when Jolie died.


Prentice Endal[edit | edit source]

  • former enemy/ally

Alden performed a memory break on Prentice with Quinlin. He felt extremely guilty about this, as part of the reason why his mind shattered in Exile was due to his guilt about the break. After discovering that Prentice was innocent, he still finds it hard to take whenever the subject of Prentice is discussed.

Councillor Alina[edit | edit source]

Alden was briefly engaged to Councillor Alina at the #104 recommendation on his Match Lists. In result when Alden was about to marry Della Adara Vacker, Alina tried to steal Alden away from Della at their wedding by beguiling him. It's frequently mentioned in the books about how awkward this is. Once Dame Alina became Councillor Alina, Alden didn't appreciate the way she treated Sophie. Alden is said to be 'slightly' terrified of her.


Alden and Quinlin were previously Cognates. Though still friends, they could never become Cognates again because Quinlin had held back his reservations to perform a memory break on Prentice. Because of this, they fought and that broke their trust for each other.


Unknown Elf[edit | edit source]

  • "Perfect match" of Alden

Before Alden met Della, there was an elf whom Alden thought was his perfect match; agreed upon by the matchmakers, they were #1 on Alden's first list. However, he stated in Keefe's Short Story (Flashback) that they "preferred a close friend of mine". This is most commonly thought to be Alina.


Luzia Vacker[edit | edit source]

Luzia Vacker is Alden Vacker's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. Luzia was living at Everglen before she gave it to Alden. She told him to add a gate that absorbs light so no one could directly leap there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He has no assigned bodyguards, even being one of the top Emissaries in the Lost Cities and being a Vacker.
  • The name Alden means "Old Friend" or "Wise Friend."
  • Dedrick means "Power of the Tribe" in Old German

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Peace is generally the optimal way of being. But division and strife always comes with a cost.

—Alden in Book 6: Nightfall

No reason to worry.

—Alden in multiple books


Characters
Major Characters

Teenagers
Sophie Elizabeth FosterFitzroy Avery VackerBiana VackerDexter Alvin DizzneeMarella RedekKeefe SencenTam SongLinh SongWylie Endal

Adults
Known Black Swan Members
Mr. ForkleBlurCoiffeDella VackerGraniteJuline DizzneeLivvyLurMagnate Leto KerlofMityaPrentice EndalSiorSir TierganSir AstinSquallTimkin HeksTinkerWraithJolie Lucine Ruewen

Known Neverseen Members
Alvar Soren Vacker/The Boy Who DisappearedBrantFintan PyrenGethenJolie Lucine RuewenLady GiselaRuy IgnisTrixUmberVespera

Important Bodyguards
SandorGrizelFloriRomhildaBotrosNubitiTarina

Other
Alden VackerElwinLady Cadence TalleLord CassiusEdaline RuewenGrady Ruewen

Secondary Characters

Elves (Category)
Councillors (current and former)
Councillor AlinaCouncillor BronteCouncillor ClaretteCouncillor DarekCouncillor EmeryCouncillor LioraCouncillor NolandCouncillor OralieCouncillor RamiraCouncillor TerikCouncillor VeliaCouncillor ZarinaCouncillor Kenric Elgar FathdonFintan PyrenFallon Vacker

Teenagers
Stina HeksJensi BabblosMarucaDempseyValinLexRexBexDamel KafutaShayda AdelTrellaAudricHuxley

Mentors
Sir AstinLady GalvinLady IskraLady BelvaSir ConleyLady AlexineSir DonwellSir RosingsSir HardingLady VedaLady AnwenSir BeckettSir CatonLady DaraLady EveraSir FaxonLady NissaLady ZillahLady SanjaCoach RohanaCoach BoraCoach Wilda

Other
Benesh VackerKesler DizzneeBrisaCaprise RedekCeriCyrah EndalHarlin VackerJujiJurekMarella's DadLuzia VackerMai SongNorene VackerOllie HeksOrem VackerQuan SongQuinlin SondenSilla HeksLady Pemberley

Humans (Category)
Foster (Freeman) Family
Amy Rose FosterEmma Iris FosterWilliam David FosterConnor, Kate, and Natalie Freeman
Other
Mr. SweeneyBethany LopezEleanor WrightEthan Benedict Wright IIGarwin Chang

Goblins (Category)
Queen HyldaBrielleBunheadCadocCouncillors' BodyguardsLefty and RightyLoviseWoltzer

Ogres (Category)
King DimitarQueen GundulaCadfael

Gnomes (Category)
CallaBarth the ReaperBrierLurMityaSiorGoraGerdaYuriAmisi

Dwarves (Category)
King EnkiErmeteIrjaKrikorKunYegor

Trolls (Category)
Empress Pernille

Animal Characters

BullhornIggyMartySprocketWatsonThe VerminionVerdiSilvenyGreyfellLunaWynnGildieLinh's Murcat

Stuffed Animals
Bun-BunElla the ElephantHarry the JackalopeLady SassyfurMr. SnugglesMrs. StinkbottomStinky the Stegosaurus


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