Alain Johns

    Character » Alain Johns appears in 42 issues.

    Gunslinger and one of Roland Deschain's childhood friends.

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    Alain Johns was one of Roland Deschain's best friends and a part of his ka-tet which sought out the dangers in the lands across Gilead and beyond. He was most surly the wisest of them all, and also a good friend to Cuthbert Allgood. He and Cuthbert where even responsible for bringing Roland back alive after their first mission as Gunslingers together, sent to the seaside town called Hambry to be kept out of the way, Alain and his friends soon find that there's more than meets the eye in the town of Hambry and must use all of their training as Gunslingers to get to the bottom of it.

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    The Ka-tet

    However, in the lands behind Gilead, unrest was starting. The "Good Man" John Farson started a rebellion against Gilead, witch soon found word from frustrated citizens, mutants and even traitors in Gilead itself. Most notable traitors were the magician Marten Broadcloak and the wife of the king of Gilead Steven Deschain, mother of Alain's friend Roland, Gabrielle Deschain.

    By the time the enormous amount of traitors in their midst where seen by the law of Gilead, it was already to late. The forces of John Farson where preparing an attack against Gilead.

    Battle for Gilead and the Battle of Jericho Hill

    Alain fought the good fight in the battle for Gilead but eventually had to retread in the lands beyond the city. For some time they traveled thru the land until they where caught up by John Farson's forces. By that time Alain was scouting ahead trying to see if the coast was clear. Seeing the enormous army coming down, Alain went back to Roland's camp, as soon as he could. However, tragedy struck not soon afterwards. Alain was mistaken for one of John Farsen's men (thanks to a mirage by traitor magician Marten Broadcloak) and was gunned down by Roland. Alain died not soon afterwards, but held no grudge against Roland. Not soon after this horrifying seen, John Farson and his men entered their camp. Roland's friends and family where slaughtered during the Battle of Jericho Hill, including Alain's friend Cuthbert. Alain was laid to rest in the lands there, and Roland swore to avenge his good friend's death, still feeling the guilt of gunning down his childhood friend, but knowing it was not his, but Farson's work.

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    The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Revised)

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    The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. So begins Book I of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy series, The Dark Tower. Part sci-fi novel, part futuristic dystopia, part spaghetti Western, and part high fantasy vision, The Gunslinger tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is tracking an enigmatic magician known only as the man in black.Following his quarry across the demon-infested Mohaine Desert, Roland confronts a mad preacher woman and her murderous flock, holds palaver with a speaking demon, and finally befriends a young boy from our world named Jake Chambers. Jake joins Roland on his quest, but while Roland travels with his young companion Jake, the man in black travels with Roland’s soul in his pocket. The 2003 revised edition of The Gunslinger contains the essay "On Being Nineteen (And a few other things)" by Stephen.

    The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

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    Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Jake’s pet bumbler survive Blaine the Mono’s final crash, only to find themselves stranded in an alternate version of Topeka, Kansas, one that has been ravaged by the superflu virus. While following the deserted I-70 toward a distant glass palace, they hear the atonal squalling of a thinny, a place where the fabric of existence has almost entirely worn away. While camping near the edge of the thinny, Roland tells his ka-tet a story about another thinny, one that he encountered when he was little more than a boy. Over the course of one long magical night, Roland transports us to the Mid-World of long-ago and a seaside town called Hambry, where Roland fell in love with a girl named Susan Delgado, and where he and his old tet-mates Alain and Cuthbert battled the forces of John Farson, the harrier who—with a little help from a seeing sphere called Maerlyn’s Grapefruit—ignited Mid-World’s final war.

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