Steven Deschain

    Character » Steven Deschain appears in 25 issues.

    A noble gunslinger, father of Roland and ruler of Gilead.

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    The ruler of Gilead and the lands behind the city. Steven was a Gunslinger and offspring to Arthur Eld. He saw his son, Roland, become the youngest gunslinger in history. He ruled Gilead with justice and honor and citizens of his city where living in peace and harmony. 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 his own city. Most notable traitors where his magician Marten Broadcloak and even his wife, and mother of his child, Gabrielle.

    When Steven found out about his wife's betrayal, it was already to late. Roland had killed his mother when he was taken over by the Red King of Spiders. Although morning his wife, he knew that Roland was not to blame and already soon freed his son from imprisonment. By the time Steven saw the enormous amount of traitors in their midst, it was already to late. The forces of John Farson were preparing an attack against Gilead. Although Steven and his friends managed to take down the first wave, the second wave was larger then ever.

    He fought the good fight in the battle for Gilead but was gunned down by a traitorous guard who shot him in the back. Steven however managed to kill his assaulter, but lost his life not long after that. He told his son Roland to use all the traps that where laid in the lands to defend Gilead against invading army's. He died , but knowing that his son would make them pay for what had happened, one way or another.

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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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