SPOILER ALERT: If you’re a serious fan of fantasy and/or YA fiction, you might want to return to this bio after reading “The Crimson League.”
Sedder Foden was always Kora’s best friend, even as young children. He is both a loyal friend and a formidable foe, as Zalski’s elite guard discovers when the government attempts to hang Wilhem Horn in the Great Square. Both of these qualities–Sedder’s fidelity and his warrior instincts–make his name an apt one: it is derived from the Irish Setter, a breed of hunting dog.
Sedder always admired Kora’s ability to adapt to any situation, even as children, when they would visit their make-believe kingdom of Trenzern. Kora always seemed to come up with more ideas than Sedder to stave off an ogre invasion, or ford a river, or escape a pack of panthers. (Panthers often attacked in packs in Trenzern.) Kora’s ingenuity even made it unnecessary a few times for their friend Hunt to come and save them. That was usually Hunt’s role, and Sedder consented to let Hunt play the hero, because that allowed Sedder to stay with Kora and watch her develop her creativity. While Kora adopted magic powers in Trenzern, Sedder never felt inclined to do the same. He imagined himself a swordsman instead.
Sedder’s favorite hobby/sport was always fencing, though he never turned down his father’s invitation to hunt when the man was still alive, and rarely returned without game. That man, of course, was not Sedder’s biological father. Sedder’s parents were a couple of teen runaways from Yangerton. When their son was born, they decided they could not care for the child, and took him to Hogarane because they preferred the idea of their child growing up in a village instead of a city they both had come to loathe. They stayed at the cheapest inn in Hogarane they could find. The day after they arrived, Sedder’s father went to scout the market for someone to care for the baby, while Sedder’s mother kept Sedder at the inn. He found a man who mistook him for a beggar and so slipped some coins into his palm when they shook hands after an exchange of pleasantries. When the man did the same with another beggar in Sedder’s father view, Sedder’s father followed him home. Through an open window, Sedder’s father saw the man’s wife greet him fondly, and liked the look of her. The next morning, Sedder’s parents left their son on the road before the couple’s house and fled back to Yangerton (without paying for their night in the inn.) That couple was the Fodens. They never once considered bringing the child to an orphanage. They had been trying for three years to conceive without success, and deemed the baby they had found a miracle.