Coithus Saubon is the seventh son of King Coithus Eryeat of Galeoth and titular leader of the Galeoth contingent of the Holy War.[1]


Saubon is strong-jawed and bard-handsome. He has short-cropped, reddish-blond hair. He is not quite as tall as Anasûrimbor Kellhus, but stockier. 


Saubon is highly insecure; he is obsessed with what other people think of him.[2]


What came before Edit

Saubon commanded the army his father sent against the Nansurium several years prior to the Holy War. He managed several success until Ikurei Conphas was appointed Exalt-General, at which time Conphas defeated and humiliated him.

The Darkness That Comes BeforeEdit

Galeoth troops under Coithus Saubon raid and cut down the inhabitants of a village near Pasna in retaliation for the Emperor's refusal to provision the Holy War.[3]

When the Great Names gather before the Emperor to settle the issue of who will lead the host of the Holy War, Saubon sides with Nersei Proyas in choosing the Scylvendi Cnaiür urs Skiötha over Ikurei Conphas.[2]

The Warrior-ProphetEdit

Saubon seeks Kellhus' council about whether to march on Gedea or wait for the Ainoni host and the Scarlet Spires. Kellhus tells him to march and that the Whore will be kind to him so long as the Shrial Knights are punished.[4]

Saubon splits from the rest of Holy War along with Hoga Gothyelk's Tydonni, the Thunyeri, and the Shrial Knights. Gothyelk's recklessness soon enfuriates Saubon, and the two men nearly come to blows. The Tydonni and Thunyeri follow Gothyelk as he splits from Saubon's host.

As Saubon draws near Gedea, he laments that his forces are outnumbered and poorly prepared for the battle ahead. He inwardly rails that no one knows him and curses the various circumstances that led him to this moment. He starts to doubt Kellhus's legitimacy and wonders at the Dunyain's message to "punish" the Shrial Knights. He asks his groom Kussalt about how sacrifice is perceived in The Tractate , but is offended by Kussalt's blunt response. 

Saubon eventually realizes that Gothyelk's men are close by, and the Kianene are trying to prevent them from joining forces. Saubon and Gothyelk reunite and attack the Kianene at Gedea in the Fifth Battle of Mengedda. Saubon then defeats the Fanim host just as Kellhus predicted.[5]

When the Holy War reaches Caraskand, Saubon asks Proyas to support his bid to become King of Caraskand in case he delivers the city to the Inrithi. The Holy War sacks the city and Saubon becomes the titular King of Caraskand.[6][7]

The Thousandfold ThoughtEdit

The Holy War departs from Caraskand, but Saubon, as King, stays behind.[8]

The Judging EyeEdit

Coithos Saubon leads the Great Ordeal as one of its two Exalt-Generals.[9]

The White-Luck WarriorEdit

At the Eleventh Council of Potentates, Anasûrimbor Kellhus declares the breaking of the Great Ordeal and King Saubon is charged with leading the Ketyai of the West.[10]


  1. Encyclopedic Glossary, ‘Saubon, Coithus’
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Darkness That Comes Before, Chapter 17
  3. The Darkness That Comes Before, Chapter 15
  4. The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 4
  5. The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 6
  6. The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 21
  7. The Warrior-Prophet, Chapter 24
  8. The Thousandfold Thought, Chapter 3
  9. The Judging Eye, Chapter 1
  10. The White-Luck Warrior, Chapter 2