Real Name: Cutter
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Cutter (soul name: Tam): male, alive. He is the main hero of Elfquest and the eleventh chief of the Wolfriders. His name is derived partly from his skill with a sword, but also from his desire to cut through lies and deception and uncover the truth. Son of the previous chief, Bearclaw, and his wise lifemate Joyleaf, Cutter lost both of his parents to the monster Madcoil, but avenged them by killing the monster and leading the sixteen survivors to a time of quiet. Quiet, at least, until humans burnt down the forest where Wolfriders lived; alongside his soul-brother, Skywise, Cutter had to lead the Wolfriders away, and so he did. They were tricked into the Burning Waste desert by the trolls, but after a grueling three-day journey discovered another village of dark-skinned elves in which Cutter found his lifemate, the beautiful healer Leetah, as well as a lifelong rival - Leetah's suitor, the powerful magician Rayek. Later Cutter moved on, with a burning desire to find other sundered elf kin and gather them all together, which he accomplished by discovering the existence of the stagnant Gliders of Blue Mountain and the warlike snow elves known as Go-Backs (as well as, much later, the ocean-based elfin Wavedancer tribe). Reasonable and kind, Cutter is now leading his tribe back at their native Father Tree Holt after a particularly bloody war with the human ruler Grohmul Djun. Cutter and Leetah fathered one of only three known elfin pairs of twins--the mystic Sunstream (formerly Suntop) and his wolf-blooded sister Ember, who now leads a branch of the Wolfriders as her own tribe. Cutter has long ash-blond hair, deep blue eyes, and well- developed facefur in the form of sidelocks. It is rumored that Cutter will undergo some kind of psychic trauma in a later story, which will cause him to lose his mind and memory.
His wolf-friends have included Nightrunner, Warfrost, Timmain (an elf shaped into lupine form) and Holdfast.
The son of Joyleaf and Bearclaw; lifemate of Leetah; father of Ember and Suntop/Sunstream; nephew of Treestump; cousin of Dewshine.
Cutter gained his chief's lock and the mantle of leadership as a teenager, following the death of his father, Bearclaw. While his name denotes his skill with a sword, he is not a cold and merciless death-dealer. Cutter has always led his tribemates, some of whom are many hundreds of years his senior, with a gentle but firm hand. Strong in his beliefs, he will nevertheless bend even the most fundamental of them if the health and well being of his tribe is at stake. Skywise, his closest friend, believes that the traits setting Cutter apart from all past Wolfrider chieftains are his imagination and ability to not only accept change, but take advantage of it.
Though Cutter had early on been described as "... artless, frank hearted, and wild as a beast of prey ...", age and Leetah's influence have mellowed him. After the quest to recover the Shards of the Palace, Cutter bid farewell to his daughter, Ember, at Howling Rock Holt so she could lead her own tribe of Wolfriders. Cutter, Leetah, Suntop, and most of the older Wolfriders returned to live at the site of the original Father Tree Holt -- the place of his birth.
The son of Joyleaf and Bearclaw;
Lifemate of Leetah; father of Ember and Suntop;
Nephew of Treestump;
Cousin of Dewshine
First Appearance: Fantasy Quarterly (1978) #1
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#1 ElfQuest: 25th Anniversary Special (2003)
- 'Fire & Flight'#2
- 'Journey to Sorrow's End'#3
- 'Raid At Sorrow's End!'#4
- 'The Challenge'#5
- 'Bridge of Destiny'#6
- 'Voice of the Sun'#8
- 'Soul Names'#9
- 'The Quest Begins'#10
- 'Return to the Holt'#11
- 'Dreamberry Tales'#12
- 'Hands Of The Symbol Maker'#13
- 'The Warning And The Way'#14
- 'The Lodestone'#15
- 'The Forbidden Grove'#16
- 'Noisybad Highthing!'#17
- 'Lair Of The Bird Spirits'#18
- 'Riddle of Blue Mountain'#19
- 'What Is The Way?'#20
- 'Fine Feathers'#21
- 'Secret Of The Wolfriders'#22
- 'The Fall'#23
- 'The Awakening'#24
- 'The Quest Usurped!'#25
- 'The Go-Backs'#26
- 'Two-Edge's Clue'#27
- 'The First War'#28
- 'The Treasure'#29
- 'The Game of Two-Edge'#30
- 'Final Battles'#31
- 'Quest's End Part 1'#32
- 'Quest's End Part 2'
ElfQuest: Bedtime Stories (1994)
ElfQuest: Blood of Ten Chiefs (1993)
ElfQuest: Graphic Novel Series (1993)
ElfQuest: Hidden Years (1992)
#1 ElfQuest: Kings of the Broken Wheel (1990)
- 'Little Patch'#4
- 'Right of Passage'#5
- 'Starfall, Starrise'
#1 ElfQuest: New Blood (1992)
- 'Kings of The Broken Wheel Part 1'#2
- 'Kings of The Broken Wheel Part 2'#3
- 'Kings of The Broken Wheel Part 3'#4
- 'Kings of The Broken Wheel Part 4'#5
- 'Kings of The Broken Wheel Part 5'#6
- 'Kings of The Broken Wheel Part 6'#7
- 'Kings of the Broken Wheel Part 7'#8
- 'Kings of the Broken Wheel Part 8'#9
- 'Kings of the Broken Wheel Part 9'
ElfQuest: Shards (1995)
#1 ElfQuest: Siege at Blue Mountain (1987)
- 'Turnabout Part 1'#9
- 'Turnabout Part 2'#10
- 'Revelation Part One'#11
- 'Revelation Part Two'#12
- 'The Key'#13
#1 ElfQuest: The Discovery (2006)
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain - Part 1'#2
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain II'#3
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain III'#4
- 'Siege At Blue Mountain Part 4'#5
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain Part 5'#6
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain Part 6'#7
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain Part 7'#8
- 'Siege at Blue Mountain Part 8'
#1 Elfquest: The Grand Quest (2004)
- 'Elfquest: The Discovery - Part One'#2
- 'Elfquest: The Discovery - Part Two'#3
- 'Elfquest: The Discovery - Part Three'#4
- 'ElfQuest: The Discovery - Part Four'
Elfquest: The Searcher and the Sword (2004)
OGN HC Elfquest: Wolfrider (2003)
- 'The Seacher and the Sword'OGN SC
- 'The Seacher and the Sword'
Fantasy Quarterly (1978)
The Complete Elfquest (1988)
- 'The Secret of Two-Edge'Vol. 8
- 'Kings of the Broken Wheel'
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