The Kalkara are fearsome and powerful creatures, seen in The Ruins of Gorlan. At some point, Morgarath gained control of several, and used them to hunt, target and kill people who he wanted dead. Two of these, the last known Kalkara, were killed by Baron Arald, Battlemaster Rodney, Halt O'Carrick, and Will Treaty, in or near the ruins of Castle Gorlan.


A vague image of what a Kalkara might have looked like.

Appearance Edit

A Kalkara's physical makeup is described as being like a cross between a bear and an ape. They possess incredible speed and strength. They can move quietly and unseen like a Ranger, although for the Kalkara it is instinctive. Their bodies are covered in thick, heavily matted hair and coated in a sticky, wax-like substance, resulting in a natural armor comparable to the strength and durability of scales. With vicious talons on each hand, and standing over two and a half meters tall, they represent very intimidating and dangerous foes.

While their physical prowess alone classifies the Kalkara as extremely dangerous enemy, their true horror lies in another power: anyone who looks into the red, hate-filled eyes of the Kalkara is immediately rendered helpless and stunned due to an overwhelming feeling of fear.

Whether this is some variety of magic, or an unexplained scientific natural ability is unknown. However, it is this that allows the Kalkara to overcome and cut down even the strongest of prey.

Kalkara attacks Halt credit Nathaniel Newlin

A re-enactment of the battle between the Kalkara and Halt, even though the Kalkara has red eyes, and this Halt is not scaled, just to know, Halt is never depicted this tall.

Strengths/Powers Edit

The Kalkara can use their eyes to paralyze their victims with fear. This is comparable to the way a snake paralyzes a bird before killing it. While one is paralyzed, they will be unable to move or react, becoming vulnerable to attacks from the Kalkara. The full effects of this ability are unknown, but it is suspected that, if used for an extended period of time, it can stop a human's heart, killing them with no outward signs of having been attacked. Their thick fur creates a protective armor capable of enduring blows from weapons such as swords, axes or arrows. They use their legs to sprint deceptively quickly and can jump very far distances. They also show incredible endurance as they are able to keep ahead of Ranger Horses Tug and Abelard. They are also able to keep ahead of Baron Arald and Sir Rodney's battlehorses.

Weaknesses Edit

While their matted hair is very strong, the substance that coats the hair is waxy and as such is flammable. They are also obsessed with silver, which is how Morgarath recruited them. Due to their single-mindedness, they must return to their den after every assassination before receiving a new target. This allows Will to track them. Their simple animalistic behaviors also cause them to pause and scream out in triumph when they kill or are about to kill, making them vulnerable to surprise attacks. They are also afraid of fire as it is the only sure way to kill them, due to the waxy substance on their hair. This gives Will a window of opportunity to use a flaming arrow to kill the last known Kalkara. It is also said that the second best way to kill a Kalkara, after fire, is the use of battleaxes, broadswords, lances, maces, and other such heavy weapons, as one was killed that way by three fully armored knights. However, only one soldier survived, and he was crippled for life, further showcasing the Kalkaras' might.

Intelligence Edit

While the Kalkara show mostly simple instincts, they also demonstrate levels of high intelligence. They were able to mislead Halt into believing that they did not know he was following them. Will, however, did notice this fact and professed his thoughts to Baron Arald and Sir Rodney. During the same journey, the Kalkara were able to ambush Halt. Halt had noticed the fact that the ruins of Castle Gorlan would be an ideal place to be ambushed, due to the fact that he would not be able to use his longbow much. This strategic point for restricting Halt's use of his longbow again emphasizes the Kalkara's intelligence. Additionally, Morgarath cannot control them through his mind like he can with the Wargals, due to their intelligence. Instead, he controls them through their obsessive love and worship of silver.

The Kalkara and their demise Edit

There were three known Kalkaras. One was killed by the three knights. Only one of these knight survived, and he was crippled for life. The remaining two worked for Morgarath as assassins, killing whomever Morgarath wished dead. Morgarath bribed them with silver, for which they have an endless fascination. They succeeded in killing Lord Lorriac through a prolonged stare and Lord Northolt with their talons. The second-to-last Kalkara was gravely wounded by Halt, who sent a barrage of arrows into its chest within a "hand's breadth", but then the last one smashed his longbow. It was the combined efforts of Baron Arald and Sir Rodney who finally pushed the wounded Kalkara into the fire. Halt threw his knife into the remaining Kalkara's eye, with his own eyes closed so as to beat the hypnotizing stare (a feat only a handful of Rangers could have accomplished) and sprinted for the Baron and the Battlemaster, Sir Rodney, but he never made it; the Kalkara jumped up and knocked him unconscious. When the Baron stepped forward, attacking with his broadsword, the Kalkara blocked it with its arm, and swiftly injured the Baron. However, Sir Rodney stepped forward before the Kalkara could kill him, and smashed his battleaxe into the Kalkara's side, staggering it. Before he could strike again, though, Sir Rodney was paralyzed by the Kalkara's stare. The Kalkara then screamed in triumph as those three men (Halt, Baron Arald and Sir Rodney) had caused it incredible pain, and now it would be able to kill them. The problem was, there were four people, not three. It did not notice Will, who coated an arrow in flaming pitch and shot the remaining Kalkara as it was celebrating. With its death, the species is likely to have gone extinct, as those were the last known living Kalkara.

Kalkara vs. Halt credit Nathaniel Newlin

Kalkara Vs. Halt

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