At the opening of the novel, Severian saves the life of Vodalus, an outlaw who is fighting to restore Urth to its former glory. Shadow of the torturer pdf a reward, Vodalus gives Severian a gold coin, which Severian treasures from then on. He later learns that the golden coin is fake. Throughout the rest of his youth, Severian idolizes Vodalus and seeks to join him.
Severian starts the novel as an apprentice but shortly becomes the captain of apprentices, and later a Journeyman in the Guild of Torturers. Thecla, a woman who is part of the Autarch’s court who has been imprisoned because her sister had become the consort of Vodalus. Thecla is to be treated with special care, and since she takes a liking to Severian, asks that he sit with her for a while each day. Severian eventually falls in love with Thecla. When Thecla is tortured, Severian is moved by love and pity, and sneaks a knife into her cell, allowing her to take her own life and end her suffering. Thrax, a city in the north.
He also obtains the Claw of the Conciliator, a gem with apparently supernatural powers that Severian is attempting to return to its rightful owners, the Pelerines. He frequently encounters and occasionally travels with a troupe of actors composed of Dr. Baldanders to be his doctor and servant. During his travels, he meets with Vodalus and agrees to join his insurrection. Part of her personality and presence occasionally emerge and some characters seem to recognize, or sense, Thecla when they look at him. Travelling further, Severian visits the House Absolute, the throne of the commonwealth’s Autarch, and is persuaded by the Autarch to change sides and act as a spy on Vodalus’ cause. When Dorcas and Severian reach Thrax, he thrives as the city’s Lictor for a while.
The boy is later killed by a trap set up by Typhon, the former dictator of Urth. In additional travels, he eventually becomes a mercenary in the north and is seriously injured. When the Autarch is critically injured, Severian eats the forebrain of the Autarch with alzabo extract, inheriting the throne and all the memories of his predecessors. Urth of the New Sun,” a corollary piece further detailing Severian’s travels, offering much insight into some abstruse events in the 4 part “Book of the New Sun. Dorcas, whom Severian inadvertently resurrects at the Lake of Birds, is almost certainly Severian’s paternal grandmother. Ouen, the waiter at the Inn of Lost Loves in Nessus, refers to Dorcas as his “mother come again”.