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Amadis is a character in the Horizon Zero Dawn comic series. He lives in the woods outside of the Carja village of Rising Light, where he is a mysterious figure of local legend.

History

Little is known of Amadis' past, but at some point he took up residence in a cave outside Rising Light. He was known to the villagers as "the man in the woods", and had a reputation for disliking strangers.

Meeting Talanah

When Talanah was injured and left unconscious by a pack of Clawstriders in the wilds, Amadis brought her to his cave and bandaged her wounds, utilizing his supply of healing herbs. Although he left before she could awake, he provided her with a pack containing several days' supply of food.

After Talanah recovered, Amadis once again stepped in to rescue her, this time from a black-armored Clawstrider that was poised to attack her and a boy from the village, Talvo. Amadis distracted the machine with a smoke bomb, and prevented Talanah from firing on it, telling her to abandon the hunt and flee. After the group reached higher ground and escaped the machine, Amadis sent Talvo home, asking him to keep their encounter a secret.

Turning his attention to Talanah, Amadis accused her of being part of the hunter Kyran's party, the Burnished Sons, which had been drawing dangerous machines to Rising Light through reckless hunting practices in the pursuit of trophies. As they argued, Amadis revealed his name to Talanah, and that he was the one who had bandaged her wound. Talanah denied Amadis' accusations, claiming that her only goal was to destroy the black Clawstrider, a dangerous new breed of machine that threatened the village's safety. When Amadis asked how she knew this, Talanah told him of an earlier encounter she had with a similar machine, where she witnessed its destructive capabilities firsthand.

Hunting the Black Clawstrider

Although Amadis attempted to dissuade Talanah from pursuing the machine due to her injuries, he begrudgingly agreed to work together with her to destroy the machine, and the two set off to follow its tracks. Along the way, Talanah requested they stop so she could rest and rebandage her wounds, and the two rested near a dilapidated manor. After some questioning from Talanah, Amadis cryptically replied that the manor was a source of trouble, and he had hoped its ruin would bring peace to Rising Light. When Talanah pressed further, he revealed that the manor was once home to a Carja noble who left to fight in the Red Raids, disgraced his family name, and left the manor to ruin. Talanah pointed out the presence of a large insignia burned on the manor's wall, indicating that the manor was defaced by the Kho Veriv, a powerful Carja family.

Just then, the two discovered the corpse of a mercenary from the Burnished Sons. Examining tracks nearby, Talanah and Amadis deduced that the dead man was killed during a fight with a Clawstrider, which the other mercenaries ultimately defeated and dragged away as proof that they had fulfilled the hunting contract. The pair also discovered the distinct tracks of the black Clawstrider, following the hunters. Amadis pointed out that the hunters would be headed towards Sunbreak Valley to turn in their kill to a group of trappers living there, the ones responsible for issuing the hunting contract.

Battle at Sunbreak Valley

Talanah and Amadis redoubled their pace, and came to Sunbreak Valley. While searching for signs of the Clawstrider, they overheard arguing between Duvad, the leader of the trappers, and Kyran, who was demanding payment for the contract. As the duo observed the dispute, Amadis suggested ignoring the hunters and pursuing the black Clawstrider, but Talanah contended that they had an obligation to warn the others of the threat.

Before they could take any action, though, the black Clawstrider appeared in the woods nearby, preparing to attack the assembled group of mercenaries and trappers. Talanah prepared to spring into action, but Amadis refused, intending to lay traps for the machine rather than engaging. Angrily, Talanah abandoned him and jumped into the clearing, shouting a warning to the hunters. The black Clawstrider struck, and in the ensuing battle Talanah narrowly rescued Kyran from the machine's attacks, ending up disarmed herself.

The machine charged as Talanah struggled to stand, but at the last moment Amadis appeared, distracting the Clawstrider and luring it towards himself so he could disable it with a Shock Wire. When the machine was stunned, Talanah reappeared to deliver a leaping kick, knocking the machine off the edge of a nearby cliff into the river below.

Talanah nearly sailed off the cliff's edge herself, but Amadis grabbed her hand and pulled her up to safety. Before the two could celebrate their victory, though, they found themselves targeted by the bows of the mercenaries, one of whom called out "Forget the contract. We just found ourselves a bigger bounty."

Personality

Amadis is blunt and confrontational, but chooses to reveal very little of himself. He seems to have a distaste for machine hunters, preferring to evade machines rather than fight them. Despite this, he does own a makeshift spear.

Gallery

Carja Characters
Carja Tribe Members Sun-Court Avad - HishavanFW - Irid - Itamen - Jahamin - Marad - Namman - Nasadi
Guards Balahn - Firiv - Janeva - Lakhir - Walid - Zaid
Hunters Lodge Ahsis - Aidaba - Bashad - Greatrun Keeper - Havash - Kyran - Ligan - Malesh - Palaved - Spurflints Keeper - Sun Furrows Keeper - Talanah - Tarkas - Tufanah - Valleymeet Keeper
Merchants Cantarah - Eclectic Collectibles Merchant - Kudiv - Machine Resources Merchant - Studious Palas
Tribe Amadis - Daradi - Dirid - Duvad - Elida - Enasha - FurahniFW - Gavan - Gulahni - Hashiv - Three-Toe Huadiv - Ilsadi - Keadi - Kindiv - Lahavis - Lubavad - Marzavid - Nasan - Nil (formerly) - Omas - Quarry Foreman - Ranaman - Smiling Ranin - Ravan - Ravan's Steward - RhavidFW - Rokasha - RuwasFW - Shahavad - Talvo - Uthid - Vanasha - Vashad
Shadow Carja Tribe Members Abas - Atral - Bahavas - Dekamin (defected) - Ghaliv - Helis - Shianah - Shivin - Tarav - Uthid (formerly) - Yusis
Lore Amavad - Aram - Araman - Basadid - Hivas - Iriv - Jiran - Juwadan - Kadaman - Khuvadin - Marzid - Nahasis - Ranan - Sadahin - Tashadi - Zavarad
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