She had never met this thin, prematurely balding young man before; but like everyone in the Guild, she had heard much about him. He was perhaps the only one of Theocandi's appointed officials who would have nothing to fear if the present Sirdan was overthrown: Men-dalis would never be fool enough to dismiss anyone so supremely competent. No one, however, knew how Chardin himself would vote. He was a man who lived for his work, for the pure pleasure of handling the rich things that came into his court each day, and was known to be almost constitutionally apolitical.
Jame's narration, God Stalk,
"Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools"

Master Chardin is the Lord of the Shining Court of the Thieves' Guild of Tai-tastigon, and thus one of the five top officials under the Sirdan Theocandi. The Shining Court assesses the value of fur, fabric, and works of art.[1]

Master Chardin is considered the only one of the appointed officials of the Guild who would have nothing to fear if the Sirdan was overthrown because he was considered "supremely competent". He is a thin, balding young man, who lives for his work and the pleasure of seeing and handling the beautiful things that pass through his court.[2]

Jame said no one knew who Chardin could vote for, though Darinby[3] and Men-dalis[4] thought for Theocandi. When the time came, Chardin came to the Conclave of Electors, but then hearing that Carbinia was not voting, he was inspired to do the same, and left without voting.[5]


  1. God Stalk, "Appendix I: The Thieves' Guild"
  2. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools"
  3. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past" — " 'Theocandi can depend on Abbotir of the Gold Court […] and probably on Master Chardin too.' "
  4. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 11: The Storm Breaks" — "Masters Gold and Shining were Theocandi's; there was no helping that."
  5. God Stalk, Book III: Shroud of Days, "Chapter 12: A Flame Rising" — "Chardin, unhappily climbing the outer steps, heard that Mistress Silver had not come at all, choosing to abstain rather than vote for or against the man who had secured her son's life but not his freedom. 'Now why didn't I think of that?' said Master Shining to himself, and joyfully returned to his beloved workroom."
Lords of the Five Courts of the Thieves' Guild of Tai-tastigon
Lord of the Gold Court
Lady of the Silver Court
Lord of the Jewel Court
Lord of the Glass Court
Lord of the Shining Court

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