A renegade PandionKnight, Martel was once a friend of Sparhawkwhen the two were young. Overcome with desire for power, Martel partook in forbidden Styric rituals and was banished from the Pandion Order. Eventually Martel sided with Emperor Otha and the Elder God Azash .
Aided by his henchmen Adus and Krager, Martel devised numerous schemes designed to thwart Sparhawk and enable Annias 's election as leader of the church, Martel and his band retreated to Zemoch, where he was eventually killed by Sparhawk in an honourable duel at the climax of The Sapphire Rose. The two men were evenly matched warriors, but Martel's gaudy new plate armor slowed him down just enough to give Sparkhawk the edge to defeat him. His last act was to ask Sephrenia for a blessing, which he recieved as he died.
Martel's most notable feature was his snow white hair which was uncommon for his age.