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The Snake is a boy of about 16 years old, but may be older. He is described to have milk-white skin and blue eyes. He has armor made of "scims", eel-like things he can control, that can only be killed with fire, much like the Old Evil zombies in book 3. When a scim is killed, The Snake's armor suffers damage.
When Sophie and Agatha first saw him, they believed he was Rafal, the dead School Master, but he was not. He was beaten to near death by Tedros and Rhian broke his neck. He claims that he Tedro's older brother, unlocking the box around Excalibur, successfully pulling out the sword. The Snake is working with Rhian. Although the whole kingdom believed Rhian killed the snake, he used Sophie's blood to bring him back to life. The Snake's real name is stated in the first few chapters in Crystal of Time as Japeth. Also, it is implied that he is Rhian's twin, as they look identical. He tricked the Lady of the Lake into kissing him, thus turning her into a withered crone and her powers getting destroyed.