Richard Cypher's happy youth ends abruptly after Kahlan, a white witch from an ancient order, magically crosses the near-impenetrable border from the Midlands, Darken Rahl's grim D'Haran empire, to his own, yet pacific world. Richard's father George Cypher is killed, actually by Ranssyn Fane, an officer pursuing Kahlan, but he manages to make even Richard's big brother, the local first counselor Michael. Kahlna finds the great wizard Zeddicus "Zed" Zu'l Zorander and makes him help her explain to Richard his destiny, actually being adopted by George. Richard rejects it, but sword and magical book that come with it soon persuade him to accept becoming the Seeker, destined to stop Rahlan's bid to establish a dark world rule. Written by
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It had previously been claimed that Richard arrives at his adopted fathers' house, with sword in hand even though he left the sword behind at Zeddicus' house. But Richard arrives at his father's house on Zeddicus' horse, which he took after his own horse was killed by the Gar. The sword was strapped to Zeddicus' horse's saddle. Kahlan even comments on that - as Richard rides off, she exclaims, "He's got the sword and the book". See more
I'm not who you want me to be! Maybe all those years ago you saved the wrong child.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
No. you are the true seeker. You have a great destiny ahead of you Richard Cypher. If you're willing to accept it.