Saracon is a member of the Hidden. He is the son of the late Lourdes and the late Malcolm Merlyn, the older maternal half-brother of Nyssa al Ghul, and the older paternal half-brother of Tommy Merlyn and Thea Queen.


Early life

When his mother, Lourdes, was on a mission for the Hidden, Saracon was bitten by twin snow leopards, seemingly giving him the ability of inter-species telepathy. At the age of three, Saracon could control the horses of the League of Assassins and by seven, he could control birds. At ten years old, the Hidden finally rescued him and his mother.[1]

Working for the Hidden

Saracon cut off his finger, wearing an ancient ring,[2] sending it in an envelope to Malcolm Merlyn. He and his mother sent the Hidden to attack his fortress, killing almost everyone. He sacrificially ate the heart of a llama that had died, while his people breached Malcolm's defences,[3] they quickly escaped through a hidden exit, causing Saracon to remain adamant in his mission to claim what was rightfully his. Having made his blood sacrifice, he decided that Merlyn had to make him, blowing up the charges they had set. Once down in the tunnels, Saracon noticed a grouping of bats along crevices in the walls. He made a loud, high-pitched noise, causing the bats to ambush the enemy, allowing them to catch up.[4]

They were able to trap them, but not for long, as one of them had discovered a secret entrance in the ground, causing them to fall down. Saracon and Lourdes followed, successfully capturing and chaining up Malcolm, wishing him to confess his sins.[5] A day later, Saracon had captured Malcolm Merlyn, putting him in a cave that would eventually flood.[2] He forced him to admit his true name, Arthur King.[3]

Refusing to admitting any more, he hit him, calling a bat for his aid with his inter-species telepathy, Merlyn commented on this, for which Saracon recounted the story, claiming it as a gift from the gods.[1] They were interrupted by Lourdes, who told Saracon of Rainie's escape. Commenting on Saracon's telepathic ability, Malcolm was strangled by Lourdes, before being stopped by Saracon who wished for a full confession.[6]

Gaining great power and escape

Freed from the chains, Malcolm fights for his life against Saracon. While Saracon was unconscious, his injured mother revealed to Merlyn that Saracon is their common son. While his parents were distracted by conversation, Saracon awoke and absorbed the power of the heart, wanting to become a true sacred son of Ashkiri. Lourdes begged Merlyn to spare their son from this reckless act, but Malcolm said that if the power in Ashkiri's heart doesn't kill him, he way be worth saving. The eaten heart has repeatedly strengthened the power of Saracon and he began to destroy everything around, but his mother's minutes were numbered. She died in the arms of Saracon and he was very saddened by this fact. His newfound father tried to persuade Saracon to leave with him, saying that they could do great things together. Saracon refused, and father and son continued their battle, until Malcolm's reinforcements with Rainie and his half-sister Nyssa arrived. Saracon decides to escape from the collapsing cave through underwater tunnels, promising Malcolm a meeting next time.[7]


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Powers and abilities


  • Inter-species telepathy: Saracon was gifted the ability to communicate with animals, specifically also bats, horses and birds, calling them to his aid when necessary. He claimed it to be a gift from the gods, having been bitten by snow leopards.[1] After he ate Ashkiri's heart, his power became many times greater.[7]


  • Peak human condition: As a member of The Hidden, Saracon is in top physical condition.
  • Master hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Saracon is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist.
  • Archery: Saracon is a skilled archer.
  • Stealth/Infiltration: Saracon is extremely secretive, being able to approach other people without being sensed.




Arrow: The Dark Archer


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Tempest"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sacrifice"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Carnage"
  4. "Deception"
  5. "Confession"
  6. "Blessed"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Justice"
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