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Crookshank †
Reigning Monarch
Liege Lord
Years of Service
Biographical Information
Birth Name
Honorific '
Alias Crookshank
Died May 11, 246 HE[1]
Nationality Tortallan
Physical Description
Gender Male
Hair Black
Eyes Brown
Family Information
Adoptive Parents
Adoptive Children
Grandchildren Herun Lofts
Descendants Rolond Lofts(great-grandson)
Joy Lofts (great-granddaughter)
Other Family Annis Lofts (daughter-in-law)
Tansy Lofts (granddaughter-in-law)
Patron God
Rank Commoner
Residence Near Nightmarket
Bazhir Tribe
Occupation Landlord
District Lower City
Affiliation Shadow Snake
Opal Murders
Bibliographical Information
Tortallan Universe character
First Mentioned '
Only Mentioned '
First Appeared '
Last Appeared '
Latest Appearance '
Only Appearance Terrier
Last Mentioned '
"Crookshank is more than cracked. He's smashed all to pieces."
Goodwin refering to Crookshank after he raided the Court of the Rogue[src]

Ammon Lofts, known under the name of "Crookshank", is the second most powerful man in the Lower City[2] of Corus until mid-May of 246 HE. He owns about forty houses in the Lower City, twenty of which are situated in the Cesspool[3]. Thousands of families live in the houses he owns and have him as a landlord[4]. Crookshank got rich with the misery of the poor and by illegal doings. He dies on May 11 of 246 HE, when a rioting mob set fire to his house and Crookshank was trapped in it.[5]

The house he lives in is situated on the rear of the Nightmarket on Stuvek Street in the Lower City of Corus[6]. It is the biggest house on Stuvek Street and has glass windows[7], which is luxury in that area and time.

Personal history

Little is known about Crookshank's early life. By 246 HE he is a rich landlord in the Lower City of Corus and has a reputation of being mean and greedy.

In 246 HE Crookshank finds out that there are fire opals in the foundations of the Lower City. Rather than declare the stones openly and have the state claim them or tax him, Crookshank has them mined secretly under buildings that he owns. He has each group of diggers killed to keep the secret from getting out.

The Shadow Snake finds out about the stones and kidnaps Crookshank's great-grandson Rolond for ransom. Crookshank refuses to pay the ransom, leading to Rolond's death. Believing that the Shadow Snake is the Rogue, Kayfer Deerborn, Crookshank goes to the Court of the Rogue to accuse and insult him publicly. Deerborn takes revenge for this by setting fire to Crookshank's home the next night.

When Crookshank still doesn't pay up to the Shadow Snake, his grandson Herun (Rolond's father) is taken. Crookshank, still blaming the Rogue, hires forty-odd off duty soldiers, members of the Palace Guard and other fighters, for two gold nobles each[8]. He also buys the services of the Provost's Guard's Evening Watch mage at Jane Street kennel, Fulk, with a fire opal. With these forces, he raids the Court of the Rogue in search for his grandson.[9]

When the bodies of four of Crookshank's diggers are found, a riot breaks out. His home is set on fire on May 11[10], and he is killed.


Ammon Lofts is married although his wife never appears in the books, nor is she mentioned by name[11]. He has a daughter-in-law called Annis Lofts. His grandson by Annis is Herun Lofts, who is married to Tansy Lofts. They have two children, Rolond Lofts, who is killed by the Shadow Snake in March of 246 HE, and Joy Lofts, whose birth Crookshank doesn't live to see.

Physical description

Crookshank has black hair[12] and brown eyes[13].


Ammon Lofts only appears in Terrier. As he dies in the course of the novel he will most certainly not appear in any future books.


  1. Tortall timeline (
  2. Terrier, May 8, 246 (p. 443)
  3. Terrier, April 1, 246 (p. 41)
  4. Terrier, April 2, 246 (p. 113)
  5. Terrier, May 11, 246 (p. 541)
  6. Terrier, April 1, 246 (p. 47)
  7. Terrier, April 3, 246 (p. 162)
  8. Terrier, May 7, 246 (p. 404)
  9. Terrier, May 7, 246 (p. 402)
  10. Tortall timeline (
  11. Terrier, April 3, 246 (p. 164)
  12. Terrier, April 2, 246 (p. 100)
  13. Terrier, April 2, 246 (p. 101)

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