Alain Johns is Roland Deschain's childhood friend and a member of his original ka-tet and ka-tel (class). He is often awkward during conversation and often takes a long time to contemplate a question. This has made many people think he is dull and stupid although in reality he is very thoughtful and diplomatic, reserving his voice for reason. He is very slow to anger, but once mad he can be extremely dangerous.
Alain wields an antique, beer-barrelled, large caliber five shot nickel-plated revolver known as a 'carver' and also carries with him the book Homilies and Meditations by Mercer.
Role in Dark Tower SeriesEdit
Wizard and GlassEdit
Alain is the one that is strongest in "the touch" a type of psychic power, akin to but not identical to the Shining from Stephen King's prior writing allowing him to know Roland was undergoing his test of manhood without Roland telling him. He was present when Roland under went this test.
Long Road HomeEdit
Alain plays a main role within The Long Road Home as he realises Roland's souls is trapped inside Maerlyn's Grapefruit, as he has "the touch" he makes numerous attempts to free him from its clutches. At one point he is severely injured by mutie wolves but is healed by Sheemie not long afterwards.
The Fall of GileadEdit
He alongside Cuthbert saves Sheemie from a group of Slow Mutants. He survives the Fall of Gilead and has to flee with the few remaining others.
The Battle of Jericho HillEdit
Alain saves Sheemie from death during a Beam-Quake, later feeling mistrust and unease towards Randolph but does not believe he has betrayed them. He helps destroy the Cult of Amoco with the help of fellow Gunslingers and with General DeMullet at Rimrocks realizes Randolph's betrayal when they are ambushed by Farson's men. In an attempt to warn Roland he is killed by Roland and Cuthbert who mistake him for one of Farson's men.
Similarities to JakeEdit
Of Roland's new ka-tet, Jake Chambers is most alike to Alain. It is hinted that Jake may be even stronger in the touch.