is a nemesis of Roland
, who was introduced as the man in black who Roland pursues in The Gunslinger. He is a demonic sorcerer and an emissary of the Crimson King
who goes by many names including Randall Flagg, Walter O'Dim, Rudin Filaro, Raymond Fiegler, Richard Fannin, Walter Hodji, Walter Farden, The Walkin' Dude and Marten Broadcloak. He first appears in Stephen King's The Stand and was also prominent as the antagonist in The Eyes of the Dragon
He was given to a mill owner and his wife to be brought up to learn the ways of men and at thirteen he grew bored and burned down his home and sought out his father Maerlyn. Not long afterwards, he was raped by a fellow wanderer, but instead of returning home he went on to fullfill his destiny.
Over the years, it is implied that Walter learned the ways of Dark magic and became a very powerful sorcerer and to some extents becoming a sort of Demon with a "quasi-immortality". It may have been, at one point or another, that Walter was taught ark magic by Maerlyn, the very Wizard who is responsible for forging the Bends O'the Rainbow, the mystical seeing balls... (Read More...)