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Destroyed by the Shadow
Capricorn was, in his former world, a fire-raiser. He had his own stronghold in the woods between Ombra and the Adderhead's realm, Argenta, and commanded a big household, including his men who, amongst others, committed arson for him. He is the primary antagonist of the first book.
Capricorn is described as having light blond hair and clear colorless eyes.
Mean, to say the least. He is utterly heartless, and would kill someone in a heartbeat. He loves duct tape and thinks it comes handy in making enemies quiet. "Would watch a bird get eaten by a predator for the fun of it." As described in Inkheart.
Capricorn's history is shown to be terrible in Inkheart. It is told that he had an abusive father that would beat him every time he would catch him doing something nice or weeping from the harsh wounds he was given. His father has been revealed to be a blacksmith. Capricorn had proceeded to become cold and heartless. His mother who goes by the name of Mortola was genuinely proud of his toughness and followed him everywhere like a faithful dog. She had truly loved him. Capricorn had always been ashamed of his parents, thus lying that they came from a noble palace back in the inkworld.
When he was read into the real world by Mo along with Dustfinger and Basta, he travelled to his present village in Italy. Capricorn used to serve under the Adderhead, but when he was read into our world, he became the leader of a band of old fire-raisers, including Basta, Flatnose, and his mother Mortola, who lived disguised as Capricorn's maid in the real world. Over time, Capricorn became quite influential in our world, which was mostly based on blackmail and threats. His goal was to find Mortimer and all copies of Inkheart. In contrast to Dustfinger, he didn't want to get back into the Inkworld but instead wanted to destroy all copies so no one could ever send him back. All he wanted from Mortimer was that he read him valuables and The Shadow into the real world. He was eventually killed by his own minion, the Shadow, who had been controlled by Meggie at the time.
The Adderhead, who does not appear until the second book, was a good friend of Capricorn's.
Mortola is Capricorn's mother, though it is kept secret.
Basta is Capricorn's righthand man.
•Unlike Dustfinger, Capricorn loved his new world better than the one he was born in.
•The only thing Capricorn has been stated to be afraid of is death.
•He doesn't care for any of his fire-raisers, and thinks them idiots for being so loyal to him.