King Vargan of Avenia ruled Avenia for at least 20 years before The Runaway King. He met Jaron at Eckbert's funeral and seemed to like him there. At the beginning of The Shadow Throne, Vargan kidnaps Imogen and lures Jaron into a trap. Jaron escapes, but is captured again and Vargan orders Jaron to be hanged. Jaron escapes hanging and faces Vargan in a room. Vargan attempts to kill Jaron, but Kippenger stabs Vargan in the back, ending Vargan's life.