"Not even here in this place of ghosts and demons and half-formed things...will you be safe from my vengeance!"
- -Wind Jackal
Captain Wind Jackal (born Orlis Verginix) was the captain of the sky ship, the Galerider. He married Hirmina Lintrax, and they had six children: Lucius, Centix, Murix, Pellius, Martilius, and Quintinius.
Role in the Edge Chronicles
In his youth, Wind Jackal was friends with Linius Pallitax. Linius became the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax, and Wind Jackal became the most successful sky pirate in Undertown. The two of them had ambitions to put an end to the corruption and intrigue in the twin cities. However, Wind Jackal suffered a terrible tragedy. Wind Jackal's evil quartermaster, Turbot Smeal, set the Great Fire of the Western Quays, killing Hirmina and all of Wind Jackal's sons except for Quint. Quint then joined Wind Jackal as a sky pirate, and the two of them shared many adventures.
Role in Cloud Wolf
Role in The Curse of the Gloamglozer
After the Battle of the Great Sky Whale, Wind Jackal and Quint sailed to Sanctaphrax, in response to a summons sent by Linius Pallitax. The Most High Academe took on Quint as his apprentice, and Wind Jackal left to continue his sky piracy.
Role in The Winter Knights
Wind Jackal visited Sanctaphrax to attend Linius Pallitax's funeral but then left in urgent business. He gave his son a ratbird, Nibblick, as a matter of communication when Quint attended the Knights Academy.
Role in Clash of the Sky Galleons
Later on, during the events of Clash of the Sky Galleons, Wind Jackal set off with Quint on a quest to find kill Turbot Smeal. However, Turbot Smeal always seemed to be one step ahead of Wind Jackal, laying false trails and fatal traps. Eventually, it was revealed that the one attempting to kill Wind Jackal and take the Galerider for himself was not the real Turbot Smeal, who had, in fact, perished in the Great Fire of the Western Quays. The impostor was actually Wind Jackal's friend, Thaw Daggerslash, who wanted to take Wind Jackal's place as captain of the Galerider. However, Quint eventually managed to kill Thaw Daggerslash, avenging the death of his father.
Wind Jackal was one of the most noble and valiant Sky Pirates. He handled his crew very strict, festooning Rain Quarm after a mutiny, but also treated them fairly. He achieved great wealth without being in involved in slave trade or any unhuman deals with the Leagues of Undertown. Orlis Verginix was also a loving husband and father to Hirmina and his six children, but also longed to be aboard a sky ship. After the loss of his family, Quint was the only thing that remained for him and he took him on his voyages, teaching him all he knew about sky flight and learning to depend on Quint's negotiation abilities and his clear head in dangerous situations, but also trying to protect him from any dangers. Nevertheless, he left Quint in Sanctaphrax to become Linius Pallitax's apprentice, proving great loyalty to his oldest friend. The loss didn't leave him unchanged though: Rather than thinking clearly, he thought himself guilty of his family's death and pursued the revenge on who he perceived was Turbot Smeal with unknown rigor and bitterness.