The High Blade of MidMerica. He's a huge and imposing scythe who wears heavy gold robes. Citra notes that Xenocrates is full of contradictions: while his robes and his home—a simple cabin set atop the tallest building in Fulcrum City—seem ostentatious for a scythe, he also wears threadbare slippers and doesn't keep servants at home. She also can't decide if Xenocrates is sincere or calculating, as he appears to be both at once. Rowan learns later that Xenocrates isn't truly sympathetic to Scythe Goddard's cause, while Volta is surprised to learn that Xenocrates took Goddard on as an apprentice many years ago. In the novel's present, Xenocrates is being blackmailed by Goddard, as Goddard keeps Esme, Xenocrates's illegitimate and illegal daughter, as collateral. To keep her existence from getting out—and to keep her safe—Xenocrates doesn't challenge any of Goddard's questionable behavior and accuses Citra of murdering Scythe Faraday, though he later revokes the charges. While he initially seems to discount both Citra and Rowan, his dealings with them after Goddard's death and at Winter Conclave show him that he should take them seriously, and that he should specifically look out for Rowan, foreshadowing Rowan’s later role as an unordained scythe who gleans corrupt scythes.
High Blade Xenocrates Quotes in Scythe
The Scythe quotes below are all either spoken by High Blade Xenocrates or refer to High Blade Xenocrates. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Scythe published in 2017.).
Chapter 40 Quotes
"Had she lived, who knows what she might have done. Perhaps she could have changed the world and redeemed her family name. I choose to be Scythe Anastasia. I vow to become the change that might have been."
High Blade Xenocrates Character Timeline in Scythe
The timeline below shows where the character High Blade Xenocrates appears in Scythe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Citra and Rowan to the Capitol Building. Citra is concerned when she realizes that the High Blade doesn't know that Faraday took two apprentices. Citra notices the public lined up to see... (full context)
...to a large man wearing a gold robe, whom Faraday says is the High Blade Xenocrates of MidMerica. Xenocrates introduces himself to Citra and Rowan, and Citra privately thinks he seems... (full context)
...continues to bore Citra, but the disciplining that takes place after that holds her interest. Xenocrates reprimands several scythes for gleaning too many rich people or people with too much Spanic... (full context)
...oversight committee to tackle questions of granting immunity. The matter runs out of time, so Xenocrates announces that they'll deal with it first thing at the next conclave. Faraday quietly deems... (full context)
...one did. Someone again anonymously accuses Goddard of being too generous with granting immunity, but Xenocrates waves this away. Curie tries to object but can't. She murmurs that Goddard is untouchable.... (full context)
...with him to help her weight. Volta gives him a look and Rowan realizes that Xenocrates is Esme's father. Volta points out that Xenocrates's life would crumble if Esme were gleaned... (full context)
...says that whoever killed Faraday used Faraday's ring to bribe witnesses with immunity. Mandela leaves. Xenocrates says that he's been studying "tor-turé" from the Age of Mortality, which is inflicting physical... (full context)
...outside, and Curie explains that they're in the Chileargentine Region—the Thunderhead moved Citra away from Xenocrates. Curie says it's time to go so that Xenocrates can't find her, and helps her... (full context)
...High Blade found out. After 70 years of punishment, they became friends. Citra asks if Xenocrates truly thought the journal entry was about her, and Curie says he probably knows it... (full context)
...to Curie. She arrives to an apology note from Scythe Mandela, and Curie explains that Xenocrates will pretend the fiasco never happened. Citra says she won't forget, but Curie suggests that... (full context)