|“||I'm also the worst kind of criminal, actually. The kind who got caught.||”|
–Rollan, Wild Born
At the beginning of Wild Born, Rollan was a few months short of turning 12 years old, making him the oldest of the Heroes of Erdas. He has tanned skin with short, tousled dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a gyrfalcon tattoo over his heart. He also is revealed to have a clash of scars on his wrist, most likely because of Wikerus clawing him when he was a child. It was mentioned in Wild Born that he is taller than Meilin.
Rollan has been shown to have a very strong sense of justice and fairness. Due to being an orphan, and growing up on the streets as thief since running away from his orphanage at age nine, he is very independent, to the point of resenting help from others. Despite his rough background, Rollan is often the joker of the group and likes to tease other characters. He gives himself the responsibility of seeing if a suspicious person is lying or not, due to the intuition Essix gives him. Usually, he is spot-on with his accusations. He also frequently has bad experiences with riding animals, such as horses and rhinos, and claims to dislike a variety of animals, including walruses, weasels, and naked mole rats.
Rollan initially refused to fully trust his fellow Greencloaks (Conor, Meilin, Abeke, and Tarik), but later comes to view them as his closest friends and trusts them deeply; he calls Conor his best friend and sees Tarik as a father figure, giving him the nickname 'old man'. When Dorian seemed to be replacing Tarik, Rollan was quick to judge his actions and compare his decisions to what Tarik would have done. He also has romantic feelings for Meilin, which she returns.
In the Books
Rollan first appears in the chapter 'Essix', where he is revealed to be a street orphan living in Concorba, Amaya. He lives with his orphan friends Digger, Red and Smarty. At the beginning of the chapter, Digger is revealed to be sick to the point that he might die if he doesn't get medicine. Rollan, Red and Smarty head out to a nearby apothecary, where Rollan approaches the storekeeper Eloy Valdez and tries to convince him that Digger desperately needs willow extract. Rollan even offers to work for him to get it, but that only annoys Eloy further and the storekeeper orders his lackey, Aldo, to throw Rollan out of the apothecary. While Eloy and Aldo are distracted with Rollan, Smarty darts behind them to the counter and grabs the willow extract. Eloy, furious, accuses Rollan of distracting him on purpose so that Smarty could steal the medicine. Rollan tries to justify himself but is thrown to the city's militia.
When caught by the militia, Rollan is put into a cell. He talks briefly to a man in a cell next to him, who had lost his spirit animal. After that a member of the militia approaches Rollan's cell, asking how old he was and if he had taken the Nectar yet. Rollan replies that he's almost 12 and that he hadn't had the Nectar yet. The militia member leaves shortly and returns with a Greencloak woman. The Greencloak offers him the Nectar, and Rollan drinks it. He then summons a gyrfalcon with amber eyes; Essix, the patron beast of Amaya. The Greencloak and militia member are shocked, leaving Essix in Rollan's cell with him and leaving. Another man approaches Rollan's cell, introducing himself as 'Duke Zerif'. Zerif tells him that he has paid his bail and releases Rollan and Essix from the cell, and they leave the jail together.
While leaving with Zerif, Essix quickly alerts Rollan of how dangerous the older man is. Trusting his spirit animal's judgement, Rollan runs, and is chased by Zerif and his jackal spirit animal. The chase is stopped by the appearance of a man astride a moose, and Zerif flees. The man introduces himself to Rollan as Olvan, the leader of The Greencloaks. He urges Rollan to travel with him to Greenhaven, and Rollan agrees. Upon arriving at the Greencloaks' headquarters, Rollan is introduced to Conor and Meilin, who had summoned Briggan the Wolf and Jhi the Panda. He clashes with Meilin, while also thinking that Conor seems shy and unimpressive.
Rollan is first seen in the book when Abeke enters the training room, late, and he frowns at her. Later, in the training session, the children are taught how to defend themselves with everyday things such as brooms, handkerchiefs, pans, lamps, vases, and spoons. Rollan teases Meilin by giving her a handkerchief saying, "Here, this one won't scratch up your noble hands," and Meilin teased back by handing him a pan and saying, "And here's one for you, it doesn't require much brains to use it," and take to their marks as told. After that round, the kids are supposed to take a new weapon, and Rollan argues with Meilin over a vase; Meilin ending up with the vase, Rollan the flowers. After the training session, Rollan, Abeke, and Conor come along with Finn and Tarik to inform Meilin that there was bad news; Zhong has fallen to the Conquerors, and that Meilin's father, General Teng, was missing.
Later, Rollan was on-board a ship watching some odd waves and feeling seasick. Abeke found him and told him that the odd waves were a whale's bumpy back poking up and diving under repeatedly. Rollan, since they were alone, asked Abeke how she knew that. Abeke awkwardly said that with the Conquerors' ship, she saw the same waves. Rollan, not very smoothly, asked if she had any inside information about the Conquerors, and she said not much. While talking about their Nectar ceremonies, Rollan realized that Abeke was the first person he un-teasingly told about his strange Nectar ceremony.
Once they reached land, Rollan was riding on a rude horse and working on getting smiles out of Meilin, whom he described as the "snotty general's daughter". Abeke thought that perhaps his horse was jealous of his and Essix's bond. While riding, an animal jumps and attacks Tarik; and with the help of Essix's intuition, Rollan realizes that they were being ambushed by Conquerors. He tries to tell his horse to get closer to the battle, but the horse rears twice and flings him off, then runs off. Rollan runs to Tarik and tries to warn him about a Conqueror's snake, but the snake bites him in the arm, and Essix swoops in to blind the attacking Conqueror before he can kill Tarik. Rollan grabs the sword the Conqueror dropped and holds him at swordpoint. The Conqueror pleads for mercy, but he still has his snake, and Rollan tells him that he doesn't trust anyone; the snake lunges and he slices it in half. But, his sword keeps swinging, and strikes the Conqueror right in the leg. Rollan is surprised because it was the first time he had struck anyone with a sword. He then turns his attention to Tarik, who tells him and Conor that the snakebite was venomous. They realize that Finn, Meilin, and Abeke had disappeared, but decide that helping Tarik was more important, so they head to a Greencloak's house that was nearby. He and Conor alone go to Trunswick, only to be captured and put in the Howling House. They are rescued by Meilin, Abeke, and Finn and proceed to battle Conquerors in the courtyard. They escape successfully and proceed to the next city, Glengavin.
At the beginning of the book Rollan is travelling with Abeke, Tarik, and Conor to find Meilin and Jhi. He later catches the Sunset Death which nearly kills him, but The Tergesh eventually give him the cure. He later asked Dinesh for his help in the battle for the Slate Elephant. Dinesh gives Rollan the Slate Elephant in the end.
In the beginning, Rollan is trying to cheer Meilin up by telling her a joke and calling her 'Lady Panda'. Meilin leaves and goes to collect wood with Abeke when two men started fighting about money and thievery. Rollan shows up, telling them it was a man named Jarack who stole the money. After, he goes back to camp just in time for Jarack to try to kill him with a knife. Meilin saves him and for the second time, he holds her hand and smiles at her.
Later, they enter Samis thanks to Conor. The next day, Conquerors break into Samis, only seven of them, and Rollan's mother is among them. Rollan runs into an alley, hoping that his mother would not be there. But she is. She starts telling the whole story of why she abandoned him. Rollan tells his mother that he had to go and he runs off.
He meets Pia in her kitchen and he asks what she was hiding. She gave him a compass and told him it led to Suka. Rollan takes the compass and hides it until the next day. Rollan wakes up everyone, telling them to go. Still, he tells no one about who he met the day before. They go across a river and continue their journey to find Suka. On one point, the compass bursts and a note from Pia wrote: I'm sorry. They then try to find Suka on their own, and finally arrive at an Ardu settlement. They stay one night there, but the next morning, they told the Ardu about their quest to find Suka, and the Ardu told them to leave.
Meilin and Abeke find the ice city, and Maya tried to break Suka out of the ice. Instead, she awoke her and Suka tried to attack them. Rollan finds Meilin, telling her that Jhi needed to fight Suka. He holds her hand, telling her it was alright.
On their way back, Rollan pulls the rope tied to Meilin playfully, and she does the same back. That pull causes them to nearly fall over, but they use them selves to hold each other up. Their faces were close, the fur on their hoods already brushing. Abeke suddenly pulls on the rope and says: "If you two are done playing kissy face." Rollan put one hand on the rope that tied him to Meilin, though.
They head back to the docks; where they came from. The Conquerors are there. Conor attacks Shane and that begins the fight. Rollan's mother Aidana pulls him aside and tell him to come with her. Rollan disagrees and Aidana attacks him on the influence of the Bile. Rollan runs back to a boat of where his friends are, and he jumps on the boat, but he drops the Crystal Polar Bear, Suka's talisman. A walrus takes it away, and Rollan states how much he hates walruses.
At the very end, Essix finally agrees to go into passive state and forms a tattoo over his heart.
Rollan is seen wearing green at last in Tarik's honor. He is more serious and less of a joker now. When Dorian becomes their new guardian, Rollan compares him to Tarik. He doesn't like Dorian but feels sad when Dorian is killed by a stonefish. Later he is shown to help Meilin go back to her normal self. He kisses her near the end of the book.
Rollan and Abeke sail to Amaya, to find Tellun and his bond. They find them, but on the way back to Greenhaven they are ambushed by Zerif. Tellun gets captured but a Redcloak helps them and Zerif retreats.
Abeke and Rollan head on to Greenhaven Castle and are sent to find Ninani and her bond, Tasha in Stetriol. They find her and Rollan convinces her to come with them. The Many attack the city, but the Redcloaks help fend them off. Abeke, Rollan, and Tasha are able to escape with the Tellun's Pride II. On their way back they find out that Greenhaven has fallen and that they must find Cabaro in Nilo.
At the very end of the book, Rollan is seen through Essix's eyes as she is summoned by him.
- In Rise and Fall, Rollan is the one to name Irtike's naked mole rat spirit animal "Snake Eyes", whom he strongly dislikes, even saying it is "Worse than a walrus".
- In Wild Born, he mentions that his friends tried nicknaming him "Justice".
- The name Rollan could mean 'renowned in the land'. This could be a reference to the fact that Amaya is sometimes called 'the new lands'.
- It was never mentioned who Rollan's father is, but in Hunted, he told Conor that his father "rudely up and died on him".