|When talking to youngsters entering the service, Aplegatt usually told them that in order to make their living as mounted messengers two things would be necessary: a head of gold and an arse of iron.|
|- Time of Contempt, pg. 3 (U.K. Edition)|
Aplegatt (d. 1267) was a royal messenger from Aedirn and a friend of Hansom, another messenger. The two used to share the messages which they were carrying, with the goal of learning more about the politics of the Continent.
Hagge to Maribor
As mages became more prominent in royal courts, Aplegatt feared his job was coming to an end as messages were now delivered between mages using their megascopes, making it far easier for monarchs to converse with one another. However, in 1267 the Northern Kingdom's rulers began to distrust their mages and began employing their royal messengers once more to keep the mages from learning of their plans. Thus, at the age of 36, after returning to Hagge from Tretogor in June, Aplegatt was tasked to deliver a message from King Demavend III to King Foltest about the imminent mages assembly on Thanedd Island.
After arriving in Vizima, he discovered that Foltest was in southern Maribor. While heading south through Ellander, he stopped at an inn to rest, and met Yennefer and Ciri as they prepared to head out the same time as him. Ciri, still half asleep, bumped into Aplegatt as she readied her horse and had one of her visions, stating Aplegatt's death would come silently with gray feathers and the sand was hot as the sun. However, when the messenger tried to ask her what she was talking about, Ciri snapped out of her trance, not remembering a thing she said. Shaking it off as just ramblings of a half asleep child, Aplegatt left to complete his journey.
Temeria to Tretogor
After returning to Temeria, he heard news of the witcher Geralt of Rivia on a wood path near the town of Dorian, where the witcher had killed a manticore that was becoming a danger for all the wayfarers. He then met with Hansom and gave the reply letter to Demavend to him, before grabbing the letter for King Vizimir II and heading north to the town of Anchor. At the local inn in Anchor, he met the witcher, and witnessed him slaughter the Professor, Heimo Kantor, and Little Yaxa when they came into the inn looking for Yennefer and Ciri. After this macabre performance, the messenger mounted again on his horse, ready for his 300 mile trip en route to Tretogor, the capital of Redania.
Once he arrived at the gate of the city three days later, he was kept painstakingly waiting through most of the night until Sigismund Dijkstra, the leader of the Redanian Secret Service, received his message and gave him a new one to deliver again to Demavend, discussing the prevention of an attack in Dol Angra. Aplegatt, extremely tired from five total days of riding without a bed, asked if he could sleep a full night, but Dijkstra refused, saying he could have a few hours to dawn to sleep, but then must be off.
As the sun rose, he traveled through the woods of the Pontar Valley where a group of Scoia'tael composed of Cairbre aep Diared, Toruviel, and Yaevinn were. Wanting to kill any human that strayed through the area, Yaevinn aimed for Aplegatt while Toruviel argued it wasn't worth killing a lone civilian. Despite this, Yaevinn, with his grey feathered arrow, still shot at the messenger from a distance of over 150 paces, piercing him right between his left shoulder blade and spine, and killing him at once. Aplegatt's body fall off his horse and onto the hot sand, his death signifying the guarantee of war, as Demavend never received the message to retreat.