Shahnameh Characters

Welcome to the list of the Shahnameh Characters that appear in the Rostam comic book series.



(Rostam appears in books 1, 2, 3 & 4) Powerful Persian hero warrior of the Shahnameh, is the sworn loyal protector (Pahlavan/Daleer) of Persia (Iran), a mythical place of beauty and adventure. Son of Zal and Roudabeh, father of Sohrab.


(Raqsh appears in books 1, 2, 3 & 4) Rostam’s strong and loyal horse who will never leave his side. He can only be ridden by Rostam, the only man strong enough to tame him. He is the most powerful and beautiful horse in all the land.


(Zal appears in books 1, 2, 3 & 4) Mythical hero-warrior of Iran. Born an albino and abandoned as an infant by his father, Zal was raised by Simurgh (a phoenix like creature) to be a great Pahlevan. Son of Saum, husband of Rudabeh and father of Rostam.


(Afrasiab appears in books 1, 2, 3 & 4) The most prominent of all Turanian princes; he is a formidable warrior, a skillful general, and an agent of The White Deev who is endowed with magical powers of deception to destroy Iran.


(Kai-Kavous appears in books 1, 2 & 3) Son of Kai-Kobad, who was placed on the throne by Zal and Rostam after the death of the old Kai. Paranoid and at times cruel, he is afraid of Rostam’s power, questions his loyalty and is often influenced by others.

Lord of Barbarestan

(Lord of Barbarestan appears in book 2) Resentful leader of Barbarestan a remote satrapy or Minor Kingdom, within the greater Persian Empire. Fiercely proud and independent, he is always looking for an opportunity to rebel.

Kai Kobad

(Kai Kobad appears in book 4) Wise reclusive prince and son of Manuchehr who grew up in a hidden Alborz mountain palace. Brought back to face Iran’s Enemies in battle by Rostam, he defeats Afrasiab and ascends to the throne of Persia (Iran).

Kai Nozar

(Kai Nozar appears in book 4) He is the son of Manuchehr and becomes the Kai of Persia  (Iran) after his father’s untimely death. His short reign of seven years comes to an end when he is killed by Afrasiab during a battle.


(Rudabeh appears in book 4) Princess of Kabul, daughter of King Mehrab Kaboli, and loving wife of Zal. Together, they have two children, Rostam and his younger sister Zohra. Rudabeh nearly dies while giving birth to Rostam.


(Saum appears in book 4) Great warrior protector of Persia (Iran), father of Zal, and grandfather of Rostam. He is the son of Nariman, and grandson of Garshasp. He was Iran’s champion during the rule of Fereydun, Manuchehr and Nozar.


(Pashang appears in book 4) King of Turan and Afrasiab’s father. Bitter ruler of Iran’s greatest rival Kingdom and Satrapy to the north east, Turan. This is a Kingdom which spends much of its history battling and threatening Persia (or Iran).


(Simurgh appears in book 4) Great winged creature in the shape of a bird who finds infant Zal and decides to raise him as one of her own. Strong enough to carry off an elephant, she looks like a kind of peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion.

White Deev

(The White Deev appears in book 3) AKA Deeveh Sefeed – master of darkness, creator of chaos and the advocate of evil against good. Possessing many strengths, he has an insatiable appetite for power and revenge. Afrasiab’s master and Rostam’s constant and ultimate nemesis.


(Tahmineh appears in book 1) Beautiful daughter of the King of Turan. Smitten with Rostam from the first time she laid eyes on him, she becomes his lover and unbeknown to him, the mother of his son – The great Turanian warrior, Sohrab.


(Sohrab appears in books 1 & 3) Champion warrior son of Rostam and Tahmineh. A natural born leader, he inherited his father’s strength and his mothers’ intelligence & good looks. As a teenager, Sohrab could beat any man in Turan & was soon leading the Turanian army.


(Touraj appears in book 2) The assassin, a fierce and unbeaten warrior from unknown lands with a long list of victims in his wake. Hired by Afrasiab to terminate Rostam. Turaj will test his strength against Rostam and his legend.

The King of Hamavaran

(The King of Hamavaran appears in book 2) Tucked away in the hidden valleys of the steep mountainous North Eastern mountains, Hamavaran is a lesser kingdom or satrapy within greater Iran. The King of Hamavaran is the adoring father of the beautiful Soodabeh.


(Soodabeh appears in books 2 & 3) The daughter of the King of Hamavaran, Soodabeh is as smart and wise as she is beautiful. Certainly the right kind of woman to sit at the side of the King of Iran! Fiercely jealous of all who come into contact with the Kai, and a force to be reckoned with.


(Siavash appears in book 3) The young gallant prince, son of Kai Kavous and a maiden of the court. A great warrior and heir to the Persian (Iranian) throne. Kind and well loved by all, he is perceived as a threat to the plans of Soodabeh and Afrasiab, who ultimately plan his downfall.

Red Deev

(The Red Deev appears in book 3) Commissioned by the great White Deev (Deev-eh Sefeed) to kill Rostam, he is the meanest opponent Rostam has ever faced. The Red Deev seeks out and ultimately finds Rostam – where they “battle to the death.”

Princess Gurdafarid

(Princess Gurdafarid appears in book 1) Daughter of the King of the White Castle – Gazdaham, Brave trained warrior who does not get respect she deserves for her battle skills, because she is a woman. She tests Sohrab’s skills while bravely defending her father’s castle.

Zombie Army

(The Zombie Army appears in book 3) Summoned into action by the White Deev in his relentless quest to take over the throne by defeating Iran’s protector. Fierce warriors who put up a good fight, they are however, no match to our Hero Rostam.

Green Dragon

(The Green Dragon appears in book 3) Featured in a dream sequence while Rostam is in a deep depression over the death of his son, the Dragon is a character from one of the seven trials (Haft Khan) that Rostam must overcome during his youth.

King of Samangan

(The King of Samangan appears in book 1) Proud father of Tahmineh, and strong ruler of the Turanian city. Helps Rostam recover his horse Raqsh after he was stolen by bandits. Proud and independent minded king of a land that is constantly battling with Iran.

Da-ee Jan

(Da-ee Jan appears in book 1) Sohrab’s Uncle and Tahmineh’s Loyal and protective older brother. Da-ee plays a pivotal role in training Sohrab to evolve into the great warrior he becomes.

White Elephant

(The White Elephant appears in book 4) As a teenager and before being tested in battle, Rostam proves his courage and strength when he takes on an escaped wild elephant and brings him under control.



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