Stee Jans is a character in The Elfstones of Shannara. He is the leader of the legendary Free Corps, the shock unit of the Border Legion.


Stee Jans is known as the "Iron Man." He gained this reputation by being the only survivor of a group of twenty or so soldiers faced by an army of Gnomes. His reputation brings him to the battle against the Demons in the Westland, alongside the Druid Allanon, Eventine Elessedil and Ander Elessedil, and the Elven and Troll armies assembled to do battle. With the death of Elven commander Kael Pindanon, Ander appoints Jans commander of the combined army.

Stee Jans is one of the few members of the Free Corps to survive the War of the Forbidding. Before Jans' departure from Arborlon, Ander, who had become King of the Elves, offers him a command in the Elven army. Stee Jans doesn't accept the job but parts with Ander on good terms.

It is unknown if the Free Corps were reassembled before the Border Legion was disbanded, and it appears that no known trace of Stee Jans' bloodline remains centuries later when the Four Lands are threatened by the Shadowen.

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