His name is Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul.

An Andalite warrior-prince. The one who gave five young humans the ability to morph into any animal they touch. They are still out there, fighting an evil so powerful there isn't a moment that goes by when they can actually feel safe. Their story continues.

But this is how it all began.


Released: November 1997
Pages: 326
Cover Art by Romas Kukalis

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  • Continuity Note / Reading Order: This book was released at the same time as Animorphs #13: The Change. Chronologically, this story obviously takes place before #13, but both can be read before the other without any harm in understanding the continuity. However, it is much preferable to read The Andalite Chronicles first, as it will give you a better idea as to why the Ellimist takes a special interest to Tobias in #13 and in the series, and how Tobias's situation there quite ironically also mirrors Elfangor's life, when the Ellimist deals with him first in this book.

    The most specific thing being that both Elfangor and Tobias (father and son) took advantage of the morphing power's time limit as a means to permanently escape their original lives, and both times the Ellimist had to "not interfere" to give them a second chance, by putting them back into the fight.
  • Continuity Note: The events that take place in this book between Elfangor and the Skrit Na are later referenced in Animorphs #16: The Warning, when Ax is asked to identify the aliens that are often involved in many human alien consipiracies.
  • Continuity Note: The story revolving around the fall of the Hork-Bajir race and the shame of War-Prince Alloran is referred to in this book, but explained in detail in The Hork-Bajir Chronicles. That story is then further continued in Animorphs #34: The Prophecy.
  • Continuity Note / Alteration: After this book was published, an 'off-screen' scene was later written into Elfangor's story from this book by K.A, so that it would briefly explain the last chapters of Animorphs #23: The Pretender when Tobias receives a letter from Elfangor. The letter, in that which he reveals himself to Tobias as his father, Elfangor also explains that he is being given the opportunity to communicate with Tobias by the same being (Ellimist) who erased his life on Earth.

    This was told to avoid a KASU, as Elfangor (basing the story from this book) simply would not have had the time to write that letter in the first place, because he did not find out about Tobias until he was taken away and had his life erased by the Ellimist, nor could he have written it upon his return (the second time he came to Earth) as it ended with his immediate death at the hands of Visser Three, after giving the Animorphs their powers.
  • Every numerical book in the series has a step-by-step animation on the bottom right hand corner of every page, usually mimicking the front cover by starting with the natural form (Human, Hawk, or Andalite) and then morphing into the animal on the cover (The Megamorphs don't have anything at all). The Chronicles, on the other hand, don't have this as there aren't any morphing steps created on the cover, so they usually relate with the story in some way.

    In the Andalite Chronicles, the animation features Elfangor's journey through space in an Andalite Fighter (possibly in Alloran's Jahar) chasing the Skirt Na, then orbiting a few planets (Taxxon Homeworld), and then flying into a black hole (possibly leading into the hybrid world created by the Time Matrix).
  • ANIBASE: Originally, Andalites were described as looking like the basic big head, big eyes, little body, tiny slit-for-a-mouth aliens with beige skin that you see everywhere. K.A. was trying to be nice, she says, because she figured at some point there would be a TV show or a movie based on the books, and she wanted to make aliens that could be created on a modest special effects bdget. But Jean Feiwel, a Senior Vice President at Scholastic and the editor who read and bought the proposal for Animorphs, told Katherine Applegate that the aliens were too cliche. Stung by criticism, K.A. thought, "Fine, I'll show you!" and created the totally unique, hard-to-create-for-a-TV-show, blue-furred, centaur-like scorpion-tailed aliens that we all know and love. As K.A. puts it, "It was kind of a 'so there' moment."
  • The Andalite Chronicles and Megamorphs #1, were the only books in the series which were published as separate parts in order to be released faster. Megamorphs #1 was released in 2 books, while Andalite Chronicles was released in 3 books. Both were later compiled into one complete book later on. However, because of this (unlike Megamorphs #1), the Andalite Chronicles remains to be the only book in the series with 3 covers total.

    (Images for individual cover releases coming soon!)


ANIBASE: Elfangor's journey begins aboard the great Dome ship known as Star Sword. It is there that he trains alongside never serious aristh Arbron, and where he learns to fight under the watchful eye of condescending Safar. The leader of the ship is Captain Feyroyan, the tactical officer is Prince Nescord, and the commander of all fighter squadrons is Prince Breeyar. But we meet these three only briefly, for soon Elfangor and Arbon are sent on a mission with disgruntled, long ago shamed War-Prince Alloran-Semitur-Corrass, the Andalite destined to become the host for Visser Three.

Elfangor also encounters humans for the first time during his journey. They are a young teenage girl, with blond hair named Loren, and an ill-tempered boy a few years older than Loren named Hendrick Chapman.

Eventually, Elfangor meets a Yeerk named Sub-Visser 7, a sub-visser who was soon promoted to Visser 32 after he does what no other Yeerk had yet been able to do - make an Andalite its host...

Elfangor Djabala, Kafit Bird, Taxxon, and Human.
Arbon Djabala, Kafit Bird, and Taxxon.
Alloran Taxxon, and Hork-Bajir.

The Mortrons are actually two creatures in one -- a yellow and black spotted bottom half with wheels, and a red top half which appears to be an elongated, sharp head until the creature separates revealing its wings. Not only can they move fast on the ground and attack from above with sharp beaks, they are also regenerative. Cut one in half and it forms two Mortrons!

Skrit Na
The Skrit and the Na are two very different creatures, but are in fact the same species at different phases in life. The Skrit look like giant beetles. Eventually they cocoon themselves, and a new creature pops out: The Na. The Na look exactly like the Close Encounters of the Third Kind alien you see everywhere: Big head, big eyes, gray skin, and long, skinny arms and legs. For reasons known only to the Skrit Na, they enjoy kidnapping aliens and mutilating their livestock. They are the thieves of the galaxy, flying around in -- naturally -- saucer-shaped crafts. They are not Controllers, but the Yeerks have often struck deals with the creatures in order to acquire new alien technology.

The Abomination
What the Andalites call the one Andalite-Controller in existence. Elfangor was the first to call Alloran/Visser Three that name, for it was he who accidentally made it possible for Alloran to be infested.

A small, six-legged, tree-climbin animal with a mouth and a tail. It lives on the Andalite home-world, and is the first animal an Andalite morphs after he or she acquires the morphing power.

An Andalite Guide Tree.

Hala Fala
The name of Elfangor's Garibah. It was the oldest therant tree in the woods near his home.

Hirac Delest
An Andalite's final statement. This book is Prince Elfangor's Hirac Delest.

Small creatures with comical bulging eyes that are native to the Andalite home world. They jump around on springy tendrils.

Alloran's glorious Andalite Ship. It is named after his wife.

A six-winged bird on the Andalite home world. It is one of the only three species of bird that lives on that planet.

The Living Hive
The giant, biological hive where the Taxxons are born and live. It is their "mother", as it were.

Mountain Taxxons
Rebel Taxxons who fight the Yeerks instead of voluntarily allowing to be made Controllers.

Quantum Virus
A '"disease of space-time". It slowly breaks down the force that holds subatomic particles together. Living creatures that have had the virus programmed to attack, like the Hork-Bajir, will face weeks or months of agony while the virus slowly breaks them apart at the molecular level.

Star Sword
The name of the Dome Ship aristh Elfangor was stationed on.

Therant Tree
An Andalite tree with pink leaves.

Time Matrix
An ancient, supposedly mythological device rumored to have been created by the Ellimist. It can be used to travel between space and time.

Wish-Flower Ritual
A ritual performed by an Andalite expecting a younger brother or sister.



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