Platime was the leader of Cimmura's criminal community. Many years before the stories take place, one of Sparhawk's relatives saved Platime from being executed. When in need of some help from the underground, Sparhawk introduced himself to Platime and called in the favor. Platime, a fat, rather slovenly fellow was a great help to Sparhawk with his many underground connections, and eventually becomes one of Queen Ehlana's most trusted advisors. It was in Platime's den, when Sparhawk first met him to seek his aid that Talen is first introduced. He has a very sharp mind and shows a talent not just for criminal activity, but for politics as well, probably because, as Queen Ehlana points out, the two are often very closely related.