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Birthdate: August 17, 1954
almost 6' 2" tall.
Physical Features: hazel eyes; silvery brown, slightly wavy hair.

Mother: Barbara Rayne (? Maiden name) who lives in Holland (see "Ransom" ) and seems to be good friends with William Sloan.

Father: Winston Rayne (deceased) was killed in Peru (see "Pilot") when Derek was 15 (1968-69)

Sister: Ingrid. She looks to be a few years older than Derek but we don't know for sure. (see "Revelations," "Lives in the Balance" and "Ransom.") She is a cloistered Nun (probably a Carmelite) in a California Nunnery and chose to use her "gifts" to help others through prayer rather than her younger brother's more direct approach with the Legacy.


  • Precept of San Francisco Legacy House for over 15 Years
  • Chairman of the Luna Foundation
  • Biological Anthropologist Specializing in Forensics
  • Former University Professor (was Alex' mentor and teacher)

Psychic abilities:

Derek Rayne was born with psychic abilities (has ESP.) He can acquire information from an object, has the ability to See an event happening somewhere else through a vision or more frequently, has precognitive visions and dreams.

ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) is the ability to acquire information without using the regular five senses of the body. "Perception" can mean anything from "seeing" or dreaming an event to just having a gut feeling or an unconscious affect on one's behavior.

Derek Rayne has clairvoyance and clairaudience - acquisition of visual and auditory information about a place, event or object that does not depend on direct contact, although he does so with objects at times, like a "psychic detective" using "applied psi." He also has precognitive ESP, meaning he is able to See future events.

- terms and explanations paraphrased from Parapsychology - The Controversial Science by Richard S. Broughton, PhD
ISBN 0-345-35638-1


Was raised in Europe and sent to the San Francisco Legacy House to be Precept.

Founded the Winston Rayne Hall of Antiquities

Did not seem fond of computers before (first season) but seems to more adept now in using them in the control room and other technical equipment.

Derek Rayne (Derek de Lint) is left-handed (see "Traitor Among Us" - writing in his journal and "Signalman" when he dug out an old bullet from the wall with his pocketknife in his left hand.)

Called the "Anointed One"

Accomplished pianist - plays from score or by ear.

Not so great at translating Latin

Resides at the castle on Angel Island which is also the SF Legacy House and apparently offices the Luna Foundation as well, sort of a philanthropic front that works well for all involved.

"Obstinance is his strength," according to Father Philip Callaghan

Derek's first love (which he kept secret from her and everyone else til "Twelfth Cave") was Alicia Summers. She was the fiancee of his best friend and fellow (now former) Legacy member, Randolph Hitchock (see "Twelfth Cave.") Alicia was killed in Egypt on a routine mission with Derek and Randolph. Derek was 22 at the time of her death. Randolph blames Derek.

Another significant woman in his past was named Isabelle, which we know nothing about (see "Black Widow" - Season II)

Another significant love was Laura, who turned to the darkside, and carried Derek's child. (see "Lives in the Balance")

A past lover of Derek's (before he joined The Legacy) was Angeline D'Arcy, with whom Derek became involved with while both of them were trying to decided if they wanted to go into The Legacy or not. She became a Precept of the Montreal House but turned to the darkside. (see "Ransom") (thanks Kell for finding Angeline's last name!)

And yet another lover...it was alluded to in "Traitor Among Us" that he and Claire Spencer of the Hong Kong House had a fling in the past too.

Had a very short fling with Mei Ling in "Fox Spirit," which was slightly out of character but then again, a man has needs and being Precept doesn't come with a vow of celibacy!

Alex has admitted to others that her relationship with Derek (her past mentor and teacher from college) is "complicated." (see "The New Guard" - Season II)

Drives '96 black Range Rover, license plate #35AC461

He's a lousy shot, makes up rules as he goes along, doesn't tell the Legacy every case he works on, a maintains tight emotional control. (see "The New Guard" - Season II)

Apparently has had a long history of muted animosity with William Sloan. They don't really hate each other, they just don't agree on anything. In ways, they are alot alike. No matter how long either are with The Legacy, they'll never be "done."

He's been called and thought of as "impulsive" by Sloan.

Derek kissed Rachel on Christmas Eve...two lonely people thing.

Derek admits to himself that he is jealous of those (like Rachel & Kat) who have families to love and be loved by and wonders if he will ever have that. (see "The Gift" II)


Randolph Hitchcock (see "Twelfth Cave") blames Derek for his fiancee's death. Holds a huge grudge about it but does not seem to be innatedly evil.

Arkady/Arkadi (see "Bones of St. Anthony") is a greedy, evil man with not much sense of right and wrong. He "comes from an old wealthy family that made it's money by practicing the 'black arts'. Arkady is bent on his own advancement, even if it means going over the Legacy to do it." - Mark/from FAQ Q&A

Significant Episodes (he's significant in most of them!):

  • Pilot
  • Sins of the Father
  • The Twelfth Cave
  • Doppleganger
  • Do Not Go Gently
  • Crystal Scarab
  • The Bell of Girardius
  • Fox Spirit
  • Thirteenth Generation
  • Revelations
  • Bones of St. Anthony
  • The Inheritance
  • The Signalman
  • The Reckoning
  • A Traitor Among Us
  • The New Guard (Season II)
  • Black Widow (II)
  • Lights Out (II)
  • The Gift (II)
  • Lives in the Balance (II)
  • Rough Beast (II)
  • Ransom (II)
  • Darkness Falls (Season III)
  • Light of Day (III)
  • Dream Lover (III)
  • Hell Hath No Fury (III)
  • Irish Jug (III)
  • La Belle Dame Sans Merci (III)
  • The Covenant (III)
  • Out of Sight (III)
  • Armies of Night (III)


In the Pilot, while squaring off with a likeness of his father, sword in hand, Derek says: "You have no power over me!"

"...and when she died, it was as if the world opened up and you could hear the sounds...cries of the damned... voices screaming. It was horrible." - Derek Rayne told Rachel about Alicia's death (see "Twelfth Cave")

" 'I do not believe in a fate that falls on man however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.' " - Derek quoting his father (see "Signalman.")

" 'When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.' " - Derek quoted Sherlock Holmes (see "Signalman.")

"There are few things in this world of which I'm certain. For every darkness in life, there is light; for every evil, there is good; there is a God in Heaven." - Derek states this credo at Julia's funeral (see "Pilot.")

To Philip: "My friend. You would forgive the devil if he came to you for absolution, but you won't forgive yourself." - (see "Pilot")

Upon seeing London Precept, William Sloan: "My God. I've finally made it to Hell." Then Sloan says: "You look like hell." Derek replies: "I was shot. What's your excuse?" (see "The New Guard" - Season II)

In reply to Damon Ballards' suggestion that Derek "Go to Hell": "Why, is that where I'll find the answer?" (see "Sins of the Father")

"Satan hasn't risen to take over the world, so we must be doing something right." Derek told Alex to tell the Ruling House after Alex badgers him to review and sign the quarterly reports which are overdue. (see "Black Widow")

In reference to the mysterious box which was delivered to the SF Legacy House: "Well, I think the damned thing is haunted!" (see "Lights Out")

"If I was wrong, I would apologize. But you have to know one thing,
Rachel Corrigan. I would never, ever intentionally hurt you. Never."

Spoken to Rachel (see "The Gift".)

"Christmas Eve. We had the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. We had sorrow and happiness, grief and joy, loss and reunion, and love and jealousy. The jealousy was mine. It’s funny. I’ve hated ghosts, feared them, been awed by them. This is the first time I’ve ever been envious. I wonder if I’ll ever be lucky enough to have a family that will love me that much." Written in his journal in "The Gift".

"’Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’", Derek quoting an old saying to Nick in "Dark Angel," referring to Dr. Praetorius.

"I found out I was more like my father than I wanted to admit - driven, obsessed. I wanted to know everything about everything - science, ancient civilizations, religions - and then I fell into teaching." Derek explaining his childhood to his "son" Lucas in "Lives in the Balance."

"I finally found something worth dying for," Derek explaining to Lucas why he joined the Luna Foundation in "Lives in the Balance."

"Since my return from the day at the river, I have known no peace. Though my mind assures me that Lucas was never real, my heart cannot forget his face and I long for all that might have been." From Derek’s Legacy Journal in "Lives in the Balance."

"You think that was your weakness, that you were concerned about your sister? That you were willing to risk yourself for your family? That’s not your weakness, that’s your strength!" Sloan trying to calm Derek down in "Ransom."

"There’s too much of your father in you. I knew the moment you made your decision to join the Legacy that you’d never be happy doing anything else. So don’t tell me you’re sorry about the choices you’ve made!" Barbara Rayne, speaking to Derek in "Ransom."

"Angelyne said that by joining the dark side all our human bonds would become meaningless family, friends, loyal colleagues nothing. If that’s true, I can think of no greater evil in the world and no force the Legacy must strive harder to overcome." Quote from Derek’s Legacy Journal in "Ransom."

"When we lose a friend, we lose more than that, we lose a part of ourselves. A part of our own past. But sometimes we also find something new – a deeper appreciation of the friends that remain and of the bonds only time can forge." Derek’s Legacy Journal entry in "Someone to Watch Over Me."

"My thought for the day is that maybe there are some things that are better off left alone … Einstein warned the world to tread lightly. Carl Sagan has said we’ve learned to regret some of our discoveries." Derek telling Rachel he felt William shouldn’t have pursued his course of action in "Let Sleeping Demons Lie."

Nick, in "Trapped", talking about Derek to Sloan, "He holds his cards close to his chest… it’s his way." Sloan replies, "It will be his downfall." Sloan, in "Trapped," talking about Derek, "Given Derek’s track record with the Legacy, I’d say any number of evil entities are gunning for him. I’ll bet the devil himself has issues he’d like to discuss with him."

Evil Winston Rayne, talking about Derek, in "Trapped." "Derek’s always been a disappointment to me."

"The knowledge that my father was in league with forces of darkness is the most heartbreaking revelation of my life. But William Sloan’s courage gives me renewed faith in our cause. And as far as I’m concerned, William Sloan will always be a member of this Legacy. And I will find a way to free him from wherever he is trapped." Derek’s Legacy Journal entry in "Trapped."

"Some things must be left to fate." Spoken by Derek to Nick and Alex, discussing whether Rachel will leave in "The Choice."

Mega-thanks to Emmalee for giving me her massive list of data that was the beginnings of the character and archive pages and for the Season Two quotes. Thanks to Donna deBoer and others for Season Two quotes as well.

Content Last Updated: Aug 1999