Red Scharlach is the villain in the story Death and the Compass by J.L. Borges. Seeking retribution for the death of his brother, Scharlach lures Erik Lonnrot, a cunningly logical municipal detective (and the killer of his brother), to his death in the villa of Triste-le-Roy.


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Red Scharlach has been portrayed by Christopher Eccleston in Alex Cox’s film of Death and the Compass produced originally for television, but expanded for release in theaters and DVD.


Alias: Scharlach the Dandy