Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 2: Ships of Merior: Ships of Merior & Warhost of Vastmark: Kadhrim
   By Phome on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:28 am: Edit Post

I noticed something in my current re-read of Vastmark. In chapter 3, there is a scene in which Arithon first spots wyvern and mistakes them for Kadhrim. There is a sentence along the lines of he reacts based on his prior near fatal (or near miss, can't remember) experience with Kadrim. Now I swear I paid close attention in my re-reading of Mistwraith and Merior, and I only red them recently, but I have absolutely no recollection of Arithon having met a Kadhrim before ... did I miss something?

   By Walt on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:07 am: Edit Post

I believe it was in Mistwraith while the Princes, Dakar, and Asandir were traveling on their way through Tyson (pass of Orlene?). It was the first time Ariton used Alithiel for its intended purpose and roused the defense wards for the first time protecting him and the horse. Also witnessed by the bard... can't think of his name right now... someone the scarlet?

Time for a re-read!

   By Trys on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:46 pm: Edit Post


Pass of Orlan in the Thaldein Mountains.

   By Trys on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:56 pm: Edit Post

The event involving the khadrim occurred in the Peaks of Tornir.


Flame roared in a crackling whirlwind and entirely engulfed the dun mare. Her rider became an indistinct silhouette, then a shadow lost utterly in the heart of the conflagration. The Khadrim clashed closed its jaws. Hot, seared air dispersed in a coil of oily black smoke, fanned away under the wingbeat of the terrible creature as it swooped and shot back aloft. On the roadway, within a seared circle of carbon, Arithon sat his quivering, mane-singed mare, untouched and cursing in annoyance. Felirin screamed out a stupefied blasphemy. The Khadrim doubled back in mid-air and roared its frustrated rage; while Arithon freed a fist from the reins and finally set hand to his sword. The dark blade slipped from the scabbard

Wurts, Janny (2010-06-24). The Wars of Light and Shadow (1) Curse of the Mistwraith (pp. 138-139). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

And the bard's name is Felirin

   By Annette on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:25 pm: Edit Post

Arithon got a real close look at the only khadrim he has seen so far, as it was about to try and kill him.

But it was Arithon's mage talent and mastery of shadow that saved the horse and himself from the fire. Alithiel's song took care of the khadrim. Never harmed it directly, but the song certainly had a big effect.

I believe we will return to Khadrim sometime in Destiny's Conflict.

   By Phome on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:29 am: Edit Post

Thanks everyone. Now that the passage is re-printed here, I do have a vague recollection, especially about the rider being an "indistinct silhouette"; for some reason, the Kadrim bit wasn't clear to me when I read it. Not sure how I missed that part, as I was aware of Kadrim and wyverns generally as the topics came up in the book. Great stuff.

   By Trys on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 12:15 pm: Edit Post

Hopefully my cutting off the scene at that particular spot would trigger a desire to go back and read it again. It's one of my favorite scenes in the early part of this series.

   By Phome on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:12 am: Edit Post

Yes, Trys. If only it would be simple/easy to find on my e-book version ... this is one drawbacks of e-books ...

   By Trys on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:44 am: Edit Post

I can't speak to any e-book version except the Kindle version, but it has a Table of Contents and you would want Chapter V: Ride from West End. It's the second section entitled Peak of Tornir. The Kindle version also has a search capability. I searched for Khadrim.

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