I was there. I saw it all, until the Highlord's madness took me, and then—ancestors only know what I did, and to whom. We fought our own kind, you know, Kencyr against Kencyr, the Host against our own kindred hired out as mercenaries to the Seven Kings.
Harn, To Ride a Rathorn,
"Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I

The Battle of the White Hills saw the forces of the Kencyrath, led by Ganth Gray Lord, fight a bloody battle against the Seven Kings of Bashti, whose army included many Kencyr mercenaries.



As soon as Ganth returned home to find the women of his house killed in the Knorth Massacre, he marched the Northern Host down to the White Hills, and attacked without parley.[1][3]


The battle lasted 3 days, with no clear winner.[1] It was a horrific battle, and so much blood was shed there that in places the ground could not absorb it. So many where dying they could not all be brought the White Knife.[4] The whole Host was infected over by Ganth's madness.


When the battle was over, Ganth by some accounts was stripped of his power by the Seven Kings,[5] and by other accounts, threw down the Kenthiar himself in despair,[2] and petty anger.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Seeker's Mask, "Part I", III — "He had marched down into the White Hills where all seven kings were engaged in one of their usually bloodless squabbles and had attacked without parley, although his Host was not only greatly outnumbered but faced with the kings' Kencyr mercenaries as well. The end, after three bloody days, had been a stalemate and exile for the handful of surviving Knorth."
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Sea of Time, "Chapter V: An Unexpected Guest", I — "when his father had marched out the Northern Host to disastrous battle in the White Hills […] Then he had thrown down the Highlord's collar in petulant despair and gone away, leaving them to fend for themselves in a world echoing hollowly with his departure."
  3. Bound in Blood, "Chapter IV: In the Moon Garden", I — " 'Anyway, the night that the shadow assassins came, […] Things moved fast then. Ganth ran mad when he saw what he believed to be all of his womenfolk dead and away he marched with the Kencyr Host to collect their blood price in the White Hills.' ' "With the smoke of their pyres rising at his back." ' Lyra spoke as one reciting an old, well-known story."
  4. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I — " 'Why wasn't he offered the White Knife?' 'His lord lay dead on the field and his heirs were already squabbling over the spoils. No one had time for the dying.' […] 'Oh, he was strong, was Bear, to have lived that long with blood and brains leaking onto ground already too sodden to drink in any more.' "
  5. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past" — " 'When the Kencyr lords, his own allies, let the Seven Kings strip him of power, he threw down his name as well, in a sense leaving it and his shame with them in the Riverland.' "
  6. Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Among the Dead" — " 'In the White Hills you threw down your name as well as your title and stormed off into a self-imposed exile. You say they forced you? Did you fight them? No. You had to make your grand gesture. They must love you, obey you without question, or Perimal take them all.' "
Tragedies of Kencyr history
The Fall Kithorn Massacre Knorth Massacre Battle of the White Hills Battle of Urakarn

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