The spellings blood price and blood-price are both used in the books.

A blood price is a Kencyr concept regarding revenge for the slain.

Traditionally, a blood-price is paid by a member of the slain's house killing their killer.[1] It can also be paid through gold, or though other arrangements.[2] Blood prices can also be waved, the the slain's family doesn't deem it necessary.[3]

Blood prices are demanded by the slain's family, and if the dead's family is all killed as well, blood prices are rendered somewhat irrelevant.[4] In the Kithorn massacre, after one Kencyr was killed, the Merikit killed everyone to try to stop the Kencyr coming after them for the blood price.[5] Blood prices cannot be demanded if both the victim and killer are of the same house,[6] though maternal blood-kin of another house can demand blood prices as well.[3]

At Tentir, if a cadet is killed, their house cannot claim their blood price.[7] This may only count if both the victim and killer are at the college; after Anise is killed by Noyat raiders, Jame refers to her killer's death as Anise's blood price.[8] Since Jame did not actively hunt the Noyat, however, the no blood prices of any rule kind might still be how it goes.

In lieu of formal blood-prices, other types of challenges may be made instead.[6]


  1. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 2: The Hell Hunt" — " 'Afterward, he hunted the Merikit and killed one for each member of his lord's family and his own to pay the blood price.' "
  2. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 4: First Blood" — " 'I killed that boy. I don't even remember it […] Caineron's cousin…' […] 'The blood price must still have been ruinous.' 'Oh, it would have been if I had paid in gold— […] I gave my word that the next time the Host gathered, the entire High Council would have to consent before it could march out of the Riverland. […] It was either that or order you to use the White Knife instead of forbidding it.' "
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 10: The Lurking Past" — " 'Ardeth… […] I've just killed your cousin, or maybe Korey has. As maternal blood-kin, what blood price do you demand?' 'What price? […] Why, none, my boy. I saw everything. It probably was an accident.' "
  4. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", V — "What did it matter if the blood price for the slain went unpaid when no Knorth were left to collect?"
  5. Seeker's Mask, "Part VIII: Kithorn" — " 'But the Merikit hall-guest who opened the gate cut the throat of the Kendar guarding it,' […] 'They knew that there would be a blood-price to pay for that, and they panicked. The barracks was sealed and set ablaze; the tower, stormed; the people—men, women, and children, Highborn and Kendar—slaughtered. […] And then, despite it all, the price fell due, because they'd missed someone.' "
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bound in Blood, "Chapter XII: Fire and Ice", III — " 'I say this now: come down, and bring with you whatever weapon you choose. No blood price can be demanded here at the college, certainly not within the same house, but I challenge you, Vant, for failure to obey orders, resulting in a cadet's death.' "
  7. Seeker's Mask, "Part VIII: Kithorn" — " 'The college has its own rules. If you're hurt there, I can't even demand your blood-price.' "
  8. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XVIII: Summer's Eve", I — "the Noyat who was backing away with open mouth […] Behind him, the water seethed obscenely with blackheads. […] Round holes appeared in his pale skin and leaked red around the thrashing black bodies as they bore into him. […] Jame […] watched steadily as the blackheads claimed Anise’s blood-price."

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