The boat-guard is a massive hemp[1] cable stretched across the River Silver just south of Hurlen which prevents runaway barges from going over the Cataracts.[2]

When Jame escapes capture by Caldane, Lord Caineron due to the balcony of their room in Hurlen collapsing as she retreats onto it, dropping her into the river, she is saved by the boat-guard cable, which she clings to with her hands and claws and makes her way almost to shore before passing out.[1] Graykin retrieves her from the rocks.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 15: The Killing Ground" — "The cable stretched to infinity. Gleaming water surged over it, under it, pulling, pulling. Her arms ached from fighting the strain. Hemp fibers lodged under her nails like splinters."
  2. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — "the water rose in a gleaming ridge over the top of the boat-guard, a massive cable stretched across the Silver to stop the occasional runaway barge."