Brithany is a Whinno-hir, a matriarch of the herd. She's at least as old as Ardeth, perhaps older than the Fall.
Jame, To Ride a Rathorn,
"Chapter II: Wyrm Hunt", I

Brithany is Adric, Lord Ardeth's gray Whinno-hir mare.[4] She is the matriarch of her herd.

Brithany is the grandmother of Storm, Torisen's quarter-blood Whinno-hir.[4] Bel-tairi is her sister.[5]

Though Adric loves he—Jame even suspects she might be his lover, much to his cousin's anger[3]—as his senility sets in, he begins to ride her too hard, to far, hurting her.[6][2]


  1. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 12: Night Pieces" — " 'Yes, I am indeed mind-bound to Brithany, my Whinno-hir.' "
  2. 2.0 2.1 Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XIV: In Sodden Fields", III — "the horse-master grimly examining Brithany by torchlight. The gray Whinno-hir drooped in her stall, her sister Bel-tairi at her side anxiously nuzzling her neck. 'Look,' said the horse-master, almost speechless with indignation. 'Just look! He’s put spurs to her sides and near whipped her flanks raw. How could he?' 'The man is ridden by demons of his own. He probably didn’t realize what he was doing.' "
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bound in Blood, "Chapter I: Naming the Dead" — " 'I didn't know that the Whinno-hir were shapeshifters,' […] 'It does make one wonder, though, about Lord Ardeth's long relationship with Brithany, Bel's sister.' Adiraina took a hasty stride forward, […] 'Wretched girl, you dare?' "
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 8: Interlude with Jewel-Jaws" — "The Lord of Omiroth was riding up toward the vanguard on his gray Whinno-hir mare Brithany, a matriarch of the herd and Storm's granddam."
  5. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VI: The Lordan's Coat", I — " 'The Knorth Matriarch's Whinno-hir mare, Bel-tairi, sister to Lord Ardeth's Brithany.' "
  6. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter I: An Unfortunate Arrival", II — "touched the mare's shoulder with concern. Sweat had turned it pewter gray, and she was trembling with fatigue. 'My lady? Adric, for Trinity's sake…! Think of Brithany, if not of yourself.' Ardeth had also swung down and was drifting toward him like a sleep-walker, still murmuring."