Her left arm jerked up as she tried to snare his knife in the full sleeve of her d'hen. For a second the blade caught in the tough, mesh lining, then he twisted it free and jumped back.
Jame's narration, God Stalk,
"Chapter 5: Winter Days"

A d'hen is a Tastigon flash-blade's jacket.[2] They're worn belted.[3] The sleeve of the dominant, knife-holding arm is tight, while the other sleeve is full, padded, and reinforced with steel mesh. This is to catch and turn an attacker's blade, making it in effect a light shield.[1]


Young members of the Thieves' Guild tend to wear d'hens, generally in a signature color which may be associated with their family, Master or loyalties. Dally and the other supports of Men-dalis and the New Faction wear royal blue.[4] Theocandi and those loyal to him wore black.[5] Darinby, meanwhile, wears a iconic cream velvet d'hen,[6] and Patches a quilted one.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 To Ride a Rathorn, "Glossary" — "D'hen: a knife-fighter's jacket, with one tight sleeve and one full, reinforced with steel mesh, to turn attacker's blade"
  2. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter IV: Testing", I — "a Tastigon flash-blade's d'hen."
  3. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 6: Water Flow, Fire Leap" — "hastily belting her spare d'hen,"
  4. God Stalk, Book III: Shroud of Days, "Chapter 13: Three Pyres" — "touching the sleeve of his royal blue d'hen. 'You shouldn't go around wearing his color, tonight of all nights.' "
  5. "The Talisman's Trinket", II — "Every thief in the city seemed to be there, in Men-dalis’s royal blue or the Sirdan’s austere black."
  6. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 5: Winter Days" — "instantly recognizable by his cream-velvet d'hen"
  7. "The Talisman's Trinket", I — "Beer splashed on the crazy quilt of her sleeve – black velvet, forest green linen, purple satin, carefully pieced together by her mother out of a dozen different rag bags."

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