[T]his is my one chance to gain something that my dear father can't take away. I intend to earn my randon collar. So, I suspect, do you.
Gorbel, Bound in Blood,
"Chapter VI: Blades Unsheathed", II

Gorbel is the Caineron Lordan, attending Tentir at his father Caldane's instruction, so that he and his retinue may harass Jame.[3] However, this plan backfires, and Gorbel and Jame become cautious friends during To Ride a Rathorn and Bound in Blood.

Gorbel appears to be bound to his dog, a pook named Twizzle.


Caldane beat Gorbel's mother to death when he was a baby.[4] Gorbel was there, and he saw it. He doesn't remember it consciously, but, when he hears Death's-head's scream, he remembers.[5][6]


Gorbel is, as all lordan must be, a Shanir able to bind Kencyr to him. He is also bound to his pook Twizzle.


  1. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XII: Unsheathed", I — " 'Better luck next time, Gorbelly!' "
  2. Bound in Blood, "Chapter XVI: Gothregor and Tentir", III — " 'Who will you choose first, Gorby?' "
  3. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I
  4. Bound in Blood, "Chapter VIII: Glass of a Different Color", II — " 'I remember Gorbel as a child with his solemn ways and scrunched-up little face. He was only a baby when his father beat his mother to death. We knew about it in the Women's World. I doubt, though, if anyone ever told him.' "
  5. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VIII: A Forgotten Name", VI — "a fat man beating a woman over and over, despite her screams, until she lay still on the floor in a pool of blood that inched toward a child's bed"
  6. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VIII: A Forgotten Name" — "Father beating Mother, smashing her skull, spattering blood and brains… no. His mother had died when he was still only a squalling brat. He didn't remember her at all, and he cried for no one. But his nose did run. It was running now."

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