[T]he ruined keep that served as their lair. They ate by torchlight, sitting on mossy blocks beside a brook that gurgled down the length of what had once been the keep's main hall; and forest folk passed among them, shy, wild eyes glowing red in the firelight, filling horns with honey mead. Out in the Holt, the rest of the pack sang in yelps and long, crooning wails which took on the rhythms of some complex poetry.
Torisen's narration, Dark of the Moon,
"Chapter 12: Night Pieces"

The Grimly Holt is an old fortress just inside the Weald where a pack of Wolvers live.[1] They are reasonably friendly to outsiders. The Wolver Grimly is one of them.


The Grimly Holt wolvers are generally peaceful, possess strong sense both of ethics and of aesthetics,[2] and tend to be shy and courteous.[1] They love singing, and even pick their leaders for their singing.[3] They also make strong mead.[4]


Grimly Hold is an anicent Bashtiri fortress in the eastern corner of the Weald. it is half in ruins, and the wolvers use it happily in that state,[1] though in Seeker's Mask, when a weirdingstrom shows the form of the ancient keep as it once was, the wolvers are very excited to see it.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Seeker's Mask, "Interim IV: The Grimly Holt" — "Its eastern corner, the Grimly Holt, is just as feared by ignorant people, although its folk are shy and courteous, much different in manners if not in blood from their wild cousins of the deep wood. The wolvers' keep is another of those ancient ruins which line the Silver, this one smaller than most and unreclaimed by later builders. Its walls lie tumbled around the forest floor like so many half-sunken boulders velvet with moss and a stream runs down the glade which had been its great hall."
  2. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter 3: Wine, Women, and Wolvers", III — "Grimly's people, who in their own way were remarkably civilized, with a strong sense both of ethics and of aesthetics. The deep Weald wolvers, on the other hand, were reputed to be savage beasts if, indeed, they were even of the same species."
  3. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XIII: Secrets", III — " 'We of the Holt pick our leaders for their singing. Our wild cousins trust only strength.' "
  4. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 12: Night Pieces" — "soon began to feel the effect of the holt-dwellers' potent mead. […] 'There's nothing in your good mead but an uncommon amount of alcohol, Grimly.' "

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