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Ishtier is a Kencyr priest.


Ishtier was one of the Exiles, who stayed with Ganth after his exile and settled in North Kenshold. Ishtier betrayed the Knorth by escaping the keep and running away with a Kendar woman who was carrying Ganth's son Bane. In doing so, he left his younger brother Anar, a scrollsman, the task of protecting the keep from the nearby force of Perimal Darkling.[3]

In Tai-tastigon, Ishtier takes position as High Priest at the temple of the Three-Faced God. After Bane was born, Ishtier let him believe he was his father.[4]

When Abbotir told Bane he was to be a thief, Ishtier removed Bane's soul so as to allow him to act without honor without dishonoring his soul. It's later learned that rather than protect that soul, Ishtier uses it to create a monster that hunts the poorer parts of Tai-tastigon, sharing Bane's taste for children. Jame discovers this and in the process of fighting Isthier, forces him to call for a judgment. This process apparently incapacitates him, although he reappears later in Seeker's Mask apparently recovered. She demands a second judgement from the priest in the Priests' College in the process of rescuing Kindrie. This sends the man truly insane.


  1. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "Ishtier, Highborn priest of the Kencyrath, stood in the shadow of his god, watching her with hooded eyes."
  2. God Stalk, Book III: Shroud of Days, "Chapter 13: Three Pyres" — " 'All Shanir must possess at least a touch of the Highborn strain, but soul-carriers like you and Ishtier need blood as pure as it comes.' "
  3. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "Before Jame's time, this [priesthood] had been the responsibility of the scrollsman's older brother, a priest of great power and knowledge; but one night this man had fled with a female companion, leaving his inexperienced kinsman to assume the terrible burden alone."
  4. God Stalk, Book III: Shroud of Days, "Chapter 14: Untempling of the Gods" — " 'He trusted you because you brought his mother, once the Gray Lord's mistress, down out of the Haunted Lands, because he thought—and you let him think—that you were his father.' "

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