Glow-bugs traced his movements. He played with them, sculpting their flight with his white hands, expanding his gestures into wide, glowing sweeps. They danced with him, and he with them, wind-blowing kantirs in a moon-silvered field. At times, in flight, his feet barely touched the bending grass.
Jame's narration, To Ride a Rathorn,
"Chapter XVII: Into the Wilds"

Randiroc, known to the Merikit as Mer-kanti, is the "lost Randir heir", the Randir Lordan deposed by Rawneth in favor of her son Kenan. As Highlord, Ganth Gray Lord should have ruled on this, but the Knorth Massacre and White Hills intervened. As a Shanir randon weapons-master and Tentir contemporary of Harn and Sheth, Rawneth's Shadow Assassins contract on him has remained unsuccessful. He has bound to him a flock of royal jewel-jaws, color-matching carrion eating insects and can only eat blood, milk and honey.


Randiroc is, as all Highborn, who rule or seek to rule a House must be, able to bind Kencyr to him. He is a powerful Shanir, and has all the classical physical traits; white hair, skin and eyes so light they can barely bear sunlight.[4] His Shanir traits became more and more pronounced over time.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bound in Blood, "Chapter V: Fractures", III — " 'Something similar happened to Randiroc when he was a cadet here, but he was also still officially the Randir Heir so they made him master-ten of the barracks. I wonder how he managed that, especially as his Shanir blood became more and more obvious.' "
  2. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XXI: Before the Storm" — " 'With any other cadet, such behavior would merit being sent home in disgrace. Are we to judge lordan by a different standard?' We did your Randiroc, […] Ancestors know, he was as peculiar a cadet as ever won his randon’s collar.' "
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Lost Knots" — "My spies tell me that Rawneth contracted the Shadow Guild to assassinate him—much luck they seem to have had against a randon weapons-master, as strange as he may be in other respects."
  4. Bound in Blood, "Prologue: A Flight of Jewel-Jaws" — "White skin, white hair, eyes that could hardly bear sunlight—if he hadn't been so obviously a Shanir, one of the Old Blood, Rawneth's scheme never would have worked. As it was, his people turned to him by instinct, as this poor boy just had, unless they were personally bound to the Witch or to her son."

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