Southron refers to things of southern Rathillien, including its inhabitants, their language, and even their culture.


Main article: Southron (language)


The word "Southron" can be used to describe things from Karkinor to the Southern Wastes. It does not seem to include Nekrien.

  • Jame makes reference to Southron standards of politeness in Karkinor.[1]
  • Jame calls the barges that go down the River Tardy to Hurlen Southron.[2]
  • The phenomena of water returning to the Great Salt Sea is called a Southron phenomenon.[3]
  • Jame references Graykin's peculiarity as possible Southron customs.[4]
  • Brier calls scythe-arms Southron weapons.[5]
  • Traders selling goods from the Southern Wastes are called Southron traders.[6]


Graykin's mother, a Rathillien native from Karkinaroth, is referred to as a Southron,[7] and Graykin himself as a half-Southron[8] and a Southron.[9]

Kencyr, perhaps only Kendar, who grow up among the Southern Host may be referred to as Southrons; Brier is often referred to as such. Their skins are much darker than Riverlanders; this may reflect the Kendar adaptability to the world they live on, which Highborn do not appear to have.[10]

Other termsEdit

In Seeker's Mask, Brier twice refers to Graykin as a "Southland's mongrel" and "Southland's bastard".[11][12] No one else ever uses the term "Southland".

In Seeker's Mask, Brier is also referred to as a Southie several times, as well as a Southron. This term is not used in the later books.


  1. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 9: The Haunted Palace" — "Under her mask, Lyra seemed to frown. Direct questions apparently were impolite too, at least by Southron standards,"
  2. Seeker's Mask, "Part IV: Restormir", VIII — "Going down the Tardy to Hurlen, she had pestered those Southron bargees with so many questions."
  3. Seeker's Mask, "Part VI: Mount Alban", I — "Outside its southward facing windows, lightning intermittently lit the storm-maddened Salt Sea, patently no longer dry. […] They had all heard rumors of this rare Southron phenomenon, the alluvial transformation,"
  4. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter IV: Testing", I — "He at least had slept in his underwear—a Southron custom, perhaps."
  5. Bound in Blood, "Chapter VI: Blades Unsheathed", I — "Brier handed Jame two scythe-arms shorter than her own. 'Try these. They're Southron weapons,' she added, to explain her own expertise."
  6. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XIX: Challenge", III — "She hadn’t even thought about the fabric that Rue had bought from the Southron traders since the day of the egging."
  7. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — "His life had always had a single goal: to gain a real place in the Kencyrath. His Kencyr blood was responsible for that craving. His Southron mother, however, made it very unlikely that he would ever succeed."
  8. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 9: The Haunted Palace" — " 'What do you call a half-Kencyr-half-Southron bastard?' "
  9. Seeker's Mask, "Part IV: Restormir", IV — " 'If that wretched Southron has done something wrong, I should punish him, not Father.' "
  10. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XIX: Darkness at Noon", I — "she laughed, white teeth ablaze in that dark face which seemed bred into some Southron Kendar."
  11. Seeker's Mask, "Part IV: Restormir", V — " 'D'you mean we've gone through all this for some Southland's mongrel?' "
  12. Seeker's Mask, "Part IV: Restormir", VII — "Damn all Highborn anyway, who could jerk her about like… like that Southland's bastard, a puppet on strings."

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