I wasn't fooling yesterday when I said what [Torisen's] death would mean to the Kencyrath. Here in particular, the Randir are only waiting to gobble us up. How we few Danior have lasted so long against them is beyond me,
Holly, Honor's Paradox,
"Chapter XIV: In Sodden Fields", III

The Danior are one of the lesser of the major Kencyr houses. Their keep sits directly across from Wilden. They are the smallest[5] and poorest[6] house in the Riverland.

Inter-house relationshipsEdit

Danior and EdirrEdit

Both in the High Council chamber at Gothregor, and in the hall at Tentir, the Randir, Coman, and Caieron are on one wall; Jaran, Knorth, and Ardeth on one; and Danior, Edirr, and Brandan on one. This layout is said to group allies.[7] Within this trio, Brandan is the biggest and most powerful of the three. They are also the only grouping with only one "large" house, which suggests they may be less internal power struggles within this alliance, in contrast with the Randir-Caineron and Knorth-Ardeth alliances.


The Danior are the smallest and poorest house, but they are the only house related to the Knorth, and thereby receive protection from their more powerful cousins.[8]


The Danior have long had stressful relations with the much larger and much more powerful Randir, their neighbors across the river, who would like to take them over.[9]


  1. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I — "the Danior's gleeful howl;"
  2. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", VI — "The Kencyr shouted back their defiance, each in the battle cry of his house—[…] the Daniors’ howl,"
  3. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter V: The High Council", III — "A little boy, perhaps four years old, pelted shrieking between them, pursued by a harried Kendar. 'Danior's son and heir,' said Rue wisely."
  4. Dark of the Moon, "Appendix I: The High Council"
  5. Bound in Blood, "Chapter XVI: Gothregor and Tentir", III — "The smallest house of all, with only twenty-five cadets at the college, but bone-kin."
  6. Seeker's Mask, "Part III: The Riverland", VII — "Lord of the poorest house in the Riverland, he could barely maintain his own council seat, much less hope to occupy the Highlord's for long, should Torisen's death put him there."
  7. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VI: The Lordan's Coat", III — "Randir, Coman, and Caineron from east to west along the north wing; Jaran, Knorth, and Ardeth along the west; Danior, Edirr and Brandan from west to east along the south. By chance or design, this arrangement grouped allies and enemies, with a scattering of neutrals between them."
  8. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XIV: In Sodden Fields", I — " 'If not, it won’t look good for you either, will it? I’m your bone cousin. You should be able to defend my interests.' "
  9. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter V: The High Council", II — "the Randir, who would love to take over tiny Shadow Rock so temptingly placed just across the river from them."
Kencyr houses
Knorth Caineron Ardeth Randir Brandan Jaran Coman Edirr Danior
Min-drear Harth