[T]he eye was drawn upward toward Kothifir's famous "Painted Towers," half obscured by lines of fluttering, bright flags and, higher up, by no less colorful laundry. […] It made one's head spin to take in their lively variety even lit as they were by filtered sunshine, for wispy clouds cut off many towers some ten stories up. Rents in the cover let through shafts of light and gave filmy glimpses of the heights above, gold, bronze and verdigris copper, laced together by catwalks, bridges, and buttresses.
Jame's narration, The Sea of Time,
"Chapter I: Kothifir", I

Kothifir, also known as Kothifir the Cruel,[4] is a rich city-state in southern Rathillien. It's just above the Escarpment, separating it from the Wastes, and on the River Amar. It's south of Bashti and north of Urakarn.

Kothifir is the setting for much of The Sea of Time, though it has been mentioned since Dark of the Moon.


The native people of Kothifir tend to be short and squat, with copper skin and black hair. The nobles, on the other hand, are unnaturally pale.[5]

Kothifiran Overcliffers like bright colors, and wear them unabashedly.[5] Undercliffers prefer sturdy, drab clothing of cotton.[6]


Back in the days before the Great Salt Sea dried up, Kothifir had three times as many people as it does today. As it shrank, the outer rings were abandoned, and their stones used to build up the inner rings.[7]

Southern HostEdit

Kothifir is the largest employer of Kencyr mercenaries; these form the Southern Host, which has a permanent encampment at the foot of the cliffs beneath the city. The Southern Host is King Krothen's pet project, and other Kothifirans don't care about it so much.[8][9]


Kothifir is built in rings, circling out from the Rose Tower at the very center.

Kothifir is famous for its towers. The most notable ones include


  1. Bound in Blood, "Chapter XIII: A Day in the Life", II — " 'This is an arax from Kothifir, […] There's King Krothen's fat face, splayed from rim to rim to discourage clipping. It's death to disfigure the king's image.' "
  2. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", II — "Despite his blood-claims, it had taken them this long to agree on young Krothen as the new king, but only after saddling him with a council of his elders. Tori had heard his former houseguest complain long and bitterly about his lack both of power and freedom,"
  3. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XIII: Dreams and Nightmares", II — " 'It apparently isn’t poison: like most of the Council these days, the prince has a taster.' "
  4. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter 3: Wine, Women, and Wolvers", I — "Young and friendless in that strange city, Kothifir the Cruel, one formed alliances quickly or died."
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Sea of Time, "Chapter I: Kothifir", I — "The average Kothifiran clearly liked bright colors and wore them with abandon, in pleasing contrast to their copper skins and black hair. The natives tended to be short and squat verging on fat, but brisk and lively in their movements with sparkling dark eyes. Some were taller and fairer, though, with auburn hair, and there were even a few rare blonds. Among them passed the occasional minor noble, borne shoulder-high in a litter whose fluttering pastel curtains gave a glimpse of an unnaturally pale face peering out disdainfully."
  6. The Sea of Time, "Chapter I: Kothifir", IV — "Jame saw the bright clothes of Overcliffers and the sturdy cottons of farmers among the drab Undercliffers."
  7. The Sea of Time, "Chapter I: Kothifir", I — " 'We used to be a much larger city, […] Three times as many people lived here when the Salt Sea was still fresh, before the desert came.' […] 'That was during Rathillien’s Fifth Age, some three thousand years ago, correct?' 'Just so. Now the outermost rings are mere ruins, their stones quarried to build up the innermost. Kothifir is a shell of what it once was.' "
  8. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter IX: Echoes of Kothifir", I — " 'All spoils of the Wastes pass through his fat hands so that he can claim taxes and whatever catches his fancy, hence the source of his vast, personal wealth and, by extension, the existence of the Southern Host.' "
  9. Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 2: The Hell Hunt" — "Kencyr troops were hired out all over Rathillien. Only Krothen, however, could afford so many of them that the resulting force could properly be called a host. The Southern Host was his elite guard and the Kencyrath's major source of income, as well as its field training ground for young officers and troops."