[The rangers] were mostly hoary veterans and boys Arie's age—the old and the young, all with the grim, pinched faces of those sworn to maintain the millennia-old watch of the High Keep Kencyrath down through the white years, though blood should freeze and hearts crack.
Arie's narration, Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry,
"Stranger Blood"

The Min-drear of High Keep are a minor house. They reside close to the Barrier and help maintain it.[1]

Min-drear randon cadets at Tentir traditionally train with the Knorth.[2] The Min-drear are likely a cadet branch of the Knorth.[3][4]

They are mentioned primarily in the stories so far in To Ride a Rathorn, largely because Rue, one of Jame's ten-command, is a Min-drear. They are the subject of the short story "Stranger Blood" in Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry.


During the Battle of the White Hills, 500 Min-drear Kendar died, and 5 Highborn[5] — all five of the at-the-time Lord Min-drear's sons.[6]


  1. Dark of the Moon, "Appendix I: The High Council" — "Minor houses such as the Harth of East Kenshold and the Min-drear of the High Keep are located near the Barrier and help to maintain it."
  2. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter I: An Unfortunate Arrival", II — " 'I have my lord's permission to train with the Highlord's folk. Min-drear randon always do.' "
  3. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I — "some like Caldane added the Kendar bound to their established sons. In the old days, these new lords would have gone off to set up their own minor houses as the Min-drear had, often near the Barrier."
  4. Bound in Blood, "Chapter VIII: Glass of a Different Color", I — " 'By the time we knew we needed aid, […] it was too late. Besides, we were a cadet branch of the Caineron, the last to survive the Fall. Caldane's father would have loved to snap us up, but we fancied our freedom, the same as the Min-drear do from the Knorth.' "
  5. Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Stranger Blood" — " 'Five Highborn and a hundred Kendar gone from this hall,' she said savagely […] 'We have paid our debt in blood to Ganth of Knorth's house. Leave us in peace!' "
  6. Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Stranger Blood" — "Some forty years ago, it had heard its last war song, raised in honor of its lord and his five bright-faced sons. Now the sons watched the hall blank-eyed from their memorial tapestries, woven of threads taken from the clothing in which each one had died."
Kencyr houses
Knorth Caineron Ardeth Randir Brandan Jaran Coman Edirr Danior
Min-drear Harth