Even if I were three million strong, I wouldn't care to tackle the Witch-King in his own mountains—or anywhere else, for that matter.
Adric, Dark of the Moon,
"Chapter 14: Gathering Forces"

Nekrien is a mountainous kingdom in southern Rathillien, ruled by a Witch King. The Witch King is said to rule the winds;[4] the Tishooo's name is in Nekrien, meaning "The Old Man".[2]


According to Index, Nekrien mythology has parallels to Merikit mythology.[5] They mainly seem to worship their Witch King, who parallels the Falling Man of the Merikit's Four.[3]


  1. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter IX: Echoes of Kothifir", II — " 'Sometimes Kencyr are hired as guards against clashes with Nekriens, Wasters, and Karnids, but they’re sworn to secrecy.' "
  2. 2.0 2.1 Seeker's Mask, "Part I", VI — "Its name in Nekrien meant 'The Old Man'—an odd title given its prankish nature."
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Sea of Time, "Chapter XVIII: 'Please' ", II — " 'Do the Karnids love their precious prophet or only fear him? What about the Witch King of Nekrien? No matter. Their followers believe in them, and belief is power.' "
  4. Seeker's Mask, "Part II: Gothregor", V — "the Witch King of that southern land was said to have ruled the winds for more than a thousand years."
  5. Seeker's Mask, "Part VIII: Kithorn" — " 'You claim to be an authority on the Merikit, but the truth is that you have never before been permitted to witness a major seasonal mystery.' Index sputtered. 'One needn't… Grindark rituals… Nekrien mythology… if one draws intelligent comparisons…' "