We randon think of ourselves as a breed apart, an amalgam of all that is best in the Kencyrath. Our ranks transcend politics, or should. Yes, we are loyal to our houses. Fiercely so. But also to each other.
Sheth, To Ride a Rathorn,
"Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I

A randon is a Kencyr military officer and a graduate of Tentir, the randon college.[1] Not all such graduates attain the rank of randon which is reserved for those of proven ability and merit. Roughly one Tentir graduate in ten goes on to earn their randon collar.[2]

As well as military service, randon also serve as instructors at Tentir. Those most senior in their house who have held the post of Commandant are members of the Randon Council.[3]

Ran is a prefix used when addressing a randon of either gender, in the style of "Ran [name]."[4]


  1. To Ride a Rathorn, "Glossary" — "randon: a military officer and graduate of Tentir"
  2. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter VII: In the Bear's Den", I — " 'What happens after Tentir?' 'That will depend on your final ranking, […] Some people have to repeat Tentir as novice cadets. […] You get two tries. Do better, and they send you out into the field—to the Southern Host at Kothifir if you're lucky, or as an honor guard attached to the Women's Halls at Gothregor. Some third year master cadets come back here to teach and to learn advanced techniques. Some finish up with their house's randon, wherever their lord sends them. One way or another, all have to prove themselves to the Randon Council. In the end, maybe one in ten win their collars.' "
  3. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter V: A Length of Rope", I
  4. To Ride a Rathorn, "Glossary" — "ran:a term of address to a randon, male or female"