She was a Min-drear and would hold true to her bond, if not for her lord's sake then for her mother and her mother's mother before her.
Rue's narration, To Ride a Rathorn,
"Chapter I: An Unfortunate Arrival", II

Rue is a Kendar of House Min-drear, a minor house allied with the Knorth. We encounter her first in Seeker's Mask as one of the Knorth cadets in Brier Iron-thorn's ten-command. She becomes a randon cadet along with Jame in To Ride a Rathorn, Min-drear cadet with the Knorth,[3] and one of Jame's ten-command. She appoints herself to the role of Jame's servant. She and her fellow Knorth cadets are almost always trying to get Jame to dress according to her station as Lordan, instead of her favored basic black; and to move into the traditional Lordan's Quarters.

Physical descriptionEdit

Rue is described as shorter than Jame[4] but heavier by about thirty pounds, an example of the difference between the robust Kendar and the gracile Highborn. Her hair is straw-colored, and messily cut.[5] She cut it and left it at High Keep, to be burnt in place of her body if she died far from home.[6]

Rue is a "border brat", from a border Keep. She is described as behaving "stubbornly" and "pugnaciously".


  1. The Gates of Tagmeth, "Chapter II: Departure", V — " 'Erim, Quill, Rue, and what’s-his-name, oh yes, Killy, are now five-commanders.' "
  2. The Gates of Tagmeth, "Chapter II: Departure", VII — "In addition to her core ten-commands, Torisen had picked out nine officers each with expertise in a particular field who would have supervision over the tens in rotation, but would hold none of their own. Brier, Rue, and Marc came first, of course."
  3. 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.' "
  4. Seeker's Mask, "Part IV: Restormir", I — "Only one, a cadet named Rue, was shorter than Jame, although the Kendar girl outweighed the Highborn by a good thirty pounds."
  5. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter I: An Unfortunate Arrival", II — "Frowning, she pushed back the hood of her forage jacket from straw-colored hair as rough-cut as a badly thatched roof."
  6. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter I: An Unfortunate Arrival", II — "Rue's ill-cropped hair almost bristled. She had hacked it off to leave in her lord's cold hand in case she should never return—a poor substitute for her bones burnt to honorable ash on the pyre but better than nothing. If she had been glad to escape that grim place, guilt had made her chop all the more fiercely."
Jame's ten-command
Rue Mint Dar Quill Erim Killy Niall Damson