The wind remained, now tumbling about the onlookers, snatching off this man’s hat, flinging up that woman’s skirt. Laughter followed its antics, […] A figure appeared, whirling like a dervish in a storm of black feathers, long white beard wrapped around him, feet not quite touching the ground.
Jame's narration, The Sea of Time,
"Chapter III: Summer Solstice", II

The Tishooo, also known as the Old Man, is the Falling Man manifested as wind,[1] specifically, the wind from Nekrien. This means that in the Southern Wastes, he's the east wind, while in the Riverland, he's the south wind.[2][3][4] He is also related to the Witch King of Nekrien.

In Kothifir he is much-loved, as he protects them from the Shuu and Ahack winds from across the Barrier, as well as protecting them from being buried in sand.[4]

In the Riverland, the Tishooo is not very well-liked, thanks to his prankish nature. The Kencyr priests generally prevent the Tishooo from blowing in the Riverland, and he only comes when the priests aren't paying attention.[5]


  1. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XVIII: 'Please' ", IV — " 'After all, you’re the elemental spirit of air, manifested as the wind.' "
  2. Seeker's Mask, "Characters Past and Present" — "Tishooo: the Old Man, a wind from the south"
  3. The Sea of Time, "Characters" — "Tishooo—the Falling Man, the Old Man, the east wind"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Sea of Time, "Chapter III: Summer Solstice", II — " 'The Old Man,' said Kroaky, almost reverently, […] 'The Tishooo. The east wind.' 'In the Riverland, we call him the south wind.' 'Well, he would come at you from that direction, wouldn’t he? […] Here we most often get him direct from Nekrien. He keeps away the Shuu and the Ahack from the south and west, from the Barrier across the Wastes and from Urakarn. […] Without the east wind and the mountains, though, Kothifir, Gemma, and the other Rim cities would be buried in sand like the other ancient ruins of the Wastes.' "
  5. Seeker's Mask, "Part I", VI — "As a rule, the Tishooo only visited the Riverland when the priests weren't paying adequate attention to the weather. Its name in Nekrien meant 'The Old Man'—an odd title given its prankish nature. When it wasn't chasing its own tail or snatching up loose slates or plunging down chimneys, it was said to carry off unwanted babies and to turn shadows inside out."
Winds in the Southern Wastes
east wind
south wind
west wind
north wind