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'Why are you killing us?' by Corporal Nobbs

Storm Riders by Shadaan

'Stormriders' Interpretation by [http://shadaan.deviantart.com/art/Storm-Riders-385571424 Shadaan

Stormriders, or Riders, were a race of beings which lived in the deep ocean trench between Quon Tali and Korel.[1] They were isolationist and disliked foreigners and were known to attack ships crossing through their territory. For over four thousand years they lived in a constant state of war with the residents of Korel who had built the enormous Stormwall along the shore to protect themselves from Stormrider attack.

Fair skinned, with pale hair resembling the Tiste Andii[2], they wore what appeared to be armour, which gleamed with sapphire and rainbow opalescence.[3] It shone like frost and they carried jagged-edged lances.[1] They could ride waves, which would curl into horse-like shapes beneath them.[4]

Their power was of sea and ice and seemed to be connected to Omtose Phellack, however Ieleen, the blind Falaran Sea Witch and pilot of the Silver Dawn, explained that, like Kaminsod, the Stormriders were from another realm.[5] Their sorcerers were known as Wandwielders.[6]

They often fought with lances and shields or swords so cold they burned to the touch.[7]

Both their origin and aims were shrouded in mystery, as they were generally feared and viewed as antagonists, yet one was shown (in the epilogue of Night of Knives) asking a local Malaz City resident, "Why are you killing us?"[8]

Stormriders were capable of speaking Korelan, which they learned from eavesdropping on sailors and those who guarded the Stormwall.[9]

In Night of KnivesEdit

The Stormriders attempted to take advantage of the Shadow Moon to advance against Malaz City with unknown intentions. They were delayed in the harbour by local mage, the Fisherman, until they killed him using an iceberg.[10] But by then the opportunity presented by an opening to the Warren of Shadow was over.

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

Stormriders were seen by the members of the Crimson Guard on board the Kestral as they were making their way to Stratem. Greymane commented that one of the riders appeared to salute Kyle.[11] Kyle proposed that, rather then him, they might have been saluting Greymane upon which the latter replied that, "No. I told them to cut that out long ago". [12]

In StonewielderEdit

They gave Greymane the stone sword that earned him his name after he talked with them.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

Ruthan Gudd's appearance seemed to change into that of a Stormrider as he charged the K'Chain Nah'ruk.[13] At the time, his thoughts were that, "This Stormrider crap had better work. But gods below, it does hurt to wear."[14]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1, Chapter II, UK PB p.87
  2. Stonewielder, Chapter 12, UK TPB p.618
  3. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1, Chapter II
  4. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1, Chapter II
  5. "The ignorant speak of the winters of the Stormriders and the Jaghut as if they are the same thing. But that is not so. The Riders are alien. Not of this world. Indeed, some argue that in their original form they were of the frigid black gaps between the worlds." ―Ieleen • Assail, UK TPB, p.436
  6. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1, Chapter II
  7. Stonewielder, Chapter 8, UK TPB p.443
  8. Night of Knives, US TPB, p.282
  9. Stonewielder, Chapter 1, UK TPB p.69
  10. Night of Knives, US TPB, p.146
  11. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1, Chapter II
  12. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1, Chapter II, UK PB p.88
  13. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 23, UK HB p.837/838
  14. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 23, UK HB p.839
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