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The Sithe is a faction of the Fae court.

Description Edit

The members of the Sithe are said to wear crowns woven of holly boughs, silver armor and robes when they ride into battle and carry long horn bows as weapons.[1]

The faction is known in the Four Corners of Civilization as The White Riders and is the subject of many folklore songs. The author of A Quainte Compendium of Folke Belief recorded several songs about the grey ladies and white riders.[2] One of the songs is "The White Riders' Hunt", a song originating from the Faen realm before becoming known in the Four Corners:[3]

"Rode they horses white as snow.
Silver blade and white horn bow.
Wore they fresh and supple boughs,
Red and green upon their brows."
Bast singing a verse from The White Riders' Hunt[3]

The Sithe's oldest and most important charge is to guard the Cthaeh, keeping anyone from having contact with the creature. The group is known to have hunted the skin dancers until they were extinct. The Sithe is also one of the few groups specifically named by Haliax as a fear of the Chandrian.

Trivia Edit

  • The name of the group is very similar to Sidhe (or Aos Sí), a supernatural race from Irish mythology and Scottish mythology that is comparable to faeries and who lives in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans.

References Edit

  1. Reddit Fantasy. Pat Rothfuss, James Ernest, and the Pairs Kickstarter team - Ask Us Anything
  2. The Wise Man's Fear, Chapter 16, "Unspoken Fear"
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Wise Man's Fear, Chapter 1, "Apple and Elderberry"

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