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Hanshire is a port city in Korias, Tysan, on the shore of the Westland Sea. Before the rebellion it was a prime Paravian port of Tysan, having a generous cove harbor. The city is built from ancient blue slate and red-gold sandstone.

The mayors of the city have maintained a positive outlook on the works of the Koriathain, and its top officials work closely with the Enchantresses, even after the rebellion. The Lord Mayor keeps a group of scryers in the palace to report on inbound ships to the harbormaster.

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Traitor's Knot.

The bargain between the mayor and the Koriathain started after the rebellion and is renewed at each generation and usually arranges for buildings, land, or labor in exchange for aid from the sorceresses. When the time came for the bargain to be renewed with Lord Mayor Garde's son, Sulfin Evend, the Koriathain demanded his gifted offspring instead.


In Third Age 10, Halduin s'Ilessid passed the rule of Hanshire over to a clan family whose descendants now live as drifters.

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Stormed Fortress.

Sulfin Evend reveals to Lysaer that the conspiracy behind the rebellion originated in Hanshire.


The city has a tiered layout, with high turrets for signal fires. The land entry is marked by a stone gate of black basalt. The hall of state sits between central guard keeps overlooking the bluffs.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Black Bargain

Third Age 5016: The Mayor of Hanshire arranges a clandestine meeting between select councilmen of Hanshire, the Koriathain (represented by Morriel Prime) and the Gray Kralovir (represented by Taranthine and another necromancer). This is followed by a more private meeting between the Mayor and Morriel to discuss the particulars of Koriani participation.

Third Age 5018: Davien preemptively triggers the rebellion in hopes of staving off a total collapse of the Compact. In the chaos, the Great Waystone goes missing from the Hanshire sisterhouse.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: Following her escapades in Erdane, Elaira is sent to the hospice in Hanshire.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5645: Garde is the Lord Mayor of Hanshire at this point in the story.

Fugitive Prince

Third Age 5652: A stockade has been built to hold clansmen sentenced to slavery by Lysaer's Alliance of Light.

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5654: Lysaer decides to move the royal shipworks to Hanshire after the Riverton shipyard burns to the ground.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5671: Lysaer travels here to strike a pact with the Koriathain, but is deterred after learning from Sulfin Evend what the cost of such a bargain might entail.


  • When signal fires burn during the day, the high council believes that war is possible.
  • The guards of Hanshire wear red surcoats.