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The Khadrim are giant, intelligent reptiles that breath fire and fly. Khadrim are described as black reptiles with grey highlights, red eyes, and a forked, armored tail. They have silver leathery wings as broad as sails (sixteen spans from the ridge of the armored breastbone to each outstretched, claw-spurred tip)[1]. They breed at volcanic sites in the Tornir Peaks.

Khadrim were spun into creation through drake-dreams. They were a scourge in the First Age and Second Age, and the sword, Alithiel, was forged specifically for war with the creatures. By the beginning of the Third Age, they had been reduced to manageable numbers and confined to the Sorcerers' Preserve in the Tornir Peaks. The Khadrim seem to sense when the Fellowship of Seven are vulnerable, taking the opportunity to stress the boundaries of their confinement, occasionally escaping. When this occurs, caravan drivers return with nightmare accounts of draft stock slaughtered wholesale or turned to papered carbon.

Role in the Story

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

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: A pack of Khadrim have escaped the Sorcerers' Preserve and destroy a caravan in Tornir Peaks. A Khadrim attacks Arithon (who protects himself with shadow) but dies to the pure harmony of the sword, Alithiel. It is not explicitly stated that Arithon uses Shadow, but this fact is made clear later on when Arithon and Lysaer battle in Strakewood: "Then he cancelled the force ranged against him with a veil of neat shadow, even as he once had deflected the fires of a Khadrim's fell attack."[2]

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5669: Morriel's attack on Athera dissolves the wards around Sorcerers' Preserve, allowing the Khadrim to break free and attack the people of Tysan.

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: A Khadrim attacks a steading in Westwood. Prince Kevor is attacked while saving a small child, but the protection of a small river pebble transfers him away in his final moments.


  • The central table in the Library of Althain Tower has ebon carvings of Khadrim on its legs.
  • Khadrim fire burns hotter than any wood-fueled flame.
  • The original purpose of the fortress of Alestron was to defend against Khadrim attacks.


  1. © Janny Wurts, Curse of the Mistwraith, p. 123 (US-Hardback), although Ships of Merior states that the wings are sixty spans long.
  2. © Janny Wurts, Curse of the Mistwraith, p. 560 (US-Hardback)