Stormlight Decal Swords.svg

Whitespine

From The Coppermind
Jump to navigation Jump to search

This wiki can now have Rhythm of War and Dawnshard spoilers. To view an earlier version of the wiki without these spoilers, go to the Time Machine!

Whitespine
Whitespine by Amanda Diaz.jpg
Native to Alethkar
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
This page or section contains spoilers for Rhythm of War!
This information has the ability to potentially ruin elements of the plot for the reader. Proceed with caution if you have not read this book.
This page or section needs to be updated with new information for Oathbringer and Rhythm of War!
Be aware that in its current state, it may not include all additional content yet.

Whitespines are dangerous crustaceans that live on Roshar.

Appearance and Anatomy[edit]

The eponymous spine is a row of spikes that runs from the head along the back of a whitespine. They are as large as horses, with a carapaced back, powerful legs, and a reptilian appearance.[1][2] They have long white tusks that are used for impalement which can break off and remain lodged in their prey, causing severe damage.[3] Whitespines have claws, including a set of vestigial claws behind their primary legs,[4][5] and they smell quite unpleasant, especially when wet.[6] They also have a nose of some sort that allows them to sniff and sneeze.[1][6] They are able to enter a dormant state, most likely to hibernate, during which they appear to become coated in a thick, hard crystal-like substance that takes time to accumulate. Water washes away the crystal coating in its early stages of forming, which would make it difficult for a whitespine to undergo this metamorphosis during a highstorm.[2]

Ecology[edit]

Whitespines live in packs in dens[1] that are often strewn with the bones of the creatures they have killed.[7] Sometimes they will live near roadways to pick off travelers as prey.[1] They hide near the carcass of their recent kill after consuming its meat, then hunt the scavengers that are attracted to the carcass.[8] Whitespines are native to Alethkar[3] and possibly other areas. They are "nastier" than chasmfiends.[9]

History[edit]

Whitespines are often hunted by lighteyes[3] and their darkeyed attendants, especially if the whitespines have been killing humans.

Brightlord Roshone and his son Rillir, along with Alds and Milp go hunting for a whitespine that has been attacking travelers.[3] They are attacked by the whitespine; Rillir is killed, and likely Alds and Milp as well. Roshone survives the attack, but loses his leg.[10]

Cultural References[edit]

Brightlord Amaram's glyphpair is in the shape of a whitespine with raised tusks, made up of the glyphs merem and khakh.[11]

Idioms[edit]

A little like the mink wandering into the whitespine’s den and asking when dinner is...

[12]

The interior bristled with spears. Like the proverbial whitespine’s den.

[13]

Notes[edit]

This article is still missing information. Please help The Coppermind by expanding it.