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Native to Alethkar
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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Whitespines are dangerous crustaceans that live on Roshar.

Appearance and Anatomy[edit]

They are as large as horses, with a carapaced back and a reptilian appearance.[1] They have long white tusks that are used for impalement which can break off and remain lodged in their prey, causing severe damage.[2] Whitespines have claws[3] and they smell quite unpleasant, especially when wet.[4] They also have a nose of some sort that allows them to sniff and sneeze.[1][4] 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, making it difficult for a whitespine to undergo this metamorphosis during a highstorm.[citation needed]


Whitespines live in packs with dens[1] that are often strewn with the bones of the creatures they have killed.[5] Sometimes they will live near roadways to pick off travelers as prey.[1] They are native to Alethkar[2] and possibly other areas.


Whitespines are often hunted by lighteyes[2] 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.[2] They are attacked by the whitespine; Rillir is killed, and likely Alds and Milp as well. Roshone survives the attack, but loses his leg.[6]



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