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by Amanda "rantology" Diaz
Native to Alethkar
World Roshar
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 can be broken off inside of people if a whitespine has impaled them.[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]


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 whitespine that have 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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