Tal Quorin

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The Tal Quorin is a wide and shallow river formed by the watershed on the south side of Strakewood Forest in Deshir, Rathain. Multiple sources eventually converge and flow into the Instrell Bay near Cildorn.

As one moves farther upstream, the river fans out into reed beds and swamp, and the terrain becomes higher. Eventually, the river splits into three branches divided by high ridges. Above the river and ridges, the valley narrows into a steep-walled ravine with plumed waterfalls -- crannies between buttressed cliffs with narrow, crooked grottos[1].

Role in the Story

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

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5638: The Tal Quorin is the location where the clans of Deshir choose to make their stand against the Etarrans in the Battle of Strakewood. A valley on one side of the river is the place where Arithon deploys and maintains his maze of shadows. One of the grottos at the head of the river holds the Deshan clans' hidden camp of women and children.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5925: Tarens makes a promise to Esfand that he will guard the grottos during The Hatchet's invasion of Strakewood. Tarens warns Dakar not to descend by way of Split Rock as they flee the area.


  1. © Janny Wurts, Curse of the Mistwraith, p. 540 (US-Hardback)