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Whitehold is a port city on the Bay of Eltair in East Halla, Melhalla. The city was once saved from a storm surge and subsequent flooding through the actions of a circle of Koriani seniors, and the city has an entrenched tradition of welcoming the Sorceresses. The orphan's hostel of the Koriani is built inside of a coastal fortress, and the Prime can sometimes be found here at seasonal high points, performing seasonal spell rites.

Whitehold is governed under Charter Law, subject to Melhalla's crown justice. The Fellowship cannot intervene here without a direct request for help.


  • Fishermen's Pier: A coastal pier where fishermen practice their trade.

Role in the Story

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

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5645: Arithon mentions that the constables at Whitehold have a price on the head of Captain Dhirken.

Initiate's Trial

Third Age 5922: Asandir meets Selidie Prime at the sisterhouse when the last of the free wraiths has finally been banished. Selidie coordinates the effort to manipulate the True Sect in pursuit of Arithon from this location.

Third Age 5923: While Arithon is on the run on Lanshire, Selidie Prime enacts a final trap by sending a carrier pigeon message to Barish. A Senior enchantress there coordinates with additional pigeons to East Bransing, Backwater, Ostermere, and Deal.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5923: Selidie Prime and her Senior Circle plan for an overland trip to Daon Ramon Barrens to be closer to the True Sect's assault on clansmen.

Third Age 5924: It is revealed that Whitehold was the location where Arithon was tortured by the Koriathain in Third Age 5674.

Third Age 5925: Following the disaster in Daon Ramon Barrens, Lirenda returns to Whitehold in the spring and summons all 180 Senior enchantresses to reinforce her claim of being Prime Matriarch. The strategy keeps her competitors distracted in travel and unable to unify against her. She uses a talent sounding to elicit a duel from the Whitehold peeress and condemns her with the cipher of domination.

Asandir travels to Whitehold for an audience with Lirenda Prime and her Senior Circle during Arithon's planned execution. His oath, etched in stone, erases on the moment that Valien's spirit crosses the veil as heir to the throne of Rathain.