Caith-al-Caen is a vale along the Fourth Lane where the Riathan Paravians celebrated the solstice and equinox, in order to renew the athael, or life-destiny of the world. It is also the birthplace of Cianor Sunlord and the place where the Ilitharis Paravians first Named the winter stars. The site never held a fortress, and all traces of the orchards are long gone. The area is still haunted with the grace of the Paravians.
By the end of the Third Age, "Caith-al-Caen" has been corrupted to Castlecain, and is also called the Vale of Shadows. A power focus is located here, which the Fellowship uses to travel from the fourth lane.
Role in the Story
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.|
Curse of the Mistwraith
Warhost of Vastmark
Dakar is near Caith-al-Caen when he exposes a True Sect trap aided by Koriani spellcraft. In a surprise assault, True Sect arrows are spell-turned to aim at Cosach. Arithon uses Shadow and a storm of iyats to provide Dakar with the space to see Cosach's war band to safety.
Esfand's scouts capture one of the True Sect's copper rods. The clans plant the rod at Caith-al-Caen drawing lightning from seasonal storms to the Fourth Lane and triggering hallucinations in The Hatchet's men across Daon Ramon Barrens.