Isfarenn

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Isfarenn is the Name of Asandir's black stallion in Alliance of Light. The relationship between Asandir and Isfarenn is characterized by free-spirited partnership, and Isfarenn freely shares his strength on long overland journeys or during acts of magecraft.

Role in the Story

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

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: Isfarenn is first mentioned by name when Asandir returns to Althain Tower after stabilizing a grimward. He is granted access to Althain Tower's stables once the Paravian wards have confirmed that the horse has not suffered thoughtless harm in Asandir's care. When preparing to travel to Haspastion's grimward, Asandir notes that Isfarenn will keep him safe while crossing Mirthlvain Swamp.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5671: While Asandir and Isfarenn are inside of a grimward, Isfarenn's successor is birthed by the drifters in Tysan.

Stormed Fortress

Third Age 5671: Asandir's work in the grimward is interrupted when Isfarenn nears the end of her life. He resolves to return her to Athera rather than lose her in the grimward. Outside, Isfarenn's successor is gifted to Althain Tower by the drifters. With Seshkrozchiel stabilizing his surroundings, Asandir is able to grant Isfarenn's spirit a natural release from the grimward into death.

Initiate's Trial

Third Age 5923: Isfarenn's successors continue to work with Asandir through the years. When Asandir must enter Athili, he leaves his horse at the Scarpdale site where a grimward once stood. The masterless horse collapses hours later and Asandir's rune of appeal attracts the notice of Seshkrozchiel. In gratitude for past help in the Scarpdale grimward, Seshkrozchiel remakes the dying horse in the form of Isfarenn, still flesh and blood but no longer mortal.

The reborn Isfarenn roams Lanshire near the invading True Sect army and thwarts their attempts to catch and tame her. She sometimes receives gifts of food left out by Arithon. When Arithon is overwhelmed by Koriani spellcraft projecting Elaira's love, the reborn Isfarenn hears his despair. The pair escape together under the cover of Shadow. Arithon separates from the reborn Isfarenn, who gladly sows confusion amongst the trackers.

When a centaur's projection appears before Tarens, Esfand, Khadrien, and Siantra, the reborn Isfarenn stands with him. Khadrien answers the centaur's call to bear Alithiel and rides away on the horse. The horse knocks him off and flees with Alithiel around her neck. She eventually reunites with Arithon who claims the sword.

Destiny's Conflict

Third Age 5923: The reborn Isfarenn rejoins Asandir after Arithon has left Havish. After the coronation of Ceftwinn s'Lornmein, Asandir stables the horse at Althain Tower.

Third Age 5924: Asandir offers the reborn Isfarenn to Tarens in Backwater, in hopes of speeding his journey to Halwythwood. The horse departs on her own once Tarens reaches the Halwythwood.

The Hatchet receives reports of stolen True Sect horses instigated by the reborn Isfarenn, although the horse has been accompanying Asandir far to the east. This is revealed to be part of Dakar's plan to acquire one of the True Sect's copper rods for a foolhardy plan.

Asandir and the reborn Isfarenn are in Radmoore when the Sorcerer feels the pull of Arithon's blood oath to survive.