The Riathan Paravians are one of three Paravian races, often referred to by the common name of unicorns. They "formed the living bridge, the linked connection to all that is and will be". Traithe describes them as "the only unsullied connection we have to Ath Creator . . . their return is the cornerstone for the future harmony of this world". The prime vibration channels directly through their horns.
Unicorns have gold, spired horns and emanate a haze of light.
Role in the Story
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.|
Child of Prophecy
Curse of the Mistwraith
Third Age 5670: In the sanctuary at Whitehaven, Elaira is visited by a live unicorn. The experience leaves her senseless, and Ath's Adepts realize that she has been blessed. This is the first live sighting in more than five hundred years, and one Adept suggests that Elaira's love for Arithon may be the key to returning the Riathan to the continent.
Third Age 5923: High King Gestry wields his crown jewels on the battlefield in Scarpdale, summoning projections of all three Paravian races. This calling halts the fighting and renders many combatants senseless.
Third Age 5925: At Los Lier, virulent storms enable Arithon to cross an impenetrable ward across time and space, arriving at the Paravians' secluded sanctuary. He encounters a wild unicorn on the beach. The unicorn challenges his trespass and only the defense wards in Alithiel prevent his dissolution.
- Unicorns were once escorted through their seasonal migrations by centaurs.
- Unicorns will not graze near cold ashes unless they originated from lightning-struck flame.
- The touch of a unicorn's horn is lethal to humankind.