Vital statistics
Gender Male
Rank Lord Holder
Era Eighth Interval
Affiliation Ruatha Hold
Spouse Lady Adessa
Children Lessa
An unknown number of unspecified children
First appearance The Masterharper of Pern

Ruatha Shield

Kale was Lord of Ruatha Hold before the Eighth Interval.


He took hold when his father Lord Ashmichel died. He ruled Ruatha Hold alongside his Lady Adessa, with whom he had several children. His youngest child was Lessa, who eventually became Benden's Weyrwoman. During the time that Fax was conquering holds, Kale did not take him seriously as a threat. Fax was noted for purchasing Ruathan Runnerbeasts, which helped the usurper gain Kale's trust. A visit by Robinton convinced Kale to consider stationing border guards, but the effort came too late. Fax staged a sunrise raid on Ruatha, a time when the watch-whers are traditionally relieved of duty. During the attack, Kale, alongside the majority of his family, were slaughtered by Fax. Only Kale's daughter Lessa would survive, though she was forced into hiding.

Personality and traits

Lord Kale was a very trusting man, who believed that, as Fax was buying Ruathan runners he would not invade Ruatha. This turned out to be his downfall, when the man he had trusted seized the Hold and slew everyone in it.



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