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Rhaydreynak (also spelled Rhadreynak) was a warlord in the ancient history of the homeworld's southern continent who was mentioned in Dreams of Steel and in several of the Books of Glittering Stone. He formed a mighty empire in what is now Taglios and possibly also the Shadowlands an age before the appearance of the Free Companies of Khatovar.

Rhaydreynak insulted the goddess Kina and persecuted her believers, the Stranglers, with vigor and largely drove them out of his empire. The Stranglers were forced to flee to the fortress with no name on the glittering plain to hide their infamous Books of the Dead. The cult was so reduced that the location of the Books was forgotten and their Shadowgate key, the golden pickax, was lost to them. But, the king never fully eradicated the Stranglers, and Rhaydreynak was ultimately killed by their most famous saint Mahtnahan dan Jakel who broke his neck with a silver rumel.

Narayan Singh – the greatest Strangler jamadar during the time of the modern Annals of the Black Company – shared the story about Rhaydreynak with Lady in Dreams of Steel.

Dating Rhaydreynak chronologically is uncertain, but a tentative statement from Murgen in Water Sleeps may supply the best and only estimate:

Near as I’ve been able to find out, when the first Free Company came off the plain, almost six hundred years ago, that event marked the first time our Shadowgate had been used in at least eight centuries.

If Murgen was correct – and if the story about the ancient Stranglers depositing the Books of the Dead beneath the fortress with no name during the lifetimes of Rhaydreynak and Mahtnahan dan Jakel is also true – then Rhaydreynak ruled ~1,400 years before the modern Annals.

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