Krim

Warrior and guard

Krim is a Go-Back through and through. Always ready for combat or a wrestle in the furs, she can cut you down to size with her sword—or her tongue. Her role-model was her former chieftess, Kahvi, whose memory she is ever-ready to defend. She isn’t the easiest nut to crack, but if you can make Krim laugh, you’ll have an easier time finding her soft side.

She and her fellow Go-Back, Skot, left with the Wolfriders after the war for the Palace. Krim was probably the one who came up with the idea for the pair to go off and explore the world beyond the Frozen Mountains. After settling in the Forbidden Grove, she and Skot formed a bond with the Wolfrider, Pike. The three of them became lifemates (later treeing with Shenshen too).

Krim gave birth to one male fawn, Cheipar, who did not survive infancy. Krim took his death in stride. She, Pike and Skot later had another son, Sust. Krim wasn’t aware that she was pregnant until after Skot’s death; ready, even eager to die for the elves’ cause, learning she was with child inspired her to stay alive. With Krim hardly the mothering type, however, young Sust would be raised by the seat of his pants.

When the Palace was restored, Krim and Pike were reunited and found comfort in one others’ arms. They joined Ember and the Wild Hunt at Howling Rock, tracking down Winnowill’s magically-altered beasts.

Motherhood hasn’t tempered this warrior by any means, and she still has no trouble speaking her mind to friend or foe. When the reformed elf-hunter, Lehrigen, approached the tribe to inform them he was mortally ill, Krim was outraged to see Kahvi’s braids among his trophies, and had to be restrained from killing him on the spot. Fighting together against the minions of Angrif Djun, however, the two stuck a deadly deal: if Lehrigen enabled her to get close enough for a shot at killing the Wolfriders’ mortal enemy, Krim would give him the quick death he desired.

Hacking their way through the guards, Krim gleefully castrated the Djun, but sustained fatal injuries before Pike could drag her to safety. Touching minds one last time, she handed him her sword, for Sust, and told him “Going back, it isn’t just the palace.” Lehrigen, himself bleeding out, assured Krim that Kahvi died “magnificently” and begged to see her eyes-the two died laughing together at the once-ruthless hunter’s mawkish last request.

Krim’s spirit has been briefly glimpsed in the Palace, along with Kahvi’s. We can only guess at how she might rejoice upon knowing of her long suffering victims demise.


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