Pronunciation: (rhymes with HE-thump)
A gruff, no-nonsense tribal elder, Treestump often serves as chief when Cutter is absent. Though his acceptance of “The Way” costs him a certain forgetfulness, more than a thousand years of life has filled Treestump with a calm well of wisdom. Good-humored, occasionally grumpy, he is something of a father figure to the entire tribe.
He received his name when Bearclaw watched his friend stand like an “ol’ tree stump” during a troll ambush. The strongest wolfrider, Treestump’s thickly muscled frame hides a vulnerable side, too — especially when it comes to safekeeping his tribe and the memories that do remain with him. Treestump was consumed by grief when his Recognized mate, Rillfisher, was killed by a falling branch, leaving him to raise their young daughter, Dewshine. Years later, Clearbrook gradually came to fill the space in Treestump’s life left by Rillfisher’s death. It took time, patience and healing to leave the way open for this second lifemating. Since then, the two elders have been inseparable.
While he is the eldest male Wolfrider, the others do not see Treestump as “over-the-hill.” Like a good whiskey, his character only deepens with age. He isn’t without a humorous side, and is willing to take as much teasing as he dishes out.
When the Wolfriders returned to the Father Tree Holt, they no longer could depend on trolls to forge brightmetal weapons. With Clearbrook’s help, and some tutoring from Two-Edge, Treestump has mastered the art of forging and blacksmithing in the caverns formerly occupied by Greymung‘s troll subjects.