The Sorcerer's Conspectus:

A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

by Lotsawatts

Races of Witch World ~ Scaled Ones


Scaled Ones are first introduced in Three Against the Witch World.

Appearance: Scaled ones look like jewel-scaled or rainbow-scaled lizard whose front feet work as hands. In Trey of Swords Tsali is mentioned as having a crest and capable of both two-legged and four-legged movement. Their heads are larger and more rounded than a normal lizard's to accommodate a larger brain.

Living Area(s): Valley of Green Silences, Escore and possibly The Waste

Life Span: It's unknown how long they live. They could have a fairly long lifespan, however.

Power: Scaled Ones can communicate telepathically, what else they can do is largely unmentioned.1

Other: Scaled Ones seem to serve as sentries to the Valley of Green Silences. It's mentioned in Three Against the Witch World that they are led by a chieftain. Crytha in Trey of Swords thinks of Tsali as a "Lizard man" and his people as "Lizard folk" which may also be an appropriate name for their race. It's possible they also live in the Were-Riders' forest in The Waste as Kerovan catches glimpses of lizard type creatures there (in Gryphon in Glory) who seem to act as sentries for the Weres.

1. Tsali in Trey of Swords can rune read and has a bag of glowing rocks, though whether the latter are directly connected to a specific Power of his is unclear.

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Formatted and Edited by Jay Watts ~ May, 2022

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