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"I must return to the Centre. I can no longer resist the call, though I know it will mean my death. My bones will serve the Hive. I am content."
— Rigane[1]

Biographical information
Alternative name(s)

Rigane the Mad




Near the Shifting Sands


Unknown (deceased)



Cause of death

Perished in the Shifting Sands

Physical description




Chronological and political information

Studied the Shifting Sands

First appearance

The Shifting Sands (mentioned)

Last appearance

The Deltora Book of Monsters (mentioned)

Rigane, called Rigane "the Mad" by the people of her tribe, was a Deltoran and Mere woman who had lived next to the Shifting Sands and studied it and particularly the Sand Beasts for forty years before she died giving her own body to the Hive. In fact, almost all of what is known of the Sand Beasts was written down by Rigane.[1]


Rigane devoted her life to learning all she could about the Shifing Sands and the creatures that inhabited them, namely Sand Beasts. Most information known about Sand Beasts came from her notes, sketches and observations. Because she lived in a hut besides the Sands for over forty years, she was able to view the Sands and their denizens in their natural state. She also made five journeys into the Sands in order to research them more closely. On these journeys she wore special clothing of her own design: a cloak camouflaged to match the sand and large shoes made of woven cane to minimise the vibrations created by walking on the dunes. Almost all known facts about the Sand Beasts, or Terreocti, was written by Rigane. Rigane understood the true nature of the Sands and the Hive, and thus felt drawn to the Centre.[1]

Shifting sands sign

Rigane's warning stone.

Before her sixth and final journey, Rigane carved a warning and a rhyme on a large stone outside the Sands, warning travellers of the dangers of the Sands. Rigane never returned from her sixth journey into the Sands. In a note she left behind with all her life's work, she said that the call to the Centre had become too strong, and although this journey would be her death, she was content to let her bones serve the Hive.[1]


Rigane's notes on the Sand Beassts were reproduced in The Deltora Annals and some of them and part of her life's work was outlined in The Deltora Book of Monsters written by the chief palace librarian, Josef, in the time of his exile from the palace, in the 35th year of King Alton's reign.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rodda, Emily. The Deltora Book of Monsters. Scholastic Australia. 2001.