The Rigante were a tribe of the Keltoi people. They led a natural lifestyle and had a rich culture and religion which emphasised a closeness to the earth and living in balance with nature.
In the Rigante culture, boys were traditionally given names consisting of their own name and their father's name combined into a single word. Ruathain, for example, meant "Ru son of Thain", Connavar meant "Conn son of Var", whereas Varaconn was the direct opposite, "Var son of Conn".
Rigante children were also traditionally given soul-names. While a mother gave birth to her child, the father would climb the Elder Mountain and await an omen which would inspire the choice of a soul-name. Some examples of Rigante soul-names are "Eagle in the Moonlight" and "Sword in the Storm".
- Sword in the Storm, Chapter One