Patryns are a race of beings in Margaret Weis
and Tracy Hickman
series of novels titled The Death Gate Cycle
. The Patryns were cast into the Labyrinth
by their counterpart race, the Sartan
. Both races are capable of casting powerful magic
through the use of runes
, although they perform the magic differently. The Sartan
sing and dance their runes
, and the Patryns write them.
These beings consider themselves gods
that are worshipped by the mensch
. In their battles over control of the mensch and the world, the Sartan made the decision to imprison the Patryns and then to sunder the Earth into four worlds made up of the basic elements: Fire
, and Air
The Patryns are characterized by brown hair with white tips, and blue runes tatooed over their bodies, except on their faces, on their palms, fingers, and the soles of their feet.