When Richard and his Mord-Sith guardian first approached the Wizard's Keep in Aydindril, they were startled by sudden, inexplicable disruptions in the stony plain around the Keep; almost as if something large and invisible was cutting through the stone. Terrified of what they could not see, Richard and the Mord Sith fled into the Keep. Much later in the story, Richard re-encounters the mysterious "terror" with Kahlan by his side. Richard is horrified when Kahlan approaches the unseen anomaly, only to witness her scratching and playing with the creature as if it were a puppy. Kahlan explains that the stone hound was summoned by the Wizard Giller in order to frighten a particularly curious and persistent individual away from the Wizard's Keep, which was dangerous and off-limits to most ungifted people.
- Blood of the Fold (First appearance)