Kirkhusas are dog-like creatures that resemble large otters, usually kept as pets or guard animals throughout the Stillness. While they are generally herbivorous and friendly, during a Fifth Season they undergo a change that makes them carnivorous and sometimes violent towards humans.
Kirkhusa Term Timeline in The Fifth Season
The timeline below shows where the term Kirkhusa appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: you walk beside the beast
...the woman freezes as she steps out the door. In front of her is a kirkhusa, a large dog-like creature that people keep as pets. Kirkhusas are usually friendly, easily-trainable, and... (full context)
Chapter 13: you’re on the trail
...be human (although orogenes aren’t technically considered human either). When she asks him about the kirkhusa he refuses to explain, saying only that he wants Essun to still like him. As... (full context)