Strength of a River in his Shoulders, which Harry Dresden shortens to River Shoulders, is a male Bigfoot, friend and client of Dresden's. He first appears in "B is for Bigfoot".

Description[edit | edit source]

As a Sasquatch of the Three Stars Forest People, he is massive, tall, heavily muscled, and covered with shaggy brown fur. His proportions are slightly inhuman, his face broad, blunt, and brow-ridged, which dwarfs his eyes.[1] He likes to smoke, and, like all of his kind, he is very patient. He sired Irwin Pounder, by Dr. Helena Pounder.[2]

In the series[edit | edit source]

"B is for Bigfoot"[edit | edit source]

In "B is for Bigfoot", he arranges to meet Harry Dresden in the forest - the wizard playing host at a campfire - and arranges for Dresden to check on his son Irwin Pounder.[2]

"I Was a Teenage Bigfoot"[edit | edit source]

In "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot", he meets Harry Dresden at a campfire in the forest, where a group of students led by Dr. Sinor attempts to attract a Bigfoot. Upon his arrival, Dresden scares the group away in a practical joke, he comments that the wizard has an underdeveloped sense of humor. He asks him again to check on his son which encounters some trouble at school.[1]

"Bigfoot on Campus"[edit | edit source]

In "Bigfoot on Campus", he and Harry Dresden again meet outdoors at a campfire, around a dinner of steak, McAnally's Pale Ale and a cigar. River Shoulders asks for the third time that Dresden checks on Irwin, and this time Dresden asks as a payment that father and son finally meet.[3]

Peace Talks[edit | edit source]

In Peace Talks, he meets Harry Dresden at the Brighter Future Society, the meeting place for the namesake peace talks. He informs Dresden that he and his people decided to join the Accords after - and because of - the events in Bigfoot on Campus. When asked why, he tells Dresden it was to get the chance to repay him. He then warns Dresden that his cousin, Blood on His Soul, is in fact alive, saying he saw him less than a month prior. Following this warning, Dresden gets the two of them to a quiet place to talk, and River Shoulders explains the history and factions of his people. He implies to Dresden that he's an empath, tells him that he was born around the same time as the tale of Beowulf, and offers Dresden to teach him more. Dresden asks if he's serious, to which River Shoulders responds that Listens-to-Wind, who he taught, told him Dresden would be a good investment.[4]

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