Ribs was an old herding dog owned by Rancept, the castellan of Tulla Hold. He was at least twelve years old with a grey muzzle, oversized ears, and a narrow, fox-like head. His long, disheveled fur was grey-black and snarled with burrs and filth, and he was slightly cross-eyed.
He had a preternatural intelligence that allowed him to work as a scout for Rancept as well or better than any human. He seemed to understand Rancept's speech and, if Rancept was believed, could communicate back through a wag of the tail or the droop of an ear.
Rancept used Ribs to help him and Sukul Ankhadu locate the Urusander's Legion raiders that attacked Orfantal's caravan on Tulla lands. Later Ribs was discovered ensnarled on a river bank by Grizzin Farl, who rescued him and renamed him "Providence". Ribs returned the favor by leading the Azathanai to an unoccupied camp site before nightfall.