Characters: Malazan Book of the Fallen

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     Malazan Empire — The High Command 

Empress Laseen

'An empire is greater than any lone mortal– An empire enforces its own necessities, makes demands in the name of duty – and that particular burden is something you, as a soldier, most certainly understand.'

Empress Laseen is the ruler of the Malazan Empire as of the start of Gardens of the Moon. She used to be part of the Old Guard — Emperor Kellanved's closest allies, the imperial 'family' — and helped build the empire, but eventually took over. Depending on who's talking, she either was a server at a tavern, Napan royalty, or both.
  • Action Girl: Laseen is a master assassin and can hold her own in combat. In Return of the Crimson Guard, she fights an armed and armoured Avowed barehanded.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: As a Napan, Laseen has blue skin.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Laseen was the founder and leader of the Claw even before she took the throne, and can kick ass with the best of them.
  • Badass Normal: Although many of the Old Guard qualify, she still lives in a world where Gods and Ascendants meddle in mortal affairs, and contrary to her predecessor, Laseen is not a mage, but simply a very skilled fighter.
  • Bad Boss: Less villainous, more incompetent, as becomes apparent as the story advances. A case of We Have Reserves, especially in Return of the Crimson Guard.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Laseen prefers unadorned and simple clothing and surroundings, and fights barehanded.
  • Bastard Understudy: To Emperor Kellanved and Dancer, both of whom she assassinated — after building her own Secret Police to circumvent Dancer's Talon, the empire's other Secret Police organization.
  • Becoming the Mask: Zig-zagged. Whether she kept to the original Napan plan, really became Kellanved's understudy and bought into the imperial dream, or betrayed everyone depends on who's talking.
  • Bus Crash: For those who haven't read Return of the Crimson Guard, the news of Laseen's death comes out of nowhere in Dust of Dreams.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Possibly. Laseen may have bitten off more than she could chew, and ends up seemingly powerless in the face of all of the empire's problems, as well as getting blamed for everything.
  • The Chessmaster: Subverted. She has a reputation as one, but it crumbles, until she ends up trapped and usurped by Mallick Rel, who's a much better poster boy for the trope.
  • Deceptive Disciple: What were Laseen's motives? Admiral Nok implies that the Napans planned to use Kellanved to destroy the Untan hegemony from the very beginning, and Kellanved's imperial ambitions just came in handy, and eventually, by getting rid of Kellanved, Laseen just took the Napan cause to it's penultimate conclusion. Except she didn't tell her co-conspirators, who had become loyal to the Empire.
  • The Empress: ..of the Malazan Empire, complete with the bad reputation.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: She means well, but possibly bit off more than she could chew, and ends up seeming rather incompetent.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: She outmaneuvered everyone, keeping her plans secret even from her closest allies (the other Napans), and got outmaneuvered herself by Mallick Rel.
  • I Can Rule Alone: Possibly, see Deceptive Disciple.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Her rationalization for pretty much everything she does — assassinating Emperor Kellanved and Dancer, the death of Dassem Ultor, the culling of the nobility, etc.
    Empress Laseen: An empire is greater than any lone mortal—
  • Karmic Death: She rose to power through assassination, and she herself is assassinated in Return of the Crimson Guard.
  • Meaningful Name: Used to be known as Surly, which described her personality and demeanor quite well. She also apparently worked as a bar maid using that name.
  • Meaningful Rename: Laseen means Thronemaster in Napan. She took the name shortly before taking the throne. Doubly meaningful if her being Napan royalty is true.
  • Professional Killer: Laseen is the founder of the Claw, and served as their leader.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Kellanved took her in, gave her a job and raised her as his understudy, yet Laseen still turned on him. Possibly subverted in that she may have had good intentions, with Kellanved having been a great conqueror, but potentially a less great ruler.
  • Uriah Gambit: Laseen demotes Whiskeyjack and sends him and the Bridgeburners, the old Emperor's loyal favourites, to fight a hopeless war on Genabackis. Though subverted as the fact that it got most of them killed was Tayschrenn's doing.
  • The Usurper: Laseen was in change while Emperor Kellanved and Dancer were off exploring, but decided to finalize her position upon their return.

Adjunct Lorn

High Mage Tayschrenn: 'The woman named Lorn, the woman who once was a child, who once had a family, that woman does not exist. She ceased to exist the day she became the Adjunct.'

Adjunct Lorn is the right hand of Empress Laseen. She takes it upon herself to find out what caused the massacre in Itko Kan, and takes Ganoes Paran under her wing. She is killed at the end of Gardens of the Moon, and Tavore Paran takes her place.
  • Action Girl: That sword at her side is not just for show, and thanks to her Claw training, she can hold her own in combat.
  • Anti-Magic: The Adjunct's sword of office is made of Otataral, a magic-negating ore.
  • Beneath the Mask: Double Subverted. As Adjunct, there's an expectation that Lorn's real personality would take the backseat to her persona as Adjunct and right hand of the Empress. Except Lorn is the Adjunct — indoctrinated from a young age to serve the Empress. The young woman named Lorn never had a chance to emerge. But then she meets Tattersail and it's revealed, to Lorn's own surprise, that she never grew past the girl who witnessed the massacre in the Mouse Quarter.
  • Broken Bird: Lorn is likely not much older than Ganoes Paran, whom she calls young and assigns to her own staff, but is all-around the detached, professional soldier and Adjunct to the Empress. But when accidentally confronted with her past, she loses all common sense.
  • Cool Sword: Her longsword, which is also a sign of her office, is made of Otataral, a magic-negating ore.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Deconstructed. When confronted with the death of her family during the riot in the Mouse Quarter of Malaz City and her childhood in the Claw, who kept the fact of her family's death from her for years, she is reminded by both Dujek Onearm and Tayschrenn that her past ceased to matter the moment she became the Adjunct.
  • The Dragon: Lorn shares the duty with Topper, but as Master of the Claw Topper is much less visible than the Adjunct.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: After trying to kill the Coin Bearer, Lorn is murdered in a back alley by Meese and Irilta, two Phoenix Inn regulars. She lampshades the irony herself when Paran finds her:
    Adjunct Lorn: Do you see... the irony, Ganoes Paran? No... glorious end... for the Adjunct.
  • Empty Shell: In the course of Gardens of the Moon, Lorn comes to realise that she is nothing beyond her Adjunct persona — the woman behind the mask has no ambitions, opinions or personality.
  • Harmful to Minors: As a child, Lorn witnessed the riot in the Mouse Quarter when the mage cadre sent to deal with illegal magic lost control and the army had to be sent in as well.
  • Heel Realization: Lorn has a crisis of faith when she realises the Empress may not be as great as she believed, and that, by extention, this also applies to her cause.
  • Mouth of Sauron: The Adjunct is the extention of the Empress's will and voice.
  • Redemption Rejection: Tool offers Lorn a chance to join him instead of returning to the Empire, but she decides to continue with her mission, and gets herself killed as a result.
  • Tragic Villain: Lorn follows her orders without questions asked, as the Empress is always right, but not because she particularly enjoys it. This causes Ganoes Paran to come to see her as a villain, especially in the face of her willingness to release the Jaghut Tyrant just to win Darujhistan. She eventually realises how expendable she is to the Empress, but by then it's too late.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: Her Otataral sword is especially effective against mages, due to its magic-negating properties.

Adjunct Tavore Paran

'The gods can have their war. We will not be used, not by them, not by anyone. I do not care how history judges us — I hope that's well understood.'
Dust of Dreams

Tavore Paran is the middle child of the noble House Paran (specializing in the trade of wine and horses), a year younger than her brother Ganoes and three years older than her sister Felisin. She has a habit of trying to make up for what she perceives as Ganoes' failings. Upon his fall from grace and the death of Adjunct Lorn, she is chosen by Empress Laseen as the new Adjunct. Like the other two children of House Paran, Tavore is central to the events of the series.
  • Anti-Hero: Adjunct Tavore lacks pretty much all typical heroic traits, and is a loner whose motives are rather questionable for most of the series, going so far as to openly admit — in a rare moment of saying something — that she expects her army, the Bonehunters, to die unwitnessed for a cause they know nothing about. Turns out Tavore is planted firmly on the idealistic side and intends to right an ancient wrong even if it costs the lives of all her soldiers and makes her look like the villain.
  • Butch Lesbian: Tavore wears her hair short, no make-up or other adornments, prefers practical clothes and armour, and is a scholar of war. In contrast, her lover T'amber leans towards Lipstick Lesbian.
  • The Chessmaster: Tavore is responsible for a huge part of the latter half of the series, and even other chessmasters like Shadowthrone fail to see through her plans. Even her brother Ganoes Paran can only shrug and trust in his sister.
    Ganoes Paran: Think of all the great military leaders – Dassem, Coltaine, K'azz, Dujek, Greymane – for what it is worth, I would pit my sister against any of them. Gods below, against all of them.
  • Child Prodigy: According to Ganoes Paran, in regards to military strategy. By the age of five, Tavore knew all there was to know from history books and scrolls. By the age of seven, she was able to defeat visiting High Fists in mock battles, and later again, she went on to take the sides of the losing parties in historic battles and device ways for them to win.
  • Defector from Decadence: Renounces her noble roots and betrays the nobility to the Empress, resulting in the culling of the noble houses and many noble either killed or deported into slavery. However, the nobility were getting a bit too comfortable with buying military posts and indulgences, and thus indirectly destroying the empire from the inside. Later on, she does it again, this time renouncing her allegiance to Empress Laseen and taking her whole army with her. To be fair, though, Laseen betrayed her first.
  • The Dragon: Like Adjunct Lorn, whose place she takes, Tavore Paran is Empess Laseen's right hand. However, she also is a..
  • Dragon with an Agenda: ..and that agenda goes far beyond what a mortal should be able to achieve, and far beyond the borders of the Malazan Empire. She wants to right the anchient wrong that is the imprisonment of the Crippled God, all because she feels compassion for him. Even the gods are appalled.
  • The Dutiful Daughter: Subverted. In Gardens of the Moon, this is what Tavore seems to be — when Ganoes returns home between assignments, she gives him a talking to for running off to join the army. Then, after Paran's falling from grace and Adjunct Lorn's death, she takes on the position of Adjunct to restore the family's honour. Except that this is hinted to have been the moment she decided there's no kill like overkill and hedged her plan to safe the world.
  • Emotionless Girl: Justified, then deconstructed. Tavore has a mission she set upon herself and any show of emotion that might distract from that is unwelcome — including the death of her lover, T'amber. However, part of why she sets out to cross half the world and free the Crippled God is due to guilt over what happened to Felisin and — of all things — compassion, and what it gets her is the suspicion and dislike of her troops and allies, to whom she remains an enigma. When, in The Crippled God, Deadsmell gets a glance at all that she keeps locked inside, he has a minor BSOD.
  • Four-Star Badass: Zig-Zagged. For the majority of the series, people keep questioning what qualifies Tavore Paran to lead an army, as she is young and untested. Then the full range of her abilities, plans and motivations is revealed. Also, in contrast to Adjunct Lorn, Tavore is actually in charge of an army, while we only ever saw Lorn interact with a few underlings.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Deconstructed. Tavore is the older, smarter and plain sister, and Felisin the younger, prettier and shallower one. They still love each other, but it spirals completely out of control when Tavore becomes the Adjunct and has Felisin shipped off to the Otataral mines as a slave. She perceives this as the lesser of two evils, but naturally, Felisin disagrees and vows to kill Tavore.
  • Hidden Depths: It takes time to peel all the layers away. At first, Tavore seems like a ruthless noble who betrayed her own, including her family, to further her own ambitions. Then she is shown to have planned Felisin's rescue all along, but comes off as an inexperienced commander. Except she is actually the strategist. Who betrays the Empress for unexplained, possibly personal goals. Of course, those goals are to save the world. At which she might even have outmaneuvered Shadowthrone and Cotillion. And then there's her connection to the Talon, and the fact she wears a Talon necklace in the final battle of the series.
  • No Social Skills: Either because she naturally lacks social skills, or because she cannot be bothered with niceties, Tavore comes off as rather ungraceful, to put it mildly. Even for a military commander.
  • Plain Jane: Every time Tavore is described, particular attention is given to how drab, grey, unattractive and even seemingly sexless she is, seemingly lacking in personality.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Tavore has this with both Felisin and Ganoes, who are more like each other than like Tavore. Especially Ganoes is the idealistic dreamer who sets out to become a hero by joining the army, while Tavore is the down-to-earth strategist concerned with family honour.
  • The Strategist: Used to be a Child Prodigy in this area, and was the pre-eminent scholar on imperial war even before she became the Adjunct. Downplayed insofar as she neither looks nor acts the part, and only a few people are in the know.
  • Undying Loyalty: Averted. Due to a combination of her perceived inexperience, an army composed of Shell Shocked Veterans and New Meat, and Tavore's own utter lack of charisma, it takes a long time before her army trusts her.
  • The Unfettered: Tavore Paran has set before her a goal, and she will sacrifice whatever needs be — herself, her reputation, her army of thousands of soldiers, as well as her allies — to achieve it.

High Fist Dujek Onearm

Adjunct Lorn: 'Dujek is not just one man. Right now he's ten thousand, and in a year's time he'll be twenty-five thousand. He doesn't yield when you push, does he?'

Dujek Onearm is the Commander of the Malazan 2nd Army, also known as Onearm's Host. He was a young lad when he joined Kellanved's and Dancer's group and thus was part of the 'family', the Old Guard, with which the old Emperor conquered Malaz Island and later several continents.
  • A Father to His Men: A textbook example, and when, after the siege of Pale, attempts are made on his life, his soldiers volunteer to guard his back at all times, even against his wish.
  • Cool Old Guy: Dujek is the oldest acting commander in the military, and has a no-nonsense attitude while still remaining approacheable and relatable to his soldiers.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In The Bonehunters, Dujek dies offscreen from the plague.
  • Handicapped Badass: Missing one arm in no way impinges on his ability to keep things under control and everyone on their toes, if need be. It does make shaving difficult, though.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To the extreme. Dujek always takes the reasonable approach, but that also means allowing the culling of Pale's nobility, if that is what's needed to keep the alliance with the Moranth and the conquered city under control. Unfortunately, Pale's Hall of Records burning down was a tragic mishap.

High Mage Tayschrenn


Fist Coltaine

  • Badass
  • Mercy Kill: Delivered to him by a Malazan marksman to release his soul and spare him the shame of being crucified.
  • Messianic Archetype: So, so much.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The leader of the Wickan tribes in service to the empire.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Escorted 30,000 Malazan refugees across the worst desert in the world, under constant attack from dozens of different armies and in constant danger of starvation. His reward? To be abandoned by his superiors and crucified right outside the walls of Aren. Most of the refugees were Ungrateful Bastards as well.
  • The Stoic

     Malazan Empire — The Old Guard 

Dassem Ultor/Traveller

     Malazan Empire — The Bridgeburners 

Captain Ganoes Paran

  • Blessed with Suck: How he sees the intervention of various gods in his life.
  • Can't Stay Normal: Whether it's falling for a mage, being used by the Adjunct, gaining a sword blessed by Oponn, absorbing the blood of a Hound of Shadow, or becoming Master of the Deck Paran cannot seem to stay away from the supernatural.
  • The Chosen One: Becomes Master of the Deck of Dragons in Memories of Ice, a position he'd really rather avoid.
  • Cool Sword: For a while. His sword, Chance was blessed/cursed by Oponn.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One
  • Nice Guy

Sergeant Whiskeyjack / Iskar Jarak

Corporal Kalam Mekhar

Quick Ben / Ben Adaephon Delat

  • Defector from Decadence: A former High Priest of Shadow.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Shadowthrone, Hood, the Crippled God, Quick Ben's made a very long list of powerful enemies, and doesn't seem to mind in the least.
    [...] Of course he was hiding secrets. Of course he was playing unseen games. He was Quick Ben, the last surviving wizard of the Bridgeburners. He thought outwitting gods was fun. [...]
  • Insufferable Genius: Occasionally. Though he's usually right.
  • Mind Hive: Has twelve souls inside of him, but claims they've reached some kind of accord regarding who gets the say-so. Considering Voice of the Legion below, there's still stuff to talk about, though.
  • Scary Black Man: Black-skinned, and pretty damn scary. Even if he's on your side.
  • The Smart Guy: For the Bridgeburners and the Malazan Army in general. It's been said that if Kruppe is one of the smartest people in the world, than Quick Ben is only a step behind him. A short one, mind you.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: After Quick Ben unleashes half of his warrens (sources of magical power) to blast Korbal Broach through a wall, Bauchelain, partner of the aforementioned Korbal Broach, notes that Quick Ben's power is most impressive, but that, in retrospect, he ought to have saved at least half his warrens.
    "But Bauchelain," replies Quick Ben, "I did."
    He then blows Bauchelain through the wall too.
  • Taking You with Me: Quick Ben goes out in a literal blaze of glory in Dust of Dreams unleashing all his magic at once to eliminate part of a attacking Nah-ruk invasion force. It doesn't help the Bridgeburners much...
    • It also doesn't stick.
  • The Trickster: Definitely has some aspects of this trope. He alters his plans easily, and plays with mortals, Ascendants and gods with equal ease.
    • "He was Quick Ben. He thought outwitting gods was fun." (Dust of Dreams)
  • Underestimating Badassery: People and gods do this to Quick Ben a lot. It doesn't usually end well for them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kalam.
  • Voice of the Legion: Another character notices that he tends to mutter to himself in different voices.
  • Voodoo Doll: Plays with them. Hairlock might count as one as well.




Crokus Younghand/Cutter

Rallick Nom



  • The Casanova
  • Informed Ability: We're often told that Murillio is extremely skilled with the rapier. Usually right before (or as) someone or something kicks his ass.
  • Killed Off for Real: And rather pointlessly to boot.
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: His death serves only to force Cutter to kill Gorlas Vidikas, which is in and of itself, completely irrelevant to the overall plot of both the entire series, and Toll the Hounds.


Alchemist Baruk

Lady Simtal


Bellam Nom

     Caladan Brood's Forces 

Warlord Caladan Brood

Kallor, The High King

  • 0% Approval Rating: Apparently how his people felt about him during his stint as The Emperor.
  • Age Without Youth: Were it not for his use of Century Candles, Kallor would be too decrepit to move.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He wants power, no matter what the price.
  • Badass
  • Beard of Evil
  • BFS: Not an extreme example, but Kallor's bastard sword is a two-hander and is repeatedly described as "huge", "enormous" and so on.
  • Commander Contrarian: Rarely agrees with the strategy suggested by the Alliance.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Subverted. Being cursed to live forever sounds great, but with the continuous aging, and Failure Is the Only Option subclause, it really, really appears to suck for him.
  • Determinator: Demonstrates some aspects of this in Toll The Hounds.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Three gods cursed Kallor to live forever and never Ascend. He cursed them back. And it worked.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Betrays Brood to The Crippled God for a chance at killing Silverfox.
    "If you call it a sudden reversal of strategy, the sting fades."
  • Elderly Immortal
  • The Emperor: He called himself The High King, but he's much closer to this trope, specifically the Evil Overlord/ General Ripper variant.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: A part of his curse.
    "Kallor Eiderann Tes'thesula each time you rise you shall than fall. All that you achieve shall turn to dust in your hands. As you have willfully done here, so shall it be visited upon you in all that you do."
  • Famed In-Story
  • Gone Horribly Right: Kallor's curse did exactly what it was supposed to do. It made him an even bigger SOB.
  • Hero Killer: Clearly has this status by Toll the Hounds.
  • Immortality Hurts: Although he'll deny it to the end.
  • Jerkass
  • Lone Dalek: In Toll the Hounds, where the degree that Kallor's life has sucked becomes apparent. It's almost entirely his own fault, but you can still feel a certain amount of pity for him.
  • Master Swordsman: In one hundred thousand years, Kallor has never been defeated. Caladan Brood notes that this is at least partly because he picks his opponents well.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Kallor is fully aware that he is a spiteful, vicious minded bastard, who takes out his frustrations on everyone around him. He also believes that Humans Are Bastards, and that as such, his tyranny and brutality are not only justified, but the norm.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Everybody mocked Kallor as a bullying braggart. Right up until he joins with the Crippled God and performs an epic backstab on Brood's forces. Averted in Toll the Hounds where he approaches near Hero Killer status.
  • Number Two: Serves as Brood's second-in-command.
  • Precision F-Strike: Twice during his duel with Spinnock Durav in Toll the Hounds.
  • Pride: Kallor is arrogant, prone to overestepping his bounds, and very touchy about insults to his person. And then there's the whole, "allowing a continent to die rather than relinquishing control of it" thing, and the obsession with power and becoming an Ascendant.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's older than most Ascendants, despite being completely mortal. He was cursed over 120 000 years ago and is still alive and kicking.
  • Sanity Slippage: Seems to have suffered some between Memories of Ice and Toll the Hounds.
  • Time Abyss
  • Turncoat

     Tiste Andii 

Mother Dark

The goddess of the Tiste Andii, theological opposite and possibly wife of Father Light, god of the Tiste Liosan. Turned away from her children millenia ago following an unspecified betrayal Anomander Rake, and possibly others.

Anomander Rake

Lord of Moon's Spawn, leader of the Tiste Andii, wielder of Dragnipur, eldest son of Mother Dark metaphorically; Andarist is older than him, Knight of High House Dark, and all-around badass, he initially opposes the Malazan Empire's invasion of Genabackis, before allying with Dujek Onearm to take on the Crippled God's forces. He has a long-standing alliance with Caladan Brood.




Spinnock Durav

Silchas Ruin

Annomander Rake's brother, Silchas Ruin is the youngest of Mother Dark's children, and cruelest. Having been betrayed and sealed by Scabandari Bloodeye, one-time leader of the Tiste Edur, he has sworn to have his revenge on Bloodeye and his kin.

Nimander Golit

Son of Anomander Rake and the leader of the small group of remaining Tiste Andii youths who used to live on Drift Avalii, beneath Andarist's supervision.


Sister to Nimander.


A Tiste Andii from Bluerose.

     Tiste Liosan 


Eldest son of Father Light, and ruler of the Tiste Liosan, Osseric was the counterpart, rival, and former companion of Anomander Rake. The Champion of High House Light, worshipped as a god by the Tiste Liosan, and a famed figure within the Malazan mythos, Osseric has long since withdrawn from the world and has no desire to interact with it.

High Mage L'oric

Osseric's son by an unnamed Ascendent, and a powerful mage in his own right. He becomes involved in the Apocalypse Army's plans, though prefers to avoid fighting.

     Tiste Edur 

Tiste Edur

The Tiste Edur are one of the three Tiste peoples originally alien to the series' main Realm, which according to the prequel trilogy may or may not have once been all one realm. They are considered the Children of Shadow, the unwelcome product of a conjoining of Dark and Light, and thus looked down upon by both the Tiste Andii and the Tiste Liosan. After a civil war that shattered their home realm, they fled Kurald Emurlahn under the leadership of Scabandari Bloodeye, whom they now worship as Father Shadow, and — after defeating the locally settled K'Chain Che'Malle — settled on the continent of Lether. Due to a deliberate distortion of the history of this event, they now consider themselves to be the victims of a betrayal by Silchas Ruin and his Tiste Andii followers. What really happened was the opposite.
  • Barbarian Longhair: The Tiste Edur, especially the warriors, let their hair grow long and are variously described as barbaric looking to others.
  • Braids of Barbarism: Their Barbarian Longhair often takes the form of this, and when a warrior is cast out completely, he is Shorn — that is, his hair is shaved off and the scalp treated with an unguent that prevents it from ever growing back.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Braids, Shells and Sealskins, more precisely, as the Edur live in the northern climate and near the coast, but they are the closest thing the series has to a Native American Fantasy Counterpart Culture.
  • Blind Obedience: They blindly follow their traditions, and as a consequence whoever is in charge. Also, Father Shadow can do no wrong, but unfortunately, he's not around anymore.
  • Blood Knight: Prone to becoming this due to inborn blood lust.
  • Casting a Shadow: While Kurald Emurlahn has been shattered and sealed, thanks to Shadow being its own elemental force the Tiste Edur retain some access to their shadow-themed magic.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Grey-skinned, in contrast to the midnight-skinned Tiste Andii and porcelain-skinned Tiste Liosan.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Most Edur eventually become this during the course of the story, as they have nowhere else to go and speaking up is no good idea. It helps, of course, that they are naturally inclined to blood lust.
  • Culture Justifies Anything: Deconstructed. Slavery, Aggressive Categorism, looking down on others because of their place in that society, others falling by the wayside, it's all Inherent in the System. It's usually subdued, but as Udinaas remarks on several occasions, all's well only until someone does something wrong, and the Edur are Not So Different from their neighbouring Letherii.
  • Have You Seen My God?: Depending on the point of view, Father Shadow either disappeared or abandoned his children. Of course, while some know where his body can be found, that does not account for his soul.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Again, deconstructed. Pretty much every Tiste Edur point-of-view character shows what this can do to people, whether they buy into it, e.g. Fear Sengar, or not, e.g. Trull Sengar.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Thanks to their rigid social structure, the Tiste Edur become this after Rhulad Sengar proclaims himself Emperor. Some like it, others less so.
  • Women's Mysteries: The women are the ones who keep the true records of their history, while the warriors get watered down and diluted versions. This is deconstructed by the reader being aware of what really happened from the beginning of the book, and by how irrelevant their secret knowledge evetually is. Shurq Elalle points out in Reaper's Gale how Tiste Edur women seem to be "completely useless mystics of some sort".

Scabandari Bloodeye

One-time leader of the Tiste Edur, Scabandari led the Tiste exodus from Kurald Galain in the company of Silchas Ruin. Coming to a new world, Scabandari betrayed Silchas, and was himself slain by the Elder Gods Kilimandaros and Mael.

Fear Sengar

First son of the Sengar family.
  • Aloof Big Brother
  • The Ace: How his family saw him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To all of his brothers, but especially towards Trull.
  • Honor Before Reason: After having lost his betrothed to Rhulad because he had not the guts to speak up, he latches onto Seren Pedac in a desperate attempt to protect her despite everyone's conviction that Trull is already dead anyway.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • The Stoic: His emotions are all subtle and bottled up, but when they do show they are so subtle, only Trull seems to be aware of them, and even he does not notice the really deeply hidden ones.

Trull Sengar

Second son of the Sengar family.
  • Aggressive Categorism: A much milder version than most Tiste Edur, but at the start of Midnight Tides Trull still categorically dismisses Rhulad because the latter is 'an unblooded pup', remarks how Ahlrada Ahn has risen above his heritage despite being the son of a Tiste Andii slave and has serious trouble reconciling Udinaas' intelligence and his being a slave. He gets better.
  • Badass: The first person to ever successfully hold off Icarium Lifestealer.
  • Blade on a Stick: His spear is his favourite weapon.
  • Broken Messiah: Everyone who ever encounters Trull sees him as humble, compassionate, courageous, and so on, but he himself is all too aware of his own perceived failings; seeing not just too much, but — as he believes — all the wrong things, passing judgement based on prejudices, being indecisive and easily deceived because he trusts people to be honest, and so forth...
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Despair Event Horizon: Reaches it in Midnight Tides when he realises with finality that whatever happened cannot be undone and the Tiste Edur have changed irreversibly — but he himself hasn't.
  • The Ditherer: Results from his constant doubts. He can't seem to be able to make up his mind about Rhulad, what to about the events that swap his people away and later about what to do with his life.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    Trull: I was ever the worrier. I do not see too much, I see only the wrong things. And so the fault is mine, within me. I need to remain mindful of that.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation:
    Onrack: 'It is your way, my friend, to disarm your own achievements.'
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: ..prior to his permanent Traumatic Haircut in the prologue of House of Chains, which also gives him a..
  • Mark of Shame: the form of a distinct scar on the forehead.
  • The Power of Friendship: With Onrack.
  • Trauma Button: A whole parade of them; anything that reminds him of what happened pre (and including) his Shorning, but especially anything that reminds him of Seren Pedac and his family.

Binadas Sengar

Third son of the Sengar family.

Rhulad Sengar

Fourth and youngest son of the Sengar family.
See High House Chains

Tomad Sengar

Patriarch of the Sengar family.


Matriarch of the Sengar family.
  • Almighty Mom
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Women's Mysteries: Uruth is one of the principal magic-users of her tribe and also a leading figure among the tribe's women, who are responsible for keeping the secrets of the Tiste Edur's true history.

Hannan Mosag, The Warlock King

Ahlrada Ahn

A Tiste Edur who, like Trull Sengar, opposed the Wars of Unification. He is said to be the child of a slave from Bluerose, and thus a half-blood. Actually, Ahlrada Ahn is a full-blooded Tiste Andii who serves as a spy among the Tiste Edur.

Kagamandra Tulas Shorn

     Imass / T'lan Imass 

Onos Too'lan

  • Bad Ass: Yes he's undead. Yes he has a host of advantages related to being undead. And yet, Tool is still incredibley Bad Ass.
  • Berserk Button: Tool doesn't have a lot of friends. Don't hurt the ones he has.
  • Cool Sword: A huge, enchanted flint sword.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: As a T'lan Imass, Tool can surive anything short of beheading or total dismemberment. It's not surprising, therefore, that these kind of tactics feature prominently in his playbook.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Like most of the T'lan Imass, Tool regularly shrugs off crippling injuries, just to remind us that, yes, he is undead.
  • Implacable Man: Comes with being a T'lan Imass, although even by their standards he's pretty damn hard to stop.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As the First Sword, he can fight with the best, and as a T'lan Imass, he can basically become dust and travel really fast, and short of decapitation T'lan Imass don't die. However, T'lan Imass cannot materialize over water.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Tool is unbound, and unconnected to any clan. Other T'lan Imass tend to view him with a mix of suspicion and awe because of this.
  • Master Swordsman: The First Sword of the T'lan Imass.
  • The Undead: Naturally.
  • The Unfettered


Kilava Onass

Onrack the Broken



  • A God Am I: Like many Jaghut Tyrants, Raest took perverse delight in being percieved as a god by the Imass.
  • Armour Is Useless: You don't even find out he was wearing it until several books after the fight. To be fair, he was fighting Dragons, so it probably didn't make all that much difference.
  • Badass: Hell yes. Possibly one the strongest characters introduced in the series, in terms of raw power (although that may have just been a GOTM thing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is evolving into one as the series progresses. His sense of humour is definitely an odd one though.
  • Morality Pet: Has several Malazan soldiers find him a dead cat. He brings it to life so that it can keep him company inside the House of Azath and names it Tufty.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Jaghut loathed community and avoided it as though it were a disease, believing it led only to horror and violence. Raest is a tyrant, who gets his kicks out of enslaving weaker species.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Well, sealed in a barrow anyway, and by his own species no less. His Finnest, which contains most of his power, is also an example.
  • Soul Jar: The Finnest has most of Raest's power in it.
  • The Undead: He's not Undead like the Imass are, but it's clear that Raest and his body no longer share a particularly intimate connection, and the destruction of the latter causes him few difficulties. A straight example now that he's inside the Azath House.



See Pannion Domin

     Pannion Domin 

Pannion Seer

  • Break the Cutie: His backstory. His mother was killed by the T'Lan Imass and he was shoved through a rent and into the arms of the K'Chain Che'Malle Matron. This has had a rather negative impact on his sanity.
  • Dark Messiah: As dark as they come.
  • Evil Overlord
  • Mordor: Is deliberately transforming his realm into one.
  • Religion of Evil: Runs one.
  • The Reveal: He's a Jaghut named Pannion in disguise.
  • Sorcerous Overlord
  • Unwitting Pawn: He's being manipulated from the start by the Crippled God, who is messing with his emotions.

Anaster, First Child of the Dead Seed

     The Defenders Of Capustan 


  • Badass
  • The Champion: Becomes Mortal Sword of Trake
  • Dual Wielding: Cutlasses.
  • Hired Guns: Worked as a caravan guard for hire.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Big, strong and fast. Becomes stronger, and lethally quick and agile when Trake selects him as his Mortal Sword.
  • Panthera Awesome: As the Mortal Sword of the Tiger of Summer, Gruntle now moves like a big cat.
  • Power Makeover: His appearance becomes very, very tigerish following his selection as Mortal Sword of Trake, to the point where it creeps people out.
  • Power Tattoo: Trake's blessing tattoos his skin with tiger stripes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Initially disinterested in fighting during the siege of Capustan, Gruntle changes his mind after Stonny is raped by a Seerdomin and ends up leading the resistance.
  • Technicolor Eyes: They turn tiger-yellow.

Stonny Menackis

  • Lipstick Lesbian/ Bi the Way: It's not entirely clear which she really is, though she seemingly sleeps with both Nektara (female) and Netok (male) in Memories of Ice.
  • Rape as Drama: Raped by an unnamed Seerdomin during the siege of Capustan. She quickly kills him, though not before making him beg for mercy first.



     The Army of the Whirlwind 
Also called The Army of the Apocalypse, or the Apocalypse Army.

Sha'ik Reborn / Felisin Paran

Heboric Light Touch / Heboric Ghost Hands

Leoman of the Flails


—-See High House Chains


—-See Tiste Liosan

     High House Chains 

The Crippled God

  • Big Bad: About as close to one as the series gets. Arguably subverted in that he's treated with considerable sympathy, particularly in the later books, and in the end the protagonists end up having to save him when his plots get Hijacked by the Forkrul Assail.
  • Black Cloak: Of sorts. He usually covers himself in dark-colored rags, rather than an actual cloak, but the look is very similar.
  • The Corrupter: The Crippled God specialises in bringing out the worst in people, typically offering them exactly what they want in exchange for their inclusion in his House of Chains. He seems to like driving his followers/victims mad.
  • Deal with the Devil: Munug, Kallor and many others have made them with him.
  • Disabled Deity: It's in the name. He's not a paragon of mental health, either.
  • Dysfunction Junction: His followers. It's entirely deliberate too. The Crippled God desires every member of his House to be as flawed, mentally and/or physically as he is.
  • Evil Cripple: Evil due to crippling. The Fall destroyed his mind.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Fall did not do good things to his sanity. The fact that most of the pantheon has periodically gotten together and chained him up for, from his perspective, no real reason didn't help either.
  • God of Evil: Deconstructed. He's more like a god of suffering, and that suffering includes his own. While he's initially presented as causing it, in the end after the Bonehunters risk everything to save him from the Assail and succeed, he ends up becoming the god who has sympathy for those who suffer.
    • Well, at least up until the point Cotillion kills him with a surprise backstab.
  • Hidden Villain: For the first two and a half books.
  • I Have Many Names: The Crippled God, the Fallen God, the Chained One. But his real name is Kaminsod.
  • Kick the Dog: His treatment of Ruhlad Sengar. See below.
  • Mad God
  • The Man Behind the Man: To so many different villains, with the Pannion Seer being a particularly spectacular example.
  • Narrator All Along
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He's slowly poisoning Burn. Whether he genuinely wants her dead, or is hoping that someone will free him in order to prevent this isn't known for most of the series. It's the latter.
  • Pillar of Light: When he's freed.
  • Physical God
  • Red Right Hand: The evil god is the crippled one. Go figure.
  • Sadistic Choice: See Xanatos Gambit below. The best case scenario is his freedom, and the end of civilisation as they know it. The worst case scenario is the slow death of the entire world.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Chained in place, to the sleeping goddess Burn, though his spirit can move around inside a Warren and has appeared in several places around the world.
  • Start of Darkness: He was just a foreign god who fell to earth as the result of a trap meant for Kallor. And went stark raving mad as a result.
  • Vader Breath: Has to constantly inhale incense in order to keep his lungs clear. Even then, his breathing is still ragged and wheezing.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The fate of many of those who choose to follow him.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Fall left him crippled, agonised and totally insane. He seems to be out to destroy the world in order to make the pain go away. It's very hard not to feel bad for him on some level.
    • After his plans get taken over by the Forkrul Assail, who are basically using his heart as an Artifact of Doom, he turns into more of a straight-up Woobie.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: None of the injuries from the Fall have healed. Not one in a hundred thousand years.
  • Xanatos Gambit: If they don't loose him, Burn dies and he gets his revenge. If they do, he's free to wreak havoc and get his revenge via other means. Kind of a win-win situation for him.

Rhulad Sengar

Karsa Orlong / Toblakai

     High House Shadow 


Cotillion The Rope

"It's not such a bad thing girl, to be the pawn of a god."

  • Anti-Villain
  • Bad Ass: If the stories are to be belived, Dancer was a Bad Ass even before his Ascension to Godhood. He's definitely one now.
  • The Champion: As Assassin of High House Shadow he holds this position.
  • Demonic Possession: Takes over Apsalar/Sorry during Gardens of the Moon.
  • The Dragon: To Shadowthrone.
  • Knife Nut
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Rope, Patron of Assassins.
  • Parental Substitute: Seems to be trying to become one to Sorry/Apsalar, as a means of making up for what he put her through.
  • Pet the Dog: Has a minor one with Sorry right before he possesses her, reassuring her that the experience won't be that bad. Has had many more since than; see Parental Substitute, above.
  • Physical God
  • Professional Killer: Cotillion is the Patron of Assassins.
  • The Reveal: Was formerly Dancer, Emperor Kellanved's companion, and Ascended alongside his master.
  • Revenge: For the same reasons as Ammanas.
  • Shipper on Deck: He seems to want Cutter and Apsalar to be happy. It's just that, well, try as he might to be a kind father figure, he's not the god of happy endings, he's the god of murdering people in the face. It's not working.


  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Has been gradually remembering the things she did while controlled by The Rope.
  • Badass: She danced with the Claw. All of the Claw. When she was done, all of her dancing partners lay dead.
  • Break the Cutie: Twice. After Cotillion's posession she seemed to go back to normal...right up until she started recovering her skills and plunging into whole new depths of Wangst. She's now abandoned Cutter, the one person who really gives a damn about her in order to go off and do god knows what, excusing it by claiming that he'd only get hurt.
  • Creepy Child
  • Dance Battler
  • Dark Action Girl: Though much more sympathetic than most (she's one of the main protagonists).
  • Dark Magical Girl: Her personality is closer to this, even if her abilities are those of a Dark Action Girl.
  • Demonic Possession: Posessed by Cotillion, though whether it's in full or in part isn't entirely clear.
  • Knife Nut: Inherited from The Rope.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Loses all her memories of The Rope's actions, post-posession.
  • Loss of Identity: She remembers quite a bit of her life pre-possession, but clearly isn't that girl anymore. Not to mention that she still doesn't know her name.
  • Maybe Ever After: One of the Epilogues of The Crippled God has Cutter finally tracking down Apsalar, at the ruins of the fishing town she originally came from.
  • Psycho for Hire:Poses as one while infiltrating the Malazan Army. She scares Quick Ben, Whiskeyjack, and Kalam she's so damn creepy.
  • Waif-Fu

Iskaral Pust

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Somewhere between an extreme example of this, and Crazy Awesome.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: At times, Pust has been known to make comments like "she's falling for my clever scheme" to the person he is trying to manipulate.
  • Evil Genius: The only reason Shadowthrone keeps him around.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Maybe. It's really hard to tell if Pust is faking it, or if he just happens to be both rather bright and totally nuts.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Despite his craziness, tendency towards accidentally stabbing himself in the foot, and an ego the size of some small countries, Pust is actually quite bright, and at times, suprisingly effective.
  • Talkative Loon: Trying to shut him up would likely take an act of god. Or several gods.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Often.

     Lady Envy's Companions 

Lady Envy

  • Cain and Abel: She and her sister Spite cannot bear to be in the same city without trying to kill each other.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: Is said to have stood by while her then-lover Anomander Rake killed her father and took his Soul-Cutting Blade Dragnipur from him. It is heavily implied that she did this just to spite Lord Draconus, and because she wanted Dragnipur for herself in the long run, not to stay out of a conflict between her father and her lover.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards her sister, Spite.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Draconus intentionally named his daughters Envy, Spite and Malice, and would've named a fourth one Venom.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Does an amazing impression of one. She's actually quite bright, if a little ditzy.

Toc The Younger

Mok, Thurule, and Senu




Tehol Beddict

'What do you think? Should I get out of bed today, Bugg?'

The middle Beddict brother. When the Beddict family came dangerously close to becoming Indebted, Tehol took it on himself to keep the family afloat, something he did in secret while attending his instructors. Tehol is an economic savant, and was able to amass one of the largest fortunes in Letheras - a "peak", or one million "thirds", roughly one eighth of the city's combined currency - before going bankrupt literally overnight, nearly crashing the economy of the Empire. What happened to the money is unknown, and Tehol is now a largely forgotten figure living in poverty with his manservant Bugg.


Tehol Beddict: 'You've no talent to speak of, in much of anything, come to think of it. Probably why I love you so dearly, Bugg.'

Bugg is Tehol's mysterious manservant of many talents.

Brys Beddict

The youngest of the three Beddict brothers. A Finadd (captain) of the Letherii army, he was recently raised to the position of King's Champion, the King's personal bodyguard for his superlative skills as a swordsman. Though he would like nothing more than to be left to do his duty, the intrigues of the Letherii court have a way of enveloping even the most tangential of players.

Shurq Elalle

A burglar who got caught. Deciding to try her luck in the Drownings, she got tangled in detritus in the canals and drowned, only to discover that one of her victims had cursed her with undeath. Much to her frustration, her dead nerves prevent her from enjoying the pleasures of the living, most notably sex. She gives up stealing, not caring about much any longer, until Tehol Beddict contacts her for her services - and offering a way to enjoy carnal pleasures again.


Gerun Eberict

Harlest Eberict

'I want to be scary. It's important that I be scary. I've been practising hissing and snarling.'


'You will discover that the notion of debt is not so easily denied.'

A Letherii slave among the Tiste Edur. He is Indebted, and the debt is owned, by extention, by Tehol Beddict. Udinaas is extremely intelligent and Genre Savvy.
  • Beneath the Mask: Tries for Obfuscating Stupidity on the outside by playing the obedient slave, though nobody who bothers to look even remotely past the facade is buying it; and even then he still manages to say one thing and think another, usually something along the lines of 'That's why I said it, so you can go on enjoying your blessed ignorance.'
  • Conversational Troping: Most notable in Reaper's Gale when he launches into a lengthy rant about Dungeon Crawling, but subtler instances occur:
  • Genre Savvy: At least when it comes to heroic tales, which he spends a significant amount of time taunting Fear Sengar with in Reaper's Gale, as well as what his master & slave relationship to Rhulad is supposed to entail, which he deconstructs by laying out the actual mechanics of to the reader.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Initially. A slave among the Tiste Edur has food, shelter and clothing against the harsh weather. The alternative would be labouring on a galley to pay off an inherited debt.
  • Meta Guy: Udinaas spends most of his time in Reaper's Gale making observations about the storyline he's involved in, the people he travels with and their intentions, all the while commenting on the absurdity of it all.
  • Morality Pet: To Rhulad during the conquest of Lether in Midnight Tides. He is fully aware of that and the precarious situation it puts him into.
  • The Nondescript: Goes largely unnoticed wherever he is, and Seren Pedac even calls him 'nondescript' at one point.
  • Open-Minded Parent: To Ryadd, when they finally get around to get to know each other.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    'You understand too much,' Clip said in that lilting, offhand tone of his. 'Did you hear me, Udinaas?'
    'Go fuck yourself,' the slave muttered.
  • Spirit Advisor: Deconstructed via Wither. In Midnight Tides, Wither latches onto Udinaas and tries to play the Spirit Advisor in exchange for hiding in Udinaas' shadow. Udinaas considers the constant pseudo-arcane whispering 'worse than a burrowing tick', especially since Wither's advice is to cryptical to be useful, and his revelations are obvious to anyone with a working brain — at least as far as Udinaas is concerned. He hands Wither the wraith's own motives (not having wasted his time on Udinaas) on a platter, and gets alsmost killed by Wither as thanks in the finale of Reaper's Gale.
  • Stepford Snarker: Eventually, he starts to dish out 'The Reasons All Of You Suck, Myself Included'-speeches and snide remarks left, right and centre in an attempt to hide how he truly feels.
  • Stopped Caring: Udinaas starts off as rather emotionally uninvolved but build a growing wall between himself and everyone else the further the story goes. Remarkably, he never loses his capacity for feeling compassion and occasionally acts on it, but he does not get particularly involved with any one person unless he can help it, to prevent himself from being burdened with their problems.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: His initial reaction after meeting Rud Elalle for the first time. He mellows out quite quickly and comes to love Rud/Ryadd.
  • Too Clever by Half: Even Fear Sengar notices eventually and points it out. Udinaas just curses him for his trouble.

Feather Witch

A Letherii slave among the Tiste Edur. She was born into slavery and possesses a talent for casting the tiles.

     Unaligned Ascendants 


An Elder God. The shaper of paths.
  • Elder God Unaware: As Keruli.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Mortal worshippers prayed to him. So he granted their prayers...which promptly caused all sorts of problems and power struggles.
    • "...K’rul, who answered worship with generosity. Who, assailed by prayers written in spilled blood, gave answer to them. But the power he surrendered was not intended only for those who worshipped him. He has given it freely, to everyone."
  • Big Good: Kind of. Maybe.
  • Body Horror: The warrens run through his veins, literally. So when the warrens are poisoned, opening them occasionally causes boatloads of blood to come pouring out.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: The lack of it is implied to be the reason he's so weak now.
    • Elder Gods accept prayer in the form of blood sacrifice. Give generously...
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Jaraku. Also the entire warren system.
  • In the Hood: Default appearance is a fully cloaked figure.
  • Karmic Punishment: Kallor's curse.
  • The Mentor: To Kruppe.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the prequel, implied to have been the root cause of all the series' problems, though probably not intentionally or knowingly.
  • Older and Wiser: To all the gods.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Apparently. Maybe. Nope, we didn't see that coming either.


An Elder God, the Suzerain of Night, Consort to Mother Dark, and brother of K'rul. He was killed with his own sword, Dragnipur, by Anomander Rake, and has been trapped in there ever since. Or at least until Rake's Heroic Sacrifice.


Icarium Lifestealer

Icarium is an incredibly old being, forever wandering with a sole companion in tow. He is present in the mythology of many cultures, and is feared by most of them. While his companion varies - being often replaced due to the death of the previous one - they are always devoutly loyal, and act as friends, protectors and, above all, minders. Icarium is one of the most powerful beings to walk the planet, and he must always have someone nearby to check his temper. While an incredibly gentle person, should he ever grow angry the consequences for the world would be catastrophic, something he is only vaguely aware of. Fortunately, he suffers from frequent bouts of amnesia, especially when seriously injured, and his natural meekness makes him easy to to keep under control.


The god of death, and (an undead) Jaghut. Succeeded as King of High House Death by Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners

Errastas / The Errant


Fisher kel Tath

  • The Bard
  • Famed In-Story: Provides many chapter epigraphs, occasionally cited by other characters. But mostly, he's the one that everyone quotes when discussing Anomander Rake, since his epic poem Anomandaris seems to be the main source of information concerning Rake.
  • The Ghost: His name is tossed around a lot, but he himself never appears.
    • At least, until Toll the Hounds.
  • May-December Romance / Mayfly-December Romance: Possibly, with Lady Envy? The "possibly" is because Fisher himself is Ambiguously Mortal, and may, for all we know, be both immortal and as old as Envy.
  • Warrior Poet: Mostly known for his poetry, but surprisingly capable in a fight.

Alternative Title(s):

The Malazan Book Of The Fallen