He was described as an extremely tall, ancient old man. His hair was long, white and dishevelled and he wore a beard. His skin was black as ebony and his eyes glittered amber, actually emitting light. The heat radiating from his body shrivelled plants in his vicinity. He had weathered features. He spoke very good Malazan, although haltingly, as if he rarely used the words.
Andarist had long surrendered himself to a grief that could never heal. He did not at first appear much of a warrior as he carried himself like an absent-minded scholar who bore a perpetual look of confusion.
Andarist possessed a stoic attitude having seen many of his kin perish over the years. He did not concern himself with events beyond the island.
Calling himself Darist, Andarist lived on the floating island Drift Avalii with a number of young descendants of his brother, Anomander. They had been settled on the island by Rake to guard the Throne of Shadow, but Rake had never returned and they had been isolated for many decades. Left alone to face the Throne's enemies, he appeared to resent his brother for his neglect and for Rake's eternal youth as a draconic Soletaken.
When Andarist detected a half dozen Tiste Edur ships off the island's coast, he sent Phaed and his other young relatives into hiding on the island. Andarist fully expected to perish while defending the Throne.
Cotillion sent Cutter and Apsalar to the island to help defend the Throne, but their boat wrecked on the island's treacherous coast. Andarist fished Cutter from the water, but Apsalar was lost. The Tiste Andii suspected that Cutter was an agent of Rake, but allowed him to accompany him to the Hold of the Throne.
When asked about his sword by Cutter, Andarist remarked that it had been made by Rake who named it Vengeance. The sword came into Andarist's possession when Rake found Dragnipur more suited to his nature. Andarist called the sword Grief and claimed that if it was wielded by an individual with enough willpower, the sword was unbeatable in combat. He added that he did not possess such talent and so he expected the upcoming battle to be his last.
During the first Edur assault, Andarist proved to be an extremely skilled fighter, using both sword and magic to repel a score of attackers. Before he and Cutter could be overwhelmed, Apsalar appeared with Andarist's kin, who she had found in hiding. Cutter later secured help from Traveller and a small number of Malazans who had been washed up on the island. Cotillion himself appeared during the final Edur attack, but it was not enough to save Andarist, who fell to Tiste Edur sorcery.
Traveller claimed Andarist's sword, Grief, something Cotillion advocated, but returned its name to Vengeance. Then he vowed to take up defense of the Throne for a time.
Shortly after the sundering of Kurald Emurlahn, the Malazan world was invaded through a violent rent by the combined armies of Silchas Ruin's Tiste Andii and Scabandari Bloodeye's Tiste Edur. After the invaders defeated an army of K'Chain Che'Malle, Scabandari betrayed his fellow commander and noted that Silchas Ruin was brother to Andarist and Anomandaris Irake. Scabandari claimed that Andarist had long ago surrendered his power in answer to a grief that would never heal. Scabandari also claimed to secretly be the hand that had delivered Andarist's grief.
The Tiste Andii of Bluerose possessed an ancient tapestry depicting Mother Dark and the three brothers born in Darkness who were her most cherished children: Andarist, Andomaris Purake, and Silchas Ruin. But all three had eventually been cast out by her. Andarist was the first, after Mother Dark made an accusation of betrayal that all knew to be mistaken. Filled with unbearable grief, he accepted his banishment by Mother Dark, but vowed to continue his guardianship of her from exile. Anomander and Silchas saw Mother Dark's turning away from her son as a crime and Anomander confronted her. Afterwards, he too walked away, denying the Darkness in his blood and seeking out Chaos. Silchas Ruin's indecision and failed efforts to forge reconciliation led to the greatest betrayal of all—an alliance with Shadow.
Millenia before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Andarist and his brothers, Anomander Rake and Silchas Ruin, were still Tiste. Their father Nimander had been dead for two years, but Mother Dark had rewarded his loyalty by granting each of his sons the title, Son of Darkness.
Andarist became one of the Tiste Andii, his skin turned black by exposure to Mother Dark, alongside his brother Anomander.
Andarist's betrothed, Enesdia, was brutally murdered on the way to their wedding as part of Hunn Raal's political schemes in Kurald Galain. Her brother Kadaspala, who ended up being held prisoner in Dragnipur, would later claim that Enesdia was Andarist's wife, but the marriage never actually took place. The murder caused a rift between Andarist and Anomander when Anomander was inspired by the crime to name his sword "Vengeance" rather than "Grief" as Andarist requested.
He [Endest] had clasped the hand of the dying High Priestess, sharing with her the bleak knowledge that nothing waited for her, nothing at all. He had stood, gods, so long along now, staring down at his blood-covered hands, above the body of a sweet, gentle woman, Andarist's wife. ―Endest Silann • Toll the Hounds
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.437
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.525
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.518
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.437
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.436-441
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 House of Chains, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.432
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.517
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.431-432
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.367-369
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.363
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.367
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 House of Chains, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.439
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.363
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.362-369
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.433-435
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.531/532
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.533/534
- ↑ Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.23
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.683-684
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 14, UK HC p.450
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 14, UK HC p.441
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 15, UK HC p.481
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20, UK HC p.658