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The Azalan were natives of Shadow.[1] These massive insectile demons were twice the height of a man[2] and had six limbs, with each appendage ending in a wide, flat, short-fingered hand. One of them was described as hunch-backed with a spiny ridge. It had a broad, squat head with a long, thick muscled neck. The demon had blue eyes described as "all-too-human", beneath a flaring, black-skinned swept-back brow. It had a wide mouth, with strangely protruding lower lips which gave them an eternally pouting appearance and twin slits for a nose. The Azalan had twin penises. The demon sported a mane of thin, bluish-black hair which reached the floor. A harness crisscrossed its enormous torso, studded with many items (pans, weird gourds, knobby sticks)[3] which did not seem to be of practical use however.[4] Other Azalan demons were known to carry braces of overlong spears in their back harnesses.[5]

Another Azalan was described as having multiple-faceted eyes, oversized fangs, and armoured limbs.[6]

They seemed to communicate telepathically although some could speak Malazan[7] and their urine had caustic properties.[8]

The homeland of the Azalan bordered that of the Aptorians in Shadow. It was a forest, and the Azalan commonly lived in the tangled canopy high overhead, venturing down to the gloomy forest floor only when summoned.[9] Other Azalan lived as fishermen, working the lakes of Shadow from gigantic boats.[10]

The Azalan saw Edgewalker as the Guardian of Shadow and in times of great emergency would seek him out for redress. They viewed Shadowthrone and Cotillion as pretenders to the rule of Shadow.[11]

In House of Chains[]

Kalam and his Azalan by Shadaan

Azalan demons were imprisoned in diamonds to later be awakened by a bone whistle. One such whistle was given to Kalam Mekhar by Cotillion. Blowing hard would awaken all the demons in the pouch of diamonds, whereas a soft directed whistle-blow aimed at a single diamond awakened a single demon.[12]

Kalam was aided by an Azalan demon in freeing the members of the Ashok Regiment who were trapped at B'ridys by rebels led by Irriz. The Azalan demon managed to retrieve Irriz alive, killing about five hundred of the rebels who constituted the rest of the camp, in fifty heartbeats.[13]

After Kalam escaped B'ridys and was nearly killed by a demon-possessed bull enkar'al, the Azalan brought Iskaral Pust to his aid.[14] Kalam delivered a bag of the diamonds to the High Priest of Shadow.[15] Later Pust summoned the azalan again to breach the wall of the Whirlwind carrying Kalam in its arms.[16]

When attacked by the Deragoth, Kalam awakened his own stash of Azalan demons. The five demons distracted the Hounds enough for Kalam to escape but were unable to overpower the Deragoth. The Azalan eventually were forced to retreat. Due to Kalam blowing the whistle as hard as he could, countless other diamonds elsewhere, originating from a shopkeeper in G'danisban, awakened early, causing havoc.[17]

In The Bonehunters[]

Shadowthrone sent Azalan and Aptorian demons to defend the Throne of Shadow on Drift Avalii. When Ahlrada Ahn's Tiste Edur war party reached the island to seize the Throne, they found the demons' bodies dead and bloated from previous battles.[18]

In Stonewielder[]

Azalan Demon by YoltonsArt

As Kiska and Jheval crossed Shadow they came upon a migration of Azalan fishermen moving their gigantic boats on wheeled carts. Their home, Lake Ixpcotlet, had been drained by a Chaos Whorl. The demon, Least Branch, was friendly to the travelers and offered them a spot in the caravan for their safety.[19]

Later, Kiska and Jheval were joined by the Shadow priest Warran. The three were ambushed by a different Azalan demon who shouted "Murders!" and "Slayers!" as it thrust a spear through Warran's chest. The crazed demon was eventually slain by a Hound of Light.[20]


It is unclear if the Azalan found in House of Chains and the Azalan found in Stonewielder were meant to be the same kind of demons as their physical descriptions differed. The Azalan of Stonewielder appeared to have some physical similarities to Jhedel of the Que'tezani.

Notes and references[]

  1. House of Chains, Dramatis Personae
  2. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.294
  3. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.431
  4. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.427
  5. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.294
  6. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.294
  7. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.294
  8. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.427/428
  9. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.427
  10. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.294-295
  11. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.296
  12. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.426
  13. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.426-432
  14. House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.458
  15. House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.548
  16. House of Chains, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.658
  17. House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.798-800
  18. The Bonehunters, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.815
  19. Stonewielder, Chapter 6, UK TPB p.294-296
  20. Stonewielder, Chapter 8, UK TPB p.396-397
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