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Binadas Sengar was a Tiste Edur mage of House Sengar, and the third son of Uruth and Tomad Sengar. His brothers were Fear, Trull, and Rhulad. Of the four, he was the most remote, evasive, and difficult to predict.[1]

He was tall, like his brethren, with brown hair which he wore bound in finger-length braids. His eyes were the colour of wet sand and his skin the colour of ash. His youthful features were long and narrow, except for his wide mouth.[2] He wore weathered buckskin clothes and carried a single-edged longsword sheathed in a leather-wrapped wooden scabbard at his hip.[1]

Unlike his brothers, he rarely spent time in their village, preferring to wander the wilds of the forest and mountains. While other Edur warriors conducted raids or counted coup with companions, Binadas preferred working alone. No one doubted his bravery and he had many trophies.[1]

He was considered among the more formidable mages of the Tiste Edur tribes, and had been crucial to the Hiroth's success in the Edur War of Unification.[3]

In Midnight Tides[]

Binadas left his village on the same day that his brother, Trull, returned with news of the Kingdom of Lether's illicit harvesting of the Edur's Tusked seals.[1] On the Edur's southern frontier, he met the trade party led by Buruk the Pale and his Acquitor, Seren Pedac. They were accompanied unofficially by Hull Beddict who revealed he and Binadas were blood-bound friends.[4] Binadas served as their return escort to meet with the Edur Warlock King, Hannan Mosag. He well understood the Letherii's true intentions were kept hidden, and promised the Edur would not fall for their lies.[5]

Later he accompanied his brothers on a quest to the ice fields to retrieve a gift seen by Warlock King Hannan Mosag in one of his dreams.[6] Stalked by Jheck across the wastes, the brothers found the sword encased in a spar of ice. Binadas was able to shatter the ice at the cost of many Shadow wraiths, but once the sword was freed, the brothers were ambushed by Jheck. In the ensuing battle, Rhulad was killed and Binadas' hip was shattered. He had to be brought back home by sled while the others fought off more attacks.[7]

When the brothers returned home, Edur healers could only partially repair Binadas' hip and he limped with great pain.[8][9] Then Rhulad's corpse returned to life and declared himself emperor of the Edur. Through his new found power, Rhulad completely healed Binadas and the Edur mage kneeled in fealty to his brother.[10]

During the Edur invasion of Lether, Binadas and Tomad led one of Rhulad's armies. They quickly captured Fort Shake[11] and The Manse[12][13] before marching south towards Five Points.[14] They eventually joined the armies of Rhulad and Fear at Brans Keep where they faced the majority of the Letherii Army. During the Battle of Brans Keep, Binadas and Tomad's army held the Edur left flank. Unlike the rest of the army, they engaged in traditional hand-to-hand combat with their opponents. When the Letherii army saw their left and centre collapse in the face of overwhelming Edur sorcery they broke and ran and the Edur were victorious.[15]

After Letheras fell to the Edur, Binadas accompanied Emperor Rhulad's entourage into the Letherii throne room in the Eternal Domicile. Hannan Mosag and Binadas enagaged Ceda Kuru Qan in a duel of magic that left Binadas unconscious in a spray of blood. Fear pulled Binadas to safety and the mage was later tended by his mother.[16]

In The Bonehunters[]

Emperor Rhulad put Tomad Sengar and Hanradi Khalag in charge of the Third Edur Imperial Fleet and sent them across the world to Seven Cities. The fleet encountered Admiral Nok's Malazan Imperial Fleet in the Kokakal Sea as it escorted Adjunct Tavore Paran and the Bonehunters back to Quon Tali. The two Predas lured the Malazans into an ambush and attempted to destroy them with Elder magic. But the Malazans were able to defeat the Edur magic with Elder magic of their own. As the Malazan fleet made its escape, Tomad received news that struck him like a physical blow. Among the Malazan ships was a craft that had once been captured by the Edur an ocean away and given to one of Tomad's sons to command. The unnamed son took the ship into the Nascent on a mission that was kept secret from Rhulad. The sight of this vessel in enemy hands meant that the son must be dead and for Tomad losing the one son meant he had lost two.[17]

In Reaper's Gale[]

Once Rhulad came to the throne, he no longer trusted any of his brothers and sent Binadas away with Tomad across the world to seek out champions and scattered Edur kin. He sent with them fully half of Hannan Mosag's surviving K'risnan to weaken the former Warlock King in his new role as Rhulad's Ceda.[18] By the time Tomad returned to Letheras, he was convinced Binadas was dead. Hanradi Khalag's attempts to quest for Binadas' soul had proved fruitless and Tomad's dreams had shown him his son's naval battle in the Nascent and the Tarthenal demon that killed him. Further, he recognised the demon as Karsa Orlong, one of the champions the fleet was bringing back to face Rhulad. Tomad could see Binadas' soul amongst the many clamouring for freedom and vengeance in Karsa's shadow.[19] Tomad's thoughts revealed he had conspired to send Binadas and his ship, the Silanda, to the Nascent to rescue Trull, who Tomad thought the bravest among the Sengar.[20]

While waiting to face Karsa in the arena, Rhulad saw visions of his brothers. Binadas came before him with a spear through his chest claiming he had been slain by a Toblakai. The vision smiled when it said the same Toblakai now awaited Rhulad.[21]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Binadas.

The Bonehunters and House of Chains revealed that it was Binadas who had been slain by Karsa Orlong in the Nascent while captaining the ship Silanda on a mission to find and rescue his Shorn brother, Trull. The below entries detail Binadas' appearances in previous books when his full story was unknown.

In Deadhouse Gates[]

During the Whirlwind uprising on Seven Cities a Malazan Coastal Guard patrol vessel accidentally found its way into the Nascent. The ship carrying Gesler, Stormy, Truth, Kulp, Felisin Paran, Heboric, and Baudin was severely damaged and in danger of sinking. Luckily, the Malazans discovered the intact and seemingly abandoned Silanda floating nearby. Transferring over to the derelict ship, they were surprised to discover rows of headless Tiste Andii and human oarsmen in its hold. In the captain's cabin, they found the bodies of four Tiste Edur. Three had been crushed while the captain lay pinned to his chair by a spear.[22]

In House of Chains[]

The details of Binadas' encounter with Karsa Orlong were revealed. Karsa and his companion, Torvald Nom, found themselves trapped within the Nascent. They came across the wreckage of a naval battle between a score of low and sleek raiders and six black, high-decked vessels. Salvaging a dory and supplies from one of the black vessels they continued on looking for land. They soon found the Silanda, which appeared to be the flagship of the black ships.[23]

Karsa and Torvald were brought aboard, but the Teblor refused to kneel before the haughty and unintelligible Tiste Edur. He struck with his Bloodsword, killing the crew on deck before charging into the ship's cabin. There he found Binadas sitting at his chart table surrounded by guards. Binadas' magic washed off Karsa as he killed the Edur guards and flung a harpoon into Binadas' chest, pinning him to his chair.[24]

Significant plot details end here.

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.34-35
  2. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.122
  3. Midnight Tides, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.176
  4. Midnight Tides, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.93
  5. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.120-125
  6. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.53-55
  7. Midnight Tides, Chapter 8
  8. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.278
  9. Midnight Tides, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.344
  10. Midnight Tides, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.344-346
  11. Midnight Tides, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.555
  12. Midnight Tides, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.631
  13. Midnight Tides, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.648
  14. Midnight Tides, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.596-597
  15. Midnight Tides, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.676-679
  16. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.733/753
  17. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.733-734
  18. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 3, US HC p.77
  19. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 7, US HC p.174-176
  20. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 15, US HC p.415
  21. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 18, US HC p.553-554
  22. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 20, US HC p.213-217
  23. House of Chains, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.159-171
  24. House of Chains, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.171-173
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