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Sergeant Borduke was the leader of the 6th squad marines in the 8th Legion's 9th Company of the Malaz 14th Army.[1] He had a habit of pulling and tugging his beard while deep in thought or stressed.[2][3]

According to one of Sergeant Moak's hunches, Borduke once threw a nobleborn officer off a cliff near Karashimesh, although it could not be proven at the time.[4]

Borduke's squad[3]Edit

In House of ChainsEdit

Borduke was part of Adjunct Tavore Paran's punitive expedition against the Army of the Apocalypse. He did not trust the 9th Company's captain, Keneb, saying it was rumoured that the captain had survived the Whirlwind by abandoning his men.[5] He respected Fiddler's reputation as a Bridgeburner and was willing to listen to his advice.[6]

The army made their way from Aren towards the Whirlwind camp at Raraku. When Leoman and his two hundred desert warriors launched a surprise pre-dawn attack on the Malazan camp, Borduke's squad grabbed their Crossbows and prepared to fire on the warriors as they rode past their tents. Maybe fired early, spoiling his squad's attack and allowing Corabb to make a spectacular escape. Hubb commented that Corabb's horse might have killed their cook. To which Borduke replied that the gods were smiling down on them.[7]

To while away the time, his, Gesler's, and Fiddler's squads had competing desert scorpions on which they wagered. Borduke won the right to pick the first scorpion and he chose the meanest species, a Red-backed Bastard that his squad named "Mangonel".[8]

After the Battle of Raraku, Lieutenant Ranal led Gesler's, Fiddler's, and Borduke's squads on a chase after Corabb's fleeing desert raiders. Borduke's squad fell behind the others and missed a chance to take on Corabb yet again. They reached the others only after Ranal met his untimely end.[9]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Leoman led the Army of the Apocalypse westward to Y'Ghatan and the 14th Army followed. In the hours before battle, Maybe's talk of the dangers and bloody effects of misfired Moranth Mountains sent Lutes vomiting and the other members of Borduke's squad experienced "sympathetic heaves". Borduke stormed off in disgust.[10]

During the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan, Borduke was initially short his two mages, Balgrid and Tavos Pond, as well as Maybe, his sapper. But after the three had assisted in breaching the city's walls, they quickly rejoined his squad and Borduke's soldiers were first into the breach. But just as they cleared the wall's rubble, they were ambushed by archers and swordsmen. Borduke died taking an arrow to the left eye and throat. Ibb and Hubb died in the same attack.[11]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. House of Chains, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.319
  2. House of Chains, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.416
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.356
  4. House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.862
  5. House of Chains, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.416
  6. House of Chains, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.319
  7. House of Chains, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.615-617
  8. House of Chains, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.624/629
  9. House of Chains, Chapter 26, US SFBC p.835-842
  10. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.279-281
  11. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.285/292-294
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