- "I am Fener's own weapon."
Brukhalian [Broo-kahl-lee-ann] was the Mortal Sword of Fener's Reve and commander of the Grey Swords in Capustan. He was described as being of formidable height and build, with long, wavy black hair unbound and down to just above his belted hips. He had brown eyes and a deep voice.
In Memories of Ice
Brukhalian and his Grey Swords were in the employ of Prince Jelarkan to defend Capustan in the face of an invasion by the Pannion Domin. As the city was preparing for the onslaught by the Pannion Seer, Brukhalian and Destriant Karnadas were contacted by Quick Ben suggesting an alliance with Caladan Brood. The Grey Swords were wary of the offer of a foreign warlord and of the stranger who possessed a shocking depth of knowledge regarding Fener's priesthood, but agreed to talk further.
Brukhalian was also contacted by Gethol, Herald of Hood. The God of Death expressed fellowship with Fener and offered the Grey Swords a way out of certain death at Capustan if they changed their patronage from Fener to Hood. The Mortal Sword rebuked the offer, striking Gethol with his sword.
Although the Pannion Domin's overwhelming numbers put the odds against them, Brukhalian maintained publicly that defeat was not inevitable as long as the city maintained a unified defense. The Mortal Sword tasked Shield Anvil Itkovian with holding the city for the six weeks it would take for the Malazan army to arrive. The Grey Swords built defensive barricades throughout the city, and without knowledge of their sponsor made an alliance with the Kron T'lan Imass and built a defensive tunnel and shelter system underground. Whether Brukhalian truly thought victory was possible was unclear as Itkovian claimed he and the Mortal Sword shared the opinion that their efforts were meaningless.
When the Pannion attack finally came, the city's defences were overcome in two days. Hordes of Tenescowri flooded the city and only Brukhalian and Karnadas' timely arrival with reinforcements at the Grey Sword barracks saved Itkovian's life. Shortly after, the Mortal Sword was called to defend the city's governing Mask Council at the Thrall by the traitorous Rath'Fener. Brukhalian and his four hundred followers knew they had been betrayed, but citing Fener's Reve walked knowingly into an ambush, their resolve unshaken. The Mortal Sword counted on Itkovian to be the vessel of Fener's justice upon their betrayer. Facing more than ten times their number of the Pannion Seer's elite troops, Brukhalian fought with his flaming holy sword until he was peppered with arrows and chopped to pieces. His sword exploded as he was finally cut down. At Brukhalian's death, Hood himself appeared to take his soul.
In Toll the Hounds
Notes and references
- Ten Very Big Books podcast - Deadhouse Gates As pronounced by Steven Erikson at 45:14
- Memories of Ice, Dramatis Personae
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.284
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.287
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 10
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 16
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 7
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.290
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.288-292
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.362
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.550
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.455/484
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.455
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.540
- Toll the Hounds, Chapter 14