- "Ah, Cawn. City of merchants — sorry, I mean thieves, gougers, frauds and those who fatten themselves on the misery of others."
Cawn was a large coastal city east of Li Heng on the continent of Quon Tali. It lay at the mouth of the Idryn river on an inlet off the Nap Sea known as the Bay of Nap. At one time, it may have been part of a greater kingdom known as Cawn Vor.
Trade ran up and down the Idryn river between Cawn and Li Heng. The Cawnese were known for their rapacious bureaucrats, who could tax, fee, and tithe visitors out of all their funds. The tithes levied by the city against portage down the Idryn were said to be outrageous.
The city celebrated an annual Festival of Lights in which the citizenry launched fleets of candles and tiny lamps bearing offerings of thanks and propitiations.
Notable natives of Cawn Edit
During the Malazan civil war, the city was visited by Urko and the fleet of the Talian League. The city was happy to fill its coffers by charging exorbitant fees to replenish the enemy fleet's stores. Soon after, the city was sacked by the Crimson Guard. By the time Empress Laseen's fleet arrived in pursuit of the Guard, the city had been significantly destroyed by fire. Laseen forcibly regained the loyalty of Cawn's leadership.
- "Farewell to all these bureaucracy-choked lands! A curse upon all you assessors and collectors and all you state-run bandits! May you choke in Hood's craw! Goodbye to all fees, tithes, taxes, bills and levies! Damn you all to the darker side of the Abyss!"
- ―Cartharon Crust bids farewell to Cawn
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Dancer's Lament, Chapter 1, US HC p.33
- ↑ Map of Quon Tali
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Dancer's Lament, Chapter 22, US HC p.394
- ↑ As shown in Steven Erikson's hand-drawn gaming map of Quon Tali
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 3, US HC p.334-337
- ↑ Dancer's Lament, Chapter 1, US HC p.24
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 1, US HC p.240
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 3, UK PB p.334-337
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.293-294
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 5, US HC p.421-422