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Cord was sergeant of the 5th squad in the 2nd Company of the Ashok Regiment[1] under Captain Kindly.

He was a Seven Cities native[2] described as being dark-skinned, with a "scarred face beneath a bald, tattoo-stitched pate" and his smile, due to his gold teeth, was "a row of gleaming gold".[3][4]

In House of ChainsEdit

Cord was stationed with the Ashok Regiment in Silver Lake on Genabackis. He and several others in his squad were under house arrest for drunkeness when Karsa Orlong attacked their garrison. The mage, Ebron, released and armed Cord and the other squad members and they were able to capture the rampaging Teblor. Afterwards, Cord had the slaver, Silgar, arrested after he attempted to bribe Cord for his slave's return.[5]

As a response to rumours of rebellion on Seven Cities, Kindly's regiment was recalled back from Genabackis. Cord's squad took charge of bringing the prisoners, Karsa, Silgar, and Torvald Nom to Seven Cities for inprisonment in the Malazan Empire's Otataral mines. But in Tanys they separated to take the voyage in different ships.[6]

Back in their homeland, Cord's company had come under siege in the ancient cliff-side fortress of B'ridys by Irriz and his Seven Cities renegades. After Captain Kindly and Lieutenant Pores disappeared whilst exploring the fortress, Cord, as the only sergeant left, took over command of the remaining fifty-one soldiers. Cord, the mage Ebron and Bell, observed as Kalam Mekhar gave mercy to three of the rebels, who had been poisoned with Tralb, and climbed down by rope to make contact with him. Kalam demanded the mage eliminate the poisoned water and agreed to get them Irriz in exchange. He accomplished that with the help of an Azalan demon who grabed Irriz and killed the rest of the rebels in the space of less than a minute. Afterwards, inside the fortress, Cord put Kalam in charge of his own old squad which consisted of Shard, Bell and Limp. Cord told Kalam to make his report later and not to give him unasked for advice. Kalam retorted that he would only follow Cord's orders to a degree.[7]

Cord showed Kalam the well where Kindly and Pores had disappeared. When Cord again emphasized that he was in charge, Kalam decided he had had enough and pulled rank on him. Not only as a corporal in the Bridgeburner but he resurrected his old status as a Claw leader and took over command from Cord. The sergeants reaction seemed to indicate that he had deliberately goaded Kalam to do just that. Kalam than ordered Cord to go and make everyone ready to leave the fortress. Alerted by noise, the sergeant returned to the well chamber to find Kalam, soaked through, lying on the floor. The Corporal told Cord not to draw from the now blood-red well anymore. Cord left to get blankets and some of the others, amongst them the mage Ebron. Having established that Kalam had almost freed the demon at the bottom of the well and that once completely freed the demon would be pursuing Kalam, Ebron told Cord that they should make haste to get away as far as possible from the corporal. Kalam advised them to join the Malaz 14th Army, which was marching on Raraku, as Adjunct Tavore Paran could do with more veterans like them. As the army would have already left Aren, it would probably take them about a month to catch up with it. Cord wished Kalam luck.[8]

In the aftermath of the Battle of Raraku, the regiment's 16 survivors ambushed and slew the sorceress, Fayelle, and a small band of Dogslayers. Then they fled for their lives from the onrushing waters that flooded Raraku.[9]

In The BonehuntersEdit

After the Battle of Raraku, the Ashok Regiment was incorporated into the 9th Company of the 8th Legion within the 14th Army. Cord's 5th squad remained intact although it was redesignated as the 7th squad.[10] Some members of the new 7th squad still referred to themselves as the Ashok Regiment.[11] Cord may have done the same as he still wore the old regiment's sigil on his battered leather armour.[12]

Cord's squad:


Leoman led the Army of the Apocalypse westward to Y'Ghatan and the 14th Army followed. Adjunct Tavore launched the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan by sending the army's sappers to breach the city's wall under the cover of night. First into the city were the Malazan marines, followed quickly by the Heavy infantry. Fist Keneb then ordered Cord to lead the 9th Company's seventh through twelfth medium infantry squads into Y'Ghatan.[15] Once inside the city, the Malazans immediately came under heavy attack by hidden swordsmen and archers. Cord's squad linked up with Mosel's heavy infantry following Fiddler's marines. He also sent Sinn back to Keneb to relay Fiddler's advice recommending leading their advance with sappers.[16]

When enough Malazans were engaged in street fighting inside the city, Leoman sprung his trap. The city's olive oil-soaked buildings were set alight and the streets quickly became an inferno. Cord's squad fled the flames along with a mixed group of survivors from Sobelone's, Balm's, Fiddler's, Hellian's, and Gesler's squads. In the fighting that followed, Cord helped free Limp from beneath a collapsed stonework and attended to a wounded Uru Hela alongside Tulip.[17] Bell perished tackling a suicidal fanatic who charged the collected squads while bearing oil and a torch.[18]

He was among the small group of soldiers who survived Y'Ghatan by tunneling their way out from under the city. They spent three days crawling on their hands and knees through the dark led by Bottle and his rat.[19] Unaware that any had survived, the 14th Army made haste for the Kokakal Sea to embark on Admiral Nok's ships and escape the Bluetongue Plague ravaging Seven Cities. Faradan Sort and Sinn remained behind and discovered the survivors as they crawled from the wreckage.[20] Cord and the others made the long march west, finally catching up to the army on the coast.[21]

After the encounter between Nok's Imperial Fleet and the Third Edur Imperial Fleet in the Kokakal Sea, Cord cursed out Crump and struck him in the side of the head for waving at the enemy Tiste Edur.[22]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

Cord headed the 7th squad, 9th Company, 8th Legion.[23]

In Dust of DreamsEdit

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In The Crippled GodEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. House of Chains, Dramatis Personae
  2. House of Chains, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.135
  3. House of Chains, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.158
  4. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.431
  5. House of Chains, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.133-136
  6. House of Chains, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.138-140/148
  7. House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.424-432
  8. House of Chains, Chapter 12, UK MMPB p.536-541
  9. House of Chains, Chapter 26, US SFBC p.842-844
  10. Reaper's Gale, Dramatis Personae
  11. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.283
  12. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.292
  13. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.342
  14. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.347
  15. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.291-292
  16. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.292-297
  17. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.310/317/319
  18. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.311
  19. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.368/370
  20. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7
  21. The Bonehunters, Chapter 16
  22. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.733/737
  23. Reaper's Gale, Dramatis Personae, UK BCA edition p.xvi
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