Crack'd Pot Trail is the fourth published novella in the Bauchelain & Korbal Broach series by Steven Erikson. Chronologically, it is set after The Healthy Dead.

The novella is also included in The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach.

Publisher's Summary Edit

The intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilization, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will. Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self-professed defenders of decency, sanity and civilization. After all, since when does evil thrive unchallenged? Well, often: but not this time.

Hot on their heels are the Nehemothanai, avowed hunters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. In the company of a gaggle of artists and pilgrims, stalwart Mortal Sword Tulgord Vise, pious Well Knight Arpo Relent, stern Huntsman Steck Marynd, and three of the redoubtable Chanter brothers (and their lone sister) find themselves faced with the cruelest of choices. The legendary Crack'd Pot Trail, a stretch of harsh wasteland between the Gates of Nowhere and the Shrine of the Indifferent God, has become a tortured path of deprivation.

Will honour, moral probity and virtue prove champions in the face of brutal necessity? No, of course not. Don't be silly.

Dramatis Personae Edit



  • Bauchelain, necromancer and partner of Korbal Broach, one of the Nehemoth (First mentioned)[1] (First appearance)[5]
  • Brash Phluster, young poet and singer (First mentioned)[2] (First appearance)[3]








  • Laseen, empress of the Malazan Empire (Mentioned only)[1]



  • Nifty Gum, three time winner of the Mantle of The Century's Greatest Artist (First mentioned)[2] (First appearance)[3]


  • Oggle Gush, member of Nifty Gum's entourage (First mentioned)[2] (First appearance)[3]
  • Ordig, poet and traveler (Mentioned only)[3]





  • Tiny Chanter, eldest member of the Chanter family (First mentioned)[2] (First appearance)[3]
  • Tulgord Vise, Mortal Sword of the Sisters, one of the Nehemothanai (First mentioned)[2] (First appearance)[3]

Plot Summary Edit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 4
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 2
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 3
  4. Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 6
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