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Bottle: "You want a salute, Captain? Which one? I have plenty of salutes to choose from. Any preference?"
Faradan Sort: "The salute that tells me you have just become aware of the precipice I am about to kick your ass over. After I shove the sack of bricks up it, of course."
―Bottle meets Faradan Sort[src]

Faradan Sort was originally with the Malaz 8th Army,[citation needed] but joined the 14th as a captain of the 8th Legion's 9th Company after the Battle of Raraku.[1] She replaced Captain Kindly, who Fiddler suspected had been sent to shape up a company worse off than their own.[2] Her Lieutenant was Madan'Tul Rada.[3]

She was a tall, straight-backed woman, who spoke with a Korelri accent.[1] She had once worn her hair long, but now kept it cut short to keep it out of the way.[4] Lieutenant Pores thought her icy and calculating, a woman of few words, and an example of cold iron.[5]

Sort kept her sword in a scabbard decorated with silver tracing.[6]

She could not abide Scorpions[1] or other vermin.[7]

In The Bonehunters

After the Battle of Raraku, Leoman led the Army of the Apocalypse westward to Y'Ghatan and the 14th Army followed. Sort was assigned as Captain to Fiddler and Gesler's squads (among others) in the 14th[8] to whom she was a stern but capable officer. In her first appearance at her new command, she crushed the 4th squad's champion scorpion, Joyful Union, under her heel, earning murderous intentions from Bottle and Cuttle. Then she ordered all of the squads in her company to reform their haphazard bivouacs into an organised manner.[1] When Bottle was insubordinate at their first meeting he gave his name as "Smiles", leaving the real Smiles to later wonder what she had done to deserve the discipline of carrying a double load.[1]

Koryk believed the new captain was a former section commander of the Stormwall based on the decoration of her sword scabbard.[6] She would only say that the scabbard's original sword "got left behind...in somebody."[9] Kindly attempted to take the measure of his replacement, but Sort remained aloof. Kindly's constant bickering with Lieutenant Pores led Sort to believe the two were idiots.[5]

Faradan Sort by Dejan Delic

Faradan Sort by Dejan Delic

Adjunct Tavore Paran 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 and Medium infantry. Fist Keneb entered the city after its western edges were secure and sent Faradan Sort ahead to make contact with the advance squads.[1] But 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. Sort and Madan'Tul Rada were caught in the flames until they spotted Sinn stumbling towards them. They noticed wherever the mage moved, flames died in swirling darkness. Sort quickly directed Sinn to create a tunnel through the flames, leading Fists Keneb and Tene Baralta and nearly eight hundred Malazans to safety.[10]

After the siege's end, Sinn's mutterings convinced Sort to stay behind without permission and search for survivors whilst the rest of the army, in a hurry to arrive ahead of the plague, continued on its way to rendezvous with Admiral Nok on the north coast. After three days the pair discovered the place where Bottle and the others had nearly tunneled out from beneath the city and helped them escape. Sort nearly stomped on the rat that had led survivors to safety before Bottle intervened.[11]

As Sort was considered a deserter,[12] Madan'Tul Rada was promoted to Captain and assumed command of her company. When Sort and the survivors caught up to the Bonehunters, she was restored to the 9th Company's command.

In Reaper's Gale

Faradan Sort and Beak by Dejan Delic

Faradan Sort and Beak by Dejan Delic

She was Fist Keneb's forward officer in the Malazan invasion of the Letherii Empire, maintaining contact with the forward marines with the help of Beak.

In Dust of Dreams

Captain Sort attended Fiddler's (forced) reading of the Deck of Dragons.

Sort eventually admitted to having survived the Stormwall during the Bonehunters' march through the Glass Desert.

In The Crippled God

After the battle against the K'Chain Nah'ruk, Sort was promoted to Fist.[13]

Quotes

"You are a veteran, I see. You might think that fact yields some relief on my part. It does not. I do not care where you have been, who you served under, or how many officers you knifed in the back. All I care about is how much you know about fighting."
―Faradan Sort introducing herself to Fiddler[src]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.196-198
  2. The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.244
  3. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.309
  4. The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.351
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.276
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.204
  7. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.369
  8. The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.237/238
  9. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.368
  10. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.309-310/21
  11. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.352/365-370
  12. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.352
  13. The Crippled God, Chapter 4, UK HB p.92
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