Gear was one of the Hounds of Shadow[1] and the offspring of Blind and Baran.[2] He was Seventh among Shadowthrone's servants.[3]

He was described as being the size of a mule and had mottled grey and black fur and his muzzle was speckled with grey, the eyes at times glowing amber. Gear's eyes were described as yellow flames on another occasion and his lips as black. He had canines the length of a man's thumb which glowed luminescent. When the eye lids snapped back, a white strip flashed.[4] He had a massive,[4] wide[5] head.

A stiffening of his hackles would tell Gear that magic was used nearby.[3] Gear's appearance and leaving were marked by icy winds and a rippling of cold air respectively.[6]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

In 1161 BS, Gear and the other Hounds were summoned by Shadowthrone to eliminate a regiment of the Itko Kanese 8th Cavalry to disguise his and Cotillion's abduction of Sorry.[7] The Hounds killed 175 soldiers and 210 horses in the Itko Kan Massacre while suffering no casualties of their own.[8]

Gear followed the puppet Hairlock, who had trespassed into the Shadow Realm, through Warrens to the location of Tattersail and Ganoes Paran (at the time a tool of Oponn) in Pale. The Hound moved silently through the city. He killed four marines who were just changing shifts, in front of the estate where Tattersail resided.[3] In the ensuing fight, Tattersail and Hairlock used their Warrens to keep the Hound at bay. When Hairlock began to reach for the Gear's soul, Tattersail entreated the Hound to flee. Paran then appeared unnoticed from another room and managed to cut the Hound across the chest with his sword, Chance, causing the Hound to flee.[9] According to stories making the rounds, the Hound killed fourteen marines.[10] The injury sustained from the sword cut left Gear with a scar.[11]

With Quick Ben's aid, all seven Hounds finally ran the trespassing puppet Hairlock to ground on the Rhivi Plain and tore him to pieces before confronting Ganoes Paran. Gear wished to slay Paran in revenge for their previous encounter but the Captain was saved by the intervention of the Tiste Andii, Anomander Rake. Rake slew Doan and Ganrod with his soul stealing sword Dragnipur and drove off the others.[12]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

The five remaining Hounds (Gear, Baran, Blind, Rood, and Shan) accompanied Fiddler, Apsalar, Crokus Younghand, Icarium, Mappo, and Iskaral Pust through the maze surrounding Tremorlor.[13] The Hounds served as protection from the hordes of Soletaken and D'ivers following Shadowthrone's false Path of Hands to the Azath House. They also proved as a deterrent against the rage of Icarium. During the journey, Gear led the group's retreat from Gryllen and his masses of rats. Later he killed a D'ivers Dhenrabi by jumping into its mouth, but cringed in the presence of Moby, the Bhok'arala familiar.[14][15]

In The BonehuntersEdit

After his experience on Drift Avalii, Cotillion felt he could no longer completely trust the Hounds given the mastery the Tiste Edur seemed to hold over them.[16] But one or more of the Hounds still tended to accompany Cotillion on his travels inside and out of Shadow. Gear and the other Hounds followed Cotillion to Seven Cities when the god visited the recuperating Mappo Runt.[17]

Ganoes Paran used the Deck of Dragons to call upon Shadowthrone to enlist his help against Dejim Nebrahl. He warned that he planned to release the Deragoth against the T'rolbarahl. He asked Shadowthrone to send his Hounds to Seven Cities because the Hounds of Darkness would surely seek out their counterparts and it would be better if this did not occur in Shadow. Shadowthrone reluctantly agreed.[18]

The Hounds found Dejim Nabrahl west of Y'Ghatan as it hunted Masan Gilani and herded it into the path of the Deragoth. After the Deragoth killed four of Dejim's forms the Hounds of Shadow swept in and Baran snatched up its last remaining body in its mouth. Then the Hounds ran southward into the wastes.[19][20][21]

The Deragoth pursued the Hounds all the way to G'danisban where Shadowthrone saw a way to eliminate multiple problems. The Hounds burst into the camp of Onearm's Host outside the city sending Sweetcreek and Futhgar tumbling. Hurlochel saw pure terror in one Hound's eyes as the Deragoth followed.[22] Inside the city, they entered Poliel's Grand Temple where Gear loosed a howl of savage glee, "as of some long-awaited vengeance moments from consummation." At the temple's altar, Ganoes Paran had pinned the goddess with an Otataral shard. Also present was Quick Ben, who Shadowthrone had lured to the temple knowing the otataral would prevent his escape. The mage was there to save his sister, Torahaval Delat, who had been marked for death by the god of Shadow. Baran dropped Dejim Nabrahl while Gear and the other Hounds went for Quick Ben. The mage and his sister were saved only by the sudden appearance of Apsalar, who fought the Hounds using a Shadow Dance, and the skeletal Telorast and Curdle.[23]

The Hounds were forced to depart empty handed as the Deragoth arrived to tear Dejim Nebrahl and Poliel apart. Returning to Shadow to lick their wounds, they were suspicious of Cotillion whose magic they sensed in the dancing figure that had repelled them.[24]

In Toll the HoundsEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xvi
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 12, US HC p.279
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.161
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.165
  5. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.166
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.165/167
  7. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.17
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, US HC p.38
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.166/167
  10. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.268
  11. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 15, UK MMPB p.471
  12. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 15, US HC p.330-332
  13. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 16, US HC p.442
  14. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 18, US HC p.481-482
  15. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 19, US HC p.498/500
  16. The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.80
  17. The Bonehunters, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.50
  18. The Bonehunters, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.466-467
  19. The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.536-546
  20. The Bonehunters, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.586-587
  21. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.624
  22. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.620-621
  23. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.624-628
  24. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.627-628/630/632
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