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The Genabackis Campaign referred to the Malazan Empire's more than twelve year attempt to conquer Genabackis. Beginning on the continent's northwest coast, High Fist Dujek Onearm's armies fought a series of campaigns to conquer the cities of the north. They faced stubborn resistance from the Free Cities and the forces of the warlord, Caladan Brood. The initial fighting in areas like Blackdog Forest was referred to as the First Campaigns.[1]

Before Gardens of the MoonEdit

"In the eighth year the Free Cities of Genabackis established contracts with a number of mercenary armies to oppose the Imperium's advance; prominent among these were the Crimson Guard, under the command of Prince K'azz D'Avore (see Volumes III & V); and the Tiste Andii regiments of Moon's Spawn, under the command of Caladan Brood and others.

The forces of the Malazan Empire, commanded by High Fist Dujek Onearm, consisted in that year of the 2nd, 5th and 6th Armies, as well as legions of Moranth.
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Imperial Campaigns 1158-1194 Volume IV, Genabackis, Imrygyn Tallobant (b.1151)[src]
During the Blackdog Campaign, the Bridgeburners, including Whiskeyjack and his squad were sorely tested. Kalam recalled that the few score survivors that emerged had been 'hollowed' and numbed by their ordeals. They had faced an alliance of the Crimson Guard, Nathii First Army, and the Mott Irregulars.[2]

See also: Blackdog Campaign

See also: Mott Campaign

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

After twelve years of war,[3] the Malazan Empire controlled a wide swath of the north of the continent, including eight of the ten Free Cities which dominated trade on the continent. The Malazan continental capital on Genabackis was Genabaris on the north-western coast, using the large port as an important disembarking point for its armies.

However, as of 1161BS, the Genabackis campaign had become a mess.[4] The fact that most of the Malazan soldiers on Genabackis were Seven Cities natives did not make things easier.[5] Malazan recruiters scoured the Empire's backwaters looking for "fresh bodies".[6]

By 1163BS the 5th Army was being decimated in the North Campaign due to repeated attacks by the Crimson Guard, the Mott Irregulars, and the other local armies and mercenaries commanded by the Warlord, Caladan Brood, and his formidable ally, Anomander Rake of the Tiste Andii of Moon's Spawn. Anomander Rake had committed almost all of his sorcerers and a half-dozen legions of his warriors to the north to aid Brood. The 5th Army was pushed back along the northern edge of the Rhivi Plain until fighting had been bogged down in Blackdog Forest for a period of four years.[7]

Meanwhile, the 2nd Army was stalled at the Siege of Pale for three years.[8] In 1163 the siege ended, at heavy costs, but Anomander Rake withdrew. After the siege, the 2nd, 5th and 6th Army were merged to stand as the 5th Army, near full complement.

At this point, the Malazan Empire controlled the entire northern half of Genabackis apart from a small strip just south of Blackdog Forest held by Caladan Brood and a patch to either side held by the Crimson Guard. The area held by the Empire ended at the northern edge of the Tahlyn Mountains.[9]

In Memories of IceEdit

"Five mages [Bellurdan, Nightchill, A'Karonys, Tattersail, Hairlock], an Adjunct [ Lorn], countless Imperial Demons, and the debacle that was Darujhistan, all served to publicly justify the outlawry proclaimed by the Empress on Dujek Onearm and his battered legions. That this freed Onearm and his Host to launch a new campaign, this time as an independent military force, to fashion his own unholy alliances which were destined to result in a continuation of the dreadful Sorcery Enfilade on Genabackis, is, one might argue, incidental. Granted, the countless victims of that devastating time might, should Hood grant them the privilege, voice an entirely different opinion. Perhaps the most poetic detail of what would come to be called the Pannion Wars was in fact a precursor to the entire campaign: the casual, indifferent destruction of a lone, stone bridge, by the Jaghut Tyrant on his ill-fated march to Darujhistan…"
Imperial Campaigns (The Pannion War)-1195, Volume IV, Genabackis
Imrygyn Tallobant (b. 1151)[src]

After Dujek and his army were outlawed, they turned their attention toward the Pannion Domin; see the Pannion War for more information. Note that it was later revealed that the outlawing was only a feint.

After the war's conclusion, negotiations began with Aragan, Brood and Anomander Rake, regarding the fate of Coral (which would become home to the Tiste Andii as Black Coral) and the Malazan territories on Genabackis, which would remain in their possession.

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