The Gilani were a tribe from the southeast Seven Cities. Their Futani royal family had been shattered by feuds, and the last surviving male of the royal line was Tribole Futan, more commonly known as Skulldeath. Another Futani had been Skulldeath's great-uncle--a Falah'dan champion who had been poisoned by assassins three years before the Malazan invasion.
They were a people characterised by bodies virtually devoid of fat with long, gracile, rope-like muscles that were far stronger than they appeared. The Gilani had a unique fighting style that made use of twin tulwars.