Gothos' Folly (also known as Gothos's Folly) was a series of ancient scrolls written by the ancient Jaghut, Gothos.[1] According to the Errant, Gothos' Folly was a "multiple-volumed suicide note", although he was not sure if Gothos actually committed suicide or was still alive.[2] The work was quoted randomly throughout the series.

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

New scrolls had been discovered in a mountain fastness beyond Blackdog Forest, prior to the fall of Pale and were researched by Bellurdan. The writings discussed things such as the Tiste Andii and other races of the elder ages.[3]

The alchemist Baruk had several copies of the surviving tomes of Gotho's Folly in his library. The Tiste Andii were mentioned who seemed to be feared and Gothos had written that fortunately they were few in numbers. Baruk thought Gothos' description of Anomander Rake jet-black skin had been accurate.[1]

After conquering Pale, the Malazans discovered further copied fragments of Gothos' Folly in the archives of the dead wizards of the city which were then studied by their High Mage Bellurdan.[4]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Several scrolls bearing fragments of Gothos' Folly containing references to the Matron of Decay were once possessed by the Grand Temple of D'rek in Kartool City. The scrolls disappeared the same night that Tayschrenn fled the island and Banaschar assumed they were in the High Mage's hands.[5]

In The Crippled GodEdit

Brother Diligence, the Forkrul Assail, discovered scrolls of Gothos' Folly in the Palace of Kolanse.[6]

First known excerpt Edit

"Thelomen Tartheno Toblakai…
find the names of a people
so reluctant to fade
into oblivion…
Their legend rots
my cynical cast and blights
my eyes with bright glory…
'Cross not the loyal cage
embracing their unassailable heart…

…Cross not these stolid menhirs,
ever loyal to the earth.'
Thelomen Tartheno Toblakai…
Still standing, these towering pillars
mar the gelid scape
of my mind…
―Gothos' Folly (II.iv)
Gothos (b.?)[src]

Second known excerpt Edit

"I saw them on the shores
the deepening pits of their gaze
vowed immortal war
against the sighing calm
of Jaghut seas…
―Gothos' Folly[src]

Third known excerpt Edit

"I have reached an age when youth itself is beauty."
―A Brief Assembly of Ugly Thoughts (Interlude)
Gothos' Folly[src]

Unsourced Quotes Edit

Several quotes attributed to Gothos' Folly by others.

"In a war between fanatics and sceptics, the fanatics win every time."
―Gothos' Folly, Quoted by Diligence[src]
"When wisdom drips blood fools stand triumphant."
―Gothos' Folly, Quoted by Diligence[src]
"The problem with paths is that once you have chosen one, You cannot choose the others."
―Attributed to Gothos' Folly[src]

On the subject of the TisteEdit

The historian Heboric mentioned Gothos' Folly's discourse of the Tiste, it being the oldest and only work to mention them. According to Gothos, there were three Tiste peoples who came to the Malazan world from another realm. The work only mentioned two by name, the Tiste Andii and the Tiste Edur. The Edur were a grey-skinned people resulting from the unwelcome union of Mother Dark with the Light. The union was looked down upon by the Andii as "a degradation of pure Dark, and the source of all their subsequent ills."[7]

On the subject of the K'Chain Che'MalleEdit

Gothos' Folly's attributed the construction of a vast plaza on Stratem to the K'Chain Che'Malle, an Elder Race he claimed was extinct before the rise of the Jaghut, the T'lan Imass, and the Forkrul Assail.[8] The scrolls also whispered of the short-tailed K'Chain Nah'ruk who waged war on their long-tailed kin with sorcery enfused mechanisms such as Skykeeps. One such skykeep was Moon's Spawn, which the scrolls theorised had drifted north to be entrapped by Jaghut ice until rediscovered by Anomander Rake.[9]

Notes and referencesEdit

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