Hannan Mosag was a Tiste Edur mage who was known as the Warlock King. He managed to wrestle control of the six Tiste Edur tribes of northwestern Lether during the War of Unification. He maintained his rule of the confederation by holding the subjugated chieftains' firstborn sons as hostages and apprentices, forming what he called his K'risnan.[1]

The Warlock King was unprepossessing in appearance. He was of average height and build, with even features and skin a shade paler than most Edur. His wide cast eyes gave him a look of perpetual surprise and he wore clothing typical of an Edur warrior minus the trophies indicating martial prowess. Mosag's true strength lay in his rich, deep, commanding voice, and in his skill at wielding the power of Kurald Emurlahn.[2]

Visions guided Hannan Mosag since he was a child, and he carried blood memories back to the Dark Times of Kurald Emurlahn's rivening.[3]

One sign of Hannan Mosag's magical prowess was the hulking Shadow wraith that served as his bodyguard. It carried two long and indistinct blades and wore what appeared to be shadowy plate armour, gauntlets, and a helm. The wraith was silent, never sleeping, and ever vigil.[4]

He had no wife and owned no slaves. His home was sparse and severe in its order.[5] He wore the clothing of an Edur warrior but without the trophies typically earned in raids or battle. The K'risnan were trophies enough.[6]

In Midnight Tides[edit | edit source]

Hannan Mosag's unification of the tribes was but the first step in his plan to make his people unassailable.[7][8] Some actions were obvious such as choosing Fear Sengar to arm and train a powerful new Edur army.[9] Mosag also agreed to a Great Meeting with a delegation from the Kingdom of Lether to gain a measure of their rapacious neighbors to the south.[10] When Trull Sengar reported that a fleet of Letherii ships were illicitly harvesting the Edur's Tusked seals, he promised a "full unveiling" of Kurald Emurlahn to destroy the culprits, the first since the days of Father Shadow and the warren's rivening.[11] Trull suspected Mosag had stumbled upon some previously unknown fragment of the warren.[12]

But the power the Warlock King possessed really came from a secret bargain with the Crippled God.[13] With the god's power, Mosag summoned an enslaved Demon spirit-god to horrifically slaughter the fleet's sailors and destroy the waterfront of Trate from which the ships had come.[14][15] Uruth Sengar was alarmed by the display and revealed the secrets of the Stone Bowl to her sons. Father Shadow had long ago been killed and his soul trapped by the Elder Gods. Mosag had somehow found the bowl and discovered these secrets, and she feared he sought tainted power at any cost for some as yet unknown purpose.[16]

The Crippled God sent the Warlock King a vision of a gift to be found on the ice fields to the east. Mosag sent the Sengar brothers to retrieve it with the explicit instructions not to let the gift touch their skin.[17] The brothers discovered the Crippled God's cursed sword frozen in a spar of ice, and despite Mosag's warning, Rhulad Sengar wielded the sword against an ambush of Jheck. When Rhulad was slain, the sword refused to be taken from his hands.[18]

The Warlock King was furious when the Sengar brothers returned with his prize and demanded Rhulad's hands be severed to retrieve it against the wishes of the boy's parents.[19] Before a decision could be reached, Rhulad awoke accusing Mosag of weakness. He claimed the Warlock King had always intended to betray their mutual patron, refusing to seek out conquest as the Crippled God demanded once his power was received. Rhulad declared himself emperor of the Tiste Edur in Hannan Mosag's stead and forced the Warlock King to kneel and serve him.[20][21]

Hannan Mosag served at Rhulad's side as the new emperor launched a war against the Kingdom of Lether. He ever sought to guide and manipulate the emperor as Rhulad struggled between sanity and madness, surrendering his throne but not relinquishing his ambition to rule.[22][23] His K'risnan were spread amongst the various Edur armies and fleets to allow them communicate back to their emperor.[24]

At the Battle of Brans Keep, the Warlock King and his K'risnan unleashed towering columns of Chaos magic upon the Letherii Army, reducing them to shattered bones. Even Rhulad was horrified by the slaughter and only the intervention of his slave, Udinaas, likely saved Mosag's life.[25] When the emperor's army entered Letheras, Mosag cast another massive display of magic to slay the soldiers guarding the path to the Eternal Domicile as well as the spectators and buildings around them.[26]

'Protecting the Eternal Domicile' Interpretation of the fight between Kuru Qan and Hannan Mosag by Enaglio

In the hall leading to King Ezgara Diskanar's throne room, Hannan Mosag and his K'risnan dueled Ceda Kuru Qan. The Ceda slew the K'risnan and was on the verge of overcoming the Warlock King when Trull killed the Ceda with his spear. Mosag's use of the Crippled God's magic left him almost unrecognizable, his body twisted, bent, and broken. As a further act of cruelty, he ordered two large sacks at his feet opened before Ezgara. They contained the equally twisted bodies of Queen Janall amd Prince Quillas through whom he had channneled his magic during the duel.[27] After Ezgara died of poison and Brys Beddict incapacitated Rhulad, the Warlock King attempted to take the throne for himself. But when the Guardian of the Names killed Rhulad paving the way for his next resurrection, his claim came undone.[28]

In The Bonehunters[edit | edit source]

After Rhulad's ascension to emperor, he sent Ahlrada Ahn and a company of Arapay warriors in search of the betrayers, Fear and Udinaas. When they came back empty handed, Rhulad was enraged and would have ordered them all executed but for the intervention of Hannan Mosag. The Warlock King was able to impose some control on the emperor, explaining that there was a great need for Tiste Edur warriors in the new empire and even more would be needed for the vast expeditions that were being planned.[29]

In Reaper's Gale[edit | edit source]

Hannan Mosag was declared Rhulad's Ceda, but like almost all Tiste Edur he was kept away from Rhulad by Triban Gnol. Mosag conspired with other unhappy Edur to gain more control for himself directing his K'risnan and soldiers to drive Silchas Ruin and his party to the Tiste Andii in Bluerose, he personally also began trying to weaken the hold on the Nameless Sea God frozen in Settle Lake. Mosag managed to invest a pocket created by a cave in in the flooded portion of the Eternal Domicile with pure Kurald Emurlahn. Using the space he sent Bruthen Trana's spirit on a journey to find Brys Beddict believing he would once more be able to defeat Rhulad without killing him. Mosag killed Bruthan Trana's abandon body as soon as his spirit was gone. With dangers approaching from all sides Rhulad aloud Hannan Mosag to council him once again. On the day the Malazan's reached the city Mosag crawled towards Settle Lake planning to bind the Nameless sea god to his power once more. He saw Ursto Hoobutt and Pinosel as he approached but was killed by the Jaghut Huntress before he arrived.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"There is a spear of ice, newly thrust into the heart of the land. The soul within it yearns to kill. He who grasps that spear will know death. Again and again, he shall know death."
―Hannan Mosag's Vision[src]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.34/40
  2. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.45-46
  3. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.41
  4. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.46
  5. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.54
  6. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.46
  7. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.41
  8. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.274
  9. Midnight Tides, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.168
  10. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.39
  11. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.49/54
  12. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.49
  13. Midnight Tides, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.563-564
  14. Midnight Tides, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.94-97
  15. Midnight Tides, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.183-186
  16. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.101/112-119
  17. Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.54-55
  18. Midnight Tides, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.256-261
  19. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.279-280
  20. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.274/290
  21. Midnight Tides, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.342-346
  22. Midnight Tides, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.414-415
  23. Midnight Tides, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.569
  24. Midnight Tides, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.466-467
  25. Midnight Tides, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.673-683
  26. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.715
  27. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.730-736/740-742
  28. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.753-755
  29. The Bonehunters, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.685-686
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