"It weren't my fault. I ain't never used cussers afore!"

Jamber Bole, known more commonly as "Crump" to the Malazans, was a sapper in Sergeant Cord's 7th Squad, 9th Company, 8th Legion of the 14th Army.[1] He was described as having a horsey face, a long, scrawny neck, big ears, and a fist-sized Adam's apple.[2] He had absurdly long legs with wild, knobby knees that came up to his ears when he ran.[3][2] He had a broad, mindless smile with huge and gleaming teeth.[3][2] He wore huge boots.[3]

Crump was originally a High Marshal in the Mott Irregulars from Mott Wood.[4] By his own admission, he had been arrested and been put in manacles by the Irregulars. He got them off with the help of a fish spine and left when no-one was looking.[5]

He was generally considered to be a halfwit, but did possess some skills.

In The Bonehunters[edit | edit source]

After the Battle of Raraku, Leoman led the Army of the Apocalypse westward to Y'Ghatan and the 14th Army followed. The Last Siege of Y'Ghatan was to begin with the Malazan sappers each placing a timed wall-breaker munition at the base of the city's wall. Ebron forewarned Bottle, who was to disguise the sappers' approach with his magic, to beware of Crump, saying he was dangerous. At the wall, Crump revealed he had amassed more than his share of munitions, placing three wall-breakers and setting their fuses off early. Cuttle called for an immediate and hasty retreat, but many soldiers caught up in the ensuing massive explosion died.[6] Crump survived and returned to his squad.

First into the city were the Malazan marines, followed quickly by the Heavy infantry. Fist Keneb then ordered Cord to lead the 9th Company's seventh through twelfth medium infantry squads into Y'Ghatan.[7] Once inside the city, the Malazans immediately came under heavy attack by hidden swordsmen and archers. Cord's squad linked up with Mosel's heavy infantry following Fiddler's marines.[8]

When enough Malazans were engaged in street fighting inside the city, Leoman sprung his trap. The city's olive oil-soaked buildings were set alight and the streets quickly became an inferno. Cord's squad fled the flames along with a mixed group of survivors from Sobelone's, Balm's, Fiddler's, Hellian's, and Gesler's squads. The intense flames drove the soldiers to the Temple of the Queen of Dreams where Gesler thought to somehow make a bargain with the goddess. Their hopes were dashed when Crump urinated on the altar causing it to crack. Cuttle chose the moment to have words over the explosion at the wall, but Crump insisted it was not his fault because he had never used cussers before.[9]

Crump was among the small group of soldiers who survived Y'Ghatan by tunneling their way out from under the city. They spent three days crawling on their hands and knees through the dark led by Bottle and his rat. During the ordeal, Crump crawled behind Gesler annoying him with his idiotic songs.[10] When the group found and ingested an ancient cache of Carelbarra, Stump Flit appeared to Crump in a drug-induced dream. The Salamander God revealed that he was being pursued by his fellow Bole brothers and that his future would take a rather bleak turn if they caught up with him.[11]

Unaware that any had survived, the 14th Army made haste for the Kokakal Sea to embark on Admiral Nok's ships and escape the Bluetongue Plague ravaging Seven Cities. Faradan Sort and Sinn remained behind and discovered the survivors as they crawled from the wreckage.[12] Crump and the others made the long march west, finally catching up to the army on the coast.[13]

After the encounter between Nok's Imperial Fleet and the Third Edur Imperial Fleet in the Kokakal Sea, Crump waved at the enemy Tiste Edur earning a fist to the head from Cord. As the sergeant cursed him out, Crump listened with a broad, mindless smile and an expression that twitched in "sheer delight every time Cord's tirade reached new heights of imagination."[14]

In Reaper's Gale[edit | edit source]

Crumo, Shard and Sinn by Shadaan

Crump was a member of Sergeant Cord's squad and part of the Malazan detachment stationed at Second Maiden Fort when the Bonehunters invaded the Empire of Lether.[15]

In Dust of Dreams[edit | edit source]

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In The Crippled God[edit | edit source]

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Crump's song excerpt[edit | edit source]

"and I says oh I says them marsh trees
got soft feet, and moss beards all the way down
and they sway in the smelly breeze
from that swamp water all

oh we was in the froggy toady dawn
belly-down in the leeches and collectin' spawn
'cause when you give those worms a squeeze
the blue pinky ropes come slimin' down—

and don't they taste sweet!
and don't they taste sweet!
sweet as peat, oh yes
sweet as peat—'

and I says oh I says that ole bridge
got feeta stone, and mortar white as bone
and the badgers dangle from the ledge
swingin' alla day alla way home

oh we was pullin' vines from you know where
and stuffin' our ears with sweety sweet loam
jus t'get them badgers flyin' outa there
inta them cook pots in the hearthy home—

and don't they taste sweet!
and don't they taste sweet!
sweet as peat, oh yes
sweet as peat—

and I says oh I says that warlock's tower—

Trivia[edit | edit source]

In response to a fan question, Steven Erikson stated that Crump likely saved Malazan lives at Y'Ghatan with his overzealous bombing of the walls. The resulting crater slowed the Malazan advance into the city preventing more from being caught up by the fires.[16]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

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