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The Jhag Odhan were wastes which lay to the west of Seven Cities[1] between the Olphara Forest and the inland Clatar Sea. It was bordered on the west by Nemil.

The plain's low, rolling hills were cloaked in prairie grass so tall it rose to the height of a Teblor's chest. Its basins were filled with clumps of low, bushy trees with leaves of dusty green and grey.[2]

The odhan was home to Jhag and Trell.[3] Jhag horses, bred long ago by the Jaghut, ran wild there.[4] It was also populated by herds of Bhederin and striped antelope, Aras deer, and tall, honey-coloured wolves.[5]

Bloodwood was said to have once grown on the odhan, but had been extinct for tens of thousands of years.[6]

During the invasion of Seven Cities by the Malazan Empire, it was discovered there were still some Jaghut alive in the desert. The T'lan Imass that were supposed to be under command of the Malazans marched off into the desert to fight the Twenty-eighth Jaghut War.[7] Leoman described the state of these Jaghut as "fallen" before they had been killed off. They had been predated on for so long that they had become nomadic savages.[8]


At one time, the odhan's eastern border near Sarpachiya had been occupied by a massive inland saltwater sea that ran from the Thalas Mountains to the Clatar Sea.[9][10] The shores had been home to Logros' clan of the Imass before the Ritual of Tellann, and the hills, once surrounded by the sea, contained their holy sites, hidden caves, and flint quarries.[11][12] After the ritual had been conducted nearby, the newly forged T'lan Imass had broken the ice sheets of the Jaghut at the "first place of defiance" where today stood a line of saw-tooth hills.[13] Long afterwards, the caves were filled with tens of thousands of weapons of those T'lan Imass who had failed.[14]

The odhan had once also been home to an Azath House before it had been mortally wounded by Icarium. Afterwards, the T'lan Imass had impaled the Jaghut child, Phyrlis, on the same spot.[15]

In House of ChainsEdit

Karsa Orlong went to the Jhag Odhan searching for a Jhag horse. In the Logros' old caves, he found the weapons of the disgraced Unbound which finally freed them from their prison.[16] The Unbound then observed as Karsa used the old forging chamber to carve his own sword, Delum Thord, from stone. He used the sword to cut down 'Siballe and drive the others away.[17] Exiting the cave, the Teblor pushed aside Onrack T'emlava and Trull Sengar as they arrived.[18]

Deeper in the odhan, Karsa came upon the Jaghut, Cynnigig, who brought him to Phyrlis. The Jaghut assisted him in calling ten to fifteen thousand Jhag horses from which the Teblor chose Havok as his mount.[19]

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