Krughava was the Mortal Sword of the Perish Grey Helms and sworn to Fanderay and Togg, the Wolves of Winter. She was described as a huge, broad-shouldered woman with fair skin, hair the hue of iron, and blue eyes that blazed like the winter sky. Her weathered face was seemed with scars and her features were stern and angular over robust and even bones, looking as if they "could have been carved from the raw cliffs of Perish".
Her physical strength matched by her strength of will "and neither seem[ed] assailable by any force in the mortal world. It was said that, even though she was [then] in her fifth decade of life, no brother or sister of the Order could best her in any of a score of weapons: from skinning knife to mattock".
Krughava wore a surcoat of blackened chain that glistened with oil. Over this she wore a black cloak of thick wool. Her iron helm was camailed at the back with sweeping cheek-guards. Her longsword had a silver wolf's-head pommel and its blade of blue iron "was etched from tip to hilt, two wolves stretched in full charge, every swirl of fur visible, their fangs polished brighter than all else, gleaming, the eyes blackened smears. The artisanship was superb, yet that blade's edge was notched and battered. Its length gleamed with oil."
After the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan, Adjunct Tavore Paran's Bonehunters embarked on Admiral Nok's Malazan Imperial Fleet to return to Quon Tali. On the western coast of the Catal Sea they encountered thirty-one Perish Thrones of War. A war-canoe bearing Mortal Sword Krughava, Destriant Run'Thurvian, and Shield Anvil Tanakalian crossed from the Perish fleet's flagship to the Froth Wolf, where Adjunct Tavore commanded. The Perish introduced themselves and related how they had repelled a fleet of Tiste Edur, destroying twenty ships at a cost of four of their own.
Run'Thurvian announced that they had been waiting for the Malazan fleet. Then Krughava drew her sword and held it horizontally against her own chest as she spoke before the Adjunct:
- "I am Krughava, Mortal Sword of the Grey Helms of the Perish, sworn to the Wolves of Winter. In solemn acceptance of all that shall soon come to pass, I pledge my army to your service, Adjunct Tavore Paran. Our complement: thirty-one Thrones of War. Thirteen thousand and seventy-nine brothers and sisters of the Order. Before us, Adjunct Tavore, awaits the end of the world. In the name of Togg and Fanderay, we shall fight until we die."
The Grey Helms accompanied Tavore to Malaz City where they guarded her flagship from the angry mobs while she met with Empress Laseen. The question arose whether the Perish army was loyal to the Malazan empress or Adjunct Tavore. Tavore told Fist Keneb it was up to the Mortal Sword to decide. When the Adjunct went renegade with the 14th Army, the Grey Helms followed.
Krughava gave Brys Beddict a vow that the Perish Grey Helms would stand in the place of the Letherii should the opportunity arrive in answer for the latter having stood where the Grey Helms should have been (meaning the battle against the K'Chain Nah'ruk which the Perish missed).
Krughava was killed when Shield Anvil Tanakalian stabbed her in the throat at the eve of the Battle of the Spire.
- "...she wondered now, where was the crime in that most human of capacities: to carry in one's heart a contradiction, to leave it unchallenged, immune to reconciliation; indeed, to be two people at once, each true to herself, and neither denying the presence of the other? What vast laws of cosmology were broken by this human talent? Did the universe split asunder? Did reality lose its way?
- No. In fact, it seemed that the only realm wherein contradiction had any power at all was the realm of rational argument. And, Krughava admitted, she had begun to doubt that realm's self-proclaimed virtue."
- ―Meditations of Krughava
- "You would choose only the worthy to embrace, Shield Anvil? Then what you do is not an embrace, sir. It is a reward. And if you are to taste the flavour of naught but virtuous souls, how will you ever find the strength to best the flaws within your own soul? Shield Anvil Tanakalian, you are headed into difficult times."
- "What did I seek in our faith? I sought to mend the impossible crisis that is our worship of the Wild, our worship of all that we have left behind and to which we can never return. I sought reconciliation. An acceptance of the brutal contradiction of our human lives."
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 The Bonehunters, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.801-804
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dust of Dreams, Chapter 2
- ↑ Dust of Dreams, Chapter 2
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.911
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 23
- ↑ The Crippled God, Chapter 4, UK HB p.114