The Lands of Fist, also called Korel by the Malazans, was the northernmost of two adjoining sub-continents, the other being Stratem. The Malazan Empire initially invaded Korel (though technically, only the Lands of Fist, the invasion did not extend as far south as Stratem) and took over most of the Lands of Fist, although they negotiated a diplomatic agreement with Korelri. They left behind an occupation force consisting of the Malaz 6th Army.
Regions and territories
- the Deep Wilderness
- the Elder Continent
- Fist Island
- Korel Island
- the Plains of Blight
- Remnant Isle
In Memories of Ice
The continent's unique cratered geography was revealed to be the result of the cataclysmic fall of the Crippled God 119,739 years before Burn's Sleep. The land was shattered and beset by tidal waves, firestorms, and ash-filled clouds. For months, the dismembered god had screamed unceasingly and the scattered survivors were reduced to savagery, cannibalism, and murder.
In The Bonehunters
The land's geographic origins were understood by some. Noto Boil knew the cratered geography of the subcontinent was created by the fall of the Crippled God. He described it as flinging a handful of rocks into mud, then allowing water to fill the pocks.
In Dust of Dreams
The name of the "Lands of Fist" originated from the Fall of the Crippled God. (Because the "Fist" of the god smashed or fell over the continent.)
Rumours that Trell had once resided in the Lands of Fist until their extermination were angrily denied by Paulus of Rool. As proof, the writer pointed to the lack of any physical evidence left behind of their presence.
Eventually immigrants from other lands repopulated the continent driving the original inhabitants to the fringe lands. The newcomers took up worship of The Lady who became the region's patron goddess.