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Map of Korel and Stratem by Joshua Butler

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[]

In Memories of Ice[]

Korel, aka Lands of Fist

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

In Dust of Dreams[]

The name of the "Lands of Fist" originated from the Fall of the Crippled God.[4] (Because the "Fist" of the god smashed or fell over the continent.)

In Return of the Crimson Guard[]

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.[5]

In Stonewielder[]

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.[6]

The Malazan Empire returned in 1167 BS, sending the Malazan Expeditionary Force as a punitive army to bring the now renegade 6th Army to heel.[7]

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