Mael was the Elder God[1] of the Seas.[2] His warren was Denaeth Rusen.[3]

As an Elder God, he was called by many names.[4] The colonists from the First Empire made their sacrifices to the salty seas in the name of Jhistal.[4] The Tiste Edur knew the god as Mael, and their warriors in their war canoes opened their veins to feed the foam, and this red froth they called Bloodmane.[4] The Jheck who lived upon the ice called the dark waters beneath that ice the Lady of Patience, Barutalan.[4] The Faraed knew him as Mael, Elder God of the Seas, the Dweller Below.[5] The Shake spoke of Neral, the Swallower.[4] On Quon Tali one aspect of Mael was known as Chem, the Thousand-fold God, God of the waters, God of all the seas, God of a Thousand Moods, a Thousand Faces, and a Thousand Moods.[6]

In his normal form, he was described as wide and squat with deep blue skin which faded to gold at the throat and bared belly. He had lank blond hair which hung down from a broad, almost flat pate and amber eyes.[7]

Worshippers on Quon Tali cast folded leaves, flowers, and garlands into the water as offerings and prayers to Mael.[8] Sharks were Mael's chosen beasts of the sea.[9]

In Midnight TidesEdit

Shortly after the sundering of Kurald Emurlahn, Mael observed the invasion of the Malazan world through a violent rent by the combined armies of Silchas Ruin's Tiste Andii and Scabandari Bloodeye's Tiste Edur. After the invaders defeated the army and Skykeeps of the K'Chain Che'Malle and Scabandari betrayed Silchas, Mael bargained with Gothos to preserve the destruction within a layer of ice. In return Mael would owe the Jaghut a debt. Mael also made an alliance with Kilmandaros from the other side of the invaders' gate to bring down Scabandari and scatter his people.[10]

In modern times, Brys Beddict travelled to part of Mael's realm while working with the Ceda Kuru Qan to determine if Mael had been enslaved by Hannan Mosag. While there, he encountered the Guardian of the Names charged by Mael to protect a sanctuary of numerous Forgotten Gods. Without Mael's protection these gods without worshipers would have vanished and died, although Mael himself had not visited in thousands of years. After discovering one of Mael's charges had indeed been stolen by the Tiste Edur, Brys donated his own blood to recharge the strength of the sanctuary's Guardian.[11]

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Interpretation of Tehol and Bugg by Dejan Delic

It was revealed that Mael was secretly posing as Bugg, Tehol Beddict's manservant in Letheras. He was also Tehol's frontman in his business endeavours and proprietor of Bugg's Construction.

While posing as Bugg, he was described as an old man, bald,[12] with a wizened face and a grizzled head who squinted often.

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Mael punishes Theradas Buhn by Shadaan

As Bugg, he located Iron Bars and his squad and led them to The Pack so it could be slain. He then directed Bars to the dead Azath Tower to delay the Seregahl. He aided Kuru Qan in capturing and killing the ancient sea-god that the Edur had bound. He also arrived in time to save Tehol from a group of Tiste Edur.

Mael paid a visit to the Crippled God's island to punish him for inciting the war between the Tiste Edur and the Letherii Empire, and the latter's subsequent capitulation. While doing so, he rescued Withal and Sandalath Drukorlat who were captive on the island.

In Reaper's GaleEdit

Mael, in his guise as Bugg, helped Tehol to bring down the Letherii economy by creating a false shortage of finance and then flooding the markets with coin all at once. He was appointed Chancellor, Ceda, and Treasurer to Tehol Beddict when the latter was crowned King of the Lether.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

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Bugg by Zsoszy

Mael, again held the disguise of Bugg, standing by Tehol's right hand. He, along with Pinosel and Ursto Hoobutt, defended Seren Pedac and her unborn child during Fiddler's reading of the Deck of Dragons.

Notably, while meeting with the other elder gods Mael held to the elderly appearance of Bugg. He banned Errastas from Letheras and threatened to drown him if he should ever return there. Among the Elder Gods, Mael was still held in a position of power, having a High priest in the position to take the Malazan Throne.

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In The Crippled GodEdit

Mael brought the body and soul of Heboric Light Touch to K'rul upon his request. He also told him about the Bonehunters' battle with the K'Chain Nah'ruk.

He, along with K'rul, greeted Kaminsod upon his release and took him to Heboric. They watched as the two rechained Korabas.

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

Mallick Rel, the Jhistal priest, bound Mael through a blood ritual and used the God's power in his efforts to gain the Malazan throne. He compelled Mael to speed the journeys of the fleets of Urko Crust's Talian League secessionists and of the Crimson Guard to Quon Tali fanning the flames of civil war.[13]

However, the prayers of Mael's new-found followers served to break these bindings, though Mael restrained himself from killing Rel in punishment.[14]

In StonewielderEdit

As Greymane passed through the Warren of Ruse on his mission to destroy the Stormwall, Mael presented him with a reminder of the cost of his efforts. Ruse became a flooded plain awash with pale drowned corpses stinking of death. Although pained by the warning, Greymane was not dissuaded from his task.[15]

In Forge of DarknessEdit

Mael was said to have fled across the sea and formed his own realm.[16]

In Fall of LightEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Memories of Ice, Glossary, UK MMPB p.1186
  2. House of Chains, Glossary
  3. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 15
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Dust of Dreams, Chapter 21
  5. Midnight Tides, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.192
  6. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 3 Chapter 1, US HC p.564
  7. Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.24
  8. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 3 Chapter 1, US HC p.564-565
  9. House of Chains, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.186
  10. Midnight Tides, Prologue, US SFBC p.24-25
  11. Midnight Tides, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.194/203-205
  12. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 18, according to the Advocate Sleem: Bugg '[...] I cut a sliver [...] to pay for a haircut' / Sleem: 'You have no hair'
  13. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 3, US HC p.107
  14. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 3 Chapter 1, US HC p.564-565
  15. Stonewielder, Chapter 11, US HC p.541-542
  16. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 16, UK HC p.501-2
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