Mage cadres were instrumental attachments to armies that used magic, such as the Malazan Army and the Letherii Army. A typical Malazan mage cadre consisted of six mages and the mage commander.[1] In the Malaz 2nd Army the rank of cadre commander was indicated by a silver emblem attached to the cloak of the wearer.[2]

In the time of the Emperor, mages were so abundant that mage companies of Adepts were formed.[3]

Much later, the number of mage cadres came down drastically, with the Malazan 5th army posted in Genabackis left without mages of any extraordinary skill.[4]

"Ye Gods! That the empire of Nightchill, Tattersail, and Tayschrenn should be reduced to this! It would be laughable if it weren't so damn tragic."
―Aragan's observations on the state of Mage Cadres, especially in Genabackis[src]

Rank structure Edit

Rank Comparison Table
First Sword of the EmpireImperial High Mage1
High FistAdmiral2
Fist/Commander3High Mage
Colonel4CommanderMage Cadre commander5
LieutenantLieutenant?Cadre mage
Master Sergeant
Corporal Squad mage6

1Appeared to report directly to the Emperor or Empress.
2It is unknown if a High Fist outranked an Admiral or not.
3These ranks seemed to be roughly equivalent.
4Possibly a garrison rank only. Appeared once only (see Tras).
5The name of this rank is conjectural, but the rank was real enough.
6Not a true rank. Position conjectural based on observed authority, but had no command power.

Known Malazan Mage Cadre CommandersEdit

Known Malazan Mage Company CommandersEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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