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'Into the storm' by Corporal Nobbs

The Malaz 14th Army was commissioned in Aren in 1164 of Burn's Sleep under the command of Adjunct Tavore Paran. It was made up of three legions: the 8th, 9th and 10th Legions. Their objective was to defeat the armies of the Apocalypse and reconquer Seven Cities.

The 14th had a large number of untried recruits, half of them originated from Quon Tali.[1]

Command of the 8th Legion was given to Fist Gamet, command of the 9th Legion was given to Fist Blistig and command of the 10th Legion was given to Fist Tene Baralta.[2]

In House of ChainsEdit

During the first muster of the 14th, the interruption of the muster by Captain Keneb's adopted son Grub with a human longbone was taken as an ill omen.[3] Upon Fiddler's suggestion, the sergeants turned the omen around by adopting pieces of human bone, stolen from a local cemetery as an accoutrement to their uniform.[4] Tavore endorsed the veteran's idea[5] and further bolstered it by incorporating a bone in the official standard.[6][7]

After marching from Aren, the 14th met and were joined by the Khundryl Burned Tears, worshippers of Coltaine. Following various raids by the armies of the Whirlwind, the 14th then reached the borders of the holy desert Raraku. Tavore, making use of her Otataral sword, parted the magical whirlwind surrounding the desert, allowing the army to enter.

During his brief tenure as Captain, Ranal reorganized the squads, attaching the 9th, 11th and 12th squads, medium infantry, as well as the heavies of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd squads to the marines of the 9th Company to form discreet fighting units.[8] When Gamet returned to his position as Fist, he decided to leave the arrangements in place.[9]

The Battle of Raraku was somewhat anticlimactic. Despite seemingly being outnumbered, the plan for the battle at the Pan'arak Oasis involved almost a third of the 14th to guard avenues of retreat for the enemy forces.[10] On the eve of battle, a legion of ghosts decimated the Whirlwind troops and slew Korbolo Dom's Dogslayers. The next morning, Adjunct Tavore defeated Sha'ik in personal combat and Dom was delivered into the Malazan hands by Pearl and Lostara Yil. Taking charge, Leoman sent the Whirlwind remnants fleeing for Y'Ghatan. The 14th was only able to engage Leoman's retreating army in small skirmishes as the bulk of the Malazan troops had to climb to safety to avoid the sudden flooding of the Raraku desert.

In The BonehuntersEdit

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The survivors of Y'Ghatan by Noah Bradley (Official image)

The 14th Army slowly and carefully pursued the retreating Whirlwind Army through dust storms and difficult terrain.[11][12] Feeling cheated of full vengeance and a final resolution against their enemy, the 14th was miserable and angry. Feuds and altercations broke out among an army that wanted blood.[12]

A new contingent of recruits and officers joined the 14th during the march to Y'Ghatan.[13][14] After the second fall of Y'Ghatan, during which some 40 soldiers managed to escape by crawling through the buried ruins of the old city,[15] the 14th became known as "the Bonehunters".[16][17]

They marched to Sotka Fork for their rendezvous with Admiral Nok's fleet. While travelling by boat to return to the Empire, they encountered the Perish Grey Helms who joined up with them.

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Malaz 14th Army.

Following this, the 14th returned to Malaz City to report to the Empress, only to be betrayed.

In Reaper's GaleEdit

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4th Squad 9th Company 8th Legion by Corporal Nobbs

The soldiers, remaining loyal to Tavore despite their ouster from the Empire, followed her to the continent of Lether where they invaded the Letherii Empire which had been taken over by the Tiste Edur and was ruled by their emperor Rhulad Sengar. This was in answer to the Edur wiping out the non-Edur inhabitants of the Sepik Kingdom which was an Imperial principality and the northernmost protectorate of the Malazan Empire.[18] Tavore split her forces, with the Marines going overland fighting a guerrilla war and the rest of the army going by ship, via Second Maiden Fort to the capital Letheras.

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Invasion of Letheras by slaine69 left to right: Bottle, Corabb, Fiddler

The 14th had seen profound changes since Malaz City. Sorcery was established as primary means of communication and all squad mages were now able to perform certain rituals to affect camouflage, to swallow sound and confuse scent, indicating that Tavore had planned the invasion a long time ahead. In preparation of travelling and fighting at night, the Marines had, for the previous month, gradually reversed their sleep cycle on board ship. The transport ships which had conveyed them ashore, where burned after they had disembarked. The Marines had been told to avoid the Letherii and concentrate on Edur targets.[19]

Following the death of the Edur emperor, Rhulad Sengar, the combined Edur and Letherii forces crumbled beneath the combined forces of the 14th and their allies, the Perish Grey Helms, and the Khundryl. The Marines were first into Letheras.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

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'Hitting the Fan' by Corporal Nobbs and Grimhilde

The 14th were accompanied by a Letherii force led by Brys Beddict to the continent of Kolanse.

While en route through the Wastes, the army stumbled upon a group of K'Chain Nah'ruk who were searching for the last hive of K'Chain Che'Malle. The reptilians decided to eliminate the human forces as they were in the way. Following the events of Dust of Dreams, it was uncertain which members remained alive after the battle.

In The Crippled GodEdit

The remaining members of the army made the arduous trek across the Glass Desert with the objective of freeing Kaminsod.

Standard and sigil of the BonehuntersEdit

Adjunct Tavore arranged for a new standard for the 14th after the sergeants successfully turned a bad omen. The border of the standard was a woven braid of the imperial magenta and dark grey. On the yellow ochre panel, a grimy, thin-limbed figure held up a bone, the details in shades of dun colours were hardly visible, looking like a defiant figure standing before a sandstorm.[20][21]

After the siege of Y'Ghatan, Tavore presented Faradan Sort and Sinn with a sigil which Bottle described as: "...in silver, a city wall over which rose ruby flames, and the sloped tel beneath that wall, a mass of gold human skulls. The echo of the Bridgeburners' old sigil was not accident – no, it was sheer genius. T'amber’s genius." This design was immediately much copied by the rest of the soldiers.[22]

Roll call of the 14thEdit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about The Bonehunters novel.

Last Siege of Y'GhatanEdit

The following individuals were known members of the 14th army in the lead-up to the battle of Y'Ghatan.

8th LegionEdit

The 8th Legion consisted of nine companies.[23]

  • (Fist Gamet, commander of the 8th Legion - injured in earlier raid, then died at Raraku)
  • Fist Keneb, promoted to acting Fist from Captain of the 9th Company to replace Gamet after the latter was injured.[24] Briefly rescinded upon Gamet taking up the post again.[25] After Gamet's death the position became permanent.[26]

2nd Company Edit

3rd Company Edit

9th Company Edit

The 9th Company consisted of 24 squads: 3 squads of heavies, 3 squads of marines and 18 squads of medium infantry.[27][28]

  • (Captain Ranal promoted to Captain on the March to Raraku, he was formerly Lieutenant of the (4th, 5th and 6th squads). The promotion was rescinded when Gamet took up the mantle of Fist again.[25] Died at Raraku).[29]
  • Captain Kindly briefly served as the 9th's captain (with Pores as lieutenant) after Raraku until the appointment of Faradan Sort.[30]
  • Captain Faradan Sort - joined the 14th as Captain during the march to Y'Ghatan[31]
1st, 2nd and 3rd Squads (heavy infantry) individual squad numbers unknownEdit
Sergeant Mosel's squad Edit
Sergeant Sobelone's squad Edit
Sergeant Tugg's squad Edit
Named as heavies, sergeant un-clear Edit
4th Squad (marines) Edit
5th Squad (marines) Edit
6th Squad (marines) Edit
7th Squad (7th through to 24th squad were medium infantry)[47]Edit
9th Squad Edit
11th Squad Edit
12th Squad Edit
Squad number unknownEdit

9th LegionEdit

10th LegionEdit


Wickans and SetiEdit

Khundryl Burned TearsEdit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Reaper's Gale.

Post-Y'Ghatan, pre-K'Chain Nah'ruk (section under construction) Edit

The following individuals were known members of the 14th army, now referred to as the 'Bonehunters', in the time between the battle at Y'Ghatan and the battle against the K'Chain Nah'ruk. For soldiers, if no further reference is given, the names are from Dramatis Personae, Reaper’s Gale.

8th LegionEdit

3rd Company Edit

4th Squad Edit
5th Squad Edit
10th Squad Edit
Likely 3rd Company, squad unknown Edit

9th CompanyEdit

  • Captain Faradan Sort
    • Lieutenant Madan ‘tul Rada, briefly promoted to Captain during Sort’s absence in ‘The Bonehunters’. [57]
4th Squad Edit
5th Squad Edit
7th Squad Edit
8th Squad Edit
9th Squad Edit
11th Squad – number no longer in useEdit

[65]

12th Squad Edit
13th Squad Edit

Likely to be 9th Company but squad unknownEdit

Company unknown Edit

18th Squad Edit
22nd Squad Edit

New BridgeburnersEdit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Dust of Dreams.

Known fate of members as of post-battle with K'Chain Nah'rukEdit

8th LegionEdit

9th CompanyEdit

4th Squad Edit
5th Squad Edit

All squad members dead or dipersed

6th Squad Edit
  • Sergeant Borduke - died at Y'Ghatan
  • Corporal Hubb - ?
  • Maybe, a sapper - ?
  • Balgrid, a mage - ?
  • Lutes, a healer- died during invasion of Lether
  • Ibb - ?
7th Squad Edit
8th Squad Edit
9th Squad Edit

Balm decided not to pick up new squad members to replace losses

12th Squad Edit
13th Squad Edit

3rd CompanyEdit

4th Squad Edit
5th Squad Edit
10th Squad Edit

The 10th squad was disbanded after the battle with the K'Chain Nah'ruk.

Company unknown Edit

18th Squad Edit
22nd Squad Edit
  • Clasp - joined Urb's 13th squad
  • Burnt Rope, sapper - joined Urb's 13th squad
  • Lap Twirl, cutter - joined Urb's 13th squad
  • Sad, Squad mage - joined Urb's 13th squad

The 22nd Squad was retired after the battle with the K'Chain Nah'ruk.


New BridgeburnersEdit

TriviaEdit

The poem Coltaine was a marching song of the Bonehunters.[74]

Significant plot details end here.

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.372
  2. House of Chains, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.233
  3. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.379
  4. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.380-383
  5. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.408/409
  6. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.409
  7. House of Chains, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.493
  8. House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.845
  9. House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.863
  10. House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.894
  11. The Bonehunters, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.42
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.95
  13. The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.115
  14. The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.237
  15. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.393-395,397-418,425-447
  16. The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.817
  17. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.872
  18. The Bonehunters, Chapter 17
  19. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, UK BCA edition p.385-387/390
  20. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.409
  21. House of Chains, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.493
  22. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.874
  23. House of Chains, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.300
  24. House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.860
  25. 25.0 25.1 House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.863
  26. House of Chains, Chapter 26, UK MMPB p.992
  27. House of Chains, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.300
  28. House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.407
  29. House of Chains, Chapter 26, UK MMPB p.1001
  30. The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.244
  31. The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.237/238
  32. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.373
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.847
  34. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.357
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.291
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.342
  37. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.391
  38. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.363
  39. The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.533
  40. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.386
  41. Reaper's Gale, Dramatis Personae, UK BCA edition p.xvii
  42. 42.00 42.01 42.02 42.03 42.04 42.05 42.06 42.07 42.08 42.09 42.10 42.11 42.12 42.13 House of Chains, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.846
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.345
  44. House of Chains, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.497
  45. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.337/338
  46. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.355
  47. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.292
  48. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.337
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.362
  50. 50.0 50.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.360
  51. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.334/335
  52. House of Chains, Chapter 26, US SFBC p.834
  53. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.344
  54. The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.287
  55. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, UK BCA edition p.379/380
  56. The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.115
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.780
  58. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 21, UK BCA edition p.700-705
  59. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 21, UK BCA edition p.700-705
  60. 60.0 60.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.778
  61. The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.780
  62. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 17, UK BCA edition p.527
  63. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 17, UK BCA edition p.538/539
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 The Bonehunters, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.1078
  65. The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, UK MMPB p.637
  66. 66.0 66.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, UK MMPB p.648
  67. The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, UK MMPB p.637/648
  68. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 21, UK BCA edition p.698
  69. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 17, UK BCA edition p.523
  70. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, UK BCA edition p.388
  71. 71.0 71.1 71.2 71.3 71.4 71.5 71.6 The Crippled God, Chapter 4, UK HB p. 97
  72. The Crippled God, Chapter 4, UK HB p. 95/96
  73. The Crippled God, Chapter 4, UK HB p. 95/96
  74. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 15, UK MMPB p.606
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