Malazan Wiki
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Manual of StyleLayout Guide

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Layout guide[]

Main article: Malazan Wiki:Layout Guide

Display those sections required for the article in the following order

  1. Title tagUsually not required. Used to alter title (e.g. to italicise it).
  2. Maintenance templates - for example work in progress note
  3. Icon templates - for example spoiler safe icons
  4. InfoboxSee Category:Infobox templates for examples.
  5. Opening quoteA simple quote about the subject of the article.
  6. SummaryA short introduction about 'page name'. Avoid blatant spoilers. See here for spoiler guidelines.
  7. Main articleMain body of information - sub-divided under book-headers
  8. History - Historical information about pagename
  9. TriviaFor supporting 'trivial' information for example background info from interview
  10. SpeculationsFor speculations which are well founded or widely publicised.
  11. Cover gallerySee Gardens of the Moon#Cover gallery for an example.
  12. AppearancesIf you want to list publications where this person, item, place, etc has appeared or been mentioned. Not generally in use - for characters see DPs for appearance info
  13. Notes and referencesShould have the {{Reflist}} template in it.
  14. See alsoFor related articles that are not otherwise linked to in the article.
  15. External linksFor linking to relevant information that is not on the wiki.
  16. Navigation boxSee here for a list: Navigation templates.
  17. CategorySee here for a list: Malazan Wiki:Category index
  18. Interwiki linksSuch as links to the article in other languages.

Variable layout applies:

  1. Images elsewhere on page
  2. Quotes elsewhere on page
  3. Spoilers on page

Additional layout info:

  1. Stub
  2. Character articles
  3. Book articles
  4. Chapter articles

Maximum widths[]

Because of the limitations of the Oasis skin, there are constraints on how wide inserted items can be on various parts of the page.


  • Maximum widths of text, tables, divs, etc on a page is 650px. After that it will start to overlap other parts of the page or, in the case of tables, a horizontal scroll bar will appear on the table.

Images general[]

  • Maximum widths of individual images is 680px as they can be slightly larger without creating a problem however, images of that size are used only in exceptional cases. For images on article pages that need to be large (e.g. diagrams) set a maximum width of 450px
  • The IOTW has a maximum height of 600px
  • Slideshows on artist's pages are set to 600px
  • Infobox images are automatically set a maximum width of 270px

Images within content pages[]

  • Add the thumbnail code thumb to all images
  • In addition, for portrait images add a width code of 140px

Using only thumbnails will automatically set a maximum width of 250px, which is ideal for landscape images, however, in some cases due to image properties, you may need to add an individual width code ?px, to adjust to other images on the page. See editing history for Silchas Ruin for examples of standard thumbnails. Where there are only one image one or two images on a page, they may be set slightly larger but not exceeding 300px.

Writing style[]

Edits should be in your own words and apart from occasional quotes where appropriate, do NOT copy verbatim from the books or other sources.


Our main aim is to accurately reflect the information given in the books. Edits need to be presented as factual and objectively as possible. For example, if the book is ambiguous about something the edit needs to also reflect this. Choose your words carefully - the phrase 'were able to do something' implies a lot of things which the phrase 'did something' does not.

On topic[]

Every sentence should have some direct connection to the topic of the article. For example if the topic is 'Darujhistan' then 'was the largest, most influential and last of the Free Cities on Genabackis' is on topic. Adding 'the other ones being X Y Z' would be going off on a unnecessary tangent as 'Free Cities' should be linked and that info would be found there.


NEVER add information based just on memory. All edits should be made based on the editor having just read the relevant information in the book. Add a minimum of book and chapter reference to your edit - if unsure about formatting a ref, add the source in brackets.


Do not use emotional language not contained in the writing. Avoid using expressions like 'luckily', 'sadly', 'unfortunately' etc. when they are your own evaluation of a situation. For example use 'a large battle' rather than 'the largest battle ever' unless it is a case of 'character X described the battle as the largest ever'. Rule of thumb - if it isn't in the book, don't make it up for the Wiki.


Both authors of the Malazan world are Canadian therefore Canadian English will be used as the baseline language of this wiki.


Articles are generally written in past tense because there is no omnivalent present time in the Malazan world from the various readers' point of view. However, for real World articles, which include authors pages, as well as all book and chapter summaries, present tense is used. Within those book/chapter summaries, past perfect progressive is used where a characters recollect events of another past (see NoK Chapter 1 for example). Other than that, we write like historians in the future of the Malazan world writing about its past.


The first time a name, place, object etc. appears on a page which users might search for, it should be put in [ [ ] ] link brackets (no spaces), regardless of whether a page already exists for it. Each subsequent instance of that name, place etc. on that page will not be linked (infoboxes and navboxes are exceptions here). If the page does not yet exist, the linked term will be appear red in the text and will automatically be included in the 'wanted pages' category. Once the page has been created (whenever someone gets round to it), the brackets will automatically change colour to indicate that.

Very short articles[]

A subject may have only a single piece of information about it that can be sourced from a primary reference. In this case it can still have its own article. All named characters should have their own page.



Hex codes for theme colours
Main title Subsequent titles Background
#611E03 #8A3931 #EDD9C5

Links in titles need to be made white. Here is an example of how to do it: [[Gardens of the Moon|<font color=white>Gardens of the Moon</font>]]

New theme[]

Colour area Hex code Notes
Primary highlight #BA7041
Secondary highlight #7C7F83
Background #E5E6E6
Parchment #FFF9E6
Links #45A174
Visited links #804488
External website links #428EBD
Visited external website links #3C57AA
Red-links (empty pages) #BA0000
Visited red-links #A85858
Border lines #AAA
Spoiler notices #D00

Standard abbreviations[]

Linking codes and written abbreviations[]

Full Title Linking
Gardens of the Moon GM GotM
Deadhouse Gates DG DhG
Memories of Ice MI MoI
House of Chains HC HoC
Midnight Tides MT MT
The Bonehunters BH tBh
Reaper's Gale RG RG
Toll the Hounds TH TtH
Dust of Dreams DD DoD
The Crippled God CG tCG
The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen CMBotF

Full Title Linking
Night of Knives NK NoK
Return of the Crimson Guard RCG RotCG
Stonewielder SW SW
Orb Sceptre Throne OST OST
Blood and Bone BB BaB
Assail A Assail

Full Title Linking
Blood Follows BF BF
The Healthy Dead HD tHD
The Lees of Laughter's End LLE tLoLE
Crack'd Pot Trail CPT CPT
The Wurms of Blearmouth WB tWoB
The Fiends of Nightmaria FN tFoN
Upon a Dark of Evil Overlords UDEO
Untitled 7th B&KB novel ?? ??
Untitled 8th B&KB novel ?? ??
Untitled 9th B&KB novel ?? ??

Full Title Linking
Forge of Darkness FD FoD
Fall of Light FL FoL
Walk in Shadow WS WiS

Full Title Linking
Dancer's Lament DL DL
Deadhouse Landing DHL DhL
Kellanved's Reach KR KR

Full Title Linking
The God is Not Willing GNW ??
Untitled 2nd book ?? ??
Untitled 3rd book ?? ??

Using linking codes as written abbreviations is also acceptable (except for Assail). Using allcaps versions is also ok.

Edition abbreviations[]


Edition Name Preferred
Trade Paperback UK TPB
Mass-market Paperback UK MMPB
Hardcover UK HC/HB


Edition Name Preferred
Trade Paperback US TPB
Mass-market Paperback US MMPB
Hardcover US HC
Science Fiction Book Club US SFBC

Subterranean Press[]

Edition Name Preferred
Numbered edition Sub Press No.
Lettered edition Sub Press Let.

PS Publishing[]

Edition Name Preferred
Trade Paperback PSP TPB
Mass-market Paperback PSP MMPB
Various Hardcover editions PSP HC

Night Shade Books[]

Edition Name Preferred
Hardcover NSB HC


Edition Name Preferred
Bookclub Association UK BCA
Epub Edition UK EP

Harper Voyager[]