Interpretation of Mappo Runt by Yapattack

Mappo trell

Interpretation of Mappo by Corporal Nobbs

Mappo Runt [map-ō][1] was a full-blooded Trell[2] and Icarium's companion.[3]

Mappo was big even for a Trell, with broad shoulders, sinewy muscled long arms, and a mane of black hair braided and studded with fetishes. He had deep, warm brown skin, and eyes the color of sand, set deep in a robustly boned, pallid face. His massive sharp canines became exposed whenever he grinned, and his fingers were blunt and wrinkled.[4][5][6]

He possessed the ability to see in the dark.[7]

Mappo's homeland was the other side of the Jaghut Odhan (as stated from the location of the temple of Tesem).[8]

He wore leather armour, though his natural hide was thicker.[9]

In Deadhouse Gates Edit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Mappo Runt.

Mappo was one of many companions to Icarium over the millennia, charged by the Nameless Ones to lead the amnesiac Jhag on a purposely endless search for answers, making sure he did not remember what had happened to him and keeping his rage in check.[10][11] After two hundred years of companionship, he was able to sense when Icarium was near.[12]

As part of this arrangement, he was granted an unnaturally long lifespan.[citation needed]

Mappo carried a large leather saddlebag over his shoulder presented to him by his Clan's witches. It contained a small, private Warren giving it a basically unlimited carrying capacity. Within the bag he kept his cooking utensils, bedding, tents, healing elixirs, and the occasional irritating person. It also stored a massive petrified bone club ensorcelled by seven Trell witches. The club was half again as long as his arm and had once been the thigh bone of a powerful prehistoric beast. It was hard as iron and golden in lustre. Its tip was ringed by thumb-sized spike-shaped teeth.[13][14][15]

Icarium and Mappo traveled to the Pan'potsun Odhan on Seven Cities ostensibly in search of Icarium's ever elusive past.[16] There the two stumbled upon the dangerous convergence of Soletaken and D'ivers known as the Path of Hands. They narrowly avoided a confrontation with Ryllandaras before encountering the Trell's old friend Messremb.[17][18]

By accident they discovered the gate sought by the shape-shifters within Tesem, a temple of Shadow occupied by High Priest Iskaral Pust. Pust schemed to keep the gate hidden and he manipulated the two into serving as powerful guardians.[19] They were soon joined at the temple by Fiddler, Apsalar, and Crokus. Mappo and Icarium helped Apsalar reunite with her father Rellock and accompanied the newcomers to the Azath House Tremorlor. With the aid of the Hounds of Shadow, they fought their way through hordes of Soletaken and D'ivers. All the while Mappo struggled to keep Icarium from raging or from becoming imprisoned by the house. During this time, Mappo revealed to Icarium his history of destructive rages.[20]

After entering the house and passing into the Azath Warren, Mappo and Icarium were separated from the others. They found themselves near the village of Balahn on the Aren Way, and Mappo used his healing elixirs to save the lives of two dogs, Bent and Roach. Icarium no longer remembered the events of the last few days or Mappo's admission, and so they headed westward into the Jhag Odhan on their never-ending search for answers.[21]

In House of ChainsEdit

Mappo by zsoszy II

Interpretation of Mappo by Zsosy

As Karsa Orlong traveled through the mountains on the western edge of Raraku he was hunted by a score of Ryllandaras' wolf forms. The D'ivers eventually gave up the chase, but warned the Teblor of two men further up the trail. It noted that if Karsa were to come to blows with one of them, the world would regret it.[22]

Karsa soon came upon Icarium and Mappo at the site of an ancient city built on the side of a mesa. Mappo invited Karsa to eat by the fire while Icarium picked through the rubble that partially buried the city. The Trell noted the spirits of Bairoth Gild and Delum Thord that followed in Karsa's wake. He also spoke of Convergences while preparing for the inevitable clash between Icarium and Karsa. Icarium recognised Karsa as one of the fallen Teblor then apologised to Mappo for what the Trell was about to witness and drew his sword.[23]

Icarium shattered Karsa's Ironwood blade at the hilt, causing the furious Teblor to knock out the Jhag with a punch to the face. Mappo ended the battle by striking the Teblor in the back of the head with his mace. As both combatants still lived, Mappo was pleased with the results. When Karsa awoke, he discovered that Mappo had placed the pieces of his broken sword at his side along with a bouquet of desert flowers.[24]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Mappo and Icarium explored the western shore of the new inland sea now covering Raraku. The Trell had grown tired of the charade, lying and misdirecting his friend. Even worse, he had broken his vow to the Nameless Ones when he had told Icarium the truth at Tremorlor, although the Jhag had quickly forgotten. Mappo had initially revealed the truth out of friendship, but in his heart he came to attribute it to his own selfish self-interest. Guilt gnawed at him. Deciding on their next destination, Mappo had to reluctantly reveal that many of the cities Icarium recalled in the region had long since turned to dust.[25]

Icariums' mechanism by Slaine69

Icarium and Mappo inside the skykeep by Slaine69

Later in their travels, they discovered a vast chasm that had recently been exposed by a shifting of the sand. The two explorers climbed to the chasm's bottom where they found a K'Chain Nah'ruk mechanism, still containing the corpse of its pilot, within a pool of melting Omtose Phellack ice. Mappo realised they had found the entrance to a K'Chain Nah'ruk Skykeep that had mistakenly travelled through a gate into solid bedrock. The Trell found the skykeep's entrance and the pair explored the alien structure. In the skykeep's immense hollow centre, was a fortress floating in space, reached only by a single stone span. Inside the fortress they found the crucified remains of Sorrit, the Eleint aspected to Serc.[26]

Waywards by slaine69

Interpretation of Icarium and Mappo by slaine69

Mappo and Icarium by Jeanfverreault

Interpretation of Mappo and Icarium by Jeanfverreault

Mappo betrayed the Nameless Ones and was replaced as protector of Icarium by Taralack Veed.

In Toll the HoundsEdit

Mappo, having arrived in Darujhistan, Genabackis, hired a Trygalle Trade Guild caravan, led by Master Quell, to take him to the continent of Lether, where Mappo hoped to be reunited with Icarium. Mappo thus travelled with Master Quell's experienced Trygalle Trade Guild shareholders: Faint; Reccanto Ilk; Glanno Tarp; Sweetest Sufferance – as well as four new shareholders: Jula Bole; Amby Bole; Precious Thimble; and Gruntle.[27][28]

While with the Trygalle Trade Guild caravan, Mappo had a series of 'interesting' adventures: in Hood’s realm, seeing all of the dead on the march;[29][30] on a tropical island (where it was realized that the Trygalle Guild equipage had inadvertently picked up the undead Cartographer);[31][32] through Mael's realm;[33][34][35] in 'Reach of Woe', a community of wreckers, (and two Jaghuts);[36][37][38] passing through the sword Dragnipur;[39] and onward through Warrens to the Trygalle carriage's final stop in the Wastelands of Lether to deliver Mappo, who expressed satisfaction (and some surprise) at reaching his destination.[40]

In Dust of DreamsEdit

Master Quell's Trygalle Trade Guild caravan transporting Mappo Runt was destroyed upon arriving in the Wastelands of the continent of Lether. Mappo and the surviving Trygalle Guild shareholders were soon found by Setoc of the Wolves, the twins Stavi and Storii, their half-brother, Absi, and an undead Ay named 'Baaljagg' - the two groups deciding to join forces, they all started walking eastward, where, along the way, they were joined by Torrent (and his horse).[41]

In The Crippled GodEdit

A moment of calm by shadaan

Mappo vs Calm by Shadaan

Mappo and Gruntle were still travelling with the surviving members of the Trygalle Trade Guild, Precious Thimble, Faint, Sweetest Sufferance and Amby Bole as well as Setoc, Torrent and the children Stavi, Storii and Absi. Also the individual known as Cartographer. Olar Ethil appeared and laid claim to Absi. To avoid opposition, she made deals with the adults. She promised Mappo to reveal Icarium's location as long as he let her take Absi. Mappo agreed to her terms when Torrent promised to guard the children against her, and left the company of the group to search for his friend.[42]

After days and nights of travel, Mappo finally found Icarium trapped and unconscious in the hands of Sister Calm, a Forkrul Assail Pure. The two fought for Icarium, only for Mappo to be defeated and killed next to his friend. Ublala Pung, who had been travelling nearby, interceded, ambushing the Assail as Mappo lay dying, crushing the skull of Sister Calm with his dragon mace, remarking "That wasn't very nice."[43]

Mappo was buried by Icarium, who did not remember who Mappo was, only that he fought for him, and resumed his travels with Ublala as his new companion. As the two started off, Icarium found a piece of smashed pottery that Mappo had saved years ago when Icarium sacked an entire city, then forgot the act. Icarium had tried to save the shards of pottery to rebuild them, and seeing the broken shard again began to stir his memories.


Mappo runt by luztheren

Mappo Runt by Luztheren

Mappo had been born over a thousand years ago in a Trell settlement west of the Jhag Odhan on Seven Cities.[44][45] In his youth he had rejected his people's turn towards a sedentary life, and departed his family to seek a life of endless war and battle in the company of an adopted clan that followed the old ways. This lasted for four hundred years. Two hundred years before the events of Deadhouse Gates he returned to his village to find it had been destroyed and all fifteen thousand slain. The Nameless Ones told him the village's destruction was the act of Icarium. They convinced the Trell to serve as the Jhag's guardian to make sure such an event never happened again.[46] Unknown to Mappo, the Nameless Ones had been desperate to find a new guardian for Icarium after the last took his own life. They had destroyed his village and falsely blamed Icarium in order to secure Mappo's service.[47]

Significant plot details end here.


Icarium: "It is no exaggeration that you know my mind better than I. Would that you were a woman."
Mappo: "Were I a woman, Icarium, I would have serious concerns about your taste in women."
―Mappo and Icarium, on the edge of a large crevasse[src]
Master Quell: "And, er, did [Icarium] face that emperor, Mappo? In ritual combat?"
Mappo: "I do not think so."
Master Quell: "Why?"
Mappo: "I believe I would have…sensed such a thing—"
Master Quell: "The end of the world, you mean."
Master Quell and Mappo on combat between Rhulad Sengar and Icarium[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Ten Very Big Books podcast As pronounced by Steven Erikson at 01:19:28
  2. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1, US MMPB p.21
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xvi
  4. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.41-43
  5. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 3, US HC p.101
  6. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 7, US HC p.195
  7. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 4, US HC p.113
  8. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.173
  9. The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.266-267
  10. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.223
  11. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 23, US HC p.574
  12. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11, US HC p.294
  13. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1, US HC p.35
  14. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11, US HC p.296-297
  15. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 16, US HC p.435
  16. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1, US MMPB p.21-23
  17. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1, US HC p.36
  18. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, US HC p.74
  19. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 4, US HC p.115
  20. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 16, US HC p.440
  21. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 24, US MMPB p.823-824
  22. House of Chains, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.500-503
  23. House of Chains, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.506-509
  24. House of Chains, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.509-511
  25. The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.81-85
  26. The Bonehunters, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.148-154/162-167
  27. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 7, US TPB p.203-204/227-228
  28. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 3, US TPB p.85
  29. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 13, US TPB p.414-415
  30. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 14, US TPB p.458-461
  31. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 13, US TPB p.415-417
  32. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 14, US TPB p.455-457
  33. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 13, US TPB p.422
  34. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 14, US TPB p.475-476
  35. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 16, US TPB p.539-541
  36. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 16, US TPB p.542-544
  37. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 18, US TPB p.605-619
  38. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 20, US TPB p.674-677
  39. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 24, US TPB p.786-789/791-792
  40. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 20, US HC p.655
  41. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 20, US HC p.651-664
  42. The Crippled God, Chapter 2
  43. The Crippled God, Chapter 24, UK HB p.835-837
  44. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 1, US HC p.34
  45. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 4, US HC p.114
  46. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 7, US HC p.190-191
  47. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 23, US HC p.574
List of abbreviationsPaginationsHow to reference an article
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.