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"Marines never play fair, they just play to win."
―Adage of the Malazan marines[src]

The marine corps were infantry forces invented by Emperor Kellanved and unique to the Malazan Empire.[1] In the Malazan Military, they were the most versatile combat forces, called in to fight in many different situations. With the addition of sappers, they often acted as shock troops, first to assault enemy positions; as skirmishers,[2] screening heavy and medium infantry's advance; or sometimes taking part in covert and sabotage operations.

Their signature weapon was the crossbow and they were also armed with both short swords and long swords, which were sheathed at belts or shoulder harnesses.[3][4] For secondary weapons, they used all manners of knives and daggers.

Unique to the 7th Army's marines, every third soldier was also armed with a large, round shield made of thick, soft wood. These shields, studded with spiked iron, were used to catch and hold enemy weapons and discarded after the first few minutes of fighting.[5]

The marines typically wore blackened chains beneath either standard army leather hauberks (riveted with rows of blued steel lozenges) or breastplates.[6][7] Other members who came from different tribes or newly conquered territories, however, could choose to wear their traditional armours. For example, the Wickans wore studded boiled leather hauberks with mailed sleeves and marines from Seven Cities wore mail shirts under long surcoats.[8]

Selected marines[]

Notable marine units[]

Trivia[]

According to author Steven Erikson, the Malazan marines were "kind of a mix between crossbow-equipped shock troops and the Roman Legionnaire", who possessed short-bladed weapons. "It's all about the discipline, it's not about reach, it's not about all these things the barbarians brought against the Romans, which all failed. It's actually about being very disciplined and infighting, lots of infighting" to get inside an opponent's guard.[10]

Notes and references[]

  1. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, Kindle edition p.505
  2. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, Kindle edition p.577
  3. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, Kindle edition p.505
  4. Night of Knives, Chapter 2, Transworld Digital ebook p.104
  5. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, Kindle edition p.505
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, Kindle edition, p.196
  7. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, Kindle edition p.505
  8. Night of Knives, Chapter 2, Transworld Digital ebook p.104
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, Kindle edition, p.196
  10. Interview with Dark Fantasy Legend Steven Erikson - See 36:24
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