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Malaz City


Interpretation of Mock's Hold by Corporal Nobbs

Mock's Hold was a fortress overlooking Malaz City, and was once held by Mock, the city's one-time pirate ruler.[1] The Hold consisted of the Old Keep – which at the time of Ganoes Paran's visit during Gardens of the Moon had been reduced to a stable and pigeon loft – and a citadel where the Fist had his residence.[2]

Bolted to the outer top of the Hold's wall was a century old pike. The pike's head had been cold-hammered into the form of a winged demon whose teeth formed an evil grin. This weather vane was dubbed "Mock's Vane".

The citadel had a square tower on top with a portal[3] and the walls of the battlements featured merlons. The fortress had a courtyard of heaved cobblestones. The Old Keep was used as a stable.[4]

The fortress was defended by springalds and catapults.[5]

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Mock's Hold stood upon Mock's Cliff, and was accessible through a switchback of stairs, known as Rampart Way, carved into the cliff wall.[6] The Hold itself was in excess of eighty arm spans (approximately 160 meters, or 525 feet) or more above the city, with the wall adding an addition six arm spans (about another 12 meters or 39 feet).[7]

Fist Road passed from the keep westward atop the cliff past Mock Barrow and various farms and pastures.


Malaz City was the original capital of the Malazan Empire on Malaz Island. Upon the conquest of the mainland, Mock's Hold was relegated back into a mere Fist's holding.[2] The keep was the location of the assassination of Emperor Kellanved and Dancer.[8]

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