In at least one area of the Nascent, the water was "thick as soup and pale blue in colour". It was "cool, strangely slick and not easy to swim through". The marine Stormy likened it to goat's milk. The water was heavy with silt and contained grass seed and rotting plants from the prairie it had flooded.
In Deadhouse Gates
The crew of the Malazan Coastal Guard vessel Ripath found themselves sinking in the Nascent after passing through a rent off the coast of Otataral Island. Gesler, Stormy, Truth, Kulp, Felisin Paran, Heboric, and Baudin were forced to swim through the Nascent's waters to safety on the derelict vessel Silanda.
During their time in the Nascent they were visited by members of the Logros T'lan Imass as well as an undead Soletaken dragon Kulp called The Unwelcome. While escaping the Warren, Kulp nearly flooded Meanas with the Nascent's waters.
In House of Chains
The Nascent's flooding was revealed to have been caused by a rent into another world with a massive, continent-crossing river. For months, a torrential deluge had poured into the flat plains of the Nascent's world, creating storms and spreading plague.
In one area of the Nascent, there was a great wall strengthened by magic that ran from horizon to horizon holding back the water. It was seven or eight man heights tall and was built near a city whose structures' upper levels still poked above the surface of the water. The bodies of the city's former inhabitants collected along a silt shoreline that formed along the waters crest. They had been a short, squat, flat-featured race with long, pale hair. Their world had been cold given the evidence of their thick-padded clothing.
The Tiste Edur, Trull Sengar, was brought to the Nascent to be Shorn by his brothers and kin. He was chained atop the wall and left to drown as the water slowly rose. But before this could happen, Trull was found and freed by the T'lan Imass, Onrack T'emlava. Onrack carried the weakened Trull to a still dry area that contained the enormous statues of seven black hounds. Onrack identified them as Hounds of Shadow, noting that two were actually alive. Onrack broke open the statues of the living Hounds, confident he could defeat them. But the Hounds were actually the Deragoth, the Hounds of Darkness, and Onrack's body was partially destroyed before the Deragoth departed. Trull and Onrack continued, stumbling on an abandoned city, then using Moranth munitions to break the wards protecting a gate exiting the Nascent. Four Tiste Liosan guardians of the gate attacked Onrack, who was soon joined by four other T'lan Imass. Both groups entered into an alliance in order to fashion a new gate using their combined Warrens to escape the realm.
At another time, Karsa Orlong and Torvald Nom found themselves in a shallow area of the Nascent. They came across the wreckage of a naval battle involving twenty or more low and sleek raiding vessels and six larger black ships. The water was milky in colour and fell in a foul rain that left greasy remnants. Giant catfish capable of swallowing a man whole feasted on the battle's bloated casualties.
Karsa and Torvald escaped the wreckage aboard a dory before encountering the Silanda, flagship of the black ships. After dealing with the ship's Tiste Edur crew, they rowed on until they found a seawall that had been breached by the water. Before they could be dragged through the raging cataract, they took on the mage Silgar as passenger, who transported them away by Warren.
In Midnight Tides
The origin of the Nascent was revealed. During the war between the Tiste Edur and the Kingdom of Lether, Emperor Rhulad Sengar made an alliance with the Kenryll'ah Tyrants. In return for hundreds of Demon soldiers, Rhulad intervened in the war raging between the Kenryll'ah and the Korvalahrai in the Tyrants' own lands, presumably Aral Gamelon. Using the power gifted to him by the Crippled God, Rhulad diverted the Chirahd River, upon which the invading Korvalahrai fleet sailed, from Aral Gamelon into a fragment of Kurald Emurlahn. The conflagration destroyed the fleet and led to the "drowning of an entire world." The flooded fragment could also be used to speed the journey of the Tiste Edur fleets in their search for their lost kin and for champions to slay the emperor.
In The Bonehunters
Ganoes Paran hired Karpolan Demesand and the Trygalle Trade Guild to accompany him across the Bridge of Death to the forgotten world of the Nascent. He was accompanied as well by the Jaghut, Ganath, and the ghost of Hedge. After defeating a huge, scaled and bear-like beast, they arrived at the statues of the now five Deragoth. Paran explained that the missing Hounds of Shadow, Doan and Ganrod, had reunited with their counterparts in the two shattered statues. At the base of one of the remaining statues they discovered a driftwood shrine containing the bodies of Darpareth Vayd and Sedara Orr ritually sacrificed in propitiation of the Deragoth.
Paran asked Hedge to destroy the remaining statues with munitions as part of his plan to send the Deragoth against the T'rolbarahl, Dejim Nebrahl, that stalked Mappo Runt and Icarium in Seven Cities. Hedge was successful and the Guild barely made their escape by Warren before the Deragoth attacked. But Hedge was left behind and walked off to explore.
Notes and references
- House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.369
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.213
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9, US HC p.240
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.212-214
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9, US HC p.241-246
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11, US HC p.281-283
- House of Chains, Prologue, US SFBC p.21-25
- House of Chains, Chapter 6
- House of Chains, Chapter 9
- House of Chains, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.160-165/171/176
- House of Chains, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.171-173/177-179
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.767/770/771
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 10
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.460-465
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.466-473