He had lived on the moving island of Drift Avalii with his uncle Andarist as one of several protectors of the Throne of Shadow. This number also included his daughter Phaed and several of his other children by different mothers, along with a few of their cousins. This duty ended with the Tiste Edur invasion of the island in House of Chains in which Nimander was not identified by name.
In The Bonehunters
After Andarist's death, Traveller took over the island's defence and sent Nimander and the other six Andii survivors to safety by ship with about a dozen Malazan Marines, including Mudslinger and Gentur. A storm wrecked their ship on an atoll where they lived off coconut milk and clams for months until being rescued by the Jakatakan Fleet and brought to Malaz City.
Braven Tooth met the castaways while drinking at Coop's Hanged Man Inn. He learned from Phaed that Lady Envy was her mother. Braven Tooth reported all of this to Banaschar, his drinking companion, noting that Envy used to know Rake and "got her revenge taking his son as a lover."
He and the other Andii castaways later joined Sandalath Drukorlat and Withal aboard Cartheron Crust's vessel, the Drowned Rat. Crust brought them out into the Malaz City harbour so they could board Adjunct Tavore Paran's flagship, the Froth Wolf.
In Reaper's Gale
Nimander and the other Tiste Andii remained aboard the Adjunct's flagship, the Froth Wolf, for over a year as it crossed the oceans to Lether. At the start of the Malazan invasion of the Letherii Empire, the Andii were at the Adjunct's headquarters at Second Maiden Fort. The older Sandalath Drukorlat became a surrogate mother to the group, something which the mentally unstable Phaed deeply resented.
Ever since childhood, Nimander had recognised a deep-seated malice within Phaed, who he now referred to as his sister contrary to earlier accounts. He had learned to affect a personality of guileless innocence when around her and she in turn confided in him her cruel sentiments. When she vowed before him to kill Sandalath, he concluded that she must be killed, but he could not bring himself to follow through. He cursed himself for not having the courage of his father to do what was needed. A woman he loved had been killed by the Edur on Drift Avalii, and he thought whatever courage he possessed had died with her. He thought Andarist's faith in making him leader of the others had been a mistake.
Instead, he stayed awake for days watching for signs that Phaed was following through on her pledge. On the eve before the Bonehunters were to leave Second Maiden Fort, Phaed set out to murder Sandalath in her sleep. She crept into Sandalath and Withal's rooms during a torrential storm and attempted to stab her nemesis with a knife. But Nimander thwarted the plan by following Phaed, and grasping and breaking her wrist as the knife plunged down. When she tried to scratch out his eyes he broke the other wrist before attempting to strangle her. The altercation between the two woke Sandalath and Withal, who first assumed Nimander was the guilty party. Withal pulled Nimander away before Phaed was revealed as the assassin.
Sandalath sought mercy for Phaed's act, but when she went to summon help, Withal threw Phaed out a window to her death. He refused to believe his wife would ever be safe while Phaed lived and pleaded with Nimander to agree that Phaed had committed suicide. When Sandalath returned with Lostara Yil and Banaschar, she was followed close behind by the other Andii. Withal lied about Phaed's death and Nimander corroborated his account.
The Bonehunters left the island to support the invasion, leaving the Andii behind to build Phaed's tomb. Nimander continued to be wracked by guilt. Clip, the Mortal Sword of the Black-Winged Lord and chosen of Mother Dark, later came to the island to bring Nimander and the others to Rake. When Nimander argued that Rake did not want them, Clip claimed it only mattered what Mother Dark wanted. Nimander wondered whether their exile was finally over. After Nimander left to gather his kin, Clip's thoughts revealed most of what he told the young Andii was a lie.
In Toll the Hounds
In The Crippled God
After the death of his father, Nimander took over as leader of the Tiste Andii. His closest advisors were the High Priestess, Skintick, Desra, Korlat, Spinnock Durav as well as the Ascendant Apsal'ara who sought him out after having been released from Dragnipur by Nimander's father. He led a mass exodus of the Andii from Black Coral back to Kharkanas, to save the ancient home of the Tiste Andii from the Legions of the Tiste Liosan. As the battle raged, he tried to reason with Sandalath Drukorlat, acting queen of Kharkanas, in order to halt the destruction of the city by a pureblood Eleint in her despair. Sand mistook him for Anomander Rake acting out a vision from her past, and he was unable to persuade her to call off the eleint. The ghost of his sister Phaed manifested and convinced Sand that if she stopped the dragon and locked herself in her ancient room, then her son would one day return to her.
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Notes and references
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 16, US HC p.471
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.1006-1007
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, US HC p.374
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 16, US HC p.470
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.951-953
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, US HC p.370-372
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 13, US HC p.372-373
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 16, US HC p.471-472
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 20, US HC p.606-607
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 20, US HC p.605
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 20, US HC p.601-606
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 20, US HC p.606-608
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 20, US HC p.601-608
- Reaper's Gale, Epilogue, US HC p.824-825
- The Crippled God, Chapter 1, US HC p.24