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Redmask was an exile who had returned to the Awl'dan, the traditional homeland of his people, the Awl.[2]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

At some point, Redmask — according to Toc — had been chosen to become the Mortal Sword (or "First Sword") of the K'Chain Che'Malle.[3] The name "Redmask" was derived from the full-face red-scaled mask he wore.[4] This mask was made from the hide of a K'Chain Che'Malle Matron's throat.[5]

Redmask had returned to the Awl in order to lead them in war against the Letherii who were systematically taking over the Awl'dan from the Awl. Redmask was a master of the traditional Awl weapons: the Awl'dan cadaran whip and the rygtha crescent axe.[6]

His personal guardians, for reasons of their own — unknown to Redmask — were two K'Chain Che'Malle, Sag'Churok and Gunth Mach.[7] However, during the final battle of the Redmask-led Awl forces against the Letherii, Sag'Churok and Gunth Mach turned on Redmask and killed him, apparently for failing to meet the expectations of the K'Chain Che'Malle. When Redmask's body was inspected after the battle and his crimson mask removed, it was revealed that Redmask had a pale Letherii face rather than the face characteristic of an Awl.[8]

Redmask by Puck

Redmask by Puck

In Dust of DreamsEdit

Sag'Churok was revealed to have thought that Redmask "had proved as flawed as any K'Chain Che'Malle of the Hive" and contemplated that perhaps the Matron of Ampelas Rooted had been right, instead, to elect a human like the Elan Kalyth to undertake the search.[9]

Kalyth, to replace Redmask, eventually chose Stormy (as Shield Anvil) and Gesler (as Mortal Sword) of the K'Chain Che'Malle. Kalyth had the Shi'Gal Assassin Gu'Rull snatch the two of them at night from their tent in the midst of the Bonehunter encampment in the Lether Wastelands and had them brought to her for explanations of their kidnapping and of their new roles.[10]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US TPB p.152
  2. Reaper's Gale, Dramatis Personae
  3. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US TPB p.152
  4. Reaper's Gale, Prologue, US TPB p.26
  5. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 22, US TPB p.710
  6. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 2, US TPB p.64-67
  7. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 2, US TPB p.70
  8. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 22, US TPB p.699-700/709-710
  9. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 4, US HC p.132
  10. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 22, US HC p.717/721/744-745/747
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