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Rood [pronounced as in 'rude'] was one of the Hounds of Shadow.[1] He was the pack leader and the former mate of Pallick, as well as the father of Doan.[2]

Rood was described as mangy with brown, scarred fur and yellow eyes.[3] He was also described as "pale, mottled, a solid mass of muscle" with "dark liquid brown" eyes.[4]

Rood and Blind were said to be Cotillion's favourite Hounds.[5]

In Gardens of the Moon Edit

In 1161 BS, Rood and the other Hounds were summoned by Shadowthrone to eliminate a regiment of the Itko Kanese 8th Cavalry to disguise his and Cotillion's abduction of Sorry.[6] The Hounds killed 175 soldiers and 210 horses in the Itko Kan Massacre while suffering no casualties of their own.[7]

Two years later, when Quick Ben intruded in the Warren of Shadow, the Hounds were quick to confront him. He greeted each by name, including Rood, and they herded him to Shadowkeep for an audience with Shadowthrone.[8]

With Quick Ben's aid, all seven Hounds ran the trespassing puppet Hairlock to ground on the Rhivi Plain and tore him to pieces before confronting Ganoes Paran. Paran's life was spared by the intervention of the Tiste Andii, Anomander Rake. Directly addressing Rood, Rake warned the pack to depart, but Rood led the others in an attack. Rake slew Doan and Ganrod with his soul stealing sword Dragnipur and drove off the others.[9]

Rood later encountered Ganoes Paran once again on the night of the Gedderone Fête. The Hound surprised the captain pulling him to the ground, tearing flesh, and drawing blood. Trapped in Rood's jaws, Paran was suddenly released by the confused Hound. Cotillion appeared to inform Paran that the Hound had sought to kill him for his role in the deaths of Doan and Ganrod. But Rood had paused as he sensed some kind of kinship with the captain (due to Paran's contact with Doan or Ganrod's blood). The god apologised and both he and Rood departed.[10]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

The five remaining Hounds (Rood, Baran, Blind, Gear, and Shan) accompanied Fiddler, Apsalar, Crokus Younghand, Icarium, Mappo, and Iskaral Pust through the maze surrounding Tremorlor.[11] The Hounds served as protection from the hordes of Soletaken and D'ivers following Shadowthrone's false Path of Hands to the Azath House. They also proved as a deterrent against the rage of Icarium. During the journey, Rood dispatched the Soletaken Messremb and ate his paw. He also killed a D'ivers Dhenrabi, but cringed in the presence of Moby, the Bhok'arala familiar.[12][13]

In House of ChainsEdit

Rood and Blind accompanied Cotillion to separate meetings with Kalam Mekhar and Cutter. To Kalam, Cotillion admitted that the Hounds were troubled by agitation within their realm.[14]

In The BonehuntersEdit

After his experience on Drift Avalii, Cotillion felt he could no longer completely trust the Hounds given the mastery the Tiste Edur seemed to hold over them.[15] But one or more of the Hounds still tended to accompany Cotillion on his travels inside and out of Shadow. Rood and the other Hounds followed Cotillion to Seven Cities when the god visited the recuperating Mappo Runt.[16]

Ganoes Paran used the Deck of Dragons to call upon Shadowthrone to enlist his help against Dejim Nebrahl. He warned that he planned to release the Deragoth against the T'rolbarahl. He asked Shadowthrone to send his Hounds to Seven Cities because the Hounds of Darkness would surely seek out their counterparts and it would be better if this did not occur in Shadow. Shadowthrone reluctantly agreed.[17]

The Hounds found Dejim Nabrahl west of Y'Ghatan as it hunted Masan Gilani and herded it into the path of the Deragoth. After the Deragoth killed four of Dejim's forms the Hounds of Shadow swept in and Baran snatched up its last remaining body in its mouth. Then the Hounds ran southward into the wastes.[18][19][20]

The Deragoth pursued the Hounds all the way to G'danisban where Shadowthrone saw a way to eliminate multiple problems. The Hounds burst into the camp of Onearm's Host outside the city sending Sweetcreek and Futhgar tumbling. Hurlochel saw pure terror in one Hound's eyes as the Deragoth followed.[21] Inside the city, Rood raced behind Shan to enter Poliel's Grand Temple where Ganoes Paran had pinned the goddess with an Otataral shard. Also present was Quick Ben, who Shadowthrone had lured to the temple knowing the otataral would prevent his escape. The mage was there to save his sister, Torahaval Delat, who had been marked for death by the god of Shadow. Baran dropped Dejim Nabrahl while Rood and the other Hounds went for Quick Ben. The mage and his sister were saved only by the sudden appearance of Apsalar, who fought the Hounds using a Shadow Dance, and the skeletal Telorast and Curdle.[22]

The Hounds were forced to depart empty handed as the Deragoth arrived to tear Dejim Nebrahl and Poliel apart. Returning to Shadow to lick their wounds, they were suspicious of Cotillion whose magic they sensed in the dancing figure that had repelled them.[23]

In Toll the HoundsEdit

(Information needed)

In Night of KnivesEdit

Several of the Hounds, including Rood, were in Malaz City on the night of the Shadow Moon in 1154 BS. Rood fought former Dassem's First Sword Temper and nearly killed him before the Shadow cult intervened.[24][25]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xvi
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 12, US HC p.279
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 15, UK MMPB p.471
  4. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 18, US HC p.474
  5. House of Chains, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.313
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.17
  7. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, US HC p.38
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 12, US HC p.279-281
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 15, US HC p.330-332
  10. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 23, Tor MMPB p.620
  11. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 16, US HC p.442
  12. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 18, US HC p.475/482
  13. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 19, US HC p.498/500
  14. House of Chains, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.262-268
  15. The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.80
  16. The Bonehunters, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.50
  17. The Bonehunters, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.466-467
  18. The Bonehunters, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.536-546
  19. The Bonehunters, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.586-587
  20. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.624
  21. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.620-621
  22. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.624-628
  23. The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.627-628/630/632
  24. Night of Knives, Chapter 3, US TPB p.128-131
  25. Night of Knives, Chapter 4, US TPB p.158
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