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Sechul Lath, also known by his Letherii title "Knuckles",[1] was thought to be a Forkrul Assail and an Elder God, the Lord of Chance and Mischance, Caster of Knuckles.[citation needed] His mother was Kilmandaros.[2]

He was tall and emaciated looking, with thin and loose bone-white flesh. His long, narrow face was seemed with wrinkles and his eyes were pale grey with vertical pupils. The hair on his mottled head was little more than wisps. He wore rotted, colourless silks that did little to hide the extra joints in his arms and legs, or his unusual torso that featured a horizontally hinged sternum, too many ribs, and a double set of collar bones (one greater, one lesser). His voice was strangely childlike.[3]

In Midnight Tides[]

Shortly after the sundering of Kurald Emurlahn, the Malazan world was invaded through a violent rent by the combined armies of Silchas Ruin's Tiste Andii and Scabandari Bloodeye's Tiste Edur. The invaders defeated an army of K'Chain Che'Malle before Scabandari betrayed Silchas and murdered his surviving Andii. The Jaghut, Gothos, was observing the betrayal from a nearby ridge when he sensed the presence of an Elder God come in answer to the rift between worlds. Before learning it was Mael he considered it likely to be one of a number of other gods, including Sechul Lath.[4]

In Reaper's Gale[]

The Tiste Edur Warlock King, Hannan Mosag, cut the spirit of Bruthen Trana free of his body so that he could search the bottom of the ocean for the soul of Brys Beddict.[5][6] Bruthen soon became lost on the ocean floor, unsure of where to go until he stumbled across an underwater Azath House. He was met at the door by a man who would only identify himself by the title, Knuckles. Knuckles invited him inside, warning the Edur not to bring up the subject of dragons or Scabandari Bloodeye with his other houseguest as he did not want her pulled away from the distraction he had already provided her. She was most gentle when distracted.[7]

Inside the House's tower was Kilmandaros, whom he referred to as "Mother" or "Beloved". She referred to him as "Setch" until gently corrected to use his title in Bruthen's presence. In this House under the Sea, Kilmandaros and Knuckles spent time playing a contentious game with small bones whose latest casting she studied looking for patterns. After a violent outburst by Kilmandaros, Knuckles 'stilled the grains' stopping time temporarily so they could have a glass of wine with Bruthen, and his mother would have longer to look for a pattern in the bone arrangement.[7]

During the ensuing conversation, it was revealed that Kilmandaros had once been imprisoned inside the Azath House by Anomander Rake. Knuckles chided her for blaming Rake, assuring her that if she had not first attacked Rack in anticipation of his eventual betrayal, she would not have faced Rake's wrath. Eventually, Knuckles informed Bruthen that what he sought could be found at the place of the Names of the Gods, then he restarted the grains of time. As he escorted the Edur to the door, Knuckles admitted he had no idea if there were patterns to be found in the game of bones they played, but "our kind [...] love patterns."[7]

In Dust of Dreams[]

Knuckles accompanied the Errant and Kilmandaros as they schemed to regain the power they once held. Unknown to the Errant, Sechul Lath and Kilmandaros were secretly plotting against him.

It was also revealed that the twins known as Oponn were Sechul Lath's children.

In The Crippled God[]

Sechul Lath helped to free the Otataral Dragon, but after freeing her the plan went awry. The Errant fled the chaos, never to be heard from again.

Later, Draconus manifested himself and destroyed both Kilmandaros and Sechul Lath in retaliation for what they had accomplished. As Sechul lay close to death and Draconus had gone, Oponn manifested beside their father in his final moments, promising to track down the Errant and give him a "push" for leading Sechul Lath to his death.

In Forge of Darkness[]

Sechul Lath was revealed to be an Azathanai, the youngest son of Grizzin Farl and Kilmandaros, and the half-brother of Errastas.[8] Described as "weak" and "a follower", Sechul fell under the influence of his older brother.[9] Together, they murdered Karish, the wife of Hood.[10]


Knuckles: "If there is one presence I would find unwelcome above all others, Errastas, it is Olar Ethil."
Errastas: "She is dead—"
Knuckles: "And supremely indifferent to that condition..."
Errastas conspiring with Knuckles[src]

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