The Shadow Dance was a dance exercised by followers of the Cult of Rashan. It was an expression of the martial art of assassination, although the connection was lost in some places where the dance was practised.
In Seven Cities, it was known only as a secretive act of worship exercised by male and female followers of the cult. Dancers were trained from childhood in the dance's elaborate and intricate movements. Training involved limb-stretching, joint loosening, and the drawing out of the spine to allow 'Casters' to flow with seamless movement. Dances were performed for priests who observed not the dancers themselves but the casts of their shadows. In effect, the shadow was the true dancer.
When engaged in the dance, the Shadow Dancer became so infused with shadows that they were barely visible and barely seemed to be in the Malazan world at all. Their motions were strangely blurred and the dancer turned and twisted with grace. If armed, blades slashed out drawing blood while feet delivered devastating kicks.
Shadow Dancers Edit
Apsalar used the Shadow Dance to almost singlehandedly stop the Hounds of Shadow in their tracks. In addition to delivering a series of deep slashes, she managed to kick one of the Hounds up into the air and through a brick wall.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.392
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.324
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.609/625
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.325
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.330
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.49
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.324-326
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.625/632
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.421-422