- "Before the day's through, you bastard, ten thousand soldiers will be voicing your name."
- ―Commander Blistig, to Squint
Squint was short and squat with forearms muscled like hemp ropes, and his eyes were like small, black marbles nested in wrinkles. His head was bald but for a fringe of long, grey, ratty strands. His uniform appeared not to have been washed or repaired in decades. His longbow was as tall as he was.
In Deadhouse Gates
Squint was given the unenviable task of killing Coltaine to ease his suffering after the Chain of Dogs was massacred outside the city gates and the Fist himself crucified. With a single shot, the weeping bowman struck Coltaine in the forehead at a distance of 500 paces. Without this act of mercy, Coltaine's soul would not have been retrieved by the swarms of crows that descended onto the battlefield.Enemy commander Korbolo Dom personally called for the bowman's death, but Squint had already disappeared.
In House of Chains
Squint was deeply affected by his role in Coltaine's death and retreated into alcoholism. He had to be dragged from a bar and forcibly incorporated into Adjunct Tavore's 14th Army by Blistig and his men.
At the Battle of Raraku, Squint was now an officer in Blistig's 9th Legion. He was part of a small squad guarding the Adjunct, when Karsa Orlong rode onto the field on his Jhag horse. Squint immediately recognised Karsa as a Thelomen Toblakai.
In The Bonehunters
After the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan, Admiral Nok and the Malazan Imperial Fleet extracted the 14th Army to return home to Quon Tali. Squint remained with the Adjunct's entourage aboard her flagship, the Froth Wolf. The night after the battle between the Malazan fleet and the Third Edur Imperial Fleet, Apsalar found him at the ship's rail looking into the night. Squint at first refused to introduce himself, claiming knowledge of his identity would only end their conversation with awkward silence. When he finally relented he was pleased when Apsalar, an outsider to the army, professed not to know his history.
The archer and the assassin shared their burdens of pain and Squint counseled her not to give up her love for Crokus. They agreed to meet for similar conversations in the future. Afterwards, Apsalar's thoughts revealed that she had known his identity all along and that the archer was the only one in the army who could not forgive himself for taking Coltaine's life.
Notes and references
- House of Chains, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 21, US HC p.548
- Deadhouse Gates, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.18
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 21, US HC p.548-549
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.740
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.858
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 22, US HC p.567
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 24, US HC p.589
- House of Chains, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.225
- House of Chains, Chapter 26, US SFBC p.834
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.740-742