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The Tarthenal were among the descendants of the Thel Akai.[citation needed] They were enormous in size[1] and possessed tremendous physical power. They had four lungs and were capable of holding their breath for long periods of time.[2]

On the continent of Lether, the Tarthenal had been conquered and subjugated by the Letherii. Their tribes had lived northwest of the city Letheras and many Letherii settlements in the region, like Brous, Denner, Dresh, and Lan, still bore Tarthenal names.[2] Of all the tribes conquered by the Letherii, the Tarthenal's destruction was the closest to come to genocide.[2] Along with the Faraed and the Nerek, the Tarthenal had been unwittingly betrayed to the Letherii by Hull Beddict. In his time among them he had become so endeared that many shared matching tattoos of three bars on their backs with him. They worshipped him even after their subjugation.[1]

What few Tarthenal remained in Lether were largely drunks living in the pit towns outside Letherii cities.[1] Their original culture had been largely forgotten but one of the few traditions they still remembered were the rituals of propitiation for their terrifying gods. They had five gods, called the Seregahl, the Wrath Wielders.[3] The gods of the Tarthenal were not worshiped to draw their attention and blessings, but instead to turn their gazes away and keep them from manifesting.[4] When the Letherii attacked the Tarthenal holy sites, they noted the Tarthenal defenders fought in terror as if some awful power would be released by their failure.[2]

The Tarthenal viewed the seas as a single beast with countless limbs, some of which reached onto land as rivers and streams.[5]

Known Tarthenal Edit

Known Tarthenal half-bloodsEdit

In Midnight TidesEdit

Before the start of the novel, Tehol Beddict had raised an enormous fortune and nearly crashed the Letherii economy to secretly repatriate some of the remnants of the tribes to islands he had bought in honour of his brother, Hull.[7] He was later approached by the Tarthenal half-bloods, Shand and Rissarh, who sought to repeat the scheme on a greater scale to enact their revenge on the Letherii.[8][9] By the time of the Tiste Edur invasion of Letheras, he had already managed to send the city's refugees to safety.[10]

The Seregahl were revealed to be prisoners within the Azath Tower of Letheras. As the Azath House reached the end of its life, it began to lose its grip on those imprisoned within its grounds and the Seregahl began to work their way free. They were killed by Silchas Ruin with help from Iron Bars, an Avowed of the Crimson Guard, and the half-Tarthenal, Ublala Pung.[11]

In The BonehuntersEdit

When the Tiste Edur, Hanradi Khalag, met the Teblor, Karsa Orlong, he referred to him as a Tarthenal.[12]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

The fallen Tarthenal also played a role in the events surrounding the conquest of the Edur.

The Teblor warrior, Karsa Orlong, became their new god.

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