The Figurehead was a run-down inn on the waterfront of Unta. Its name came from the presence of a tall wooden figurehead removed from a Malazan man-'o-war. Over the years the carving had been so badly vandalised by customer knives and fists that nothing could be recognized of it other than the clawed feet of a bird or demon.
The inn's windows were made of oiled and stretched hides that provided a blurry view of the docks. The warped wood of the floor was covered with sawdust, straw, and occasionally faeces.