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The Fourteen Undead Jaghut were a group of Jaghut who first appeared in the Wastelands of Lether around the time of the Bonehunters' arrival in the Letherii Empire.[1]

In Dust of DreamsEdit

"So many things were a delight...All these awkward emotions, such as humility, confusion and unease. To feel them again, to laugh at their inherent absurdity, mocking every survival instinct--as if [the Fourteen Undead Jaghut] still lived. As if they still had something to lose. As if the past was worth recreating here in the present. As if...old grudges were worth holding on to."
―musings of the undead Varandas - mostly to herself[src]

The Fourteen Undead, doing a favour for Iskar Jarak of the 'Guardians of [Death's] Gate'[2][3] appeared in the Lether Wastelands to Destriant Kalyth[4] and her accompanying K'Chain Che'Malle who were under threat from fifty to a hundred K'Chain Nah'ruk.[5][6] The Undead Jaghut wore blackened armour, chainmail, and unusual helms. Their ragged and stained cloaks had once been dark yellow in colour and were trimmed in silver fur. Seven of the Undead Jaghut carried swords - long, narrow and forged of blued steel. Two others of the Undead Fourteen had heavy, single-edged axes as well as round shields covered in hides. Three of the Jaghut carried broad-headed spears sheathed in iron, while the final two prepared slings. The frost of Omtose Phellack covered the Fourteen Undead and the area surrounding them. A spear-wielder, a slinger and a swordswoman of the Fourteen Undead spoke to Kalyth and to the K'Chain Che'Malle Sag'Churok, and gave to them an account of themselves and explained that they were long alienated from their previous commander, Hood. These Jaghut also added that they were the last soldiers of the "only army the Jaghut ever possessed". All of the Undead Fourteen periodically broke out into rattling, clattering laughter and those who ever had the occasion to hear it never forgot the sound - it being knowing, wry, and "cruelly breathtaking" in nature.[7]

All fourteen of the Undead Jaghut appeared in a circle around Toc the Younger, who had been hunting in the Wastelands. He asked what they wanted from him and received the reply "nothing from you". The Jaghut told Toc that they had finished performing a favour for Iskar Jarak involving K'Chain Nah'ruk and that they were now wandering the Lether Wastelands in search of "something to kill". When Toc mentioned the presence of T'lan Imass in the area, one of the Undead Fourteen stated that they had never fought the T'lan, having been long dead when the Imass underwent the Ritual of Tellann that gave them "eternal un-life". After exchanging a few more remarks, Toc left.[8] The Jaghut then conversed, and laughed amongst themselves. It was decided that they would travel east across the Wastelands. Although all fourteen were present, the Jaghut actually mentioned were Varandas; Haut, who addressed Varandas as 'Captain' - as did the others; Suvalas; Burrugast, identified as a lieutenant; and Gedoran, another lieutenant.[9]

As the Bonehunters were making their way eastward across the Lether Wastelands, it was revealed that both Quick Ben and Bottle had been aware that fourteen Jaghut, each "a walking armoury", were travelling behind them in the same direction as the army. Bottle, however, felt that the Jaghut were probably not specifically 'tracking' the Bonehunters.[10]

The Undead Jaghut had found the Ice Throne with Hood, encased in ice, seated upon it. Hood slowly came to life as the ice melted and he became aware of the Fourteen Undead arrayed around him. Hood arose from the throne, knelt and told the Undead Jaghut that he sought "penance" for his betrayal of them in the ancient past. The Fourteen warriors decided to forgive Hood, and so he rejoined the Fourteen as, again, their commander. Much merriment among the Jaghut ensued. On this occasion, the members of the Fourteen Undead specifically mentioned were Gathras; Sanad; Varandas; and Haut.[11]

In The Crippled GodEdit

The Fourteen Undead Jaghut warriors were discovered by Stormy, who - separated from the Bonehunters - was searching the Lether Wastelands for some sign of the Malazan army. As they turned towards him, Stormy noticed that the warriors were "tall, gaunt, and armoured in black chain, black scales and black leather". He also recognized that there were both male and female Jaghut, and, like the T'lan Imass, they were undead. On being asked by Stormy what they were doing out in the Wastelands, he received the reply that they were awaiting the return of their commander - whom they had sent on a "quest". Irritated by the Undead Jaghuts' raucous laughter and jocular cross talk with each other, Stormy bypassed them and went on his way. Of the Fourteen Undead, the Jaghut mentioned, on this occasion, were Bolirium; Varandas; Gedoran; and Daryft.[12]

The Fourteen Undead were present at the Battle of the Spire which took place in Kolanse on the far eastern coast of Lether. The Undead Jaghut fought there alongside Onos T'oolan and the T'lan Imass as allies.[13] Both undead races were reborn and rejuvenated by blood of the war deity, Fener, who had physically manifested in the sky above the Spire.[14] As the fighting progressed, the now living Jaghut were separated from each other[15] and, because they were now mortal, only eleven of the Fourteen survived the battle.[16] The Jaghut who engaged in these hostilities, who were actually mentioned by name, were Suvalas; Haut; Aimanan; and Gedoran.[17]

After the fighting was all over, the eleven living, of the formerly fourteen undead, Jaghut warriors, along with Hood, stood before the barrow containing the bodies of the fallen Imass in Kolanse. The Jaghut were silent, as was fitting, but it was a "silence riotous with irony". The names of the three Jaghut who died were not mentioned, but Varandas, Sanad and Gathras engaged in repartee amongst themselves, so they were certainly among the eleven warriors - plus Hood - who survived. In the end, the Hengese lapdog, Roach, joined Hood and made it clear that Hood belonged to him by 'anointing' Hood's leg. The remaining eleven Jaghut roared with raucous laughter, that "went on, and on", to Hood's great discomfiture.[18]

Known members of the 'Jaghut Fourteen'Edit

In Forge of DarknessEdit

The ancient Jaghut homeland was the Jaghut Odhan of the Jaghut Realm, an area to the far west of Kurald Galain,[19] the home of the Tiste and of the city of Kharkanas.[20] The Jaghut had once inhabited a grand city, Omtose Phellack, located in the center of the Jaghut Odhan, which had out-shone anything like it in the rest of the existing realms. The Jaghut, however, eventually came to the conclusion that their city and their civilization were a bad mistake. The Jaghut had been led to this "brutal truth" by the Lord of Hate who had made clear what he felt to be the inevitable societal dead end that the Jaghut faced. This resulted in the Jaghut, except for the Lord of Hate, abandoning the city of Omtose Phellack and to the majority of the Jaghut dispersing far and wide.[21] Some of the Jaghut still remained in the Jaghut Odhan, however, residing in their ancestral keeps and holds.[22] Surrounding the "Empty City"[23], Omtose Phellack, the Jaghut keeps indicated as still being occupied were those which belonged to: Aimanan; Daryft; Gathas; Gedoran; Haut; Hood; Sanad; Suvalas; and Varandas.[24]

It was said, by Haut, that the Jaghut had never fielded an actual army because they thought armies were "anathema" and they had no "taste for war". When threatened by would-be enemies, the Jaghut temporarily banded together in the number deemed necessary, then dealt with the situation as deemed appropriate. The Jaghut then disbanded when the threat had been removed.[25]

Besides the Lord of Hate, the Jaghut who made actual appearances in Forge of Darkness were Haut,[26][27][28][29] Varandas,[30][31] and Hood.[32][33][34][35]

While travelling, Haut, the brother of Hood, discovered on the Spar of Andii the brutally murdered body of Karish, Hood's wife.[36] Haut, deciding that he needed to speak with his "kin", travelled back to the Jaghut Odhan, where he unexpectedly encountered Varandas - in whose keep Haut spent the night.[37] The next day, Haut continued his journey and found and conferred with the Lord of Hate about the extremely grief-stricken Hood. As it turned out, Hood was not interested in avenging himself on the killers of his wife, but instead declared his intention to wage war on death itself. Hood sent out a call for like-minded "companions" to join with him in this unheard-of undertaking.[38] Remarkably, tens of thousands, in groups or as individuals, of a wide variety of peoples and races gathered on the Jaghut Odhan, eager to join Hood's army.[39]

In Fall of LightEdit

Subsequent to the events chronicled in Forge of Darkness, Haut, Varandas and Burrugast paid a visit to Gothos, the Lord of Hate, in his keep located in the ruins of the city of Omtose Phellack. The purpose of the meeting was to argue the pros and cons regarding the Jaghut joining the army of Hood - whose aim was to wage war on death. At the end of an extended discussion, the three Jaghut were not only sure that they had successfully met every argument Gothos might have had against Hood's goals, but were also sure that they were the obvious officers, "chosen and select", to serve in the army under the command of Hood.[40]

Returning in triumph to the Jaghut Odhan encampment of Hood's army, the three shared with Hood these developments, assuring him that they, themselves, plus Gathras, Sanad, Suvalas, and Bolirium - amongst other Jaghut - would march with Hood when the "time" arrived. Hood left upon an errand, leaving the three to mind his burning but heatless campfire. Varandas then said something that triggered all three Jaghut into laughter, which was loud and long - the sound reverberated throughout the entire camp.[41] Hood's army at this time numbered one thousand or so, individuals.[42]

Members of Hood's army began to notice that although everything seemed normal outside the encampment, inside the camp temperatures were steadily falling as though something was "stealing the heat".[43] Hood ritually invoked a Long Night over the encampment in the Jaghut Odhan, thus stopping time there and enabling the passage of his army through a gate into the realm of the dead - where the army would, at last, be able to wage war on their avowed enemy, Death.[44][45][46]

Surrounding Hood when the Long Night began was the core of his army - the Jaghut who made up Hood's Fourteen. Of the fourteen Jaghut present, those who were mentioned by name were: Haut, known by his usual sobriquet, Captain; Burrugast; Gathras; Sanad; and Varandas. Although not mentioned by name, Aimanan, Bolirium, Daryft, Gedoran, and Suvalas - as well as the four never-named Jaghut - must also have been present in the group around Hood as well. Hood's army, at some point in the Long Night left - according to Korya Delath, they had stepped outside time and were as good as dead.[47]

Final composition of 'Hood's Army'Edit

QuotesEdit

Bolirium: "Wisdom is not yet dead...Did I not suggest this to you all?"
Varandas: "Amidst a host of idiotic assertions, perhaps you did."
Bolirium: "...there must be a balance in the world. On one side a morsel of weighty wisdom, offsetting a gastric avalanche of brainless stupidity. Is that not the way of things?"
Varandas: "But...a drop of perfume cannot defeat a heap of shit."
Bolirium: "That depends...on where you put your nose."
Gedoran: "Be sure to inform us...when you finally smell something sweet."
Varandas: "Don't hold your breath..."
―conversation amongst Bolirium, Varandas and Gedoran of the 'Undead Fourteen'[src]
Haut: "Join us First Sword [Onos Toolan]. If we must die, must it be on the back step? I think not...do you see? Forkrul Assail, K'Chain Che'Malle, Imass and now Jaghut! What a fell party this is!"
Gedoran: "All we now need are a few Thel Akai...and we can swap old lies all night long!"
―remarks exchanged amongst Haut, Onos Toolan, and Gedoran at the Battle of the Spire[src]
"Fourteen Jaghut gathered round Hood...waiting. At last and with a sigh, Hood withdrew his hands from [his campfire's] pale flames - none of which flickered, the thin tongues motionless, suspended above the embers--and looked up...[Hood] nodded. [The Long Night] begins."
―Hood's remark on initiating the Long Night over his army's encampment[src]
Arathan: "I am going with [Hood's army]!"
Korya: "I felt them leave..."
Arathan: "Leave? Leave where? They left...everything!"
Korya: "They stepped outside time...They're dead...Or as good as."
―remarks made by Arathan and Korya Delath while looking over the now deserted camp of Hood's army[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 13, US HC p.412-413
  2. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 13, US HC p.408/413
  3. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 17, US HC p.535
  4. Dust of Dreams, Prologue, US HC p.25/28
  5. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 13, US HC p.412-415
  6. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 16, US HC p.493
  7. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 13, US HC p.412-415
  8. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 17, US HC p.534-536
  9. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 17, US HC p.534/536-537
  10. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 22, US HC p.723-724
  11. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 24, US HC p.815-816
  12. The Crippled God, Chapter 6, US HC p.168-170
  13. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, US HC p.761-762
  14. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, US HC p.759-760/761-762
  15. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, US HC p.766
  16. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, US HC p.780
  17. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, US HC p.761-762
  18. The Crippled God, Epilogue 1, US HC p.899-900
  19. Map, "Kurald Galain", Forge of Darkness, US HC p.xii
  20. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, US HC p.51-52
  21. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, US HC p.55
  22. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 7, US HC p.182
  23. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, US HC p.52
  24. Map, "Thel Akai, Jaghut, Tiste Realms", Forge of Darkness, US HC p.xiii
  25. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, US HC p.58
  26. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, US HC p.51-61
  27. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 8, US HC p.201-208/228-231
  28. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 16, US HC p.493-499/504-507/512-516/524
  29. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20, US HC p.661
  30. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, US HC p.59-60
  31. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 16, US HC p.496-499/502-507/512-513/515
  32. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 8, US HC p.228
  33. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 11, US HC p.321-322
  34. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 16, US HC p.498/511/519-523
  35. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20, US HC p.661-662
  36. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 8, US HC p.203-205/227-231
  37. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 16, US HC p.496-499
  38. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 16, US HC p.512-524
  39. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20, US HC p.661-662
  40. Fall of Light, Chapter 6, US HC p.146-150
  41. Fall of Light, Chapter 6, US HC p.157-161
  42. Fall of Light, Chapter 6, US HC p.144
  43. Fall of Light, Chapter 13, US HC p.400
  44. Fall of Light, Chapter 13, US HC p.394-395
  45. Fall of Light, Chapter 22, US HC p.698
  46. Fall of Light, Chapter 23, US HC p.702-704
  47. Fall of Light, Chapter 23, US HC p.715-718
  48. Fall of Light, Chapter 23, US HC p.715
  49. Fall of Light, Chapter 13, US HC p.402-403
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 Fall of Light, Chapter 6, US HC p.144-145/161
  51. Fall of Light, Chapter 6, US HC p.161
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