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Also known as the Wolf of Winter,[1] Togg was a god of war (an ascended beast) that was thought to be long forgotten. He was recalled among the Barghast as the wolf-spirit named Togctha.[2]

Togg was mate to Fanderay, the She-Wolf of Winter, and the joint holder of the Beast Throne. An ancient being, he considered the Elder Gods, Draconus, Krul, and the Sister of Cold Nights, young entities compared to himself and his mate.[3] They had once run with the Imass back when the Imass were still mortal.[4] At one time they had made their home on Jacuruku.[5]

Togg was described as a huge, one-eyed wolf, with white, silver-tipped fur.[6] He was said to wear three masks of war - terror, rage, and pain.[7]


Togg was separated from his mate, Fanderay, when the Crippled God was called down by rebellious mages attempting to unseat King Kallor 119,739 years before Burn's Sleep. The Fall left him bloodied and claimed one of his eyes. Three years after the Fall of the Crippled God, Togg followed K'rul from afar on Jacuruku and observed the cursing of Kallor. Afterwards, he slipped into the Warren of Chaos searching for Fanderay[3] where he became lost. The general details of a horror from the sky causing their separation were known as children's bedtime stories on Genabackis.[8]


The twin cults of Togg and Fanderay continued to persist, but their temples were few and their adherents dwindled. There had been a short lived popularity of the cults within the armies of the Malazan Empire early in Empress Laseen's reign, but they had soon withered.[9]

The Wolves were rarely worshipped in the middle or southern parts of Genabackis[10] and received no representation within the Mask Council of Capustan. They were however worshiped in the north of the continent as war-aspected gods.[10]

In Memories of Ice[]

Togg and Toc the Younger by Matt Smith

Togg had wandered the Warren of Chaos for several hundred thousand years before finally regaining his senses when he encountered the unconscious human, Toc the Younger. Upon seeing that Toc was also missing an eye, Togg decided to inhabit the man's body in order to search for his mate, Fanderay. During his time in Chaos, Togg gained unspecified powers.[11] When Toc returned to the Malazan world, he often saw visions of distant events through his injured eye. It was unclear if this was related to Togg's presence.

Toc awoke to find himself in Morn in the presence of Onos T'oolan. He and the T'lan Imass joined the entourage of Lady Envy which also included the last living Ay, Baaljagg. The Ay bore the spirit of Fanderay at the behest of K'rul who had found and rescued the badly wounded goddess after the Fall.

Lady Envy and her entourage made war against the Pannion Seer and his empire, the Pannion Domin. During their efforts, Toc was captured and brought to the Seer's fortress at Outlook. The Seer placed Toc into the arms of his adopted mother, an insane K'Chain Che'Malle Matron, who repeatedly crushed Toc's body within her arms. Both Toc and Togg suffered in agony, with the Mhybe seeing them struggling within a prison in her dreams.[12][13]

When Envy and the others assaulted Outlook to free Toc, the Seer fled with his prisoner to Coral. Envy's party followed in pursuit, arriving at Coral amidst the Malazan siege of the city. While the others raced ahead to find the Seer, Envy and Baaljag sought Toc in the Old Palace.[14] Before they reached him, the broken Toc killed himself freeing Togg, who sounded a howl loud enough to be heard above the battlefield outside the city. The T'lan Ay responded by appearing amongst the Seer's undead K'ell Hunters and slaying them all.[15]

By the time Envy and Baaljagg found Toc, he was already dead and the ay lay beside the corpse whimpering.[16] Fanderay grieved for the loss of her mate, but Onos T'oolan informed her that Togg had slipped from Toc's body and was free within the Warren of Tellann. The Bonecaster, Kilava, reported that Toc's soul rode upon Togg's own and she opened a path into Tellann for Baaljagg to pursue them.[17]

Within the dreamworld of Tellann, Fanderay was separated from Baaljagg and finally reunited with Togg. The two gods reclaimed their thrones while acknowledging the Mhybe as the dream world's mistress. To repay Toc for the use of his body, Togg asked the Mhybe's permission to help Toc's soul migrate to the empty body of Anaster.[18]

The destruction of the Grey Swords at the Siege of Capustan and the fall of Fener, their patron god, forced the mercenaries to seek out a new sponsor. With the help of the White Face Barghast elders they settled on Fanderay and Togg and proclaimed a new Reve, the Wolf's Reve.[19] The new Grey Sword Shield Anvil, Norul, approached Silverfox requesting her to free the T'lan Ay, who the twin gods considered their children. The living Bonecaster initially refused despite Norul's warning that the gods would seek reparation.[20] Later, Silverfox relented.[21]

In House of Chains[]

High Mage L'oric reported that Togg and Fanderay had taken control of the Beast Throne making them masters of the Soletaken and D'ivers. He smiled thinking of "all those poor fools who followed the Path of the Hand. The game was won far, far away—",[22] suggesting that the Beast Throne had been the Path of Hands' ultimate goal.

Newly installed on the throne, Togg and Fanderay urgently needed a champion. They chose a bull enkar'al whose spirit had been trapped in the body of a dead Thelomen Toblakai by the B'ridys demon. As a reward for its service, it was brought to join others of its kind in their realm.[23]

In The Bonehunters[]

Fiddler, Gesler, Stormy, and Balm looked through a Deck of Dragons while aboard the Silanda that had many cards they had never seen before. Among them was a new card labeled "The Lords of War" depicting two wolves, one male and one female, flanking an unoccupied bone throne. The card was the ranked card for the new House of War, which none of the men recognised.[24]

The Malaz 14th Army was joined by the Perish Grey Helms, a military religious order dedicated to Togg and Fanderay. They placed themselves under the command of Adjunct Tavore Paran for the war to come. Then they opened a gate through the harsh, fierce seas of the warren of Togg and Fanderay that allowed the Malazan fleet to travel to Malaz City over days rather than months.[25]

In Reaper's Gale[]

The Errant discovered Fener taking refuge in his abandoned temple in the Old Palace of Letheras. In return for allowing him to stay, Fener gifted him with the knowledge that it was possible for the Holds to awaken and regain power. After the boar god's fall, the Beast Hold had demanded an inheritor arise to take his place. Since Treach was too young and weak, Togg and Fanderay awoke to take the Throne.[26]

The Grey Swords, led by Toc Anaster, followed a prophecy to Lether seeking the Battlefield of the Gods.[27] The Wolves had sent them murky visions in their dreams that some vast conflagration awaited them--a battle where they would be desperately needed.[28] But before reaching this battle, the mercenaries had been cut down by Letherii soldiers. Tool and Hetan had come upon the bodies shortly afterwards as plains wolves removed each of the soldiers' hearts. They thought it might be an act of honour.[29] When Toc fell at the Battle of Q'uson Tapi, Hood personally came to collect him saying his claim on Toc's soul took precedence over the Wolves'. Toc asked the god why he still only had one eye in death and Hood could only grumble, "Damned wolves."[30]


Notes and references[]

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.706
  2. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.791
  3. 3.0 3.1 Memories of Ice, Prologue
  4. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.726
  5. Memories of Ice, Prologue, US SFBC p.29
  6. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.1103
  7. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, US HC p.356
  8. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.705/726
  9. Memories of Ice, Chapter 24, Epigraph
  10. 10.0 10.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.788
  11. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.46-47
  12. Memories of Ice, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.693
  13. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.911
  14. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.916-917
  15. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.933-934
  16. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.940
  17. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.940-941
  18. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.953/955-956
  19. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.666-669
  20. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.730-731
  21. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.958-959
  22. House of Chains, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.306
  23. House of Chains, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.456-457
  24. The Bonehunters, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.720/722
  25. The Bonehunters, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.818-819
  26. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 9, US HC p.227-230
  27. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 6, US HC p.151
  28. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 22, US HC p.701
  29. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 22, US HC p.704
  30. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 23, US HC p.711
  31. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 8, UK BCAS edition p.218
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