The Trell were a non-human pastoral nomadic warrior society in transition to sedentarianism.[1] They inhabited an area on the western side of the Jhag Odhan in Seven Cities.[2]

They were a society in transition. Originally defined by wandering warring clans who lived in yurts, the Trell began establishing merchant settlements that traded in bhederin, goats, and sheep. At least one settlement was home to fifteen thousand Trell. Not all were ready to accept the change, and many youths left their homes for adoptive clans that still followed the old ways.[3]

Tribal elders appeared to have a place of leadership within Trell society.[4] Trell witches, known as shoulder-women, were ancient creatures with the power to conduct divinations from bone and imbue objects with sorcerous power.[5][6] They also possessed a wealth of esoteric historical knowledge long forgotten by others.[7]

Trell lived for hundreds of years. Mappo Runt was over four hundred years old before he became Icarium's guardian at the behest of the Nameless Ones.[8]


They buried their dead in chambers beneath heaped mounds of stone and earth.[9]


Notable Trell Edit

Racial OriginsEdit

The Trell were descendants of the Thelomen Toblakai, and also from the Venath.[11]

In Midnight TidesEdit

A war with a group known as the Sar Trell was important in the early history of the First Empire. On a plain south of Yath'Ghatan, Dessimbelackis had turned the tide of battle and the Trell's bones were used to lay the foundation of Empire's road.[12]

At some point in their history they had been possibly conquered by explorers and colonizers of the First Empire, who considered them ignorant and non-human.[13] They were unknown to the Letherii Empire, with all knowledge beyond their name lost to history.[14]

In The BonehuntersEdit

The First Empire likely engaged in conflicts with the Trell nearly to the end the of its existence. Widows of the Trell Wars were still young enough to bear children even at the time of the Great Slaughter that marked the end of the empire.[15]

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

Rumours that Trell had once resided in the Lands of Fist until their extermination were angrily denied by Paulus of Rool. As proof, the writer pointed to the lack of any physical evidence left behind of their presence.[16]

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