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The Twisted was a modified three-masted vessel, high and narrow. It was potentially speedy in the water[1] when seaworthy — when it could be described as "fast into the wind".[2]

In House of ChainsEdit

While in Aren, Seven Cities, during the formation of the Malaz 14th Army, the Adjunct Tavore talked privately about the Twisted with Admiral Nok. The Adjunct mentioned that the vessel had been the previous Emperor's flagship. Tavore went on to say that the Twisted had seemingly sunk in the harbour of Malaz on the night after the assassinations of Kellanved and Dancer. Whatever had happened to the flagship — the Adjunct added — it had taken its "resident demon" with it.[3]

In The BonehuntersEdit

In the camp of the plague-stricken Onearm's Host outside G'danisban, Seven Cities, Ganoes Paran spoke with the very ill Fist Rythe Bude. In their conversation the Imperial flagship — which the Fist referred to as the Twist — was mentioned. Being originally from Shal-Morzinn, the Fist told Ganoes Paran that Emperor Kellanved and Dancer had visited Shal-Morzinn — which was ruled by the Three — aboard the Twist. This was the first and only known visit of Malazans to Shal-Morzinn. Rythe Bude described the Twist as something that, in and of itself, was enough to make even the Three to pause.[4]

In Deadhouse LandingEdit

When Kellanved — previously known as Wu — and Dancer first arrived in Malaz City,[5] the Twisted, had been almost completely neglected for some time by its current owner, Durard, and was no more than a "derelict hulk".[6]

The Twisted had long been a pariah to sailors in ports throughout the southern seas. The ship had an extended history of bad luck: the deaths of crew members as well of previous owners; capture; ransom; plague; and storms. Unsurprisingly, the Twisted was infamous for being a vessel with a very dark curse.[7]

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