Ublala Pung was an unemployed Tarthenal half-blood who lived in Letheras.[1] He was a towering figure with enormous muscles and burnished skin lined with whip scars.[1] He had a round face and pale eyes.[2] He was not all that bright and was described as an innocent, but he was noted to be very "well endowed",[3] characteristics that were frequently used humourously during the series.

In Midnight TidesEdit

Ublala was sentenced to a Drowning for "a ruckus" at Urum's Lenders in Letheras involving murder times three, destruction of property, assault, kidnapping times two, cursing, fraud, failure to pay debt and voiding in public, all of which were committed in one afternoon. As a Tarthenal, however, he had four lungs, and so survived the Drownings and was set free.[4]

He was later employed by Tehol as a bodyguard to Shand, Rissarh, and Hejun.[5] The way the three women treated him as a sexual toy left him feeling used and unappreciated.[6] He was later taken as a lover by Shurq Elalle after her installation of an insatiable ootooloo. He found this arrangement much more to his liking.[7]

Shurq brought Ublala along as muscle for her robbery of Finadd Gerun Eberict's estate by telling him the guards there did not like him. Ublala burst through the estate's wooden and bronze gate and fought around a dozen swordsman with his bare hands while Shurq slipped inside unnoticed. The hulking half-Tarthenal slapped and tossed the guards about while angrily demanding to know what he had ever done to deserve their disdain.[8]
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Ublala Pung by Shadaan

Afterwards, he often spent time with Shurq and Harlest Eberict in their crypt hideaway. Harlest complained about having to witness Ublala and Shurq's evening endeavours.[9]

Ublala somehow sensed the escape of the Seregahl from the grounds of the dead Azath Tower and rushed to the place.[10] He arrived at the grounds of the Azath House to find the Crimson Guard Mage, Corlo, standing watch outside. When Corlo asked if he had come to worship his gods, Ublala explained that the Tarthenal gods were bad and his people prayed for them to stay away.[11] He rushed into the grounds in time to stop the Seregahl from killing Iron Bars and he helped the Crimson Guardsman fight the five gods using a tree branch as a club. He managed to crush the life out of one before he was knocked unconscious. Both of them were saved by Silchas Ruin.[12]

Afterwards, he presumably joined Shurq Elalle's crew aboard her newly purchased pirate vessel.[13]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

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Ublala Pung as Herald of Life by HeathWind

He witnessed Karsa Orlong's arrival in the city of Letheras and was so awed he decided to worship the Teblor as a god.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

Though supposedly travelling with Shurq to his homeland, Ublala got waylaid by the ghost of Old Hunch who led him to a set of Dragon bone Tarthenal armor buried in a Letheras graveyard. Shurq believed Ublala just forgot the arrangement for her to take him to his homeland so left without him, resulting in Ublala having to walk.

While on the trek to return to his homeland, he was joined by Draconus, and later Ralata who he announced to be his new wife.

In The Crippled God Edit

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Ublala Pung by Shadaan

After parting company with Draconus, he came upon Mappo Runt on the losing end of a battle with Sister Calm next to an imprisoned Icarium. Ublala crushed her skull, adding that what she had done "wasn't very nice".[14]

He then released the amnesiac Jhag and the two set off together along with Ralata.


Shurq Elalle: "I intend to rob Gerun Ebberict's estate. But there are outlying watchers that need taking care of. Can you create a diversion, Ublala Pung?"
Ublala Pung: "I don't know. I got nothing against them--"
Shurq: "They don't like you."
Ublala: "They don't? Why?"
Shurq: "No reason. They just don't."
Ublala: "Then I don't like them either."
Shurq: "So you say, but I haven't seen any proof."
Ublala: "You want proof? Good. Let's go."
―Shurq Elalle and Ublala Pung[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.126
  2. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.140
  3. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.127
  4. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.126-128
  5. Midnight Tides, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.139-140
  6. Midnight Tides, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.298
  7. Midnight Tides, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.304/319-320
  8. Midnight Tides, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.321/326-329
  9. Midnight Tides, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.372
  10. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.713
  11. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.726
  12. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.726-729/738-739/
  13. Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.766-767
  14. The Crippled God, Chapter 24, UK HB p.835-837
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