Ve'Gath Soldier by Grimhilde

Interpretation of a Ve'Gath by Grimhilde aka Tattersail

The Ve'Gath were the "true" soldiers of the K'Chain Che'Malle. The Ve'Gath were roughly twice the size of a human and had "fanged snouts" which, along with their jaw lines, gave them the appearance of having "ghastly grins". If necessary, Ve'Gath - like the rest of the K'Chain Che'Malle - could make drastic changes[1] to physical and/or physiological aspects of their bodies. Giving birth to Ve'Gath, in particular, caused a K'Chain Che'Malle Matron great pain and loss of blood, so that a Matron would normally not produce more than about one hundred Ve'Gath - especially in times of peace.[2]

In Dust of DreamsEdit

As a sign that Gunth'an Acyl, the Matron of Acyl Nest of Ampelas Rooted, believed strongly that a war was imminent, she had been producing an extraordinary number of Ve'Gath - ten to twenty thousand of them - causing her to experience continuous, extreme agony which had driven her insane.[3]

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The Ve'Gath had a central role in a major engagement between the K'Chain Che'Malle and their arch-enemies, the K'Chain Nah'ruk, which took place in the Wastelands of Lether. Commanding the Ve'Gath, as well as the K'ell Hunters, were two Malazans, Gesler and Stormy; this use of non-K'Chain Che'Malle in this fashion was completely unheard of, but the Matron had decided that the K'Chain Che'Malle were "broken" and that help from outsiders was essential.[4][5]

In The Crippled GodEdit

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The K'Chain Che'Malle of Ampelas Rooted, having joined with the allies of the Malazans, marched eastward through the Wastelands to Kolanse and the Spire, which was located there - Gesler and Stormy still in command. The Ve'Gath, again, had a central role in a major engagement - but this time, it was a pivotal battle which occurred at the foot of the Spire and which was against the associated forces of the Forkrul Assail.[6][7]

In Kellanved's ReachEdit

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In the early days of the formation of the Malazan Empire, a joint troop of Orjin Samarr's mercenaries; Prevost Jeral's ex-Nom Purge regulars; and locals known as hill-folk of the hill tribes were making their way to the western coast of Quon Tali when they encountered - in a cave formed by an underground river - what was most likely an undead Ve'Gath specimen. Orjin's troop mage, a Dal Honese elder and shaman, identified the withered, "great upright lizard", as an "undying" "K'Chain Che'Malle warrior" - which possessed "forearms" (and not swords) for upper limbs. The K'Chain warrior was successfully dispatched by dismemberment by individuals of the joint forces who had come upon the creature.[8]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 24, US HC p.791-792
  2. Dust of Dreams, Prologue, US HC p.25-30
  3. Dust of Dreams, Prologue, US HC p.25-30
  4. Dust of Dreams, Prologue, US HC p.28/30
  5. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 24, US HC p.788/792-793
  6. The Crippled God, Chapter 23, US HC p.699-701/703-704/711-712/730-732/737-738/742/751-756/761/771
  7. The Crippled God, Epilogue One, US HC p.895
  8. Kellanved's Reach, Chapter 12, US TPB p.313-317
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