Edit An unnamed woman enters Ehrlitan via the east gate. Corabb thinks about the state of Seven Cities citizens turning each other in as criminals , and eventually realizes that without his commander, he would be lost. Seconds later, Leoman gestures for Corabb, and asks him where they are. Samar Dev is lying in the shade of her wagon tormenting ants on an unused road through the Ugarat Odhan , thinking she is dying. Karsa Orlong rides up on Havok , dismounts, and converses with her.
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Edit An unnamed woman enters Ehrlitan via the east gate. Corabb thinks about the state of Seven Cities citizens turning each other in as criminals , and eventually realizes that without his commander, he would be lost. Seconds later, Leoman gestures for Corabb, and asks him where they are. Samar Dev is lying in the shade of her wagon tormenting ants on an unused road through the Ugarat Odhan , thinking she is dying. Karsa Orlong rides up on Havok , dismounts, and converses with her. She admits that she kicked a wheel of the wagon after it broke down, and in doing so, broke her foot.
Karsa tells Samar that he wants to enter Ugarat beneath notice. The unnamed woman now known to be Apsalar in the tavern awakens, and "[weeps] for the man she had abandoned". She tells herself that she is not worth the overwhelming gift of love. She realizes that Cotillion understood that she could not allow Crokus now Cutter to love her. Apsalar goes down to the stairs to eat, and is approached by two Pardu women, who tell her that a group of Gral men want her to dance for them. Later, Apsalar leaves the tavern, enters an shadowed alley, which is a small portion of the warren of Shadow , and disappears.
She is followed by the two Pardu women, who now cannot see her. One comments that they need to inform their new master that "She truly walks the shadows.
On her way to the center of Ehrlitan , she encounters two corpses in shackles, and upon stopping to investigate, a pair of shades rise from the bodies and speak to her in Tiste Andii. Apsalar is surprised that she understands them and that she is being warned off from stealing the bodies. The shades are Curdle and Telorast , who admit that they encountered the "new" master of the House of Shadow , as well as the Hounds of Shadow , and Edgewalker , among others.
Apsalar tells them that she will escort them to a gate, and walks away. Corabb pulls out some food, and eats, while Leoman questions the purpose of his own command. Corabb says that Leoman is destined to carry the Holy Book of Dryjhna , and that Dryjhna is more than just the dead Whirlwind Goddess , that she is as much a time as anything else. The conversation swiftly becomes nonsense, as the "food" Corabb ate was a dead toad.
He walks off thinking that the encampment contains a host of oversized vultures. Karsa Orlong and Samar Dev enter Ugarat , but are told that they cannot bring the two heads into the city. Karsa responds by throwing one of the guards into a cart, knocking him unconscious. The other guard runs to get reinforcements. Karsa and Samar start towards a inn, and Samar warns the growing crowd off from following by threatening them with a curse.
When the guards and their captain catch up to Karsa and Samar, Samar claims that Karsa is a spirit, and that the heads are trophies. Apsalar, Telorast, and Curdle stand in front of a gate, conversing. I knew you were a ghost! Telorast corrects Curdle by saying that the real Apsalar was Imass. Curdle starts proclaiming how powerful they were when alive; Apsalar, being frusterated, walks through the gate, followed closely by Telorast and Curdle. As she walks, Apsalar considers the shades and her surroundings.
All of the permanent features of the Shadow Realm are covered in unbreakable chains, and there were bodies shackled to the chains. Apsalar enters the temple, her destination.
She smells blood, and finds a body on the ground: Mebra , her target. She sees a movement, and ducks as a throwing star flashes over her.
She stands to see a veiled Semk man, with white tattooes covering the dark skin around his eyes. He attacks, and Apsalar kills the man. She cuts his clothing off, to discover that he is covered in the tattooed script, the language of the First Empire. He was a priest of the Nameless Ones. She says, "Until we can find a way to get out of this mess. Telorast says yes, and Curdle says, "Good. Because I want my throne back. Iskaral is dismissed.
Shadowthrone tells Cotillion he has an idea, and vanishes afterwards, inviting a comment from Cotillion that it was a good idea.
Cotillion emerges out of Shadowkeep, musing over the activities of the demons of the realm. As he moves forward, he feels a presence at his side, who turns out to be Edgewalker. Seeing Baran behind stalking him, Edgewalker tells him that while for Cotillion he walks paths unseen, the Hounds can feel his presence. They approach a ring of standing stones, where Edgewalker comments on their nature.
Being half buried, they signify both the overworld and the underworld, this being the underworld manifestation, the overworld being probably eroded by now. At the base of each standing stone, they observe three shackled dragons. Edgewalker reveals them to be pure blooded Eleint - Ampelas , Kalse and Eloth , who were imprisoned here bacause of their ambition. Cotillion tells the dragons about an impending war among the ascendants, and asks them which side would they fight upon if freed.
The dragons suggest him to free them before bargaining, upon which Cotillion says that he would probably devour him once free. He further asks them the reason of their imprisonment, suggesting that he may free them if he thinks it unjust. Further discussion reveals that the dragons were imprisoned by Anomander Rake because they sought the Throne of Shadow, which Anomander wanted empty.
According to the dragons, Ammanas is sitting on the wrong Shadow Throne, "the true throne is not even in this fragment of Kurald Emurlahn " upon which Cotillion smiles and says, "Is Ammanas here then? Ampelas then claims he shaped the Blood in the path of Emurlahn, inviting a comment from Cotillion that dragons are prone to grandiose claims.
He then asks about the Soletaken , Anomandaris and Scabandari Bloodeye.
They had arrived to find the local garrison turned into a raucous harem where children were bing abused. Leoman had thirty officers put to death on the first day itself. They were now being trained to counter Malazan siege tactics by Dunsparrow. Leoman orders the evacuation of all citizens to the city of Lothal along with all their possessions.
The Bonehunters/Chapter 6
It is because of this consistent state that she fails to notice an unexpected and unusual ship seemingly originating from Malaz Island mooring in the Free Docks — particularly unusual since the winds during the Clear Season make it impossible to navigate at sea around Kartool. Also the ship appears to be built in a manner not made in the past fifty years. After some persuasion they break into the temple to find the remains of a massacre. Hellian orders that a search be conducted and their commander be instructed. Banaschar disagrees but decides he wants to leave as Hellian demands he stays for questioning.
The Bonehunters/Chapter 8