In The Malazan Book of the Fallen, we see the Malazan Army using Moranth munitions at many points throughout the story. I can get a sense of how destructive most of these are (sharpers, crackers, flamers, etc..), but while reading The Bonehunters (specifically the siege of Y'Ghatan) I realize I don't have a good sense of the destructive power of cussers. I initially thought they were similar in power to a stick of dynamite, but looking at videos of sticks of dynamite exploding doesn't get near the destruction I envision a cusser causing.

Are there any insights into how powerful a cusser would be in terms of explosives we have in reality? Are there even explosives in reality to compare cussers to in order to get a sense of their destructive scale?


The Malazan Wiki has a section on cussers. It describes them as being similar to a satchel charge.

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  • Just what I was looking for. The destruction of a satchel charge from the few videos I found agrees with the expectation I had in my head. Thanks! – Kyle S. Sep 13 '12 at 19:02

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