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For questions related to the fictional universe of the “Malazan Book of the Fallen” series by Steven Erikson and the “Novels of the Malazan Empire” series by Ian Cameron Esslemont.

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What is Mappo Trell's actual stature?

Does Steven Erikson provide any information to establish Mappo Trell's stature (height and build), at least relative to his contemporaries? I imagine him to be of similar size to Karsa Orlong, who ...
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Who is the hidden enemy of the Fallen One?

In the opening of chapter 23 of House of Chains, the fourth book of Malazan Book of the Fallen, we read: Who among the pantheon would the Fallen One despise and fear the most? Consider the last ...
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What exactly is the Rake in Anomander Rake's name?

In the initial books of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, the Knight of Darkness is called Anomander Rake. Later on, in the prologue of Midgnight Tides, Scabandari Bloodeye calls him (in his thoughts) ...
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Future Malazan novels by Steven Erikson?

Does anybody have any idea of what are Steven Erikson's plans towards works set in the Malazan world? Can we expect more of Ganeos and others? Also, I believe that Erikson and Esslemont have a pact ...
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How does ascension work in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erickson?

In the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, it is implied people 'ascend' to become gods (or god-like)? What decides who ascends and how does it work?
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Reading Order of the Malazan Books

I'm about to start my journey into the world of Malazan and to my despair I've found that the series consists of the following series: The Malazan Book of the Fallen (10 books) The Tales of ...
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Warrens, Elder Warrens, Holds and Chaos

I finished GotM last night and in general I grasped what I could about the magic, but I'm left wondering about something. Warrens are the realms that are most easily accessible by the human mages ...
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Who is the Eldest God in Malazan?

So, I just finished Dust of Dreams, DoD. I'm left wondering who's supposed to be the eldest of the Elder gods? I've got 3 guesses. Mael- because the sea is older than anything. Olar Ethil- because ...
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What are Mother Dark and Father Light?

I just finished Dust of Dreams and, interestingly, the list of Elder Gods summoned by Errastas doesn't include Mother Dark, Father Light, or Tiam. Are they older than the Elder Gods?
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What is the state of the Malazan Empire at the end of the series?

So, I just finished re-reading all 10 books of "The Malazan Book of the Fallen". In the Epilogue the following happens: Nothing is said about the empire itself and who is ruling it and what armies ...
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Do I need to read Ian Cameron Esslemont's novels? [duplicate]

I am currently up to book 6 in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Having solely read Steven Erikson's line, am I missing out on vital information. I know that the two lines are somewhat separate but ...
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How big is a Jhag horse

Through Karsa Orlong's storyline we see him riding his Jhag horse Havok (At first his fathers one and then later the one he gets on the Jhag Odhan). I estimate Karsa to be eight to nine feet tall and ...
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What happens to the Great Ravens once the Crippled God is gone/dead?

We see that the Great Ravens sacrifice themselves to form the Crippled God's body. Is there any indication that any or all the Great Ravens survived?
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Why was Anomander Rake not released when the sword was shattered?

I just finished reading book 10 of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and I was left with a big question from books 8-10. Major spoilers below. Why is it that Anomander Rake was not released when the ...
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Is Fiddler an ascendant or is his deck just something special?

I've just re-read the "reading" of the Decks of Dragons by Fiddler in Letheras (in Dust of Dreams): So either he has some power over the deck or the deck itself is more powerful than others we've ...
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Mages in the Malazan world

In the series we have many characters exceeding 100 years old, and mages who are even older than 200 years and yet appear to remain young/middle-aged. How long do these human mages live for?
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Why didnt Tavore use a path to check Pormqual/Coltaine progress?

I just finished the second book and I still don't understand the usage of paths. Coltaine took about 3 months to reach Aren since the riot. Tavore took also more or less the same time to reach Aren ...
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How does everybody know that the throne of Shadow is occupied again?

In Deadhouse Gate, Fiddler finds out who the new occupant of the throne of shadow is: It seems that the House of Shadow was unoccupied for some time (and thus probably inactive in the deck of dragons)...
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What's the story behind the Imperial Warren?

I keep getting hints about the Imperial Warren being the old Kingdom of High King Kallor which he destroyed to say that...well, that he COULD. Krul says something about healing the hurts of the land? ...
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At the end of the Crippled God, what happens to the Crippled God?

We see Cotillion stabbing Kaminsod in the back, which I think WAS a good thing? Does he go back to wherever he came from?
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At the end of The Crippled God, where does the Otataral Dragon end up?

At the end of the 10th book, The Crippled God, we see the capture/release of a few very important characters. But the Bonehunters, along with some other players come together to stop this from ...
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Audio book for the Malazan Book of the Fallen?

I am trying to find the audio book version of the Steve Erikson series. Were these audio books ever created? If they exist, where can I find them?I can't find them at any major online audio book store....
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Who created the Deck of Dragons in the Malazan Book of the Fallen?

In Memories of Ice it is said by a very powerful character that the creator of the Deck of Dragons is long dead. Who created the Deck of Dragons? The Malazan Wikia doesn't address this fact.
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Why did the T'lan Imass Onos T'oolan helped to destroy a certain character towards the ending of GotM?

I am a newbie in the Malazan series and I only have read the first book "Gardens of The Moon" and just started the second one "DeadHouse Gates". Spoilers follow regarding the ending of GotM: Are ...
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Who is Oppon In The Malazan Book Of The Fallen?

I am a newbie in the Malazan series and i only read the first book (Gardens of The Moon) and just started the second one (DeadHouse Gates). During the events from the first book there are lots of ...
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How does the Deck of Dragons work in The Malazan Book of the Fallen?

I am reading the first book for the main series (Gardens of the Moon) and I have 200-300 pages left. Up until now the most confusing part for me is the Deck of Dragons. I have read the wiki but I ...
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What exactly was Laseen's plan for the Bridgeburners?

Having recently finished the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, I obviously have many many many questions. But one that I feel I should know the answer to is: what was Laseen planning for the ...
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Is there any point to the Jaghut Tyrant being awakened, when Lord of Galayn was ready?

In the book Gardens of the Moon we find that the Empress has sent Adjunct Lorn to awaken the Jaghut Tyrant in an effort to weaken Lord Anomander Rake. However we later find that she had a Lord of ...
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Was Gesler promoted to Captain in Deadhouse Gates?

In the second book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, Deadhouse Gates, Gesler is a soldier of the Malazan army: 'I know you by reputation, Gesler. Once a captain, then a sergeant, now a corporal. ...
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Gods, Warrens and Paths in the Malazan Book of the Fallen

I've read GotM and NoK so far and I must admit that I'm perplexed as to how godhood works exactly. From the Malazan Wikia I read: A God was an Ascendant who had gained control of a Warren, ...
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Why people try to kill or protect the Gods' pawns in Malazan series?

I have only read Gardens of the Moon series and I am not sure why some people try to kill the tools (pawns) of the Gods where people try to protect them. For instance Rake doesn't kill Paran when he ...
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Why did Ben and Kalam save Hairlock?

In the first book of Malazan Book of the Fallen series, The Gardens of the Moon, Ben and Kalam save Hairlock just in time. My questions are: How was the arrangement made between Hairlock and Ben? The ...
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Why does Kilmandaros hate the Eleint?

I am currently on Dust of Dreams (book 9 of Malazan) and I have to ask why exactly does Kilmandaros hate the Eleint so much? I know bits of her back story as an Elder Goddess and the only time it ...
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What are the origins of Vorcan Radok?

Given the fact that Vorcan Radok is Mistress of the Assassins' Guild I would assume that there would be some explanation as to where did she come from. Is there more Vorcan Radok's character expansion?...
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How is Quick Ben able to draw on Kurald Galain

I thought of this after reading nine9's answer to my question "Where did Quick Ben learn how to soul transfer?" Kurald Galain is the warren used for soul transfer but it's not a warren normally ...
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Where did Quick Ben learn how to soul transfer?

Throughout The Malazan Book of the Fallen we are shown that Quick Ben knows the lost art of soul transfer. I was wondering how he learned it.
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How powerful are Moranth Cussers?

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, ...
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What exactly is a Warren?

I've been working through Deadhouse Gates, having finished Gardens of the Moon about 2 months ago and recently realized I have no idea what a Warren is. I remember something in the first book about ...
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What happens before the Crippled God?

I was planning to reread the last two Malazan books before the release of the Crippled God, but the date seemed to appear out of thin air. So what should I remember before starting the Crippled God? ...
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Why is Kruppe so powerful?

In Gardens of the Moon, we learn that Kruppe is the leader of the Darujhistan cabal. In Memories of Ice, he is withstands Caladan Brood's hammer (which surprises almost everybody). So why is he so ...