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A'Karonys [Ah-Car-on-ees] was a High Mage for the Malazan Empire under Empress Laseen.[1] He was a short round man, who typically carried a burning staff which was taller than a spear and used to emit gouts of flames.[2] He was described as 'fire-wielder' which seemed to point to him using the Warren of Telas.[3]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

A'Karonys was from Kellanved's Empire, climbing up through the imperial ranks during the Falari Campaign. Like Nightchill and Bellurdan, he commanded a company of Adepts - back in the day when the empire could still form companies of mages. His forces were badly beaten in the Pan'potsun Odhan on Seven Cities due to a lack of support and instruction shortly after the assassination of Emperor Kellanved and Dancer.[4]

A'Karonys joined fellow High Mages Nightchill and Bellurdan on a hilltop near Moon's Spawn during the final battle of the Siege of Pale. During the assault, he was apparently killed by one of Anomander Rake's sorcerous Kurald Galain attacks.[5] Tattersail later thought that the attack had come from Tayschrenn.[6]

In Memories of Ice Edit

For months after Pale, Whiskeyjack believed A'Karonys' death could be laid at Tayschrenn's feet.[7] But Dujek informed Whiskeyjack that it was not Tayschrenn, but Nightchill who had killed the mage, because the latter had gone to Tayschrenn with his suspicions about her plan to wrest Dragnipur from Rake for her own purposes. Tayschrenn slew Nightchill in response to her murder of A'Karonys.[8]

When Whiskeyjack told Anomander Rake the story of the forging of the Bridgeburners, he mentioned that A'Karonys had been part of the Empire's conquest of Seven Cities. Several of the Empire's most formidable mages, including A'Karonys, had challenged a rebellious Holy Protector and his mage cabal. That cabal had included Quick Ben before his conversion to the Malazan cause.[9]

In Night of KnivesEdit

Temper remembered the Siege of Y'Ghatan and seeing old man A'Karonys with a staff taller than he was. He remembered the mage lashing the walls with flames only to be countered by the Holy Falah'd.[10]

In Dancer's LamentEdit

A'Karonys already had a reputation as a terrifying mage of an older generation before the rise of the Malazan Empire. When Itko Kan's King Chulalorn the Third besieged Li Heng in the days of the Protectress, city mage Silk infiltrated the enemy camp. There he learned that none of the older generation of Kanese mages, such as A'Karonys or Jadeen of Traly, had accompanied the Kanese army.[11]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xiii
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.72/77
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.72/73
  4. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.73
  5. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.72/73/77
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.128
  7. Memories of Ice, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.108
  8. Memories of Ice, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.771-772
  9. Memories of Ice, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.299-300
  10. Night of Knives, Chapter 4, UK HB p.150/151
  11. Dancer's Lament, Chapter 6, US HC p.126
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