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"The black, silver-maned dragon emerged from the darkness overhead like a piece of night torn loose..."
―The arrival of Anomander Rake[src]

Anomander Rake was the Lord of Moon's Spawn, Son of Darkness, Knight of Darkness[5] and the leader of the Tiste Andii. He was said to be 'seated in the Throne of Sorrow.[4]

Anomander was Soletaken, able to assume the form of a huge black dragon.

As a mage he made use of the Elder Warren of Kurald Galain.[6]

He was one of the three chosen sons of Mother Dark, and her most favored. His brothers were Silchas Ruin and Andarist.

Anomander Rake carried an enormous sword on his back. The sword was called Dragnipur, taken from its creator, the Elder God Draconus by Anomander Rake, who then turned it upon its creator.

T'riss was a one-time companion[7], as were Lady Envy and Caladan Brood[4].

Quotes Edit


Interpretation of Anomander Rake by Yapattack

"There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail — should we fall — we will know that we have lived."
―Anomander Rake, Son of Darkness[src]
"Anomander Rake, lord of the black-skinned Tiste Andii, who has looked down on a hundred thousand winters, who has tasted the blood of dragons, who leads the last of his kind, seated in the throne of sorrow and a kingdom tragic and fey— a kingdom with no land to call its own."
―Tattersail, upon seeing Anomander Rake for the first time[src]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

Hounds v Rake dA

Interpretation of 'Rake v Hounds' by Corporal Nobbs

Anomander Rake's only major fight against the Malazan Empire was seen during the end of the Siege of Pale. A combination of Imperial Mages, including High Mages Tayschrenn, Nightchill, Bellurdan and A'Karonys attacked Anomander and Moon's Spawn. The Lord of Moon's Spawn demonstrated his power here, obliterating entire regiments with his sorcerous abilities and, despite the fact that it was Tayschrenn that betrayed and killed High Mages Nightchill and A'Karonys, Rake's powers were shown to weaken them all drastically. In the end, however, Moon's Spawn retreated.[8]

Rake also killed two Hounds of Shadow when all seven beasts attacked him. A few moments later, he confronted Shadowthrone and warned him to not interfere with Darujhistan else he would assail the realm of Shadow. His threat was enough to force Shadowthrone to stop Cotillion from possessing Sorry's body[9].

He made an alliance with Darujhistan's T'orrud Cabal of mages against the Malazan Empire. Perceiving the threat of the Jaghut Tyrant, Raest, he sent Silanah and four Andii soletaken Eleint to delay him. He then fought and killed a Galayn Demon lord that had been released in the streets of the city by Adjunct Lorn.

In Memories of IceEdit

Anomander rake by dejan delic

Interpretation of Anomander Rake by dejan-delic

Anomander and his Tiste Andii followers participated in the Pannion War against the Pannion Domin. During the final battle, Anomander took most of the Tiste Andii with him in Moon's Spawn and hid it underneath the harbor of Coral in Ortnal's Cut, a very deep chasm. There they waited until the attack of Caladan Brood and his allied army began, and then unveiled Kurald Galain and engulfed the entire city. The city came to be known as Black Coral where the remaining Tiste Andii settled, after Moons Spawn was destroyed.

In Toll the HoundsEdit

Anomander Rake by paradanmellow

Interpretation of Rake by paradanmellow

Anomander Rake was killed by Traveller in Darujhistan.[10] Interestingly, it was actually Rake's own sword, Dragnipur, which delivered the killing blow as Rake blocked Traveller's sword, he let Dragnipur split his own skull. Once inside Dragnipur, he sacrificed himself to bring Mother Dark and the Gate of Darkness back to the Tiste Andii in Black Coral. The sacrifice dispersed Rake's soul into Kurald Galain, and earned Draconus's forgiveness and respect.

After the duel, Caladan Brood arrived in Darujhistan and carried Anomander's body to a barrow outside the city prepared by Burn. Every Daru citizen followed Brood out to the barrow to honor the Tiste Andii Lord who had twice saved them from destruction. Brood sealed Rake's barrow with a Barghast glyph that means "Grief." Nimander Golit took Rake's place as Lord of the Tiste Andii in Black Coral.

Significant plot details end here.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

Anomander Rake by genesischant

Interpretation of Anomander Rake by genesischant

Anomander Rake was part of House Purake at a time when his father Nimander (his son would be named after his father) had recently passed away. Mother Dark gave Anomander and his two brothers the title of Sons of Darkness with Anomander being named 'First Son of Darkness'.[11]

In anticipation of his brother Andarist's wedding to Enesdia, Anomander commissioned a traditional Azathanai hearthstone for their new home. But unlike other such stones, he commissioned the work to be done by Azathanai High Mason, Caladan Brood. Upon the laying of the stone Brood asked Anomander to seal his loyalty to his brother with a blood pact, in return Anomander asked the mason to do the same. Begrudgingly, Brood did so connecting the two men for both their lives.[12]

Anomander was present when the Azathanai, T'riss, arrived in Kharkanas to speak with Mother Dark and sanctify the temple with Vitr. Mother Dark's expanded power transformed Anomander, turning his pale gold skin black and his hair silver.[13][14]

Anomander also commissioned one of the legendary Hust swords from Hust Henarald. Uniquely, he requested that sword share its voice only with its bearer.[15] Upon delivery, Mother Dark refused to bless the sword, which angered Anomander.[16] When Andarist's betrothed was murdered shortly before their wedding Anomander was inspired by the crime to name his sword Vengeance. Andarist pleaded with him to instead name the sword Grief. Anomander's refusal created a rift between the brothers.[17]

Rake and the SegulehEdit

Blacksword Visits by Shadaan and Tinyshiloh

'Blacksword visits' Interpretation of Anomander Rake amongst the Seguleh
by Shadaan and Tinyshiloh

At some point before the creation of the Malazan Empire, Anomander visited the home island of the Seguleh. Rake's arrogant nature was perceived as a challenge by the non-verbal Seguleh, sparking duels with many of the inhabitants. By the time Anomander's incomprehension and frustration led him to leave the island, he had already advanced to the position of Seguleh Seventh[3].

Other namesEdit


Interpretation of Andomander in his dragon form, by Toraneko

Anomander Rake goes by a number of pseudonyms and titles.

  • Anomandaris Dragnipurake
  • Anomandaris Irake
  • Black-Winged Lord
  • Blacksword
  • First Son of Darkness[18]
  • Knight of High House Dark
  • Lord of Moon's Spawn
  • The Mane of Chaos
  • The Rake
  • Son of Darkness

Notes and references Edit

  1. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, UK MMPB, pg. 189
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.609
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.706
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.75
  5. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xv
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.75
  7. Blood and Bone, Chapter 5, UK MMPB, pg. 300
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.74-77
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 15, UK MMPB p.474/483
  10. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 23
  11. Forge of Darkness, Chapters 2/3, UK HC p.40/44/78
  12. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 2, UK HC p.47-50
  13. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 2
  14. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 9, UK HC p.271
  15. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 6, UK HC p.151
  16. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 15, UK HC p.457
  17. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 15, UK HC p.481
  18. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, UK HC p.78
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