Aragan [Ar-ah-gan] first appeared as a sergeant in the army of the Malazan Empire.[2]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

Aragan was stationed as a Staff Sergeant in Itko Kan during a recruiting drive.[2] He was the officer who, on the eighth day of the drive, recruited Sorry and placed her into Dujek Onearm's command on Genabackis. He suffered a sudden headache during the interview with Sorry, possibly indicating that his thoughts were being manipulated.[3]

In Deadhouse Gates Edit

Aragan had been promoted to captain of the Mock's Hold Guard in Malaz City, though he was scheduled for a new posting in two days. During Empress Laseen's seeming brief stay there, he was taken prisoner by Kalam Mekhar and Minala after the assassin had concluded his meeting with the Empress. Kalam demanded to know where the Claw were hiding in the keep. The interrogation was interrupted by the attack of four full Hands of assassins. Kalam pushed Aragan out of harm's way before engaging his opponents.[4]

In Memories of Ice Edit

Aragan, now an Ambassador, arrived near Coral with a fleet of four warships from the Malazan Imperial Navy.[5] He was brought to shore by Tayschrenn via Warren after the Siege of Coral to negotiate the future of the city's governance on behalf of Laseen.[1] He was later referred to as Fist Aragan, when negotiations had finished.[6]

In The Bonehunters Edit

Aragan had retained the rank of Fist.[7] He was again stationed in Mock's Hold, and had been for a month prior to the Empress' visit to Malaz City,[7] though this time he attempted to avoid the night's events by staying in Coop's Hanged Man Inn.[8]

In Orb Sceptre Throne Edit

Aragan had become the Imperial Ambassador to Darujhistan where he was the highest ranked Malazan official on the continent, outranking the Fists.[9] He indirectly hired some of the retired Bridgeburners to do some reconnaissance work for him in the city after a visit from the Moranth Attache Torn.[9][10] After his cadre mages were found murdered Aragan revealed that he had an Imperial Sceptre when he called for help,[11] which was answered with the arrival of the Imperial Clawmaster Topper.[12] Aragan was summoned to Majesty Hill for an audience with the Legate where the Malazans were threatened with war if they did not withdraw their forces South of Cat. However he did not intend to concede the areas.[13]

After the Legate was successful in the destruction of much of the Malazan forces however, orders were received from Unta to withdraw and Aragan set out to warn his remaining troops of a Seguleh troop heading towards them.[14] Aragan linked up with his troops after their first clash with the Seguleh and rallied them for a final stand, but the Moranth's harsh use of munitions instead resulted in the slaughter of the Seguleh. After the fight he discussed the fate of Darujhistan with Torn and Torvald Nom[15] and helped prevent the Moranth from attempting to destroy the city.[16] After the Legate was defeated Aragan returned to the embassy, which hadn't formally closed.[17]


Aragan was a noble-born soldier[18] and had in the past seen Mott Wood on Genabackis, likely on active campaign.[19] He helped negotiate the Empire's original treaty with the Moranth, with Tayschrenn and Onos T'oolan.[18]

In Night of KnivesEdit

In 1154 BS, Aragan was a veteran sergeant fresh from the Seven Cities campaign. He was in Malaz City during the riots following Laseen's edict against unsanctioned sorcery. He intervened when a group of Imperial recruits attempted to arrest the mage Agayla in her home. When he discovered they were really after her money, he slapped the ringleader across his shoulder with a sword.[20]


Aragan's headache when he was recruiting Sorry may point to outside forces influencing his mind at the time or a sensitivity to magic in general. His headache was again present when he appeared after the Siege of Coral after traveling by Warren.[1] He had had a headache again that he thought he had beaten the evening of the Bonehunter's outlawing, but it returned and increased in intensity when Sorry entered Coop's bar.[8]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.1144-1145
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.30
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.31/32
  4. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 23, US HC p.581-582
  5. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.946-948
  6. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.1170
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.1008-1010
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Bonehunters, Chapter 23, UK MMPB p.1168-1169
  9. 9.0 9.1 Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.47-51
  10. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.90-92
  11. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.207-211
  12. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.389-391
  13. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 10, UK MMPB p.425-431
  14. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 14, UK MMPB p.553
  15. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 17, UK MMPB p.677-693
  16. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.723
  17. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.828
  18. 18.0 18.1 Reaper's Gale, Chapter 17, UK MMPB p.752
  19. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.32
  20. Night of Knives, Chapter 3, US TPB p.93-94
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