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Barathol Mekhar was the blacksmith in a tiny hamlet of a mere eighteen residents living in the scatter of hovels at a crossroads of the Tapur Road and a trail leading into the Path'apur Mountains, about three days' trek north was the city of Ahol Tapur. He was described as the only resident not born there. He had deep, almost onyx-black skin and curled, military-looking scarification on his cheeks. His hands and huge forearms displayed puckering blade-cut scars. He was known as a man of few words and virtually no opinions, therefore perfectly suited to his role as the hamlet's unofficial leader.[3]

He belonged to the tribe of Mekhar which had lived west of Aren in Seven Cities.[4]

He was also the self-appointed protector of Chaur.

History Edit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Barathol Mekhar.

Smithing was his second career and he had formerly been a Red Blade. Through his memories, L'oric remembered that Barathol had killed the Fist of Aren and had been immediately arrested by the Red Blades. He was to be executed, when the entire city of Aren rose up against the Malazan Garrison, ousting them. When the T'lan Imass marched into the city to pacify the rebellion, and began their slaughter, Barathol had been seen escaping through the North gate.[4]

Barathol was infamous for, and believed by many to have doomed Aren during the infamous siege by opening the gates to allow the T'lan Imass in, but according to Barathol himself, he only opened the gates to escape once the T'lan Imass were already in the city. He noted mere city walls would not have stop the dust-shifting Imass in any case and that they had already begun the slaughter when he opened the gate and fled. He also mentioned that he had not been asked first whether he had wanted people to rebel in his name - inferring that it happened against his wishes.[5]

Significant plot details end here.

In Toll the HoundsEdit

After travelling with Cutter, Scillara, Chaur, and Envy he ended up in Darujhistan, where he opened a smithy on the Street of Whitesmiths in the Gadrobi district[6] and married Scillara.

In Orb Sceptre Throne Edit

Barathol Mekhar and Scillara still lived in Darujhistan and now had a son called Chaur. Barathol and Humble Measure were enlisted by Kruppe to manufacture items which helped defeat the Legate. Barathol was re-united with the simpleton Chaur. Barathol and his family moved to a villa received from Kruppe as reward.

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