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Bauchelain [bōk-uh-lān][2] was one half of the necromancer duo known as the Nehemoth. The other half of the duo was Korbal Broach, and Emancipor Reese acted as manservant to both.

He was described as a tall, angular man in his forties or fifties with a pale complexion, flat grey eyes, a greying, neatly trimmed beard and swept back hair.[3] He was lean and fit and possessed a dancer's grace. He was careful to maintain his health for those "rare occasions when sorcery, guile, deceit, and back-stabbing failed."[4] He wore black exclusively. He was also a Soletaken necromancer, shifting into the form of a crow.[5]

He evidently had martial experience, as he travelled with a well used hauberk of finely made iron-chain as well as a glistening two-handed sword with a black and onyx pommel.[6][7] Additionally, he carried a steel crossbow with magically invested bolts. He professed to be a skilled alchemist and practitioner of dissection and vivisection.[8] His talents also included a facility for languages. He learned to speak Theftian during a three week sea voyage.[9]

Bauchelain's principle hobby was conjuring demons and he had the magical talent to foresee a person's death. He claimed Emancipor Reese would have a long life and die laughing.[10][11]

He was a man of wealth, possessing fine clothes, expensive books, and a high salaried manservant. When asked where he came from he said, "A distant land...It's name would, alas, mean nothing to you."[12] He claimed to have been born of noble blood, spending his early childhood in a stone keep. He spent most of his time in the keep's kitchen where he learned to bake, a skill he still maintained in adulthood.[13]

Bauchelain purposefully exposed himself to low doses of poisons and made himself immune to yellow paralt, among others.[14]

In Blood FollowsEdit

Bauchelain and Korbal Broach travelled on the Mist Rider from Korel to Lamentable Moll. Bauchelain spent his time in the Moll studying the rune covered slate used in the city's famed barrows while Broach engaged in his own interests. Bauchelain hoped to discover a way to harness the rock's natural energies toward "order".[15] While conducting his research, Bauchelain hired Emancipor Reese as a manservant. He also incapacitated Steck Marynd, who was pursuing the duo for unknown reasons.[16] When Broach's excesses received too much attention from both official and supernatural authorities, the necromancers and Reese left the city on the Suncurl.[17]

In The Lees of Laughter's EndEdit

While traveling on the Suncurl through Laughter's End Bauchelain reprimanded Reese for his copious use of the drug, Durhang, as a way to cope with Korbal Broach's patchwork homunculus. He took away the drug and warned Reese that as he was employed by a demon conjurer and a necromancer he should expect to see much worse in their employ.[18] When Captain Sater came to consult with Bauchelain regarding the lich rampaging in the ship's hold, Reese mistakenly prepared a Bloodwine refreshment for his master. Bauchelain forced Reese from his cabin along with his sword before the wine's effects completely took hold and then proceeded to ravish Captain Sater.[19]

Once Bauchelain regained his senses he left his cabin in search of his sword to be ready to confront the lich. He found the sword on the deck where Reese had dropped it just in time to confront an enormous god-thing that burst from the ocean.[20] Bauchelain's sword skills were no match for the sheer size of the beast which sent him crashing through the deck into the ship's strong room coincidentally in time to rescue Korbal Broach from the Sech'kellyn. Bauchelain killed one of the demonic statues before the rest were taken by the god-thing.[21]

In The Wurms of BlearmouthEdit

Shortly after departing Laughter's End, the Suncurl was attacked by the Unreasoning Vengeance. Her crew of Chanters sought vengeance against Captain Sater for stealing the Toll's City treasury. Bauchelain and Broach helped defend the ship, but the Suncurl was ultimately wrecked on a reef off the coast of Spendrugle.[22] Bauchelain pulled Reese from the surf without somehow getting wet himself while Broach flew to safety in crow form.[23] Bauchelain and Reese were met on the beach by locals come to separate any weakened survivors from their belongings, but the pair did not prove to be easy marks. Comber Whuffine Gaggs slyly suggested that master and servant pay a visit to local lord Fangatooth Claw.[24]

Walking up to the village, Bauchelain arrived in time to prevent Broach from killing the town constable, Hordilo Stinq.[25] Stinq escorted the necromancers to Wurms Keep where Fangatooth invited them to dinner.[26] During dinner conversation, Bauchelain chided their host for poisoning their food with yellow paralt. To show there were no hard feelings the necromancer offered to make cookies in the keep's kitchen.[27] Fangatooth attempted to flaunt his own poison resistance by accepting Bauchelain's offer, but the lord was not prepared for the demon that exploded out of his stomach.[28]

Bauchelain freed Warmet Humble, the former lord of Wurm's Keep, from Fangatooth's dungeon before he, Broach, and Reese departed Spendrugle in a massive, black-lacquered carriage. As they left the town, Bauchelain revealed to Reese that the carriage's cargo included the Toll's City treasury that was thought to have gone down with the Suncurl. He also admitted that Reese was his longest surviving manservant and that this made him feel some affection towards him. After all, Bauchelain had been forced to murder all of the others for their disloyalty.[29]

In Memories of IceEdit

Bauchelain, Broach, and Reese traveled for the first time to Darujhistan on Genabackis. Arriving shortly after the events of Gardens of the Moon, the necromancers were introduced to the existence of the Malazan Empire and Moon's Spawn. They visited the new Finnest House in the city before heading along the caravan road towards Capustan. While traveling, Bauchelain ordered Reese to bring him the well-respected caravan guard Gruntle. He asked Gruntle to accompany him and Broach into the Jaghut tomb under the site where Raest was held until the Malazan forces freed him. When Gruntle refused, Broach offered to kill the guard, but Bauchelain did not wish it. He also displayed interest in the Moon's Spawn and stated his regret at not being able to observe it closely, although both necromancers were wary of attracting the attention of its master. As Gruntle was leaving, Bauchelain and his partner descended into the tomb.[30]

Bauchelain decided to hire a caravan guard outside Darujhistan after the attack on the city by Malazan infiltrators. This proved to be a difficult task as his eerie manner and choice of companion in Korbal Broach scared off any would-be employees, save the suicidal Buke.

While en route to Capustan, his carriage was attacked by undead K'Chain Che'Malle, and he was forced to fight them off.

He and Broach bought an estate during the siege and continued their predations. They took an interest in Anaster, but were repelled by powerful magic protecting him. During the siege, the pair defended their mansion using combined forces of undead and demons. Later, they were visited by Quick Ben, who spoke with Bauchelain shortly and warned him about the threat the Crippled God formed. Korbal Broach attempted to kill the Malazan mage, but he was defeated by six Warrens being used in precise conjunction, which led to Bauchelain describing him as an "artist" and taking interest in Quick Ben. Bauchelain remarked that such level of casting must have been exhausting and that he would attack the now-weakened wizard unless he revealed his secrets to him. Instead of submitting to the necromancer, Quick Ben attacked him, defeated him with another complex spell and fled. Bauchelain later wondered whether it was his and Korbal's habit to underestimate the power of their enemies.

In The Healthy DeadEdit

Four years after leaving Lamentable Moll, Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and Reese arrived on the outskirts of Quaint.[31] They were one step ahead of an army pursuing them after they burned down half of the last town they had visited.[32] Determined to keep a low profile they were nevertheless persuaded by Imid Factallo and Elas Sil to bring down the tyrannical health-based regime of King Macrotus for a large chest of gold and silver coins.[33] Bauchelain stripped Reese of all his illicit substances and sent him into the city.

Bauchelain and Broach raised the spirit of dead King Necrotus, and convinced him to join their uprising against his brother, Macrotus.[34] Then they used the blood of Well Knight Storkul Purge to raise the city's dead en masse from their graves.[35] Bauchelain entered the now burning city only to discover that most of the chaos was the result of Reese's bumbling attempt to infiltrate the city. He was impressed by Reese's work, saying his own efforts had been unnecessary and that the chest of coins rightly belonged to Reese.[36] The two marched to the palace where they discovered King Macrotus had long since died.[37]

Bauchelain gathered the city's residents and revealed the true identity of the Lady of Beneficence and her motives for inspiring Macrotus' tyranny. He announced that former saints Imid Factallo and Elas Sil were now king and queen before departing with King Necrotus' still animated head as a souvenir.[38]

In Crack'd Pot Trail Edit

Bauchelain, Broach, and Reese travelled the Cracked Pot Trail to reach Farrog, home of the Indifferent God. The two necromancers, deciding that the god had "reneged on the most precious covenant of all", had determined that its life was forfeit. As they made the final ferry crossing to the city they witnessed a peculiar accident as a carriage, in its haste to make the ferry, fell over three hundred feet to the river from the nearby cliffs.[39]

In StonewielderEdit

Hiam, Lord Protector of the Stormwall, and Wall Marshal Learthol discussed the unusual circumstance of a mage being allowed to practice his craft in the realm of Our Lady the Blessed Saviour. Learthol recalled stories of a pair of travelling sorcerers who had once received similar dispensation. Hiam dismissed the pair as "merely passing through" and "of no consequence."[40]

In Orb Sceptre ThroneEdit

Bauchelain, along with Korbal Broach, was seen in the remnants of the fallen Moon's Spawn Islands. They were seeking the Throne of Night, which was thought to be destroyed.

"The one who gave his name as Bauchelain sauntered along last." According to Antsy, "Many of the others cast nervous glances back to the man."

Quotes Edit

Bauchelain: "I must tell you: you, sir, are the first of my manservants to have survived for as long as you have. Accordingly, I look upon you with considerable confidence, and not a little affection."
Emancipor Reese: "Glad to hear it, Master. Still, what happened to all those other manservants you had?"
Bauchelain: "Why, I had to kill them, each and every one. Despite considerable investment on my part, I might note. Highly frustrating, as you might imagine. And indeed, on a number of occasions, I was in fact forced to defend myself. Imagine, one's own seemingly loyal manservant attempting to kill his master. This is what the world has come to, Mister Reese. Is it any wonder that I envisage a brighter future, one where I sit secure upon a throne, ruling over millions of wretched subjects, and immune to all concerns over my safety? This is the tyrant's dream, Mister Reese."
―Bauchelain and Emancipor Reese[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Memories of Ice, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB
  2. The Grim Tidings Podcast as pronounced by Steven Erikson
  3. Blood Follows, Section 5
  4. The Healthy Dead, Section 30
  5. The Healthy Dead, Section 8
  6. Blood Follows, Section 7
  7. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 12
  8. Blood Follows, Section 20
  9. Blood Follows, Section 12
  10. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 6
  11. Blood Follows, Section 7
  12. Blood Follows, Section 12
  13. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 12
  14. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 20
  15. Blood Follows, Section 12
  16. Blood Follows, Section 19
  17. Blood Follows, Section 20
  18. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 6
  19. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 11
  20. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 34
  21. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 41
  22. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Sections 3 and 11
  23. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 3
  24. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 5
  25. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 6
  26. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 12
  27. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 20
  28. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 40
  29. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Sections 44 and 48
  30. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  31. The Healthy Dead, Section 11
  32. The Healthy Dead, Section 5
  33. The Healthy Dead, Section 5
  34. The Healthy Dead, Section 8
  35. The Healthy Dead, Section 19
  36. The Healthy Dead, Section 26
  37. The Healthy Dead, Section 30
  38. The Healthy Dead, Sections 36 and 37
  39. Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 6
  40. Stonewielder, Chapter 11, UK TPB p.569
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