Bidithal was a High Mage[1] with the Raraku Apocalypse,[2][3] the eldest of the three High Mages in the Army of the Whirlwind. He was described as ancient and withered, with filmy eyes.[4] He was known for stealing young girls and forcibly circumcising them.[5]

He mistakenly thought himself subtle.[6]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

When Felisin Paran journeyed to Raraku's heart to become the Sha'ik Reborn, she was met by her three high mages, Bidithal, Febryl, and L'oric. Felisin saw in Sha'ik's memories that Bidithal had forcibly circumcised the seer when she was a young girl. His intent was ostensibly to ensure the child would not be distracted by men or children of her own. Like the other high mages, he was forced to kneel before the Sha'ik Reborn.[7]

He journeyed with the army of the Apocalypse to Balahn to visit Korbolo Dom near the site of his victory over the Malaz 7th Army. Like the other high mages he was appalled by the scope of the horror.[8]

In House of Chains Edit

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

He was killed by Karsa Orlong on the eve of the confrontation between Sha'ik Reborn and Adjunct Tavore. As fitting punishment, the Teblor ripped off Bidithal's penis and testicles and stuffed them down the high mage's throat.

Significant plot details end here.

History Edit

Bidithal had formerly been known as "Rashan'ais", the archpriest of the cult of Rashan before Ammanas and Cotillion's ascension. According to Heboric, the cult had not taken well to this and torn itself apart, and only those who acknowledged this change on the throne of Shadow remained. The rest had been banished, Bidithal being one of them. [9]

According to Lostara Yil, Ben Adaephon Delat came to visit their temple (the temple of Rashan where Bidithal was the High Priest). In order to entertain him, a Shadow dance was arranged, in which Lostara took part. Later that night after the dance, the cult members were assassinated by Delat and an accomplice, with only Lostara being left alive, as far as she knew. She only found out years later that Bidithal had also been spared by Delat.[10]


A poem titled Sha'ik:

"When the sands
Danced blind,
She emerged from the face
Of a raging goddess

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