Galan appeared in the framing sequence of these prequel novels which recalled events that took place thousands of years before the events of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. In Forge of Darkness, he sat with the bard, Fisher kel Tath, to tell the tale of Anomander Rake and the early history of Kurald Galain. In Fall of Light the story continued. Presumably, Galan concluded the tale in the still to be published Walk in Shadow.
His works and sayings appeared to be well known by the people of Kurald Galain and were often quoted. This contradicted epigraphs in Gardens of the Moon which dated his birth to 1078 BS.
- "The wounded will wound
and every hurt is remembered."
- "Closed doors do not sweat."
- "The ground is bare and hard
and will hold all secrets
and the sky cares not
for the games of those beneath it."
- "In unrelieved darkness waits every answer."
- "On trembling floor
ashes will flow."
- "At the point of a sword you will find the punctuation of idiots."
- "So. I sense you manning still the ramparts of your admiration for the Son of Darkness. Will I never scour that romance from your vision? Must I beat you about the head with his flaws, his errors in judgement, his obstinacy? You are eager for the tale. No patience left for an old man trying to make a point."
- ―Blind Gallan
- "Against a broken heart, even absurdity falters.
Because words fall away.
A dialogue of silence.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 13, Chapter 18, Epigraphs
- ↑ Dust of Dreams, Chapter 18
- ↑ Dust of Dreams, Chapter 21, Epigraph
- ↑ The Crippled God, Chapter 16, Epigraph
- ↑ Fall of Light, Chapter 24, UK HB p.748
- ↑ The Crippled God, Chapter 5, UK HB p.120
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Prelude, UK HC p.xxi
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3 and others