Bottle was a squad mage, a marine of the 9th Company, 8th Legion of the Malaz 14th army which became known as the Bonehunters.[1]

He was described as a plain young man.[2]


Bottle's grandmother had been a witch, as had been his mother. Bottle and his family were from Jakata, a community located on the southwestern coast of Malaz Island. Bottle did not seem to know much about his father, only saying that 'there were rumours'.[3]

Bottle often thought of his grandmother, or seemed to hear her voice 'speaking' to him. It was Bottle's grandmother who had taught him the ways of the 'old magic'. Bottle's grandmother's spirit was anchored to the old farm outside Jakata. Bottle thought that his grandmother had been 'wise in the ways of mortals'.[4] He remembered that when he was about fifteen, living in Jakata, he was introduced by her to a whole other world called learning, knowledge, and magic.[5]

Not long after she had died, Bottle's grandmother's spirit had insisted that he join the Malazan Army, which he did. At the time, Bottle had been selling charmed 'dolls' in Jakatakan - objects which were meant to appease the Stormriders (i.e., the 'demons' who routinely bedeviled the southern coast of Malaz Island and vessels sailing in the Strait of Storms south of the Island).[6]

In House of ChainsEdit

Bottle had been given his name by the drill sergeant Braven Tooth during training in Malaz City. After joining the 8th Legion, he became part of the squad of Sergeant Strings.[2]

It turned out that Bottle had access to the Warrens of Thyr,[7] Meanas, and Hood's Path,[8] as well as being versed in using the Holds and other forms of older magic which enabled him to communicate and see through the eyes of certain animals, something which he was taught by his grandmother.[9]

When Bottle attempted to sooth Fiddler's headache at Raraku, an elder goddess, the Eres'al, shared her mind with Bottle and upon his request, granted some relief to the sergeant.[10]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Bottle and rats 2

Bottle and Y'Ghatan (the rat), Interpretation by Corporal Nobbs

After the Marines fell prey to Leoman's trap in Y'Ghatan, Bottle lead the escape of his squad and a few others of the marines. Through accessing the mind of a rat, given the name Y'Ghatan, Bottle managed to guide them through the underbelly of the city, escaping the conflagration.[11]

When the 14th came to Malaz City, Bottle was tasked by the Adjunct to retrieve the man called Foreigner. He visited Agayla to ask for her help to find the man, calling on their family ties as his uncle had married the sister of her aunt's husband. Agayla drew the doll of his quarry out of Bottle's pocket and, after calling him a child and telling him off for dabbling in the old ways, told him that, yes, she would help him save the world. Bottle later reflected that it was just as well that she had not grabbed into his other pocket as it contained Y'Ghatan and the rat would undoubtedly have bitten her.[12]

In Reaper's Gale Edit

Bottle played a vital part in the push through Lether and the attacking Edur, towards Letheras, countering enemy mages, and providing intelligence on enemy movements and numbers by looking through the eyes of various animals including rats, owls, and other birds.[13][14]

Beak described Bottle as 'an old style warlock from the Jakata people who were the first people on Malaz Island after the Stormriders retreated'.[15]

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

In Dust of DreamsEdit

Bottle by Coalhands

Bottle by Coalhands

Bottle managed to control an army of Wyval that descended in a storm among the K'Chain Nah'ruk forces. This feat however tore Bottle's spirit into pieces through the numerous minds he had attached himself to.

Quick Ben told him that he was thinking of asking the Adjunct to raise Bottle to the rank of High Mage but Bottle talked him out of it.[16]

In The Crippled GodEdit

Bottle got himself back together again about four to five days after the battle as Quick Ben had attached strings between Bottle and his rats who collected his fragmented spirits and Ruthan Gudd had rescued his body from the K'Chain Nah'ruk having 'sniffed out' that Bottle was still sentient.[17] He and Gudd re-joined the Bonehunters.

Significant plot details end here.


"Compassion existed when and only when one could step outside oneself, to suddenly see the bars from inside the cage."
―Bottle, a childhood memory of a caged ape[src]
"There’s a point when there’s nothing left to say. When every word does nothing more than stir the ashes."
―Bottle's thoughts after a burial[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

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