Burn was an Elder Goddess known as the "Lady of the Earth", "The Sleeping Goddess", or "The Great Mother Goddess". Tennes, the Path of the Land, was her associated Warren. Caladan Brood's hammer had the power to awaken her.
Quick Ben discovered the Crippled God had started infecting Burn's flesh after being bound to it by the Elder Gods during the Chaining. The Chained One claimed the goddess could not awaken while he burgeoned in her flesh. Burn's giant earthen servants pleaded with Quick Ben to save them, saying the goddess weakened and had only tens of years left.
Quick Ben consulted Pale's Witch of Tennes, reputedly the oldest in the world, on the matter of Burn and her sleep. In this conversation, it was revealed Burn slept in order to dream, and that the earth would shake and pour molten rock out like blood when Burn would stir towards wakefulness, leading to the destruction of all life.
When Ganoes Paran inspected the card of the Sleeping Goddess from the Deck of Dragons, he had a vision of Burn and her history. She appeared as a sleeping woman whose depthless skin revealed details of forest, bedrock, and the ocean floor as one focused upon it. According to Paran's vision, Burn had sensed the sickness coming, and chosen to sleep. All her power was transferred into a single forging, namely Brood's hammer. This hammer was capable of breaking the chains that bound the Crippled God to Burn's flesh. Brood, however, would not use the hammer since the release of the Crippled God would mean the end of life. On the other hand, not breaking the chains would slowly kill Burn, and in turn all life dependent on her. Further, Burn's Warren was a pathway to all the other Warrens and all faced corruption and death.
Brood's decision was supported by Anomander Rake, the Queen of Dreams, and Hood, but after nearly 1200 years, Brood still wrestled with his burden and began to question his choice. He came to the conclusion that Burn had faith he would find another way. During the Pannion War against the Crippled God's pawn, the Pannion Seer, High Fist Dujek Onearm sought to buy Brood more time to find it. He and his army challenged the Pannion Domin army alone at the Battle of Black Coral knowing that it could well be suicide.
Ultimately, Quick Ben wrested the Seer from the Crippled God's influence and brought him to Burn's realm. The Seer used his own access to Omtose Phellack to slow the spread of the infection and gave Burn's defenders the time to find a third way of resolving the dilemma with the Chained One. The Sleeping Goddess called upon the Witch of Tennes to remain with the Seer and help care for his sister while protecting the final manifestation of Omtose Phellack.
The Great Sanctuary of Burn was the largest monastery on Quon Tali until it had been destroyed, perhaps ironically, long ago by an earthquake. Greymane feared to use his sword, which may have been an object associated with Burn like Brood's hammer, too close to the sanctuary for fear of what might occur.
The mysterious prisoner Cherghem called Greymane's sword "an artefact unique in all existence, but for one other." (The other likely being Burn's Hammer in the hands of Caladan Brood.) Wherever Greymane travelled in the Lands of Fist with the sword he seemed to be immune to the Lady's attempts to use the power of the earth against him. The sword had the power to directly channel D'riss and Greymane ultimately used it to cause great destructive upheavals on Korelri and bring down the Stormwall.
Burn, the Dreamer, was the greatest witch of the Dog-Runners, who stayed behind when her people left Kurald Galain. In a hidden temple buried near Tulla Hold, Burn slept as her body became one with the thick roots of the forest. Rancept, the Tulla castellan, said Burn dreamed "so that we may live... she dreams, to give us our freedom." Rancept unknowingly wounded Burn when he used his axe to cut through the roots blocking the entrance to the temple. A chance burst of laughter from Sukul Ankhadu healed Burn, who responded by blessing her with the Breath of the Sleeping Goddess.
Olar Ethil claimed to have nurtured Burn at her own breast contradicting her later claims that she was herself the sleeping goddess.
- "Her face is polished wood, a deep brown that seems to hold gold in its depths. The wood has grown over the bones of her face. Once, that face would have been fair-skinned, the features heavy but open to all pleasures and joys--this is how the Dog-Runners are."
- ―Rancept describing Burn
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.705
- ↑ Stonewielder, Chapter 2, US HC p.121
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.166
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 1, US HC p.252
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 1, US HC p.272
- ↑ Dancer's Lament, Chapter 1, US HC p.27
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.73-74
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 2, US SFBC p.75-76
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.124-127
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.195-196/201
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.201-202
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.720
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.771
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.967-968
- ↑ Dust of Dreams, Chapter 15, UK PB, p.715
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 3, US HC p.348-352
- ↑ Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 3 Chapter 2, US HC p.619
- ↑ Stonewielder, Chapter 12, US HC p.576-577
- ↑ Stonewielder, Chapter 3, US HC p.136
- ↑ Stonewielder, Chapter 6, US HC p.315-316
- ↑ Stonewielder, Chapter 12, US HC p.578
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 10, UK HC p.297/304
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 10, UK HC p.299
- ↑ Forge of Darkness, Chapter 11, UK HC p.329