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Interpretation of Caladan Brood by Yapattack

Caladan Brood by Corporal Nobbs

'Caladan Brood', Interpretation by Corporal Nobbs

Caladan Brood was a warlord, often called 'the Warlord'[1] who was opposing the Malazan armies in the North Campaign.[2] He was said to be human with Barghast blood.[3]

Brood was a longtime friend and companion to Anomander Rake. His primary Warren was Tennes, but he also had access to D'riss and High Denul. He carried Burn's Hammer, an enormous weapon of iron.[4]

He was a giant man, all muscle and bone. Power rolled from him in musky waves. His eyebrows were hairless and his teeth were filed.[5]

In Gardens of the Moon Edit

During the Malazan Empire's attempts to conquer Genabackis, Caladan Brood led a unified force of Tiste Andii, Crimson Guard, Rhivi, Mott Irregulars, Barghast, and soldiers from the remaining Free Cities against them. Under his command, his forces managed to delay the Malaz 5th Army from completely conquering the north of the continent at Blackdog Forest for a period of at least four years.[6] His second in command was the once High King Kallor.[7]

After the allied city of Pale fell to the Malazan siege, Brood left the Crimson Guard behind to hold the north while the rest of his troops moved south to respond. High Fist Dujek Onearm was forced to parley with Brood and Kallor outside Pale in order to extricate his forces.[8]

In Memories of IceEdit

Caladan Brood allied himself with his former enemies, the Malazans, in order to combat a more powerful and revolting foe, the Pannion Domin. His second in command remained the once High King Kallor.[9] A number of Tiste Andii sorcerers were attached to his forces.

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

In Toll the HoundsEdit

After Anomander Rake's death, Caladan Brood carried his body to a barrow outside Darujhistan prepared by Burn, and sealed it with a Barghast glyph that meant Grief. He then took the sword Dragnipur and shattered it with his hammer.
Significant plot details end here.

In Orb Sceptre ThroneEdit

Caladan Brood by Ylva Ljungqvist

Caladan Brood by Ylva Ljungqvist

Caladan Brood settled just outside the city of Darujhistan adjudicating matters brought to him by emissaries from the north, the Free Cities and the Rhivi Plains. As time went by, he felt a certain tension and feared that there had been a shift in the balance of power with his friend's death.[10] His fears proved true with the rise of the Legate. Brood was directly confronted by the Legate (now the Jaghut Tyrant) when his erstwhile friend, now puppet of the Tyrant, Barukanal, came to visit him. The two reached an impasse however, when Caladan threatened to pull down the city to stop the Tyrant if he had to.[11]

Being a respected figure for the Rhivi, he did his best to try and dissuade the Rhivi tribes and their leader Jiwan, from going to war with the Malazan armies on Genabackis.[12] He did not succeed as the Rhivi did engage a Malazan force, confident that they could finally rid themselves of the Malazan menace that had been troubling them.[13]

Later, Brood was instrumental in destroying the magical circle of stones around Darujhistan which was the key to the Tyrant's shield over Majesty Hill.[14]

In Forge of Darkness Edit

Caladan and Grizzin by Paradanmellow

Caladan Brood and Grizzin Farl by Paradanmellow

Brood was a renowned Azathanai High Mason. He was hired by Anomander Purake to build and dedicate a hearthstone in the new home of the betrothed Andarist and Enesdia to celebrate their marriage. The stone was inscribed with an Azathanai blessing that would only be known by the new husband and wife. At the time of the stone's placing, Brood demanded an oath from Anomander Rake which prompted Rake to demand one in return.[15] This created a bond between them and ultimately led to their longstanding companionship. After the wedding day tragedy, Brood returned to the home where he told Anomander he would show him how to end the brewing civil war among the Tiste.[16]


"They are a generation that has tasted blood, and when horror fades, nostalgia seeps in. In war all is simple, and there is appeal in this. Who among us is comforted by confusion, uncertainty?"
―Caladan Brood[src]
Grizzin Farl: "Is it as the Jaghut assert then? In society we find the seeds of its own destruction?"
Caladan Brood: "Perhaps, but they miss the point. It is the absence of society that leads to destruction. When concord is lost, when arguments cease, and in opposition neither side sees the other as kin, as brother and sister, then all manner of atrocity is possible."
―Grizzin Farl and Caladan Brood, sitting at campfire, finishing third bottle of wine[src]
"...I build with my hands. I am a maker of monuments to lost causes. If you travel west of here, you will find my works. They adorn ruins and other forgotten places. They stand, as eternal as I could make them, to reveal the virtues to which every age aspires. They are lost now but will be rediscovered. In the days of a wounded, dying people, these monuments are raised again. And again. Not to worship, not to idolize – only the cynics find pleasure in that, to justify the suicide of their own faith. No, they raise them in hope. They raise them to plead for sanity. They raise them to fight against futility."
―High Mason Caladan Brood[src]


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