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Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas was an officer in Leoman's company in the Army of the Whirlwind.[1] He was second in command to Leoman during the Seven Cities rebellion led by Sha'ik.

Corabb was the sixth son of a deposed chief among the Pardu, and spent most of his life as wanderer, trader, or worse.[2] He was extremely lucky during battle, constantly having narrow escapes out of the most hopeless situations.[3][4]

He preferred axe-like weapons with hafts long enough to grasp with two hands. He disliked bladed weapons whose sharp edge ran all the way to the hilt near his hand.[5] In his first appearance, he carried a long-hafted weapon that was half sword, half axe.[6]

He wore a necklace made of scarab shells to ward off evil. In times of stress, he would hold a half-dozen of the shells in his mouth.[7]

In House of Chains Edit

Corabb had met Leoman when the latter found him being dragged behind the horses of three Gral warriors. Leoman had purchased Corabb and then brought him to be healed by an old tribeswoman. After that, Corabb decided that his loyalty to Leoman would be absolute and was ready to die for the man if need be.[8] He became a fanatical follower of the Whirlwind.

After their victory over Coltaine and Pormqual's forces at Aren, Sha'ik Reborn withdrew the Army of the Whirlwind back to the Pan'arak Oasis at Raraku. Leoman chafed at allowing Adjunct Tavore Paran's Malaz 14th Army to advance unmolested towards the Holy Desert. He convinced Sha'ik to allow him to lead 1,500 desert warriors on a scouting mission of the enemy's disposition. Leoman took Corabb with him and had no intentions of honouring his promise not to engage the Malazans.[9]

Corabb took part in the resulting ambushes and skirmishes, and experienced a number of miraculous escapes. During a surprise pre-dawn attack on the Malazan camp, Corabb raced his horse through the Malazan tents. Borduke's squad grabbed their crossbows and prepared to fire as one on Corabb, but Maybe fired early, foiling his squad's attack. Corabb was struck across the cheek and knocked from his horse, but was able to remount once the horse finished rolling through a Malazan tent and escape.[10]

In a counter-ambush, Corabb was bull rushed and knocked off his feet by Koryk before Cuttle amused himself by leaving a lit Sharper in Corabb's lap. Corabb quickly clamped a helmet over the bomb, bounced into the air with the force of its explosion, and then ran off.[11]

Once the Malazan army reached Raraku and the Battle of Raraku neared, Leoman used Corabb to run a message to Sha'ik and Mathok. Corabb quickly discovered that Korbolo Dom's assassins had slain Leoman's previous messengers before they could reach Sha'ik's tent. An enraged Sha'ik sent Corabb back to fetch Leoman to replace Korbolo Dom as commander of her army.[12]

In the aftermath of Sha'ik's death and Korbolo Dom's defeat and capture, Leoman ordered his warriors to flee to Y'Ghatan. Corabb led a score of desert riders acting as the retreat's rearguard. They were pursued by Malazan Lieutenant Ranal and his three squads of Marines. Corabb led Ranal's 4th squad into a sandstorm for cover then turned and ambushed their pursuers. Corabb stumbled into Fiddler in the maelstrom, accidentally pulling free the sapper's entire supply of Moranth munitions and triggering their fuses. Ranal was killed in the huge explosion while Corabb escaped once again.[13]

In The Bonehunters Edit

The fanatical idealist looked to Leoman to bring him to a glorious death. The pursuing Malazan army, the Bonehunters, eventually tracked them down to Y'Ghatan and began an assault on the city. As Y'Ghatan burned, Corabb found that Leoman planned to flee for his life with the help of the Queen of Dreams. He offered Corabb the chance to leave as well, but Corabb refused, insisting on dying gloriously in the name of something greater than himself.

During the ensuing chaos, Corabb stumbled on a group of abandoned children inside the temple, further cementing his resolve. Corabb, the children, and a few of the Bonehunters were then trapped inside the temple by the raging fires all around and were forced to try to effect their escape by going underneath the city. During this subterranean odyssey, they were forced to rely on each other in order to survive.[14] This, compounded with Leoman's abandonment of his followers, had a profound effect on Corabb as he began to doubt his former loyalties. As time passed, he came to respect the Malazans, specifically Fiddler's squad, eventually joining them as a heavy.

The Queen of Dreams told Leoman that Corabb had been chosen by Oponn, that he was 'Beloved of the Lady', which explained why Corabb was so lucky.[15]

In Reaper's Gale Edit

Corabb and Tarr by slaine69

Interpretation of Corabb and Tarr by Slaine69

Corabb participated in the Marines' invasion of Letheras, earning the ire of his squad as he collected an excess amount of weapons from fallen soldiers "just in case." He was seconded to Bottle as the mage's personal guard.

Corabb stuck close to Tarr, protecting the man's weak side even though it meant disobeying Fiddler's order of guarding Bottle. He had decided to stick to Tarr as long as Bottle did not look to be in immediate danger. Tarr however thought that Corabb was trying to prove himself and outdo Tarr.[16]

In Dust of Dreams Edit

Corabb followed the Bonehunter army east, surviving the attack by the K'Chain Nah'ruk.

In The Crippled God Edit

The once fanatical Corabb was shifted into the combined Marine/Heavy force and, after surviving the trek across the Glass Desert, stood with Fiddler and Hedge's squads as the Crippled God regained his body. As the Kolansii army continued to hammer the company, Corabb stepped into a breach in the lines to protect the Crippled God. Corabb lost his left arm to an axe blow, and was subsequently killed by a sword slash, finally finding his glorious death.

Early historyEdit

Corabb recalled that the village tutor, an old man called Baldy, had told him that he was his worst student ever.[17]

Corabb once tied up the four Gafan brothers, as they had been teasing him, and threatened them with the cookpot. Their father, Grunter Gafan, had shown up to reclaim them and as Corabb's own father, Canarab was still off in the wars, Corabb himself had faced Grunter. The encounter ended with the Grunter's head in the stew pot, likely due to Corabb shoving it in there. Corabb thought that it was the wasted stew which had made his mother cry. Grunter Gafan was eventually killed, sliding under a wagon. Corabb had kicked Grunter in the head a few times either causing the accident or finishing Grunter off and had been put on trial for this. He had told the court in his defence, that no one liked Grunter, which did not help his case and he was condemned to labour in the priest pits where he cut limestone. It was there that he had started listening to stories, especially those telling of freedom and the days before the arrival of the Malazans.[18]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. House of Chains, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB
  2. House of Chains, Chapter 18, US TPB p.466-467
  3. House of Chains, Chapter 18, US TPB p.481
  4. House of Chains, Chapter 19, US TPB p.498-499
  5. House of Chains, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.635
  6. House of Chains, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.616
  7. House of Chains, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.758
  8. House of Chains, Chapter 18, US TPB p.467
  9. House of Chains, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.479-480
  10. House of Chains, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.615-617
  11. House of Chains, Chapter 19, US SFBC p.640-641
  12. House of Chains, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.758-760/768-769
  13. House of Chains,Chapter 26, US SFBC p.835-837/839-842
  14. The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.393-447
  15. The Bonehunters, Chapter 14, UK MMPB p.684
  16. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 17
  17. The Crippled God, Chapter 20, UK HB p.588
  18. The Crippled God, Chapter 20, UK HB p.588/589
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