Deadsmell was a mage in Sergeant Balm's 9th squad. He was the squad's healer, and had access to High Denul. He was one of many soldiers that made up the Marines and on a larger scale, the Bonehunters. He had necromantic skills, acquired in his youth in the village of Gethran prior to his military service. He was a user of Hood's Warren.
Life in Gethran Edit
Growing up, the boy who would become known as Deadsmell was described as "half-wild" and terrorized by his four older sisters. He often took refuge with Old Scez, the village dresser of the dead, essentially becoming his apprentice. When Deadsmell was seventeen, Scez was murdered by a jealous husband and the boy then took over his duties. At the age of nineteen, when the local priest of Fener, Hester Vill, suffered a stroke, it was Deadsmell who attended him in his final hours. Waiting for Fener to come and take the priest, the boy was surprised to witness not the Boar of War, but the Lord of the Slain, Hood, coming for the dead man. Hood then declared that Deadsmell could be one of "his own" and offered him the gift of "the end of fear". It was thus that the young man began his service to the God of Death.
In The Crippled God, after the apparent death of Hood, Deadsmell gained access to Omtose Phellack, an elder Warren, which allowed him to heal Adjunct Tavore Paran after the Bonehunters' disastrous encounter with the K'Chain Nah'ruk. Other healers could not help her because of the presence of her otataral sword, but Deadsmell was able to use his newly accessible Warren. In doing so, he gained disturbing insight into the Adjunct.