Deragoth or more precisely, "Dera'tin'jeragoth", meant Hounds of Darkness in the Tiste Andii language. Osric claimed that he originated the name, stating that the creatures were probably not related to Mother Dark, that he merely thought the name appropriate based on their characteristics and that they likely had no connection to the pantheonic Darkness. According to Osric, the creatures gave their name to Seven Cities although this was forgotten history and only the number survived, even the cities were not the original ones anymore.
They were described as midnight-black, the size of antlered cattle, and moved with a casual arrogance. They had strangely humped shoulders, thick, long necks and broad flattened heads. Their eyes burned empty of light. They were the size, if bulkier than, steppe horses and reminded the onlooker of hyena as well as plains bear.
Onrack and Trull Sengar came across seven huge statues in the Nascent, two of which to Onrack's senses were alive. The dog-like edifices were over twenty times the height of a man and made of a smooth black stone. Onrack and Trull pondered if there might be a connection between Dessimbelackis and the Hounds of Darkness. Onrack then attacked one of the statues, freeing the two which were alive, thinking he could best them. As it was, they mauled and shook him to the point that he was sundered from the Vow of Tellann, then disappeared.
L'oric traveled through memory-warrens and encountered the seven Deragoth. He observed how they and the semi-human creatures who ran with them killed two K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell Hunters. The Hounds then turned on L'oric who was plucked away at the last moment by his father, Osric. Osric gave L'oric some background information about the Deragoth and explained that their presence in this place, Raraku's memory, was likely due to the collapse of the First Empire.
Kalam Mekhar saw a host of ghosts outside Sha'ik's camp in Raraku, amongst them two who in their conversation made allusion to 'seven protectors' who seemed to be connected to Dessimbelackis. The ghosts mentioned that five of the seven were no more, a sixth which would not recover and the black beast itself had been banished from the realm according to the Nameless Ones. Kalam then spoke to the spirit of Tanno the last Seneschal of Yaraghatan who said he had been banished by the First Emperor for his treasonous alliance with the Nameless Ones and who alluded that there was far more to the Seven Protectors than people realised. Soon after, Kalam Mekhar observed a group of Pardu who did not seem to be part of the Whirlwind Army. The shaman amongst them conducted a ritual which resulted in two Deragoth appearing who promptly killed those who had called them. One them then turned on Kalam who was only able to flee after he had called five Azalan demon to save him.
When the D'ivers Dejim Nebrahl was freed from its prison, it recalled that it had been captured and imprisoned some time after the fall of the human First Empire, with the help of the Deragoth, who at the time obeyed an unnamed 'clever master'.
Ganoes Paran, Hedge and Ganath discussed the five remaining Deragoth statues. According to Paran, the two missing ones had been united with the two Hounds of Shadow from Dragnipur before being freed by someone. Hedge then recounted what he knew of their demise in Raraku and Ganath added that Dessimbelackis had hoped to achieve immortality by dividing his soul into the seven Deragoth, which was all that had remained of the once more numerous beasts.
The remaining five Deragoth in the Nascent, upon being released from their statues, pursued the Hounds of Shadow throughout Seven Cities. This pursuit may have ceased following the events in G'danisban involving Poliel.
The Hounds of Shadow were aware of creatures pursuing them, presumably the Deragoth, but found "exquisite pleasure" in being hunted and chose to not turn on their hunters.
Cotillion stated that the Deragoth were originally wild beasts of past ages of which seven were left whom the First Emperor choose as the repositories of his divided soul.
It was stated by Mappo Runt that a species of Plains Bear was utilized in the breeding of the Deragoth, and that the Ay were used in breeding the Hounds of Shadow. Though whether or not this was true and how Mappo would have known this was yet unknown.
The Hounds of Shadow Doan and Ganrod, who traveled into the Gate of Darkness within Dragnipur, traveled across the Jaghut Death Bridge towards the statues wherein resided the Deragoth. There is speculation that the arrival of these two Hounds of Shadow had some significance towards the awakening of the two Deragoth who first attacked Onrack then Sha'ik's camp.
The Jaghut Ganath asserted that the seven Deragoth were the seven "surviving" Deragoth, implying there were once many more.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.818/819
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.814
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.961
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.818
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.814/818/819
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.441-447
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.814-820
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.793-798
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.933
- ↑ House of Chains, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.961-964
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Prologue, UK MMPB p.32/33
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.560/561
- ↑ Toll the Hounds, Chapter 18, UK HB p.654
- ↑ Toll the Hounds, Chapter 18, UK HB p.656
- ↑ Dust of Dreams, Chapter 16, UK HB p.551