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Dujek Onearm was the High Fist of the Genabackis Campaign[1] and Commander of the Malaz 2nd Army (a veteran army also known as Onearm's Host).[2]

Dujek's nickname "Onearm" was due to the lack of a left arm, which had been severed just below the shoulder. He was considered one of the great commanders, inspiring a sense of security, stability and sanity in his followers.[3] He despised tyranny.[4]

As of the 1163rd year of Burn's Sleep Dujek was seventy-nine years old according to Tattersail,[5] though he looked as if he were fifty. Tattersail possibly quoted from an un-reliable source as Dujek was also supposed to have been present in the very earliest days of the Empire which would make him several decades older.[citation needed]

The High Fist was a thin man of average height, standing at five foot, six inches.[5][6] He had grey eyes, which remained unyielding beneath bushy brows, and a tanned, lean hatchet face. Beardless, his face displayed a lifetime of battle scars.[5][6][7] Dujek's hairy, chalk-white calves[5] were visible between the sharkskin straps of his Napan sandals and he wore a pommeled long-sword[8] or an old standard-issue shortsword in an ancient scabbard.[6][7] He wore plain, unadorned armour without a helmet and his rank was indicated only by a long grey cape with a silver-wrought fastening.[6] Dujek sat on his horse like a man "pained with old aches and stiff bones"[6] and often smelled of cinnamon water.[9]

Dujek and Whiskeyjack were close friends.[10]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

In 1154 BS, Dujek was a subordinate to Commander Whiskeyjack and helped put down the riots in the Mouse Quarter of Malaz City.[11]

Nine years later in 1163 BS, Dujek was the popular commander of the 2nd Army and mired in the three year Siege of Pale. The arrival of Malazan High Mage Tayschrenn sparked a sorcerous conflagration against the defending Anomander Rake and his skykeep, Moon's Spawn. The city was successfully captured, but at great cost to the Bridgeburners and the Mage cadre.[12]

Dujek

Interpretation of Dujek by Yapattack

Dujek's popularity with his troops carried a political cost. On his way to Pale, Captain Paran was told by Topper that Empress Laseen wanted Dujek, as he put it, 'disarmed'. The reason he gave was that Dujek had a loyal following and posed a threat to the Empress. Many believed that Kellanved had meant for Dujek to be his successor, not Laseen.[13] Paran disappeared shortly after presenting himself to Dujek, and the High Fist queried Whiskeyjack about whether the Bridgeburners might be responsible. Dujek warned the Sergeant that Paran was Adjunct Lorn's man.[14]

In the aftermath of the siege, the decimated 2nd Army was officially disbanded. The remnants, together with those of the 6th Army, were assimilated into the 5th Army, again under the command of Dujek.[15]

The High Fist soon clashed with Tayschrenn over the governance of Pale. Attempts to cull the city's nobility were forestalled when the city's census records burned and Tayschrenn angrily doubted Dujek's claims that the fire had been an accident.[16] Their conflict came to a head when Dujek's agents intercepted a Claw carrying a message for Tayschrenn. The handwritten letter from the Empress ordered the High Mage to arrest and execute Dujek.[17]

Dujek made the decision to cut himself and his ten thousand troops[18] loose from the Empire that feared and distrusted him in order to confront the threat of the Pannion Domin. He parlayed with the approaching enemy forces of Caladan Brood and Kallor in order to leave Pale, secured his alliance with the Black Moranth, and brought the Bridgeburners back into the fold. Dujek made Whiskeyjack his second-in-command and placed the Bridgeburners in command of the returned Captain Paran.[19]

Deadhouse GatesEdit

Despite his status as renegade, Dujek sponsored an expedition of the Trygalle Trade Guild to provide Fist Coltaine and his Chain of Dogs with desperately needed food and water during their trek across Seven Cities. Additionally, Coltaine was presented with an ensorcelled bottle of smoky glass on a chain which he was instructed to wear at all times because "the Empress must not lose you".[20]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Dujek Onearm.

Kalam Mekhar traveled to Malaz City to make the Empress pay for a list of crimes which included her betrayal of Dujek and the Bridgeburners. When he finally confronted her, the Empress informed the Bridgeburner assassin that the revolt of the 2nd Army had been a ruse orchestrated by Dujek himself. The Fist recognized the growing threat of the Pannion Domin but knew his troops could not handle the problem alone. So the outlawing of Dujek provide him an opportunity to make allies of his enemies in order to fight the common foe. Tayschrenn was in on the plot as well, serving as Dujek's "Shaved Knuckle in the Hole".[21]

In Memories of IceEdit

Dujek Onearm by Matt Smith

Interpretation of Dujek Onearm by Matt Smith

Dujek secured an alliance between his renegade Malazan army and the forces of his former enemies, Caladan Brood and Anomander Rake, at Pale. He also secured backing from another former opponent, the Noble Council of Darujhistan.[22] Few other than Whiskeyjack and Tayschrenn knew the entire break from the Malazan Empire was a ruse[23] necessary in order to confront the more powerful Pannion Domin. Dujek also sent the Bridgeburners under Captain Ganoes Paran to the Barghast Range to secure an alliance with Humbrall Taur and the White Face Barghast.[24]

While the allied armies marched to relieve the Pannion Domin's Siege of Capustan, Dujek was angered to discover that their true enemy was not the mortal empire of the Pannion Seer but the Crippled God. Dujek feared he was marching his troops to their deaths when he learned from Silverfox that not even the immortal T'lan Imass would dare to join them. Whiskeyjack countered Dujek's despair by arguing that events such as the fortuitous creation of Silverfox and Kruppe's successful challenge of Brood and his hammer suggested the hidden hand of a compassionate Elder God on their side.[25]

On the campaign trail, Dujek tried to put Empress Laseen's recent actions into context for Whiskeyjack. He explained how the Empress had inverted the command structure not as punishment, but to prepare for the eventual return of Shadowthrone and Cotillion by placing competent men like Whiskeyjack in the front lines to counter them.[26] The decimation of the Bridgeburners at Pale had been a tragic accident. Tayschrenn had placed them in the tunnels to keep them protected in the battle, and had not anticipated their collapse. The events at Darujhistan had been the result of a miscommunication between the Empress and her agents and Tattersail's death was one of the greatest foul-ups in Imperial history.[27]

The Empress had known that the Crippled God was readying to make a move but had not suspected he was behind the Pannion Domin. Once the God's presence was revealed, Dujek saw his role as buying time for Brood. If Brood ended the Crippled God's threat against Burn and the Warrens with his hammer, then all of civilisation would be destroyed.[28]

After Capustan was relieved, the allied armies marched towards Coral to confront the Pannion Seer. Dujek sent the Bridgeburners ahead to reconnoiter the battlefield and he began secretly ferrying his troops ahead by Quorl. Dujek aimed to confront the Seer's forces on his own while Brood was kept in the dark and joined the advance forces while leaving Whiskeyjack in charge of the decoy troops. He explained to his friend that the Empress did not expect the High Fist to survive and she needed Whiskeyjack to to take charge of the Host's survivors to aid Adjunct Tavore Paran on Seven Cities. Dujek expected to be sent to Korel if he lived.[29]

At the Siege of Coral, Dujek's six thousand troops first fought five times their number of Beklite infantry outside the city.[30] Then the High Fist sent the Bridgeburners into Coral by night to secure the Seer's keep while he and his forces were inserted into the city by quorl.[31] Dujek's forces became bogged down in street fighting with the Urdomen, Seerdomin, and Beklites. Many of the High Fist's elite Untan heavy infantry bodyguards were cut down by an attack of undead K'ell Hunters. Ultimately, Dujek and a small band of Malazan survivors were rescued and beought outside the city by the Grey Swords.[32]

At battle's end, Dujek learned his friend Whiskeyjack had fallen to Kallor's treacherous attack. The High Fist was broken and seemed to age ten years. Whiskeyjack's lover, Korlat, lied when Dujek asked whether his friend had fallen due to his injured leg.[33] Dujek gathered the remaining Bridgeburners and allowed them to secretly retire with their accumulated backpay as had been Whiskeyjack's wish. He asked them to look after Duiker, but otherwise to the Empress and Empire-at-large, they were believed dead. Paran turned down the offer to join Dujek and his Host on their next mission to Seven Cities.[34]

In The BonehuntersEdit

He succumbed to the plague spread by Poliel on the continent of Seven Cities.

Significant plot details end here.

HistoryEdit

In the Emperor's time, Dujek had fought in the Wickan Wars against Coltaine. During one battle, a young Bult severely injured Duiker with his lance. Dujek responded by attacking the Wickan with his sword, giving him a cut to the face that caused a disfiguring scar. Bult's horse in turn bit Dujek's arm causing him to lose that arm to the surgeons.[35]

Dujek later went on to fight in the Seven Cities campaign. Dujek had once been under Whiskeyjack's command.[10]

According to Tattersail, Dujek had been with the Emperor's old guard on the day Dassem Ultor was murdered in Y'Ghatan.[36]

Kalam Mekhar remembered that Korbolo Dom had replaced Whiskeyjack after Raraku and in turn was replaced by Dujek.[37]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p. xiii
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.32
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.64/65
  4. Memories of Ice, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.322
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.65
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Memories of Ice, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.92
  7. 7.0 7.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.812
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.65/66
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.64
  10. 10.0 10.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.151
  11. Gardens of the Moon, Prologue
  12. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.72-78
  13. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 3, UK MMPB p.96
  14. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.149
  15. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.150
  16. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, US HC p.214
  17. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 24, US HC p.480
  18. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 19, US HC p.394
  19. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 24, US HC p.480
  20. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 19, US HC p.507
  21. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 23, US HC p.578-579
  22. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5
  23. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.618
  24. Memories of Ice, Chapter 11
  25. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.493-507/510-513
  26. Memories of Ice, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.910
  27. Memories of Ice, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.770-772
  28. Memories of Ice, Chapter 21, US SFBC p.770-771
  29. Memories of Ice, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.813
  30. Memories of Ice, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.863-865
  31. Memories of Ice, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.878
  32. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.914/919/945
  33. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.969/977-978/991
  34. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.991-992
  35. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.73/74
  36. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.69
  37. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.371/372
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