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Lady Envy and the seguleh by dejan delic

Interpretation of Lady Envy and the Seguleh by dejan-delic From left to right – top: Garath, Lady Envy, Mok, Baaljagg; bottom: Thurule, Senu

Lady Envy was a sorceress, daughter of the Elder God Draconus, and sister to Spite.[2] Her mother was thought to be Sheltatha Lore.[citation needed]

She was described as tall and slim, with long, straight black hair,[3] deep red lips, and eyes darkened by kohl.[4] It was remarked by Toc the Younger that she looked around twenty five.[5] She wore a flowing white telaba similar to those worn by highborn women of Seven Cities.[3]

Envy possessed great natural charisma,[6] which she enhanced by sorcerous means,[7] and the seeming ability to read minds.[8] Her kiss could enslave people to do her bidding. Even those she chose not to bend to her will by sorcery found it difficult to resist her. However, she seemed to prefer to influence those around her with her feminine charms so they would choose the kiss and thus enslavement willingly, instead of simply forcing them to accept it. She admitted to Toc the Younger that she had a penchant for cruelty, and sympathized with his desire to resist her.[6]

Her vast magical powers were not limited to manipulation. She was able to unleash extremely destructive waves of energy against her enemies, slaying hundreds at a time.[9] Lady Envy was also very adept at healing[10] and could cast someone into an involuntary sleep.[11]

HistoryEdit

Envy was over two hundred thousand years old and her own memories of her long life were sometimes unclear.[12] It was known that Lady Envy once travelled for a time with Anomander Rake and Osric, though their relationship was more like rivals keeping tabs on each other than friends. Eventually, Osric left the group and some time after that, in the days before the Chaining of the Fallen One, an argument erupted between Lady Envy and Anomander, resulting in each of them choosing their own path. Rake went on to participate in the Chaining, but Envy did not.[13] Envy also claimed to have "crushed a few [empires] in my time".[14]

In Memories of Ice Edit

Envy made her first appearance in the books at Morn where she resided in a ruined Jaghut tower while she studied the the Rent there. She had with her three charmed Seguleh servants: Senu, Thurule, and Mok, as well as two animal companions: Garath, a large dog, and Baaljagg, the world's only living ay. They were soon joined by Toc the Younger, freshly returned from being stranded in the Warren of Chaos, and the T'lan Imass Onos T'oolan.[15]

In her study of the Rent, she determined that the portal seemed almost mechanical in nature and that a K'Chain Che'Malle Matron had escaped from it decades ago before freeing her brood from the nearby barrows. Tool offered her further insight, but requested she accompany him northward to discover the details.[15] As the group ventured towards the territory of the Pannion Domin, Envy took great delight in Toc's company and enjoyed torturing him with her presence.[16][17]

It was soon revealed to the reader that Envy had gathered her odd assortment of companions at the behest of K'rul as part of his plans to oppose the Crippled God. The Elder God sent Envy to wage war with the Pannion Seer in the south while the coalition of Malazan forces with Anomander Rake and Caladan Brood struck from the north. K'rul hoped Envy's attack would split off some of the Seer's forces so the northern coalition had a greater chance of success. Further, the Elder God revealed to Envy that the Crippled God had poisoned the Warrens which were K'rul's own lifeblood and that he was afraid.[18]

The first of the Pannion forces to fall to Envy's company was a K'ell Hunter followed shortly by Seerdomin Kahlt and his frontier temple.[19] Then Envy unleashed her power at Bastion against First Child Anaster's Tenescowri hordes.[20] All the while she struggled to keep the Seguleh under her control. The coalition fractured at Bastion when Toc the Younger, feeling himself outclassed among monsters and immortals and no longer willing to be manipulated by Envy, insinuated himself among the Tenescowri hoping to reach his fellow Malazans in the north.[21] But he was soon captured and imprisoned by the Seer.[22]

Envy and the others fought their way to the Seer's throne at Outlook despite the efforts of his K'Chain Che'Malle and Omtose Phellack sorcery.[15][23] Unable to stop them, the Seer fled with Toc to Coral.[24]

In Toll the Hounds Edit

Spite and Envy by Spindrift

Interpretation of the duel between Spite and Envy by Spindrift

Lady Envy moved to Darujhistan, where she fell in love with the Ascendant[citation needed] poet, Fisher kel Tath. Her estate was located next to Hinter's Tower and was described as small and elegant in a vaguely feminine way.[25]

Spite went to her sister's estate[26] and by means of sorcery, buried it in a giant ball of magma.[27] This was being observed by Envy. The two sisters then engaged in a sorcerous duel.[28]

Envy and Spite later turned up at the scene of the duel between Dassem Ultor and Anomander Rake where they fought against Hounds of Shadow. They abandoned their quest for Dragnipur when Caladan Brood arrived.[29]

In Orb Sceptre ThroneEdit

During the Seguleh expedition to Darujhistan, the Seguleh attempted to bring Thurule back into the fold. He instead chose to remove his mask and crush it under his foot. Miffed at the loss of his "mysterious cachet", Lady Envy released him from her service.[30] Envy and Fisher also parted ways and Envy was soon part of the court surrounding the reborn Tyrant. There she had an unexpected reunion with her father.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

The Oven by Celtic Botan

Envy, Malice, and Spite by Celtic Botan

At the time of Mother Dark's ascension, Envy and her two twin sisters, Spite and Malice, lived with Draconus and their brother Arathan at Dracons Hold in Kurald Galain and appeared to be young girls.[31] It was implied that the mother of Envy and her sisters was in fact Olar Ethil, not Sheltatha Lore as previously thought, however, there was still some ambiguity over that statement.[32]

Their father told them that they would age like normal Tiste until they reached the age of eight or nine. Afterwards they would only mature after experiencing death-like trauma. Envy and Spite convinced Malice that if she died she would return more powerful than her hated older sisters. Malice agreed, so Spite strangled her.[33] When Malice remained dead, the two sisters hid the body and concluded that they needed to murder any who would notice she was missing, so they set about murdering the Dracons household staff.[34] Their murder spree appeared short lived when house surgeon, Atran, overpowered them both. Only the sudden appearance of a reanimated Malice saved them.[35] Afterwards, the girls hid in the walls of the Hold until Malice's deathlike stench became too much and they locked her in a blazing kitchen oven.[36]

Quotes Edit

"Her unbound black hair hung full and straight down to the small of her back. Her lips were painted a deep, vaguely menacing red. The kohl above her eyes contained the hues of dusk."
―Description of Lady Envy[src]


"Lady Envy’s sorcery...As in legends of old, hers was a power that rolled in broad waves, stripping the life from all it swept over, devouring rank upon rank, street by street, leaving bodies piled in their hundreds. She was...the daughter of Draconus – an Elder God."
―Toc the Younger reflecting on Lady Envy[src]


Lady Envy: "Have we met before?"
Tool: "No. None the less, you are known to me."
Lady Envy: "So it seems! It was, I admit, over-modest of me to assume that I would not be recognized. After all, I've crossed paths with the T'lan Imass more than once. At least twice, that is."
―Lady Envy meeting the T'lan Imass First Sword, Tool (Onos T'oolan)[src]


Lady Envy: "Walk with me, dearest. There, isn't this nice? The brushing contact of our hips, the sudden familiarity that sends the heart racing. The dampness of the rain, matching--"
Toc the Younger: "Yes, yes, Lady! Please, no more details, else my walking prove most awkward."
―Toc attempts to resist Envy's charms[src]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Memories of Ice, Chapter 9
  2. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.54
  3. 3.0 3.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.52
  4. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20
  5. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.57
  6. 6.0 6.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.330-331/334/339
  7. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, SFBC p.59 - Toc's scar itched whenever he felt himself weakening towards Envy despite his better judgement
  8. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, SFBC p.53 - for one example of Envy responding directly to Toc's inner dialogue
  9. Memories of Ice, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.418-419
  10. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.160
  11. Memories of Ice, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.327
  12. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.274
  13. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.155-156
  14. Memories of Ice, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.324
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.47-59
  16. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.277
  17. Memories of Ice, Chapter 9, US SFBC p.339
  18. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.272-277
  19. Memories of Ice/Chapter 9, US SFBC p.325-339
  20. Memories of Ice/Chapter 9, US SFBC p.343-346
  21. Memories of Ice/Chapter 9, US SFBC p.339/341-342/346
  22. Memories of Ice, Chapter 12, US SFBC p.418
  23. Memories of Ice, Chapter 15, US SFBC p.528
  24. Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.556-557/559
  25. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 13
  26. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 21, UK HB p.769
  27. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 21, UK HB p.783
  28. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 21, UK HB p.783/784
  29. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 23, UK HB p.863/865/887/907
  30. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 13
  31. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 1, UK HC p.5
  32. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.470
  33. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 13, UK HC p.387-8
  34. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 13, UK HC p.390
  35. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 13, UK HC p.398
  36. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 19, UK HC p.604
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