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Fanderay or Fander, also known as the Wolf-Goddess or She-Wolf of Winter,[1][2] was an ascended beast.[3] Her name in the Barghast tongue was Farand.[4]

Fanderay was the long lost mate of Togg and with him the joint holder of the Beast Throne. They were said to be more ancient than the Elder Gods, and considered Draconus, Krul, and the Sister of Cold Nights to be young entities by comparison.[5] They had once run with the Imass back when the Imass were still mortal.[6] At one time they had made their home on Jacuruku.[7]

The Warren of Chaos was said to have given fire to her spirit.[5]

HistoryEdit

Fanderay and Togg were separated during the fall of the Crippled God which was caused by rebellious mages seeking to topple the tyrant King Kallor during the time of the First Empire. Their home had been destroyed and Fanderay severely wounded. Togg, himself now missing an eye, sought his mate in the Warren of Chaos hoping she had returned there.[5] The general details of a horror from the sky causing their separation were known as children's bedtime stories on Genabackis.[8]

Worship and RitualsEdit

The twin cults of Togg and Fanderay continued to persist, but their temples were few and their adherents dwindled. There had been a short lived popularity of the cults within the armies of the Malazan Empire early in Empress Laseen's reign, but they had soon withered.[9]

In Darujhistan, the death of the Wolf Goddess of Winter was marked each year a week before the Gedderone Fête. One custom, commented on by Murillio was the procession of a brilliantly painted carriage drawn by three white horses in black bridles symbolising the Goddess being carried out. The carriage was accompanied on either side by middle-aged women who were balancing bronze cups on their shaved heads from which steams of scented smoke unfurled.[10]

In Memories of IceEdit

K'rul found the terribly wounded Fanderay after the Crippled God's Fall and placed her spirit within the body of Baaljagg, the last surviving Ay, to safely heal.[11]

When K'rul made his move against the Crippled God's schemes during the Pannion War, he sent Baaljagg to join Lady Envy. They were soon joined by others including Toc the Younger whose body contained the spirit of Togg.

Lady Envy and her entourage made war against the Pannion Seer and his empire, the Pannion Domin. During their efforts, Toc was captured and brought to Coral. Envy's party followed in pursuit, arriving at Coral amidst the Malazan siege of the city. While the others raced ahead to find the Seer, Envy and Baaljag sought Toc in the Old Palace.[12] By the time they found Toc, he was already dead and Baaljagg lay beside the corpse whimpering.[13]

Fanderay grieved for the loss of her mate, but Onos T'oolan informed her that Togg had slipped from Toc's body and was free within the Warren of Tellann. The Bonecaster, Kilava, reported that Toc's soul rode upon Togg's own and she opened a path into Tellann for Baaljagg to pursue them.[14]

Within the dreamworld of Tellann, Fanderay was separated from Baaljagg and finally reunited with Togg. The two gods reclaimed their thrones while acknowledging the Mhybe as the dream world's mistress.[15]

The destruction of the Grey Swords at the Siege of Capustan and the fall of Fener, their patron god, forced the mercenaries to seek out a new sponsor. With the help of the White Face Barghast elders they settled on Fanderay and Togg and proclaimed a new Reve, the Wolf's Reve.[16] The new Grey Sword Shield Anvil, Norul, approached Silverfox requesting her to free the T'lan Ay, who the twin gods considered their children. The living Bonecaster initially refused despite Norul's warning that the gods would seek reparation.[17] Later, Silverfox relented.[18]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.229
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.706
  3. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.866
  4. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.791
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Memories of Ice, Prologue, US SFBC p.33
  6. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.726
  7. Memories of Ice, Prologue, US SFBC p.29
  8. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.705/726
  9. Memories of Ice, Chapter 24, Epigraph
  10. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.229/230
  11. Memories of Ice, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.787
  12. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.916-917
  13. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.940
  14. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.940-941
  15. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.953/955-956
  16. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.666-669
  17. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.730-731
  18. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.958-959
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