Felisin [Feh-liss-in][1] was the youngest[2] daughter of House Paran in Unta. She was very fond of her brother Ganoes. Her sister Tavore described her as too soft for this world.[3] Felisin was described as the prettier of the two Paran sisters, with black hair,[4] a rounded figure, and full lips. Ganoes noted her wide smile and dancing eyes.[5]

During the events of Deadhouse Gates she was fifteen years old.[6]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

In 1162 BS, Felisin was arrested as a noble during the Cull. In 1163 BS, the fourteen year old girl was sent to the Otataral mines on Seven Cities by her sister Tavore, the Adjunct, as a demonstration of House Paran's loyalty to Empress Laseen. The House had become vulnerable not least because Ganoes Paran had become a renegade under Dujek Onearm.[7][8]

Call to Shadow by Mer Helv

Felisin by Mer Helv

As the prisoners were gathered to be paraded past the crowds to the slave ships, Felisin met fellow prisoners Heboric Ghost Hands and Baudin. Baudin protected her from the worst of the jeering mob's violence. By the time they arrived Skullcup, Felisin had already realized her only asset was her body, which she sold to the guards in return for more food for herself and her two companions. In the mining camp, Felisin attached herself to Beneth, the local crimelord, for protection and to gain favours. She quickly became addicted to Durhang and alcohol, spending her days in a haze to dull the pain. Her only other outlet was her hatred for the sister responsible for her condition and daydreams of revenge.[9][10]

When the camp's native guards revolted as part of the Whirlwind uprising, Heboric and Baudin arranged the trio's escape into the desert.[11] It was on this journey that she discovered that Baudin was a Talon, sent by her sister to protect her, and who had intended to remove her from Skullcup as soon as possible. They had remained in the camp for so long only because in Baudin words, "[you] can't pull out a person who don't want to go."[12] Baudin also revealed that he had murdered Beneth during their escape.[13]

Even after being freed from the mines, Felisin remained resentful and hardened from her experiences and continued to vow vengeance for her treatment against Tavore and now Baudin. She and her companions were rescued from the desert shore by Kulp and the crew of the Ripath, but after a disastrous trip through the warrens were left in the Holy Desert of Raraku. Felisin drove away Baudin, and made the lives of Kulp and Heboric miserable.[14] When the D'ivers Gryllen slew Kulp, Baudin reappeared revealing that he had not given up his charge. He saved the lives of Felisin and Heboric at the cost of his own, and died in a repentant Felisin's arms.[15] Felisin and Heboric continued on, stumbling upon Leoman and Toblakai who guarded the Book of Dryjhna and the corpse of Sha'ik. Felisin was proclaimed 'Sha'ik Reborn' by Leoman[16] and began receiving preternatural knowledge from the Whirlwind Goddess. They traveled to the oasis at the heart of Raraku where she took command of the Whirlwind and demanded the obedience of the High Mages, Bidithal, Febryl, and L'oric. Rather than opening the book, she struck a deal with the Whirlwind Goddess, unleashing a towering sandstorm column visible from hundreds of leagues away.[17][18]


Interpretation of Felisin by Yapattack

Whilst in Raraku, she adopted an orphan and named her "Felisin". Then she recalled Korbolo Dom and his army back from Aren, even as her sister Tavore arrived with an army to deliver the Malazan Empire's vengeance.[19]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Felisin Paran.

In Memories of IceEdit

Ganoes was informed of his family's fate by Dujek Onearm. The renegade High Fist informed him that his parents had died and that Felisin had been shipped to an otataral mine. He noted that noble children too young to marry had all been slain by unofficial order and that Tavore's actions had likely spared her sister's life.[20]

Later, while standing amidst the destruction of Capustan, Ganoes had a vision of a green stone monolith towering above the desert sand. Without realizing it, he observed his sister Felisin and her companions, Baudin and Heboric, at the moment the historian touched the jade statue in Seven Cities.[21]

Ganoes knew in his heart that Tavore would find a way to rescue Felisin from the mine and likely had sent a guardian or two to protect her. But he was sure that the Felisin she rescued would no longer be the child they knew. He wished she had found another way, and thought that the new Adjunct would someday pay dearly for her decisions.[5]

In House of Chains Edit

Sha'ik Reborn & Felisin Younger by Matt Smith

Interpretation of Sha'ik Reborn and Felisin Younger by Matt Smith

While she was preparing for her confrontation with her sister in Raraku, the Whirlwind goddess was consumed by forces from High House Chains who claimed the fragment of the Warren she was using as her own, leaving Felisin without her influence.

Tavore then killed Felisin with a single sword thrust, never realizing who she really was because Felisin (as Sha'ik) was clad head to toe in armour. This was witnessed by most of the army on both sides, and in particular by Leoman of the Flails, Karsa Orlong, Pearl, and Lostara Yil.

Pearl and Lostara had been trying to find Felisin for Tavore but arrived too late to save her. They did, however, conspire to keep the fact that Tavore had killed her own sister from the Adjunct, and Pearl spirited her body away to be buried on a hillside while Lostara distracted Tene Baralta who was eager to claim the body as a trophy.

Significant plot details end here.


Felisin may have been the "Felisin" who authored the Call to Shadow poems. That poet's birthdate was listed as 1146 BS.[22] However, Felisin herself noted that she "entered my sixteenth year" in 1164 BS, putting her birthdate at 1149 BS.[23]


"...though we leave the house of our birth, it never leaves us."
―Felisin Paran[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Read for Pixels 2016 Interview As pronounced by Steven Erikson at 46:17
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xii
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.50
  4. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 14, US HC p.385
  5. 5.0 5.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.657-658
  6. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 3, US HC p.84
  7. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue
  8. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.449
  9. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 3, US HC p.79-80/84
  10. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 6, US HC p.148
  11. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 6
  12. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.448-449
  13. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.202
  14. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11, US HC p.288
  15. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 14, US HC p.374-381
  16. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 14, UK MMPB p.603
  17. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 18, UK MMPB p.750
  18. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 19, US HC p.492
  19. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 24
  20. Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.133
  21. Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.578
  22. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.51
  23. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 3, US HC p.84 - Note: Entering your 16th year is not the same as being 16 years old. A baby is not 1 year old during its first year of life.
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