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Fingers was a mage and an Avowed in the Sixth Blade[1] of the Crimson Guard. He was described as "a skinny youth bearing an unruly thatch of thick black hair", though "youth" would have only been in relation to appearance given that he had been an Avowed for over a hundred years. Crokus described him as a tall, thin man with a narrow hatchet face.[2]

Fingers performed a number of impressive feats of magic, though his warrens were unknown, he possessed some skill with high Denul.

Fingers had a wry and sarcastic sense of humor, and appeared to never take a situation with much seriousness. Once when he thought he would have to cut off his own hand to save his life he jokingly said, "Goodbye hand! So much for rope climbing".[3]

In Gardens of the Moon Edit

Fingers appeared on the night of the Gedderone Fête beside Crokus, when the thief was being protected by the Crimson Guard. He identified Corporal Blues, who had just saved Crokus' life and was engaged in a jaw-dropping duel with the Adjunct Lorn. He informed Crokus that his squad had been assigned to protect him, Cowl having taken to the rooftops and the others on the ground. He offered him compliments from Prince K'azz D'Avore and asked him to take refuge in a safe place. Looking at Baruk's Estate, he observed that Baruk was indeed a powerful mage. He also offered Crokus advice, asking him to ditch Oponn's coin when his luck inevitably turned.[4]

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

Fingers was part of Blues' Blade that recruited prisoners from The Pit, a Malazan prison for mages. During their escape by ship through the warren of Serc, the priest Yathengar 'ul Amal turned on his rescuers. Fingers was forced to take control of the Forlorn while the other Guardsmen attempted to deal with the crazed priest.[5] Yathengar sent the ship into Chaos before opening a rent into the midst of the Battle of the Plains.[6] The Forlorn crashed, spewing Fingers and the others onto the field, and Fingers was too injured to help the other survivors in the fight against Yathengar that followed.[7]

Fingers soon reunited with the Guard, now once again under K'azz D'Avore's leadership, and left for Stratem by Warren.[8]

In Stonewielder Edit

Upon receiving word that missing Guardsman Iron Bars was a prisoner on the Stormwall, Blues led Fingers, Lazar, and Shell on a rescue mission. They crossed from Stratem to Korel by foot, running afoul of the Chase, a Jheck war band.[9] After crossing the Iceback Range into the Plains of Blight, they hired Orzu and his clan of Sea-Folk to sail them to Korel Island.[10]

When they reached the Stormguard fortress at Shelter, they infiltrated the Stormwall by passing themselves off as prisoners. Fingers was clapped in an otataral bracelet to prevent access to his Warren.[11]

As the Stormwall began to come down, Fingers was injured by a collapsing tower which broke both of his legs. Determined not to die withouit his magic, he considered severing his hand in order to remove the otataral bracelet. Before he could do so, the Toblakai Champion Hagen broke the restraint for him with his bare hands.[12] Fingers made his way to the rest of the squad, healing Shell's injuries before joining Blues and Shell against High Mage Ussü. They retrieved Bars, Corlo, and Jemain and Blues transported them all away by Warren before the Wall fell.[13]

Once free, they sensed Skinner and his Disavowed at the Sky Tower. They raced to meet them only to see their former comrades disappear into a Warren with a fragment of the Crippled God. Fingers and the others returned to Stratem to inform K'azz D'Avore.[14]

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