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Fisher kel Tath, or simply "Fisher", was a long-lived bard and a regular at K'rul's Bar in Darujhistan. He befriended the historian, Duiker.

In Toll the Hounds Edit

Fisher was romantically involved with Lady Envy as well as being an assassin.[citation needed]

He bought out Seba Krafar's contract with Humble Measure to kill the owners of K'rul's Bar.

In Orb Sceptre ThroneEdit

He assisted Spindle in an attempt to break the magical circle protecting Majesty Hall in Darujhistan.[1]

It transpired that Fisher knew Caladan Brood. When Brood asked him what he was doing in Darujhistan, Fisher responded "You know how I feel about witnessing things."[2]

Fisher also met Iceblood mercenary Cull Heel, who told Fisher it was time to come home. He had been away too long.[3]

In AssailEdit

It became apparent that Fisher was a native of Assail and like many natives there, carried Jaghut blood. It was also revealed that he was part Iceblood and had grown up in the far north of the continent. He helped the amnesiac Tiste Andii, Jethiss, to recover his true identity.

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Fisher kel Tath.

He was present when the four races (Forkrul Assail, T'lan Imass, Jaghut, and Tiste Andii) pledged a new founding of peace in the Salt Mountains.[4] It was also revealed that Fisher had a familiar relationship with Kilava Onass.[5]

Significant plot details end here.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

Fisher went to the Tiste Andii poet, Blind Gallan, to hear the tale of Anomander Rake and the early history of Kurald Galain.[6]


Early Life Edit

Fisher's mother was an Iceblood native of the fallen Fanyar Hold in northern Assail. She was taken in by the Iceblood clan at Myrni Hold where she raised Fisher. As a half-blood, Fisher found he was not welcome in either his adopted home or in the human lowlands. Disgusted by the blood-feuds and bigotry of his adopted home, he renounced the Myrni and swore never to return. Despite his oath, he returned from time to time, the last time after a gap of 30 years.[7]

Poems Edit

One of his better known works was the epic poem Anomandaris. Other poems included:

Poems published as simply "Fisher" Edit

Quotes Edit

"Light, shadow and dark —
This is a war unending.
"
―Fisher[src]
"And it is this moment, my friends,
When you must look away,
As the world unfurls anew
In shapes announced both bright
And sordid, in dark and light
And the sprawl of all existence
That lies between.
"
―Fisher kel Tath[src]
"And he knew to stand there
Would be a task unforgiving
Relentless as sacrifices made
And blood vows given
He knew enough to wait alone
Before the charge of fury's heat
The chants of vengeance
Where swords will meet
And where once were mortals
Still remain dreams of home
If but one gilded door
Could be pried open
Did he waste breath in bargain
Or turn aside on the moment
Did he smile in pleasure
Seeking chastisement?

(See him still, he stands there
While you remain, unforgiving
The poet damns you
The artist cries out
The one who weeps
Turns his face away
Your mind is crowded
By the inconsequential
Listing the details
Of the minuscule
And every measure
Of what means nothing
To anyone

He takes from you every rage
Every crime…
Whether you like it
Or you do not…
Sacrifices made
Vows given
He stands alone
Because none of you dare
Stand with him)
"
―Fisher's challenge to his listeners, breaking the telling of The Mane of Chaos[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

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