Gothos' Folly (also known as Gothos's Folly) was a series of ancient scrolls written by the ancient Jaghut, Gothos.[1] According to the Errant, Gothos' Folly was a "multiple-volumed suicide note", although he was not sure if Gothos actually committed suicide or was still alive.[2]

New scrolls had been discovered in a mountain fastness beyond Blackdog Forest, prior to the fall of Pale and were researched by Bellurdan. The writings discussed things such as the Tiste Andii and other races of the elder ages.[3]

Brother Diligence, the Forkrul Assail, discovered scrolls of Gothos' Folly in the Palace of Kolanse.[4]

First known excerpt Edit

"Thelomen Tartheno Toblakai…
find the names of a people
so reluctant to fade
into oblivion…
Their legend rots
my cynical cast and blights
my eyes with bright glory…
'Cross not the loyal cage
embracing their unassailable heart…

…Cross not these stolid menhirs,
ever loyal to the earth.'
Thelomen Tartheno Toblakai…
Still standing, these towering pillars
mar the gelid scape
of my mind…
―Gothos' Folly (II.iv)
Gothos (b.?)[src]

Second known excerpt Edit

"I saw them on the shores
the deepening pits of their gaze
vowed immortal war
against the sighing calm
of Jaghut seas…
―Gothos' Folly[src]

Third known excerpt Edit

"I have reached an age when youth itself is beauty."
―A Brief Assembly of Ugly Thoughts (Interlude)
Gothos' Folly[src]

Unsourced Quotes Edit

Several quotes attributed to Gothos' Folly by others.

"In a war between fanatics and sceptics, the fanatics win every time."
―Gothos' Folly, Quoted by Diligence[src]
"When wisdom drips blood fools stand triumphant."
―Gothos' Folly, Quoted by Diligence[src]


The historian Heboric mentioned Gothos' Folly's discussion of the Tiste. It said there were three Tiste peoples who came to the Malazan world from another realm. The work only mentioned two by name, the Tiste Andii and the Tiste Edur. The Edur were a grey-skinned people resulting from the unwelcome union of Mother Dark with the Light. The union was looked down upon by the Andii as "a degradation of pure Dark, and the source of all their subsequent ills."[5]

K'Chain Che'MalleEdit

Gothos' Folly's attributed the construction of a vast plaza on Stratem to the K'Chain Che'Malle, an Elder Race he claimed was extinct before the rise of the Jaghut, the T'lan Imass, and the Forkrul Assail.[6] The scrolls also whispered of the short-tailed K'Chain Nah'ruk who waged war on their long-tailed kin with sorcery enfused mechanisms such as Skykeeps. One such skykeep was Moon's Spawn, which the scrolls theorised had drifted north to be entrapped by Jaghut ice until rediscovered by Anomander Rake.[7]

Notes and referencesEdit

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