Grub was the adopted name of an orphan boy adopted by Captain Keneb from among the survivors of the Chain of Dogs. He was placed in Keneb's care by another survivor, Duiker, the Imperial Historian, and raised by Keneb in the company of the Bonehunters.
Grub was unaccountably attuned to the mystical aspects of the world, though he had not been trained as a mage. Sinn was frequently found accompanying him. He was also accompanied by the Hengese lap dog, Roach, and Wickan cattle-dog, Bent.
Sinn, whom many assumed to be either mute or dumb, did speak to Grub, however, normally only when out of earshot of others.
According to the Epigraph for Chapter 19 in House of Chains, Grub later became the First Sword of the Late Empire period.
- "It was said the captain's adopted child - who at that time was known by the unfortunate name of Grub - refused the wagon on the march. That he walked the entire way, even as, in the first week beneath the year's hottest sun, fit and hale soldiers stumbled and fell.
This is perhaps invention, for by all accounts he was at that time no more than five years of age. And the captain himself, from whose journals much of that journey and the clash in which it culminated is related in detail, writes very little of Grub, more concerned as he was with the rigours of command. As a result, of the future First Sword of the Late Empire period, scant details, beyond the legendary and probably fictitious, are known."
- ―Lives of the Three
A few days after the 14th Army had been resupplied with troops, Grub gave Keneb some of his cryptic answers, amongst them saying that 'she is our last hope' but not naming 'she'.
Keneb thought of Grub's comments as a 'disordered host of peculiar observations'. Amongst those observations, Grub seemed to hint at glory or maybe infamy to come for Temul, in whose company the boy was often found.
After the fall of Y'Ghatan, Grub again gave Keneb cryptic clues, seemingly displaying knowledge of the soldiers tunneling beneath the city as well as other things to come.
Grub told Keneb to delay the boarding of the ships by one day as otherwise they would all die two days after leaving the Sepik Island. Amongst other things, Grub also said that he found a bone whistle and would keep it for him who would want it back. Keneb admitted to Tavore that he caused the delay on Grub's advice just as the survivors who tunneled their way out of Y'Ghatan arrived down the road.
Grub appeared towards the end, during the clash in Malaz City, to inform Lostara that she was needed. He led her to Pearl who was by then suffering a long drawn-out death, and persuaded her to kill him out of mercy, whilst at the same time, judiciously not telling her who killed Pearl, so that she would not seek revenge. Grub then led her to watch as the Eres'al left the body of the dead T'amber, telling Lostara that she must never tell Tavore about this and agreeing that this and the secret about Tavore's sister were the only ones which she had to keep. He then asked her to join the Bonehunters and help Tavore.
He and Sinn followed Bent and Roach into the dying Azath Tower in Letheras and disappeared into a Warren for a time, only to reappear at a crucial point in the battle between the K'Chain Nah'ruk and the K'Chain Che'Malle. Their intervention turned the battle in favour of the K'Chain Che'Malle.
Whilst riding with the K'Chain Che'Malle towards the Bonehunters, Grub asked Sinn to reach out with her mind to the Adjunct. Sinn told him that the barrier of the Otataral sword would not let 'them' in. This seemed to indicate that at this point Grub was able to use magic intentionally. He finally parted company with Sinn and ultimately took command of the Letherii troops in battle against the Kolansii.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ House of Chains, Dramatis Personae
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 House of Chains, Chapter 8, SFBC p.317
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.122
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.239/240
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.288
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 8, UK MMPB p.389
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.419
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.777/778
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 16, UK MMPB p.815
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.1136/1137/
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.1159
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.1160/1161
- ↑ The Crippled God, Chapter 3, UK HC p.72