Hellian was a sergeant of the city guard in the Septarch District of the city of Kartool.[1] She harboured a deep and abiding phobia about spiders and as there were plenty of them in Kartool, maintained a more or less permanent state of inebriation to avoid going into hysterics over them. Upon first meeting her, Banaschar inferred to her that the lack of sobriety was probably the reason she had not been promoted to the vacant rank of captain in her district.[2]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Hellian by Corporal Nobbs

'The terrible, terrible dawn' - Interpretation of Hellian by Corporal Nobbs

Hellian was called by Banaschar to investigate trouble at the Grand Temple of D'rek in Kartool. Upon breaking down the doors, they found everyone inside slaughtered. Banaschar then disappeared, leaving Hellian to predict to her corporal, Urb, that they would be in trouble over this and be sent off to some trouble spot.[3]

Hellian was proved correct and found herself and the other witnesses transferred far away to the Malaz 14th Army,[4] via Malaz City, the transports at Nap and Unta. They joined up with the 14th when the army was resupplied with troops on the way to Y'Ghatan.[5][6] Her squad consisted of Urb, Brethless and Touchy.[7]

Cuttle commented that she never seemed so drunk she could not keep her eyes open and that she had a capable corporal [8]

Hellian was one of the group of soldiers who survived the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan by escaping through tunneling their way out from under the city.[9] As she would not go underground due to her fear of spiders, her corporal Urb, knocked her out and carried her into the tunnel.[10]

In Reaper's GaleEdit


Hellian and other Bonehunters occupying a bar during the invasion of Lether - Interpretation by Shadaan

Hellian by Coalhands

Hellian by Coalhands

Hellian became the object of Skulldeath's affection after drunkenly announcing that she was the "Queen of Kartool".[11]

Hellian's squad was one of those far ahead of the rest of the marines in the invasion of Lether. They went from village to village; slaughtering officials, moneylenders, and advocates to the approval of the locals and indebted, then staying in the tavern until it was dry, and moving to the next village. Over the course of the Malazan series, Hellian developed a reputation as a sergeant whose troops survived battle.


Hellian: "All right, get outa my tent so I can get decent."
Brethless: "You’re not in your tent, Sergeant, you’re in our latrine ditch."
Hellian: "That explains the smell."
Brethless: "None of us used it yet, Sergeant, seeing as how you were here."
Hellian: "Oh."
―Just another 'morning after' wake-up call for Sergeant Hellian[src]

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