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Pin-Up Hetan Interpretation by Corporal Nobbs

Hetan was the daughter of Humbrall Taur,[2] of the Senan clan and warchief of the White Face Barghast. She had nine siblings.[3] Two of her brothers were Cafal and Netok. Her father was fiercely intelligent, a trait said to be passed on to his daughter.[3]

The dark-eyed and muscled Hetan smeared her face with white paint, giving it a skull-like appearance. Her shoulder length hair was braided, stained red with ochre, and knotted with bone fethishes. She wore a hauberk and gauntlets threaded with holed copper and silver coins of unfamiliar mintage. She and her brothers carried a mix of weapons, including lances, throwing axes, fighting axes, hook-bladed swords, and assorted knives and daggers.[4]

When we first met Hetan, she had not chosen a mate and seemed to have no interest in settling with any one man. Her sexual appetite was described as quite voracious and her habits, quite ferocious.

In Memories of IceEdit

Hetan and her two brothers traveled to the Vision Plain to investigate rumours of demons stalking the wildlands. On the trader road between Saltoan and Capustan they met Gruntle, Stonny Menackis, and Harllo as they escorted the merchant Keruli. The trio joined the caravan and the lusty Hetan bedded Gruntle and Harllo on successive nights.[5] Along the road they discovered Bauchelain and Korbal Broach had broken into a Barghast barrow and enslaved a Rhivi spirit. Gruntle had to restrain an enraged Hetan and her brothers by pointing out that attacking the necromancers at that time would be a fatal mistake.[5]

Before the caravan reached Capustan, the demons struck. In actuality, they were six undead K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell Hunters. Hetan, Cafal, and Netok roped themselves together with a cord festooned with fetishes. As the hunters attacked, the trio invoked the sorcery granted by the Barghast bone circle.[5] Hetan and Cafal survived the attack, but Netok did not.[6]

Once at Capustan, Hetan and Cafal revealed the primary reason their father had sent them out of the mountains. They petitioned the Mask Council to demand the return of the bones of their ancestors. The barrows of the Founding Families, whose spirits were now worshipped by the Barghast, had been destroyed by the city's founders. Whoever freed the mortal remains of the Barghast spirit-gods could potentially unite the fractious clans under one rule, a role sought by their father. Facing certain extinction at the hands of the Pannion Domin, the Mask Council finally relented.[3]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Hetan.

In Dust of Dreams Edit

Toolan family by Dejan Delic

Toolan Family by Dejan Delic

Hetan eventually found a mate in Onos T'oolan. She had three children. Identical twin girls, Stavi and Storii, whose father was Kruppe, and one son Absi with Onos T'oolan.

After Onos committed suicide in order to spare his people, Hetan, as his wife, suffered the greatest indignity and was hobbled by the removal of her toes and then used by any man who saw fit to do so.[7] She later died during an escape attempt arranged by Bakal and Estaral.[8]

In The Crippled God Edit

Toc the Younger found her body, resurrected her and reunited her with her husband and children though she remarked she had "someone else's toes."[9]
Significant plot details end here.

Author's commentsEdit

In answer to a reader's question, Steven Erikson explained why he resurrected Hetan and that ultimately it boiled down to "because she, Toc, Tool, and all of you deserved it". For his full response read his answer to question 1 in the Tor Q&A session[10]


Hetan: "I enjoy killing and riding men and little else."
Harllo: "I am named Harllo and I am delighted to make your acquaintance, Hetan."
Stonny: "You can kill him any time you like."
―Hetan meets Harllo and Stonny[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named :MI11
  2. Memories of Ice, Dramatis Personae
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Memories of Ice, Chapter 10
  4. Memories of Ice, Chapter 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Memories of Ice, Chapter 6
  6. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7
  7. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 15
  8. Dust of Dreams, Chapter 17
  9. The Crippled God, Chapter 23
  10. Steven Erikson (2014) Ask Steven Erikson Your Crippled God Questions!, Tor Blogs, Macmillan, Accessed: 16-12-2014, Available: <>, see Steven Erikson's answer to question 1
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