The Jheck were a tribe of strange, white fur-shrouded killers who wielded jagged blades made of black iron. The Jheck were also called 'night hunters' by the Tiste Edur Arapay tribe which lived nearby. These 'night hunters' often collected various body parts of their prey/enemies - sometimes leaving mere torsos behind. None of the Jheck had ever been captured and they always took away their dead. The name 'Jheck' meant, roughly, "standing wolves".[1]

The Jheck were to be found in the ice wastes in the north of the Lether continent,[2] and also in the southern icefields of Korel. They once lived on what later became known as Akrynnai lands.

In large numbers they could be led by a War Chief who deferred to a group of Elders in all things but the lay of battle.[3] A council of chiefs known as the "Guth-Ull" were responsible for dispensing justice.[4]

Notable Jheck Edit

In Midnight TidesEdit

The long dark night of Trull Sengar by PLUGO

Trull, fighting off the Jheck by PLUGO

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

A group of Jheck hunted the four Sengar brothers during their mission to recover a sword for Hannan Mosag.[6] The Jheck managed to separate Trull Sengar from his brothers, harrying and attacking him while he suffered increasingly from injuries and severe cold exposure. The Jheck were unable, however, to kill Trull.[7]

In time, the Sengar brothers realized that the Jheck were Soletaken, whose veered form were very large wolves.[8]

Later, thousands of Jheck, led by B'nagga, joined the Tiste Edur as allies under Rhulad Sengar's overall leadership in the Edur war with the Letherii Empire.[9]

The Jheck, according to Turudal Brizad, were the result of a ritual run wild, attempted under the rule of Dessimbelackis of the Human First Empire. The Jheck were, with effort, driven away into the ice wastes by surviving First Empire colonists.[10]

The Jheck had their own secret agenda in the conquering of the Letherii Empire and in their temporary alliance with the Tiste Edur. In Letheras awaited their god, The Pack, whose freedom they hoped could lead to an empire of Soletaken.[11]

Significant plot details end here.

In Stonewielder Edit

Blues, Fingers, Lazar and Shell were pursued by The Chase, the premiere Jheck war party, across the crevasses of the Great Northern Agal between Korel and Stratem. The Crimson Guardsmen had unknowingly trespassed on Jheck land and hunted Jheck caribou. An agreement was reached between the Guard and the Jheck but not before a murderous disagreement broke out among the members of the Chase.[12]

In Blood FollowsEdit

A Jheck horde led by their War Chief conquered Stygg in northern Korel in a day. King Seljure of nearby city, Lamentable Moll, dithered weakly about counter-attacking. Moll was likely saved when the horde stupidly burned the Stygg galleys in their harbours and thus were unable to cross the channel to attack.[13]

In Forge of Darkness Edit

The Jaghut historian, Varandas, recorded that the Jheck shared common ancestors with the Jheleck. A long ago civil war resulted in two different peoples and cultures.[14]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Midnight Tides, Chapter 8, US TPB p.199-200
  2. Midnight Tides, Glossary, US TPB p.622
  3. Blood Follows, Section 4
  4. Stonewielder, Chapter 3, UK TPB p.141
  5. Midnight Tides, Chapter 15, US TPB p.374
  6. Midnight Tides, Chapter 8, US TPB p.206-207
  7. Midnight Tides, Chapter 8, US TPB p.213-216
  8. Midnight Tides, Chapter 9, US TPB p.232
  9. Midnight Tides, Chapter 15, US TPB p.372-374
  10. Midnight Tides, Chapter 20, US TPB p.486-487
  11. Midnight Tides, Chapter 24, US TPB p.560
  12. Stonewielder, Chapter 3, UK TPB p.137-141
  13. Blood Follows, Section 4
  14. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 3, UK HC p.59
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