The K'Chain Nah'ruk were a shorter-tailed breed of K'Chain Che'Malle that existed long before even the Jaghut, and eventually went extinct. For unknown reasons, the K'Chain Che'Malle Matrons successfully resurrected the "Short-Tails" (as dubbed by Kallorian scholars) in an engineered experiment. However they would not submit to the control of the long-tailed Matrons due to their independent nature. This resulted in a sorcerous civil war between the two breeds. In addition to internal struggle, a massive Tiste invasion occurred, evidently destroying their race, along with the Che'Malle.
The K'Chain Nah'ruk had short, stubby tails that better suited them to standing upright. Consequently, they were not as swift as their longer tailed brethren.
During a careful autopsy by Samar Dev of the remains of a K'Chain Nah'ruk that had been recently killed, she discovered: that its brain was significantly larger than that of humans, with six more lobes (which Samar Dev thought implied intelligence), positioned beneath heavy ridged projections out to the sides, including two extra vessel-packed masses connected by tissue to the eyes (which Samar Dev thought suggested that the K'Chain Nah'ruk saw a different world, a more complete one, perhaps); that its eyes had two lenses, one concave, the other convex; that its body apparently required oversized arteries and veins to provide blood circulation to and from its brain; that it had four lungs and two proto-lungs attached beneath them; and that it had three stomachs, with digestive acids in them corrosive enough to dissolve iron. Samar Dev even found mechanical 'worms' (the length of an index finger) in its stomachs, made of some metal which was impervious to the acids - mechanisms which served some unknown purpose, but were surely (Samar Dev felt) to the creature's benefit.
Upon finding the corpses of several of the Pannion Seer's undead K'ell Hunters, Kallor took it upon himself to instruct his allies regarding the K'Chain Che'Malle. He described the history of the "Short-Tails" and how their civil war had driven one of the Matrons to shortsightedly create the Rent at Morn in an attempt to defeat them.
Quick Ben and Kalam Mekhar sighted a group of over a dozen Skykeeps in the Imperial Warren. In Moraval Keep, just outside of the city of Ugarat in Seven Cities, Karsa Orlong found a lone K'Chain Nah'ruk which he killed after a prolonged fight. Its corpse was later carefully autopsied by Samar Dev (see "Anatomy" above for her observations and tentative conclusions).
An army of K'Chain Nah'ruk crossed the path of the Bonehunters and Letherii Army as they were traveling through Kolanse and engaged the humans. The K'Chain Nah'ruk lost well over three legions to Quick Ben and the Malazan marines and heavies, but decimated the army. Because their intended foe was the K'Chain Che'Malle, the K'Chain Nah'ruk army did not pursue the decimated army after they disengaged.
The K'Chain Che'Malle army of Acyl Nest led by Gesler and Stormy then engaged the Nah'ruk force. The Nah'ruk opened a gate to bring their Skykeeps into the battle. These were challenged by Acyl's Ampelas Uprooted and later Icarium's Kalse Uprooted. Icarium and Feather Witch used the Errant's eye to seal the gate with an Azath House, trapping most of the Nah'ruk in the Warren to starve. Sinn and Grub channeled the power provided by the new Warrens to destroy the skykeeps left behind while the Che'Malle slaughtered the remaining ground forces.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Memories of Ice, Chapter 15 (Testimony of Kallor)
- ↑ Midnight Tides, Prologue
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.783-784
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, US HC p.154
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 3, US HC p.122
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, US HC p.159-160/169
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, US HC p.211-213
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 3, US HC p.106-108/109-110
- ↑ The Bonehunters, Chapter 5, US HC p.153-154
|Founding Races||Forkrul Assail (WateredH → ShrivenH) • K'Chain Che'Malle (K'Chain Nah'ruk) • Jaghut (IcebloodsH • JhagN) • Eres → Imass (T'lan Imass) → [ Barghast • Humans • Moranth ]|
|Thel Races||Thel Akai (Fenn / Tarthenal / Teblor / Thelomen Toblakai / TrellN)|
|Tiste Races||Tiste → [ Tiste Andii (Bluerose) • Tiste Liosan • Tiste Edur (Rulhun'tal ven'or) • ShakeH ]|
|Demons||From Aral Gamelon: Galayn • Kenryll'ah / Kenyll'rah • Korvalahrai From Kurald Emurlahn: Aptorian • Artorallah • Azalan • Dinal Others: Khalibaral • Sirinth • Venath|
|Other Races||Azathanai • Deragoth • Eleint • Great Ravens • Jheck • Stormriders • T'rolbarahl|
|( ) = Sub-set of parent race → = Evolved into H = Human hybrid with parent race N = Non-human hybrid|