K'Chain Nah'ruk by genesischant

Interpretation of a K'Chain Nah'ruk by genesischant

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.[1] 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.[1] This resulted in a sorcerous civil war between the two breeds. In addition to internal struggle, a massive Tiste invasion occurred,[2] evidently destroying their race, along with the Che'Malle.

The K'Chain Nah'ruk were noted for their binding of sorcery with mechanical devices. The most well known of their inventions were their massive, floating Skykeeps such as Moon's Spawn.[3]


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.[1]

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.[4]

In Memories of IceEdit

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.[1]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Quick Ben and Kalam Mekhar sighted a group of over a dozen Skykeeps in the Imperial Warren.[5][6][7] 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.[8] Its corpse was later carefully autopsied by Samar Dev (see "Anatomy" above for her observations and tentative conclusions).[9]

In Dust of Dreams Edit

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.

In The Crippled God Edit

It was revealed that the Forkrul Assail in Kolanse had sent the K'Chain Nah'ruk to wipe out the last of the K'Chain Che'Malle.

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