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K'rul was an Elder God[4] of the Malazan world, also called the Maker of Paths.[5] Long before humans had erected stone settlements, he had been worshipped by hunters with sacrifices of 'blood and split bones'. But at the time of Gardens of the Moon he had few, if any, followers.[6] His aspect was the Obelisk.[7]

K'rul first appeared hooded and was described as having long, sinuous fingers.[8] He dressed in rags, was of average height, and had blunt and unprepossessing features.[9]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

K'rul found himself summoned to Darujhistan, when the blood of Talo Krafar was spilled on ground that had once been sanctified in K'rul's name.[10]

Thereafter, K'rul appeared multiple times within the dreams of Kruppe. During their first meeting, he told Kruppe that the Elder God was there to await someone he had known a long time ago being awakened, and tasked Kruppe with finding the Awakeners, a T'lan Imass and a woman.[11]

At their second meeting, K'rul used Kruppe's dreams to bring together Kruppe, Pran Chole, and the Mhybe to foster the birth of Silverfox. K'rul offered advice to Kruppe on handling the powerful forces converging on Darujhistan as recompense for the use of his dream. He also sadly informed Pran Chole, who was of another age and still mortal in the dream, of the millennia long trials that awaited him.[12]

K'rul later used another of Kruppe's dreams to confront the Jaghut Tyrant, Raest outside of Darujhistan. He told Raest that they were both creatures of the past. Recognising him, Raest called K'rul's presence impossible, declaring that the Elder God had long since passed into the Realms of Chaos, the place of his birth. K'rul offered to take Raest with him to the Gate of Chaos, but was rebuffed.[13]

During the Gedderone Fête, K'rul discovered Anomander Rake using his temple's belfry as a lookout point over the city. The ancient pair commiserated over feeling lost in the world and K'rul admitted he could only manifest his presence within the Darujhistan temple and within the dreams of Kruppe.[14]

In Memories of IceEdit

See also: Keruli

JacurukuEdit

In the Prologue, 119,736 years before Burn's Sleep (three years after the Fall of the Crippled God), K'rul walked through the destruction on Korel before traveling to nearby Jacuruku. There, for the first time in millennia, he met up with the two Elder Gods, Draconus and the Sister of Cold Nights, who referred to each other as brothers and sister.[15]

The trio planned to liberate the people of Jacuruku from their cruel tyrant Kallor after the destruction wrought by the fall of the Crippled God. But Kallor had prepared for their arrival by spitefully incinerating the continent and killing his seven million citizens. The shocked Elder Gods cursed the High King to live forever and never Ascend, and yet still suffer the ravages of time. At the same time, Kallor used the power of his subjects' deaths to curse each of his accusers in turn. Kallor's curse upon K'rul was that "you shall fade from the world, you shall be forgotten".[16]

Afterwards, Draconus told the others of the sword he was forging. A surprised K'rul counseled him to "make alterations in the final shaping" in light of Kallor's curse. K'rul then created a new Warren into which the three gods swept the ruins of the High King's empire. K'rul was left forever broken and diminished by the process, sensing the twilight of his worship and the fulfillment of Kallor's curse. The loss pained him less than he imagined.[17]

The Pannion WarEdit

Back to the current time of 1164 BS, K'rul proved to be one of the primary forces moving against the Crippled God, whose goals frightened him. He had been one of many who had participated in the God's Chaining.[18] Awakened in Darujhistan after thousands of years of slumber,[19] he had learned compassion from the dreams of Kruppe[20] and gathered allies against the Crippled God and moved them like pieces on a chessboard. It was K'rul who found Fanderay after she was terribly damaged by the Crippled God's Fall and paired her soul with Baaljagg, the last living ay he had saved from extinction.[21] It was K'rul who restored Treach's memories and sanity after centuries of madness, and while the great tiger was dying, put him on the path to take the fallen Fener's place rather than journey to Hood's gates.[22][23][24] It was K'rul who gathered Lady Envy, Baaljagg, Garath, Onos T'oolan, Toc the Younger, and the Seguleh, Mok, Thurule, and Senu. He sent them after the Pannion Seer as the Crippled God's servant expanded his Pannion Domin and spread pain and suffering across eastern Genabackis. By doing so, K'rul sought to relieve some of the military pressure off the Malazan forces at Capustan and sent Toc into the Seer's embrace to release his "children".[25]

K'rul also sent the merchant/priest Keruli from Darujhistan to counsel the human leaders who stood in the Pannion Domin's path. Keruli hired Gruntle to guide him to Saltoan where he advised the city's criminal hold-masters on methods of countering Pannion proselytizing.[26] During the Pannion Siege of Capustan, he forced his way onto the city's governing Mask Council as Rath'K'rul and crafted a protective magical shell around the Thrall.[27] He also provided Buke with a potion that allowed the caravan guard to become a Soletaken to thwart the plans of the necromancers, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach.[28]

After the siege was lifted by the forces of Malazan High Fist Dujek Onearm, Caladan Brood, and Humbrall Taur, Keruli joined the parley of alliance leaders. There, Kallor recognised Keruli as his old foe, K'rul. K'rul conceded that Keruli was indeed 'a limited manifestation' of himself.[29] Kallor had also earlier met Silverfox and pondered if K'rul had been aware when he helped in her birth, that the Sister of Cold Nights was the true identity of Nightchill, one of the souls in Silverfox.[30] At the same parley, Itkovian spied Keruli and Quick Ben sharing a mysterious nonverbal communication. The Bridgeburner mage shrugged in response to K'rul's intent stare causing the Elder God to audibly sigh.[31]

As the alliance worked to finish off the Seer at the Battle of Black Coral, K'rul remained in Capustan. At Hood's temple, he tended to the dying Mhybe and helped transition her spirit to the sanctuary dreamworld in Tellann he had helped Silverfox fashion.[32]

During the course of the book, it was revealed that the Warrens ran through K'rul's flesh. Any mage traveling through the Warrens was traveling through the arteries and veins of K'rul.[33] The power of the Warrens was his blood.[34] The twin chambers of the heart were Kurald Galain and Starvald Demelain.[35] Only a handful of entities knew the truth about the Warrens, amongst them Anomander Rake, Draconus, Osric and Envy.[36] The Crippled God's infection of the Warrens was slowly poisoning the Elder God.[37]

"...when we draw upon the power of the warrens, we draw your very blood."
―Lady Envy[src]

In Orb Sceptre Throne Edit

K'rul was now described as female. She made a brief appearance in a very limited form, her influence, according to Fisher, limited to the four walls of K'rul's Bar since she was under assault everywhere. During that appearance, she was described as hunched and cloaked with thin silver hair, a deeply tanned and weathered face, and deep black glittering eyes.[38] Despite this limited manifestation, she willed the shade Hinter away, forcing Aman and Baruk to re-think their strategy and ultimately forcing them to withdraw. She did this because she hadn't given them permission to enter her temple. When Aman questioned her regarding her withdrawal and that this place hadn't been hers for a long time, she replied that blood had been shed here, and she was now here.[39]

In Forge of DarknessEdit

The Azathanai, Grizzin Farl, told Caladan Brood that K'rul had "begotten a child and the earth itself holds the memory of its birth-cry." When he asked Caladan if he would drink of K'rul's blood, Caladan responded that there was no need for that. The child was born and would soon beget many others.[40] The rogue Azathanai, Errastas, complained that "K'rul would simply give power away, freely, to any who might want it. By this, he undermines its value. He dislodges the proper order of things." Errastas planned to best K'rul by empowering Mother Dark and setting her against K'rul's new Warrens. Distracted, K'rul would not see Errastas' intentions until it was too late.[41]

At the birth of the Gate of Kurald Galain, Grizzin Farl warned Mother Dark: We have all had a hand in this...but most of all, this belongs to K'rul, who answered worship with generosity. Who, assailed by prayers written in spilled blood, gave answer to them. But the power he surrendered was not intended only for those who worshipped him. He has given it freely, to everyone. By this, new sorceries are born, Mother Dark. By this, the forces in opposition are given names, and aspects. They are given realms of influence. ―Grizzin Farl • Forge of Darkness, Chapter 20

HistoryEdit

K'rul and his siblings decided to end the reign of the human king, Kallor, because of his barbaric practices and the bringing of the Crippled God to the world. Together they cursed Kallor to live forever and never ascend while still suffering the ravages of time. At the same time, Kallor cursed K'rul to "fade away from public eye" using the power of hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the collapse of his empire.

QuotesEdit

"...the Child Gods have made a grave error. After all, I will lose a battle. But I will not die. Play on, mortal. Every god falls at a mortal's hand. Such is the only end to immortality."
―K'rul[src]
"If all existence is a dialogue, how is it there is still so much left unsaid?"
―K'rul[src]

SpeculationEdit

His/her gender has been a subject of speculation, since he was a male in Memories of Ice, and a female in Orb Sceptre Throne. However, in response to a question, author Ian C. Esslemont said that being an Azathanai, he/she/it could shift its own gender. Please refer to this external link for a detailed answer.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Memories of Ice, Chapter 3, UK MMPB p.127
  2. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 22
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 22
  4. Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.706
  5. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.xvi
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.221/222
  7. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 22, UK MMPB p.635
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.221
  9. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  10. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.222
  11. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.222
  12. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 11, US HC p.252-256
  13. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 22, US HC p.441-444
  14. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 23, US HC p.467
  15. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  16. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  17. Memories of Ice, Prologue
  18. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.276
  19. Memories of Ice, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.233
  20. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.270-271
  21. Memories of Ice, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.787-788
  22. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.264-268
  23. Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.570
  24. Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.632
  25. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.270-271/275
  26. Memories of Ice, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.211-214
  27. Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.476-477
  28. Memories of Ice, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.371-372
  29. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.848/849
  30. Memories of Ice, Chapter 3, UK MMPB p.127
  31. Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, US SFBC p.720
  32. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, UK MMPB p.1067/1068
  33. Memories of Ice‎, Chapter 7
  34. Memories of Ice‎, Chapter 7
  35. Memories of Ice‎, Chapter 7
  36. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.327
  37. Memories of Ice, Chapter 13, US SFBC p.438
  38. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 11
  39. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter 11
  40. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 8, UK HC p.225
  41. Forge of Darkness, Chapter 8, UK HC p.227
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