Keruli was a trader. He was described as a short man who wore a shimmering black silk cloak with a grey belt and "a strange, close-fitting cap covered his hairless pate, its style reminiscent of that worn by figures found among Darujhistan's oldest sculptures and in equally ancient tapestries". His unmemorable round face was strangely unlined and portrayed an expression of calm equanimity. His voice commanded respect, and though it was soft, was perfectly modulated. His eyes were described sometimes as dark and uncanny, and other times pale.
Keruli claimed to possess the skills to slip past the cordon of a besieging army. Gruntle alternately thought him to be a mage or priest. He seemed to have an endless supply of coin while being unfamiliar with the price of hiring caravan guards.
Keruli hired Gruntle, Harllo, and Stonny Menackis as guards along the trader route from Darujhistan to Capustan. Gruntle soon suspected that Keruli was not just the simple merchant he claimed to be. When they arrived in Saltoan, Keruli informed Gruntle that a meeting with the true rulers of the city, the hold-masters and mistresses (local crime lords), had been arranged who had asked for help against the influence of the Pannion Seer. At the meeting Keruli told them to expel the Pannion Priests by means of rumours and counter-intelligence.
When they met Hetan, Cafal, and Netok on the road, Keruli invited the three White Face Barghast to accompany them to Capustan. He assured Gruntle that they would arrive well before the start of the siege but that in the case of the siege having already started, he, Keruli had the means to take himself through the cordon into the city unaided.
Keruli advised on a temporary alliance with the necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach when the groups were threatened by unknown enemies in the area. They eventually came under attack by the creatures, who turned out to be K'Chain Che'Malle. The K'Chain were defeated with the unexpected help of T'lan Ay. Itkovian, with his Grey Swords and T'lan Imass allies, arrived and found the necromancers alive and well, and most of the others in an unnatural protective sleep. When Gruntle came to his senses in Capustan, Stonny told him that Harllo and Netok died in the attack and Gruntle, upon seing Keruli, severed their association with him. Stonny later told Gruntle that it had in fact been Keruli who had saved their lives by putting them into a dream state causing the K'Chain to think them dead.
When Keruli met Kallor, the latter recognised him as K'rul and Keruli conceded that he was a 'limited manifestation' of the Elder God. He apologised to Gruntle for not having been able to save Harllo due to the limitations.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Dramatis Personae
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Memories of Ice, Chapter 6
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 14
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.47
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.250-253
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.258-260
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.276-280
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.329-334, 345/346
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 10, UK MMPB p.435/436
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, UK MMPB p.558/559
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, UK MMPB p.570
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, UK MMPB p.578/579
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.848/849