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Kilava Onass was a renegade Bonecaster[1] of the Tarad clan of the Logros T'lan Imass, a Soletaken, and the sister of Onos T'oolan. She had served clan chieftain Kig Aven in the heart of the First Empire, but had refused to participate in the Ritual of Tellann, and so did not share the state of undeath like the rest of her people.[2][3] She was a short woman with long, black hair, a wide face, thick broad cheekbones and an "almost brutal brow ridge".[4][5]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

While on their mission to free Raest, Tool told Adjunct Lorn that Kilava had been lost to the Logros clan since long before they had been awakened by Emperor Kellanved.[6]

In Memories of IceEdit

Almost 300,000 years before Burn's Sleep and shortly after the death of her own child, Kilava attempted to save two Jaghut children from the death at the hands of Kron Imass Bonecaster Pran Chole by making a deal with their mother.[7] To hide them, she placed their bodies inside the torn Warren at Morn, mistaking the gate leading to it for a gate to Omtose Phellack and safety. She was confronted there by a horrified Pran Chole who informed her she had inadvertently freed the K'Chain Che'Malle matron held captive within, and condemned the children to eternal torment. He challenged her to take their place, but she declined.[8]

Pran Chole also invited her to the First Gathering for the Ritual of Tellann, but she declined this as well. Then he recognised her as the Defier who had slaughtered her clan. Kilava claimed this act freed herself and her brother Tool, and was one she celebrated and he cursed.[9]

Toc the Younger saw Kilava in a dream, appearing as a black panther which sembled into a living Imass woman.[10] Later, when he was awake, the shoulder-high panther appeared and sembled into Kilava. She visited with Toc, Baaljagg, and her brother, Tool.[11]

Kilava: "Hello, brother."
Tool: "Sister."
Kilava: "You’ve not aged well."
―Kilava visiting with Onos T'oolan[src]

In House of ChainsEdit

Onrack T'emlava reminisced about Kilava. A short time before the Imass had invoked the Ritual of Tellann, he had captured an image of her on a cave wall, an act which was considered a great crime, as depictions of people were forbidden among the Imass. Onrack had been condemned to be banished for his deed and put in solitary confinement awaiting his expulsion from the clan. These events coincided with all the Imass being called to take part in the Ritual. Kilava on the night before the ritual killed her own kin apart from her brother Onos T'oolan. Kilava then disappeared, defying the call of the Ritual.[12]

Onrack now thought that by painting her likeness in a sacred cave he had made her immortal. He told Trull Sengar that he felt that the death which followed and her leaving their clan was possible all the result of his deed.[13]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

Ryadd Eleis mentioned her as the person who had convinced a small number of Imass to defy the calls for the ritual. These Imass then came to live in the Refugium.

Kilava commanded the Barghast armies after Tool realized that his friend Anaster Toc had died, and broke down in tears. Later, Kilava was reunited with Onrack and Ulshun Pral in the Refugium. Here, she participated in the fight with Silchas Ruin, although she did not actively attack; instead, she warned him that she would not hesitate to kill him if he injured her son, and remarked that the only reason why the Tiste Andii was still alive was because Onrack had survived the fight.[14]

In the aftermath of the clash, Kilava revealed to Onrack that it had been her indeed, who shared a night with him in his cell after his crime millennia ago and that whilst others considered his act forbidden and horrendous, she thought of it as a gift, as it gave her their son Ulshun Pral.[14]

In The Crippled God Edit

She was the lady Gruntle was having dreams about. Later, Kilava fought Gruntle at the gate to Starvald Demelain in a savage battle and emerged barely victorious and heavily injured, awed by the Mortal Sword's power and determination.

In AssailEdit

Kilava appeared in Assail to warn the mixed human-Jaghut blood natives there of the murderous rampage of the Kerluhm T'lan Imass. She kept in contact with Silverfox, who pursued the rogue Imass, but always radiated disapproval.[15]

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

Once the Kerluhm were pacified in the Salt Mountains, Kilava convinced Silverfox to fulfill her duty to the Crimson Guard, who were also present. It was revealed that Kilava had been present at the vow that created the Crimson Guard because it had drawn on the same power of Tellann that had created the T'lan Imass. The Guard were, in essence, a tribe of T'lan Imass. Silverfox welcomed them. It was also revealed that Kilava had a familiar relationship with Fisher kel Tath."[16]

Significant plot details end here.

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