Captain Kindly originally led the 2nd Company in the Ashok Regiment.[1] He was renowned for his harsh manner with his troops and known as the "meanest officer in the entire Malazan military". Although known for being strict, events showed him on several occasions to be acting thus for the benefit of those in his care, for example ordering a kit inspection to take soldiers mind off horrors witnessed.[2] He was described as a man with very little hair left, though he had a passion for his collection of combs.

In House of Chains Edit

He was the commander of the garrison in Silver Lake when Karsa Orlong, Bairoth Gild, and Delum Thord attacked the town.

Later, he and his men escorted Karsa and Torvald Nom as far as the port of Tanys where they took a different ship across the Malyn Sea.

He and his command were then presumably posted in Seven Cities, where he and his men were holed up in the cliff-side fortress of B'ridys. There Kindly and his Lieutenant Pores fell down a well. They were presumed drowned but actually managed to escape the creature at the bottom of the well only to later be captured and imprisoned in Raraku by Korbolo Dom's Dogslayers.

He and Pores were freed by ghosts of the Bridgeburners on the eve of the confrontation between Sha'ik and Adjunct Tavore. They were then found by Tene Baralta and his men and brought to the Malazan camp.

Later he became a captain in the Bonehunters.

In The Bonehunters Edit

In The Crippled GodEdit

After the battle with the K'Chain Nah'ruk, he was promoted to Fist.[3] As Fist, he refused Berrach's request to join the Bonehunters, trying to shame him back to the Khundryl Burned Tears instead.

History Edit

Kindly had served with one of the Malazan armies during the campaigns in Nathilog. Rythe Bude, who later became a Fist under Dujek, served under him.[4]


It is likely that Kindly's first name was Arbin. Keneb and Blistig refer to a Fist Arbin when they are holed up in a tavern to avoid the repercussions of Fiddler's reading of the Deck of Dragons.[5]

He had a very unsavory reputation with tales about his (in)famous temper rampant among the Malazans. It was said that he had once dangled a Malazan-allied Falah'd over the edge of the Falah'd's own Palace's tower balcony because the colours of his attire were mismatched.

Notes and referencesEdit

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