Korbal Broach was a necromancer and the silent partner of Bauchelain.[2] The duo were known as the Nehemoth. He was a eunuch[3] and a Soletaken, able to shapeshift into the form of a crow.[4] Emancipor Reese acted as manservant to both.

Broach was a large, pale, bald man "as big as a half-blooded Trell" with an oversized round face and thick lips.[5][6] His face was both childlike and ineffably monstrous, his eyes buried in puffed flesh and his lips slightly downturned at the corners. Despite his imposing stature, he moved with a fluid grace.[7] He usually remained silent in the company of others, but when he did speak, his voice was unexpectedly high and reedy and he had a disturbing tendency to giggle to himself.[8] He wore full-length chain armor under a thick black cloak,[9] and wielded a hand-and-a-half sword.[10]

Possibly due to the fact that he was a eunuch, he was obsessed with "procreating", in his own way. He hunted at night and collected various organs and souls from his victims, piecing them together to form a patchwork "child", which he kept for the most part in a locked chest.

Broach was a personal enemy of Hood, the god of death, who Bauchelain claimed was "easily irritated."[11] His first solution to any problem was to kill all opponents and witnesses. Bauchelain was usually able to curb his more extreme instincts. The Bonecaster Pran Chole described him as insane, but a lesser threat than Bauchelain. He said Broach "plies the chaos on the edge of Hood's realm".[10]

He was immensely strong, able to carry heavy weights, and break iron in his bare hands.[12] He also possessed a sweet tooth.[13] He was said to heal quickly.[14]

In Blood FollowsEdit

Bauchelain and Korbal Broach travelled on the Mist Rider from Korel to Lamentable Moll. Broach then stalked the streets of Moll killing residents for the body parts and souls he needed to complete his "child" while Bauchelain engaged in his own research. Broach's methods were particularly gruesome and left behind traces of necromantic sorcery that brought him to the attention of Watch sergeant Guld and court magus Stul Ophan. At Fishmonger's Round, Broach was run to ground by Guld as he attempted to slay Princess Sharn. Only the intervention of the supernatural rat-hunters, Birklas Punth and Blather Roe, halted his killing spree. Both necromancers and manservant Reese left the city on the Suncurl.[15]

In The Lees of Laughter's EndEdit

Korbal Broach spent his time on the Suncurl flying as a crow in the ship's wake.[16] Interested in attaining shark cartilage for his experiments, he severed the ear of crewman Gust Hubb for use as bait on a fishing line.[17] When he learned of the lich rampaging on board the ship he released his patchwork homunculus from its warded trunk to flush the lich out.[18] Broach interrupted his search for the lich to investigate the six demonic statues in the ship's storeroom. The statues nearly beat him to a pulp before the timely intervention of Bauchelain and a god-thing from the sea resulted in the statues' removal.[19] Finally tracking the lich down, Broach killed it by tearing off its head.[20] By this time the Suncurl was severely damaged and its crew decimated. Broach used his homonculus as bait to hook a Dhenrabi so that it would tow the ship behind it.[21]

In The Wurms of BlearmouthEdit

Shortly after departing Laughter's End, the Suncurl was attacked by the Unreasoning Vengeance. Her crew of Chanters sought vengeance against Captain Sater for stealing the Toll's City treasury. Bauchelain and Broach helped defend the ship, but the Suncurl was ultimately wrecked on a reef off the coast of Spendrugle.[22] Broach flew to safety in crow form while Bauchelain dragged Reese from the surf.[23] On shore, Broach collected the drowned corpses of two of the Suncurl's three Brivs and dragged them up the road to town.[24]

Broach was confronted by Spendrugle's armed golem Grimled but Broach quickly destroyed him. Constable Hordilo Stinq came perilously close to death when he tried to arrest Broach before Bauchelain arrived and smoothed things over.[25] Stinq escorted the necromancers to Wurms Keep where an impatient Broach tore the handle off the keep's door and destroyed its guardian golem, Gorebelly. Nevertheless Fangatooth invited the pair of sorcerors to dinner and Broach set the now reanimated and sewn together Briv corpses as the door's new guardian.[26] During dinner conversation, Bauchelain chided their host for poisoning their food with yellow paralt. To show there were no hard feelings the necromancer offered to make cookies in the keep's kitchen.[27] Fangatooth attempted to flaunt his own poison resistance by accepting Bauchelain's offer, but the lord was not prepared for the demon that exploded out of his stomach. Broach was excited to get his own bowl of tasty cookie icing. He used his magic to heal the sailor Gust Hubb using various body parts he had on hand and afterwards accidentally destroyed the keep's last golem, Grinbone.[28] Broach then prepared a massive, black-lacquered carriage pulled by six black horses for their departure from Spendrugle.[29]

In Memories of Ice Edit

Three years after leaving Lamentable Moll,[10] Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and Reese traveled for the first time to Darujhistan on Genabackis. Arriving shortly after the events of Gardens of the Moon, the necromancers were introduced to the existence of the Malazan Empire and Moon's Spawn. They visited the new Finnest House in the city and Broach before heading along the caravan road towards Capustan.

While traveling, Bauchelain asked the well-respected caravan guard Gruntle to accompany him and Broach into the Jaghut tomb under the site where Raest was held until the Malazan forces freed him. When Gruntle refused, Broach offered to kill the guard, but Bauchelain did not wish it and apologized to Gruntle for his partner's "simple notions". Bauchelain also displayed interest in the Moon's Spawn and stated his regret at not being able to observe it closely, although both necromancers were wary of attracting the attention of its master. As Gruntle was leaving, Broach and his partner descended into the tomb.[30]

Bauchelain soon hired a caravan guard named Buke. Buke only took the job because he was convinced Korbal Broach was responsible for a series of murders in the city, and he sought justice.[31] Similar murders occurred later in Saltoan during the necromancers' stay there.[10]

While en route to Capustan, the necromancers broke into a Barghast barrow and enslaved the Rhivi spirit they found there. Then they were attacked by an undead K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell Hunter, who destroyed another of Korbal Broach's "children" before breaking off the attack. A later attack by six more hunters was only defeated by the combined efforts of the necromancers, Gruntle's caravan, and an army of T'lan Imass and T'lan Ay. Of the two caravans, only the necromancers escaped without severe injury.[10][32] Broach could barely contain his excitement at seeing the T'lan Imass up close and begged his partner to go speak with them. Evidently that first meeting did not go quite as well as expected as he was later seen being backhanded by Pran Chole.[33]

In The Healthy DeadEdit

Four years after leaving Lamentable Moll, Bauchelain, Korbal Broach, and Reese arrived on the outskirts of Quaint.[34] They were one step ahead of an army pursuing them after they burned down half of the last town they had visited.[35] Determined to keep a low profile they were nevertheless persuaded by Imid Factallo and Elas Sil to bring down the tyrannical health-based regime of King Macrotus for a large chest of gold and silver coins.[36]

Bauchelain and Broach raised the spirit of dead King Necrotus, and convinced him to join their uprising against his brother Macrotus.[37] Then Broach used the blood of Well Knight Storkul Purge to raise the city's dead en masse from their graves.[38] Bauchelain entered the now burning city and unmasked the Lady of Beneficence as the true villain behind the king's tyranny.[39]

In Crack'd Pot Trail Edit

Bauchelain, Broach, and Reese travelled the Cracked Pot Trail to reach Farrog, home of the Indifferent God. The two necromancers, deciding that the god had "reneged on the most precious covenant of all", had determined that its life was forfeit. As they made the final ferry crossing to the city they witnessed a peculiar accident as a carriage, in its haste to make the ferry, fell over three hundred feet to the river from the nearby cliffs.[40]

In StonewielderEdit

Hiam, Lord Protector of the Stormwall, and Wall Marshal Learthol discussed the unusual circumstance of a mage being allowed to practice his craft in the realm of Our Lady the Blessed Saviour. Learthol recalled stories of a pair of travelling sorcerers who had once received similar dispensation. Hiam dismissed the pair as "merely passing through" and "of no consequence."[41]

In Orb Sceptre ThroneEdit

Korbal Broach, along with Bauchelain, was seen in the remnants of the fallen Moon's Spawn Islands. They were seeking the Throne of Night, which was thought to be destroyed.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  2. Memories of Ice, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB
  3. Memories of Ice‎, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.333
  4. Blood Follows, Section 19
  5. Blood Follows, Section 8
  6. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 30
  7. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  8. Blood Follows, Section 8
  9. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 30
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Memories of Ice, Chapter 6
  11. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 20
  12. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Sections 5 and 12
  13. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 27
  14. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7
  15. Blood Follows, Section 20
  16. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 1
  17. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 4 and 6
  18. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 21
  19. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 40-41
  20. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 42
  21. The Lees of Laughter's End, Section 44
  22. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Sections 3 and 11
  23. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 3
  24. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 5
  25. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 6
  26. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Sections 12 and 39
  27. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 20
  28. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 40
  29. The Wurms of Blearmouth, Section 48
  30. Memories of Ice, Chapter 1
  31. Memories of Ice, Chapter 4
  32. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7
  33. Memories of Ice, Chapter 7
  34. The Healthy Dead, Section 11
  35. The Healthy Dead, Section 5
  36. The Healthy Dead, Section 5
  37. The Healthy Dead, Section 8
  38. The Healthy Dead, Section 19
  39. The Healthy Dead, Section 36
  40. Crack'd Pot Trail, Chapter 6
  41. Stonewielder, Chapter 11, UK TPB p.569
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