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Interpretation of Kruppe by Yapattack

Kruppe [kruhp][2] was a regular at the Phoenix Inn in Darujhistan.[3] He was described as a small, round (obese, according to Rallick Nom)[4] man with short, oily, curly hair. He had pencil-thin eyebrows.[5] In Orb Sceptre Throne Kruppe was described as being squat, rotund and so short he could barely see over Baruk's high table and his eyes were depicted as watery, bulging and frog-like, blinking innocently.[6] Kruppe himself thought that a description of 'fat with sloth and neglect, inclined to excess, somewhat clumsy' did apply to him.[7]

Kruppe habitually indulged in long, often rambling, monologues where he would refer to himself in the third person.[5] Kruppe refused to ride a horse, preferring his mule. He had an abiding love for pastries.[8]

Crokus Younghand, who was Kruppe's apprentice in the art of thievery, described him as always wearing a mask of idiocy which never dropped.[9]


Kruppe was described as a mage[10] and although he boasted of using magic,[11] he was rarely see using it overtly.

Unlike most talents who used knucklebones, read heat fractures in scapulae or used the Fatid of the Deck of Dragons, Kruppe did not need any such props, he had the power of divination in his head. Prophecy came to him unbidden and he could not deny it.[12]   Kruppe was able to steer his dreams and use them to influence events in his 'real' world.[13]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

Kruppe discussed the spinning coin in one of his dreams and told his listener that he hears the coin singing in his head. He also prophesied it's fall that very night.[14] Later that night, he played cards with Murillio and Crokus until the early morning hours during which he told them how he once (supposedly) saved Rallick Nom's life.[15]

In a dream, Kruppe met the Elder God K'rul who told him to seek a T'lan Imass and a woman, those two being "the Awakeners".[16] In return Kruppe would receive "an ancient fire" that would give him "warmth in times of need". Later, the Rhivi child Silverfox was being birthed by the Mhybe in one of Kruppe's dreams.[17]

Kruppe was also "the Eel", a mysterious person with several agents in his employment such as Circle Breaker but this was only known, even suspected, by very few, if any. Kruppe carefully guarded his alter ego, however, eventually some of those close to him guessed the truth. Murillio confronted him with his suspicions but Kruppe played with the man's memory, temporarily wiping out that suspicion.[1][18]

In Memories of IceEdit

Kruppe manipulated his way into accompanying the renegade Onearm's Host and their allies to wage war on the Pannion Domin. Along the way, he encountered Hetan with whom he developed an attraction after numerous romantic encounters.

The romantic encounters with Hetan eventually impregnated her with twins, Stavi and Storii.

Kruppe also showed some of his true power. He angered the Ascendant, Caladan Brood, to the point that Brood tried to strike him down with his powerful hammer. Kruppe was left unscathed, though the land surrounding the event was altered by the damage unleashed by Brood and all other witnesses we're thrown to the ground.

In Toll the HoundsEdit

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'Mule sees mule...' by Corporal Nobbs

Kruppe and Iskaral Pust participated in a mounted mule charge in a fight against one another. Kruppe inadvertently punched Pust in the nose and the masses of Kruppe, Pust, Mogora (as spiders) and the bhokarala ended up in a writhing mess upon the floor, a mess from which Kruppe somehow disappeared.[19]

At the close of the book Kruppe danced for K'rul with Fisher Kel Tath as witness. The two elder powers were humbled by Kruppe, with Fisher bowing his head in respect and the Elder God left weeping.

In The Crippled God Edit

Kruppe made a brief appearance as Torrent traveled through a warren with Olar Ethil and Hetan's children. The Awl warrior found Kruppe sitting at his characteristic campsite within his dreams, gorging on sweets and wine. To protect his children, Kruppe gave the Awl a Rhivi bow and arrows, which the warrior ultimately used to slay Olar Ethil.

Significant plot details end here.


"I am named Kruppe, sir. Kruppe the First"
―Kruppe, introducing himself to Anomander Rake[src]
"That small, round man hides obsidian edges beneath his surfeit of flesh. Who would have thought?"
―On Kruppe, from a dream of the Mhybe[src]
"Eggs have been laid and schemes have hatched! One particularly large shell is about to be broken, and will have been broken by the time you arrive, which means it is as good as broken right now so what are you waiting for? In fact, foolish man, you are already too late, or will be, by then, and if not then, then soon, in the imminent sense of the word."
―Kruppe, urging Ganoes Paran to go to Seven Cities[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 20, UK MMPB p.574/575
  2. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast as pronounced by Steven Erikson
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p. xiii
  4. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.218
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.171-176
  6. Orb Sceptre Throne, Prologue, UK PB p.25
  7. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.173
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.612 example
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.218
  10. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.215
  11. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.215
  12. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.172
  13. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.352-359 - example
  14. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, UK MMPB p.175/176
  15. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 6, UK MMPB p.215-219
  16. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 7, UK MMPB p.220
  17. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 11, UK MMPB p.352-359
  18. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.602
  19. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 23, UK HB p.860-862/Chapter 24, UK HB p.888
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