Leoman of the Flails was a captain in the Raraku Apocalypse[1] and bodyguard of Sha'ik. He was thirty years old and described as lean and dark-skinned, with startling light blue eyes.[2] He carried two one-handed morning stars thrust through his belt as well as a crossbow. He wore a colourless Telaba scarf over a peaked iron helm.[3]

Heboric and Sha'ik both described him as a pragmatist and not fanatical in his support of the Whirlwind.[4][5]

His lieutenant, Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas, was one of his closest friends and confidants during the Whirlwind.[6]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

Awakening the Whirlwind

'Awakening the Whirlwind'
Toblakai, Sha'ik and Leoman of the Flails
Interpretation by Grimhilde

Leoman and Toblakai accompanied Sha'ik into the desert to receive the Book of Dryjhna from Mebra's agent, Kalam Mekhar. After the Bridgeburner assassin departed, Sha'ik prepared to open the book to unleash the Whirlwind, but was assassinated by a Red Blade crossbow. The two bodyguards drove off the attackers and remained with Sha'ik's body.[7]

They guarded the corpse and the book for weeks, gaunt and dazed from hunger, until the arrival of Felisin Paran and Heboric. Leoman named the girl Sha'ik Reborn and led her to the Whirlwind camp at the Raraku oasis.[8][9]

In House of Chains Edit

Preceding the events of Deadhouse Gates, Leoman was in a Malazan prison in Ehrlitan after being betrayed by an unidentified compatriot. He was placed in the same cell as Karsa Orlong and the two formed a pact to aid each other. When Torvald Nom broke into the prison to rescue Karsa, he freed Leoman as well. Leoman helped Karsa escape the city, but they were given up by the spy Mebra and followed by Malazan horsemen into the desert.[10]

Together, Leoman and Karsa headed to Raraku in search of Sha'ik. They found her and the two joined her army, Karsa spending most of his time in a glade building statues while Leoman spent most of his time ensconced in the fumes of Durhang.[11]

Leoman received permission to scout the Malazan army now close to the Whirlwind in Raraku, though he chafed at Sha'ik when she ordered him not to attack them. He left with a contingent of fifteen hundred desert cavalry,[12] executing a brutal and well planned guerrilla attack[13] that left about three hundred of the Seti cavalry dead, when they rushed into a counter-attack and were ambushed.[14]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Leoman and Corabb escaped to the city of Y'Ghatan while fleeing the Bonehunters. There, he met Whiskeyjack's sister, Dunsparrow, and the two fell in love. Before the pursuing Malazan army laid siege to the city's walls, Leoman made a deal with the goddess, Triss, the Queen of Dreams, that allowed for him and Dunsparrow to escape to safety. In so doing, he abandoned his men and betrayed Corabb's trust, ending their friendship.

In Stonewielder Edit

Leoman reappeared under the assumed name of "Jheval", now with a long, black moustache and describing himself not so much "good at killing", but rather "good at surviving". His weapons of choice were two morningstars which he wore on each hip. An agent of the Queen of Dreams, he was tasked with accompanying Kiska on her search for Tayschrenn, who had disappeared through a Chaos rent during the Battle of the Plains.[15][16] The pair followed the trail into Shadow where they were hunted by Hounds of Shadow before being joined by Warran, a Shadow priest.

Their path took them to the site of a Chaos Whirl, where they discovered a Tiste Liosan encampment as well as Leoman's old acquaintance L'oric. L'oric revealed Jheval's true identity to a stunned Kiska and ordered the trio imprisoned.[17] After Leoman and Kiska escaped they passed into the Whorl where they met Yathengar the insane Seven Cities mage who had created the it. Leoman humoured the mage and his plans for a new rebellion against the Malazans long enough for he and Kiska to pass through the Whorl.[18]

They found themselves on a strange beach that Leoman coined the Shores of Creation. Tayschrenn was nowhere to be found, but Leoman was satisfied to be in a place out of reach of his enemies and finally free of fear.[19]

In Orb Sceptre Throne Edit

Leoman continued the search for Tayschrenn with Kiska, finding the High Mage in a different state than he was before (with the memories of his past life forgotten), on the Shores of Creation. After several adventures with daemon-like creatures and a powerful being called Korus,[20] who opposed their presence on the Shores, Kiska was finally able to bring back Tayschrenn's memories.

When Kiska and Tayschrenn decided to head back for the real world, Leoman opted to stay behind and spend some time in peace without the fear of being hunted by anyone.[21] He joined Maker on the Shores of Creation and spent his time telling anecdotes from his life, especially the women he had been with, something Maker enjoyed a lot. Kiska later returned to make sure Leoman was still content.[22]

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