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'Empress Lassen' Interpretation by Shadaan
Depicted in the background clockwise from left:
Tayschrenn, Possum, Topper and Lorn

Adjunct Lorn was the Adjunct to Empress Laseen[1]. She was described as young, lithe[2], with long auburn hair[3] which would dangle in tattered ropes down over her imperial cape when she took off her helmet[4]. She was a good rider[2] and the stallion she rode, a warhorse, was bred of the finest lines of Seven Cities stock[5].

Her residence in Unta was on the top floor of the West Tower of the Imperial palace. Her room featured stone tiles covered in ragged furs, faded tapestries lining the walls and a few items of old, Napan style furniture. There was also at least one window, that one being wide and having shutters.[6]

Due to wearing the Otataral sword, the designated weapon of the Empresses' personal Adjunct, Lorn was anathema to sorcery. It meant that she knew the patterns of sorcery and the pattern of the minds that used it[4]. Quick Ben described her as the Empress' personal mage-killer.[7]

In Gardens of the Moon Edit

In 1161BS, Lorn was assigned to investigate the Itko Kan Massacre, where she recruited Ganoes Paran into her service[8]. She had been sent there because the Empress suspected sorcery and as bearer of the Otataral sword, Lorn was anathema to sorcery.

Lorn's link to Paran, enabling her to sense his whereabouts, was eventually severed when Paran was killed by Sorry and the journey of his soul to Hood's Gate was intercepted by Oponn.[9]

In around 1163BS, Lorn was given the task of freeing the Jaghut Tyrant Raest from his imprisonment with the help of the T'lan Imass, Onos T'oolan, whom she nicknamed "Tool". This took her all the way to Darujhistan.

Paran and Tattersail concluded that Lorn had been sent to Darujhistan with the mission to remove the old guard, which included Whiskeyjack, and that she intended to kill off the Bridgeburners. They both set out for Darujhistan, albeit separately, to warn the Sergeant. When Paran discovered the remains of Tattersail, he vowed vengeance against Lorn.

After succeeding in freeing the Tyrant, Lorn buried Raest's finnest in the garden of the Simtal/Coll Estate and set off in pursuit of the Coin Bearer. On her way, she released a soletaken demon Lord of Galayn on the city.

As she made her move to kill the Coin Bearer, she was intercepted and engaged in combat by Corporal Blues of the Crimson Guard. She was stunned by his skill, since she didn't think it was possible for anyone to overwhelm her in a sword fight without magery. Though she managed to break off the fight and escape, she was gravely wounded. Just as she thought she was safe, she encountered Meese and Irilta, who had been sent after her by the Eel. The two easily overwhelmed her, delivering killing blows, leaving her dazed and very nearly dead. She was then found by Paran. She wished he had found her earlier (not knowing about Paran's current disposition towards her, which was one of enmity towards her), so that things might perhaps have turned out differently. She then died in his arms. Paran took her Otataral sword, and after a short conversation with the Twins Oponn, picked her up and took her away.


Lorn was originally from Malaz City and remembered when the then Clawmaster, now Empress, Laseen, issued an edict against the illegal use of magery by various practitioners, who were numerous in Malaz. Lorn, who was eleven at the time, and her family happened to be living in the Mouse Quarter where most of the riots took place. The day after the riots, Lorn was given to the Claw. About a week after, the Mouse Quarter was burned down and her family was housed in the plague-ridden caverns of Mock's Hold where her parents and her brother succumbed to disease. Their deaths were kept from Lorn for years after. As the suppression of the riots by Mage Tattersail and her cadre had been the precursor to the burning of the Mouse Quarter, Lorn felt that Tattersail was partially responsible for the death of her (Lorn's) family.[10]

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p. xiii
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.20
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.27
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.28
  5. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.25
  6. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.43
  7. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 4, UK MMPB p.131
  8. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.22-29
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.315
  10. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.302/303
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