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The 2nd Army formed part of what was known as Onearm's Host. This was the first Malazan Army introduced in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Under the command of High Fist Dujek Onearm, they were the primary force at the Siege of Pale in the Genabackis Campaign. Tattersail commanded the mage cadre of the unit. Most of the members were recruited from the Seven Cities subcontinent.[1]

Captain Paran thought that the old Seven Cities gesture of spitting had become the symbol of the Malaz 2nd Army.[2]

The trading of favours was widespread in the 2nd and one of the reasons it had become a legion of legend.[3] The phrase "always an even trade" was something of a slogan of the second and used by soldiers and officers alike.[4]

At the time of the last battle of Pale, there were still some veterans in the 2nd who had fought with Dassem Ultor in Seven Cities and even as far back as Falar.[5]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

The Siege of Pale, decimated the 2nd Army and it was officially disbanded, the remnants assimilated into the 5th together with those of the 6th Army.[6]


For a continued description of Onearm's Host and its campaigns, see 5th Army.

History of the 2nd ArmyEdit

The 2nd was formed during the time of Emperor Kellanved and was the oldest intact force until the Siege of Pale.[7] Given that Whiskeyjack commanded the 2nd under the emperor it is fairly certain that the Bridgeburners formed a key contingent of the army. Moreover, it is likely that the 2nd was involved in the Bridgeburners formative campaign in the Raraku desert.

In the eighth year of the Genabackis Campaign, the Free Cities allied themselves with the Crimson Guard and others. According to the historian Imrygyn Tallobant, in that year the Malazan Forces under the command of High Fist Dujek Onearm consisted of the 2nd, 5th and 6th Armies, as well as legions of Moranth.[8] However, according to Fiddler, the 3rd Army was also present during the Genabackis campaign.[9]


Known membersEdit

The BridgeburnersEdit

Some members of the Bridgburners did not appear until after the 2nd Army was incorporated into the 5th Army but were presumably survivors of the Siege of Pale.

OfficersEdit

9th SquadEdit

By 1163 BS, the squad had gone through four captains in three years.[10]

7th SquadEdit

OthersEdit

Seventh RegimentEdit

  • Rusty, Sergeant of the 3rd Squad, 7th Regiment[11]

LogisticsEdit

During the Siege of Pale, the Malazan forces were camped on the hillsides overlooking the plains outside the city. Rows of grey canvas tents had pathways between them and regimental standards were blowing in the wind. Braziers filled with burning horse dung would keep soldiers on watch warm.[12]

Meetings were held in the command tent, entered through a flap, which was sub-divided into compartments. The first compartment was lit by lanterns, casting a dim, smokey light over a collection of about a dozen wooden chairs. On one side, a camp-table would hold a tin pitcher of watered wine as well as a number of tarnished cups. An opening led into the second compartment which contained Dujek's map table.[13] Some of the marines used pikes.[14]

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