Malazan Wiki Policies
Manual of StyleLayout Guide

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Layout guideEdit

Main article: Malazan Wiki:Layout Guide

Articles should have sections in this order if those sections are required for the article.

  1. Title tagUsually not required. Used to alter title (e.g. to italicise it).
  2. Maintenance templates
  3. InfoboxSee Category:Infobox templates for examples.
  4. Opening quoteA simple quote about the subject of the article.
  5. SummaryA summery of the information in the main article. Avoid blatant spoilers. See here for spoiler guidelines.
  6. Main articleFor character, book and chapter articles you may want to add the below sections to the main body.
  7. TriviaFor supporting information that could not normally go in a Malazan Wiki article.
  8. SpeculationFor speculation which has been well founded.
  9. Cover gallerySee Gardens of the Moon#Cover gallery for an example.
  10. AppearancesA list of all the publications that where this person, item, place, etc has appeared or been mentioned.
  11. Notes and referencesShould have the {{Reflist}} template in it.
  12. See alsoFor related articles that are not otherwise linked to in the article.
  13. External linksFor linking to relevant information that is not on the wiki.
  14. Navigation boxSee here for a list: Navigation templates.
  15. CategorySee here for a list: Malazan Wiki:Category index
  16. Interwiki linksSuch as links to the article in other languages.

Please note that not all articles use every section.

Maximum widthsEdit

Because of the limitations of particularly the Oasis skin, but also in MonoBook there are constraints on how wide inserted items can be on various parts of the page.


  • Maximum widths of text, tables, divs, etc on a page is 650px. After that it will start to overlap other parts of the page or, in the case of tables, a horizontal scroll bar will appear on the table.

Images generalEdit

  • Maximum widths of individual images is 680px as they can be slightly larger without creating a problem however, images of that size are used only in exceptional cases. For images on article pages that need to be large (e.g. diagrams) set a maximum width of 450px
  • The IOTW has a maximum height of 600px
  • Slideshows on artist's pages are set to 600px
  • Infobox images are automatically set a maximum width of 270px

Images within content pagesEdit

  • Add the thumbnail code thumb to all images
  • In addition, for portrait images add a width code of 140px

Using only thumbnails will automatically set a maximum width of 250px, which is ideal for landscape images, however, in some cases due to image properties, you may need to add an individual width code ?px, to adjust to other images on the page. See editing history for Silchas Ruin for examples of standard thumbnails. Where there are only one image one or two images on a page, they may be set slightly larger but not exceeding 300px.

Writing styleEdit


Our main aim is to accurately reflect the information given in the books. Thus, if the book is ambivalent about something the writing needs to reflect this. All information needs to be presented as factual and objective as possible. For example: the phrase 'were able to do something' implies a lot of things which the phrase 'did something' does not.


Do NOT add information based on vague memory. All edits should be made based on the editor having just read the relevant information in the book. Add a minimum of book and chapter reference to your edit.


Both authors of the Malazan world are Canadian therefore Canadian English will be used as the baseline language of this wiki.


Articles are generally written in past tense because there is no omnivalent present time in the Malazan world from the various readers' point of view. However, for real World articles, which include authors pages, as well as all book and chapter summaries, present tense is used. Within those book/chapter summaries, past perfect progressive is used where a characters recollect events of another past (see NoK Chapter 1 for example). Other than that, we write like historians in the future of the Malazan world writing about its past.


The general rule is that the first time linkable text appears on that page it should be linked to and on each subsequent instance it is unlinked (infoboxes and navboxes are exceptions here).

Very short articlesEdit

A subject may have only a single piece of information about it that can be sourced from a primary reference. In this case it can still have it's own article.



Hex codes for theme colours
Main titleSubsequent titlesBackground

Links in titles need to be made white. Here is an example of how to do it: [[Gardens of the Moon|<font color=white>Gardens of the Moon</font>]]

New themeEdit

Colour areaHex codeNotes
Primary highlight #BA7041
Secondary highlight #7C7F83
Background #E5E6E6
Parchment #FFF9E6
Links #45A174
Visited links #804488
External website links #428EBD
Visited external website links #3C57AA
Red-links (empty pages) #BA0000
Visited red-links #A85858
Border lines #AAA
Spoiler notices #D00

Standard abbreviationsEdit

Linking codes and written abbreviationsEdit

Full TitleLinking
Gardens of the MoonGMGotM
Deadhouse GatesDGDhG
Memories of IceMIMoI
House of ChainsHCHoC
Midnight TidesMTMT
The BonehuntersBHtBh
Reaper's GaleRGRG
Toll the HoundsTHTtH
Dust of DreamsDDDoD
The Crippled GodCGtCG
The Complete Malazan Book of the Fallen CMBotF

Full TitleLinking
Night of KnivesNKNoK
Return of the Crimson GuardRCGRotCG
Orb Sceptre ThroneOSTOST
Blood and BoneBBBaB

Full TitleLinking
Blood FollowsBFBF
The Healthy DeadHDtHD
The Lees of Laughter's EndLLEtLoLE
Crack'd Pot TrailCPTCPT
The Wurms of BlearmouthWBtWoB
The Fiends of NightmariaFNtFoN
Untitled 7th B&KB novel??
Untitled 8th B&KB novel??
Untitled 9th B&KB novel??

Full TitleLinking
Forge of DarknessFDFoD
Fall of LightFLFoL
Walk in ShadowWSWiS

Full TitleLinking
Dancer's LamentDLDL

Full TitleLinking
Untitled 1st book??
Untitled 2nd book??
Untitled 3rd book??

Using linking codes as written abbreviations is also acceptable (except for Assail). Using allcaps versions is also ok.

Edition abbreviationsEdit


Edition NamePreferred
Trade PaperbackUK TPB
Mass-market PaperbackUK MMPB
HardcoverUK HC


Edition NamePreferred
Trade PaperbackUS TPB
Mass-market PaperbackUS MMPB
HardcoverUS HC
Science Fiction Book ClubUS SFBC

Subterranean PressEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Numbered editionSub Press No.
Lettered editionSub Press Let.

PS PublishingEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Trade PaperbackPSP TPB
Mass-market PaperbackPSP MMPB
Various Hardcover editionsPSP HC

Night Shade BooksEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Hardcover NSB HC


Edition NamePreferred
Bookclub AssociationUK BCA
Epub Edition UK EP

Harper VoyagerEdit

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