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Minala Eltroeb was the wife of Colonel Tras, commander of the Malazan garrison at Orbal on Seven Cities. Originally from Quon,[1] she was the sister of Selv, whose husband Captain Keneb was also stationed at Orbal.[2]

Tras was an abusive husband, who regularly beat Minala to the point of broken bones before ordering the garrison healer to restore her. It was strongly implied that Minala killed him when the chaos surrounding the Whirlwind provided an opportunity.[3]

Minala was attractive; medium-boned, with iron-streaked hair and startling grey eyes. She was also an extremely skilled rider.[4]

In Deadhouse Gates Edit

After the Orbal garrison fell to the Whirlwind Legion, Minala fled into the Orbala Odhan with Keneb and Selva, and their children Vaneb and Kesen. Minala met Kalam Mekhar when he rescued her and her family from Bordu's bandits and escorted them to safety in Aren.[5] A strong attraction developed between Minala and the assassin, and despite their somewhat tumultuous relationship, she ultimately left her sister's family to follow him. Unaware of her decision, he left Aren on the Ragstopper and she tricked her way onto an Imperial transport that followed, taking his stallion with her.[6][7]

Luckily for the assassin, her ship was nearby in Malaz harbour when he was thrown overboard by Pearl.[8] She soon reunited with Kalam and rescued him from a Claw ambush in an alleyway. Afterwards, Shadowthrone brought Kalam and Minala into Shadow to serve as the surrogate mother and father for thirteen hundred children brought into his custody by the demon Apt.[9]

In House of ChainsEdit

Minala and Kalam were charged with caring for a group of thirteen hundred Seven Cities children orphaned by the Whirlwind and brought to them by Shadowthrone. Unbeknownst to Minala, Shadowthrone had planned on training the children to be his warriors (who became known as the Company of Shadow), and to use them to protect the Imass First Throne from the Tiste Edur.[10]

After an intense period of training her 'Company of Shadow' by Minala and the demoness Apt, they and the children were armoured, armed and then sent to the caverns containing the First Throne - where they joined up with the T'lan Imass Onrack the Broken, Monok Ochem, Ibra Gholan, and the renegade Tiste Edur Trull Sengar in defense of the First Throne.[11][12]


Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Minala and Cotillion.

In The BonehuntersEdit

Cotillion visited the cavern where Minala and the children had been protecting the First Throne. Some of the children had grown to become young men and women, but Cotillion saw that even they were "too young in truth to be soldiers". Many had died horribly at the hands of Tiste Edur raiders, and Cotillion berated himself for not making the time to check on Minala and the children. Minala confronted him about the losses. Cotillion could not offer much assistance, but he asked Shadowthrone to heal the many injured children.[13]

"There had been so many… pressing tasks. Essential necessities. That we neglected this company, a company we ourselves ensconced here, to defend what we claimed our own. And then, it must have seemed, we abandoned them."
―Cotillion's self-recrimination[src]
Significant plot details end here.


In Reaper's GaleEdit

After the disasterous (but 'successful') defense of the First Throne, Minala and the rest of the survivors of the 'Company of Shadow' (which included Panek and Aystar) were finally brought back to the Shadow Realm by Cotillion, to recover there as best as they could.[14]

In The Crippled GodEdit

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Minala and Quick Ben retrieved a recovered Kalam from the Deadhouse in Malaz City.[15]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9, UK MMPB p.363
  2. Deadhouse Gates, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.18
  3. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 12, US TPB p.335-337
  4. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9, US HC p.232-233
  5. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9, US HC p.232-233
  6. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, US HC p.369
  7. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 15, US HC p.395
  8. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 20, US HC p.540
  9. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 23, US HC p.572-573/583-584
  10. House of Chains, Chapter 6, US TPB p.205-208
  11. House of Chains, Chapter 23, US TPB p.579-581
  12. House of Chains, Epilogue, US TPB p.661
  13. The Bonehunters, Chapter 17, US HC p.555-557/560/563
  14. Reaper's Gale, Chapter 8, US TPB p.189
  15. The Crippled God, Chapter 18, US HC p.501-505
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