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Mother Dark was the Elder Goddess worshipped by the Tiste Andii and Queen of High House Dark. Her Warren was her ancient realm of Kurald Galain.[1][2]

Creation Myth Edit

The Tiste Andii believed that Mother Dark created the world, but was lonely. In order to feel less alone, she created Father Light. Her children saw this as a betrayal and rejected her. Afterwards they were either cast out of Kurald Galain or left their mother's embrace by choice. Andii mages still used the Warren of Kurald Galain, but were no longer of it.[3]

"Mother Dark begat three children,
the First, Tiste Andii, were her dearest,
dwellers of the land before Light.
Then were birthed in pain the Second, Tiste Lians,
the burning glory of Light itself,
and so the First denied their Mother,
in their fury, and so were cast out,
doomed children of Mother Dark.
She then gave rise, in her mercy, to the Third,
spawn of the war between Dark and Light,
the Tiste Edur, and there was shadow
upon their souls.
"
―"Kilmanar's Fables"
Sebun Imanan[src]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

Korlat remarked that Mother Dark was present at the birth of Light, and called it new, innocent, and precious. Korlat's brother Orfantal retorted that the Queen had been flawed. Light had become corrupted and so Darkness was destroyed.[4]

While battling the demon Lord of Galayn, who appeared to wield a weapon of Light, Anomander Rake stated that Mother Dark saw too late the corruption of Light and came to regret that it had been granted birth.[5]

In Memories of IceEdit

Ganoes Paran returned to the Warren within Dragnipur and spoke to Draconus. The Elder God explained that he had once sought to aid Mother Dark in the eternal war between Darkness and Chaos. Darkness was forever retreating before Chaos and Mother Dark had diminished her powers by relenting to the Coming of the Light and to the Birth of Shadow. The imbalance between the two forces grew in Chaos' favour until it approached the Gate to Kurald Galain itself and Mother Dark withdrew deep into her own realm. Thinking Mother Dark incapable of helping herself, he bound the Gate of Darkness to Dragnipur to protect it. He later learned he had misunderstood the nature of the Gate and sought to destroy Dragnipur to release the Gate once more.[6]

While on Drift Avalii, Paran was warned by the Throne of Shadow that the now corrupted Tiste Edur sought both the Throne and the destruction of Mother Dark.[7]

After the full unveiling of Kurald Galain that ended the Battle of Black Coral, Korlat reflected upon her personal loss and wondered if the Goddess smiled to see her broken. For Korlat had repeated the Goddess' fatal errors of old. She had yielded her heart and succumbed to a foolish dream and been betrayed. Korlat wondered if it had been that grief that had sent Mother Dark so far away from her children who had then insensitively cursed her and added to her pain.[8]

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Mother Dark.

In Toll the HoundsEdit

While using Aranatha as a vessel and accompanying Nimander's group, Mother Dark accepted Anomander Rake's sacrifice in Dragnipur and settled along with the Gate of Darkness in Black Coral.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

As reward for his service, Nimander Purake gave up his land holdings and attendant staff to Mother Dark earning all involved the title of "Andii" or "Children of Night". His bloodline was further honored when his sons Silchas Ruin and Andarist were named Sons of Darkness and his son Anomander Rake was named First Son of Darkness.[9]

Mother Dark was originally a royal Tiste, half-sister to the queen of Kurald Galain. The queen disappeared on the field of battle leading the Royal Wardens to recover the body of her fallen husband. Mother Dark was considered unsuitable for the throne until, with the aid of her consort Draconus, she leapt from the Spar of Andii straight into Chaos, and emerged as a goddess.[10][11] Upset with Draconus, the Azathanai, T'riss, brought a vessel containing Vitr to sanctify the temple at Kharkanas, an act Grizzin Farl called "blatant interference."[12][13][14] This act much expanded Mother Dark's power and afterwards those of the Tiste who worshipped and approached her turned dark skinned and became known as Tiste Andii.[15] In the act of sanctification, T'riss also transformed high priestess Syntara into the first pale as alabaster Tiste Liosan. Syntara possessed a similar power, transforming Vatha Urusander into Father Light.[16]

Afterwards, Draconus returned from the Azathanai with the Terondai which gave Mother Dark the Gate to Kurald Galain. It was the first of its kind and started the creation of gates between the Warrens.[17]

HistoryEdit

Originally a Tiste herself, she became a goddess through the actions of her consort Draconus. The Tiste who worshipped her became the dark skinned Tiste Andii, whereas those who followed Father Light, Urusander, became Tiste Liosan. The history of the creation of these two figures varies greatly from the Tiste creation myths. They are described in detail in Forge of Darkness.

Significant plot details end here.

Notes and referencesEdit

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