They considered themselves the servants of the Azath, the shapers of their will.
Four Nameless Ones were found dead in Raraku by a traveling party consisting of Mappo, Icarium, Iskaral Pust, Apsalar, Crokus, Rellock and Fiddler. Iskaral Pust, Shadowthrone's High Priest, vehemently denied that they were Nameless Ones, insisting that Dancer and the Talon had eradicated the Nameless Ones at Kellanved's command. The Nameless Ones had secrets that made Kellanved vulnerable and had continued to resent his use of the Deadhouse. This claim was inadvertently verified by Apsalar, based on memories she retained from her possession by Cotillion. Mappo said that, in reality, Kellanved's purge was limited to the Malazan Empire, adding that Nameless Ones occasionally visited his tribe.
Mappo told Icarium that it was the Nameless Ones who appointed his guardians.
The Nameless Ones were responsible for releasing Dejim Nebrahl and also employed the Gral tribesman Taralack Veed to replace Mappo Runt as Icarium's companion. It was revealed that the Nameless Ones and Shadowthrone were mutually concerned about the other's activities, or more precisely, lack of knowledge about the motivation behind those activities. A priest of the Nameless Ones assassinated Mebra before Apsalar reached him.
It was revealed that, contrary to Mappo's belief that Icarium had murdered his clan, it had been the Nameless Ones who had done the deed in order to manipulate Mappo into becoming Icarium's protector.