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Olar Ethil was the bonecaster of the Logros T'lan Imass,[1] although she said she was only half Imass or possibly less.[2] She was the First Soletaken[3] and also the First Bonecaster.[3][4]

She was described as "hugely boned, the skull beneath [her] thin, withered flesh bestial. She wore a scaled, leathery cloak of skin that hung down to the ground behind her. Unadorned by a helm, the broad, flat skull revealed only a few remaining patches of skin that each bore but a few strands of long, white hair."[5]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

Adjunct Lorn recalled the Bonecaster Olar Ethil standing alongside Logros clan chieftain Eitholos Ilm during the battle of Kartool. The exchange of sorcery during the battle had made the battle between the Malazan Empire and Moon's Spawn at the Siege of Pale "look like a child's cantrip". Olar Ethil was the only one of the Logros Bonecasters who ever appeared befored outsiders.[6]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

As the crew of the Silanda traveled through a flooded Elder warren, they were overtaken by a colossal undead Soletaken dragon of incalculable power. The Malazan mage Kulp called it "The Unwelcome", and described it as hugely boned, with skin like dry shark hide, a viper-like head that was as wide as it was long, and a narrow, bony tail. Its dead black eyesockets sat high on its skull, which had no ridged forehead and "sloped back to a basal serration almost buried in neck and jaw muscles." The dragon's wings were multi-jointed in a crazy pattern beneath taut, cracked skin and their span dwarfed even that of the Son of Darkness. The dragon assisted Kulp in closing a rent that threatened to destroy Meanas before pulling the ship in its wake through its own portal to another warren.[7]

Heboric later identified the dragon as a T'lann Imass Bonecaster.[8] The dragon ultimately appeared at Tesem to guard the gate hidden within its crypts and protect it from the D'ivers and Soletaken pursuing the Path of Hands.[9]

In Memories of Ice Edit

Olar Ethil attended the Second Gathering of the T'lan Imass, near the city of Coral.[10] She told Silverfox that she was a soletaken Eleint, saying, "When I veer, I am as an undead twin to T'iam, who spawned all dragons".[11]

In Dust of Dreams Edit

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Olar Ethil.
"I am Burn the Sleeping Goddess, in whose dreams life flowers unending, even as those dreams twist into nightmares"
―Olar Ethil[src]

Olar Ethil was an Elder God. She described herself to Torrent as a half-Imass bonecaster. Torrent thought of her as a shaman or a witch.[12] She fashioned the Ritual of Tellann.[citation needed] She said that "From [her] ancient blood ran every stream of Soletaken and D'ivers".[13]

She further revealed that she was Burn, the Sleeping Goddess, Eran'ishal mother of Eres'al.[14] The Forkrul Assail called her Rath Evain, the Jaghut, "Stone Bitch".[15] She was also variously known as "the Mother beneath the Mountain" and Ayala Alalle who tends the Gardens of the Moon.[16]

In The Crippled God Edit

Olar Ethil approached Mappo Runt and his travelling companions, offering them incentives so she could take Absi, the son of Onos T'oolan from them. Initially opposed, one by one the adults gave in and she left with the boy. During the encounter Olar Ethil killed the wolf Baaljagg but got badly mauled in the process. Absi's half-sisters go with him.[17]

She was ultimately killed by Torrent, the last of the Awl after being returned to mortality.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

Olar Ethil encountered Draconus and Arathan in an Azathanai village west of Kurald Galain. She was an Azathanai who took the form of an overweight, middle aged woman whose rolls of snow white skin hung from every appendage. Her belly was covered in scars through which she was able to remove small bloody clay figurines in the shape of prehistoric fertility idols. She presented one such figurine to Arathan.[18] When she intimated that she was the mother of Draconus' daughters, Envy, Spite, and Malice, Draconus made no argument,[19] but by other accounts she may have only been their wet-nurse.[20] She also claimed to have nurtured Burn at her own breast contradicting her later claims that she was herself the sleeping goddess.[21]

Olar Ethil used her power to mentally torment the House Draconus sergeant Raskan before thrusting his head inside her belly and tearing it from his body.[22] In retaliation, Rint, one of Draconus' Bordersword guards, set fire to the tree where she was hiding and left her screaming as she burned.[23]

Significant plot details end here.


Knuckles: "If there is one presence I would find unwelcome above all others, Errastas, it is Olar Ethil."
Errastas: "She is dead—"
Knuckles: "And supremely indifferent to that condition..."
Errastas conspiring with Knuckles[src]

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