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Map Genabackis from Memories of Ice

Map of Genabackis showing spread of Pannion Domin

The Pannion Domin was an emerging empire in eastern Genabackis, founded in 1160 BS[1] and ruled by the Pannion Seer.[2] It was once a colony of the Genostel Archipelago. It was known for its unbridled cruelty to its populace, purposely starving them to mould the inhabitants into a savage fighting force. It was also supported by undead K'Chain Che'Malle K'ell Hunters.

The Pannion Domin was an expansionist empire. It conquered by first sending priests to sow disinformation and discord in neighboring lands. The priests attracted adherents by promising impartial law, rights, privileges, and order under Domin rule. Cruelty, tyranny, and horror came later, after newly annexed lands discovered these rights applied only to citizens, the sanctified faithful of the original Pannion cities. Non-citizens were considered as objects, less than slaves and with no recourse to justice or mercy. They were cast from their homes, denied food and water, and driven into the service of the inhuman cannibal mob known as the Tenescowri.[3]

The Pannion MilitaryEdit

  • Pannion Seer: the political and spiritual leader of the Domin
  • Septarch: ruler of one of seven districts in Domin (also commands armies)
  • Urdo: commander of elite heavy infantry (Urdomen)
  • Urdomen: elite heavy infantry, fanatical followers of the Seer
  • Seerdomin: fanatical bodyguard and assassin sect of the Domin
  • Betaklites: medium infantry
  • Beklites: regular infantry (also known as the Hundred Thousand)
  • Betrullid: light cavalry
  • Betakullid: medium cavalry
  • Scalandi: skirmishers
  • Desandi: sappers
  • Tenescowri: the peasant army


A Pannion Company: ‘Four hundred Beklites, twenty Urdomen, four Seerdomin, one of them ranking and likely a sorceror.’ (MoI, UK Trade, p.762)

GeographyEdit

The land which was controlled by the Pannion Domin was the more densely populated eastern area of Genabackis. Places of note under Pannion control by the 1164th year of Burn's Sleep included:

The Lost CitiesEdit

Although only Lest, Setta, and Maurik were known as the empty cities, because of the destruction and the cleansing the Pannion Domin brought and because of their proximity to the Free Cities, the tales of their fates had reached cities like Capustan, Saltoan, and even as far as Callows.

In Memories of IceEdit

The Pannion Domin laid siege to the city of Capustan, eventually defeating the majority of the forces within and occupying it. The force in Capustan was later defeated by the clans of Barghast led by Trotts of the Bridgeburners.

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Pannion Domin.

The combined forces of the Tiste Andii, the renegade Malazan army called Onearm's Host, the Barghast, the ragtag forces of Caladan Brood, a clan of T'lan Imass led by Silverfox, the remains of the Grey Swords, and a motley crew assembled under Gruntle successfully attacked and defeated the remaining Pannion forces at Coral. They were unknowingly supported by Lady Envy and her travelling companions, Mok, Thurule, Senu, Baaljagg, Garath, and Tool who attacked from the south. The defeat of the Domin led to major losses, most notably the almost complete eradication of the Bridgeburners and the death of Whiskeyjack at Coral.

Significant plot details end here.

Notes and referencesEdit

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