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Interpretation of Pearl by Corporal Nobbs

For the demon see Pearl (demon)

Pearl was a mage and an agent of the Claw[1], but was disgraced. Almost effeminate in appearance, Pearl was tall with dark skin, a lean face and was fond of dressing in green silks. He was one-quarter Tiste Andii and three-quarters Human.

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

Pearl initially teamed up with Lostara Yil of the Red Blades and followed Kalam Mekhar into the Imperial Warren.

Pearl then arranged to travel with Kalam on the Ragstopper under the pseudonym "Salk Elan". Though Kalam had figured out that Elan was not who he pretended to be, he was unable to stop him from attempting to kill him. On the trip, Pearl had ensorcelled both the ship and its captain, eventually redirecting them from their original destination of Unta, to Malaz Island. Once in the harbour, Pearl ensorcelled Kalam, preventing him from moving, stabbed him, though not fatally, and threw him into the shark-infested water.

As he threw the assassin overboard, he told him that while he expected the man to actually make it to shore, there were several hands of Claws waiting for him in the city. At that point, Apt materialised onboard the ship and attacked Pearl, forcing him to flee and at the same time releasing the captain and his vessel from the spell that had held them.

In House of ChainsEdit

Pearl and the Red Blade Lostara were sent by Adjunct Tavore to search for Felisin Paran. During this journey, they become lovers.

In The BonehuntersEdit

Pearl was convinced that Lostara Yil died in the fires at Y'Ghatan, alternately blaming Tavore and himself for her death.[2] He was intent on killing Kalam Mekhar. In Malaz City, Kalam cut his way across a town full of Claw assassins in tour de force that left Pearl jealous and deeply shaken. He shot Kalam with a quarrel dipped in a poison so vile that its use disgusted a fellow Claw.[3] Kalam pulled out the quarrel just before falling thru a hole in the roof, but the poison had gotten into his system. Pearl left, congratulating himself for killing the great Kalam Mekhar.[4] Apsalar came on the scene, took the quarrel, and went after Pearl.[5] She immobilized him with her knives and then stuck him with the poisoned quarrel, leaving him to a prolonged, agonizing death.[6] Grub took Lostara to Pearl and urged her to put and end to his suffering, which she did.[7]

Significant plot details end here.


"I am sorry, Kalam Mekhar. But you… I cannot accept… your existence. I cannot…"
―Pearl after shooting Kalam with a poisoned quarrel[src]

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. Deadhouse Gates, Dramatis Personae, UK MMPB p.18
  2. The Bonehunters, Chapter 22
  3. The Bonehunters, Chapter 23
  4. The Bonehunters, Chapter 23
  5. The Bonehunters, Chapter 23
  6. The Bonehunters, Chapter 23
  7. The Bonehunters, Chapter 23
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