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Raest battling Silanah outside Darujhistan. (Official art by Michael Kormack)

Raest 3

Interpretation of Raest by Yapattack

Silanah vs Raest by shadaan

'Silanah vs Raest' Interpretation by Shadaan

Raest was a Jaghut Tyrant[1] who was imprisoned with his Finnest in a barrow in the Gadrobi Hills when his own people formed a truce with the T'lan Imass.

His father was Gothos and Icarium was his half-brother.[2]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

The Malazan Empire learned the location of Raest's prison just east of Darujhistan from newly discovered fragments of Gothos' Folly.[3] Adjunct Lorn and the T'lan Imass Onos T'oolan were sent to release him as part of the Empire's strategy to seize Darujhistan and eliminate its defender, Anomander Rake. The Malazans expected Rake to defeat Raest but be so weakened in the process that Rake could be defeated by the Empire's mages. In this way the city could be conquered relatively quickly and efficiently.[4]

Lorn guaranteed that Raest would go to Darujhistan by burying the Tyrant's finnest within the city on the grounds of Simtal's estate.[5] After a battle with Silanah and Rake's Tiste Andii sorcerers he possessed the body of Mammot, but was subsequently imprisoned in a new Azath house, the Finnest House, in the city.[6]

In Memories of IceEdit

Two months after his release by the Malazan Empire, the region was still recovering from Raest's destructive path towards Darujhistan. He had destroyed a key bridge on the caravan route between Darujhistan and Capustan which choked trade along the route. The necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach arrived to investigate his former tomb finding a crater forty paces across and four or five arm-lengths in depth.[7]

It was revealed that Raest had become the guardian of Finnest House.

In Toll the HoundsEdit

He was given an undead white cat, Tufty, as a gift, by Antsy for helping the retired Bridgeburners contact Ganoes Paran.


A young Raest was drawn to the power of the wind, demonstrated by its raw banshee fury and its ability to manipulate and shape seemingly immutable stone over thousands of years. His growing reach for power led his mother to declare a Sundering of Blood between them, breaking herself in the process. Raest saw this as an inevitable fate for those resisting his command.

Raest's first attempted to subjugate the Jaghut, then the beasts, and then the earth, but all were unsatisfying failures. He finally succeeded with the Imass, creating an empire that followed his cruel will even without his direct intervention. The Imass worshipped him as a god and created temples in his name.

But his empire came crashing down around 300,000 years before the events of Gardens of the Moon[8] when a community of Jaghut (allied with the Imass) came together to stand against him. The collaboration of his notoriously solitary race came as a complete surprise. They separated him from his power, imprisoned him, and destroyed his empire.[9] One of the Imass collaborators referred to his imprisonment as a "chaining".[10]

Notes and referencesEdit

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