Using his powers as Master of the Deck, Ganoes Paran found himself before the Throne of Shadow on Drift Avalii. The Throne spoke in his mind calling out for the protection of Anomander Rake. It warned that the Tiste Edur sought the Throne and that they had been corrupted and their souls poisoned. It also stated that they were led by a new Emperor of the Edur, the Tyrant of Pain and the Deliverer of Midnight Tides, who had been slain a hundred times.
Rhulad and his brothers were sent out on a quest by Hannan Mosag. Rhulad was killed during the quest but resurrected by the Crippled God with whose encouragement Rhulad declared himself Emperor. He then demanded that his brother Fear surrender his betrothed, Mayen to him.
He was finally slain by Karsa Orlong.