The Seti were a northwestern Quon Tali tribe which were thought to have long since ceased to exist except in name, so thoroughly had they been assimilated into Quon culture. Traditionally they had inhabited Por Seti and divided themselves into warrior societies and assemblies named for the native animals such as the jackal, ferret, wolf, dog, and plains lion.


Dwellings and ClothingEdit

The Seti resided in a variety of structures, including felt and hide tents as well as wikiups.[1][2] Lands were carefully controlled and apportioned amongst the tribes for grazing rights, although the demarcations were invisible to outsiders.[3] They wore clothes of natural materials including deer skin and leather.[4]

Fetishes Edit

Many Seti adorned themselves with various fetishes tied to their armour and hair including strips of coloured cloth and various animal bones.[5]

The Child Death Song Edit

The Child Death Song was a right of passage from whelp into adulthood for boy and girl alike that involved a Seti youth being interned in a crypt of the bloodline in a hollowed out log.The child was then buried alive, as it was believed that the child had to 'die' for the adult to be born. The Seti believed this to be a test against the spirits of madness or 'worms' that lived at the base of the skull of every person, eager to gnaw a path to the brain and cause insanity, and sang a song while buried to combat their building terror and insanity. Only by defeating the worms and surviving the night could one progress into adult hood.[6]

Seti ShamansEdit

The full regalia of a Seti shaman would include at least one, long, tufted lance, a headdress, and a full draping fur cloak of the pelt of the patron animal of the Shamans society.[7] Shamans were said to communicate with the Seti spirits and might follow the advice of the spirits over their own judgement.[8]


Each warrior society had an ataman (chief). Communal decisions were made at the 'Urpan-Yelgan', a tribal high council of atamans and shamans.[9]


Like the Wickans, the Seti were accomplished horse riders. They were valued as mounted scouts and skirmishers. The Seti used blankets as saddles, and they made use of reins and thin leather strap stirrups.[10]


A sample of the Seti language (translation unknown):

Ehra: "Ullar yesh 'ap?"
Ullen: "Aya. Tahian heshar?"
Ehra: "Nyeh."
Ullen: "Bergar, sho."
―Ehra's scouting report to Ullen[src]


The Seti believed Burn slept beneath their lands.[11]


The Seti may have once resided in or invaded the lands of the Fenn in northern Quon Tali. Quick Ben once remarked that the sorceress, Nightchill, had been involved with the Seti expulsion from Fenn nearly 2000 years before the start of the Malazan Book of the Fallen.[12]

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

The Seti formed an army under the leadership of Toc the Elder. They would fight on behalf of the Talian League on the promise that they could take Li Heng when the civil war had been won. At the last moment however, they refused to fight and left. With their old patron Ryllandaras set free, they were confident they could take the city without any outside help. The Seti had no further need for Toc and killed him on Imotan's command.[13]

Notable Seti Edit

Notes and referencesEdit

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