Shortnose was a mean-looking heavy[1] in the 9th Company, 8th Legion of the Malaz 14th Army. He was in either Sobelone's or Tugg's squad.[2]

He was prone to snoring very loudly. The tip of his nose had been cut off at some point in the past, presumably the reason for his name. Part of one ear was bitten off by Saltlick.[3]

In House of ChainsEdit

Shortnose's squad was part of Adjunct Tavore Paran's punitive expedition against the Army of the Apocalypse. On the road from Aren to Raraku, the heavies had no chance to wet their swords, but Fiddler was impressed with their discipline nonetheless.[1]

In The BonehuntersEdit

Shortnose got married to Hanno about one week before the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan.[4]

Shortnose was one of the group of soldiers who survived the Last Siege of Y'Ghatan by escaping through tunneling their way out from under the city.[5]

He was injured defending the jetty during the Bonehunter's eventful visit to Malaz City by a sword through a thigh. The wound was seen to by Deadsmell.[6]

In Reaper's GaleEdit

Stormy trod on one of Shortnose's hand, breaking the third finger. Shortnose just looked at it, reset it and carried on as if nothing had happened.[7]

His wife, Hanno died during the Malazan invasion of Lether, her skull cleaved by a Letherii sword.[8]

In Dust of DreamsEdit

He had been part of Gesler's squad. After the Sergeant and Corporal Stormy were kidnapped , the squad was disbanded by Fist Keneb. Given first choice, Sergeant Fiddler chose Shortnose to join his squad.[9]

In The Crippled GodEdit

Shortnose was described as having a long beard, decorated with the bones of fallen enemies. He had lost the four fingers of his shield hand in the battle with the K'Chain Nah'ruk. As the other members of the 4th squad were either dead or dispersed, Shortnose decided to join the 5th squad. No mention was made of whether he was aware of Fiddler having also chosen him.[10]

It was revealed that Shortnose had fathered a child with his older brother's wife Karas in a drunken encounter. He sent a portion of his pay home to support the child and hoped his brother would remove the bounty once the child was old enough to work.[11]

While the Bonehunters were crossing the Glass Desert, Shortnose was one of the heavies tasked with helping to pull an ox cart filled with supplies.[12] After Shorthand (an ex-heavy, aka Himble Thrup) was viciously assaulted (in order to get him out of the way) by three goons from the regular infantry who had been picked by Fist Blistig to help him recover what he thought of as 'his' secret stash of water,[13] Shortnose, leading a group of other heavies to avenge Shorthand, searched for and found Blistig's 'gang of thugs' (some nine or ten well-known trouble-makers) and badly mauled them - leaving them all with assorted broken bones, smashed heads and faces beaten to a pulp.[14]

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