The Silanda was a pre-Imperial Quon dromon which was originally the only vessel sanctioned to travel to and from Drift Avalii to trade with the Tiste Andii. She was said to have disappeared when the Emperor's forces overran Quon, never to be seen again.
In fact, she was captured by Tiste Edur and her crew mainly Tiste Andii beheaded and ensorcelled. According to Run'Thurvian, the nature of the sorcery included Kurald Emurlahn, Tellann, Telas, and a residue of Toblakai sorcery. The sorcery also led to a strange suspension of time aboard the vessel. Gesler once commented that he, Stormy, and Truth were unable to grow their beards while aboard ship.
The ship had three masts and twin banks of oars. The main and fore masts bore tattered square sails while the mizzen mast bore the remnants of a lateen. Within the captain's quarters was a map marking her final voyage. From a pine forested land of fjords unknown to the Malazan Empire, she had sailed east and then southward over a vast ocean.
Thereafter, the crew of Silanda were the headless bodies of her last living crew, stationed three to an oar. Their heads were wrapped in sealskin left on the ship's deck. They were controlled with a bone whistle.
Kulp, Stormy, Gesler, and Truth set out on the Ripath for Otataral Island to fulfill a promise the mage had made to Duiker. On the way, their ship was caught up in a strange fiery storm caused by a mad mage. After finally reaching shore, the four met up with Felisin, Baudin and Heboric. The group then left on their badly damaged vessel, but were forced to abandon it for the Silanda when it was drawn into a strange flooded warren tinged by Kurald Emurlahn and sunk.
Shortly after boarding the Silanda, the mad mage's storm caught up with them. Just as they were despairing, a hunting party of Logros T'lan Imass led by Hentos Ilm materialized aboard the ship. With their help, the insane mage was killed and the "wound" that had flooded the Warren was sealed. Afterwards, the T'lan Imass left to continue the pursuit of some of their brethren. Although the immediate problems had been resolved, the issue of leaving the flooded Warren still remained.
Luckily, Kulp was able to use his Meanas Warren fashion an illusion capable of opening a rent back to their world using a passing undead dragon and the help of some Ascendants. However, another fire storm engulfed the ship and crew just as success seemed within reach. In the ensuing panic, Baudin grabbed Felisin and jumped overboard, landing on the continent of Seven Cities where they found Heboric and an unconscious Kulp already ashore. Stormy, Gesler, and Truth were presumed to have perished in the fires aboard the Silanda.
Based on what was found by Gesler and Stormy, the following incident from House of Chains preceded their encounter with the vessel described in Deadhouse Gates.
While being transported to Seven Cities from Genabaris as prisoners of the Malazan Empire, Karsa Orlong and Torvald Nom, along with the ship they were on and its crew, were pulled into a strange flooded warren during a bizarre magical storm at sea. After finding a number of grounded, abandoned vessels, the two former prisoners were able to gather some food, water and a dory with oars and a sail. They then set off to try to find their way to land.
When their stores were nearly exhausted, they found the Silanda, crewed by Tiste Edur under the leadership of Binadas Sengar. Karsa single-handedly killed the crew when they attempted to take him and Torvald as prisoners. Binadas tried to use magic on Karsa but the attempt was futile and he was killed with a spear by Karsa.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.213-214
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 16, US HC p.443
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.213
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.217
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8, US HC p.215-216/218
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 8
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 9
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 11
- ↑ Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 16