Spindle was a mage and sapper with the 7th squad of the Bridgeburners[1] whose method of channeling his Warren disrupted and panicked animals when he unveiled it.[2] He once captained a company of sappers for three days until one of his soldiers accidentally set off a charge that killed many of them.[3]

Spindle was a short and scrawny, bald man known for wearing a particularly rank black and grey, hooded, thigh-length hair-shirt, allegedly woven from his dead mother's hair.[4][5] He refused to wash the shirt, saying that his mother never washed her hair when she was alive.[6] Damaged portions of the hairshirt slowly grew back.[7] Picker believed the shirt was the reason Spindle had survived so many years as a soldier.[8] He sometimes spoke of his mother in the present tense,[9] and was careful not to do anything to provoke her disapproval. He was once observed to duck as an impression of knuckles briefly appeared on his bald pate.[10]

"Beneath the skin beneath the hairshirt, there scrabbled the soul of a sapper, half mad - as were the souls of all sappers. Spindle's magery was notoriously unpredictable, and more than once she had seen him unveiling his warren with one hand while throwing a Moranth munition with the other."
Picker prior to the Battle of Black Coral[src]

He had an "eternally sour disposition".[4]

Spindle was capable of reading the Deck of Dragons and of making copies of the cards for his own set.[11]

In Memories of Ice Edit

After Dujek Onearm's army went renegade, Spindle was promoted to cadre mage. Dujek allied with their old enemies, Caladan Brood and Anomander Rake, to war against the Pannion Domin. Spindle led Blend, Detoran, Hedge, Picker, and Trotts into Brood's command tent to steal Fiddler and Hedge's old card table. Rigged to win card games using the Deck of Dragons, it had been lost as a spoil of war when the Bridgeburner camp in Mott Wood was overrun. Spindle and the squad soon put the table back into action to swindle their fellow soldiers. But the presence of a new and heretofore unknown Master of the Deck card painted underneath caused the plan to backfire, lightening their own purses.[12]

For four of Spindle's readings in a row, the Obelisk dominated for the first time in decades. The mage declared that the new card was a passive influence that had not yet awoken. The rest of Spindle's hand saw the Soldier of High House Death, the Magi of Shadow, the Captain of High House Light, and Hood's Herald. Spindle eventually recognised the face on the Assassin card as Kalam Mekhar and the face on the new card as that of Ganoes Paran.[13]

The Bridgeburners were sent by Quorl to the Barghast Range to forge an alliance with Humbrall Taur and the White Face Barghast. Spindle was part of a detachment led by Antsy that was to meet and escort Quick Ben to the Barghast camp.

The Bridgeburners and the Barghast were the first of the allied forces to make contact with the enemy at the Siege of Capustan. Using munitions, Spindle and the Bridgeburners punched their way through 200 Betaklites and over a thousand Tenescowri at Capustan's North Gate.[14] The Crippled God's growing infection of the Warrens made spellcasting dangerous and Spindle soon grew afraid to test his magic.[15]

After the siege was lifted, the Bridgeburners traveled secretly to Coral to reconnoiter the next battlefield. Spindle was part of a team of mages, along with Quick Ben, Bluepearl, and Toes, who defended a network of unmanned trenches and tunnels built on the forested slopes north of the city. The Bridgeburners held their position against Septarch Ultentha and a company of Beklites and Urdomen until Dujek arrived.[16]

During the Siege of Coral, Spindle and the other Bridgeburners were inserted into the city by quorl under the cover of darkness. Their mission was to attack the keep of the Pannion Seer while Dujek led the rest of the army into the city itself.[17] Spindle and Hedge rigged one of the keep's towers with munitions to blow open an entrance for the Bridgeburner attack. Spindle also unveiled his warren to disrupt the Seer's demonic Condors by panicking their animal hosts.[18]

After the battle, Dujek allowed Spindle and the remaining Bridgeburners to secretly retire as had been Whiskeyjack's wish.[19] The mage went to Darujhistan where several of his comrades used their accumulated back pay to establish K'rul's Bar.[20]

In Toll the Hounds Edit

Spindle subsequently left Darujhistan to go on a pilgrimage to the site of the Barrow of the Redeemer - which was located just outside the newly re-named Black Coral.[21] However, upon reaching the Pilgrim camp of the Redeemer outside the city, Spindle discovered a place almost completely corrupted by the worship of a new god (the Dying God) with its universal drinking of Kelyk/Saemankelyk - a liquid that was extremely addictive and ultimately deadly.[22]

Spindle recognized an ex-Bridgeburner, Monkrat, near the camp, and, after some difficulty, convinced Monkrat to help him save as many as possible of the completely abandoned children in the Pilgrim camp before they could be rounded up by the new sect's fanatic adherents to be sacrificed (as virgins) to 'feed' the Dying God.[23] Spindle and Monkrat, in time, managed to rescue twenty children, some in very bad shape through neglect - preventing those children, at least, from being killed.[24]

Finally, as Spindle and Monkrat watched, Silanah (the 'red dragon') took flight from her roost atop the New Palace of the Tiste Andii in Black Coral and flew to the corrupted ex-Pilgrim camp near the Barrow of the Redeemer to deal deadly payback to Gradithan and the rest of his evil followers.[25]

In The Crippled GodEdit

Spindle had been present in Black Coral (which was "Black" no longer, as the entire Tiste Andii population had vanished, without a word to anyone, along with Silanah) when all of the Great Ravens, thousands of them, suddenly took flight and left the city, flying out over the bay, heading eastward.[26]

In Orb Sceptre Throne Edit

Spindle resurfaced at "K'rul's Bar" where he recruited Picker and Blend to join him for a surveillance job[27] which involved keeping watch over what was happening at Scholar Ebbin's latest 'find' - a site located out on the Dwelling Plain, a long walk due south from Darujhistan's Raven Gate.[28]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Memories of Ice, Dramatis Personae
  2. Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.130
  3. Memories of Ice, Chapter 21, UK MMPB p.906
  4. 4.0 4.1 Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.129
  5. Memories of Ice, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.377
  6. Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.140
  7. Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.563
  8. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter III, US TPB p.105
  9. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter III, US TPB p.105
  10. Memories of Ice, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.411
  11. Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.142
  12. Memories of Ice, Chapter 4, US SFBC p.139-143
  13. Memories of Ice, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.178-182
  14. Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.560-566
  15. Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.573
  16. Memories of Ice, Chapter 23, US SFBC p.863-865/876
  17. Memories of Ice, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.877-878
  18. Memories of Ice, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.883/886-887
  19. Memories of Ice, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.991-992
  20. Memories of Ice, Epilogue, US SFBC p.997-1000
  21. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 20, US TPB p.664
  22. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 20, US TPB p.662-663
  23. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 22, US TPB p.733-735
  24. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 24, US TPB p.800-801
  25. Toll the Hounds, Chapter 24, US TPB p.809-810
  26. The Crippled God, Chapter 11, US HC p.286-287
  27. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter II, US TPB p.68-70
  28. Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter III, US TPB p.105
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