- see also Tiles elsewhere
The Tiles of the Holds, or the Elder Deck, were an ancient version of the Deck of Dragons representing the various Holds that once existed everywhere in the world. Like the Deck of Dragons, they could be used to make predictions in a process called "casting the Tiles". They were predominantly used in the Letherii Empire.
Unlike the Deck of Dragons, members of the Hold could be places or things. The only diviner seen in Midnight Tides was Feather Witch, named after the feather witches who, for generations before her time, were the only ones that could read the Holds. In her readings, she could see actions of the individual members of the Holds not as if she were there but through images in the form of representations of their actions. This was very unlike the Deck of Dragons, where the cards were drawn and placed in an order on a surface and the meaning was left for interpretation.
A Cedance was the dominant set of Tiles.
The Errant was the Master of the Tiles.
- Azath Hold
- Beast Hold
- Dark Hold, observed by Heboric
- Death Hold, observed by Heboric
- Dragon Hold
- Empty Hold
- Ice Hold
- Life Hold, observed by Heboric
- Light Hold, observed by Heboric
The Synod of Stygg also had a version of casting Tiles. Brother Jool cast the Tiles and saw Fire, Night, Earth, Light, Seas, Life, and Death all gathered for the coming season at the Stormwall. In opposition was the House of Death represented by the Malazan Empire as well as a hidden tile representing the Stormriders. During a second reading he saw Hearth/Flame inverted, the Dark Hoarder (death) inverted, Earth/Dolmen or the past, Stormriders, Demesne of Night or Hold of Darkness all of which foresaw a betrayal.