The Tiste Liosan, also known as the Children of Light,[1] were a race found in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. They were not one of the four founding races and only had contact with the Malazan world due to a breach in the barriers surrounding their Warren of Kurald Thyrllan possibly through the human use of Telas and of Thyr, the Paths of Fire and of Light and the Imass use of the Tellann, the Hold of Fire.

The Tiste Liosan made the fewest appearances of the Tiste races in the Malazan series.

Anatomy Edit

The Tiste Liosan were taller than humans, though of similar proportions. Their features were similar to Tiste Edur's, apart from their white, almost luminous skin and silver, slanted, epicanthic, almond-shaped eyes. Their hair was silver or gold and generally kept long. The Tiste Liosan were close kin to the Tiste Edur and Tiste Andii, though they did not share genetic descent. Internal anatomy differed from the human norm; specifically, the heart was known to be buried deeper in the torso.

Culture Edit

The Tiste Liosan inhabited Kurald Thyrllan, the Elder Warren of Light, and were not native to the Malazan world. In contrast to their apathetic kin, the Tiste Andii, the Liosan were high-tempered, arrogant and zealous, dedicated priests of their god of light, Osserc. They viewed Trull Sengar as a lesser species of Tiste, which only showed their haughtiness. Enias refered to the Tiste Liosan language as 'The Language of Purity'. They were the least well-known of the Tiste races, and had the least contact with the Malazan world.

Socially, the Liosan appeared to be martially organized and hierarchical, led by warrior-priests. Their Liosan armour was white enamel. They had a visored helm of the same material with a leather underlining webbed over eyes and cheeks by black iron mail. They employed a light, narrow-bladed ivory longsword, scabbarded in pale wood.


For a list of known Tiste Liosan words and phrases as well as translations please visit the Tiste Language page.

In House of Chains Edit

Four Liosan warriors engaged briefly in combat with Trull Sengar, a Tiste Edur and Onrack, a T'lan Imass. They were then forced to co-operate with Sengar, Onrack and several other T'lan Imass in order to escape the shattered Warren in which they were trapped. Subsequent to this they escaped into the Malazan world, but, after nearly dying at the hands of Malazan sappers, they decided to retreat to their own Warren. The other Imass killed the demon posing as Osserc (L'oric's familiar).

The Tiste Liosan named L'oric, son of Osserc, then went to find his father in the memory of Raraku, a realm similar to a Warren. Osserc did not wish to return immediately, prompting L'oric to find a new familiar and they returned with him to Kurald Thyrllan.

In Dust of DreamsEdit

A group of about eight Tiste Liosan encountered and were killed by Yedan Derryg along Blind Gallan's Road, a private Warren/path created or opened by Yan Tovis.

In The Crippled GodEdit

The armies of the Tiste Liosan amassed to invade and sack Kharkanas. Kadagar Fant, Lord of the Liosan, conscripted the entire population of the Liosan City of Light to fight alongside eleven Soletaken eleint and the Liosan Legions. The invasion proved to be a mass slaughter on both sides, with the corpses on the First Shore massing "three deep" to the ground, while the wounded were piled into trenches en masse.

Only after killing all of his conscripts did Kadagar order the Liosan professional army into battle, and even then, the battle ended in failure for the Liosan. The Liosan eleint were killed by Yedan Derryg, Silanah and the Andii Soletaken eleint. The Tiste Andii pursued the retreating Liosan into their city of Light, promising to finish the eternal war between light and dark.

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

A small group of Tiste Liosan had a brief and humiliating encounter with Cowl and Skinner within the Warren of Thyr, close to the borders of Kurald Thyrllan.[2]

In Stonewielder Edit

Kiska and Jheval encountered the Army of Light, a Tiste Liosan army, encamped near the "whorl" which led to the Warren of Chaos.

Spoiler warning: The following section contains significant plot details about Tiste Liosan.

In Forge of DarknessEdit

The first known Tiste Liosan was Syntara, High Priestess of Kharkanas. A Tiste, Syntara witnessed the meeting of Mother Dark with T'riss, the Azathanai. She revealed few details of what was said, but when it was over Syntara stumbled out of the room, skin now alabaster and eyes now dark pools of ink, shouting that she had chosen her gift from the Azathanai. She was now the first high priestess of Light, and a Tiste Liosan.[3][4]

Significant plot details end here.

Notable Tiste Liosan Edit

Notes and referencesEdit

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