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Trotts was a huge[2] Barghast warrior and a member of the 9th Squad of the Bridgeburners under Sergeant Whiskeyjack.[3] He served as its 'fist'. He was the last of his own clan, and tattooed on his scarred body was the history of his tribe, a tale five hundred generations long. He claimed kinship, blood-ties knotted at the very beginning, to the Barghast First Founders.[2] He was the only Barghast in the Bridgeburners.[4]

Trotts was described as burly,[5] a wide-shouldered man with black hair, braided into a ponytail and knotted with charms and fetishes. His arms were covered in blue woad tattooing, the spiral patterns interrupted every now and then by white scars. He had coal dark eyes, filed teeth, and would use a monotone voice when counting in a card game.[6][7][8]

He was a savage and brutal fighter equally adept with throwing axes as well as the longsword. His protective fetishes and tattoos made him fearless in the face of sorcery.[9]

As fellow Bridgeburner Hedge put it, the Barghast had not been given the name 'Trotts' because he liked jogging...[10]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

Trotts survived the Siege of Pale. He and his squad mates were then sent on deployment to Darujhistan. They were airlifted by Moranth Quorl to the northern shore of Lake Azur. Before crossing the Lake via fishing boat supplied by the Moranth, Whiskeyjack told them that he had changed the official plan as that would get them all killed. He divided the squad into two teams, one to be led by Kalam, the other one by the Sergeant himself. Trotts would be in Whiskeyjack's team. Kalam told Whiskeyjack that he was concerned for Fiddler, Hedge and Trotts, who had all shifted a lot of earth in the tunnels at Pale.

Trotts was trying to get the boat into the water and getting no help from the others. Seeing this, Whiskeyjack told him to sit in the boat and ordered the others to push it into the water. Kalam and Quick Ben's amusement was cut short when Whiskeyjack told them to help.[11]

The Bridgeburners' mission in Darujhistan was to weaken the city prior to a Malazan invasion. Trotts, Fiddler, and Hedge worked to mine the city's intersections with Moranth munitions.[12]

In Kalam's absence, Quick Ben trusted Trotts to watch over him as the mage confronted Hairlock through his warrens.[13]

While in Darujhistan, he used the pseudonym 'Niganga'.[1] The titillating presence of a big tattooed Barghast barbarian was what secured the Bridgeburners employment as guards at Lady Simtal's fete.[14]

Trotts was the first of the Bridgeburners to throw in with Captain Ganoes Paran when the squad joined former High Fist Dujek Onearm's revolt against the Malazan Empire.[15]

In Memories of IceEdit

After Dujek's army went renegade, the decimated Bridgeburners were reorganised and Trotts was moved to Antsy's 7th Squad.[16] Cadre mage Spindle led Trotts, Blend, Detoran, Hedge, and Picker into Caladan 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 caused the plan to backfire, lightening their own purses.[17]

Trotts played a crucial role in gaining the temporary support of the White Face Barghast tribes in the war against the Pannion Domin when he challenged, and narrowly defeated, Humbrall Taur's youngest son in single combat, thus proving his claim to be a Barghast warleader. His trachea was crushed in the conflict, making it necessary for Mulch to improvise a way of opening a passage for air to get into his lungs, till Mallet could reach the scene and heal him.

Following this battle, he led the various Barghast tribes to Capustan, where the Pannion Domin forces had already breached the walls.

Trotts was killed in the Siege of Coral, along with many of the remaining Bridgeburners. After fighting his way through many Pannion soldiers, he simply collapsed from all his wounds and died.

In House of ChainsEdit

Like most of his regiment, he became an Ascendant of High House Death.

Quotes Edit

"You, sapper, are the scum beneath a pebble in a stream running through a field of sickly pigs."
―Trott, after Hedge successfully crept up behind him[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

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