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Twist was the commander of the Black Moranth,[1] also known as the Achievant. The name Twist was given to him by members of the Malazan Army as his true name was considered completely unpronounceable.[2]

Twist wore gleaming black, chitinous armour that was badly damaged by sword strikes. He had lost all four fingers of his right hand, but continued to wear what was left of its gauntlet.[3]

His right hand was completely paralyzed, withered and crushed by the necromantic grasp of a Rhivi spirit in Blackdog Forest. The paralysis was expected to slowly climb up the arm and eventually spread to other parts of his body and cause his death.[4]

He was always polite, professional, and discrete though Silverfox sensed that Twist laughed in sorrow on the inside.[5]

The Achievant thought the Malazan Empire wise and tolerant, a rare and precious thing.[6]

In Gardens of the MoonEdit

During a rendezvous with Black Moranth forces near Pale, Whiskeyjack enquired about a one-armed Black Moranth, five times marked for valor. This was likely to have been Twist.[7] He was later told by the Moranth that the man he fought alongside in the streets of Nathilog still lived.[8]

In Memories of IceEdit

As commander of the Black Moranth, Twist accompanied Dujek Onearm and Whiskeyjack to the parley that secured an alliance with Caladan Brood against the Pannion Domin.[9]

Throughout the Pannion War, Twist's forces established hidden forward supply bases[10] and aided the Bridgeburners by flying their members to different destinations on their quorls. He himself accompanied Captain Ganoes Paran's squad to the Barghast Range to secure an alliance with the White Face Barghast despite the Barghast's hatred for the Moranth. He claimed the enmity was born of ancient and false memories.[11] Planning for the worst in Trotts' duel against Humbrall Taur's son, Paran sent Twist to fetch Mallet by quorl. The Black Moranth returned just in time for the healer to save Trotts' life and the alliance.[12] Paran sent Twist to communicate their success back to Dujek and Whiskeyjack before moving on Capustan.[13][14]

Later in the war, after the Siege of Capustan was lifted, Twist accompanied the Bridgeburners on their secret night flight to Setta. By this time, Twist's infection had spread above his shoulder causing him much pain. Quick Ben was amazed he was able to still maintain control. The Achievant queried Paran as to whether he had blessed the newly recovered Barghast gods in his role as Master of the Deck. He described for Paran how the Barghast and Moranth peoples were kin, and their ancestral spirits the same. Knowing he had only weeks to live, the Moranth wondered who awaited his soul.[15]

"Were the Black Moranth a loquacious people, the history of Achievant Twist would be known. And were it known, from what preceded first mention of him following the alliance with the Malazan Empire; his sojourn during the Genabackan Campaigns of that same empire; and of his life within the Moranth Hegemony itself - one cannot but suspect that the tale would be worthy of more than one legend."
―"Lost Heroes"
Badark of Nathii[src]

The poison finally claimed Twist during the Siege of Coral. He perished a bell before the Black Moranth began ferrying companies of Dujek's soldiers into the city. His body was placed in a sarcophagus alongside the fallen Bridgeburners within the throne room of Moon's Spawn by Anomander Rake. The failing Skykeep was then sent out over the Rust Ocean where it was presumed to have crashed into the sea.[16]

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