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Unta was the capital city of the Malazan Empire,[1] located on the north-east coast of the continent of Quon Tali. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Unta, the city had been conquered by the Malazans and its ruling family eradicated. The city lay on a broad harbour which was overlooked by an ancient pre-Malazan castle.[2]

According to Tattersail, Unta was about three thousand leagues from Pale.[3] Its population was well over a hundred thousand.[4] The city was defended by at least eight thousand Malazan soldiers and as many as ten thousand poorly trained and unorganized citizen militia members.[5][6]

In its wealthier districts, it was a city of painted spires and domes.[7] Decorative columns were raised to celebrate the accomplishments of the Empire's Armies and list the names of noted soldiers.[8]

HistoryEdit

Some of the noble families in Unta could trace their lineage back seven centuries to around 400-500BS, to the tribal horsemen who came to the area from the east. They conquered the cousins of the Kanese who had built villages along the coast and their descendants gradually turned from warrior horsemen to horsebreeders to merchants.[9]

The history of the continent was dominated by two rival provinces, Unta in the east and Quon Tali in the west. Each sought to dominate trade and crush its rival while "lesser states, Itko Kan, Cawn, Gris, and Dal Hon, danced in a myriad of alliances, trade combines and Troikas marshaled against one or both poles." When the Malazans began their domination of the continent, Unta and Quon Tali were the first to fall.[10]

Features within the cityEdit


Features outside the cityEdit

The Imperial quarries were located outside Unta, producing a grey-black glittering basalt.[25]

The East Road led from the city to a pier town called Luckless, where slave ships departed for the Empire's mines on Otataral Island.[26]

Notable Untans Edit

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

In Return of the Crimson GuardEdit

During the events of the Insurrection, the Malazan capital was invaded by the newly reunited Crimson Guard. The Guard seized the city's harbour before securing the routes to the Malazan Imperial Palace. The Guard's interim commander Skinner sought Empress Laseen, but was disappointed to find her absent. With no driving reason to stay, the Guard was soon repelled by a combination of directed Claw attacks and hordes of untrained civilian militia. Independently, the Imperial Arsenal was destroyed in a massive explosion that set off firestorms amongst the holdings of the city's great noble families.[30][31]

In StonewielderEdit

The new new Emperor began a campaign of rapid rebuilding of the Malazan capital.[32]

Significant plot details end here.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Gardens of the Moon, Prologue, UK MMPB p.4
  2. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 4, US HC p.170
  3. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 2, UK MMPB p.86
  4. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.289
  5. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 5, UK PB p.197
  6. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.313
  7. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue, US HC p.24
  8. Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 13, US HC p.344
  9. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.46
  10. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 2, US HC p.30
  11. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue
  12. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.306
  13. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.295
  14. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue, US HC p.28
  15. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 2, UK Bantam Press PB p.63
  16. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 4, UK PB p.189
  17. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.303
  18. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 2, UK Bantam Press PB p.65
  19. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue
  20. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 1, UK PB p.30-31
  21. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.289
  22. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 4, US HC p.170
  23. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 1 Chapter 1, UK PB p.30-31
  24. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2, UK PB p.289/302
  25. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.41
  26. Deadhouse Gates, Prologue, US HC p.30
  27. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.45-47
  28. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.49/50
  29. Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 1, UK MMPB p.49
  30. Return of the Crimson Guard, Book 2 Chapter 2
  31. Stonewielder, Chapter 3, US HC p.158
  32. Stonewielder, Chapter 3, US HC p.158
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