- they descended from those imass and the thelomen toblakai that were with them. the barghast are generally more bulky than humans, and they have imass-like features. rounder faces, less chin, bit of a brow ridge. the thelomen blood is probably weak.

Hetan: White paint smeared on face, shoulder length red ochre-staned braids, muscled arms, body covered in thick and rancid grease, she is a “brutal beauty” (MoI, US HB, p. 274), Well, Barghast and Imass apparently look enough alike that when Hetan first sees un-undead Tool, she takes him for a Barghast.

The Barghast have been both allies and opponents of the Malazan Empire throughout the series. They are divided into clans and lead by a single leader. Trotts, a Bridgeburner who had Barghast blood, fought in a duel to gain rights to kinship and create his own tribe. “Turns out that Barghast bastard once had some kind of high rank in his own tribe. Something about all those tattoos.”

The Barghast descend from seagoing Imass, and Theloman Toblakai who landed across the various of Wu. The Barghast all have similar culture despite having no contact with each other. Before this time they (or their Tlan Imass and Theloman Toblakai ancestors) met with and warred against seafaring Tiste Edur during this time.

Note: the Actual Descent of the Barghast is debatable, “Memories of Ice” indicts descent fron the Imass only, though mentions that they landed “through out the known world” and had similar culture. Whereas “house of Chains” first indicts the Barghast are descended from the seafaring Theloman Toblakai (which explains their size) then mentions that the traveled together with the living Imass (who did not take part in the ritual of Tellan).

‘Barghast, yes? Extraordinary, isn’t it, that such people can be found on other continents as well, calling themselves by the same name and practising, it seems, virtually identical customs. What vast history lies buried and now lost in their ignorance, I wonder?’ As it turned out, the spirit we gathered into our embrace – though once a shaman of some power – could tell us nothing other than what we had already surmised. The Barghast are an ancient people indeed, and were once far more numerous. Accomplished seafarers as well.’ His flat, grey eyes fixed on Hetan. A thin brow slowly lifted. ‘Not a question of a fall from some civilized height into savagery, however. Simply an eternal… stagnation. The belief system, with all its ancestor worship, is anathema to progress, or so I have concluded given the evidence.’

The Barghast refuse to change, the living think now as the living always did. Generation after generation. Our kind are dying out, mortal. We rot from within. For the ancestors are prevented from giving true guidance, prevented from maturing into their power.

There was Barghast blood in Caladan Brood, reflected in his tall, hulking form and his wide, flat face. … thin, wide mouth.

The White-Face clan landed on continent of Genabackis, they are the most prominent Barghast in the series.

White paint had been smeared on their faces, giving them a skull-like appearance. Braids stained with red ochre hung down to their shoulders, knotted with bone fetishes.

Blood-iron – that’s iron quenched in snow-chilled blood… a Barghast practice when shamans invest weapons. Thus, the wielder and the weapon are linked. Merged…

On their long journey north, the White Face Barghast broke up into clans, then family bands, ranging far and wide as was their wont.

a warrior caste tribe found on various continents: Ilgres Clan, White Face Clan (including: Senan, Gilk, Ahkrata, Barahn, Nith’rithal)

Ahkrata Clan

‘Distinguished by their characteristic nose-plugs, lone braids and multi-toned armour fashioned from Moranth victims – including Green, Black, Red and, here and there, Gold Clans – they were the smallest contingent, having travelled farthest, yet reputedly the meanest. Avowed enemies of the Ilgres Clan…’ (MoI, UK Trade, p.336)

Barahn Clan

‘Humbrall Taur’s closest rival was the warchief Maral Eb, whose own Barahn Clan had arrived in strength – over ten thousand weaponbearers, painted in red ochre and wearing bronze brigandine armour, their hair spiked and bristling with porcupine quills.’ (MoI, UK Trade, p. 336)

Gilk Clan

Perhaps the strangest group of warriors Paran had seen was the Gilk. ‘Their hair was cut in stiff, narrow wedges and they wore armour assembled from the plates of some kind of tortoise. Distinctively short and stout for Barghast, they looked to the captain to be a match for any heavy infantry they might face.’ MoI, UK Trade, p. 336)


Humbrall Taur – The warrior was huge, robustly boned, bestial, bedecked in the withered, hair-matted skins of deboned human heads. His hauberk of overlapping coins glittered in the morning light: the horde of ancient, unknown money that the Senan stumbled across some time in the past must have been huge, for every warrior in the tribe wore such armour. There must have been shiploads of the damned things. That, or an entire temple filled to its ceiling. The warchief wasted no time with words. He unslung the spiked mace from his hip …


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