The Crippled God

Title: The Crippled God
Author(s): Steven Erikson
Release year: 2011 (
Publisher: Tor Books

Why in Database: The last, tenth volume of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. We found turtle elements in the three fragments quoted below. In addition, the word “shell” is also mentioned a few times, it means turtle shells, but without explicit clarification, we did not count these as turtle-fragments.

Abrastal and Warchief Spax were waiting outside the queen’s tent, and Aranict studied them as she and Brys approached. Both were arrayed in their full regalia, the queen looking imperial though the hair on one side of her head was shorn away, and the Gilk Warchief festooned in weapons and wearing an ankle-length cloak made of turtle shells.

‘They betrayed us,’ Diligence said, studying Tanakalian. ‘Many Pures died at their hand. Tell me, these Gilk – are they in the habit of wearing armour?’
‘Turtle shell, yes – most strange.’
‘Gillankai! Their hands are drenched in the blood of Pures!’

‘We more or less worked that one out,’ Spax said. The Gilk Warchief was in full turtleshell armour, his face painted white, the eyes rimmed in deep red ochre.

Source: Mossar, Developed: XYuriTT

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