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Untersucht man den Boden mit scharfen, klaren Augen, so findet man Hinweise, dass dieser Jaghut-Krieg in alter Zeit, der für die Kron T'lan Imass entweder der siebzehnte oder der achtzehnte gewesen sein musste, schrecklich schiefgegangen war. Der Adept, der unsere Expedition begleitete, hat keinerlei Zweifel daran gelassen, dass im Inneren des Laederon-Gletschers noch ein Jagut am Leben war. Schrecklich verwundet zwar, doch noch immer im Besitz Furcht erregender magischer Kräfte. Außerhalb der Reichweite des Eisflusses (eine Reichweite die in all den Jahren immer kleiner geworden ist), sind die zerschmetterten Überreste von T'lan Imass verstreut, schrecklich missgestaltete Knochen, die bis heute - wie das ganze Gebiet - nach dem wilden, tödlichen Gewirr Omtose Phellack riechen.
Von den verzauberten Steinwaffen der Kron sind nur diejenigen übrig geblieben, die im Verlauf der Auseinandersetzung zerbrochen sind. Was zu der Überlegung führt, dass entweder Plünderer hier gewesen sein müssen oder die überlebenden T'lan Imass (einmal angenommen es haben tatsächlich welche überlebt) sie mitgenommen haben.
Kenemass Trybanos, Chronist[src]
Karsa, Bairoth and Delum decide to avoid the other Rathyd villages, concerned they may be weighed down with "too many trophies" by the time they reach Silver Lake. Inside a cave, they discover glyphs chiseled in the stone wall in the Teblor language. The glyphs describe a group whose blood has become "cloudy" being hunted by T'lan Imass and the author's plan to return the hunted group to "ancient ways of legends," mentioning by name some of the present day Teblor clans.
As they press farther into Sunyd lands, they find the villages long abandoned. They realize that the "lowlanders" have driven the Sunyd from their lands. The three Uryd change their mission to one of vengeance for the Teblor. That night, they discuss the meaning behind the glyphs found in the cave.
Before reaching Silver Lake, they discover a huge flat slab of stone with a blue-green hand sticking out from underneath. It moves when Karsa nears it. Karsa concludes that it is a demon pinned there for eternity. Bairoth advises to free the demon, which they do after some deliberation. The demon then spontaneously attacks Karsa and Delum, who intervenes, gets thrown down and strikis his head. The demon identifies herself as a Forkrul Assail named Calm. In a show of gratitude for being freed, Calm tells Karsa that he has been chosen but refuses to tell for what purpose. She then leaves. Delum's skull is cracked and clear "thought blood" is seen leaking out of his head. Karsa comments on how nobody recovers once thought blood leaks out.
As they travel, Delum moves with the dogs and starts to behave as if he were one. Karsa and Bairoth begin to argue after Bairoth states that he does not intend to follow Karsa anymore. When Bairoth informs Karsa that he and Dayliss are lovers and she carries his child, Karsa vows to denounce her for sleeping with a man out of wedlock and to take her a slave. Upon hearing this, Bairoth attacks Karsa, but the dogs intervene and attack Bairoth savagely.
Karsa calls off the dogs when he hears someone approaching, and the fight is put aside. They see lowlanders approaching, and Karsa attacks them. To the shock of the four mages among the group, Karsa walks through their magical fire unscathed and slaughters them all, save for one man who flees. Bairoth agrees to follow Karsa from then on.
They then press hard toward Silver Lake, hoping to beat the lone survivor so he cannot raise the alarm ahead of them. After a perilous trek down a steep staircase made of bones, they finally reach Silver Lake. They attack anyone within reach, gaining access within the town's walls. Karsa, Bairoth, Delum (who fights like a dog) and the dogs slaughter scores of lowlanders before both of their mounts are killed by pikemen. In the assault, Karsa and Bairoth are separated. Karsa witnesses Delum being slain. In his pursuit of one lowlander, Karsa jumps down from a raised platform, but the floor gives way and falls into a cellar and is impaled on a spike of wood. Karsa is forced to surrender and be captured.
The man he was chasing is the same man who fled the previous night. When Karsa mentions the name of his grandfather Pahlk, the man reveals the truth behind Pahlk's stories and how Pahlk arrived at Silver Lake on the brink of death a few centuries earlier. He was taken in by the early settlers and nursed back to health. When Pahlk's health was restored, he killed almost all of them and fled back to the Teblor lands.
The lowlander tells Karsa that they know all about the Uryd from the Sunyd slaves they have taken and plan on enslaving them eventually as well. Many of the lowlanders are identified as Malazans, who have an army occupying the village. A new lowlander arrives, a slaver named Master Silgar who says he has a lesson prepared for Karsa. Karsa is led to an area where Bairoth is badly wounded and bound against a wheel. They attempt to extract details about the Uryd but then kill Bairoth when he refuses to give any information. Karsa is told that he will be spared only to become a slave.
Karsa is thrown in a slave pit, chained to a tree trunk. There he meets another prisoner named Torvald Nom from Darujhistan. Karsa manages to work himself free from his bonds, frees Torvald and the two make their escape. Torvald suggests a direction to flee, but Karsa states his intentions to stay and enact vengeance upon the lowlanders, which should allow Torvald to escape. Karsa is soon captured with the use of a net enchanted by the mage Ebron which is normally used to snare and stun Dhenrabi. Despite the fact that the net should kill a normal man, Karsa is merely subdued by it and even feels its power soon lessening.
The leader of the Malazans, Captain Kindly, informs Silgar that Karsa is now a prisoner of the Malazans for his crimes during his assault. Karsa is reunited with Torvald, now in Malazan captivity after he was also apprehended.