|Book(s)|| The Blade Itself (POV)|
Before They Are Hanged (POV)
Last Argument of Kings (POV)
Ferro Maljinn is a former slave of the Gurkhul and the deadliest woman of the south.
Ferro has short, spiky black hair and dark skin. She has a thin scar across the right side of her face, starting at the eyebrow and ending across her lips. But her most remarkable feature is the "deep, rich, golden" color of her slightly slanted eyes.
Ferro is friendless; everyone she ever cared about has either betrayed her or died. She treats everyone with the deepest suspicion, and enjoys provoking people. Her only desire is vengeance against the Gurkish. She is extremely skilled with a bow, but she uses a scimitar-like curved sword at close range.
Ferro is a descendant of the demons, and possesses several traits of their bloodline. Her physical capabilities exceed normal human limits, including speed, endurance, tolerance to pain, healing, ability to do without sleep, and hearing. Her vision is especially acute; she can see in near-total darkness and her distance perception is as good as a man with a spyglass. However, she is completely color-blind. Her demonic heritage also allows Ferro to handle the Seed without harming her physically, and apparently allowed her to sense its presence and locate it within the House of the Maker.
Ferro is from a small country called Muntaz, by the sea, far to the east of Shaffa, beyond the mountains. The Gurkish conquered it years ago, and its people were scattered or made slaves like Ferro. When she was twelve years old, she was bought by a man called Susman, who owned place where slave-girls would be trained to please men and then sold at a profit. Two years later, she stole a knife and cut a big gash across her face, cutting her price down by three quarters. Later, she was one of the many slaves of the Emperor's youngest son in the palace, Uthman, who would become Emperor Uthman-ul-Dosht.
Ferro has since escaped slavery and become one of the most feared bandit in Gurkhul, preying on Gurkish soldiers without mercy. Her only companions are fellow bandits who she generally despises
The Blade Itself Edit
Ferro crew is attacked by Gurkish soldiers, and she is the only survivor of the conflict on both sides. While burying her crew, because that’s what crews do for one another, an unarmed old man approaches. After her attacks fail, she figures magic is at work and talking might be more effective. He introduces himself as Yulwei, and offers to help escape the soldiers on her tail. Realizing she’d rather live than die she accepts his help in exchange for a future favour.
Yulwei uses his powers to make them appear invisible as they creep past several campfires surrounded by Gurkish soldiers. Nearing Dagoska, and unsure whether his Art can keep them hidden amonst the Gurkish horde planning to lay siege to the city, Yulwei goes on alone. Ferro takes the chance to flee into the night. The next morning, she awakes to the sound of voices, a brother and sister searching for her. Ferro runs to an open space, but they capture her, undaunted by repeated arrows in the torso; Eaters to be sure.
The sister mocks her efforts to escape, but stops when a voice commands them to do so; Yulwei. After offering the Eaters a chance to leave, admonishing them for breaking Euz’s law, Yulwei attacks with his Art; the sister’s bones are turned to water and the brother burns from within. Ferro admits she cannot survive without Yulwei.
In Adua, despite proper paperwork, the savage looking woman and old man are denied access by the guards unless they disarm. With a cool head and some credibility earned in the Gurkish campaign, Collem West mollifies the situation and Ferro and Yulwei gain entry.
In Bayaz’ apartment, Bayaz is wondering whether Ferro is what he’s looking for. To test her, Bayaz presents two stones and asks her to choose the blue. She chooses the one on the left, but Bayaz reveals them both to bed red, proving that Ferro cannot see colour. Her response is to attack, shattering Bayaz’ nose. He finds it rather funny. Bayaz asks Ferro to accompany him on his quest. With some convincing that it’s her best path to revenge herself on the Gurkish, Ferro agrees.
With the journey now prepared, Ferro goes missing and Bayaz sends Logen Ninefingers to track her down. He finds her, surrounded by three Practicals, sent by Superior Goyle to learn more about Bayaz. Logen leaps to her defence. As more men appear, the pair flees across the Agriont’s rooftops. However, eventually they find themselves trapped. Logen takes a beating, but the Bloody-Nine takes hold and lays waste to the attackers.
Logen is left shattered, bleeding and weak. Ferro helps him back to Bayaz. The Practicals track them there and insist on arresting Ferro before Bayaz turns one of them into pink mist. The Magi tells them they’re leaving. Now.
Before They are HangedEdit
Ferro and the rest of Bayaz’ band of heroes reach Calcis, in the Old Empire. Logen is recovering from his wounds thanks to Ferro’s expert healing skills. They leave toward Darmium disguised as merchants. Out on the plain, Ferro presses Bayaz for information on their mission. Bayaz refuses to give specifics, so Ferro asks about the First Law, Khalul, and The Seed. Barely hiding his annoyance, Bayaz responds and Ferro learns to trust the Magus even less. As night falls, she plans to escape. She’s surprised when Logen sneaks up behind her and convinces her that they can get each other’s backs.
As they journey, Logen laments the lack of meat, so Ferro shoots three birds with her bow, stunning everyone. Bayaz explains her acumen by saying that Ferro is a descendent of Euz, with Demons blood. Later, Bayaz announces that rather than Darmium, they’ll divert and cross the river Aos at Aulcus. No one is amused.
Meanwhile, Ferro spies riders following them. They hides in some ruins as the riders pass, but later they find a massive log in their path. They encounter Finnius, the leader of the riders, sent by Emperor Cabrian to find them. Bayaz is annoyed; the air ripples and men go flying. Bayaz seems to lose control, the world bends and then suddenly rights itself, leaving the battle ended, but Bayaz unconscious. Quai explains that using the Art is always a risk, and Bayaz will recover... probably.
Logen becomes leader and they continue towards Aulcus. They stop at an old ruin, and Ferro sees thirteen riders still following them. They decide to stay and fight. They win but Jezal is badly hurt.
Later, Bayaz awakes after weeks of comatose recovery. He gives no explanation for his torpor, but looks older than ever. As they ride, a battlefield littered with bodies rises around them. Zacharus strides toward them, claiming the dead are the work of his apprentice Goltus. Zacharus tries to deter Bayaz from his course, but Bayaz rejects him; it is the Seed or nothing. Zacharus hopes they fail.
Soon they arrive at Aulcus. The city stuns them, the jewel of cities, but nothing lives there, not even birds. They ride in silence brought on by the desolation. Before continuing, Bayaz tells them of a hill south of the city with a temple, which will be their rendezvous should they be separated.
They reach the Maker’s bridge. Ferro balks, pressing Bayaz again for answers about The Seed. Bayaz explains it is the thing that desolated this city. Only one with demons blood can carry it, which is why Bayaz needs Ferro. She is finally convinced that Bayaz can give her the revenge she wants.
The Magus guides them to a massive domed structure, the Imperial Senate of Aulcus. As they explore, Logen smells something and recognizes the Shanka. A flathead leaps from the shadows, and they flee. More Shanka emerge. About to be overwhelmed, Bayaz reaches to the other side and does something that rends the stone around them. Logen and Ferro fall into a rent in the earth.
Logen and Ferro find themselves in tunnels beneath the city. Logen follows Ferro at her urging into the dark. They come across a massive cavern full of Shanka, working at forges. Before Logen can stop himself his rage grows. And then there is nothing but the Bloody-Nine.
Logen and Ferro escape through a channel of some kind. When darkness falls, Ferro stops them in a ruin. Logen can hear her teeth chattering, and offers her his filthy coat. Her response catches him off guard when she asks if he’d like to fuck. Logen sputters, but before Ferro can rescind it, he recovers and suggests they get a little closer. The next morning, the two are awkward with each other. They eventually make it to the rendezvous.
Reunited, Bayaz leads them from Aulcus over the Broken Mountains to the Great Western Library. Inside Cawneil greets them, and invites them to dinner, but the food is poor and the company rancid. She reminds Bayaz of his failings, of when he left her for Tolomei, and when his actions led to Tolomei’s death. Bayaz calls her a fool for hiding at the Edge of the World. Bayaz asks about the boat that will take them to Shabulyan, a duty commanded of Cawneil by Juvens.
Bayaz’s crew arrives at the desolate rocky island of Shabulyan. They find a cave, and huddled around a meagre fire, Logen drinks some liquor to draw the Spirit. It arrives and offers Ferro the stone from its stomach that Juvens gave it centuries ago. Its duty done, the Spirit fades away. Bayaz investigates the stone and flies into a rage; this is not the Seed, but a trick of Kanedias to keep the power for himself. Bayaz declares the journey a failure. Back aboard the boat Logen and Ferro confront their future. Neither is capable of making the first move and rather than take what pleasure they can in one another, they drive each other away.
Last Argument of KingsEdit
On returning to Adua, Logen departs for the North to confront Bethod, and Longfoot takes his leave his duty complete. Ferro reluctantly remains with Bayaz; with the Union at war, no ships are sailing to Gurkhul. She observes the Open Council for the vote, where Jezal dan Luthar is voted the new King of the Union, which leaves her cackling uncontrollably with laughter.
While returning from watching at the docks for Yulwei, Ferro feels a shadow, she is being followed by a Practical. She leads him around for a while, and then lays a trap. Ferro quickly has him beaten, and a knife to his throat. She learns he was sent by someone called Glokta. In Glokta’s apartment, she nabs him, dunks him in the bath, and demands to know why he has been having her watched. After some amount of posturing, they agree to exchange questions. Glokta asks her about the Seed and Bayaz’ plans. Ferro asks him about Eaters. In the end they learn little but Ferro leaves him alive.
Soon war breaks out and the Gurkish put siege to Adua in the Battle of Adua. Ferro follows Bayaz, Quai and Yulwei to the House of the Maker where they mean to get weapons to fight the Gurkish Eaters. While the others go get the Divider, Ferro explores the map and the series of moving rings above. In the centre she finds the Seed. While Bayaz orders her to take it to the palace, Quai reveals himself to be Tolomei, the Maker’s dead daughter. She killed Quai and took on his appearance before the journey to the edge of the world. While Yulwei fights Tolomei, Bayaz and Ferro flee. Despite promising to go back for Yulwei, Bayaz locks him and Tolomei in the Maker’s house.
Bayaz prepares the ritual in the Square of Marshals. As the Gurkish break into the city, Bayaz orders Ferro to take the Seed out of the box. When the Eaters enter the square, the air around Bayaz shimmers, and the nearest Eaters explode. A mighty whirlwind builds destroying Eaters, and Union men and buildings alike. Bayaz smiles through the destruction. Ferro hear voices within the wind that may be Demons from the Other Side. Ferro uses her last grain of strength to put the Seed back in the box.
With the Gurkish siege ended, Ferro's prolonged exposure to the Seed has left her altered, healing her injuries instantly, but causing her to hear voices of the Tellers of Secrets; she may be losing her sanity. Later, Mamun who barely survived the Magus' trap, tries to kill Ferro and use her image to kill Bayaz and avenge Juvens. The full extent of the Seeds effects on Ferro are revealed as she breaks off his hand and crushes his skull – strength and speed of epic proportions, the power to manipulate temperature to chilling degrees. She is last seen heading south back to Gurkhul, with water freezing into ice under her feet. What happens after that remains an Unanswered Question.