[Bane] was forced on [Theocandi] by his father, Abbotir of the Gold Court, just before the Guild Council meeting six years ago in return for political support. The funny thing is that I don't think Bane wants to be a thief either. He has his own interests, his own… amusements. Three weeks ago, on Grandfather's name-day, his followers made me watch while he mutilated that child. The things they did to him before he died—and after…
Canden, God Stalk,
"Chapter 5: Winter Days"

Bane is a Kencyr who became a thief in the Thieves' Guild of Tai-tastigon, apprenticed to Theocandi, the Sirdan of the Guild.


He is the son of Ganth Gray Lord and his Kendar mistress, and half-brother to Jame and Torisen. His mother fled to Tai-tastigon with the priest Ishtier from the Keep. She was early in her pregnancy at this point, and quickly married Abbotir of the Gold Court, who became Bane's presumed father, though Ishtier later led Bane to believe that he was his father.

He gave his soul to Ishtier so that he could do dishonorable things without losing his soul's honor, and Ishtier used Bane's soul to create the Lower Town Monster.

In God Stalk, Bane functions as a foil for Jame's sense of honor, advising her to let go off all constraints and responsibility. Their meetings throughout the novel invariably end with one or the other bleeding. Attempting to blood-bind Jame, Bane was accidentally blood-bound to her before she learned she possessed such an ablity.

Bane was killed on the Mercy Seat, but his shadow (or ghost, if you will) followed Jame for a time in Seeker's Mask, and is now guarding the Ivory Knife and the Book Bound in Pale Leather for her, not quite dead.


  1. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 11: The Storm Breaks" — " 'Drink to all candidates for master!' 'Including Bane?' "