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I never went out of my way to hurt you, Bortis. You attacked me. Three times. Does it threaten your manhood that your prey fought back and won? That wasn't supposed to happen, was it? Oh no, not to the great bandit chief. Well, I blinded you once, and by God, I can do it again.
Jame, Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 7: A Rage of Rathorns"

Bortis is a hill brigand from Skyrr who stays in Tai-tastigon during the winter.[3][4] He comes in Marplet sen Tenko's pay for a while, as a henchman,[5] thought Marplet later drives him out.[6]

Bortis is the sometime lover of Taniscent. She takes Dragon's Blood because of him,[7][8] and she finally ruins herself with an overdose at his urging.[9]

Bortis is half-blinded by Bane,[10] for which he blames Jame.[4] For that, he pursues her through much of Dark of the Moon, through the Anarchies.

Bortis leads a band of brigands. During the caravan season in God Stalk, they killed the first caravan bound for the Central Lands in the Blue Pass.[4] In Dark of the Moon, Jame meets them, the Black Band, in Peshtar.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 3: Old Friends, Old Enemies" — "Thirteen big men, all armed with the distinctive curved knife of the brigand, had entered by the street door. […] Bortis and the hooded man rose. 'By the Dog,' the innkeeper said, staring. 'Black Band himself and his pet necromancer.' "
  2. God Stalk, "Principal Characters Past and Present"
  3. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 2: The House of Luck-Bringers" — "her affair with Bortis, a handsome, arrogant bandit, come down from the hills to winter in the city."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past" — "'Bortis is back in town.' 'Oh?' said Jame lightly. 'I didn't know he'd been away.' 'You should have. He's a hill brigand, remember. Now that the season is over, he's in Tai-tastigon again, bragging about the massacre under the Blue Pass (for which, it appears, his band was largely responsible), and swearing vengeance on you for the loss of his eye. Oddly enough, it never seems to have occurred to him to blame Bane.' "
  5. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 5: Winter Days" — " 'In case you haven't noticed he practically lives there now.' "
  6. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 5: Winter Days" — "She now knew that she had the rival innkeeper to thank for Bortis's absence. Some said that the maimed brigand had been driven away because he had disobeyed orders. Jame suspected, however, that Marplet had done it to protect her, since Bortis clearly blamed her more than Bane for what had happened to him."
  7. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 2: The House of Luck-Bringers" — " 'Now she takes it because of that worthless lover of hers, who I suppose she's with now.' "
  8. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "After weeks of cooling ardor, Bortis had finally called her an old hag and gone off with a fifteen-year-old from the next district."
  9. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 6: Water Flow, Fire Leap" — " 'Sixteen years old, seventeen at most,' she said. 'How much Dragon's Blood did it take to do that, and who gave it to her?' Taniscent mounted the table […] Oh, it was every bit as wonderful as Bortis had promised."
  10. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 6: Water Flow, Fire Leap" — "Bane's left hand, now free, came up from his belt gripping bright steel. With a gesture of great delicacy, he pricked Bortis's right eye."

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