Slowly she was beginning to understand him better—the love of perfection that had led him to construct his inn so slowly, using only the finest materials; the almost feline quality of mind that allowed him to take such pleasure in his many schemes; his shame at having to call that lump of flesh Niggen his son. […] What she did not feel, strangely enough, was any sort of personal animosity toward her whenever their eyes met across the square.
Jame's narration, God Stalk,
"Chapter 5: Winter Days"

Marplet sen Tenko is the proprietor of the Skyrrman inn in Tai-tastigon. He has a son, Niggen, whom he hates,[1] and a cat, Fang, whom he likes.[2]

Marplet began building the Skyrrman in the Red Wax District illegally, as Tubain had a tavern charter for the whole district. Marplet was not stopped, however, since his brother-in-law, his sister's husband Harr sen Tenko, was the one in charge of enforcing it. Marplet began an undeclared trade war the the Skyrrman, trying to goad them into attacking, at which point he would be able to accuse them of being the instigators, and they would have to pay an enormous fine for it, and they would be driven out of business.[3]


  1. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 5: Winter Days" — "She could almost feel the sense of anger and betrayal that gripped him each time he saw that ungainly boy in his perfect house."
  2. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 3: Into the Labyrinth" — "Marplet sen Tenko was sitting in a window of the Skyrrman smoking a long-stemmed pipe. His big tiger-tom, Fang, crouched beside him on the sill."
  3. God Stalk, Book I: Tatters of Dusk, "Chapter 2: The House of Luck-Bringers" — " 'when he started to build the Skyrrman, which he had no right to do in the first place since Tubain here has the tavern charter for the whole district. We went to the Five to protest and were sent to the Skyrr representative, Harr sen Tenko. He wouldn't even see us.' […] 'his wife wouldn't let him. We found out afterward that she's Marplet's sister.' […] 'the goading started. […] we noticed that every time Marplet's lot tried to start a fight, there were always one or two guards lurking around […] Marplet had bought them; and if we reacted, they would swear before the Five that we had started the trouble in the first place, […] and so as the instigators would have to pay. Wars are expensive. The fine for an illegal one would ruin us' "

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