Jame had only, ever, been passing through. Her fate lay ahead, down the path that she had begun to trod tonight.
 Patches’ home lay behind her, scarred as it was with fire, shadow, and boiling strife. That was the Talisman’s legacy, whatever she had meant, and it was the Trinket’s fate to cope with the mess that her mentor had left behind.
 So it was. So it must be.
Patches's narration, "The Talisman's Trinket", V

Patches is Scramp's sister, and Master Galishan's apprentice in the later parts of God Stalk. Patches appears in "Bones" as well, and "The Talisman's Trinket" is entirely from Patches' point of view. P. C. Hodgell has said that she would like to eventually write Patches' full story.[1]

Patches' nickname seems to come from her quilted jacket, made of many different pieces her mother pulled from rag bags.[2]


She comes from a family in Lower Town, with eight children, and she is the second-oldest after Scramp. The siblings all look incredibly alike.[3] She is the Creeper's daughter.

After Scramp kills himself, Jame gives Patches the Peacock Gloves to buy her way into an apprenticeship in the Thieves' Guild with Master Galishan.[3] After joining the guild, Jame teaches Patches the Senethar.[4] She becomes known in the guild as the Talisman's Trinket.[5] Jame calls her "a child of the streets, with neither time nor tears to waste on the dead."[6] Patches' own innate talent, seen in "The Talisman's Trinket", is that she can reach through solid surfaces.[7][8]


  1., "The Talisman's Trinket"
  2. "The Talisman's Trinket", I — "Beer splashed on the crazy quilt of her sleeve – black velvet, forest green linen, purple satin, carefully pieced together by her mother out of a dozen different rag bags."
  3. 3.0 3.1 God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 7: The Feast of Fools" — "Those seven young faces, each one a living portrait of Scramp […] 'You can do one of two things with these,' she said to the oldest and apparently brightest of the children who, she suddenly realized, was a girl. 'Sell them to Lady Melissand […] or give them to Master Galishan if he will promise to take one of you in your brother's place.' […] The girl nodded. 'I'll go to the master tomorrow,' "
  4. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 8: Voices of the Past" — " 'The next time someone tackles her, he may be in for a nasty surprise.' Patches grinned. She was still sore from her last Senethar lesson and looked forward to trying out her developing skills on someone without her instructor's uncanny reflexes. 'Besides,' said Jame, ruffling the girl's sandy hair, 'Half-a-noggin here is too clever not to make her own way once she's gotten a start, prejudices or no.' "
  5. "The Talisman's Trinket", I — " 'More wine, and bring some for our Talisman’s pet trinket, here. D’you know how this little Townie got into the Guild in the first place?' "
  6. Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "Bones" — "Patches had meant no harm, either by accepting the challenge in the Talisman's name or by speaking lightly of spilt blood. She was simply a child of the streets, with neither time nor tears to waste on the dead."
  7. "The Talisman's Trinket", I — "What no one know, not even Jame, was that Patches had the knack of reaching through things to take what she wanted. Mere fabric, even reinforced with metal mesh, was no obstacle."
  8. "The Talisman's Trinket", III — "Patches screwed her eyes shut and pushed at the door. Her hands first meet resistance, then one of them slipped through. Wood clamped over her sleeve like a vise. She fumbled desperately inside, feeling the lock, twisting it."

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