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Kushkhoshi is a location in the deepest south of the Shadowlands – south of the Dandha Presh mountain range – that was mentioned in Water Sleeps only in retrospect. It had been the site of a crushing defeat of the Black Company's Bahrata Battalion during the Kiaulune wars, which took place between She Is the Darkness and Water Sleeps.

Overview[]

No distinctive details about Kushkhoshi or its geography are supplied in the Company's Annals. However, several facts about its history leading up to the Books of Glittering Stone can be inferred from a blanket statement about this region made by Sleepy:

The Territories south of the Dandha Presh were vast but weak. Longshadow had exploited them mercilessly for more than a generation, then the Shadowmaster [wars] and Kiaulune wars had devastated them.

Kushkhoshi is one of the few locations south of the Dandha Presh other than the prominent city Kiaulune to be specified by name in the Annals. Three other such locations – Khadighat, Bhoroda, and Nalanda – were all likewise sites of apparently lesser defeats for the Black Company during the Kiaulune wars.

Kiaulune wars[]

During the end of the Kiaulune wars, the Bahrata Battalion – a body of more than 500, consisting mostly of allied Shadowlanders but also many sworn Black Company brothers – was ambushed and wiped out at Kushkhoshi. They had been betrayed: the Company brother Khusavir Pete had made a secret deal with Soulcatcher in return for "a high post, money and a new name". The Bahrata Battalion was crushed by Taglian forces serving Mogaba, the Great General of Soulcatcher's Protectorate. This took place toward the end of the first 5 years of the 15-year gap between She Is the Darkness and Water Sleeps. This was all witnessed by the disembodied spy Murgen, who reported the betrayal to Sleepy. She did not disclose this information to anyone else until the events of Water Sleeps, until which point the rest of the Company simply assumed Khusavir Pete had been killed in action.

Water Sleeps[]

Sleepy finally revealed the truth about the defeat at Kushkhoshi to the rest of the Company in Water Sleeps when her band captured Khusavir Pete's Protectorate fortress north of the Shadowgate. He was nearly killed by his outraged former comrades.

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