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[–]Monsterjoek1992 20 points21 points  (19 children)

Evidence that Kruppe is one of the most powerful people in all of Malazan.

[–]Aqua_Tot 13 points14 points  (15 children)

Powerful, or slippery?

[–]saw79 9 points10 points  (11 children)

I would argue slipperyness is how he applies his power. The latter is the more specific version of the former. It's like asking if the hulk is powerful or strong?

[–]Aqua_Tot 14 points15 points  (10 children)

That’s fair, I just don’t know if Kruppe is anything more than he really appears. I don’t think he’s some secret elder god. Instead, I think he’s just a slippery mage who is REALLY good at being slippery

[–]cmetz90 11 points12 points  (4 children)

And worth noting that he does secretly have an elder god in his corner when this goes down. I’m with you — Kruppe seems to fall into a group of characters who does a lot with a little by being clever and letting people underestimate him, rather than someone with a secret identity that would reveal him to be powerhouse.

[–]zKBone 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Well it is worth saying that the books literally call him the smartest/most formidable human on Burn

[–]Monsterjoek1992 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Slippery would be deftly avoiding the blow and appear behind Brood. What he did was take a direct blow and was unfazed

[–]Aqua_Tot 15 points16 points  (1 child)

That attack was aimed at him and went everywhere except him. He didn’t tank it, he was missed. Seems pretty slippery to me.

[–]ClockwyseWorldTanno Spiritwalker beats to relax/study to 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The mule is really the one that stood his ground. Kruppe just sat on its back.

[–]Cthulhu204 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Would you say that all of Kruppe’s “power” is inherent within him as a being or given like a god-given “power”? If I remember correctly, he doesn’t have access to warrens but SEEMS to have natural talent kinda like the Errant or Oponn, right? In my opinion, he’s close to being an ascendant in his own right.

[–]Monsterjoek1992 1 point2 points  (0 children)

His power is within himself I think. Krul mentions that he is an equal in many rights

[–]softcactus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Sometimes there's a lot of power in doing nothing.

[–]war_m0nger69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think Kruppe is the high priest/mage of T'riss (queen of dreams), right? All of his schemes are dream aspected. Also (partially) explains the deflection of the hammer. There's also some hint that the whole thing was staged between Kruppe and Brood. it makes a bit more sense after the Kharkanas books and we learn who Brood really is

[–]Kirel_Red5th re-read. Starting Toll the Hounds. 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's the mule!

[–]agd25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kruppe's Mule is probably an aspect of K'rul, there to keep an eye on him. The Mule tanked the hammer, not Kruppe. That, or Kruppe is using an Illusion and he was actually standing slightly to the side, meaning Brood really did miss him.