"He was fatter, brighter, whiter [than dy Cabon]. Faintly androgynous. Did that flesh swell as if to contain the uncontainable? His garments were spotless – by that alone, Ista might have known the difference – and luminous as the moon. Above the creases of his smile, cheerfully echoed by the curves of his chins, the god's eyes glinted at her. Wider than skies, deeper than sea chasms, their complexity bent inward endlessly, each layer a lamination of other layers, repeated into infinity, or the infinitesimal. Eyes that might simultaneously contemplate each person and living thing in the world, inside and out, with equal and unhurried attention."
―Ista sees the Bastard in a dream[src]
"Signs of the Bastard's holy presence tend to be unmistakable...The screaming, the altercations, the people running in circles—all that was lacking was something bursting into flame."
―Lewko describes the funeral rite with the ice bear[src]

The Bastard of the unseason is one of the five gods of the Chalion world.

His color is white, and he is the god of disasters, bastards, orphans, non-heteronormative loves, and all things out of season. People are more likely to pray to be spared his attention than to receive it. However, as the god of balance, the Bastard is prayed to in death magic in hopes of being granted a miracle of justice.

Unlike the other gods, the Bastard has some direct agency in the world through his demons and sorcerers.

At death, any person not taken up by one of the other gods will probably be taken by the Bastard (unless the person chooses to remain sundered from all of them). A certain number of people go to their destruction in the Bastard's Hell (Be-not); another group are specifically devoted to the Bastard and are thus taken up by his and their choice.

Phrases associated with the BastardEdit

  • Bastard's demon(s)
    • Bastard's demon take (Somebody)
  • Bastard's Hell
  • Bastard's tears
  • Bastard weeps
  • Bastard laughs