Fear Sengar was a Tiste Edur of House Sengar. He was the eldest son of Tomad Sengar and Uruth and Weapons Master of the Hiroth tribe (and later of all tribes when they were united under Hannan Mosag's rule). He had three younger brothers: Trull, Binadas, and Rhulad. He was shown as a determined and strongly-willed man and a capable leader of the Tiste Edur armies.
In Midnight Tides
Trull brought word to the Warlock King that a fleet of poachers from the Kingdom of Lether were illicitly harvesting the Edur's Tusked seals. Hannan Mosag led four longboats of Edur, including Fear and Trull, against the Letherii harvesting ships. But his warriors only stood by as the Warlock King summoned an immense Demon spirit-god from the water to slaughter the ships' crews. Both Trull and Fear were horrified, reporting the event back to their parents. Uruth was angered that Mosag relied on a summoning rather than Kurald Emurlahn and secretly directed Fear to take Trull and Rhulad to the Stone Bowl to learn the truth of their faith and cast doubt on the Warlock King's motives. Trull learned that Father Shadow was dead and his soul trapped by the Elder Gods in eternal torment. Whatever power Hannan Mosag possessed had not come from their god.
Later, Fear and his brothers Trull, Rhulad, and Binadas were charged by the Warlock King to embark on a journey into the northern ice fields in response to one of Mosag's visions. They were to retrieve a gift held within a spar of ice. Whatever the gift was, they were not to let it touch their flesh. Reaching a spar of ice, they discovered a sword just before they were ambushed by Jheck. Rhulad was slain while holding the sword in his hands, and the group had to fend off continously attacks on the way home.
Returning with the sword and Rhulad's corpse, Fear and Trull were astonished to witness Rhulad revive and come back to life, not knowing it was part of a deal Rhulad had struck with the Crippled God, Hannan Mosag's secret patron. Rhulad deposed the Warlock King and proclaimed himself emperor of the Tiste Edur. Fear was the first to kneel and pledge allegiance to his brother. Rhulad then demanded Fear give him his betrothed, Mayen, as his Empress. Fear allowed his brother to take his beloved, but it broke his heart.
After Rhulad declared war on the Kingdom of Lether, Fear led one of the Edur armies to High Fort. At the Battle of High Fort his forces defeated those of Queen Janall and Prince Quillas. He was accompanied by Trull and the two had frequent heated arguments over serving Rhulad and whatever force guided him. Fear demanded full loyalty to their brother and emperor. In one instance, Fear had to be physically restrained from striking Trull with his sword by the demon, Lilac.
Rhulad eventually came to realise the injustice of what he had done to Mayen and Fear. Despite the fact that Mayen was pregnant with his child, he offered to return her to his brother. Fear was willing to take back his former betrothed and accept her unborn child as his own.
After a string of victories, the Edur entered Letheras, the Letherii capital. Rhulad was defeated and left permanently incapacitated by the Letherii King's Champion, Brys Beddict, in a duel in the throne room of the Eternal Domicile. Fear could not bring himself to deliver the killing blow to his brother which would have allowed Rhulad to rise whole once again. Instead, he fled in shame to the city streets where he eventually found Mayen's body. Unbeknownst to Fear, she was dead by her own hand, but he did recognise the knife in her chest as belonging to Udinaas.
Ultimately, he and Trull somehow found themselves outside the home of Seren Pedac. Fear and asked her to be his guide in the search for Scabandari Bloodeye's imprisoned spirit. While Trull returned to be with the now resurrected Rhulad, Fear's party was also joined by Silchas Ruin, Kettle, Wither, and an unconscious Udinaas.
In The Bonehunters
A company of Arapay warriors led by Ahlrada Ahn was sent in search of Fear, Udinaas, and the others, but returned empty handed. When no sign of the betrayers was found, Emperor Rhulad's rage nearly led to the mass executions of Ahn and his company. Only the words of Hannan Mosag prevented bloodshed.
In Reaper's Gale
Fear travelled eastward with Silchas Ruin, Seren Pedac, Udinaas, Kettle, and Wither for months with Edur and Letherii hunters in pursuit, although he kept their ultimate destination to himself. He resented his loss of command of the party to the capable Ruin and disagreed with the Tiste Andii's killing of Fear's fellow Edur. Although he had no means to stop Ruin, Fear refused to kill his own people. At the same time, Fear fostered a murderous hatred for Udinaas who he believed betrayed his brother, Rhulad. Seren suspected his hatred was a manifestation of his own guilt over Rhulad's fate.
He had sworn to protect Seren Pedac, since his brother, Trull, had given her his sword, thus making her his betrothed. Despite being told that his dream of finding Father Shadow and restoring Kurald Emurlahn with his aid was impossible, he never faltered until the very end.
When the group reached the Refugium a fight broke out and Fear attempted to stab Silchas Ruin in the back to prevent him from destroying the soul of Scabandari, and realising Silchas would probably fight Trull. However, his blade fell short when Clip garotted him from behind with his chainlet. Fear died with his throat cut to the spine. This was witnessed by Trull who remarked on the sad irony of an Edur knife being once again pointed at the back of Silchas Ruin, repeating the ancient betrayal. When Trull said that his brother died a betrayer, Udinaas told him that he was a hero and that the former slave had been proud to know him.
Notes and references
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.42
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.39
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.36
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.36
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 5, US SFBC p.176
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 3, US SFBC p.94-97/100-102/111-119
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.53-55
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 8, US SFBC p.244-262
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 9
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.345
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.359-360
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.560
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 1, US SFBC p.57
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.545-547/563-564
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.563
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 22, US SFBC p.650-652
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.745/751-753
- Midnight Tides, Chapter 25, US SFBC p.761-766
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 17
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 1, US HC p.40-46
- Reaper's Gale, Chapter 23