Fener [fen-er] was the Boar of War. Also known as Tennerock, The Boar of Five Tusks, and the Boar of Summer and the Tusked Sower of War. Each of his five tusks had a name: Hate, Love, Laughter, War, and Tears. Tennes was one of the warrens associated with the boar-god.
Fener was popular among the soldiers of the Malazan Empire and cults dedicated to the god had once flourished in the Malazan Military early in Emperor Kellanved's reign. This was especially true in the Marines. But Empress Laseen had crushed the cult, and afterwards their presence was discouraged by the Claw.
The followers of Fener observed a set of laws, rules, and doctrine known as Fener's Reve. One of its most powerful rituals allowed the god to sit in judgement of a follower's soul after the ceremonial severing of their hands. The holy order of the boar god's temple was primarily male.
Fener was said to know grief, "so much grief that it is beyond his capacity to withstand it. And so he chooses a human heart. Armoured. A mortal soul, to assume the sorrow of the world. The Shield Anvil."
In Deadhouse Gates[edit | edit source]
Heboric, shorn former follower of Fener, escaped from the Skullcup Otataral mine with Felisin Paran and Baudin. Along their journey in the desert, he came into contact with a mysterious giant jade statue. After touching it with the stump of one of his missing hands he experienced a strange fusion of holy and Otataral powers. He attempted to commune with his god by ritualistically touching the tainted stump to the sacred mark on his chest. This had the unexpected result of dragging Fener unwillingly into the plane of humanity where he became mortal and vulnerable.
In Memories of Ice[edit | edit source]
Hood's Herald, Gethol, visited Fener's Mortal Sword, Brukhalian, in Capustan. He warned Brukhalian that Fener was in great peril and the loss of the god's power was imminent. Hood offered the Grey Swords a way out of certain death at the hands of the Pannion Domin if they changed their patronage from Fener to Hood. The Mortal Sword rebuked the offer, striking Gethol with his sword.
As Master of the Deck, Ganoes Paran experienced a vision of the moment Heboric touched the jade statue. The result was a tear in the sky as Fener was dragged unwillingly into the mortal realm. He feared the god was as good as dead now that he was vulnerable to the same dangers as other mortals.
Anomander Rake claimed the object Heboric touched brought him into contact with the Warren of Chaos, and had possibly been forged there. Heboric's contact with the stump of his hand had sent an uncontrolled surge of power to where the historian's hands were safely sealed away in Fener's realm. The hands had then pushed Fener out of his realm to his inevitable doom.
Fener had been an ally of the Elder Gods and Ascendants who had participated in the Chaining of the Crippled God. Although the loss of their ally was keenly felt, the boar god's fall had been foreseen and events set into motion to allow Treach/Trake to ascend to the position of God of War in his place.
Fener's mortal followers sensed something was amiss with their god. Rath'Trake, the city's holy representative of Trake, spoke of his god's ascension to share the title of Lord of Summer with Fener much to Destriant Karnadas' alarm. During the Siege of Capustan, Fener's Shield Anvil Itkovian sought to meet the extraordinary fighter who was said to fight like a boar. But Itkovian was crestfallen to see that Gruntle was clearly one of the Tiger of Summer's followers. Later, seeing Gruntle covered in barbed, feline tattooing, Itkovian felt a hammerblow to the chest as he realised he and his god had been replaced.
In House of Chains[edit | edit source]
In The Bonehunters[edit | edit source]
Heboric, now a Destriant of Treach, noted that Fener had disappeared after being dragged from his realm as revealing himself would invite annihilation. He vowed he would find a way to send Fener back, whether Treach liked it or not, and both gods could share the Throne of War.
Fener was now sometimes referred to as "The Bereft".
In Reaper's Gale[edit | edit source]
In The Crippled God[edit | edit source]
Fener manifested as a huge boar made of dark clouds during the Battle of the Spire having been called by Gesler and Stormy repeatedly invoking his name. He was killed when Karsa Orlong walked into Fener's temple in Darujhistan and shattered a tusk. Fener's blood rained down upon the battle giving the T'lan Imass under Onos T'oolan and The Fourteen Undead Jaghut their mortality once again.
It was later implied that Fener chose this as we are told that "Even gods tire of war, while mortals do not".
Notable Followers[edit | edit source]
- Heboric Light Touch was an exiled historian and ex-priest of Fener. His hands had been ritually severed as part of his excommunication. This meant the tattoos he sported as part of his priesthood could no longer be activated to open a Warren. The ritual should have been the expression of purest justice, but in this case, it was not. His hands had been sent to Fener's hooves to await his death and his elevation to a position of Fener's wrath. Because the ritual was flawed, however, his hands were as poison to the god and were sealed until his spirit could come and collect them.
- Gesler and Stormy were part of the Boar Company of the disbanded Malaz 1st Army and followers of the cult of Fener. They recruited Truth to the cult.
- The Grey Swords were a cult of warrior-priests and acolytes dedicated to the Boar of War.
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Gardens of the Moon - Chatting with Steven Erikson, part 2 - As pronounced by Steven Erikson at 33:58
- Gardens of the Moon, Glossary, UK MMPB p.706
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 7, US HC p.185
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 20, US HC p.402
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 23, US HC p.465
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.631
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 6
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.591-596
- House of Chains, Chapter 24, US SFBC p.761
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.552-553
- The Bonehunters, Prologue, UK MMPB p.27
- Gardens of the Moon, Chapter 5, US HC p.134
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 7, US HC p.187-189
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 14, US HC p.372
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.288-290
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.578
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.632
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.631-632
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 10, US SFBC p.376
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, US SFBC p.485
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.590
- Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.666-669
- House of Chains, Chapter 7
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 7, US SFBC p.275
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 6, US SFBC p.231
- The Bonehunters, Chapter 11, US SFBC p.451
- The Bonehunters, Glossary
- Deadhouse Gates, Chapter 6