Fener's Reve was the doctrine dedicated to the Boar of War and followed by the Grey Swords and other followers of Fener. It comprised a set of laws or rules which were sometimes referred to by number.
During the Siege of Capustan, Rath'Fener invoked the Reve's Eighth Command when he demanded that Brukhalian and the Grey Swords come to his defence at the Thrall. The Mortal Sword obeyed the Reve's command despite knowing that Rath'Fener had betrayed the Grey Swords and meant to send them to their deaths. The recruit Velbara voiced the Reve's Thirteenth Law when she demanded punishment for what she deemed her own betrayal for delivering Rath'Fener's message.
Despite knowing his god had fallen, the Shield Anvil Itkovian invoked the Reve's judgement to punish Rath'Fener for his betrayal. He removed the High Priest's hands and sent his soul to a place where Fener was not present. Something alien attempted to claim the priest's soul, burning an alien script upon his skin, and causing his bones to break and his skin to blister. Eventually, sensing the priest's atonement, Itkovian assumed the man's pain and sent his soul to Hood.
Calling upon Fener's JudgementEdit
For great crimes, such as betraying Fener or his servants, a person of sufficient rank could invoke the Reve's ritual expression of purest judgement. Only a Mortal Sword could invoke the Reve upon a Destriant, although that Mortal Sword did not necessarily have to be a worshipper of Fener. An improperly motivated ritual risked drawing Fener's wrath.
The prisoner first had their hands ritually severed from their body. Then the hands disappeared, sent by the power of the Reve to the hooves of Fener himself. Once the god claimed the hands and by extension the prisoner's soul, individually unique tattoos resembling a boar burned themselves upon the prisoner's skin and the ritual was over. Upon their eventual death, Fener awaited their spirit to voice the words that had been tattooed upon their skin for their final atonement.
Anyone who had wrongfully been sent for judgement would retrieve their hands from the god in death. Their spirit would then become a weapon of vengeance against the priests of the fouled temple that had wronged them.
- "The Last Mortal Sword of Fener's Reve was Fanald of Cawn Vor, who was killed in the Chaining. The last Boar-cloaked Destriant was Ipshank of Korelri, who vanished during the Last Flight of Manask on the Stratem Icefields. Another waited to claim that title, but was cast out from the temple before it came to him, and that man's name has been stricken from all records. It is known, however, that he was from Unta; that he had begun his days as a cutpurse living on its foul streets, and that his casting out from the temple was marked by the singular punishment of Fener's Reve…"
- ―"Temple Lives"
- "The Reve of Fener voiced the truth of war. It spoke true of the cruelty that humanity was capable of unleashing upon its own kind. War was played like a game by those who led others; played in an illusory arena of calm reason, but such lies could not survive reality, and reality seemed to have no limits. The Reve held a plea for restraint, and insisted the glory to be found was not to be a blind one, rather a glory born of solemn, clear-eyed regard. Within limitless reality resided the promise of redemption."
- "And all who would walk the fields
when the Boar of Summer strides
in drum-beat hooves,
and the Iron Forest converges
to its fated, inevitable clash - all,
all are as children, as children once more."
- ―"Fener's Reve"
Destriant Dellem (b?)
Notable adherents Edit
- Brukhalian, Mortal Sword
- Dellem, Destriant
- Fanald of Cawn Vor, Mortal Sword
- Heboric Light Touch, Destriant
- Imarak, First Destriant
- Ipshank of Korelri, Destriant
- Itkovian, Shield Anvil
- Karnadas, Destriant
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 16
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 14, Epigraph, US SFBC p.448
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.548
- ↑ Memories of Ice, Chapter 16, US SFBC p.540
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Memories of Ice, Chapter 17, US SFBC p.591-596
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Memories of Ice, Chapter 18, US SFBC p.631-632