Arithon - Role in the Story (Destiny's Conflict)
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Destiny's Conflict.|
Third Age 5923: In the summer, Arithon crosses back into Havish through the Storlain Mountains, drawn to Elaira's signature at the hut where she lived as a Koriani oath breaker for over two and a half centuries. He comes across Vivet being forced by a trapper, although the scene does not raise Alithiel's wards. Vivet flees after stabbing the trapper, and the man dies before he can reveal anything to Arithon. He tracks Vivet, calms her down, and escorts her to Elaira's abandoned hut. Vivet reveals that she was waylaid while returning home. Arithon finds a sliver of crystal in the hut that reveals partial truths about Elaira's ties to the Koriathain and her role in his betrayal. In fury, he leaves the hut to set snares and bury the trapper.
Upon his return, Vivet explains that she was returning to her ill mother in the Ettinmere Settlement. Arithon offers to escort her home, believing that that Ettinmere might be remote enough to hide and heal himself. He again refers to himself as Arin. Overnight, Vivet attempts to seduce Arithon using a potent aphrodisiac. Arithon barely evades her false affections but still chooses to help her get home. After a month of recovery, the pair travel to Ettinmere. Arithon is blindfolded and escorted by Ettinmen while Vivet petitions the elders on his behalf. Arithon first learns of Vivet's pregnancy while in captivity, and reluctantly agrees to claim child-rights of the child until puberty. He swears the oath before Roaco and the other shamans, not realizing that acceptance of child-rights also includes a nuptial celebration.