Raven

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Raven is the bird that accompanies Traithe to compensate for his impairments. Raven has been referred to in the story as Prophecy, as Raven, and simply as "the raven". It has also been referred to as both feminine and masculine. It has amber eyes.

The nature of Raven is still somewhat vague. The author has stated that Raven "is an Aspect called into physical being by Sethvir. The Aspect was born out of the greater whole, who is Raven (she), not a physical entity."[1] Raven bridges the limitations of Traithe's maimed talents, and Traithe is mortal and blinded while Raven is away.

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Stormed Fortress.

In Stormed Fortress, Raven is referred to as an aspect of Athera's mysteries, enfleshed as a bird.

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Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: Raven is first introduced as a messenger between Sethvir and Traithe. Raven is with Traithe when he arrives at Althain Tower to fight the meth-snakes. After Traithe dines with Lysaer, Raven devours the butter, to the disappointment of Dakar. Raven travels to Ghent with Traithe, to locate the heir of Havish.

Third Age 5638: During the coronation at Etarra, Traithe loans Raven to Arithon, in hopes of leading him to Sethvir as quickly as possible. Raven ends up circling blindly in the shadows of Arithon's making after Lysaer attacks, but is rescued by Sethvir. Raven accompanies Traithe to Narms when he meets with Elaira, and follows him to Shand at the end of the book for the training of King Eldir. This may be a misprint, since the story previous said that Eldir was hidden in Ghent.[2]

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5645: Raven is again mentioned on the eve of the Vernal Equinox when she receives a message from Sethvir and sends Traithe on to Methisle Fortress.

Warhost of Vastmark

Third Age 5647: At the beginning of the story, Raven is with Traithe in the mountains of Vastmark.

Fugitive Prince

Third Age 5648: Raven is present at Althain Tower with Traithe when Lysaer is summoned and cast out of the Compact.

Third Age 5653: Raven follows Traithe to Caithwood in search of Jieret. Raven assist Traithe in the magecraft needed to separate Jieret's spirit from his body, and then pursues Jieret's spirit as he searches for Arithon. Arithon's party reappears in Caithwood 3 months later, and Raven faciliates a Fellowship ward that transports Traithe and Jieret to the location.

Grand Conspiracy

Third Age 5654: Raven is with Traithe as he sets Fellowship wards against slave ships along the coast of Havish, and then travels to Earle Keep with him. Raven assists Traithe with the grand scrying.

Third Age 5667: Raven travels to Alestron with Traithe, to bring a warning to the s'Brydion family.

Third Age 5669: Raven and Traithe are in Vastmark when Morriel launches an attack on Athera. Raven flies over the shale calling for help through all for elements and keeping the shale stable.

Peril's Gate

Third Age 5670: When Arithon is captured at Ithamon, Traithe is in Vastmark near Forthmark. Raven is summoned away by Sethvir. Raven appears to Earl Jieret through the clansman's gift of Sight. Jieret learns of the coordinated Alliance troops' movements, and a potential location where Arithon's rescue and escape might be effected. After Jieret is captured by Sulfin Evend, Davien inscribes a cipher that summons Raven to the clansman's aid. Raven helps Jieret understand the possibilities of his latent talent. When Jieret's spirit formally requests the aid of the Fellowship, Raven shows him a vision of Braggen's future movements and helps him to understand his interconnectedness with the world around him through his Name.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5671: Raven is present in Atwood when Traithe warns Arithon of encroaching necromancy.

Stormed Fortress

Third Age 5671: Raven is present in Atwood during a council between Traithe and Atwood's clansmen when Arithon is freed from the curse.

Initiate's Trial

Third Age 5923: Arithon uses tienelle in Caithwood to recover his memories and relives the time that Raven guided him and Jieret back to Caithwood. This time, Raven reminds the prince that he is dreaming.

Later, the Reiyaj seeress has a vision of the Raven abruptly changing direction.

As Daliana enters the magistrate's hall for her trial in Etarra, she spies Raven sitting on a spire. She is joined inside by Traithe, who steps forward as her advocate.

Trivia

References

  1. Author's FAQ
  2. E-mail with Janny Wurts, February 3, 2008
  3. © Janny Wurts, Peril's Gate, p. 388 (US-Hardback)