Reaver: Anti-Hero and Cad

I feel that I’d better start this post with a spoiler warning for those who haven’t yet played or made their way to the furthest reaches of Fable 2. While I have tried to word things carefully, such a blog was not possible without a degree of spoilerific wordiness, so my apologies, you have been warned.

Having recently played through Fable 2 several times I felt moved to create a tribute. Not to Molyneux’s perhaps overhyped game in general, but to one character in particular (and not who you would expect.) While others have waxed lyrical about the companionship of their pooch and what a wonderful addition it is, I worship at the altar of selfish narcissism that is the Hero of Skill – Reaver.

An anti-hero of the grandest design, this louche character idles into existence in the last third of your game in style. When we first meet him, he is posing for a sculpture, weapon in hand (calm down at the back) and won’t deign to speak with you unless you have scraped together enough fame to hold a scented candle to his. Fair enough – after all, how could we compare? He has over 200 ill gained years on every one else, after all. His dashing cloak, pompous drawl, and coiffured hair speak of true villainy and opulent roguishness and only the great Stephen Fry can do such a character justice – his rich voice breathing life into Reaver like arguably no other could.

Reaver isn’t pleasant or noble and his past is certainly a blacker shade of pale… who else would sacrifice an entire town including his family to the shadows in exchange for eternal youth? And unless you take a similar dark path while running his dismissive errand, he will happily sacrifice your vitality too. There is nothing redeeming about the character – no noble spirit beneath the fair complexion and jutting chin… the man is vain, arrogant, libidinous, and treacherous, but he does it in such a swaggering, almost offhand style that it is a pure delight to watch. Even when his attempts to betray me backfired and we had to escape down the wonderfully named ‘Reaver’s Rear Passage’ I was grinning at his rambling monologue. The ballsy arrogance with which he assumes credit for victories before attempting to abandon me to Lucien’s whims had me shaking my head but I still couldn’t hate him.

Anyone who describes the Great Shard as an enormous, pointy, flying boulder is worth a laugh of respect and he’s the only one who will congratulate you if you choose the ‘Needs of the One’ – someone has to, after all. And when all is done and (largely) said, should you fail to despatch Lucien in a timely fashion, Reaver will grow bored and do the job for you… so perhaps he isn’t all bad and I’m right to adore him. Indeed, his diary hints of regret at his actions in Oakvale and suggests that the man he is now is an attempt to distance himself from those tragic events.

Whatever Lionhead plan (if anything) for this scoundrel, I hope it doesn’t involve a bullet. While Reaver is happy to serve up similar to rivals, enemies, and even friends, and no doubt me, it would be with heavy heart that I would match my flintlock pistol against his Dragon Stomper .48. Fiction is replete with loveable scoundrels and for me at least, Reaver is just such a character and should you doubt my Reaver ramblings, then remember… even that other esteemed smuggler – Han, shot first. Yes, he did. (la la I can’t hear you…)

Loveable rogues or selfish smugglers?

Without Reaver, for me at least, Fable 2 wouldn’t have been as much fun and while my character parks herself in his usurped house (his indignant words, not mine) and puts her feet up on his expensive table, he is undoubtedly flaunting his promiscuity with the ladies and gents in Samarkand or putting a bullet into the head of anyone who suggests that his cheekbones may rest a little lower than he believes… and the thought makes me smile. It is characters such as him who add more flesh to the bones of a game and without whom, the colour would seem a little less vibrant and the memory of the game would fade that much quicker. As it is, for me, this swaggering, self indulgent pirate gave Albion an extra swipe of the paintbrush that will ensure that it lingers more fondly in my memory.

I can say with a grin that I have explored Reaver’s Rear Passage and it was a delight, so I sweep my hat off, (very carefully) to the Hero of Skill and say ‘thank you’. But of course, this obvious and deserved gesture is unnecessary as in true Reaver style, credit will already have been assumed.






6 responses to “Reaver: Anti-Hero and Cad”

  1. John.B avatar

    He is a great character, it’s a mighty shame he’s in it so late as he’d have been fun to have throughout the duration. Oh well.

  2. Lorna avatar

    My thoughts exactly 🙂

  3.  avatar

    Lorna has explored Reaver’s Rear Passage. It’s difficult not make childish posts with an opening like that.

    So all I will say is that you are correct. That fella was a lot more fun than the majority of NPC’s you see in games. Not as cool as Little Jacob in GTA IV (if you could understand him. I get that a lot of people have problems with a jamaican accent. But if you could understand him, you have to applaud the decision to put in the thickest accent I have ever heard in a game or film. Lingo and accent were spot on. Thumbs up from me.)


  4. Michael avatar

    I never really liked Reaver after a certain point – well, OK, I kind of did but, erm, also didn’t – and I was thought that was Stephen Fry but wasn’t certain. Anyway, yes, he did indeed bring some colour to the world!

  5. SarahSyna avatar

    Very funny. XD
    Personally I didn’t like Reaver. Well, sort of. I liked him as a character (he had the best quotes after all) but as a person? Oooh, I wanted him dead.

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