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Itkovian Otanthalian was the Shield Anvil of Fener's Reve,[1] and was part of the Grey Swords of Elingarth. He was born in the city of Erin where his family name was Otanthalian.

Itkovian was described as having long hair.[2] He wore a blue chain surcoat beneath a grey rain cape and wrist-length cuffed gauntlets,[3] boots[4] and a helm with visor and cheek guards.[5] The visor had black-iron bars and the gauntlets were described as armoured.[6] Itkovian had a grey sash tied about his waist and wore a broach denoting his rank.[7]

Karnadas thought about Itkovian as someone who stood in a cold, closed-in fashion and who was 'black mannered'[8]

In Memories of IceEdit

Itkovian was amongst the Grey Swords hired by Prince Jelarkan to defend the city of Capustan from the Pannion Domin's forces.

The Siege of CapustanEdit

Itkovian and the gray swords by merlkir

Itkovian and the Grey Swords by Merlkir

Itkovian at the Siege of Capustan by Artsed

Itkovian at the Siege of Capustan by Artsed

He led the Grey Swords after the death of Brukhalian. He was recovering from wounds when a traitorous message was sent from Rath'Fener to the Mortal Sword. Brukhalian followed orders although he knew he was going to his death, leaving the messenger to tell Itkovian where they had gone when he woke up. Upon learning their fate, Itkovian gathered the last of The Grey Swords and moved to Prince Jelarkan's keep to fulfill their contract. They discovered the Prince already dead and Anaster sitting on his throne. They routed the Tenescowri and held the keep until the liberation of Capustan by the Barghast. Once it was clear that most of the enemy had been cleared Itkovian took the last of the Grey Swords to the Thrall to exact retribution for the betrayal of the Grey Swords to the Pannion. He did this in the traditional way, removing Rath'Fener's hands. But then he took on the false priest's grief as befitted his position as Shield Anvil. Although Captain Paran of the Bridgeburners attempted to stop him, warning him of the dangers of doing so without a god to hold him together, he took on the grief of all of Capustan, cleansing it. He was helped by Paran and Mallet. Although offered a new blessing of his vows by the new god of war, Trake, he refused and told Rath'Trake that the Grey Swords would continue to be sworn to Fener, though he now walked the mortal realm.

The Siege of CoralEdit

When Silverfox attempted to force the T'lan Imass to aid Onearm's Host against the Domin at Coral, they were reluctant due to their fatigue at the endless fighting to which they consigned themselves. Itkovian recognized this and performed his duty as Shield Anvil, taking all their grief, pain, and memories into himself so that the T'lan Imass might pass on to the afterlife. Without Fener to help him perform the task, their sheer numbers and the intensity of their grief killed Itkovian. He was only thirty years old at the time. He was buried under a pile of tokens placed by the T'lan Imass and Onearm's Host, which was then blessed by the Imass to never be destroyed.[9]

In Toll the HoundsEdit

Itkovian ascended to become the Redeemer, a god worshipped by the humans of Black Coral. With the death of Anomander Rake, the Redeemer learned the true depth of his role and, with Mother Dark, destroyed the Dying God.


Itkovian: "As Shield Anvil, my faith demanded that I relieve others of their pain. In the name of Fener, I was to bring peace to souls, and to do so without judgement. This I have done."
Stonny Menackis: "But your god’s gone, so who, in Hood’s name, did you deliver those souls to?"
Itkovian: "Why, no-one, Stonny Menackis. I carry them still."
―Itkovian and Stonny Menackis[src]
Itkovian: "I am the Shield Anvil, and I am not yet done."
Itkovian: "I am the Shield Anvil, and I am not yet done."
Itkovian: "Because. I was the Shield Anvil. But now ... I am done."
―Itkovian on three different occasions[src]

Notes and referencesEdit

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