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Reynard the Fox
Reynard
Biographical Information
Status Alive (Possessing Richard's dead body)
Relatives John Gaines (son)†
Persephone (mother)
Physical Information
Race God
Gender Male
Affiliation
Occupation Trickster God
Media
Portrayed by Garcelle Beauvais (while pretending to be Persephone)
Mackenzie Astin (while possessing Richard)
First Appearance The Strangled Heart
Last Appearance Ramifications
"Trickster of the faithful, the pure of heart, and the very stupid"

Reynard the Fox is a trickster god.

Appearance Edit

As a shapeshifter, Reynard The Fox has taken on different aspects deceiving magicians to perform his bidding. The actual appearance of this deity is yet to be revealed.

Personality Edit

Reynard is a conniving and deceitful god who delights in causing mayhem. He's sneaky and violent, capable of doing heinous actions without remorse. He is filled with immense anger towards mortals that revere 'Our Lady Underground', his mother the goddess Persephone, and due to the love he once had for her himself and the pain from her abandonment of him, he believes that he is 'teaching' mortals worshiping her. 

Magic and Abilities Edit

Given his nature as trickster, Reynard is a master of disguises and transformations of all sorts. His magical abilities are very advanced and raw allowing him to be almost omnipotent. Like other gods, Reynard is able to bestow upon a magician a boost of magic via sexual intercourse, making them as powerful as a master magician.

  • Divine Physiology: As a deity, Reynard possesses an unfathomable degree of physical and magical ability. Reynard uses his magic as a natural extension of his self, able to effortlessly inflict harm onto others with slight movements. As a Trickster god, this usually manifests as a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse with the victim of his choosing, though he notably uses his magic for minor tasks, such as restraining and cornering his prey, while he maims them physically. He's been shown to have an appetite for human flesh, a trait he relishes in while brutally slaughtering his way around the world. As a deity, he is able to imbue mortals with his Essence, in the form of semen, granting them the power of a Master Magician. The Demi-god, Senator John Gaines , was a result of a previous rampage in the 80's, where he raped John's mother Dana, who in turn used her newfound abilities to banish him from Earth. However, his divinity doesn't mean he is invincible, as he is able to be killed by powerful spells. Also, he is shown to be susceptible to the Beast's Paralysis spell, with only his eyes able to move freely, though he was noted by the Beast to be fighting against the spell, and eventually would've broken free.
    • Divine Magician: Reynard has shown to be above the capability of even Master Magicians, able to execute magic with slight movements. He's capable of slaughtering a group of people in a matter of seconds, and is currently inhabiting the body of Richard Corrigan, having killed him and devoured his heart. The limits of his abilities is not yet known, if there is one.
      • Shapeshifting: The true form of Reynard is unknown, as he first appeared as his mother, Persephone, before taking over the form of Richard Corrigan. Presumably, he took on another form while rampaging throughout the 80's, when he assaulted the mother of his demi-god son, John Gaines.
      • Invisibility: Reynard has displayed the ability to conceal his presence to mortals. Notably doing so to follow Marina Andrieski after she completed the ritual to summon Our Lady Underground, revealing himself after she sealed her apartment from the inside with protective wards, trapping herself with the malevolent deity. He performed this tactic once again after Julia and Kady revealed the location of his previous victim, Dana.
    • Gifted Intelligence: Reynard, presumably like other Trickster gods, is not so easily fooled. For this reason, Martin suggested to Julia to change her tactic for summoning Our Lady Underground, as he deduced that Reynard would recognize the workings of the ritual as being the same as the one performed by Free Trader Beowulf, and wouldn't fall for their trap. Reynard was also able to reverse-engineer and utilize Martin Chatwin 's Paralysis spell on Quentin and Penny after having been exposed to it's workings, stating that he 'learned this little trick from [The Beast]'. He often uses his intelligence to fool mortals, ultimately to their demise.
    • Enhanced Senses: As a deity, Reynard possesses a form of omnipotence. Reynard was able to detect the presence of Quentin hiding behind a tree while he was confronting Julia. He was also able to follow the prayers to Our Lady Underground, which he masquerades as in order to kill his mother's followers. After Julia and Kady unmasked the presence of Dana, Reynard was able to quickly pick up her location, and later, the location of his demi-god son, Senator John Gaines , within the protective wards of Brakebills . This sense, however, can be fooled, as he was unable to deduce the false arrival of Persephone in Ramifications.

History Edit

Reynard The Fox deceived Julia Wicker and the Free Trader Beowulf pretending to be Our Lady Underground, a peaceful goddess able to give them great powers. Reynard was actually looking for a way to break free from his imprisonment by finding foothold in the material world. Once that he was summoned by the Free Trader Beowulf, he mercilessly killed most of the members and possessed Richard's body after killing him by extracting his heart and eating it. Done this, he raped Julia, inadvertently giving her boosted power.

After this terrible deed, Reynard began to target many safe-houses of hedge-witches, killing them brutally after he had deceived them in a manner similar to Julia's coven. This attracted Julia's attention, who by then had been allied with the Beast to hunt and kill Reynard.

Having involved Marina Andrieski in their hunt for the monster, they were able to lure Reynard, but the trickester assaulted Marina and tortured her. Trying to save Marina, Reynard was momentarily subdued by Martin Chatwin and Julia, but Penny's bad timing thwarted their plan to kill him, resultin in Marina's death.

Reynard again made his appearance after Julia visited a witch and past victim of Reynard, who was able to banish him from the material world through the powerful energy obtained from giving birth to Reynard's offspring. Reynard took advantage of the fact that the woman's invisibility spell was disrupted by Julia and Kady to kill her, and then get back hunting Julia.

Reynard appeared on the edge of Brakebills' borders, attracted by the presence of his son, Senator John Gaines, born of the violence suffered by Dana. Reynard tried to penetrate his son's mind, but Professor Lipson's magic hampered the mental invasion. Later, in a clash with Julia and Quentin, Reyanrd was going to win out over the magicians when his son stepped and agreed to vanish into thin air with his father.

After his son John confronted him about what he has done to the people who were trying to summon 'Our Lady Underground', it was revealed that the reason he hates those who worship her is because he had once loved her. 

Julia shared her discovery about the true identity of 'Our Lady Underground' being the Goddess of the Underworld, Persephone, with John and Kady; and John told them that Reynard's victims were not random and that Reynard hates her. Reynard immediately knew that his son John had gone to the 'witches' and killed John's wife in retribution, leaving a piece of her body in a box as a gift for him. Reynard was later lured into a trap by Julia and Kady using a storm to simulate Persephone's arrival on Earth. As Julia did not have a clear shot at Reynard with the god killing bullet, Kady decided to distract Reynard by taunting him with the death of his son John, whom had earlier forced Kady to assist in his suicide in order to get the energy needed to kill Reynard. Once Julia cornered Reynard with the gun, Persephone appeared and froze both Reynard and Kady. Persephone pleaded with Julia to spare Reynard's life since he was her son. After Julia spared him, Persephone took him away while also leaving behind Julia's shade. 

TriviaEdit

  • Reynard The Fox is a legendary character found in some chanson de geste of medieval literature, known for his cunning and for being one of the literary examples of the "trickster" trope. In modern literature it is primarily known for being used in anti-Semitic propaganda, contributing to create a negative reputation to the character.

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