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After he and Erevis were pulled into a near-death experience at the hands of a shadow adept and his slaadi partners, they grudgingly joined forces to oppose them. During this period, Riven and Cale became the first and second of Mask's five mortal servants and were sometimes known as the right and left hands of Mask.
Riven was Mask's Second, following Erevis Cale as his friend and associate. As Mask's second of five, Riven was imbued with certain skills reminiscent of a divine champion, including a shadow-based lay on hands, and divine wrath which causes his sabers to bleed shadow. He was also given the Black Speech which, when spoken, causes anyone within earshot to experience nausea and pain.
Riven was a devout follower of the Shadowlord, and the caretaker of his temple which was stolen from the mad god Cyric. This temple was magically moved by a Githvyrik sorcerer named Vhostym to the Wayrock where it still stands.
Riven was a cold-hearted and efficient killer, and never showed any sympathy towards anyone or anything other than canines. Riven's eye was lost in a beating he received from an Amnian nobleman who was the slave master of Riven and his mother when he was a child. Riven was a kennelboy at the time, which was how he acquired his affinity for dogs. He became an exarch when he inherited part of Mask's portfolio (shadows) after the battle with Kesson Rel.
After the events in The Godborn, Riven seems to have fully absorbed the mantle of godhood he abhorred for so many years, and appears to be the new incarnation of the god Mask.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Dragon (magazine) #277.
- ↑ Dragon Magazine #297 p72
- ↑ Paul S. Kemp (November 2005). Midnight's Mask. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786936436.
- ↑ Paul S. Kemp (July 2003). Twilight Falling. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-2998-7.
- ↑ Paul S. Kemp (December 2008). Shadowrealm. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 978-0786948639.
- ↑ Paul S. Kemp (March 2014). The Godborn. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 078696541X.