Reavers is a name given to any of the petty warlords or pirates who have operated in the area of space known as Reaver's Deep.
- Please also see Reaver Warlords.
Towards the end of Twilight, some of the less affected states in outlying sectors turned to plundering the old Terran Confederation worlds that had lost interstellar ship technology. These plunderers were called Reavers and differed from ordinary pirates by preying on entire worlds. This lent their name a special horror that has clung to it down to modern days. Most of the Reavers came from Dark Nebula, Alpha Crucis, Magyar and of course Reaver's Deep.
After decades - often centuries - of isolation from civil society, many Reaver bands developed their own variety of Reavers Cant.
- See Reavers Cant.
Some historians hold that the Reaver era ended in -1118, when a Reaver fleet from the Opljiok Defense League lost two thirds of its ships in an attack on Jarslav (Solomani Rim 0123). With the Aslan becoming ever stronger, the various Reaver states in Magyar and Dark Nebula grew unwilling to risk such losses.
On the other hand, the name continued to be applied to independent warlords, those escaping from the breakup or takeover of a small state. With a few working ships, these warlords could easily make their way into the Great Unknown and have a good chance of dominating one or several primitive worlds. Some of the most notorious Reaver lords like Blackjack Duquesne, Orchid Wu Lu, and Grand Admiral Izanak belong to the period from -1120 to -1000. During the latter half of the Long Night it became usual to label an opponent a reaver, thereby justifying practically any treatment of that opponent.
Expansion by Aslan and Imperial interests into the region, culminating in the last of the Aslan Border Wars (200-380) led to a lessening of the Reaver presence. But in the aftermath of those wars, the neutral strip of border worlds in the Deep became havens for criminals and pirates such as "Hellion" Murdoch and others of his ilk. To this day, the name is sometimes applied, often in a fanciful or romantic manner, to freebooters, pirates, privateers, or occasionally, to small interstellar states found in the area.
Non-canon: This article is based on canonical facts, but a number of additional facts have been added.
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