|Born||c. 432 HE (Aly believes he's 30 yrs old in 464 HE)|
|Residence|| Grey Palace|
|Occupation||Commander of Copper Isles Armies|
|Affiliation|| Balitang family|
|Tortallan Universe character|
|First Appeared||Trickster's Choice|
|Latest Appearance||Trickster's Queen|
Fesgao Yibenu (FEHZ-gow YEE-behn-oo) was a raka guard of the Balitang family and one of the four heads of the raka conspiracy in the Copper Isles. He was the "Warrior" mentioned in the Kyprish Prophecy. He is married to a woman who is a trapper on Lombyn Island. It is unknown if they have any children.
Fesgao was raised in the jungle, and was perhaps nurtured with stories of the Kyprish Prophecy and the days of old for the raka, before the Luarin Conquest and the corrupt Rittevon family. At some point he was taken into the raka conspiracy and served House Temaida, primarily looking after their daughter Lady Sarugani. He and other members of her staff, like Chenaol, Ulasim Dodeka, and Lokeij, went with her when she married the Rittevon duke, Mequen Balitang.
According to Vereyu, he married a woman who was a trapper. They don't live together, as she lives on Lombyn, and he lives with the Balitangs.
Serving the Balitangs
Fesgao was the head of the men-at-arms at the Balitang household. He was a strategist and a member of the raka conspiracy. He helped the others plan attacks on the luarin strongholds and to safely guard the twice-royal ladies, Saraiyu and Dovasary Balitang.
Fesgao accompanied the Balitang family in their exile in order to look after the ladies. The household was sent to Tanair, old Temaida lands on Lombyn. On the journey there, Alianne of Pirate's Swoop, the luarin slave, warned Fesgao of potential bandits in the road ahead. Fesgao requested that they search the forest and take the bandits from behind, which Mequen Balitang agreed to. They caught several raka bandits. Aly, who was already suspicious about the raka in the household and who they really protected, watched as Fesgao shushed a man who kept on talking about not hurting the "la-", which Aly thought to be "ladies", meaning Sarai and Dove. This showed that Fesgao was aware of their importance.
Later at Tanair, while Aly was asking around about the Temaida family and Sarugani's two half-raka girls, she asked the bunch of raka conspirators, Fesgao, Ulasim Dodeka, Lokeij, and Chenaol about who Sarugani was to the raka. Fesgao answered it by not answering, which led Aly to believe that the former duchess was very important to the raka. Chenaol was about to kill Aly when Kyprioth stopped her. The four heads of the conspiracy started to accept Aly as their new spymaster, although they found it quite strange and they tested her intelligence quite a bit.
Fesgao fought Prince Bronau's men when he stormed the castle in order to take control of Mequen and try and force him to become king. The attack ended with the deaths of both men.
Return to the capital
Before returning to Rajmuat, the Balitang household spent the winter at Tanair. The conspirators used the time to glean information, create networks and plans, among other things. Fesgao accompanied the Balitangs in their return and stayed with them at Balitang House in the city. Immediately, the conspirators set their plans in motion.
The conspirators planned their attacks very carefully. Aly was left mostly to her own devices, since they didn't quite believe that she could do what she said she could, which was to bring down the feared luarin spymaster Lohearn Mantawu. Fesgao and the others organized attacks on major families that were loyal to the Rittevons, kidnapping tax collectors, and stealing supplies and weapons from the Rittevon rulers. The conspirators were all shocked when the regents made Topabaw on Example on the harbor-mouth .
Fesgao accepted Dove as the conspiracy's new queen candidate when Sarai eloped with the Carthaki healer Zaimid Hetnim. This was a good choice, as Dove was a lot less impulsive and headstrong than Sarai and truly thought about problems and knew the people.
Siege of the palace
After an attempted assassination of Dove in the market square, Ulasim ordered an attack in force at dawn. Fesgao led warriors in their attack of the Grey Palace finally having a victory against the Rittevons. Fesgao survived the battle. He became one of Dove's generals, and was responsible for putting down rebellions and uprisings.
Fesgao is described to be about thirty years old, with prematurely silver hair and ebony eyes. He has angled eyebrows, a straight nose, high cheekbones, and a square chin. He is solidly muscled. He is a pure-blooded raka.
Notes and references
- ↑ Trickster's Queen, final chapters
- ↑ Trickster's Queen, Ch. 19 "Rittevon Square"
- ↑ Trickster's Queen, Ch. 20