Reef was a Rebel field major mentioned in The Black Company. He was the chief-of-staff of Harden, who was one of the most powerful and prominent of the sorcerer-generals of the Circle of Eighteen. Reef was known to travel in Forsberg with Harden alongside Motrin Hanin, Harden's vicious nephew.
The Black Company[edit | edit source]
Field Major Reef was mentioned only once in the Annals, in the context of an ambush where he actually was not present. The ambush was conducted by Shapeshifter, one of the Ten Who Were Taken, in Oar. Although many Rebels were killed in this operation, the true target was the Limper, another of the Taken. Shapeshifter transformed himself to look like a local Rebel informant named Cornie, and then used a glamour to make several Black Company men look like Rebel leaders: Raven appeared to be Harden; Elmo appeared to be Field Major Reef; and Croaker appeared to be Motrin Hanin. They used these likenesses to infiltrate a hidden Rebel cell where the Limper's enforcer, the Imperial colonel Zouad, was being tortured.
Nothing else about Reef is detailed in the Annals, and his fate is unspecified. It is likely he was from the eastern boundary of the Lady's Empire, possibly the large city Rust, since he served so closely with Harden who was a cousin of Whisper. He presumably served Harden during his successful siege of Lords, which was defended by Soulcatcher, Nightcrawler, a few thousand Imperial regulars, and most of the Black Company. He would have participated in the subsequent battle across the Windy Country and at the Stair of Tear. He may have been among those killed at the Stair during Shapeshifter's sneak attacks or during Harden's assassination. If he survived those bloody events, odds are very strong that he was among the tens of thousands of Rebels killed at the climactic Battle of Charm.