I will bow before no one and nothing, be it mortal or god.
Bathea Havocbringer was a female charr warrior of great renown within the Blood Legion who lived 200 years before the Searing. Though not clear, it is implied she was a member of the shaman caste at the time. When the Flame Legion presented the titans as gods for the charr to worship, the shaman caste accepted them as gods; however, Bathea refused this practice and stood against them. She led an underground rebellion of female soldiers against the shaman caste but failed and as punishment was the first to be sacrificed to the new "gods."
Bathea's defiance led the shamans to declare her a traitor and accused her of using her sexuality to tempt the males from the "true path of the gods." The shamans relegated all female charr to performing utility tasks at home and the cities, banning them from joining warbands and fighting for the High Legions. Using force to punish anyone disobeying them, the shamans instilled this new order long enough that most charr could not remember there ever having been another way.
Bathea's defiance would live on in hushed whispers, though, and would eventually inspire Pyre Fierceshot's granddaughter Kalla Scorchrazor to expand the reach of the charr rebellion to rid the High Legions of the Flame Legion's tyranny.
- ^ The Ecology of the Charr
- ^ Marghel Talekeeper
- ^ The Tribune's Call
- <Character name>: Do you know why the Flame Legion hates females?
- Sicaea the Shrouded: It all started with a female named Bathea Havocbringer. When the Flame Legion started worshipping the titans as gods, she refused.
- <Character name>: The shamans didn't like that, I'll bet.
- Sicaea the Shrouded: They hated it worse when Bathea started an underground movement to slaughter the shamans. The only way to stop her was to keep women from fighting at all.
- ^ Chapter 10, Ghosts of Ascalon by Matt Forbeck and Jeff Grubb:
- "One famous charr stood against them: Bathea Havocbringer of the Blood Legion. She sniffed out the foul plans of the Flame Legion and their new shamans, who directed the worship of their gods in ways that brought themselves power and profit. She said, 'I will bow before no one and nothing, be it mortal or god,' and she persuaded many other charr to follow her lead.
- Because of this, the shamans gathered in the night to plot against her. They captured her and made a blood sacrifice of her to their new gods. They declared her a traitor and accused her of using her sexuality to tempt the males from the true path of the gods. To prevent any more such treachery, they marked all females with the same brand of deceit and banned them from serving in the legions, where they would mix with the males.
- Many females objected to this, as did some males. Several shared Havocbringer's fate, and eventually the others saw no choice but to submit themselves to their new gods' will. We lived like this for centuries, long enough that most of us could not remember there ever having been another way."