Reynard was his cousin, rival and, by this trial, enemy. Reynard came to his house, dressed in a monk's robes, and claiming himself to have changed his ways. Ysengrim didn't want to give him a chance but his wife was losing her eyesight and needed comfort. And Ysengrim had business in town. So, reluctantly, he agreed to let his cousin pray with her. When Ysengrim returned early, having forgotten his purse, he found Reynard in bed with his wife!
It seemed that, as soon as he left, Reynard covered himself in soot, pretended to be Ysengrim, and fooled the nearly blind she-wolf into bed. Ysengrim chased the fox but the slippery bastard escaped into the woods, having made poor Ysengrim into a cuckold and fool, and having taken advantage of the she-wolf.
Pander the Hare came forward next.
Pander was alone in the church, praying as Reynard had instructed, and Reynard the Fox attacked him. It seemed that the fox had instructed this odd praying pose to make it better for him to tear out their throats! Luckily, the head priest had managed to get out of the broom closet that Reynard had locked him inside and beat him with a rod until the fled.
But this was a feeble attempt compared to the crime committed against Chanticleer the Rooster.
As Chanticleer read the letter again and again, puffing himself up with pride, he forgot the fox was there. Before he looked up, the fox had snuck into the coop and gobbled up Chanticleer's children before the rooster could chase him into the woods.
Bruin went to Reynard's home and the fox agreed, even thanking the astonish bear for seeking him out so he can make amends, to come to court with him. He apologized and said he would be slow on the journey because he had stopped eating meat and discovered a new favorite food that had filled his stomach: honeycomb.
The hungry bear was distracted and asked where he found the honeycomb. The fox tried to dissuade him and encourage the bear to stay on task but the bear insisted. And so, the fox led him to a bee hive box deep in the nearby woods and pointed to a hole in the side. The bear pushed his snout into the hole and the fox gave him a good kick to the bottom, getting him stuck in the the box, so that when the fox hollered, the fey folk that owned the bee hive box came out and attacked the bear. Poor Bruin was only lucky enough to escape with his life, and a lot of bee stings and bruises, before returning to court.
The king is furious and sends Cuwert the Rabbit and Belyn the Ram to try to trick the fox into coming to court. He gives them a letter and tells them to give Reynard a letter telling him that he is to come to the court to be reward some great honor.
Cuwert and Belyn discuss how to handle the situation. They decide one of them must go back to the king and tell him about the fox's state BUT, to make sure this isn't a trick, one of them must stay and guard Reynard. Belyn seemed the best choice but Reynard's family assured him one of the illnesses the fox had was fatal to rams so Belyn insists Cuwert take the job as he waits outside. Belyn set off for the king's court and, before he got far, Reynard's child gave him a wrapped package to give to the king with Reynard's regards.
Belyn came to the court, bowed and offered up the present to the king. The court howled in horror at the contents: Cuwert the rabbit's head!
Reynard's friend say that this must be some misunderstanding, begging the king not to resort to such an indignity as going to Reynard's home and Tybert the Cat offers to go this time with a letter from the king demanding Reynard present himself under penalty of death.
When he tells the court of Reynard's attempt on his life, only Grimbard trusts his cousin Reynard, and vows that he will retrieve the scallywag.
And so, Reynard is escored to King Nobyl's court.
He is loyal to the crown, he has found holyness, and he has enough wealth that he need not steal nor kill nor cheat. "After all," He says, "I found the Philosopher's Stone and I can turn lead into gold. Oops!" and as if to prove his wealth, he shakes his tail, and gold trinkets fall from his pockets. The onlookers scramble to pick up the treasure and the fox explains that this trial is a hoax meant to kill him before he can show the king where he has hidden the philosopher's stone. It is a conspiracy against the king and it involves all of his accusers.
Greed for gold and immortality that the philosopher's stone promise overwhelm the king's sense and he tells them to cut the fox down so he can show them to the treasure. He is cut down by Tybert and manages to escape by throwing the rest of the gold, which he had actually stolen from the church, into the crowd.
The king roared for his head and banished Reynard's descendants from Animalia.
But Volpayaya do have a bad reputation for being liars and cheats too. So who can you trust?
REYNARD THE FOXThe Fox God, The Little Trickster, The Mountebank, The Charlatan The Divine Con Artist
Power LevelLesser Deity
AlignmentChaotic Neutral/Neutral Evil
A grinning red fox
PortfolioCunning, thievery, charlatans, pranks, shapeshifting
Thieves, tricksters, shapeshifters, volpayaya, con artists
Favored WeaponThe dagger
Holy Day(s)The Holyest of Holys- A festival celebrated by fey animalfolk, tuathans and volpayaya, that mocks religious festivals. It is celebrated in Sunmeet.