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Border Reivers

During the Middle Ages, England and Scotland were almost constantly at war. Born out of these conflicts were the border reivers, English and Scottish raiders loyal only to their families or clans. They raided both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border impartially, rustling cattle, stealing household goods, and taking prisoners for ransom. Considered the finest light cavalry in Europe, reivers sometimes hired themselves out as mercenaries or were forced into army service. What was a "Hot Trod"? More...
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Border Reivers
During the Middle Ages, England and Scotland were almost constantly at war. Born out of these conflicts were the border reivers, English and Scottish raiders loyal only to their families or clans. They raided both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border impartially, rustling cattle, stealing household goods, and taking prisoners for ransom. Considered the finest light cavalry in Europe, reivers sometimes hired themselves out as mercenaries or were forced into army service.
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In Firefly reavers are not just regular bandits, they are insane destroyers.
The rumour is they were once men, but they ventured too far out into space. They looked into the vast nothingness and went mad.


Joss Whedon has obviously driven from Carlisle to Glasgow (I know, wrong side). Whistle

Reavers in Firefly


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Scots
Alternative forms
rief, reiff, refe, ref
Etymology
From Middle English reif, from Old English rēaf, from Proto-Germanic *raubaz.

Noun
reif

robbery





Icelandic
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Verb
rífa (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative reif, third-person plural past indicative rifu, supine rifið)

to rip, tear
Að rífa í sundur.
To rip apart.
to grab or pull at forcefully


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During the Middle Ages, England and Scotland were almost constantly at war. Born out of these conflicts were the border reivers, English and Scottish raiders loyal only to their families or clans. They raided both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border impartially, rustling cattle, stealing household goods, and taking prisoners for ransom. Considered the finest light cavalry in Europe, reivers sometimes hired themselves out as mercenaries or were forced into army service.
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