Bane: the negative energy that, given form, kills you. A bane is a working of fate in the world, a bandit that steals you you from the span of life before your actual fated time and binds you to death, usually as the result of a decree. You are banned from society. In this, a bane is the opposite of a marriage bann, which binds you to life and society, not death and exclusion. And so do fate and human hands meet in public and in private.