|“||Our benevolent masters would never harm us. Prythian is a land of peace and plenty. Should they bless you with their attention, you would be glad to live amongst them.||”|
Purpose and Beliefs
The Children of the Blessed worship the High Fae as gods. They believe faeries are kind and good, choosing to ignore the cruelty the Fae wrought upon humans when they ruled over them. Even with all of their worshiping towards the High Fae, the High Fae themselves see the Children of the Blessed as no more than naive and only used for entertainment.
The group occasionally sends one of their members to cross the border into Prythian. They believe that if the member doesn't return, they have been accepted by the High Fae and are now living in luxury. In reality, the member is killed by the dangerous faeries living in Prythian.
Those who do not believe in the goodness of High Fae and remember their cruelty, treat the Children of the Blessed with disdain and disgust. They frequently call them various insulting names and mock them. They are tolerated by the leaders of villages, who give them hours or days to operate throughout the village and preach their beliefs. They are seen as an annoyance.
When Feyre Archeron goes to the market in the village with her sisters Nesta and Elain Archeron to sell the skins of her recent catch, they come across a young woman belonging to the Children of the Blessed who is in the center of the square seeking to attract new members by preaching the Word of the Blessed. She tells them about worshiping the High Fae and Nesta tells her not to go near them, snaps at the acolyte, mocking her and revealing her iron bracelet. A few villagers pass and throw insults at the acolyte, and a woman calls her "Faerie-loving whore".
Instead of being angry, the young woman feels sorry for her, telling her that long ago she lived in such ignorance as well.
The young woman says that a friend of hers is living in Prythian and is married to a High Fae who gives her everything she wants, but later in the story we learn that all the humans belonging to the Children of the Blessed who come to Prythian as tributes to the faeries are captured, tortured and killed by Amarantha.
When Feyre is with Lucien Vanserra, Jurian and the twins Dagdan and Brannagh investigating the weak points of the wall on the border with the Spring Court, they cross paths with three Children of the Blessed, a dark-haired girl, a ruddy brown-haired girl and a brown-haired young man, whom Dagdan and Brannagh try to kill, but Feyre shields them with her power and they are able to flee.
Later, when she goes to find her sister Elain with Azriel at the Hybern war camp, she sees a group of Children of the Blessed tortured and murdered, of which only one girl remains alive.
She decides to rescue her, as well as her sister, and asks Jurian, who is a spy in the camp, to take her to a place where she can pick her up later. He does so and when Feyre and Azriel flee with Elain they take her with them to their own war camp. When Feyre asks what her name is she tells her it is Briar.
- The acolytes wear silver bracelets and jewelry which they believe attracts the High Fae.