|“||I don't need charity.||”|
–Emerie, A Court of Frost and Starlight
During her brief appearance in A Court of Frost and Starlight, Emerie informs Cassian that her father, Proteus, died in the war and that his shop now belongs to her. Cassian notes that the shop across the street has a sold-out sign while her shop is filled with stock. "As if she'd just gotten a fresh shipment. Or no one had bothered to come in. Ever."
Cassian buys all her winter gear, including gloves, boots, scarves, and coats. She is also one of the few Illyrians who'd ever accepted his money. He tells her that he'd like her to distribute the clothing "amongst those who might feel its impact the hardest" before the storm hits.
Emerie informs Cassian that a lot of the other Illyrians don't like her. But she will make sure the items are delivered by sundown. She wishes him Happy Solstice before he leaves. He returns the sentiment and to send word if she has trouble with the deliveries. She replies that she's sure she won't need to. Cassian can tell that Emerie will make the families take them, whether they wanted to or not.
Emerie is strong in a culture that demands she be weak. When her father dies, she insists that his store is hers and keeps it running. Emerie does not lower her eyes in the way Illyrian females had been ordered and trained to do, even with her clipped wings, she holds Cassian's stare. She reminds him of Nesta with her stare, describing it as "frank and unsettling." They both also have what Cassian calls the I Will Slay My Enemies pose. Cassian notes the fire in her words.
Emerie treats Cassian warily and with a guarded demeanor. She is taken aback by his presence, but unafraid. Her grip during their handshake is strong and unfaltering. She is sharp and shrewd.
Emerie is a slender young female with dark hair in a simple braid, brown eyes, and a narrow, angular face. She’s referred to as not quite beautiful but striking and interesting. She has tanned skin and her wings have scars down the center tendons from being clipped. She wears a white apron and a simple brown dress.
Powers and abilities
It is unknown if Emerie has any of the Illyrian’s trademark sort of power, however it is assumed that she’s immortal due to her Illyrian heritage.
- "Rie" means laughter in French.
- Emerie is the first Illyrian female to directly appear in the books.