|“||I don't need charity.||”|
–Emerie, A Court of Frost and Starlight
Before the second war with Hybern, Emerie lived with her abusive father, Proteus, who bound her wings due to outdated Illyrian customs for women, making her unable to fly. Proteus then died fighting during the war, to which Emerie gained control over the shop, much to the displeasure of her uncle and his family. Since then, they have tried to persuade and threaten her to give up the store so they might have it and marry her off to a man.
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.
About six months after the Winter Solstice, Emerie met Nesta whilst the latter was training in the Illyrian mountains. The Archeron sister noticed her clipped wings, to which Emerie explained her father and Nesta offered her condolences for her wings. Moving onto business, Nesta requested leather training clothes for winter, to which Emerie replied that she can inquire with her suppliers to get them. She then asked if the High Lord will pay for it since it's apparent she works for him, to which Nesta declines, saying reluctantly that she was cut off. Despite this, Emerie stated that she can pay later whenever she could, much to Nesta's gratitude.
(*to be continued*)
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 light brown skin that hint ancestory coming from the Dawn Court, 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.
Emerie blushes when she first meets Mor.
- "Rie" means laughter in French.
- Emerie is the first Illyrian female to directly appear in the books.
- It is hinted in Chapter 56 of A Court of Silver Flames that she is LGBTQ+ after blushing at the sight of Morrigan and stating how beautiful she is to Nesta.