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I don't need charity.

–Emerie, A Court of Frost and Starlight

Emerie is a female Illyrian who owns a clothier shop in the Windhaven Camp. She also helped revive the Valkyries, an elite group of female warriors, with Nesta Archeron and Gwyneth Berdara.


Early Life[]

Before the second war with Hybern, Emerie lived with her abusive father, Proteus, who bound her wings due to outdated Illyrian customs for women, making her unable to fly.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.

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."[1]

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"[2] 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 tells her 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.

A Court of Silver Flames[]

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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*)

Physical Appearance[]

Emerie is a slender young female with dark hair in a simple braid, brown eyes, tanned skin and a narrow, angular face. She is described as though not beautiful, is striking to look at despite her wings having scars down the center tendons from being clipped. She wears a white apron and a simple brown dress.


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 are ordered and trained to do. Despite her clipped wings, she holds Cassian's stare in a frank and unsettling manner. Cassian describes her as sharp, shrewd and unafraid. He also notes the fire in her words. Her posture is strong, with her back straight and chin upraised. Her grip is strong and unfaltering.

She is resilient, for it is her who carries Gwyn up the mountain and finishes the Blood Rite.

Powers & 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.


Nesta Archeron[]

Best friends not surprising considering how close in personality the two are.

Gwyneth Berdara[]

Best friends. Helped renew the Valkyries again.


Emerie sighed when she caught sight of Mor and remarked on her beauty. Nesta noted a faint blushing creeping on Emerie's face as she said this.



  • Derived from the German name Emmerich, Emerie means brave and powerful.[3]
  • Emerie is the first Illyrian female to have an important role in the books.
  • It is hinted in Chapter 56 of A Court of Silver Flames that she is either bisexual or gay after she blushes at the sight of Morrigan and states how beautiful she is to Nesta.