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Lucien Vanserra is a High Fae. He is the illegitimate son of Helion, the High Lord of the Day Court and the Lady of the Autumn Court.

Former emissary to the Spring Court and current emissary to the Night Court, he is a member of the Band of Exiles.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Lucien Vanserra is the son of the Lady of the Autumn Court and Helion, the High Lord of the Day Court, as a result of their secret love affair.

When she was pregnant with Lucien, Lucien's mother was already married to Beron, the High Lord of the Autumn Court. Fearing for her life and the life of her unborn child, as Beron's temper and penchant for violence were well-known to all, the Lady of the Autumn Court attempted to pass her bastard son off as the true son of Beron. Her husband, however, had guessed the truth. For reasons unknown, he chose to accept Lucien as his own son. It is implied that this was not done out of love for the Lady of Autumn Court or for Lucien, but to keep the truth of his wife's infidelity from being known to others, so Beron could save face and not be laughed at by others. Lucien, however, was never told the truth, and so believes himself to be the youngest blooded son of Beron.

Lucien grew up in the Autumn Court, but never cared much about his nobility. He made friends with individuals of different Courts and with individuals from non-aristocratic backgrounds. As Lucien was unlikely to become High Lord given that he was seventh in line for succession, he was allowed to roam the Court as he saw fit.

During his youth, he met a Lesser Faerie named Jesminda, who lived in the countryside of the Autumn Court. She teased and seduced Lucien until they fell in love. [1] Beron disapproved of this relationship, believing it was inappropriate for a High Fae noble to marry a Lesser Faerie, and so he had Jesminda executed in front of Lucien. Two of his elder brothers restrained him during the sentencing and forced him to watch. Neither of the brothers was Eris, Lucien's eldest and most sadistic brother. [2]

Lucien left the Autumn Court and fled to the Spring Court, to Tamlin, the son of the High Lord of the Spring Court, whom he became friends with. Eris, his older brother, claimed later to have warned Tamlin about Lucien to ensure his half-brother's safety. His brothers believed that he was a strong contender to the High Lord's crown, and so the three of them went to kill him, to prevent him from one day becoming High Lord. Lucien killed one of the brothers, while Tamlin killed the other. The third escaped back to the Autumn Court to report what had happened.

Now without a place at the Autumn Court, Tamlin gave Lucien a place at his Court and then appointed him as the Spring Court Emissary to give him some political protection through a title. After the appointment, the Autumn Court members dared not openly attack Lucien for fear of starting a war with the Spring Court.

As the emissary for the Spring Court, Lucien met with individuals from other Courts, including eventually his father, Beron, who he was forced to meet for political matters between the two Courts. Another such required meeting was with Amarantha, Hybern's former General and a witch of incredible power. Amarantha desired Tamlin and wanted a relationship with him, but Tamlin was not interested. To convey his disinterest in a political manner, but to discuss how they might keep the peace despite it, Tamlin sent Lucien to her to parlay. Amarantha did not take Tamlin's rejection well and she allowed her anger to get the better of her, claiming there would be no peace so long as Tamlin refused her. In a rare moment of losing his temper, Lucien told Amarantha to, "go back to the shit-hole she'd crawled out of." [3] As punishment for his words, Amaranatha attacked Lucien and carved out his left eye. She sent him back to the Spring Court severely wounded to serve as both an insult and as a challenge to the Spring Court for war.

Lucien's face was left scarred from the incident. Nuan, an alchemist from the Dawn Court and Lucien’s friend, aided him in his healing. She crafted a metal eye and gave it to Lucien to use as a replacement for his left eye. [4]

Not long after those failed "negotiations," Amarantha hosted a ball Under the Mountain and claimed it was to make amends for removing Lucien's eye. The entire Spring Court attended, including Lucien, who wore a fox mien for a mask. Amarantha claimed the ball would be a masquerade, so Lucien could hide the scarring. Her true motive for the party was to seduce Tamlin into becoming her lover and consort. However, Tamlin was outraged at the injuries that Amarantha had inflicted upon Lucien and so he refused her again. To add insult to injury, he told the witch he would rather take a human to bed than her. Amarantha may have forgiven Tamlin for that insult, but he added one last unforgiveable one. He said that her own sister preferred a human's company over her's. (Clythia preferred Jurian's company) Facing his scorn before a room full of Fae humiliated Amarantha, and so she cursed the entire Spring Court, which now included Lucien, to forever wear their masks. The only chance to break this curse was for Tamlin to fall in love with a mortal girl who despised faeries, and he was given a time limit of "seven times seven years" to break the curse. If he did not manage to complete this task in time, Amarantha would claim him and all of his subjects as slaves and imprison them in Under the Mountain forever. Exact details of the curse; Mortal girl, hates Faeries, must kill Fae because hates, and then only can Tamlin take her to the Spring Court. Mortal girl must also love Tamlin. Time limit is 49 years.

To aid his best friend and end the curse on all of them, Lucien vowed to help Tamlin try to find this mortal female of Amarantha's prophecy.

A Court of Thorns and Roses[]

During the forty-ninth and final year of the curse, a human female named Feyre Archeron kills one of the Spring Court's male faeries who has been sent over the Wall to search for the girl of Amarantha's prophecy.

Tamlin and Lucien

Lucien, along with Tamlin, believes Feyre is the one they've all been waiting for.

Tamlin brings her under duress, by threatening her family, to the Spring Court. At first, Tamlin is somewhat cold and distant from her, and so Feyre turns to a kind face within the Spring Court for friendship, Lucien. The two build a good rapport, and Lucien even encourages Feyre's relationship with Tamlin. The two often go hunting together and it is Lucien who instructs Feyre as to how to ensnare the Suriel.

After Feyre breaks the curse and is Made by the High Lords, Lucien returns to the Spring Court with Feyre and Tamlin.

A Court of Mist and Fury[]

After the events of Under the Mountain, Lucien remains steadfast and loyal to his friend, Tamlin even as he worries about Feyre's health and safety. Tamlin's irrational need to suddenly control Feyre's every move is seen by Lucien, and he does what he can to alleviate some of that control, often at the expense of his own well-being. From providing her with weapons to hide on her person when Tamlin wouldn't, to begging Tamlin to allow Feyre to properly train and use her newfound powers, Lucien was seemingly the only member of the Spring Court to fight for her autonomy. When Tamlin locked her in Rosehall, Lucien urged her to be patient, promising to see what he could do in order to set her free, despite the threats on his life.

After Feyre disappears during the middle of her wedding ceremony to Tamlin, Tamlin sends Lucien out into Prythian to find and bring his intended bride back to him. Lucien spends weeks searching for her and eventually corners her in the wilds of the Night Court, while she is out training up her new skills with Azriel. Lucien believes Rhysand and the Night Court have bewitched Feyre somehow and that she is not in her right mind when she makes it clear to them that she is not going back to Tamlin. She utilizes her new powers and asks Lucien to leave. He returns to Tamlin with Feyre's message and news of her new abilities.

Knowing he does not have the power alone to go up against Rhysand, whom he believes has manipulated Feyre with magic into staying with him, Tamlin throws his lot in with the King of Hybern, who has plans to conquer and take over Prythian. Lucien goes with him into the lion's den, unaware of what was about to happen.

When Feyre, Rhysand, Azriel, Morrigan, and Cassian infiltrate Hybern's castle on the Island of Hybern, they are captured by Jurian. As Hybern torments them, he brings out a secret weapon against Feyre. Ianthe, who has latched onto the Spring Court through Tamlin's naivety turns over Feyre's sisters, Nesta Archeron and Elain Archeron to him. Tamlin and Lucien show disapproval of this move.

Seeing Feyre’s sisters struggle against being thrown into the Cauldron, Lucien demands that Hybern stop, but Elain is tossed into the black waters of the Cauldron anyway. When she emerges moments later, she has been re-Made into a High Fae. Lucien feels the mating bond snap into place between him and Elain and whispers the truth in disbelief.

Morrigan winnows to Elain and Nesta and takes them from Lucien's care, while Rhys gathers Azriel and Cassian. The six escape Hybern's castle and return to the Night Court. Lucien is bereft of what just happened and demands Tamlin go after them. Feyre inserts herself as a tired victim of Rhysand's manipulations and asks Tamlin to simply take her home, knowing the High Lord of Spring will grant her wish.

A Court of Wings and Ruin[]

Lucien is forced to watch over Feyre at the Spring Court for Tamlin. He remains at his friend's side for this purpose, despite his resentment of the task. It is seen that Lucien doubts Feyre’s intentions from the start. He is seen asking Feyre about Elain, wanting to know if she’s worth fighting for.

As the weeks go by, he begins to seriously doubt Feyre's story about having been Rhysand's prisoner and how her imprisonment by him emotionally and mentally took a negative toll upon her. Lucien does not trust her any longer and suspects she has a manipulative game in play. The friendship he and Feyre once shared is now tarnished by deceit and too many lies.

A few weeks after the events in Hybern's throne room, Prince Dagdan and Princess Brannagh are sent to the Spring Court by the King of Hybern. From the beginning, it is clear Lucien does not like either "guest," but as he is assigned to watch Feyre by Tamlin, he has to go with her everywhere. When Feyre escorts the Prince and Princess to the Wall, so they can inspect it for weaknesses, Lucien accompanies them. During that first journey, Lucien aids the twins by supplying information regarding the holes in the Wall, albeit reluctantly.

While they are away from the manor and Tamlin on, Lucien confronts Feyre with his suspicions, and Feyre confides in him about what happened during her absence from the Spring Court. Feyre is quiet about the truth of her relationship with Rhys, however.[5] The friendship that was once there between Lucien and Feyre is tentatively rebuilt, although it is clear on both sides that there is still great mistrust.

Lucien kissing a Cauldron blessed Feyre's hand

A few days later, the Summer Solstice arrives. Like all of the Spring Court, Lucien attended these celebrations, though he is half-asleep during one of Ianthe's performances. During one particular performance, Ianthe is interrupted by Feyre who uses the power she acquired from the High Lord of the Dawn Court to glow, creating a display of light that makes her appear "holy" and "blessed" by the Mother, instead of Ianthe. Lucien decides to help Feyre in crushing Ianthe’s plan to look powerful by taking her hand and kneeling on the floor at her feet, adding to the dramatics of the spectacle.[6] The incident creates jealousy in Ianthe, who expected to be the center of attention that day, and in Tamlin, who starts getting jealous of Feyre and Lucien’s friendship and dynamic.

That same night, after the celebrations have ended, Lucien's sleep is interrupted by Feyre's screaming. He opens the door to his chambers shirtless to find her wearing lacy clothing and in disarray from her night terrors. She tells him she has terrible dreams of her time Under the Mountain and hugs Lucien for comfort. Their somewhat sensual embrace is interrupted by Tamlin, who becomes angered at the scene of his friend and his lover in such a state.[7] Lucien knows then to keep a distance from Feyre or risk Tamlin's irrational violence.

The next day, Feyre and Lucien again escort Dagdan and Brannagh to the Wall, however this time they visit the Continent as well to further inspect the Wall. Brannagh is unable to winnow, and Dagdan can only winnow a few miles, and so the group winnow and hike to the Continent. During their trek, three members of the Children of the Blessed approach them. Lucien rejects their plead to dwell in Prythian, but Brannagh and Dagdan are enticed by their offer. The next day, Lucien finds the three Children of the Blessed dead and their bodies mutilated by Brannagh and Dagdan.[8] As retribution, Lucien and Feyre sent the Bogge after the Hybern twins. For this trickery, both Lucien and Feyre are scolded by Tamlin. Feyre, however, turns the scolding around on Tamlin, causing his anger to unleash his magic. She purposely does not shield herself and is injured by furniture being thrown around the room by Tamlin's wild magic. Lucien immediately runs to Feyre's aid, and this only further needles Tamlin's jealousy.

Feyre’s schemes succeed, causing the people of the Spring Court to rethink their loyalty to their High Lord and forcing Lucien to admit that his best friend, Tamlin, has lost all good reason and has become a tyrant on the wrong side of a coming war.

During the last visit out to the Wall, Lucien again accompanies Feyre, Dagdan, and Brannagh. However, this time, Ianthe and Tamlin also attend them. When Lucien is left alone with Ianthe at one point during the trip, she tricks him and ties him in shackles to force him to accept her unwanted sexual advances. He coldly rejects her and is saved by Feyre who uses her Daemati abilities to force Ianthe to unshackle him.[9] Brannagh and Dagdan appear and confront Lucien and Feyre, admitting that they've been using small amounts of Faebane to poison her and Lucien for weeks. Lucien and Feyre team up and kill the Hybern twins.

Murdering the niece and nephew of the Spring Court's ally, Hybern, severs any chance for Feyre and Lucien to return to the Spring Court. They know their lives will be forfeit now, and flee from the Spring Court, running into the Autumn Court on their journey north towards the Night Court, knowing it is their only chance for safety.[10] Weakened by the Faebane, though, the two weary companions are forced to travel on foot. They trek through the Autumn Court, and through the Forest House, a passage that takes days. Eventually, near the border between the Autumn Court and Winter Court, they are intercepted by Lucien's brothers, one of whom is Eris. They fight against the brothers and barely manage to escape. They settle in a cave for the night and pass the time talking.

The next day, they enter the Winter Court but are again intercepted by Lucien's brothers. Azriel and Cassian come to their aid. Frightening off Lucien's brothers, the two Illyrians fly Lucien and Feyre back to Velaris.

Though wary of the Night Court, Lucien is amazed at the peace in Velaris and comments how surprised he is that there are children laughing in the street. Having only known the cruel and evil rumors about the Night Court, Lucien is stunned by Velaris.

When they reach the home, Elain appears to have not recovered well from her kidnapping and forced re-making by the Cauldron. She drifts from place to place, seemingly uncaring about where she's at or even eating, and she speaks in odd, disjointed sentences sometimes. Elain refuses to acknowledge Lucien, pining away for her mortal fiancé, Graysen.

Eventually, Lucien realizes that Elain is not interested in acknowledging the mating bond between them. Lucien decided to help Feyre and the Night Court in gathering allies for the coming war with Hybern. He goes on a quest to find the missing mortal queen, Vassa, in an attempt to win her aid in the coming war. During their journey, the two become friends.

Lucien reappears at the final battle between Hybern and Prythian. He is accompanied by Feyre's father and his mortal army, as well as Vassa, the Seraphim army under Prince Drakon and Miryam and Tamlin.

After the battle, Lucien is seen gushing about Vassa to Feyre. When Feyre teases Lucien about sounding like an acolyte, he blushes. Lucien is seen spending time with Vassa, relaxed and chuckling at something she says. Soon after, Lucien leaves to travel with Vassa and Jurian.

A Court of Frost and Starlight[]

Lucien has been traveling the world at the side of his two new companions, Jurian and Vassa. Soon after, Lucien decides to move in with them in a manor near the human lands. The three choose to name their friend group the Band of Exiles. Lucien’s lips twitch and there’s a spark in his eye when he talks about Vassa with Feyre.

A Court of Silver Flames[]

Lucien continues to be an emissary for the Night Court, ally to Jurian and Vassa, and liaison to Tamlin. Mor and Cassian muse that Lucien won't be unbiased in reporting to them on Vassa and that any reports would be in her favor. Cassian goes to their manor to gain insight from Vassa about the other mortal queens. Seeing flames in Vassa's eyes and realising that her time to go back to the lake is nearing, Lucien's face shows his pain. When Vassa talks about her enslavement, Lucien stares outside the window setting Koschei as his target for all the pain and trauma she went through because of him.

Physical Appearance[]

Lucien's skin is tanned, noticeably darker than his half-brothers, although still light enough to have passed for Beron's son for centuries. He has crimson red hair. His face is brutally scarred from his brow to his jaw, a wound inflicted by Amarantha. His right eye is whole and russet-colored; but his left eye was ripped out by Amarantha and has been replaced with an artificial mechanical eye made of gold which was created by Lucien's friend Nuan from the Day Court. His features are described as sharp, elegant, and ethereally handsome despite the length of scars on his face.

Personality[]

Lucien is clever, sarcastic, and witty, but kind and loyal to a fault. He is a male with many emotional scars as a result of Beron's cruelty and abuse of him, which emboldened his elder brothers to all treat him similarly. His mother is devoted to him, and he is the only one of her sons she truly loves perhaps because he is the child she always wanted with Helion. Lucien covers up his anguish under the guise of a bright, charismatic personality. He deeply cares for people and is affected by things more on the inside than he lets show on the outside.

Relationships[]

While living in the Autumn Court, Lucien met Jesminda, a Lesser Faerie who lived in the countryside. She teased and seduced him until the pair eventually fell in love. Jesminda appreciated Lucien for who he was, instead of loving him for his noble rank. Lucien loved her with the same amount of appreciation and even believed she was the most beautiful female he knew. The pair were not mated, though this did not diminish their love.

The pair's love was cut short, as Beron believed it was inappropriate for a High Fae noble to have a relationship with a Lesser Faerie, and so he executed Jesminda in front of Lucien. This had a harrowing effect on Lucien, who fled to the Spring Court for safety.

At the end of A Court of Mist and Fury, Lucien realizes that Elain is his mate after she comes out of the Cauldron, having been made Fae. When Lucien and Feyre leave the Spring Court and travel together, he asks her about Elain, wanting to know if she is worth fighting for.

Talking about her seer abilities, Elain tells Lucien that she can hear his heartbeat and asks him if he can hear hers, but Lucien says he cannot. When Lucien volunteers to go on a quest to find Vassa, Elain appears to wish to say something to him before he leaves, but stops herself, and remains silent. Their relationship continues to regress as both Elain and Lucien appear to feel uncomfortable around each other. Elain avoids and ignores Lucien as much as possible. Noting her behavior around him, Lucien maintains distance from her.

A bird of flame and a lord of fire. I wondered if they’d found each other yet.

–A Court of Wings and Ruin

Lucien met Vassa when he went on a quest to find her and attain her help for the war against Hybern. On the journey, they become friends and Lucien is seen gushing about her to Feyre. When Feyre teases Lucien about sounding like an acolyte, he blushes. At the meeting after winning the war, Vassa is seen spending the little time she has before turning into a firebird, by talking animatedly to a relaxed and chuckling Lucien, his body language surprisingly at ease. He actively tries to find loopholes in the bargain with Koschei to extend her stay so she doesn't have to go back to the lake. Lucien visits Vassa often enough and soon after chooses to move in with her and Jurian in a manor situated near the human lands. Having found friendship among each other, the three live together, and name their friend group the Band of Exiles. When Lucien talks to Feyre about Vassa on Solstice, his lips twitch wih amusement and there's a spark in his eye. Mor and Cassian muse that Lucien cannot be unbiased in reporting to them on Vassa and that any reports would be in her favour. Seeing flames in Vassa's eyes and realising that her time to go back to the lake is nearing, Lucien's face showcases his pain. When Vassa talks about her enslavement to Koschei, Lucien stares outside the window, setting him as his target for all the pain and trauma he made her go through.

Lucien is bitter and cold towards Ianthe, rejecting her sexual advances. Ianthe, however, is interested in the prospect of having a child with Lucien, as their offspring would be powerful and respected. She attempts to gain his interest, but he consistently ignores her. During the night of Calanmai, Tamlin refuses to participate in the Rite. Lucien believes it is his duty to perform in the rite, and so he sleeps with Ianthe reluctantly. It is something Lucien regrets and is deeply embarrassed about. After Ianthe kidnaps Elain and takes her to Hybern, Lucien becomes more bitter to Ianthe. Despite his constant rejections, Ianthe locks him in shackles in hopes of forcing him to accept her sexually. Lucien does not concede to her advances even after this.

Lucien and Feyre have a rocky relationship. In A Court of Thorns and Roses, he mocks her constantly hoping to get a rise out of her. Slowly, they start trusting each other and are seen joking around. He stands up for Feyre Under the Mountain, helps her in her challenges and even risks his life to heal her. In A Court of Mist and Fury, he pleads with Tamlin to let Feyre train despite knowing it might cause Tamlin to abuse him. Feyre brings Lucien along to the Night Court after they leave Spring. Their relationship starts facing downs as Lucien is not treated with respect there. When Lucien finds friendship with Vassa and Jurian, Feyre mocks their group named Band of Exiles instead of understanding him.

After Jesminda's death, Lucien left the Autumn Court in hopes of escaping the cruelty of his father and brothers but he had nowhere to go. Tamlin offered Lucien a place to stay in his manor Rosehall. He made Lucien the emissary of the Spring Court and they became friends as they worked together for years. When Amarantha ripped out Lucien's eye out, scarring him forever, Tamlin rejected her advances. After Under the Mountain, Tamlin became increasingly aggressive and toxic. He became abusive, both physically and mentally. Lucien's loyalty kept him tied to Tamlin despite his behaviour. Even after the war against Hybern, when Tamlin was devastated and alone, it was Lucien who checked on him and gave him food out of empathy and good heartedness. Despite that, Tamlin abused Lucien physically and dumped his belongings away.

Powers & Abilities[]

Lucien wields fire magic which he inherited from his mother Lady of the Autumn Court, who hails from a family with a strong magical bloodline of flame wielders. Lucien has healing abilities as well, using which he healed Feyre during their time Under the Mountain. He also has the ability to winnow. Furthermore, Lucien possesses spell-cleaving powers from his father Helion who is High Lord of the Day Court. A glimpse of his spell-cleaving powers was seen in A Court of Mist and Fury when he broke through the binding spell placed by Hybern with ease.

Appearances[]

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Trivia[]

  • The name Lucien is French and means 'light'.[11] Ironically, in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Lucien is revealed to be the biological son of Helion, the High Lord of the Day Court. Helion has the power to manipulate light.
  • Sarah J. Maas originally planned for Lucien to have a romantic relationship with Nesta. However, when she started writing A Court of Mist and Fury, Maas came to the conclusion that this relationship wouldn't work. [12]
  • Sarah J. Maas talked on Twitter[13] that probably Lucien and Dorian Havilliard of Throne of Glass, would be best friends.
  • On her YouTube channel, Sarah J. Maas said that one of the characters she would love to write her books together with would be Lucien, she said she thinks it would be fun because he's smart so he would be able to make extensive plots.[14]

References[]

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 24 — "Jesminda had been all laughter [...] to be contained by the country life that she'd been born into. She had teased him [...] seduced him"
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses: Chapter 18 — "Executed, in front of Lucien, as his two eldest brothers held him and made him watch"
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses: Chapter 32
  4. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 45 — "You might know her [Nuan] as the person responsible for granting your ... errant son, as you called him, the ability to use his left eye after Amarantha removed it"
  5. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 3
  6. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 4
  7. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 5
  8. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 8
  9. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 9
  10. A Court of Wings and Ruin: Chapter 10
  11. Nameberry: Lucien
  12. Bookish: Sarah J. Maas Teases What Readers Can Expect After A Court of Mist and Fury
  13. Sarah J. Maas talking about the possible friendship between Lucien and Dorian
  14. Sarah J. Maas play "Which Character?" part 2.



Night Court
Characters Feyre Archeron · Rhysand · Nesta Archeron · Cassian · Elain Archeron · Azriel · Amren · Morrigan · Nyx · Lucien Vanserra · Gwyneth Berdara · Nuala · Cerridwen · Keir · Devlon · Clotho · Madja · Bryaxis · Sevenda · Rita · Thanatos · Thanatos's daughter · Rhysand's father † · Rhysand's mother † · Rhysand's sister † · Enalius
Locations Cesere · Hewn City · Palace of Bone and Salt · Palace of Thread and Jewels · Rainbow of Velaris · Restaurant · Rita's · Sidra River · The Prison · Velaris · Western Isles
Spring Court
Characters Tamlin · Feyre Archeron (former) · Lucien Vanserra (former) · Alis (former) · Ianthe † · Andras † · Bron · Hart · Tamlin's father · Tamlin's mother · Ianthe's father · Ianthe's mother · Ianthe's sisters
Locations Village · Western Forest
Autumn Court
Characters Beron Vanserra · Eris Vanserra · Lucien Spell-Cleaver (former) · Jesminda † · Lady of the Autumn Court