Miryam is a half-human, half-Fae female who rules over the island Cretea together with her husband and mate Prince Drakon. She was born a slave before the War and later fought to free her people from slavery. She succeeded in freeing fifty thousand humans from the Black Land and, together with Drakon, created the only place where humans and Fae live together in peace.
Before the War, when humans were still enslaved by the Fae, Miryam was born in the Black Land, one of the cruellest Fae countries at the time. Miryam was born to a human mother and a Fae father, although the conception had happened against her mother's will. Like all humans or half-humans in the Black Land, she was doomed to a life in slavery with no chance of gaining her freedom.
Later on, the Queen of the Black Land got engaged to a foreign Fae Prince named Drakon, and gave Miryam to him as an engagement gift. However, Drakon had not realized what kind of person he had agreed to marry and was horrified. He helped Miryam escape and broke off his engagement. Miryam, who feared the Queen might seek revenge against her, fled the Black Land and eventually fell in with Jurian and his human rebels.
Following her escape from the Black Land, Miryam had sworn to return to the Black Land and free the human slaves she had left behind. During the War, Miryam worked as a healer in Jurian's army. It can be assumed that she also played a major role in the overall conflict.
Three years after their first meeting, Miryam met Prince Drakon, who had allied himself with the humans and had been looking for herfor the past years, again as his army assisted Jurian's in battle. During that battle, Drakon got injured, and Miryam ended up as the healer tending to his injuries. Following that battle, Drakon's and Jurian's army were allied for an unspecified amount of time, although it can be assumed that they eventually had a falling-out.
As the War continued, Jurian eventually began his relationship with Clythia to get information for the human side. According to Jurian, Miryam had no problem with his actions and even encouraged him. However, Morrigan implies that Jurian's relationship with Clythia and the changes in his character that came with it were the main reasons that caused Miryam to end their relationship. Either way, it is known that she broke up with him at some point during the War and later fell in love with Drakon, who already had feelings for her at that point. Miryam and Drakon turned out to be mates, and got mated and married the same night Jurian killed Clythia.
Shortly after that, Miryam got captured by Amarantha, allegedly to serve as a trap for Drakon. However, Rhysand went against orders to free her. In the process, most of his legion got killed and the rest, including him, were captured and tortured by Amarantha.
Towards the end of the War, Miryam, together with Drakon, his soldiers and Morrigan, marched into the Black Land to free the human slaves left there. Through unspecified means, they succeeded at this and marched the fifty thousand humans they had freed through the desert and to the Erythrian Sea, where they had arranged for ships to bring them to another kingdom. However, the Queen of the Black Land had those ships burned before they could reach them and sent her army after them. Desperate, Drakon had his soldiers use their magic to part the sea and allow the humans to run while he and his soldiers held of the Black Land's army. However, Miryam refused to flee until all of her people had reached safety. In the following battle, she got skewered by a spear thrown by the Queen of the Black Land. As the sea came crashing back down, her friend Nephelle carried her to safetly against all odds, but Miryam still bled out from the wound. However, Drakon knew of a sacred island where a powerful object made by the Cauldron had been hidden. He used that object to resurrect her, granting her a Fae's long life in the process.
After the War
After that battle, Miryam and Drakon let the world think them dead and moved to Cretea with their people. Only the members of the Inner Circle knew that they were still alive. They spent the next years building a country where humans and Fae live together in peace. During that time, Rhysand visited them once, 351 years before the war with Hybern. Several centuries later, they had trouble at their border, and, following an idea Miryam got from Velaris, cast a spell that hid Cretea from any outsiders.
The War with Hybern
After initial hesitation, Rhysand tried to contact Miryam and Drakon as the war against Hybern began. However, due to the spell around Cretea, he could not reach them. Miryam and Drakon later heard a rumour that Jurian was hunting for Miryam, wanting to get revenge against her and Drakon. This alerted them that there was a conflict going on, and Miryam figured out that the spell on Cretea might have prevented their friends from contacting them. They sailed their army to Prythian, met the independent human armies on the way and helped Prythian's armies hold out against Hybern until Amren could defeat them.
After the battle, they helped arrange the meeting between Fae and humans and told their story as proof that humans and Fae could live together in peace. At Feyre's request, they also stole the Cauldron and took it back to Cretea with them to keep it safe and prevent a possible war that might break out over its possession.
- A Court of Mist and Fury (mentioned)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin (first appearance)
- A Court of Silver Flames (mentioned)
|Characters||Queen of the Black Land · Miryam (former) · Drakon (former) · Miryam's mother · Miryam's father|