|"What manner of faerie are you?"
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Rhysand's mother belonged to a low-class family. She worked as a seamstress in an Illyrian war-camp in the mountains of the Night Court. When women come of age in the camps, their wings are clipped, causing the woman to be crippled for ever. However Rhysand's mother loved to fly, and thus starved herself and gathered illegal herbs to halt the natural course of her body. She managed to bide her time till the age of eighteen, when she first bled. One of the males in the camp scented it on her and told the camp lord. She tried to flee but were intercepted easily by the Illyrian warriors.
The warriors dragged her back to the camp and were able to tie her up, but the High Lord winnowed into the camp, and the mating bond clicked into place immediately. The High Lord immediately made her his bride the same evening.
She later became pregnant with Rhysand, a half-breed Illyrian and High Fae. When he turned eight, she took him to an Illyrian war-camp to be trained. She left him there to fend for himself in the sparring ring. It was considered an embarrassment for a mother to coddle her son in his training sessions, and thus she was forced to leave him to survive in the camp.
Rhysand's mother also believed that education was important and valuable. She tutored him after his lessons in the war-camp and cleaned any of the lashings he received. She also took care of Cassian, who she sympathized with for living in harsh conditions in the Illyrian mountains. She tutored Cassian and later took in Azriel as well.
She gifted Rhysand a ring as a keepsake and took it back once Rhysand reached maturity. She gave it to the Weaver for safekeeping.
She made dresses for Rhysand's future mate so he could one day, give them to her. In A Court of Frost and Starlight, it is revealed that the dresses Rhysand has given Feyre, were made by his mother. Rhysand had not told Feyre this until that point, because he was afraid Feyre would think it unsettling that she was wearing dresses made by a female who died centuries before
Rhysand later befriended Tamlin, the son of the High Lord of the Spring Court. His mother traveled to a Illyrian war-camp to meet with Rhys, however Rhys had decided to stay elsewhere in the court. Rhys tells Tamlin about this, and Tamlin relays this information to his father and brothers. They traveled to the Illyrian wilderness and murdered both Rhysand's mother and sister. They kept their heads in boxes and sent them down the river to the nearest camp. Tamlin's father also kept their wings as trophies.
Rhysand's mother is soft and fiery and was beloved by everyone she met. She lived by a moral code, and deeply disagreed with the treatment of women in Illyrian camps. Though she disagreed with this aspect of Illyrian tradition, she did adore the culture. She was also a caring and kind woman. She cared for Cassian when she saw the effect the conditions of the Illyrian mountains had on him.
Powers and Abilities
- Flight: Due to being Illyrian, Rhysand's mother possessed bat-like wings. Like her son, she adored flying by herself and with Rhys around the Night Court.
Though Rhysand's mother and father were mates, they did not have a loving relationship. For a while, Rhysand's mother hated him but was eternally grateful that he had saved her wings and allowed her to fly whenever and wherever she wished.
- A Court of Mist and Fury (Mentioned only)
|Characters||Rhysand · Feyre Archeron · Amren · Morrigan · Cassian · Azriel · Nesta Archeron · Elain Archeron · Lucien Vanserra · 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|