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When she returns, what she will do to the King of Adarlan will make the slaughtering ten years ago look merciful.
Aedion Ashryver is Aelin Galathynius’ maternal cousin. He served as a general in Adarlan’s military before reuniting with Aelin and joining her court.
Aedion’s mother, Evalin’s cousin, was Gavriel’s lover until he was forced to leave because of the blood oath he had taken to Maeve, which compelled him to obey her commands whether he wanted to or not. Fearing that Maeve would discover Aedion’s parentage and use that knowledge to exploit him, she never shared with Aedion the identity of his father.
After his mother’s death, Aedion was raised in the Galathynius household in Orynth. He and Aelin were very close growing up. He enjoyed being her little guardian, and he planned to take the blood oath to her when she ascended to the throne.
The two of them first encountered Dorian Havilliard as children, before the conquest of Terrasen and war with Wendlyn. Aedion taught Dorian a lesson after the latter spilled tea on Aelin’s dress.
Aedion was in Orynth at the time of the slaughter, and thus escaped the fate of his aunt and uncle. Even though he was not at fault for his family members’ deaths, Aedion blamed himself for many years, thinking that he should have ridden the countryside estate where they were staying as soon as news of Orlon’s assassination broke. From that time onward, Aedion strove to rise in the ranks of Adarlan’s army in order to reclaim the Sword of Orynth and gain a position of power that would help him avenge his family. He and the Bane, his squadron, won their first battle when Aedion was eighteen; the King of Adarlan offered him a reward, and he requested the sword.
As a general, Aedion frequently staged battles and exaggerated body counts to aid the rebels in the Staghorn Mountains. He eventually was reunited with Ren Allsbrook and Ren’s grandfather, Murtaugh Allsbrook, both of whom he had believed to be dead. At this point, he began working with the rebels in Rifthold.
Crown of Midnight
Dorian mentions Aedion as the heir of the Wendlyn bloodline, one of the fiercest generals of the King of Adarlan, commonly known as the Wolf of the North.
Heir of Fire
Aedion makes his first physical appearance in the court of Adarlan. He approaches the King, who is quite upset since general’s arrival is a month overdue. Aedion astonishes their audience by casually dismissing his tardiness, blaming a winter storm. When the King inquires where the Bane is, Aedion informs him that they will arrive within a week. Aedion informs the King that he comes bearing gifts, but as the pages enter the room with the satchels, the King orders them to take the packages up to his chambers to avoid offending other people before ordering Aedion to attend a war council the following day. Chaol notices the black ring on Aedion’s finger and believes that the general is under the thrall of the King by Valg possession.
Aedion joins Chaol and Dorian at their table. He snidely compliments Chaol’s scar and taunts him, then expresses interest in meeting the King’s Champion. After getting a rise out of Chaol, he moves on to discuss the murder of Baba Yellowlegs.
Much to Dorian’s displeasure, the King orders the prince to keep Aedion company for the afternoon. Aedion rejects Dorian’s suggestions, insisting on walking through the garden. He hums inappropriate songs and eyes at some women; when the guards aren’t looking, he trips Dorian, sending the prince sprawling into a rosebush.
Despite the Bane’s absence, Aedion hosts a party in a rented-out tavern in the city and invites many of Chaol’s men, including two senior guards who abandoned their posts to join the festivities. When Chaol notices this, he goes to the party to find his missing guards and Aedion, but despite asking numerous people where they last saw the general, they all say he is somewhere different, and Chaol doesn’t find him. He resolves to come to the party the next night and find leverage against Aedion.
The next day, Chaol watches as Aedion does an excellent job of ensuring everyone notices him enjoying his own party but slips away when no one, apart from Chaol, pays attention. Chaol continues to follow Aedion through the slums until Aedion stops outside a building and begins talking to a cloaked stranger with twin blades. He sees the two of them go inside and considers that Aedion might be buying illicit substances but is so distracted that he is caught.
Inside the building, Chaol recognizes it as the one where he had once been held hostage as leverage against Celaena. Along with Aedion is the man with the twin blades and an elderly man who is still fit despite his age. He also recognizes them as the man who taunted him in the warehouse and the old man who tried to stop Celaena from killing all the rebels when Chaol was kidnapped. When he is asked, Chaol explains that he came to the warehouse because of Aedion and tells the two other men that no matter what they think, the King of Adarlan still controls Aedion and pointedly looks at the Wyrdstone ring. Aedion becomes interested in Chaol for his knowledge of the ring, whose powers he doesn’t understand. He then reveals that when the King gave him the Sword of Orynth, he also offered Aedion a Wyrdstone ring, but thanks to his Fae heritage, he could tell that the ring smelled strange, and instead had a copy made, while he threw the real one into the sea. Aedion tries to get Chaol to tell him more about the King and the Wyrdstone rings, but when Chaol refuses, he answers that his life is already forfeit and that he either can tell them willingly and meet a quick end or have them torture the information out of him. Chaol is disgusted by the thought of dying this way, and as he thinks of Dorian, he realizes that he must protect his best friend. Chaol finally looks at Aedion and tells him that Aelin is alive.
Aedion is standing on an empty dock with Chaol, who is coughing up blood from the slight beating he received as a warning from the man with the scar and twin blades, who is, in fact, Ren Allsbrook, heir and Lord of Allsbrook. Together, Ren and his grandfather, Murtaugh, the elderly man, escaped from the butchering blocks when Ren’s parents created a diversion that cost them their lives and the scar on Ren’s face. It is revealed that Aedion is often called Adarlan’s Whore by those who don’t know him due to his apparent betrayal of Terrasen by working presumably willingly for the King of Adarlan. However, ever since Terrasen’s fall, Aedion has always hated, undermined, and betrayed the King, as the Bane is comprised entirely of both rebels and rebel sympathizers. Despite his supposed loyalty and subservience to the King, Aedion has been loyal to Terrasen and especially Aelin all this time. While the King did summon Aedion and the Bane to Rifthold, Aedion had come looking for the people who were spreading rumors that Aelin was building an army, which Ren and Murtaugh admitted had been created by Archer Finn. Even though he has spent the last ten years secretly defying the King, Aedion feels incredible guilt over what he has done, even though he won back the Sword of Orynth when the King granted him a boon after his first victory. Before hearing about Aelin, Aedion had been perfectly content to let people believe him to be a traitor to his family, but now he feels more guilt than ever for what he has had to do to maintain his disguise and false loyalty.
Aedion is shocked to hear that Aelin truly is alive, even though the rumors had been a lie. He is even more shocked by the story that Chaol tells him, which is about Celaena Sardothien, the most infamous assassin of Adarlan’s empire and Aedion’s beloved, long-lost cousin, Aelin. When he realizes that Aelin was the King’s Champion, Chaol explains that he hadn’t known Celaena’s identity when he sent her to Wendlyn. He explains that he’d found out about her Fae heritage and simply meant for her to find refuge amongst the Fae that lives there. Aedion scorns Chaol for having told him all this vital information when Chaol had originally believed him to be possessed and in the service of the King, but Chaol tells him that he knew the risk. Chaol also explains that in other men with Wyrdstone rings, he’d seen a sort of physical darkness in them that he hadn’t seen in Aedion. When Aedion asks, Chaol tells him that even Dorian doesn’t know about Celaena. Aedion recalls how back in Terrasen, there had been so much worrying and stress about Aelin’s magic that they’d considered sending her to multiple schools and teachers, all except for Maeve in Doranelle, who, thanks to Chaol, she ended up seeing anyway. Aedion asks Chaol if Celaena will return, and Chaol admits that he doesn’t know. Aedion ponders whether to trust the captain, and Chaol tells him that the reason he’d been tracking the rebels was that they might have valuable information. Aedion considers killing Chaol but then remembers that Chaol had been Celaena, and therefore Aelin’s lover, and decides that Chaol is more useful alive than dead thanks to his invaluable information. Aedion asks to know more about the Wyrdstone rings, but Chaol refuses and instead offers to bargain.
Aedion and Chaol later meet in the tomb, having agreed to trade information for information, as Aedion knows about magic’s disappearance, and Chaol knows about the Wyrdkeys and the King. As Chaol shows the Eye of Elena which Celaena gave to him before leaving, he explains the Wyrdkeys and the King’s possession and use of them. However, Dorian, who kept books about magic in the tomb, comes along and overhears their conversation. He hears his father’s power and Celaena’s identity before Aedion and Chaol find him. He asks them why they didn’t tell him, and Chaol says it was better for him not to know anything if it put him at risk. Dorian is upset that they thought he would tell his father and understands that Chaol and Aedion are working together to free magic. He disapproves of Aedion and Chaol working together, and both he and Aedion are skeptical about one another. Dorian tells them that he will keep their secrets, but he won’t participate in what they are doing and leaves. Aedion leaves through the underground waterway and contemplates the King’s power and Baba Yellowlegs’ visit to the castle. When he reaches the warehouse in the slums, he meets Ren and Murtaugh, who, while knowing Aelin is alive, do not know that she is Celaena Sardothien since Chaol refused to talk to anyone about Aelin except Aedion.
Queen of Shadows
In a deleted scene from Kingdom of Ash, Manon Blackbeak cuts his throat because she couldn’t stand him anymore.
Aedion is imprisoned by the King and is scheduled to be executed on Dorian’s birthday. Aedion was rescued by Aelin but not before being injured. He and Aelin share a heartfelt reunion, and he is surprised to find that Aelin does not judge him for what he did during the 10 years they were separated. He soon meets Lysandra and Rowan and seems to be very territorial towards Aelin when he is around Rowan. When he hears about Rowan taking the blood oath to Aelin, he gets infuriated and argues with Aelin. After that, Aelin kicks him out of her apartment, but he stays on the rooftop. He stays there all night, being useful by keeping watch. The next morning he and Aelin swap apologies and forgive each other.
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Kingdom of Ash
Aedion has Aelin’s snarky, sarcastic attitude and her self-confidence. He is unfailingly loyal, willing to die for his queen, and even besmirch his own name for the good of Terrasen. Over the last few years, he has come to enjoy lavish parties and become licentious to the point where it makes Dorian look celibate. However, in Heir of Fire, it was revealed that he held such parties to distract people from his true motives of working with the rebel movement.
Aedion is bisexual, revealing to Lysandra that he is attracted to people regardless of gender.
Aedion is tall (6’3), heavily muscled, and handsome, with a tanned complexion from years in the snow-bright mountains of Terrasen. He has long, golden blond hair and turquoise eyes ringed with gold, common for members of House Ashryver.
In Heir of Fire, Chaol states that Aedion and Aelin could have been twins since both of them shared the same golden-blond hair and Ashryver eyes.
He has a tattoo over his heart that looks like a knot, with the names of Terrasen’s court written above it.
Aedion cares very much for his cousin and was often called her best friend, as other children in the castle were scared of her magic. In Kingdom of Ash he swears the blood-oath to her, in front of everyone as promised by Aelin to him.
He and Lysandra meet in Queen of Shadows and he comes to care for her very much to the point of saying that one day he’ll marry her.
In Kingdom of Ash he pretends Lysandra doesn’t exist and feels resentment towards her. After Lysandra nearly dies he realizes he has mistreated her gravely and apologizes. Towards the end of the book, they admit their true feelings for each other and kiss.
In the epilogue of Kingdom of Ash it is said that Aedion and Lysandra will be married.
Gavriel was Aedion’s father. Aedion finds out that Gavriel sired him during Queen of Shadows. They meet during Empire of Storms, they have a Aedion and Gavriel reunite in Kingdom of Ash during the battle at Orynth. Gavriel asks him if Aedion wants to hold the gate together (asking him if Aedion wants Gavriel to be his father), and Aedion says yes. When Aedion runs to the Bane, he sees that Gavriel is at the gate, telling Aedion to close it. Aedion sprints toward his father but sees that Gavriel is already dead, sacrificing himself for Terrasen and his son.
Aedion promises to bury Gavriel in the royal graveyard, and Rowan adds Gavriel’s name to the tattoo over Aedion’s heart.
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You told me Dorian would fix the world, make it better. But if he’s gone, if we made the mistake today in keeping him alive, then I will find another way to attain that future. And another one after that, if I have to. I will keep getting back up, no matter how many times those butchers shove me down.
Nesryn Faliq is a former city guard of Rifthold. She worked with Chaol and the rebels to overthrow the King of Adarlan. After the coup’s success, she became the Captain of the Royal Guard.
Nesryn’s ancestors originally hailed from Balruhn, a city of the Southern Continent. Her great-grandfather was curious and ambitious, so he took his family to Antica. Her father then eventually moved to Adarlan. Nesryn grew up in Rifthold and was mistreated by others for her being a foreigner and having a different appearance. When she was old enough, she became a city guard because of the fact that none of them helped her as a child when she was attacked by others and screamed for help. To appear more serious in the eyes of her colleagues, she cut her hair short to shoulder-length, as she figured having a fancy hairstyle would not earn her much respect. Her sister Delara complained about this for a long time.
As a woman, Nesryn was passed over for promotions many times in her career in favor of less experienced male soldiers. However, she kept quiet about it because she knew that to say anything would result in her dismissal, and she valued her position for the good it allowed her to do.
Nesryn worked hard to become an excellent archer during her early life and earned acclaim as Neith’s Arrow, a title derived from the Goddess of the Hunt.
Queen of Shadows
Nesryn first appears when she finds Aelin running from a group of men. She takes Aelin to Chaol and waits while they have their awkward conversation. Aelin notes that Nesryn could rival Rowan for cold seriousness. Chaol tells Aelin that Nesryn’s father owns bakeries in the city which made enough that he owns a farm in the country; Fleetfoot is there. Aelin has doubts about Nesryn’s loyalty, but Chaol vouches for her.
Later on, Chaol and Nesryn meet and discuss Aelin. Chaol reflects on his past relationship with Nesryn and is happy that she doesn’t seem to hold a grudge against him for cutting off their alliance by going to Endovier. Nesryn attempts to talk about Aelin’s claims that Dorian is lost to the Valg, angering Chaol. He tells her to drop it. She shifts to talking about Aelin and tells him what she did to the king’s men. Nesryn tells him he should have known better than getting involved with her, prompting Chaol to shoot at her own lack of suitors. Nesryn is amused rather than upset and leaves.
Nesryn later joins Chaol on a trip to the Shadow Market. Aelin shows up at their meeting with Ress and Brullo. Brullo demands to see her with her hood down, and Nesryn quips that he has a wife at home to ogle at. Aelin remarks that she rather likes Nesryn.
Nesryn is part of the team that tries to rescue prisoners of Adarlan. She stays on the rooftops, watching everyone’s movements, and shoots at the soldiers to cover the prisoners escapes. After the rescue succeeds, she goes home to wash and change and then go break the news of one of the soldier’s deaths to his family.
During Aedion’s rescue, Nesryn watches Aelin and stops her from killing Dorian. Aelin tells her that her and Chaol are fools, and runs, leaving Nesryn to make her way to safety. She finds Chaol and tells him what Aelin tried to do. He and Aelin have a fight.
Later that night, he finds Nesryn at one of her father’s bakeries, and they talk about the day’s events. Chaol is grateful that she saved Dorian’s life; she tries to bring up the issue of him being truly gone, and Chaol snaps at her. She calmly tells him that she doesn’t care about Dorian but rather the future he represents. Chaol asks her why she became a guard, and she tells him of how they never helped her as a child; she hopes Dorian will be able to change the lives of her family and people like her. She tells him to stop feeling sorry for himself and try again tomorrow.
They accompany Aelin to a meeting with Arobynn Hamel the next day, and help catch a Valg-possessed man. Chaol is shocked by the ordeal and speaks harshly to Nesryn.
She visits Aelin and Aedion at their apartment. Aelin comments on her relationship with Chaol, but Nesryn dismisses him, saying he’s content to be unhappy, whereas she doesn’t see sense in brooding. Aedion remarks on her pretty face, and Aelin shuts down his advances.
The three of them go to a taproom for a night out. Nesryn reveals more about herself and her family. When they leave the tavern, Aedion picks up a sound; it’s Rowan. He and Aelin reunite. Nesryn bids them goodnight once Aedion and Rowan start sizing each other up. Aelin thinks that she must be lonely.
Nesryn goes with Chaol to rescue more prisoners being sent to Morath. He is worried that she is still angry with him for snapping at her the other night. They kill the Valg soldiers transporting the prisoners. The timing seems strange, so they rush home and discover that the Shadow Market has been destroyed.
Nesryn later brings a message from Ren to Chaol, that the King has been building an army in Morath and training the Ironteeth Witches to ride in it as aerial cavalry.
After Lysandra is kidnapped by soldiers, Nesryn offers to take Evangeline to one of her father’s bakeries and reassures Aelin that they’ll find her. After Lysandra’s rescue, she stays with her.
After spying on a meeting between the witches and Dorian, Rowan is injured, and Nesryn leads the group to one of her father’s farms in the countryside so he can get help from the midwife there. Chaol and Aelin have a conversation about Nesryn; Aelin mentions that Nesryn is interested in him and they should try to be together.
Later, after Chaol is paralyzed by the King of Adarlan, a newly freed Dorian makes Nesryn the temporary Captain of the Guard and she tells them about the Torre Cesme, and the healers that live on the Southern Continent. She then joins Chaol on his journey there, happy at the thought of seeing her homeland again.
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Nesryn and Chaol journey across the Narrow Sea to Antica. She battles with Chaol’s new bitter attitude at his disability and attempts to be intimate with him at one point, which ends with Chaol becoming frustrated and pushing her away. Nesryn leaves him alone after that, though they still sleep in the same bed.
Tower of Dawn
Nesryn and Chaol arrive at Antica after three weeks at sea. She is mesmerised by being back in her homeland and takes in every detail with awe. The two are escorted to the Khagan’s palace for an audience, and Nesryn is awestruck by being in his presence. She notes each of his children and runs through their names, and when questioned by the Khagan she explains that she was born in Balruhn but her father moved to Adarlan when she was young. She notices the white banners flying from the palace and realises that someone has died; this is later revealed to be the Khagan’s youngest child, Tumelun.
Nesryn accompanies Chaol during his first examination by a healer from the Torre Cesme. Her presence and behaviour begin to grate on Chaol and she leaves.
During Chaol’s sessions, Nesryn is generally absent and ends up hunting through the sewers of Antica alone for a Valg infiltrator who murders one of the healers of the Torre Cesme. Nesryn eventually befriends Prince Sartaq, one of the Khagan’s children who commands the armies of the rukhin. They grow close and spend time together, with Sartaq even allowing her to ride with him on Kadara, his ruk. Sartaq also reveals that he has heard of her before, as Neith’s Arrow.
At a party held by the Khagan’s children, Nesryn sticks with Sartaq. After the party, Chaol asks to hear about her extended family that she previously visited. She spends the whole night talking about her aunt, uncle, and various nieces and nephews that live in their home in the Runni Quarter. Chaol listens dutifully, though Nesryn knows that the only reason he asked is that he feels guilty.
Because of this, Nesryn decides to journey with Sartaq to the nests of the rukhin, a journey that will take three weeks. She leaves a simple note for Chaol that states she doesn’t hold him to any promises.
Along the way, Nesryn is free to talk with Sartaq. They discuss their families and lives, and Nesryn deduces that Sartaq is a shameless flirt.
Nesryn and Sartaq develop feelings for each other during their journey in the mountains. They learn more about the Valg, and even find a shifter called Falkan Ennar, who helps them fight the stygian spiders they encounter. Sartaq mobilizes the rukhin, and they return to Antica. He is named as the khagan’s heir, and makes clear his intention to marry Nesryn in the future.
Nesryn and Chaol accept their new respective partners, and together with the khagan royals’ armies sail back to Erilea to fight in the war against Erawan.
Kingdom of Ash
Nesryn is slender with black, shoulder-length hair and olive skin. She first cut her hair to shoulder length at age 15 and jokes she cut it because she is bad at braiding, though the real reason she keeps it short is the ease of care, to make her sister mad, and to appear more warrior-like as a member of the Royal Guard.  Her midnight eyes are always lightly lined with kohl, even on missions. She has been described as beautiful by Prince Sartaq.
Nesryn is cold and unyielding. Aelin once thought that Nesryn could give Rowan a run for his money for her sheer iciness. Nesryn explains to Chaol during their journey that she has simply learned to hide her emotions well to avoid showing weakness. She actually has a rather sarcastic, dry humour.
She has a strong sense of honor and joined the city guard to protect other foreigners from the discrimination and abuse she experienced as a child.
Skills and Abilities
In Queen of Shadows, she and Chaol share an intimate moment before attacking the castle when they go to the sea god’s temple and Chaol reaches for her hand. They promise each other that «once everything is over» they will figure out where home is. Chaol seems to officially end his relationship with Aelin. He chooses to be with Nesryn, wanting happiness for himself.
In Tower of Dawn, however, their relationship begins to deteriorate, Chaol balks at the idea of intimacy due to his condition. As the book progresses, Chaol kisses her and remarks that there was «no heat» to the kiss.
The distance between them continues to widen, especially after the party for Tehome’s holiday when Chaol and Yrene kiss each other. Nesryn departs for the Tavan Mountains with Sartaq. Realising that she does not want to be a consolation prize, she simply sends Chaol a note conveying where she is going and the end of their romantic relationship, then departs for the Tavan Mountains with Sartaq.
When Chaol sends her an urgent message to return from Rorkhal, Nesryn and Sartaq fly quickly to Antica. On their way back, they entreat the healers for help and lead them to the tunnels under the Torre Cesme, where they encounter Yrene, Hafiza, Duva, and Chaol. Nesryn sheds tears when Yrene saves his life and grants him the ability to walk. She and Chaol embrace.
After Duva is purged of the Valg princess within her, she and Sartaq rendezvous with Chaol and Yrene to share information in the suite.