by User: Fyrebeam
|Titles||Princess of Idris, Queen of Hallandren|
Siri is the youngest child of the Idrian royal family, and spent most of her youth feeling and being largely redundant. Her oldest sister, Vivenna, was being raised to marry the Hallandren God King, her only brother Ridger was set to become the next king of Idris, and the second-youngest daughter, Fafen, had joined the Austrin Monasteries, as one child from each Idrian family was expected to do. Siri had no particular expectations on her, and so whiled away her days ignoring her tutors and pushing Austrism's conservative limits. She refused to control her Royal Locks, instead letting her hair always reflect her emotions; she picked colorful flowers and gave them to the children of Bevalis. Her father typically ordered Siri to work in the royal kitchen when he bothered to address her misbehavior at all. Unbeknownst to him Siri was friends with the cook, Mab, and enjoyed the work.
Arrival in Hallandren
Soon after the book begins, King Dedelin decided to send Siri to wed the God King in Vivenna's place, and Siri found herself ripped from her carefree life and deposited in a carriage to T'Telir. She spent the journey trying to come to terms with her father's decision, mostly by yelling her confusion at the small group of guards that accompany her.
As she arrived in the capital, Siri was taken aback at the massive Lifeless honor guard that met her, and the pervasive color that decorated every person, building, and market ware. She gathered herself enough to order her equally overwhelmed guards to leave her and return home, and Siri vanished alone into the Court of Gods.
Siri was stripped, bathed, dressed, and groomed in a whirlwind of activity as a Pahn Kahl scribe called Bluefingers explained that there would be no formal wedding ceremony, she, the Vessel, would simply enter the God King's bedchambers and await his whim. She was told she could not talk to, make eye contact with, kiss, or even proactively touch the Susebron, but must enter, strip, kneel, and wait for his signal to approach the bed. Then Siri was led, in a dress magnitudes more extravagant than anything she had ever seen, to the God King's chambers.
Siri spent that night, and many after it, kneeling until she passed out from exhaustion in front of a silent, unmoving figure who would be gone when she awoke.
After a week Siri was presented to the Court of Gods where she met Lightsong.
Over the course of several weeks Siri acted out by degrees: she sat up and made eye contact with Susebron, she refused to completely strip, she began curling up in her dresses and sleeping on the floor, and finally, after Treledees informed her that the priests listened in on the chamber at night, she faked the sounds of sex and fell asleep on the bed. Each night the God King only watched her silently.
One night, after Siri's performance, she was startled by a figure looming over her. Susebron had risen from his throne by the bed and approached her where she laid. Siri shrieked in terror but when her reaction appeared to startle Susebron, her fear was replaced with confusion. The God King pulled out a book of children's stories, gesturing silently for her to read it, and Siri realized that Susebron had no tongue. Coming to the conclusion that Susebron was essentially a prisoner in his own palace, Siri agreed to teach him to read.
Each night after that one, Siri performed her act on the bed, although at some point she stopped doing this, then she and Susebron sat up all night, as she taught him to read and write they began having conversations with the aid of a small chalkboard. Siri learns that most of Susebron's character is formed from a mix of the fairy tales in his children's book and lessons he received from the priests when he was young. His simplistic worldview, strong moral backbone, and cautious rebellion against his gilded cage drew Siri to him, and she began planning how to protect him as well as herself from the threat she suspected the priests posed.
At one point Siri asked Lightsong to call a storyteller to tell her about the history of Hallandren, specifically previous God Kings and why they all died after their heir was born.
At another point Siri extracted a promise from Bluefingers to smuggle her and Susebron to safety if the threat to Susebron's life became too great.
Eventually Siri realized that she and Susebron had fallen in love, and they began actually sleeping together.
Being concerned with both her and Susebron's safety, when Susebron's High Priest talks to her and guesses how she's thinking, she realises that the priests are 'reading' her emotions from her hair and begins practising keeping it stable, as her sister Vivenna always did. By the end of the book, it is mentioned by her sister that she now seems to be very good at the skill.
The Pahn Kahl Rebellion
Siri devised a plan to explain to Lightsong that Susebron could not speak, and with him convince the other Returned to demand to hear from their king, exposing the priests' deception; however as she headed to the Assembly to meet with Lightsong, she was cut off by a group of priests. They informed her that she was to go into seclusion due to her pregnancy and moved her to a room outside of which they posted a guard.
Siri waited in the room, occasionally hearing the sounds of fighting, until Treledees appeared and took her to another room, full of priests who surrounded Susebron. Bluefingers offered to take the two of them through the tunnels to the docks, and Treledees assented, but as they headed out of the room Siri realized that the Pahn Kahl are the only group likely to benefit from the conflict that had consumed the God King's palace and would soon consume two nations. She confronted Bluefingers and he ran off.
Returning to Treledees and the priests, Siri and Susebron attempted to fight their way out of the palace, but are met at the entrance by two groups of Bluefingers' fighters. The priests unflinchingly sacrificed themselves in defense of the God King, but Bluefingers' group overwhelmed them and Siri and Susebron were taken captive.
Susebron was taken away and Bluefingers led Siri to an altar deep within the palace where he intended to kill Siri and make it look like ritual human sacrifice to push Idris and Hallandren into war. However Susebron appeared at the last moment, mind and tongue healed by Lightsong's sacrifice, and rescued Siri.
With the aid of Vasher, Susebron counteracted the last effects of the rebellion, and war was averted.
|Characters||Vasher · Vivenna · Siri · Lightsong · Denth · Susebron · Llarimar · Bluefingers · Blushweaver · Nightblood|
|Places||Hallandren · T'Telir · Idris · Kuth · Huth · Tedradel · Court of Gods|
|Magic||Awakening · BioChromatic Breath · Command · Drab · Heightening· Ichor-alcohol · Lifeless · Returned|
|Mythology and Lore||Endowment · Austrism · Five Scholars · Iridescent Tones · Manywar · Kalad's Phantoms|