Maenalle s'Gannley

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Lady Maenalle s'Gannley is the Steward of Tysan (also known as the caithdein) at the beginning of Curse of the Mistwraith. She is described as boyishly slim, radiating command through every unconscious movement.

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History

Maenalle was born in Third Age 5583.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Curse of the Mistwraith

Third Age 5637: When Asandir, Dakar, and the half-brothers enter the Thaldein Mountains, Maenalle meets them at the west outpost. She holds a banquet for Lysaer in a converted storeroom in the mountains and bestows Elshian's lyranthe upon Arithon. She wears the traditional sable garb of the caithdein for the first time here. After the half-brothers depart, she calls upon all of the clan lords of Tysan to come to the west outpost, hoping to surprise them with news of Lysaer's return. This announcement is sidetracked when Luhaine arrives to say that Lysaer will not be sanctioned for inheritance.

Ships of Merior

Third Age 5644: Six years after the Battle of Strakewood, Maenalle is visited at the west outpost (identified in the book as a "summer refuge") by Jieret and his men. She is 60 years old at this time. She wears the garb of the caithdein for only the second time ever to remind Jieret of her role in Tysan. Jieret warns her of Lysaer's attempt to restore Avenor and Maenalle prepares her clans for the worst.

In early spring, Maenalle and her clansmen ambush Lysaer's caravan bound for Avenor. Lysaer offers her alliance, which she refuses citing the lack of sanction by the Fellowship, and the influence of the Curse. Because of the guest oath he swore in Curse of the Mistwraith, Lysaer is allowed to leave with his mount and weapons, but the remainder of his caravan is stripped clean off riches and weapons. This is the first public proclamation about the existence of Desh-thiere's Curse, but it is not heeded. After deciding that Arithon may be the last hope for her clan's protection, Maenalle sends a clan courier to Althain Tower with a message for him. She reasons that Sethvir is the only soul in Athera who might know where Arithon is, because of the earth link. Sethvir agrees to deliver the message, on the condition that he be allowed to pick the time of delivery. The contents of this message are not revealed until later -- it contains information about Lysaer's actions.

Third Age 5646: When Lysaer's forces cross through the Pass of Orlan again, Lady Maenalle confronts them alone, and makes her formal protest against Lysaer's campaign. She offers up her life so her clansmen will see what Lysaer has become. She is taken captive and sentenced to death by Lysaer. Fifteen days later, she is executed upon the scaffold at Isaer. Her last sight before dying by the sword is the homing beacon of Sethvir and Asandir soaring across the sky. Lady Maenalle becomes the only caithdein in history to receive a criminal's death on the scaffold.

Trivia

  • In Ships of Merior, an alderman in Isaer notes in disgust that Maenalle is rumoured to wear uncured animal skins.