Daliana sen Evend
Daliana is described a rebellious and incorrigible in comparison to her siblings and cousins.
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.|
Role in the Story
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.|
Third Age 5922: Daliana has just won a knife throwing wager in the Red Cockerel when Asandir approaches her. He describes Lysaer's expected relapse to the Curse and ask her to stand by him as a voice of conscience, like her ancestor, Sulfin Evend did. She swears to the same oath and receives a spirit mark of arcane protection. He orders her to attend each social function that Lysaer decides to attend.
Third Age 5923: When Arithon recovers his use of Shadow in Taerlin, Daliana observes the effects on Lysaer and intercepts his exit from a social function. She states her role as a Fellowship agent and convinces him to leave with her. Lysaer fails in his attempts to embarrass her out of his personal quarters and reveals his fear of betrayal by women. To keep the Curse at bay, Daliana engages Lysaer in a game of Ten Jack. Her distractions enable Lysaer to last the night without a Curse-driven break. Despite this success, Daliana is ostracized from the court.
Daliana tracks the Light's Hope retinue from Erdane to their lodging at the Red Cockerel. She observes the Light's Hope meeting with a Koriani courier and throws a knife which destroys the courier's warded package, a fetch of Arithon s'Ffalenn. The ensuing backlash sets His Radiance's sleeves on fire and he declares her a minion of Shadow. Daliana allows herself to be taken into custody in hopes of warning Lysaer of the conspiracy. Expecting a swift, secular trial, Daliana is stunned to learn that governance of Etarra has been handed over to the True Sect with Lysaer departed to Tysan. She theorizes that a second fetch was able to trigger the curse when the Light's Hope met with him.
On the day of her trial, Daliana is paraded through Etarra to the magistrate's hall where she spies Raven perched on a spire. In the presence of the Etarran council and Light's Hope, Traithe steps forward under the name of Trey to act as her advocate. A parade of friends and strangers including her friend, Hattsey, testify that she used witchcraft. Later, a Red Cockerel drudge enters the trial disguised as the magistrate's wife, a ploy by Traithe to highlight the uncertainty of eyewitnesses. As the crowd's patience wanes, Dakar plays the role of a drunken fool to disrupt the trial. The Light's Hope sentences him to death alongside Traithe and Daliana.
When Lysaer, ablaze in a corona of light, arrives with a temple diviner and threatens the outcome of the trial, the Light's Hope reaches under his robe for another Koriani bane ward. He is interrupted by Traithe and the Etarran populace is able to see the fetch, revealing the True Sect conspiracy to use Lysaer as a curse-driven figurehead. Lysaer orders the diviner to sentence the Light's Hope to death by sword and fire under Canon Law and evicts the True Sect from Etarra.
Daliana awakens in Lysaer's bed during an argument between Lysaer and Dakar. Dakar questions Lysaer's decision to raise arms against the True Sect. Lysaer quickly departs upon her recovery, although Dakar refuses to explain her similarity to Lady Talith. Dakar reveals that there were three Koriani fetches. When questioned, he admits that he does not know which half-brother he would protect in a conflict.
Daliana rides with Lysaer, who cannot be dissuaded from challenging the True Sect head on. When Dakar has an absolute prophecy he cannot recall, he asks Daliana to make sure that he stays mounted no matter what happens. The pair catch up to Lysaer at a tavern on Mathorn Road where the prince is surrounded by an angry mob who plan to burn people affected by the planet's shift in resonance. Dakar and Daliana are able to steer Lysaer away from the curse and visit the condemned in the tavern's cellar. While Dakar heals them, Daliana and Lysaer run menial errands. Lysaer refuses Dakar's offer of a basic ward of protection and slips away, leaving the other two trapped in the cellar on his orders.
Still trapped three days later, Dakar spiritwalks and draws the notice of Seshkrozchiel. The drake lands on the roof, intent on destroying the tavern. Davien reveals that Sethvir has cast strands and found that Lysaer's case is hopeless. He offers the option to step into Seshkrozchiel's true dreaming in hopes that they will end up in a place aligned with their true desires. Daliana accepts immediately. Her passage allows her to catch up to Lysaer at a wayside inn.
Daliana convinces Lysaer to talk as they travel. He reveals his regrets about Lady Talith and describes the construction of Avenor. He reveals that he accepted the curse wholeheartedly to avoid the infamy of the lives lost at Dier Kenton Vale. When asked about his plans to confront the True Sect, he admits that he has not thought through a tactic other than to start burning their temples with Light. After a fortnight's delay due to weather in Narms, Lysaer chooses to travel south by land instead of crossing the Instrell Bay.
When the curse strikes in Morvain, Daliana barely gets Lysaer into the Gull and Anchor tavern and out of the public eye. She offers herself as a strategy to blunt the curse, but the Koriathain activate another fetch before she can proceed. Lysaer fully succumbs to the curse and attacks her with Light. Daliana survives due to Asandir's ward of protection, and Lysaer leaves to rejoin the cause of the True Sect. Kharadmon helps Daliana escape the burning tavern and escorts her to Traithe's home in the city. Daliana refuses to believe that Lysaer's cause is hopeless, and opts to pursue him into Havish.
Daliana disguises herself as a squire and stays in close proximity to Lysaer. When High King Gestry's defensive magecraft knocks the prince unconscious, she binds him with the intent to pull him away. Dakar and Khadrien arrive with the same plan in mind and Daliana reveals the existence of more Koriani fetches. On Dakar's instruction, Daliana heads north in a wagon with Lysaer.
Third Age 5923: Dakar and Daliana transport a bound Lysaer through the Stacks. Daliana disagrees with Dakar's plan to create a proximity ward that will force Lysaer close to her, and leaves with the wagon holding Lysaer. After waking up, the prince leaves her in spite of her promise not to abandon him.
Davien offers Daliana the means to remake her form as a man with longevity, allowing her to stay close to Lysaer without detection. She agrees even though he warns that she might never see success. He constructs an enchanted bracelet from thread in his cuff and also instructs her on how to permanently return to her original form.
Adopting the persona of Dace Marley, Daliana reunites with Lysaer in East Bransing. Dace's skill at shining boots earns him a position in Lysaer's household and he works to raise his station to get closer to the prince. He learns of a meeting between Lysaer and a high-placed informant in the True Sect and, with Kharadmon's assistance, eavesdrops on the conversation. His actions earn the enmity of the house steward, who informs the constable of a false charge of theft. Unable to return to the house, Dace throws a rock through a window with a warning of treachery tied around it. Lysaer responds to the anonymous note with a coin and instructions to rent a room at the Galley-men's Rest. Dace is ambushed there by the True Sect, but the diviner cannot examine his thoughts through the defenses in Davien's bracelet. He learns that the True Sect seek evidence of Lysaer's further corruption stemming from his disappearance in Lanshire. Lysaer interrupts the cabal and rescues Dace. As a reward for the warning, Lysaer grants Dace the position of personal valet.
Lysaer requisitions one of the True Sect's supply galleys to leave East Bransing. When The Hatchet overtakes and boards the galley, there is no trace of the prince. It is revealed that Selidie is unable to scry Lysaer's location after Dace has joined his retinue, and that Selidie has not been able to locate Daliana since her transformation.
Lysaer and Dace take a fishing lugger the rest of the way around the northern coast, arriving in Miralt Head. Lysaer begins frequenting practice halls in anonymity, exhibiting raw, unpolished swordsmanship to infiltrate the locals. Dace accompanies Lysaer on select errands while improving his personal valet skills. By mid-summer, Lysaer has secretly reveals his identity to a select few. Dace demonstrates his loyalty in the face of Lysaer's plans to confront the High Temple of the Light at Erdane, and receives his permission to purchase two horses.
Lysaer uses the threat of immolation to requisition an army from the True Sect temple in Miralt. He marches them southward and confronts The Hatchet's men outside of Erdane. Prepared to defend against arrows, Lysaer is surprised by a spell-turned Koriani crossbow bolt fired by The Hatchet. He is struck in the right eye in spite of Dace's effort to push him out of the way. Lysaer is initially denied the services of a healer as a True Sect test of his immortality. Because of Dace's bravery in protecting Lysaer, The Hatchet crosses the priests' wishes and provides a surgeon and litter-bearers. Lysaer is installed in the High Temple of the Light for recovery under Dace's care.
It is revealed that Davien had altered Asandir's original mark of protection on Daliana. While transforming her into Dace Marley, Davien added quadrangle runes of chaos to protect both servant and master. These runes prevent Selidie from further magecraft against Lysaer while Dace remains in proximity.
Kharadmon visits Dace and warns that Lysaer's convalescence may take years, during which he will be susceptible to manipulation from the True Sect or Koriathain. When Dace remains steadfast, Kharadmon warns that the Fellowship will act for Paravian survival if things go awry.
Lysaer has a fit of insanity when Arithon uses shadow at the Ettinmere Settlement. To avoid interrogation by the High Examiner, Dace stages a fire in Lysaer's room. He continues to monitor Lysaer's convalescence into the winter, when Kharadmon visits. The shade warns that drake unrest beyond the North Gate might overshadow any trouble created by the True Sect. With Lysaer outside of the Compact, Dace asks for a glamour that can divert Lysaer's attention during the curse's insanity. Kharadmon enacts the blood binding but warns that the working is a crutch that goes against Lysaer's free will. Dace also asks for Fellowship warning in case he should ever overuse the binding.
Third Age 5924: The Hatchet's campaign in Rathain is broken, with diviners driven mad by a surge in flux sent back to the High Temple of the Light for recovery. Dace navigates through the new arrivals while fetching linens for Lysaer. He returns to find Lysaer being probed for Arithon's location under the orders of the Light's Priest Supreme and Exalted Examiner. Dace interrupts the proceedings and tends to Lysaer in the aftermath.
Third Age 5925: Lysaer feels the moment that Arithon returns to the continent from Los Lier. This information mobilizes the True Sect to Daenfal. It is suggested that Dace made a choice in allowing this to occur.
Dace races to Lysaer's side after Arithon is executed in Daenfal. He finds Lysaer free of the curse and aware of the reprehensible acts in his past. Dace convinces Lysaer that the right course is to take down the True Sect, but not without a plan.