Surela Silin Asaniefa

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Surela at the time of Rose Point.

Poor angry Surela.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Has starsight eyes, a warm clear green; she doesn't call them that, though, because she doesn't like the association. Apparently her hair used to be floor-length, but she cuts it during her exile; has the Asaniefa's widow's peak, a full mouth, and a straight nose. And she has small feet.[1]

She's meticulous and good with details (and is a deft accountant, and good with numbers).


Prior to the Coup[edit]

(Speaking to motivations: "Tradition would serve them, as it always had. There was nothing out there for the Eldritch save cruelty and danger and jealousy and the avarice of people who had not their talents, their beauty, or the wisdom brought to them by their lifespans. No… better to remain withdrawn, where they could live their lives in peace. Surela regretted deposing Liolesa in the fashion she had, but the former queen had brought it on herself; by Surela's way of thinking, it was fated that weapons of the very cultures Liolesa had been unwisely courting should end her reign."[2]

The Coup[edit]

Wanted to push the alien influence out. Never wanted to kill anyone, wanted only to rule: "She could not rule dead people. She could not win the hearts of corpses. She'd wanted Athanesin to intimidate them! It was what he had promised! And to abuse the common folk… that was past bearing. One caretook the commoners! It was their duty! To do otherwise… that was sacrilege, a stain against one's immortal soul!"[3]

Thaniet's death (and Athanesin setting Jisiensire to the torch) were the final straws that made her no longer want to be queen, and to decide to do whatever she could in her power to reverse the damage she'd done in effecting the coup.[3]

The end of the coup, with the Chatcaavan taking an interest in Surela, and nearly killing her until she stabbed him. "Surela had long since ceased to care about the distinctions between Eldritch Houses. The politics that had once dominated her life had fallen away in significance beside the far greater menace that she had invited into their world in all her hubris. The only thing that mattered, seeing Araelis's bloodless lips and wide eyes, was that the Chatcaavan intended to inflict himself on another Eldritch woman, and the only thing stopping him was the completion of his entertainment with her. So she fought him."[4]

Saving her people: "Surela's voice stopped her. "Captain Eddings." When Reese turned, the woman drew in a breath. "There, in the remains of my gown. There should be a centicore amulet. Take it and use it in my name; tell the people who still owe their allegiance to me to surrender. Show them the shield on the back and they will know it for mine." She lifted her chin. "Save their lives. Please."[4]


Family and Relationships[edit]


Talk here about how being trapped in the cell with Reese during the coup changed their relationship, until Reese could become her liegelady. "Well, then, Surela's a work in progress, she's just got further to go."[4]

Reese goes to bat for her with Liolesa: "he was their pawn. They needed someone who hated you to help make this trouble, and she was convenient, and yes, she did the job. But when she realized she was wrong, she tried to fix things. She tried to stop Hirianthial's brother. And for that, she got thrown in a cell with me and beaten and raped, multiple times." Allacazam's muted support helped keep her spine straight. "She was willing to kill the Chatcaavan, my Lady... even knowing that the only way she could do it was to wait until he was lying on top of her and stab him. And you know what? She did it. She's probably never so much as killed a chicken to feed herself, but she put a nine-inch needle through a person's eye. A person who was still raping her. And when that didn't kill him dead enough, she ripped it through his throat. For an encore, she gave me her medallion so we could get her supporters to surrender, while she was still naked and crying." [5]


Was always interested in Hirianthial (since before he was married, and despite their disparate political leanings). "She'd not forgiven him for choosing Laiselin over her, but he suspected she'd marry him anyway if she could force him to the altar....her and every other eligible woman at court. He had forgotten that he was something worth chasing." [6] But after Hirianthial rejected her to marry Laiselin, she stopped thinking of marriage, until by the time of the coup her feelings had shifted: "The thought of marrying him was absurd. That was one habit of Liolesa's Surela thought well worth keeping. Men were troublesome and vain and needed constant attention, and given swords they inevitably turned to rattling them at one another to have something useful to do. And babies! Not that she didn't find them pleasing, but to spend nearly a full year of her life burdened when she had so much to do already?"[7]

Athanesin had been paying court to Surela since her come-out.[8]

Before Lunet's birth, Surela didn't think much of having children (and considered it an imposition on her duty to rule as queen during the coup: "Of course. Because what she most wanted to do was waste her time raising a child when she should be running a kingdom.").[7]


Admired Fassiana, always: "Surela found her frankly intimidating in a way Araelis could never manage. Fassiana was beautiful, with a demeanor that would not have been out of place in a princess... graceful, self-disciplined, tranquil. Surela had heard she'd not always been so, but for as long as she'd known Fassiana, the other woman had been a model of regal behavior."[9] And: "She did not want to crave this woman's approval quite as much as she felt she might."[9]


  • "Though it is a bit mean, don't you think? There is such a thing as too much humility, particularly for a man of your estate, Lord Hirianthial." [10]
  • "I would have welcomed you at my side before I knew you preferred the company of mortals to that of people. I am almost grateful to Liolesa for exposing this facet of your character to me."[10]
  • "Those of us who disagree with the Queen's foreign policy, who have always disagreed with it, have never been allowed to speak our minds...or when we do, we are dismissed. But Liolesa Galare will see us ruined! Do we really want mortals overrunning our world? Do we want to mingle our blood with that of our lessers? And now this! A mind-mage? She brought a mind-mage into our midst? Knowingly? I think it's time for me to speak the thought in everyone's mind. It is time for the Galare dynasty to end!"[10]
  • Of Hiranthial: "He loved at all. It was his best quality."[11]
  • "You are asking me to live my life as the Traitor. The One Week Usurper. To be known forever for my treason the way Athanesin will surely be forever known as the Butcher of Jisiensire."[12]


  • She knows the Eldritch were human once, and the details. "We can mate with humans. Both sexes. You lie with him, you will get yourself with an Eldritch child." [11]
  • could speak Universal (prior to Reese's arrival), clearly and well, though with an accent.
  • fond of raspberries [9]
  • She called Reese Liolesa's 'loyal pet', once ("She'll only live a fraction of her years, but that's how it goes with pets")[10] and told her that she had a "tongue like a whip."[13]
  • has the touch empathy, finely enough to distinguish complicated motivations (but only when touching). [11]

Body Language[edit]

  • clenches her teeth when angry [7], and hisses her spiteful comments when she's upset enough
  • when she cries she wipes them with either the butt of her hand or her wrist, rarely with her fingers


  1. Laisrathera, Chapter 7
  2. Laisrathera, Chapter 5
  3. 3.0 3.1 Laisrathera, Chapter 12
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Laisrathera, Chapter 20
  5. Laisrathera, Chapter 23
  6. Rose Point, Part 2
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Laisrathera, Chapter 9
  8. Laisrathera, Chapter 2
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Laisrathera, Chapter 10
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Rose Point, Part Three
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Laisrathera, Chapter 14
  12. Laisrathera, Chapter 25
  13. Laisrathera, Chapter 13