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Luidaeg
Vital statistics
Blood Classification Fae
Type Firstborn
Personal Information
Family Oberon (father)

Maeve (mother)
Amandine (sister)
October Daye (niece)

Mentioned in Rosemary and Rue

Luidaeg, also known as Antigone of Albany, Annie, and Viviane, is the firstborn child of Oberon and Maeve. Oberon gave her to the sea—when Maeve was lost, he couldn't stand to be around her anymore, and told her to take care of the sea. She is the mother of the Roane and the Selkies.

She lives in San Francisco, near the ocean.

About Edit

Not a sea witch, the Sea Witch

True Names / Other Names Edit

  • Antigone of Albany — which explains her use of the nickname "Annie" when she doesn't reveal her nature as the Sea Witch. — Chimes at Midnight
  • "Viviane" — the Luidaeg reveals she has also gone by "Viviane", one of the names of the Lady of the Lake. — The Winter Long

Abilities, Powers, Skills Edit

  • massive; old and powerful

Magical SignatureEdit

  • Marsh water
  • Cold sea

Occupation / Titles / Position Edit

Characteristics / Personality Edit

  • Terrifyingly Powerful Bad-Tempered Loner
  • loves and hates the selkies "every day and every night of my life" attends all skin-changing ceremonies[1]
  • enjoys human rebellion, cursing[citation needed], drinking/smoking marijuana[1]
  • temperamental, moods blow in and out like storms

Home / Habitat Edit

  • apartment- ground floor of an old brick building near the wharf in San Francisco
  • Mill Rose inn- second floor room, where you could see the sea from the window

Physical Appearance Edit

  • girl about 19 or 20, brown braids, freckled skin with minor acne scarring, drift glass green Roane eyes, slightly pointed ears, sad smile[1]
  • prefers comfortable clothing like jeans and sundresses, with sea colors and decorations
  • as the sea-witch: eyes dark as deep water. skin pale and rough, with the suggestion of scales. hair dark and heavy, each strand razor edged

Other DetailsEdit

  • Implied that the Luidaeg doesn't have anyone she's friends with until Toby comes along.
  • against the rules for her break the curse spun by the Winterrose.
  • Called Toby repeatedly; Toby figures he's lonely so she visits her often—the play chess, feed seagulls, talk.

Relationships

  • Elizabeth Ryan- lover for 19 years (1974-1993), until she took a Selkie skin and broke Luidaeg's heart
  • Parents- loved them deeply, though her father was often absent. Oberon called her "his little princess of the sea". When Maeve disappeared, he could not stand to be around her anymore, and left her by the sea, saying, "it's in your hands now, Annie." She hasn't seen either of them since

History Edit

✬ Toby "tastes" Luidaeg by looking deep into her eyes at her request:

"She and her sisters were goddesses then, she and Black Annis and Gentle Annie, tending the younger children, roaming the bogs and rivers of the world. Maeve’s Firstborn, pulled from her in blood and screaming while Oberon walked far, far away. But they died one by one at the hands of men and fae, by iron and ash and rowan and fire they died, until the Luidaeg was the last, running, always running, called monster and demon because her blood was so much older and wilder than their own." [2]

✥ When Luidaeg and her sisters were born, Oberon was nowhere to be seen—year had turned; he was off trysting with his pretty Summer Queen (Titania). Neither Oberon or Titania stopped their offspring from killing off Maeve's children who they hunted down like dogs. [2]

✥ About sixty years ago, Devin managed to stop Luidaeg from getting burned at the stake. She has been in his debt ever since.[2]

Character Connections Edit

Name Connection What About
Toby Daye Luidaeg healed her Changeling Toby went to her to get curse broken & info; 
Summer Roads Key knows it's value Evening's magical key Toby trades it to Luidaeg for information
Devin saved her from burning Changeling; Lamia Luidaeg healed Toby to clear his 60-year debt
Gentle Annie (Anglides) Sister; Daughter of Maeve sisters: Luidaeg & Black Annis Mother of Trees; killed by Titania's children[2]
Black Annis Sister; Daughter of Maeve sisters: Luidaeg & Annie killed by Titania's children[2]

Events in the Series Edit

Rosemary and Rue Edit

Main article: Rosemary and Rue

When Toby arrived at Home, gravely injured and suffering from iron poisoning, Devin called in a favor from Luidaeg. She healed Toby and erased her debt.[3] Later, when Toby was suffering under Evening Winterrose's curse, Luna Torquill advised her to seek out Luidaeg for advice. Unfortunately, Luidaeg was unable to lift the binding since it was cemented when Toby rode Winter's blood.

Toby traded the Summer Roads Key for information. Four questions, and in return Luidaeg got one question and the key. She tells Toby what a Hope Chest is, why she healed Toby (to clear a debt), and that Devin did not have her health in mind when he asked Luidaeg to heal her. Toby left her fourth question unasked, leaving Luidaeg in her debt and unable to kill her.[2]

A Local HabitationEdit

Main article: A Local Habitation

Toby calls her to inform her she's leaving town on a task for Sylvester Torquill.[4]

Quotes Edit

“Good. Be careful out there. Don’t go into the dark alone; don’t let their eyes fool you. Remember what you’re looking for. Don’t trust what the blood tells you. Always look back.”[4]
“Oh—Toby?” Her tone was almost hesitant. That was a first. “Yeah.” “I owe you an answer. Come back alive.” “I will, don’t worry.” “I get to be the one that kills you.” The connection cut off with a snap. I grinned, replacing the receiver in its cradle.[4]
“You were that stupid by yourself? Wonderful. Amandine’s line is going to die out all on its own. I won’t have to lift a finger.” — The Leudiag, Rosemary and Rue #5
"I wish I could sit here and argue about your deluded ideals of friendship, but I can't. The hour is far too late." — The Leudiag, One Salt Sea #5
“The Luidaeg is the daughter of Oberon and Maeve, which technically makes her my aunt. Maybe that's why she hasn't killed me yet, although it's just as likely to be the fact that I amuse her. May says we're reenacting the Princess Bride, one "I'll most likely kill you in the morning" at a time.” ― Seanan McGuire, Ashes of Honor #6.
“I am the sea witch. I am the tide you fear and the turning you can't deny. I am the sound of the waves running over your bones on the beach, little man, and I am not amused at finding you on my doorstep.” ― Seanan McGuire, Chimes at Midnight #7.
“I wouldn’t,” said the Luidaeg. “Love is love. It’s rarer in Faerie than it used to be—rarer than it should be, if you ask me. If you can find it, you should cling to it, and never let anything interfere. Besides, he has a nice ass.” Her lips quirked in a weirdly mischievous smile. ― Luidaeg, The Winter Long #8.

Book References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 In Sea-Salt Tears
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Rosemary and Rue, Ch. 23
  3. Rosemary and Rue, Ch. 20
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Local Habitation, Ch. 3

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