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May Daye (formerly Mai by the night-haunts) is a recurring character in the October Daye series of novels and stories by Seanan McGuire. She currently resides in Toby's house in San Francisco with Toby, her squire, Quentin, and May's lover Jazz.

Biography / BackgroundEdit

May is, to all intents and purposes, and legally speaking for the mundane world, Toby's twin sister. The truth of her existence is that she is Toby's Fetch—a perfect copy of her that is supposed to guide her on after death.

Though Toby does die temporarily in Late Eclipses, Amandine's successful attempt at reviving Toby breaks May's connection to Toby and she's free to live her life.

In One Salt Sea, May's origins are alluded to by the night-haunt wearing Devin's face, and the Luidaeg confirms that May was the night-haunt that wore Dare's face.

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Characteristics Nature / Personality Edit

  • May has all the memories of having learned to drive without the skill that goes with actually learning it. This leads to a woman who treats traffic laws like mere suggestions and uses brakes in a way that they were not generally intended. This does not improve as the books go on.
  • "Mayday" is a communications term for "we are in grave danger."

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Abilities, Powers, Skills Edit

  • Invulnerability: May, being a Fetch, is virtually indestructible. This was limited to her connection to Toby, but after Amandine saves Toby's life, May retains the invulnerability, though is vulnerable only to elf-shot (A Rose-Red Chain)

Physical Appearance Edit

May is a mirror of Toby when she was still a weaker changeling, brown hair, mist-gray eyes. Though May is usually seen having different hairstyles and colours.

Home / HabitatEdit

Connections Edit

Name Connection What About
October Daye Former Fetch Fetch May is her roommate and “legally” her twin sister
Dare Lorimer past life Piskie/Tylwyth Teg changeling Dare was one of the "faces" May wore as a night-haunt, having taken on most of her quirks and traits

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