October "Toby" Christine Daye
Vital statistics
Blood Classification Changeling
Type 1/2 Dochas Sidhe

(previously presumed to be 1/2 Daoine Sidhe)

Magical Signature Copper (trending to blood) and cut grass
Personal Information
Age Born 1952, physically about 30
Allied with Toby Daye Investigations

San Francisco
Home (previously)
Shadowed Hills
Kingdom of the Mists

Rank, Titles, Other Names Knight of Lost Words

Countess (Late Eclipses, One Salt Sea

Family Amandine (mother)

Luidaeg (aunt)
August (sister)
Jonathan Daye (father)
Cliff Marks (former fiancé)
Gillian Marks (daughter)
Connor O'Dell (lover)
Tybalt (lover)
May Daye (former Fetch)

Companions Quentin Sollys (squire)

Raj (unofficial squire)
Cagney, Lacey, and Spike (pets)

Occupation private investigator, knight

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October "Toby" Christine Daye 

“Sir October Daye of the Kingdom of the Mists, once of the Fiefdom of Home, Knight of Lost Words, sworn to Sylvester Torquill, daughter of Amandine of Faerie and Jonathan Daye of the mortal world.” [1] 

Biography / BackgroundEdit

October "Toby" Daye is a former street kid and half-breed Daoine Sidhe who's practically made a career out of running away from things. She was raised in the Summerlands, last of the true fae realms, only to flee to the mortal world when she was a teenager, looking for a life she could call her own. For a while, it looked like she might even succeed. She found a place in the service of a local Duke, earned her position as a knight errant, fell in love, and thought the running was over. — She was wrong.

All too soon, all she wanted was the opportunity to run away from everything and fade into obscurity. Unfortunately for Toby, life is rarely simple for changelings, and her own talent for complicating things makes it impossible for her to disappear into the shadows. It probably doesn't help that she attracts trouble the way that candles attract moths, or that she's somehow managed to catch the eye of some of the most powerful people in the Kingdom of the Mists.


✥ Amandine is October Daye's mother by a human Irish accountant. When Toby was seven, Sylvester Torquill, along with others, came to give Toby the Changeling's Choice. She ran to her mother saying she was just like her. They were both whisked away to the Summerlands, where Toby was raised. Amandine slowly lost her grip on reality.

✥ Toby was 25 when she ran away from her mother's houehold in the Summerlands, she could barely pass for sixteen. She starved in alleyways, fled from Kelpies, and ran from the human police. Devin found her just as she reach the end of her rope. He took her to Home, fed her, and told her she'd never have to go back. He used "little favors" that turned into bigger assignments. He would visit her room at night. She knew couldn’t trust him, that he’d use her, and she also knew he wouldn’t turn her away. Home was where they didn’t care about your differences, where you could carve out a spot for yourself. [2]

About Edit

Abilities, Powers, Skills Edit

  • Glamour
  • Blood Magic
  • innate knowledge of the fae races inherited from her mother—can just breath in their essence (example: pixie sweat glitter)
  • Illusions are easier for Toby when she's angry, though nothing else works that way.[3]
  • Enhanced ability to smell magic
  • Perfect scent identification - even if she's never smelled it before or doesn't know the name of the source (e.g. specific types of flower). Speculates in the Winter Long that it has to do with her race's ability to recognize magic

Appearance Edit

  • slightly pointed ears (sharpening with every shift o her blood)
  • fog gray eyes
  • highly arched eyebrows that give a constant look of surprise
  • sharp features
  • brown hair[3] (trending to blonde after shift in blood)

Occupations, Title, Position, etcEdit

  • Safeway
    • Coworkers: Juan
    • Manager: Pete


Team TobyEdit

Changeling Childhood FriendsEdit

  • Kerry — half Hob, half airhead;
  • Julie — half Cait Sidhe, all trouble; former friend
  • Stacy Brown — weak-blooded Stacy, Toby's best friend and Mitch's eventual wife.
  • Mitch Brown — Nixie/Hob, mixed with human made him large, though Hobs are short


  • Pet half-Siamese cats —Cagney and Lacey — spies for Tybalt
  • Pet Rose Goblin — Spike


  • Iron Knife, formerly Acacia's
  • Dare's knife: Dare left Toby a knife.[4]
  • Cars:
    • Lemon yellow 1974 VW Bug replacing her scrapped car.[4]

Homes / Habitats / Places of Attachment Edit

  • apartment
    • My apartment isn't in the best neighborhood, but it suits my needs. The roof doesn't leak, the managers aren't nosy, and my rent includes a spot in the attached parking garage.[3]
    • ground-floor unit that has an outside door[3]
    • rent-controlled[5]
  • House owned by Sylvester, occupied with May Daye and Quentin

Character Connections Edit

Name Connection What About
Tybalt love interest, fiancé Cait Sidhe; King of Dreaming Cats; Toby has an ongoing, antagonistic relationship; later friend, ally and fiancé
Sylvester Torquill Toby's liege, like a father, friend Duke of Shadowed Hills Tasked her to find his missing wife, Luna, and daughter Rayseline. Estranged from Toby following Raysel's being elf-shot into sleep.
Luna Torquill Toby's liege's wife Dryad, Blodynbryd (rose) Former maternal figure, estranged after Raysel gets elf-shot
Connor O'Dell love interest, childhood sweetheart Selkie noble Forced into a political marriage with Sylvester’s nutty daughter, Rayseline; eventually dies protecting Gillian from elf-shot
Quentin Squire, Sidekick Pureblood Daoine Sidhe teenage fae courtier from Sylvester’s court; foster at Shadowed Hills; accompanies Toby on her adventures; Quentin was blindly fostered to Duke Sylvester Torquill
May Daye Sidekick own personal Fetch; girlfriend: Jazz; Fetch looks like her, has her memories; waiting to carry her off after she died, showed up at her door; (traditional warning of impending death); Toby's roommate #4; South Asian girlfriend: Jazz #4; roommate and “legally” her twin sister #4;
Amandine Mother Firstborn, Dochas Sidhe gifted in Blood Magic , able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood; appears to Toby in a dream #5, forcing her to make a choice that changes her life forever, further estranged after she forces Toby to find August
Luidaeg nemesis; frenemy; mentor; Sea Witch; Firstborn; gives her a magical candle to light her way home #3; under a geas #8;
Lily good friend to Toby Undine, Lady of the Tea Gardens; beautiful and protective of the changeling; ill, verge of death #4; Rayseline tells Queen it's Toby's fault, Toby must find out who poisoned her and Luna, Oleander is suptected;
Danny friend, sidekick to Toby Pureblooded Bridge Troll drive a taxi cab, helps Toby; has deadly, cute pet monstrosities;
Oleander de Merelands enemy 900 year old Fae influenced Simon Torquill, her lover, into turning Toby into a fish for 14 years; master illusionist, poisoner, brilliant assassin, hunting October and those she loves; old enemy; Toby suspects her of being Lily's poisoner;
Simon Torquill old enemy Sylvester's twin brother at the start, Toby is on his trail for kidnapping Luna & Rayseline, Sylvester's wife & daughter; despises his brother; he turns her into a fish for 14 years under the influence of Oleander, his lover, Simon turns Toby into a Koi fish; returns in #8 with an explanation and under a geas to not tell Toby anything;
Rayseline "Raysel" Acantha Torquill enemy Fae; Sylvester's daughter insanity; long-abusive treatment during kidnapping; political marriage to Connor; hates Toby with a passion; told Queen it's Toby's fault: Lily & Luna ill; ends up with unprecedented power in the Shadowed Halls #4;
Evening Winterrose longtime friend and adversary Daoine Sidhe Countess was murdered; put a binding curse on Toby as she was dying to find her killer, bk-1; fighter
Devin Ex-Boyfriend Faginesque leader leader of a ragtag group of changeling runaways with his twisted games & kingdom of Home in SF;
Cliff Ex-husband human thinks Toby abandoned them, won't have anything to do with her
Gillian Marks Daughter part human, 1/4 fae thinks Toby abandoned her; refuses her; 
Stacy Brown Toby's Friend Quarter Barrow-Wight married to Mitch; mother of Cassandra, Karen, Anthony, Jessica, Andrew; two kids taken one in coma #3;
Mitch Brown Toby's Friend married to Stacy;; father of Cassandra, Karen, Anthony, Jessica, Andrew; two kids taken one in coma;
Etienne, Sir Etienne of Shadowed Hills friend and colleague fellow Knight changeling teenage daughter is missing #6;
Julie one of Toby's oldest friends commoner Cait Sidhe now a former friend, Julie has grudge that Toby got her human boyfriend killed; accepts Toby, grudgingly #6;
Officer Thornton SF Police Department keeps being more and more interested in just who Toby Daye is
Walther Davies friend Professor chemistry professor at UC-Berkeley; does weird science for Toby for her cases; assistant: Jack
Paul Underwood Police officer porcessed Toby after spell  had worked her missing case a year; got mad that she posed as a dead woman on the form; 
Spike pet Rose Goblins
August Torquill sister Dochas Sidhe/Daoine Sidhe hybrid initially antagonistic, holds pureblood superiority over Toby, however repentant when she finds out Toby's reasons to find her

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Toby's Life View Edit

✥ "Home was where they didn’t care what color your eyes were, or that you cried when the sun came up, or that your hair was brown like your father’s when the Daoine Sidhe are supposed to be brightly colored and fair. Home was willing to have me, and I knew I could earn myself a life there, if I was fast, clever, and heartless. I could earn my own way." [6],

✥ "In the end, there's never a sanctuary. You run until there's nowhere left to run to, and then you fight, and then you die, and then it's over. That's how the world works, and if there's a way to change that, I hope someone's eventually planning to let me know." ~ [7]

Quotes Edit

“You should have screamed by now. It doesn't taste as good when you don't scream. Why won't you scream for me?" "Sorry, but we only serve diet agony here.” — October Daye, Rosemary and Rue.
“Pointy-eared bitch . . .” — “Actually, I’m a pointy-eared slut. Only purebloods get to be bitches.” — Redcap & Toby, [8]
I’ve never liked being looked at like I was a hero. I always wind up letting someone down. Sometimes I get lucky. Sometimes the only person who gets hurt is me. [9]

Book References Edit

  1. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 11
  2. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 6, p. 33
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Rosemary and Rue, Ch. 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Local Habitation, ch. 3
  5. Rosemary and Rue, Ch. 3
  6. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 6, p. 33
  7. Late Eclipses, p. 203
  8. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 14
  9. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 19

See Also Edit

External References Edit

Toby-verse Refs:

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