Ember Quinlan is Bryce’s human mother.
Ember was 19 years old when she met The Autumn King. He pursued her, seduced her, tried to keep her, and went so far into possessive territory that he started to abuse Ember. When she realized she was carrying his child she ran before he could scent it and lock her up in his villa.
Ember found shelter in a temple to Cthona in Korinth. The priestesses took her in and sheltered her - naming her a holy pregnant vessel. She gave birth to Bryce and spent the following three years at the temple. Ember did the laundry to earn their keep.
The Autumn King picked up a rumor that Ember had a child and sent some Fae to hunt her down, wanting his child dragged back to him at any cost. The Autumn King had eyes at every depot, but a priestess got Ember out of the city with the hope of getting all the way to the House of Earth and Blood headquarters in Hilene, where Ember could beg for asylum. Where the Autumn King wouldn’t dare infringe on their territory. However, because it was a three days’ drive, and none of the Korinth priestesses had the ability to defend Ember against Fae warriors. So she drove the five hours to Solas’s Temple in Oia, partially to rest, but also to pick up a holy guard. It turned out to be Randall. He was two weeks away from swearing his vows when the High Priest asked him to escort Ember to Hilene. Randall was the only human so he was chosen since the High Priest guessed Ember wouldn’t trust a Vanir male. Right before they reached Hilene, the Autumn King’s people found them. Where they expected to find a helpless, hysterical female, they found a legendary sharpshooter and Ember, who would move the earth itself to keep her daughter.
After that, the House of Earth and Blood deemed Ember a vessel for Cthona and Randall a vessel for Solas, which amounted to an official order of protection meaning the Autumn King couldn't do anything. Ember and Randall later got married and raised Bryce together.
She is fiercely protective of Bryce.
Ember looks like her daughter Bryce with just a different coloring. She has long black hair with freckled skin, full lips, high cheekbones, and dark eyes.
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