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The Mystery of Collan Rosvenir
as researched by Lady Brenlis

WHO IS COLLAN?

I.       Indisputable Clues On Collan’s Parents

Mother:

  • Soft-voiced,
  • Beautiful, black hair and green eyes,
  • Played a lute, had a beautiful voice,
  • Wore a silver bracelet set with a blue onyx in which a sliver of gold resembled a candleflame.
  • We are looking for a woman born between 893-920. (18-45 years older than Collan.)

Father:

  • Tall, strong, serious,
  • Blue eyes and red hair, just like his own, just like Mikel’s.
  • We are looking for a man born between 888-920. (18-50 years older than Collan.)

Grandparents:

  • Four different yet equally powerful names. MT p 537
  • We know the grandparents and parents collaborated to Ward Col as a small child. Gorynel Desse warded Col again before he left Falundir's cottage.
  • A hint? “Gorynel Desse had given him the Name “Rosvenir,” but Collan could have been anything from a Mikleine to a Garvedian. Hell, he could be an Ostin for all anyone knew—and considering their numbers, it was more than likely.” MT p 124 Wouldn’t it be wild if Collan turned out to be all four of these names? I’d wager money he’s at least one of them!

Note:  Just because the grandparents are from equally powerful names, does not mean that they are all bloods, all rich, and all have a voice on the council. They may be equally powerful with different forms of power such as: Name (Bloods) Money/Web (Ostin) Land, Magic (Garvedian) Politics (Doyannis)

Other clues:

  • Gorsha knew Sarra & Col's kids would be Mageborn. So Col must have a lot of Mageborn power in his line.
  • Collan’s beard is lighter than his hair—reddish gold RoA p562 A few famous blonds: The Ambrais; Alin Ostin (who inherited it from his father, Tiva Sennison); Jennis Maurgen; Golonet Doriaz and Chava have fair hair.
  • Both twins have freckles, Mikel has a lot of freckles. Tevis Ostin, Riddon’s daughter, has freckles.

Melanie said:

In May of 1999, Melanie told me that she is pretty sure all six of Col’s parents and grandparents are named somewhere in the books. Much earlier reports were that She said Collan is (meaning his real last name) not a Garvedian or Trayos. (I, for one, don’t trust that statement!)However, Melanie supposedly suggested he could be either on the father’s side. Clever of her, since there are no candidates named for the father’s side.

 

II.     Candidates For Collan’s Family

People who seem to know some or all of Collan’s secrets:

  • Gorynel Desse
  • Falundir
  • Agatine and Orlin
  • Telomir Renne
  • Lusira Garvedian, and Tiomarin
  • Tarise knew Falundir would aggravate Col’s Wards. RoA p383
  • Elomar knew why Falundir aggravates Collan’s Wards. He also knew that Collan had been a slave. He tries to stop Collan from ripping off his shirt after murdering Scraller Pelleris. RoA p449.
  • A hint? “Gorynel Desse had given him the Name Rosvenir but Collan could have been anything from a Mikleine to a Garvedian. Hell, he could be an Ostin for all anyone knew—and considering their numbers, it was more than likely.” MT p 124

Green-Eyed Women Old Enough To Be Collan’s Mother:

  • Fiella Lunne: b. 915, hawk-green eyes set in a deceptively mild face. A Councillor from The Waste, father was an Ostin, voted for Sarra Liwellan's inheritance in 968.
  • Mauren Trayos: daughter of Josea Trayos and Granon Mikleine, half sister of Fiella Mikleine, lover of Telomir Renne, mother of Sela Trayos
  • Maklyn Mold—Cailet refers to the Maklyn Mold as being green-eyed. MT p248
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