|Baroness of Olau|
|By Right of Husband|
|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Tenure||439 HE (upon marriage to her husband) — present|
|Years of Service|
|Ancestors|| Fern Cooper|
Rebakah Cooper & Farmer Cape
|Siblings||Unnamed sibling (parent of Rispah)|
|Husband||Myles of Olau|
|Grandchildren|| Thom of Pirate's Swoop|
Alan of Pirate's Swoop
|Descendants||Junim, Ochobai, Ulasu Crow (great-grandchildren)|
|Other Family||Rispah Cooper (niece)|
|Rank|| Nobility (through marriage)|
|Residence|| Olau townhouse (primary, current)|
Spindle Lane (former)
|Tortallan Universe character|
|First Appeared||Alanna: The First Adventure|
|Latest Appearance||Trickster's Queen|
Eleni Cooper, or Eleni of Olau (pronounced ell-EHN-nee of oh-LAU), is a Tortallan noblewoman born commoner, and the wife of Sir Myles, the Baron of Olau. She is in possession of the Gift, which she uses for healing. Before her marriage to the Baron, she was a healer and a priestess of the Great Mother Goddess in Corus. She had one son with an unknown man: George Cooper. Through him, she has three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Initially a priestess of the Great Mother Goddess, Eleni became pregnant from a temple worshiper she only saw once. She refused to give the child up when he was born, and thus had to leave the temple. Her pregnancy didn't have anything to do with ritual sex, and it is probably that she tired of temple life.
She moved to Spindle Lane in the Lower City of Corus, where she raised her child, George, alone. When George was in his teens, she was dismayed to learn that he had taken to thievery and crookedness, and told him to stop. She said that his ancestress Rebakah Cooper, an extremely famous Guardswoman, would disapprove of her descendant's ways. She told him the story of Beka Cooper, and the lady's adventures.
This did not deter George from a life of thievery. Indeed, he became the Rogue of Corus at a young age, making him the youngest Rogue in all history. Eleni began to come to terms with her son's actions, and maintained a good relationship with him throughout this time. He made sure that she was separate from the Rogue and that his people knew that, as he didn't want people to hurt her to get to him. It was considered dishonorable among Rogues to attack a nonmember and a noncombatant. Eleni's niece, Rispah Cooper, also joined the Rogue, and became the Queen of the Ladies of the Rogue, to her cousin's King.
George brought Alanna of Trebond to his mother while she was still disguised as a boy in order to get through knight training. Alanna had begun to have her period, but as she left Trebond before Maude Tanner could talk in depth with her about this natural occurrence, she was quite frightened. Eleni teased her at first once she discovered what it was, but sobered up when Alanna got upset. Eleni did give her a pregnancy charm for free, so that Alanna wouldn't become pregnant if she did decide to have sex.
Eleni later taught Alanna how to be a lady, at the request of her young friend. She provided her with a dress, makeup, and did something with Alanna's hair. Eleni tried to cure Alanna of walking like a boy when she was in a dress, but to no avail.
Events in the Rogue
After Alanna had announced her gender to the court of Tortall, became a Bazhir shaman, and had left Tortall in order to search for the Dominion Jewel, things began to take a turn for the worse. George's nemesis, Claw, had done the unthinkable, and had his people try and attack Eleni, which was against the code of the Rogue. People still loyal to George guarded Eleni's house until George came, and decided that Eleni should move to a safehouse. George asked Myles of Olau, Alanna's old friend and adoptive father, to take his mother in, which he agreed to readily. Sir Myles and Eleni began to get quite friendly and later married, making her Baroness of Olau.
The 460s HE
During the Scanran War, she and her husband were needed advisers to the King and Queen. She 462 HE, she did host her granddaughter Aly during the girl's stay in Corus, but both she and Myles were distracted from giving Aly much attention due to the war. Therefore her granddaughter amused herself.
Eleni knew of her granddaughter's disappearance from Myles, and was probably extremely worried, just like her son and daughter in law were.
On June 22nd of 462 HE, Eleni attended the naming ceremony of Daine and Numair's first child at Fief Trebond. When she saw that the baby changed shape every second, she was unnerved. When Daine's divine parents arrived, the hunt god Weiryn and the Green Lady, Eleni curtsied and watched as the Green Lady made her grandchild pick a shape and a gender for the first five years. The baby chose a human girl, and was subsequently named Sarralyn Salmalín by her parents.
After the raka rebellion was successful in the Copper Isles, Eleni and Myles were part of the delegation to welcome Queen Dovasary to her throne and to make negotiations. The delegation served two purposes, to welcome Queen Dovasary, and so some of the delegation could see Aly, and meet her husband Nawat. Eleni and Nawat talked to each other about bird lice during the dinner.
In 439 HE her hair was already streaked with grey.
Fern Cooper ┬ unnamed man │ ┌—————┴————————————————————————┐ │ │ Ilony Cooper ┬ unnamed man ? ┬ ? │ │ ┌—————————————————————-——————————————————┴-———————————————-———————————————┐ Philben Cooper ┬ Delene Cooper │ │ │ │ │ Rebakah Cooper ┬ Farmer Cape Diona Cooper Lorine Cooper Willes Cooper Nilo Cooper 4 children │ 6 generations │ ┌┴——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————┐ │ │ Myles of Olau — Eleni Cooper ┬ unnamed man Trebond unnamed │ │ │ George Cooper ┬ Alanna of Pirate's Swoop and Olau Rispah Cooper ┬ Coram Smythesson │ │ Trebond ┌———————┬———————┬——————┬—————┬—————┬————┬—————┴┬—————┬—————┐ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ Jonthair Alinna Thomsen Mylec Daran Liam Thayine Rose Elenna Buran
Listed chronologically by publishing date.
- The Song of the Lioness
- Protector of the Small
- Page (minor appearance)
- Trickster Series
- Provost's Dog
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Terrier, Prologue, From the journal of Eleni Cooper
- ↑ Giantkiller issue 1, June 2009
- ↑ Lioness Rampant, Cp. 6 (p. 220; Random House paperback)