|Count of Yolen|
|Lord of Haryse|
|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Bequeathed by||King Roger II|
|Date Bequeathed||249 HE|
|Reigning Monarch||King Roger II|
|Years of Service|
|Nickname||Granite (by family)|
|Noble House||Haryse family|
|Wife||Teodorie of Haryse|
|Descendants|| Emry of Haryse †|
Roxanne of Haryse
Glaisdan of Haryse
Wilina of Queenscove
Graeme of Queenscove †
Nealan of Queenscove
Jessamine of Disart
|Other Family||Nestor Haryse (cousin)|
|Tortallan Universe character|
Gershom of Haryse (hahr-EES) was a Tortallan nobleman and the Lord Provost in the middle of the third century of the Human Era. The guardsmen and guardswomen valued him highly for his fairness, loyalty and compassion towards them. He was the patron of Rebakah Cooper and took her and her brothers and sisters in when their mother was deathly ill. He was married to Teodorie of Haryse and they had children of their own.
Gershom's year of birth was presumably 206 HE. He married Teodorie of Haryse in 224 HE and has a cousin on the "wrong side of the blanket", Nestor Haryse, who is ten years younger then Gershom. Gershom and Teodorie have children of their own who aren't mentioned by name in the books so far. He is called "Granite" by his family, for his stubborn personality.
It's unknown when exactly Lord Gershom became the Lord Provost, but it he came to the post in 237 HE at the latest. However, his position was endangered in 238 HE, when the Bold Brass gang had been committing burglary in the wealthier districts of Corus for nearly a year and there was no indication that the Lord Provost could put a stop to it. He was saved from disgrace by a eight year old girl, Rebakah Cooper, who told him of their whereabouts so the gang could be arrested. He took the girl and her family in to live at his household because he was very grateful to Beka and her mother was deadly ill.
He is liked by the Provost's Guard as he "takes notice of the Dogs who do the work". Whenever a Guardsman or Guardswoman dies performing their duty he not only visits the funeral and speaks for the dead Dog but also walks with the other pairs of the watch for some time, although this has the effect that the chamber of his Lady is closed for him for a considerable time. The Lord Provost is also famous for letting his Dogs do their work and only interfering when there really is need.
Lord Gershom has hair in the colour of steel which is long enough to be bound back in a horse tail.
Personality and traits
Lord Gershom was very devoted to his work as Lord Provost and related well to people who loved it as much as he did, like his cousin Nestor or Beka. He also cared very much for his Dogs, visiting their funerals and accompanying them on their watch after one from their ranks died. He had also taken in Beka's family, which showed his good heart. Lord Gershom was famous for spoiling his hounds. In the family he was known as "Granite", being unbendable and unbreakable and thus a strong opposition to the Rogue.
Skills and abilities
Gershom was a good sword fighter, although his wife disapproved of his involvement in any fighting.
Gershom of Haryse ┬ Teodorie of Haryse │ ? Generations │ Emry of Haryse ┬ unnamed wife │ ┌—————————————————————————┬┴—————————————————————————————————┐ Meron │ │ Queenscove │ │ │ │ │ │ Martin of Meron ┬ Roxanne of Haryse Wilina of Haryse ┬ Baird of Queenscove Glaisdan of Haryse │ │ two daughters & three sons several children
Beka felt deeply devoted towards Lord Gershom, who had taken her and her brothers and sisters in after their mother's death. In addition to her thankfulness she also respected him as Lord Provost and liked the way he worked and handled his subordinates.
Notes and references
- ↑ King Roger II bequeathed the title to him for his service during the unrest of 249 HE
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 194) [Nestor is thirty-one years old; Lord Gershom has been described as being ten years older]
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 158)
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 12, 247 (p. 120)
- ↑ Terrier, Prologue, Tunstall's Journal (p. 15)
- ↑ Terrier, Prologue, Tunstall's Journal (p. 15 - 18)
- ↑ Terrier, Prologue, Tunstall's Journal (p. 18)
- ↑ Terrier, May 1, 246 (p. 378)
- ↑ Terrier, May 1, 246 (p. 386)
- ↑ Terrier, April 7, 246 (p. 236)
- ↑ Mastiff, final chapters
- ↑ Terrier, April 7, 246 (p. 234)
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 150)
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 17, 247 II (p. 332)
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 24, 247 II (p. 474)