|Maura of Dunlath|
|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Years of Service|
|Noble House||Dunlath family|
|Parents|| Lord of Dunlath and|
his second wife (commoner)
|Siblings||Yolane of Dunlath (half-sister)|
|Other Family|| Belden of Dunlath (brother-in-law)|
Jonathan IV of Conté (presumably third cousin)
Douglass of Veldine (kinsman, presumably)
Maura of Dunlath (pronounced MAHR-rah of DUHN-lahth), born in 440 HE, was the second daughter of the previous Duke of Dunlath from his second marriage to a commoner. She was the younger half-sister of Yolane of Dunlath, and sister-in-law to Lord Belden.
Maura was one of the closest relatives of King Jonathan, presumably a third cousin. She also possessed the Gift from the Conté line. However, her Gift wasn't very strong, just powerful enough to light a fire or candles.
Her older sister, Yolane, was always very snobby, as she believed that Maura was beneath her for being the child of a peasant woman, while Yolane was the child of two nobles.
Plot against the Crown
Maura was ten years old when she first met the wild mage called Daine. Her sister and brother-in-law had gotten themselves involved in a plot to overthrow the Conté family for Ozorne Tasikhe, the Emperor Mage of Carthak. Daine and Numair Salmalín were sent to investigate the disappearances of members of Tortall's various armed forces in the general Dunlath area. Maura was ignorant of her family's treasonous planning for some time. They were working in concert with a few mages who studied with Numair at the Carthaki University: Tristan Staghorn, Alamid Mokhlos, and Gissa of Rachne. Tristan was a very accomplished war mage and responsible for quite a lot of the destruction.
When talking with Daine, Maura showed a knowledge of her sister's snobbiness and general rudeness when it came to the lower classes. When Maura learned that Daine could talk to animals, she didn't think it was odd and took the news very calmly. She said that even though her sister was rude the servants, she wasn't, so she received good food that remained hot. She also showed advanced knowledge of more adult topics, and knew of her sister's affair with the mage Tristan.
After the plot failed, and Tristan was turned into a tree, Maura became the next heir of Dunlath.
Being the next heir of Dunlath, Maura became Lady of Dunlath. Because women could not inherit titles in Tortalln—unless the law that Alanna of Trebond previously cited was changed—Maura did not inherit the title Duchess. As she was underage at the time of her inheritance, Douglass of Veldine was put in charge of her welfare.
She also took part in the Immortals War and defended her lands against invaders. She later talked about the battle with pages at the royal palace, Keladry of Mindelan and Nealan of Queenscove being a few of the pages in attendance.
Maura was described as being painfully plain in appearance, and about ten years old when Daine first met her. She was of a stocky build and had straight brown hair.
Personality and traits
Maura was her elder half sister's opposite in almost every way. While her sister was snobbish and cruel, Maura was kind and did her best to make friends with people if she could. She was kind to the servants, earning their trust and favorable opinions. Because Yolane forbade her from playing with commoners, Maura grew up very lonely and isolated from other children, making her wish she had companionship.
So far Maura only appears in Wolf-Speaker and has been mentioned in passing in one of the later novels, but Tamora Pierce plans to write a novel or perhaps even a series staring Maura, the book (or first of many) to be released in 2014.
Notes and references
- ↑ Tortallan timeline
- ↑ Wolf-Speaker, Cp. 3 (p. 73; Simon Pulse paperback)
- ↑ Wolf-Speaker, Cp. 5 (p. 153; Simon Pulse paperback)
- ↑ Wolf-Speaker, Cp. 2 (p. 65; Simon Pulse paperback)
- ↑ Tamora Pierce's webpage