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Manon Blackbeak is a half Ironteeth, half Crochan witch. She is the former heir of the Blackbeak Witch-Clan, and a Crochan Queen.

Biography

Rough Beginnings

116 years before meeting Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Manon's mother Lothian and a Crochan Prince fell in love with one another, and Lothian became pregnant with Manon. During labor, Lothian revealed Manon's parentage to Mother Blackbeak, saying that she believed that Manon's mixed blood could be the key to breaking the curse on the Ironteeth. Manon was told that her mother died birthing her; in reality, Mother Blackbeak killed her own daughter after Manon was born. Manon's father never ceased loving Lothian and his daughter, and he continued to diligently search for them. Mother Blackbeak tracked him down; she taunted him, informing him that she had killed his lover and that she would turn Manon into a monster before slaughtering him. Rhiannon, Manon's paternal half-sister, assumed the search in her father's stead.

As eyes flecked with gold have been considered a lucky trait among the Blackbeak Clan, Mother Blackbeak, after seeing the child had eyes of pure gold, took Manon away from her mother's still-cooling corpse and proclaimed her the heir to the Clan.

Manon's first kill was a young Crochan, whose red cape she took as a trophy. She wore this cape and it made her stand out from the rest because no other would risk enraging the matron by wearing the cloak of their enemy.

Heir of Fire

Manon lives undercover as a Crochan witch in a village in Fenharrow in the hopes of flushing out the real Crochans. One night, three villagers enter her cottage uninvited. They rummage around her house, searching for valuables and calling for her to come out, though Manon knows they just wanted to steal from her and then kill her because the people of the village are afraid of her. When two of the men exit Manon's room, she slips out of the dresser in which she hid, sneaks up behind the lone man, and disembowels him. A second man walks in on Manon drinking the first man's blood and runs, but Manon quickly catches and kills him. When the third realizes that his friends are dead, he flees into the field by the cottage; Manon tracks him and kills him as well.[1]

Manon then rejoins the other Blackbeaks and goes to the Ferian Gap, where they are to select the wyvern they will use in battle. All three tribes are there, and Manon develops a rivalry with the Yellowlegs heir, Iskra. She shows interest in the best wyvern, Titus.

When the clans are to choose their mounts, Iskra shoves Manon into the training pit where the Wyverns are showing off their qualities. Manon is immediately attacked by the vicious bull, Titus. She senses that the bait wyvern being used for Titus to attack wants a shot at him, and, after slicing the smaller wyvern free and killing Titus with its help, Manon claims the bait beast as her mount. She names it Abraxos, after the Three Headed Goddess' pet whose coils were wrapped around the earth. Iskra ends up getting Fendir, whom she later uses to kill Petrah Blueblood's's wyvern Keelie.[1]

Queen of Shadows

After winning the title of Wing Leader, Manon is sent to Morath to assist Duke Perrington. The Duke sends Manon on various tasks, but primarily demands that he be given a clan of Blackbeak witches to breed with the Valg.[2]

Manon later finds a girl named Elide who she discovers has Blackbeak blood in her veins. She uses her to spy on the experiments that Erawan is doing on the Yellowlegs witches. She also meets Dorian Havilliard while he is under the influence of the Valg and manages to make him remember his name.

Later, when Aelin and her court come to free Lysandra, Manon pursues the rescue party and fights Aelin. The duel between the two ends in Manon almost dying and Aelin saving her, leaving her with a life debt towards Aelin and her court. She fulfills this debt by informing the queen that Dorian still has some human inside of him. Later, she rescues Elide from the Valg and takes her away from Morath, witnessing the sacrifice of Kaltain Rompier. She informs Elide that her queen is still alive and that she should join her. She then tells Elide that now that war has started, Elide should pray to never see her again. Elide answers that, despite that, she hopes they do meet again. She then leaves Elide in Oakwald.[2]

Empire of Storms

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Personality and traits

Manon is often cruel and ruthless, yet cunning and resourceful. She can be cold, heartless, uncaring, and icy, but after she meets Elide Lochan she begins to question her beliefs, wondering if she has to be a monster. She begins to see hope and love in the world.

She is loyal to the Thirteen and shares an affectionate relationship with Elide.

Physical description

He’d never seen anyone so beautiful.

Dorian Havilliard - Queen of Shadows

Manon is a beautiful witch with long, moon-white hair and eyes the color of dark gold, as well as distinct traits for the Ironteeth—a set of retractable iron fangs and nails. After meeting her, both Dorian and Aelin say she is the most beautiful woman they have ever seen.

Before magic disappeared from Erilea, Manon looked no older than sixteen; however, ten years since the magic vanished and the aging process started, she looks to be in her mid-twenties.

Abilities

  • Immortality: Through magic, Manon can maintain a youthful appearance and prevent physical aging.
  • Ironteeth: As an Ironteeth witch, Manon possesses retractable iron claws and teeth.

Relationships

Manon is the rider of Abraxos, a wyvern. They became allies when Manon was thrown into the pit and, seeing a warrior in him, she chose him as hers as he had chosen her as his. They become fond of each other, and form a strong bond.

Asterin is Manon's second cousin and closest friend, who has been protecting her for around a century. After angering Mother Blackbeak, Asterin is to be punished by death but Manon allows her to run instead by attacking by her grandmother. It's revealed there is a bond/connection between Asterin and Manon.

Manon, not knowing why she cares, visits Dorian after asking Asterin about love, hinting a future romance between the two. The two meet again and continue to tease each other, leading into a romance between the two. After a few weeks of teasing, romance, and kissing, Dorian walks into Manon's room and the two begin a physical relationship.

Manon develops some affection for Elide and ultimately rescues her, with help from Kaltain Rompier, from being implanted with a Valg child. Manon actually smiles at Elide before they set off to different places.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Manon enjoys the sound of the wind and the groans of men dying.
  • Manon owns a sword named Wind-cleaver.

References

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