Fictional Character
The Scepter of Mercy
Appearance(s): The Bastard King
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Avornis
Occupation: Concubine, politician
Spouse: Mergus
Children: Lanius (son)

Certhia was seventh wife of King Mergus of Avornis and mother of Lanius.

Certhia had begun as Mergus' concubine. In the 30th year of Mergus' reign, she informed him that she was pregnant. As Mergus had no male children at this point, even after marrying six wives, Mergus was determined that, if Certhia's child was a boy, it would be legitimate, and promised to marry her on that basis.[1] However, he needed to first confirm that Certhia was carrying a son. Fearing that court wizards would not be able to keep quiet, he arranged to take Certhia to an unused area in the royal palace to meet a witch who called herself Rissa. Rissa confirmed that Certhia was carrying a boy. No sooner had she pronounce this, Rissa was taken over by the Banished One, who attempted to curse the unborn child. When Rissa came back to herself, she promised to make sure the taint of the possession would be taken away. She also suggested that if the Banished One hated and cursed the unborn son, he also feared him.[2]

Nine months later, Certhia gave birth to their son, whom Mergus promptly named Lanius. He married Certhia within minutes of Lanius' birth, making her queen.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Bastard King, loc, 32-56, ebook.
  2. Ibid., loc. 122-175.
  3. Ibid., loc. 268-309.
Regnal titles
(The Scepter of Mercy)
Preceded by
Queen Consort of Avornis Succeeded by
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