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Meran Kelledy — Character

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What Edit

A musician who is also the Oak King's daughter. Some suspect of being a Dryad.

Books and Stories this Character Appears In Edit

Other Stories or Series: 

  • Triskell Tales (2000) Collection (has nearly all the stories featuring Meran and Cerin Kelledy including the early Songweaver stories)
  • Triskell Tales 2 (2006)

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Description / Bio Edit

A musician who is also the Oak King's daughter. She and her husband Cerin Kelledy are immortal. ~ The Wordwood | Char / MeranKelledy browse

AboutEdit

The KelledysEdit

Meran Kelledy and Cerin Kelledy: a local traditional music duo that played coffee houses, festivals and colleges from one coast to the other, for years now. Tehy were based in Newford.

MusicEdit

  • Gives flute lessons at the Old Fireball on Lee Street, now Lower Crowsea's community center.
  • Meran plays an Irishi flute, a simpler wooden instrument, side-blown
  • Teaches and plays an old style of flute playing

Physical DecriptionEdit

Meran is tall and thin, with long nut-brown curly hair that has green highlights. She has fey sort of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. Her eyes seemed to provide their own light.

TalentEdit

  • Musician: flute player
  • Can access ancient words of power from a time before words were so easily used.

Personality and CharacterEdit

The Kelledys were the closest thing to real magic. There was an otherworldly air about the two of them that went beyond the glamour around people who became successful in their creative endeavors.

Other DetailsEdit

Kelledy HouseEdit

Home to Meran and Cerin Kelledy. Located on McKennitt Street, although some stories suggest it is located on Stanton Street. A magical place, on the edge between the Realworld and Otherworld. ~ The Wordwood | Places / KelledyHouse browse

History / Background Edit

Nobody even knew where they had come from; they’d just arrived in Newford a few years ago, speaking with accents that had rapidly vanished. Jilly had always privately supposed that if there was a place called Faerie.

Connections (characters, places) Edit

Name What Connection About
Cerin Kelledybard, immortal husband been married a very, very long time
Sheri Piperchildren's author gets her help for Jenky She is the perfect image of her Queen of the Oak Forest new book
Jenky WoodLittleshe grants his request for his clan made them birds again with the option to change to a Little and back at will;
Holly Ruebook shop owner friend got Meran for Sheri and Jenky;
Jilly Coppercornatist friend helps return the Stone Drum to the Skookins in Old City

Events in the Series (spoilery area) Edit

"Da Slockit Light" from Triskell Tales 2— (named after a Shetland fiddle tune) People have started to go missing down in Old City, that ancient part of Newford swallowed by an earthquake centuries ago. The answers look to lie with the goblins, but even their king doesn't know what exactly is going on. It's up to the ageless fiddler Cerin Kelledy and his dryad wife, Meran, to figure out what has been happening down there. And when Cerin himself is taken and transformed by hostile magic, can Meran's chosen agent, an undependable street kid with a larcenous streak, succeed in rescuing him? It's all in the choices one makes. ~ The SF Site

Quotes Edit

Jilly to Meran: "You always struck me as being an earth spirit—like you stepped out of an oak tree or something. It’s sort of like he learned magic, while you just are magic. ~ "Stone Drum — Dreams Underfoot
"Remember this: the night’s a magical time. The moon rules her hours, not the sun. The moon likes secrets. And secret things. She lets mysteries bleed into her shadows and leaves us to ask whether they originated from otherworlds, or from our own imaginations” ~ Meran, "Stone Drum"

Edit

Meran and Cerin are carry-over characters from the Cerin Songweaver Tales—aka the Triskell Tales.

See AlsoEdit

External LinksEdit

Cerin Kelledy, aka "The Songweaver" — Character

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What Edit

Human Musician, Meran's husband

Description / Bio Edit

The husband of Meran Kelledy, the Oak King's daughter. He is also known as Cerin Songweaver and plays the harp. Songweaver is both a name and a title bestowed on him by the Bright Ones.

AboutEdit

Part of the Newford art scene.

Personality and CharacterEdit

Physical DecriptionEdit

TalentEdit

  • Musician: "Songweaver"
  • suspected of having magical powers
  • can transport people across miles with his music

Harp & MusicEdit

His harp is called Telynrose, the Rose Harp, "Shaped from the heartwood of the rowan tree, decorated with fabulous carvings that seemed to move, to breath, so lifelike were they...the rose inset at the joint of the harp's supports, fresh petaled and grey" (The Oak King's Daughter). He shares a bond with his harp and can play without needing it physically with him. He is also capable of transporting people across miles and miles with the aid of his music.

Other DetailsEdit

  • Immortal
  • Harp: "Telynrose"
  • Jilly thinks of Cerin as a wizard—someone who learned magic; Meranis magic. ~ "Stone Drum"

History / Background Edit

"Before he was a master of song he was merely Cerin of Wran Cheaping-a seventeen-year-old orphan raised by a wild land witch." ~ cover blurb: "The Harp of the Grey Rose".

Connections (characters, places) Edit

Name What Connection About
Meran KelledyDryadWife 
Lesli Batterberryhuman teen runaway Cerin helps rescue her from Cutter, a vicious pimp
Anna Batterberry Lesli's Mom Cerin lectures her on driving Lesli away Cerin finds Lesli and brings her home
Telynrose harp special bond doesn't need to touch it to play it; magic;
Fitzhenry Parkbig park Cerin traces Lesli there Lesi taken there by Cutter, per Bodachs
Spritesfaeries guide Cerin to where Lesli was taken
Bodachsfaeries help Cerin point out Lesli's abductor
Cutter pimp Lesli's abductor Cerin entrances him, takes Lesli home

Events in the Series (spoilery area) Edit

"Ghosts of Wind and Shadow"—Dreams Underfoot #1: Cerin lectured Anna Batterberry about forcing her daughter Lesli to deny that she can see the fae and is angry at her because that caused her daughter to run away and because she refuses to accept help from Faeries to find her. Meran sends him off to find Lesli. Cerin uses the help of Sprites and Bodachs to locate her. One of the Bodachs pointed out Lesli's abductor and he follows him. Cerin takes Leslie home after entrancing the villians ot see the bad side of Faerie. Lesli comes to live with the Kelledys afterward. 

"Da Slockit Light" from Triskell Tales 2 (2006) and Muse and Reverie #23 (2009)— (named after a Shetland fiddle tune) People have started to go missing down in Old City, that ancient part of Newford swallowed by an earthquake centuries ago. The answers look to lie with the Goblins, but even their king doesn't know what exactly is going on. It's up to the ageless fiddler Cerin Kellady and his dryad wife, Meran, to figure out what has been happening down there. And when Cerin himself is taken and transformed by hostile magic, can Meran's chosen agent, an undependable street kid with a larcenous streak, succeed in rescuing him? It's all in the choices one makes. ~ The SF Site

Character QuotesEdit

There are no happy endings," Cerin told her. "There are no real endings ever—happy or otherwise. We all have our own stories which are just a part of the one Story that binds both this world and Faerie. Sometimes we step into each other's stories—perhaps just for a few minutes, perhaps for years—and then we step out of them again. But all the while, the Story just goes on." ~ Cerin, from: ______ ?
"For when was there such a harper in all the world as the Songweaver? Wild Magic was in his harping and the tales he's said to have writ'...ah, his own life was his greatest tale of all...Old he was when yon oaks were still saplings." (The Oak King's Daughter?)

Edit

Meran Kelledy and Cerin Kelledy are carry-over characters from the Cerin Songweaver Tales—aka the Triskell Tales.

Books and Stories this Character Appears In Edit

Newford books:

Newford shorts:

  • "Ghosts of Wind and Shadow" ~ (1990) Short story in My Favorite Fantasy Story anthology (2000) & Dreams Underfoot (1993)
  • "Buffalo Man" () short story 

Mentioned in Stories:

  • "Big City Littles" (2000)
  • "Pixel Pixies" (1999)
  • "Second Chances" (1998)

Triskell Tales Edit

aka Tales of Cerin Songweaver (NOTE: this may be innacurate, though close, no time to fix now)

  • A Pattern of Silver Strings (1981)
  • And the Rafters Were Ringing (1986)
  • Big City Littles (2000) — 
  • Da Slokit Light (2003) — Triskell Tales 2
  • Glass Eyes and Cotton Strings (1982)
  • Grimalkin (1978) - He tells the story
  • In Mask and Motley (1983)
  • Laughter in the Leaves (1984)
  • My Ainsel (1978) - He tells the story
  • Second Chances (1998) - brief appearance
  • The Badger in the Bag (1985)
  • The Bone Woman (1992)
  • The Lark in the Morning (1987)
  • The Oak King's Daughter (1979) - this is the first meeting between Cerin and Meran.
  • The Three That Came (1977) - He tells the story

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See AlsoEdit

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