Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius
also known as: Celaena Sardothien
Female | Fae | Fae form is human |
Fire & Water Magic
Loyal to Terrasen
Lives in Orynth, Terrasen
Born in Orynth,Terrasen to age 8
Assassin's Keep | Rifthold, Adarlan | Ages 8-17
Celaena's apartment | Rifthold, Adrarlan | Age 17
Endovier | Labor Camp in Adarlan | Ages 17-18
The Glass Castle | Rifthold, Adarlan | Age 18
16-20 | Birthday is May 3rd | Alive
From The Assassin's Blade to Kingdom of Ash
House Galathynius and Ashryver
Rhoe and Evalin Galathynius (parents)
Rowan Whitethorn (husband and mate)
Chaol Westfall (Crown of Midnight)
Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass)
Sam Cortland (The Assassin's Blade)
Aelin is considered very beautiful, and she uses that to her advantage.
She has long, golden blonde hair, except during Queen of Shadows, when she died her hair red to hide her identity. She has "Ashryver eyes" - turquoise eyes ringed with gold - that are a dead giveaway to her identity because only people in her family has eyes like that.
She is of average height, fit but with sharp curves. While she has scars in The Assassin's Blade, none are compared to the scars she receives while she is imprisoned in Endovier, where she was whipped often, and had salt rubbed in the wounds to prevent healing. These scars disappear in Kingdom of Ash, because of Doranelle's healers.
She also has five tattoos given to her by Rowan Whitethorn in Heir of Fire, each telling the story about how she lost her loved ones: her mother and father, her uncle, Lady Marion Lochan, Sam Cortland, and Princess Nehemia. These tattoos also disappear due to the healers at Doranelle, which greatly upsets her.
Despite her upbringing, she is actually a very caring person. If she let's someone under her skin, she will do whatever it takes to be there for that person. Physically, as a shoulder to lean on, anything. Celaena is an incredibly loyal person - until that loyalty conflicts with her morals, which is shown when she not only ruin's Arobynn's deal with Rolfe, but makes sure he can never enter into the slave trade again.
Celaena is incredibly intelligent. She is able to make up elaborate plans, and con her way into where she needs to be. She is often thinking outside the box, and concentrates on the long game.
Celaena is known to be vain. She knows she is beautiful, and is not bashful about it. She uses her beauty as a weapon, but she does genuinely love being beautiful, and wants to keep it that way. When Ansel cuts Celaena's face, she is upset about it because of the potential of scarring, and Ansel scoffs, asking how vain she can be. She loves fashion, makeup, and luxury soaps and lotions.
She has a temper, and will often lash out without thinking, which conflicts with her long term plans.
Before Book Events
The Assassin's Blade
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In The Assassin's Blade, we learn she is very cocky about her skills and beauty. She is intelligent, and is often described as the best assassin in the world. One of the reasons she is so successful, aside from her skills in combat, is her hidden identity, which makes it easy for her to infiltrate different places. Due to her age - 16 during the events of this book - no one would ever think she is as dangerous as she is. Despite her occupation, she is against the inhumane practice of slavery, and has a sense of morals and loyalty. At this point in the series, she lives in Rifthold, in the Assasin's Guild.
While she begins the book thinking that Arobynn and her have a good relationship, Celaena believes the day Sam and her returned from Skull's Bay, and Arobynn discovered Celaena's betrayal, was the night she ruined her relationship with him. After he beats her to unconsciousness, and he sends her away to train with the Master of Silent Assassin's in the Red Desert for a month, Celaena is angry with him. In her time with the silent master, her respect for Arobynn has decreased.
When she helps free the slaves in The Assassin and the Pirate, she becomes close to Sam Cortland, another young assassin in the guild. While he eventually becomes a love interest, her relationship with Sam is the most impactful of the book. When she is separated from him due to her punishment, she becomes acquainted to a young woman named Yrene, and teaches her self-defense. She leaves her money so she can escape her situation and go train as a healer. When she reaches the Silent Assassin's in the Red Desert, she becomes friends with a young woman named Ansel of Briarcliff. Celaena realizes she doesn't have a lot of friends, and doesn't have any female friends at all. When Ansel betrays the assassin's, and Celaena has to face down her friend, it breaks her heart. She gives Ansel the chance to flee, and gives her an extra minute before shooting the promised arrow her way, missing her by inches.
Celaena has one love interest in The Assassin's Blade, but another shows interest in her. She becomes attracted to Sam Cortland in The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, but it doesn't truly hit her until Ilias, the son of the Mute Master, tries to kiss her and she backs away, because Sam's face flashes in her mind.
Celaena has no shortage of enemies in The Assassin's Blade. After freeing the slaves, losing a lot of money for Rolfe, and forcing him to sign a contract promising to never sell slaves again, Rolfe tells her if he ever see's her again, he will kill her.