Role in the Story
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.|
Third Age 5671: Glendien is first introduced via Sethvir's earth link when she is promised a bolt of scarlet silk for her wedding. When Arithon arrives in Selkwood to address the clan elders of Alland, she intrudes upon his solitude, worried that she will lose Kyrialt in the upcoming conflict. Recognizing that Glendien had a father named Tanuin lost in the Vastmark campaign, Arithon offers to foster the false impression of attempted rape so Kyrialt will remain safe at home. The plan backfires when Glendien chooses to tell the truth about their encounter and Erlien forces Arithon to accept Kyrialt's fealty to the crown of Rathain. At her bridal feast, Glendien apologizes to Arithon.
Curious to meet Fiark, Glendien disguises herself and joins Kyrialt on the way to Innish. The pair are waylaid by Fiark and Tharrick, who worry that they will be detected by new sunwheel clairvoyants.
Third Age 5671: Glendien and Kyrialt travel through Selkwood to meet Arithon after his purge of necromancy in Etarra. Glendien's attempts to provoke Arithon again fail. When the group finally reaches Lord Erlien, Arithon pledges his support to defend Selkwood from the Alliance assault. With Jeynsa's actions in Alestron known through augury, Kyrialt is ordered to maintain his role as Arithon's feal liegeman even if the prince tries to leave him behind. Glendien decides to accompany Kyrialt as well. On the day Arithon is expected to leave for Alestron, Glendien and Kyrialt travel to Stag's Islet to join him. Davien teleports the trio to Alestron into Elaira's care. She contributes her supply of medicinal herbs from Selkwood to Elaira's keeping and takes up residence with Kyrialt on the ground floor of the drumkeep.
Short on time after Sidir's healing, Arithon realizes that consummation with Elaira is the quickest path to recovery from exhaustion brought on by magecraft. He requests simples from Glendien to prevent childbirth. As Arithon seeks a way to awaken the Paravian wards in Alestron, Glendien helps Elaira provide healing for Alestron's troops. Glendien sneaks into the rescue party that Dakar leads after Parrien's men are enspelled by Selidie Prime. He has put Parrien's men to sleep when Glendien warns of an incoming rider. They barely avoid notice of Sulfin Evend as he returns to camp. Dakar clears the compulsion and awakens Parrien's men for a quick retreat to the citadel. She warns Dakar of Parrien's plans to rejoin the fleet of stolen hulls, not realizing that Dakar has already enlisted Tiassa as a contingency plan.
In a subsequent attack of sappers and galleys, Elaira and Glendien are called to heal the last survivors in a messenger's boat. When the last of the men are cared for, Vhandon comes to collect Elaira and Glendien, warning them of Arithon's plan to reawaken Alithiel.
When the sea quarter is breached, Elaira and Glendien are joined by Arithon, who uses his Masterbard talents to assist with healing. Parrien attacks Arithon and Kyrialt gives his life in defense, dying in Glendien's arms. Arithon is covered with Davien's cloak, which conceals his identity, and Elaira, Dakar, Talvish, Glendien, and Parrien arrange in subterfuge as the first Alliance forces enter the sea quarter. Elaira and Glendien convince an Alliance sergeant, Gevard, that the sail-loft is a Koriani hospice. Gevard arranges for the healers and wounded to be transported out of danger to the main Alliance camp.
Sulfin Evend meets the galley bearing Elaira and insists on examining all of the wounded to make sure there are no fugitives in the group. In spite of the magic in Davien's cloak, Sulfin Evend's s'Gannley gifts allow him to recognize Arithon disguised as a blind man. Parrien regains consciousness and attacks Sulfin Evend, reclaimed by Selidie Prime's geas, causing Talvish to draw Alithiel. The sword's song incapacitates everyone except Elaira, Talvish, and Dakar, and Sethvir (through the Atheran crystal) urges Elaira to escape on the tide. The group escapes to the Cildein Ocean in a scheduled courier sloop. On the subsequent trip to Athir, Glendien keeps watch on Arithon, who has not regained consciousness after Alithiel's song.
The party lands at Athir to await Fellowship help, but no Sorcerer has arrived by the time Arithon's unconscious body starts to lose vitality. Dakar suggests that Winter Solstice could be used to invoke Rathain's crown sanction, using Glendien as a proxy instead of Elaira to avoid Prime Selidie's control over the conceived child. Elaira chooses an untested path between the machinations of the Fellowship and Koriathain to save Arithon. With Parrien protecting her, she enacts a Koriani spell of possession that will allow her to interact with Arithon through Glendien's willing body. In Glendien's body, Elaira calls Arithon back with her love and triggers the land's flux through the focus circle. Koriani scryers become aware of the rite but cannot interfere. Arithon is made whole again and sung to sleep by Biedar singing in Sanpashir, unaware of his daughter's conception.
After the ritual, Glendien consents to receiving Fellowship protection as the mother of a crown heir. Luhaine sends her to Althain Tower through a lane transfer, where she is met by a member of Ath's Adepts. Later, she meets with Asandir in the King's Chamber and the pair head outside. Asandir offers answers to Glendien's questions about carrying Arithon's child and warns that Arithon will never know about what occurred at Athir or his child. Glendien chooses to carry the child rather than return to the clans in Selkwood.
Third Age 5922: When Dakar is released from his Fellowship apprenticeship, Sethvir shows him an image of Glendien weeping on the day that her daughter, Teylia, joined the Koriathain at the age of three.