Liesse s'Brydion

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Liesse is the wife of Duke Bransian s'Brydion in Alliance of Light. She is described as a rawboned, brown-haired woman who fights like a ram. Although she is a Duchess in rank, she is not a direct ruler in Alestron.[1]

Bransian and Liesse are together in Traitor's Knot, although it is unclear in what year they were married.

Role in the Story

Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.

Traitor's Knot

Third Age 5671: Arithon performs before the s'Brydion brothers to warn them of Lysaer's attack on Alestron. Liesse and the other wives are present as part of Dame Dawr's plan to distract the men and allow Arithon to be heard.

Stormed Fortress

Third Age 5671: Liesse is present in a meeting between Bransian and Mearn which is interrupted by Talvish's return. Talvish escorts Jeynsa s'Valerient for an audience with Bransian. Jeynsa offers to draw Arithon back to Alestron through his blood oath. In the days following the rebuff of Lysaer's Lord Seneschal, Bransian and Liesse hash over their narrow options yet again. When Dakar, Elaira, and Sidir arrive in Alestron, Liesse summons Sindelle and joins Duke Bransian for the interrogation. Unable to get Arithon's whereabouts from Dakar, Duke Bransian consents to the mandate of Melhalla's caithdein to allow the trio to convince Jeynsa to leave freely. Bransian and Liesse argue over the suspicion that Elaira is of the Koriathain. The Duke is dissuaded from any rash moves by Talvish and Mearn.

After Bransian fails to convince Arithon to fight offensively for Alestron, Liesse suggests that controlling Jeynsa is the key to bargaining with the prince. Jeynsa is brought before Bransian and Liesse who try to convince her to sign a false record and force Arithon's support for Alestron. She refuses to sign even when threatened with death and is rescued when Mearn, Talvish, and Sevrand arrive with loyal guards. Mearn forces Bransian to agree to Arithon's closed hearing instead of making the conspiracy public through an assize. At the hearing, Arithon reaffirms his aid to defang the siege to save lives, lays claim to Talvish's service, and demands service of the guard who murdered Sidir until Jeynsa is safe back in Halwythwood. Bransian and Liesse are awoken by the watch when Lysaer's men stage a pre-dawn attack with skiffs. Bransian's tactics easily repel the day's attacks. Liesse is present when Bransian convinces Parrien to ask for Arithon's assistance again.

Towards the end of the siege, Bransian receives warning from Sevrand that a member of the Fellowship is visiting and gathers the family for an audience. Liesse opens Dame Dawr's quarters for Asandir's stay. Bransian and Asandir argue over the Duke's methods for defending Alestron. With Parrien facing a felon's death for the attack on Arithon, Bransian finally agrees to relocate his family and army to Atwood to serve under Teiren's'Callient.


  1. Forum Post, October 23, 2010