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Yrene Westfall (née Towers) is a gifted healer from southern Fenharrow. For one miserable year, she worked as a barmaid in Innish, a small port town in Melisande, before traveling to the Southern Continent in order to further train as a healer.
Yrene grew up in a small village in southern Fenharrow, learning the healing arts alongside her prodigiously gifted mother. Blessed by the goddess of healing, Silba, her mother never charged for healing as she simply thought it was her duty, a value that her daughter, Yrene, inherited. Following the Fall of Magic and the subsequent purge by the Kingdom of Adarlan, soldiers came to seize both Yrene and her mother, despite the non-violent nature of their magic. Her mother killed one of the soldiers and distracted the others so that Yrene could escape, fleeing into Oakwald Forest. She watched from the shadows of the forest as her mother was burned alive; Yrene was only eleven years old.
Following her mother's death, Yrene went to live with her mother's cousin in another Fenharrow village, posing as a non-gifted, distant relative. Although without her magic, she still dreamed of being a healer, like her mother and grandmother before her. Shortly before her eighteenth birthday, Yrene left her cousin's house with a plan to sail to Southern continent, where she could enroll at Torre Cesme, the Academy of Healers and Physicians. However, by the time she reached the port-town of Innish in Melisande, she had run out of money and began working at the White Pig Inn in order to save for her travels. However, her increasing worry about money gave her the excuse to continue working at the inn, regardless of its squalor and less than desirable clientele.
Working at the White Pig Inn for a year, Yrene encounters the mysteriously hooded Celaena Sardothien, whom she worries will be attacked by the thieves present. While she is taking out the trash, Yrene is attacked instead by four mercenaries, hoping to rob her of the night's earnings; Celaena witnesses the attack and kills three of the four men. Hoping to return the favor, Yrene tends to her injuries while sharing the story of her life. Worried about the young woman in such a dangerous town, Celaena decides to teach Yrene basic self-defense so that she might be able to protect herself in the future.
However, they are soon confronted by the fourth mercenary who brought comrades in his quest for revenge. When Celaena refuses to lower her weapons on threat of Yrene's life, Yrene uses her newly acquired skills to incapacitate her captor while Celaena dispatches the others; it is revealed that Celaena was merely using the men and their attack as training for Yrene. After Celaena's departure, Yrene returns to her room to find a coin purse, full of money and a golden brooch, to aid her in reaching the Southern Continent. Elated, Yrene leaves Innish behind and boards a ship sailing south.
Arriving at the Torre Cesme, Yrene confronted the Healer on High, Hafiza, and placed a bag of gold on her desk as payment for tuition at the Torre, begging her for admittance. To her humiliation, Hafiza told her to take the gold back, and Yrene was so mortified that she considered jumping out of the window. Unbeknownst to her, tuition at the Torre is free and her gold was not needed. Overwhelmed, Yrene broke down and Hafiza held her as she cried.
Over the next two years, Yrene rose swiftly in the ranks due to her immense knowledge and work ethic; those years spent learning from her mother guaranteed that she already knew much more than the other students. She also met and became friends with Hasar and Kashin, two of the khagan's children. Kashin developed feelings for her, though she rebuffed him due to his royal status.
Having spent two years at the Torre Cesme studying to be a healer, Yrene, now the most gifted healer at the Torre, is called by the Healer on High Hafiza. She is told of the arrival of Chaol Westfall in Antica, and Hafiza explains that she has decided to send Yrene in her place to help him. Yrene blatantly refuses, due to the fact that Chaol is from Adarlan and served the man who had her mother killed. She argues with Hafiza about it, until the old woman says that she is disappointed as she hoped for Yrene to one day take her place. She says it will be Yrene's final test before she leaves the Torre to return to Fenharrow and aid in the war. Yrene reluctantly agrees.
The next day, Yrene travels to the palace for her first session with Chaol. With Nesryn Faliq present, she coldly asks Chaol questions about his injury while ignoring those he poses to her, pretending to write down his answers on a piece of paper. In actual fact, she writes her mother, Josefin's, name down over and over again. Hasar interrupts the assessment to say hello to Yrene, whose mood lifts as they joke around. Yrene lightly hints that Hasar should leave so she can continue, horrifying Nesryn, but Hasar only quips about cutting Yrene's tongue out and leaves. Yrene continues her examination of Chaol's back and asks a few more questions, before leaving herself. She is startled by the malevolent magic that surrounds his injury.
Yrene returns to the Torre and immediately goes to Hafiza, all the while mulling over Chaol and how young he is compared to what she expected. She discusses the assessment with Hafiza and tells her of the rotted feeling she got from Chaol's injury. She tells Hafiza that she thinks she can heal him; Hafiza asks if that means that she will help him. Yrene admits that she is missing information about his life and that doesn't absolve him of the sins of Adarlan, but decides to help him. She makes plans to go to the library and research spinal injuries.
Yrene attends dinner that night with the royal family and Chaol. Ignoring Chaol, Yrene talks with Hasar and endures Kashin's praise for her healing ability. Chaol eyes her throughout, though she pays him no attention and instead focuses on shutting down conversation with Kashin, who continually tries to talk to her. She leaves immediately after the dessert course.
The next day, Yrene makes her way to Chaol's rooms for the next session. She explains that she can help him, and advises Nesryn to use the hours Chaol will be indisposed in their sessions to go about her business. Nesryn leaves, and Yrene discusses slavery in Adarlan with Chaol, who informs her of Dorian Havilliard's decree to end it and the slave camps. She is not impressed. They continue the session, and Yrene attempts to use her magic on the darkness in his back; she encounters a wall that startles her and she recoils. Demanding to know what it is, Yrene begins kneading his muscles and he whispers the truth about the Valg to her while she works.
More to come!
With golden-brown skin and brown-gold hair, Yrene is considered a pretty woman, especially accented by her golden brown eyes. Celaena remarks that the girl has swift feet, good balance, and is quite intelligent.
Described to have a slender frame, a small waist and other features that she has been generously blessed with. She has been described by Chaol as having vibrant golden brown eyes, and her curly hair which is a rich brown amid flashes of dark gold.
- The owner of the White Pig Inn, Nolan, only gave Yrene a broom closet under the stairs to sleep in.
- She owned a ring that was passed down through her maternal line of healers, using it as a wedding band to discourage men.
- The note that accompanied the coin purse from Celaena simply said, "For where ever you need to go -- and then some. The world needs more healers."
- ↑ The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 82
- ↑ The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 85
- ↑ The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 83
- ↑ The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 91
- ↑ The Assassin's Blade: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas, pg. 114