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Eowen Cerise is a character in The Elf Queen of Shannara. She was a seer and the childhood friend and confidante of Ellenroh Elessedil, Queen of the Elves.

BiographyEdit

Early LifeEdit

Eowen and Ellenroh were childhood friends, well before either of them knew of Eowen's powers as a seer. They were there for each other through all the stages of their lives: girlhood, first loves, marriage to their husbands, motherhood, and widowhood.

When Ellenroh's daughter Alleyne Elessedil became pregnant, Eowen prophesied that both Alleyne and the baby would die if they did not leave Arborlon and the island of Morrowindl before the baby was born. She further foresaw that Alleyne could never return to Arborlon, but that if the baby survived she would one day come back to save the Elves.

Because Eowen's visions had never been wrong, Ellenroh immediately told Alleyne of the prophecy, and despite not wishing to be parted from her family and her home Alleyne left Morrowindl with her Wing Rider husband, giving birth to her daughter Wren in the Four Lands.

Knowing from the prophecy that Wren would one day return to Arborlon and knowing the dangers that existed on Morrowindl, Alleyne wanted to make sure Wren would be raised and trained by someone who would teach her to be strong and to withstand and survive any threat. Alleyne was also determined to return to Arborlon with her husband in spite of Eowen's prophecy, and she did not want to risk Wren's life in the attempt.

After arrangements were made to leave Wren in the care of the Rover Garth, Alleyne and her husband attempted to fly back to Arborlon. Their Roc was taken down by a missile and they were killed just short of the city gates. Eowen later revealed to Wren that she knew Alleyne would attempt a return and that it would fail. She never told Ellenroh about this part of her vision, though she suspected Ellenroh knew.

Journey Out of MorrowindlEdit

When Wren survives the journey through Morrowindl and arrives in Arborlon, she is thrilled to meet her family at last, but frustrated that Ellenroh refuses to tell her about the origins of Morrowindl's demons, which are not the same monsters as the Demons locked away by the Ellcrys, or what she knows about the Elven magic.

After Ellenroh encloses the Elves and the city of Arborlon in the Loden for safekeeping, it is tasked to her, Wren, Eowen, and six men to transport the Elves out of Morrowindl and back to the Westland. The company of nine is soon reduced to seven after the deaths of The Owl and Dal, a member of the Home Guard, and they are further demoralized when Ellenroh comes down with a vicious fever that quickly drains her energy. Ellenroh soon dies of the fever, handing the Loden and the Ruhk Staff to Wren and proclaiming her as the new Queen just before she dies.

With Ellenroh's death, Eowen is left broken and devastated, in part because she had long ago had a vision that when Ellenroh died, she would die shortly afterward. However, her close friend's passing releases her from the obligation to be silent about the origins of Morrowindl's demons, and she explains to Wren the history of Morrowindl:

The Elves had moved out of the Four Lands and to the gorgeous island paradise in Morrowindl, and there they had begun experimenting with the old earth magic that Elves had once used during the Age of Faerie. Soon, the Elves began manipulating life forms and creating new species. While the first few experiments with the magic were modest and had benign results, attempts to create clones of the Elves themselves to patrol and protect the island from outside threats backfired spectacularly.

The cloned Elves began changing, becoming corrupted and killing things indiscriminately across the island. They began craving the very magic they were formed out of, and they began killing the other creatures of magic made by the Elves. They also began siphoning magic from the island itself, which irreversibly altered the island from a vibrant, living paradise into a variety of deadly, hellish landscapes.

As Queen, Ellenroh went out into battle with the Elven army on repeated occasions to defeat these demons, but their creations were so strong that they could not defeat them, and because the demons had siphoned away all of the island's innate magic there was none left for the Elves to tap into. While they had the magic of the Loden, they could not afford to expend it on anything other than maintaining the magic wall surrounding Arborlon called the Keel. Eventually, Ellenroh had to call all the remaining Elves living outside Arborlon into the city proper, where they could be protected behind the Keel.

Eowen finishes her explanation to Wren by revealing that the Elves didn't just leave the sickness in the Four Lands only to create an even greater sickness on Morrowindl: they also were the ones who created the sickness in the Four Lands to begin with. The very earth magic the Elves were experimenting with on Morrowindl and which led to the appearance of demons was exactly the type of magic that turned experimenting Elves into the very first Shadowen.

Wren is shocked by the news that the Elves, as the traditional caretakers of the land, could have so utterly ruined Morrowindl and also birthed the Shadowen into the Four Lands. Despite Wren's feelings, Eowen pleads with her to forgive Ellenroh for not being truthful with her, and to forgive the Elves.

Later, as they are traversing the Blackledge, the remaining members of the party carrying the Loden and Arborlon out of Morrowindl are forced to travel through Drakul country. Still grieving for Ellenroh and mentally vulnerable, Eowen is led astray by the Drakuls, who prey on people's minds and are particularly attracted to the seer due to her innate magic, and she is separated from the party and lost. When Wren goes looking for her, she finds Eowen surrounded by Drakuls who are feeding on her body fluids. Eowen looks up and hisses, her eyes red and her teeth turned into fangs. Seeing that Eowen has become a Drakul herself, Wren kills her and the feeding Drakuls using the Elfstones, fulfilling Eowen's final vision.

LegacyEdit

Although Eowen does not live to see Wren make it off the island, it is due to her visions before Wren's birth that ensures Wren survives to come back to Arborlon and save the Elves from Morrowindl. Armed with the knowledge given to her by Eowen, Wren decides that the Elves must be given another chance, that they should be the ones to make things right and heal the Four Lands, and that if they are returned to the Four Lands they will be returned on her own terms.

In the Four Lands, Wren restores Arborlon to its rightful place in the Westland and becomes Queen of the Elves, leading the Elven people as they resist attack after attack by both the Federation and the Shadowen, and becoming one of the Elves' greatest rulers. As Queen, she renews the Elves' commitment to their traditional stewardship of the land and its well-being.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Eowen is repeatedly described throughout Elf Queen as having "flame" red hair and green or emerald green eyes. She has extremely pale, clear skin, making her look wraith-like, and an oddly triangular face. Despite her frail appearance she exhibits considerable inner strength, at least until Ellenroh's death.

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