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Gareth the younger of Naxen
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Gareth "Gary" of Naxen is the son of Duke Gareth of Naxen and the Duchess of Naxen. He is also the husband of Cythera of Elden and godsfather to Alianne of Pirate's Swoop. He is currently the Prime Minister of Tortall under his cousin, King Jonathan of Conté. He has been called the king's closest advisor.

Gary is first described as being "big" (though not as big as Raoul of Goldenlake) with chestnut hair and eyes. As an adult, he is described as heavyset and pale. He is often acknowledged as being smart and sarcastic, but by Lioness Rampant that sarcasm seems to have been tempered. He is often noted as being very involved with his work.

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Gary is first presented as quick-witted and sarcastic, a good sponsor for Alanna of Trebond because he can answer what questions she has. It is Gary who introduces Alanna to her first group of friends, including Jon, Raoul, Alexander of Tirragen and Francis of Nond. His curiosity (read: eavesdropping) is useful for getting information to aid others. He is also a betting man, often restricted to the palace for various pranks, including kissing Lady Roxanne for ten gold nobles.

Originally, Gary is seen to be closest to Alex, but after the Sweating Sickness, we see less of their friendship and more of his closeness for everyone else. He is close to Alanna and Jon, and is one of the first people at the palace Alanna reveals her true sex to. Gary serves as one of Alanna's instructors in her preparation for the Chamber of the Ordeal.

As Gary ages throughout the novels, he becomes more responsible, reflecting the seriousness of ruling a country and also reflecting his father's influence. In fact, the Duke we see in Song of the Lioness is very much like the Prime Minister in Protector of the Small—outwardly serious but with an occasional glimpse of a slightly cynical joker. Gary does have a very important role in Tortall. While Jon concerns himself with wars, foreign policy, and Immortal beings, Gary's task seems to be the maintenance of internal Tortallan affairs.

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Roanna of IrimorGareth I of Naxen                    Lianne of NaxenRoald V of Conté
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             Gareth II of NaxenCythera of Elden                    Conté
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Gilmyn of Naxen - Dolsa of Rosemark  Zenoby of Naxen - Beltair haMinch  Jaquetta of Naxen  Geoffrey of Naxen


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Notes and references

  1. Random Buzz;"Champion's Duties, Scanran War, King Roald/DukeG, Bazhir"; April 22, 2009
  2. Random Buzz; "Famous Women"; April 23, 2009

See also

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