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"The family calls him Granite, did you know? He doesn't bend and he doesn't break. The Rogue never got to be a great power in Corus."
—Nestor Haryse to Rebakah Cooper referring to Gershom[src]
Lord Gershom
Count of Yolen[1]
Lord of Haryse
Style '
Start of Reign
Coronation Date
End of Reign
Regency Council
Heir Apparent
Heir Presumptive
King's Champion
Prime Minister
Bequeathed by King Roger III
Date Bequeathed 249 HE
Style '
Lord Provost
Reigning Monarch King Roger III
Liege Lord
Years of Service
Biographical Information
Birth Name
Maiden Name
Nickname Granite (by family)
Honorific '
Born 206 HE
Nationality Tortallan
Physical Description
Gender Male
Hair Gray
Family Information
Noble House Haryse family
Adoptive Parents
Wife Teodorie of Haryse
Adoptive Children
Descendants Emry of Haryse
Roxanne of Haryse
Glaisdan of Haryse
Wilina of Queenscove
Graeme of Queenscove
Cathal of Queenscove
Nealan of Queenscove
Jessamine of Disart
Other Family Nestor Haryse (first cousin)
Patron God
Rank Nobility
Residence Provost's House
Bazhir Tribe
K'miri Tribe
Sponsored by
Sponsor to
Training Master
Knight Master
Year Knighted
Affiliation Rebakah Cooper
Military Affiliation
Military Branch
Squad Leader Sergeant
Rider Group Group
Provost's Guard
Guard District
Guard Watch
Bibliographical Information
Tortallan Universe character
First Mentioned '
Only Mentioned '
First Appeared Terrier
Last Appeared '
Latest Appearance Mastiff
Only Appearance '
Last Mentioned '

Gershom of Haryse (hahr-EES) was a Tortallan nobleman and the Lord Provost in the middle of the third century of the Human Era. The guardsmen and guardswomen valued him highly for his fairness, loyalty and compassion towards them. He was the patron of Rebakah Cooper and took her and her brothers and sisters in when their mother was deathly ill. He was married to Teodorie of Haryse and they had children of their own.


Early life

Gershom's year of birth was presumably 206 HE.[2] He married Teodorie of Haryse in 224 HE[3] and has a cousin on the "wrong side of the blanket", Nestor Haryse, who is ten years younger then Gershom.[4] Gershom and Teodorie have children of their own who aren't mentioned by name in the books so far. He is called "Granite" by his family, for his stubborn personality.

Lord Provost

It's unknown when exactly Lord Gershom became the Lord Provost, but it he came to the post in 237 HE at the latest.[5] However, his position was endangered in 238 HE, when the Bold Brass gang had been committing burglary in the wealthier districts of Corus for nearly a year and there was no indication that the Lord Provost could put a stop to it. He was saved from disgrace by a eight year old girl, Rebakah Cooper, who told him of their whereabouts so the gang could be arrested. He took the girl and her family in to live at his household because he was very grateful to Beka and her mother was deadly ill.[6]

He is liked by the Provost's Guard as he "takes notice of the Dogs who do the work"[7]. Whenever a Guardsman or Guardswoman dies performing their duty he not only visits the funeral and speaks for the dead Dog[8] but also walks with the other pairs of the watch for some time, although this has the effect that the chamber of his Lady is closed for him for a considerable time.[9] The Lord Provost is also famous for letting his Dogs do their work and only interfering when there really is need.[10]

New title

King Roger III honored Lord Gershom by giving him the title Count of Yolen for his work in undoing the rebel conspiracy of 249 HE[11].

Lord Gershom

Fan interpretation of Lord Gershom

Physical description

Lord Gershom has hair in the colour of steel which is long enough to be bound back in a horse tail.[12]

Personality and traits

Lord Gershom was very devoted to his work as Lord Provost and related well to people who loved it as much as he did, like his cousin Nestor or Beka. He also cared very much for his Dogs, visiting their funerals and accompanying them on their watch after one from their ranks died. He had also taken in Beka's family, which showed his good heart. Lord Gershom was famous for spoiling his hounds[13]. In the family he was known as "Granite", being unbendable and unbreakable and thus a strong opposition to the Rogue[14].

Skills and abilities

Gershom was a good sword fighter, although his wife disapproved of his involvement in any fighting.[15]


Family tree

                      Gershom of HaryseTeodorie of Haryse
                                 ? Generations
                                  Emry of Haryse ┬ unnamed wife
      Meron           │                         │                 Queenscove       │
         │            │                         │                     │            │
Martin of MeronRoxanne of Haryse  Wilina of HaryseBaird of Queenscove  Glaisdan of Haryse
                │                                     │
      two daughters & three sons                several children

Rebakah Cooper

"He is the best man I know. I felt that way when I was eight and he had chosen to listen to me in the street. My feelings now only go deeper, not different."
Rebakah Cooper about Lord Gershom in her journal[src]

Beka felt deeply devoted towards Lord Gershom, who had taken her and her brothers and sisters in after their mother's death. In addition to her thankfulness she also respected him as Lord Provost and liked the way he worked and handled his subordinates.


Notes and references

  1. King Roger III bequeathed the title to him for his service during the unrest of 249 HE
  2. Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 194) [Nestor is thirty-one years old; Lord Gershom has been described as being ten years older]
  3. Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 158)
  4. Bloodhound, September 12, 247 (p. 120)
  5. Terrier, Prologue, Tunstall's Journal (p. 15)
  6. Terrier, Prologue, Tunstall's Journal (p. 15 - 18)
  7. Terrier, Prologue, Tunstall's Journal (p. 18)
  8. Terrier, May 1, 246 (p. 378)
  9. Terrier, May 1, 246 (p. 386)
  10. Terrier, April 7, 246 (p. 236)
  11. Mastiff, final chapters
  12. Terrier, April 7, 246 (p. 234)
  13. Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 150)
  14. Bloodhound, September 17, 247 II (p. 332)
  15. Bloodhound, September 24, 247 II (p. 474)

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