|Wyldon of Cavall|
|Lord of Cavall|
|Training Master (442 HE - 457 HE)|
|Years of Service|
|Nickname||The Stump (by Neal)|
|Siblings||unnamed brother, Elasabenne of Cavall|
|Wife||Vivienne of Cavall|
|Children||Eiralys, Sunarine, Cathrea and Margarry|
|Other Family||Owen of Jesslaw (son-in-law)|
|Squire||Owen of Jesslaw|
Wyldon of Cavall is the page's training master in the middle of the fifth century of the Human Era. He's a conservative who is set in his ways and believes that females can never keep up with males. That's also the reason why he insisted on Keladry of Mindelan being put on probation when she wanted to try for her shield. One of his other students, Nealan of Queenscove, nicknamed him 'The Stump' due to his unchanging nature and his apparent dislike of change itself.
Wyldon of Cavall is most probably born as the oldest son of his parents, unless an older brother died of which no mention has been made, because he later becomes the lord of fief Cavall. He has at least one younger brother and only one sister, Elasabenne, who is the youngest of the siblings. Wyldon and his sister have a very good relationship and Wyldon is even said to be Elasabenne's favourite brother.
Not much more is known about Wyldon's early life. It is also unknown when exactly he married Vivienne or which was her maiden name. The only known fact that can be used for estimating the date of their marriage is that their youngest daughter, Margarry married in 464 HE. Considering that Wyldon took the post of training master in 442 HE and that Margarry has three older sisters it is likely that Wyldon and Vivienne have been married since at least 440 HE. His sister disapproved of Vivienne because she didn't think that Vivienne was good enough for her favourite brother and they still don't talk much.
Life as training master
Wyldon took the post of training master in 442 HE. Five years later he tilts against Raoul of Goldenlake and defeats him. No one has defeated Raoul since then. When immortals attacked the royal nursery at some point in 452 HE Lord Wyldon saved the royal children, though it cost him the use of his arm for the rest of the year also some of the next year.
When Keladry of Mindelan states her desire to become a knight Wyldon convinces King Jonathan to put Kel on probation for a year, leaving the final decision as to whether she stays or goes up to the training master. Wyldon gives her a hard year, criticising her and being more strict with her than with any of the other students. However, he allows her to stay at the end of the year - much to Kel's surprise.
In Kel's second year as a page Wyldon continues to work Kel just a bit harder than the boys, but is more fair than he was in the previous year. During the course of Kel's remaining years as a page, Wyldon moves Kel and several senior pages to doing more advanced exercises, showing that he does believe that Kel is adept at what she does.
Once Kel becomes the squire of Raoul of Goldenlake Wyldon has less influence on her, only seeing her when Kel travels to Corus (for various reasons) and while jousting with Kel several times, going so far as to compliment her on her jousting skills and give her suggestions for improvement (though he does not unseat her). Sir Raoul of Goldenlake, Keladry's knight-master and one of the best jousters of his time, tells Kel that the last person to unseat him was Lord Wyldon. Kel asks him if Wyldon has beaten him since, and Raoul answers that he just doesn't joust with the lord of Cavall anymore.
In 458 HE Wyldon resigns from the position of training master, despite opposition from most everyone, including Kel. He tells Kel that he feels that the failures of Joren of Stone Mountain and Vinson of Genlith, two former classmates of Kel's (who were in truth bullies) who failed in their ordeals, are his fault. Kel cannot convince him otherwise, for she partially agrees herself. He acknowledges that he was harder on her than the other pages, and is glad at least that he remembered his honor and let her continue her training. Knowing that she cannot change his mind, Kel asks him to make Owen of Jeslaw, a younger friend of hers, his squire.
After his resignation as training master Wyldon spends some time at his home fief before leaving to take command of Fort Mastiff at the Scanran border. Wyldon places Kel in charge of a refuge camp, telling her that it's a job that few can do. Kel believes that he wants to keep her out of the real fighting. However, she realizes that she will get her share of battles.
Kel periodically reports to Wyldon about the goings on at her fort. When a trouble-maker complains that he does not like Kel's leadership and later writes an enraged letter to Lord Wyldon when Kel is forced to place him in the stockades during a battle, Wyldon takes her side. He agrees that sometimes such things are necessary.
After Kel's camp is attacked and her people kidnapped, Wyldon orders her to bury her dead and come back. Later, when Lord Raoul angrily demands to know why Wyldon actually thought she wouldn't go after her people, he acknowledges that he had a feeling she would, but was very busy at the time.
When Kel gets back from rescuing her people in Scanra, expecting to be sentenced a traitor's death for disobeying a direct order, Wyldon proves her wrong. He pardens her with the slight punishment of building a new fort, something Kel doesn't mind in the least.
Wyldon is described as being almost bald with sharply chisled features. He is well muscled and bears a cast on one arm in First Test. Afterwards, he bears a scar on this arm.
? │ ┌———————————————————┴—————————————————————┬——————————————————┐ │ │ │ Wyldon of Cavall ┬ Vivenne of Cavall unnamed brother Elasabenne of Cavall - unnamed husband │ ┌—————————┴———————————————————————┬——————————————————┬———————————————————┐ │ │ │ │ Eiralys of Cavall ┬ unnamed husband Sunarine of Cavall Cathrea of Cavall Margarry of Cavall - Owen of Jesslaw │ unnamed children
Wyldon is married to Vivienne of Cavall and has at least one sister, Elasabenne of Cavall, who is married and the youngest of the siblings, and one brother. Wyldon and Vivienne have four daughters: Eiralys of Cavall, Sunarine of Cavall, Cathrea of Cavall and Margarry of Cavall. He loves his daughters dearly and doesn't resent that his wife never gave him any sons. Owen of Jesslaw is Wyldon's son-in-law as he is married to Wyldon's youngest daughter Margarry.
- Is a dog breeder for the Crown and others
- Nicknamed 'The Stump'
- Was the last person to knock Lord Raoul of Goldenlake off of a horse in a jousting match
Notes and references
- ↑ Tortallan timeline (it is also possible that he resigned from the post in 458 HE as there is some discontinuity in Squire because one of Kel's four years as squire is missing)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Random Buzz; "Meanwhile, Back at Cavall (and Maren)..."; April 20, 2009
- ↑ Words of Tamora Pierce; "Fief Cavall and its House"; April 21, 2009
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tortallan timeline