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And then a broad-shouldered, handsome male named Varian.

A Court of Mist and Fury

Varian is a citizen of the Summer Court. He is prince of Adriata, one of the four main cities in the Summer Court. He is captain of Tarquin's guard and the younger brother of Cresseida.

In A Court of Mist and Fury, Varian is present when Rhysand, Feyre and Amren visit the court to discuss the imminent war with Hybern. He builds a close but complicated relationship with Amren.

Appearance

He is broad-shouldered and handsome. Like many of the High Fae in the Summer Court, he has dark skin and white hair.

History

Early Life

Throughout his time at the Summer Court, Varian was appointed the captain of Tarquin's guard. Both Varian and Tarquin led Nostrus's fleet. [1]

A Court of Mist and Fury

Varian greets Rhysand, Feyre and Amren, along with Tarquin and Cresseida, when they visit the Summer Court. He takes an immediate interest into Amren. Excluding Feyre, the group take part in a number of political conversations, including the status of the fish markets of each court. They also discuss the imminent arrival of a war with Hybern. During these discussions, Amren and Varian spend time with each other. They are seen drinking wine and constantly ignoring each other.

Varian, along with the Night Court and Summer Court individuals dined in Tarquin's family dining hall. He was surprised when he saw Feyre with a Summer Court heirloom. After Feyre inquires about the small hut on the edge of the Summer Court, Varian memories are meddled with by Rhysand, to avoid any knowledge that the Night Court and their plans.

After it becomes common knowledge that the Night Court stole the Book of Breathings, Varian sends a necklace of diamonds and rubies to Amren, to soften the declaration of the blood feud from Tarquin. [2]

A Court of Wings and Ruin

When the Summer Court is attacked by Hybern's forces Varian secretly sends a warning message to Amren, in which he states that the Night Court should prepare their own defenses.

When Rhys sends aid to the Summer Court Feyre finds Varian on the battlefield, tending to a wounded soldier. Varian tells Feyre that "he" is in the oak dining room, which she mistakes for Rhysand but which turns out to be Tarquin. After the Night Court helps beat Hybern's force Varian is forced to admit to Tarquin that he was the one who requested aid from them.

Varian is present at a war meeting with the other High Lords, and shows disdain for the High Lord of the Autumn Court, Beron. When the meeting ends without a solution Varian confers with Rhysand and formulates a plan to beat the rest of the force attacking the Summer Court. After the battle Varian rushes to find Amren, and upon finding her in a tent with Tarquin and Rhys he ignores them and kisses her, to the amusement of Rhysand. Afterwards he carries Amren off. She is later seen exiting his tent wearing his shirt.

After Feyre tells Amren what the Suriel told her, Amren secludes herself in her tent and refuses anyone entry, including Varian. She later decides to accompany Feyre and her sisters on a mission to disable the Cauldron, without saying goodbye to Varian. He finds her with the Cauldron as she tells Feyre to unleash her, and Varian begs her not to. Amren goes through with her plan anyway, to his anguish, and he is left to pull Feyre out of danger as Amren bursts from the Cauldron. He silently weeps when Amren dissipates after destroying Hybern's army.

Varian sullenly points out the danger of the broken Cauldron afterwards and watches as Rhysand and Feyre fix it, resulting in Rhysand's death. After he returns and reveals Amren is in the Cauldron Varian lets out a cry of joy and helps pull her out. He later accompanies Tarquin to a meeting with everyone who fought against Hybern.

Relationships

Amren

Varian x Amren by Rowatree

Varian and Amren by rowatree

Varian was studying Amren as if he was trying to solve a riddle she'd posed to him, and she paid him no heed whatsoever.

A Court of Mist and Fury

Varian becomes extremely interested in Amren when they first meet. Instead of observing Feyre and Rhysand's movements, he chooses to observe and study Amren. At first, Feyre suggests that Varian's fascination with Amren is due to her being a very powerful opponent, however as they spend more time with each other their relationship appears to develop beyond that of simple acquaintances.

Amren shows no sign of disliking the attention that Varian gives her, and instead partly enjoys it. Throughout the events of A Court of Mist and Fury, Amren and Varian both take part in political meetings and during this, they continuously gaze or blatantly ignore each other.

Varian has conflicted feelings whenever he likes Amren or hates her. While, Amren is tempted by a romantic relationship with him, but has made no movements to progress the relationship.

Once it becomes common knowledge that the Night Court stole the Book of Breathings, Tarquin issues a blood feud against the court. However, Varian does not take the matter personally, and to soften the declaration of a blood feud, he sends Amren a necklace of diamonds and rubies.

Varian and Amren begin a physical relationship after a battle with Hybern, and she later admits that she might feel something like love for him.

Rhysand

While visiting the Night Court, Varian and Rhysand take part in a number of political meetings about the upcoming war with Hybern. Though Rhysand likes Cresseida, he partly dislikes Varian. However, he believes that if Varian stayed around Cassian and Azriel, they would become close. [3]

Rhysand also recognises that Amren is developing a relationship Varian, and thus avoids expressing about his dislike for Varian in front of her.

Cresseida

Both Cresseida and Varian are related. Cresseida is Varian's sister. Their relationship hasn't been developed much in the series, however he is shown to be protective when Rhysand acts sarcastic towards her.

Trivia

  • Varian is a Latin name, meaning 'variable'. [4]

Notes and references

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury: Chapter 34
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury: Chapter 43
  3. A Court of Mist and Fury: Chapter 33
  4. BabyNamePedia: Varian
Main characters
Amarantha · Amren · Azriel · Cassian · Elain Archeron · Feyre Archeron · King of Hybern · Lucien · Morrigan · Nesta Archeron · Rhysand · Tamlin
Minor and supporting characters
Alis · Andras · Beron · Bron · Cerridwen · Clare Beddor · Cresseida · Devlon · Eris · Graysen · Feyre's father · Hart · Helion · Ianthe · Isaac Hale · Isaac Hale's wife · Jurian · Kallias · Keir · Mercenary · Miryam · Mortal Queens · Mrs. Laurent · Naga · Nuala · Unnamed Summer Court Faerie · Tarquin · The Bogge · The Bone Carver · The Suriel · Thesan · Tomas Mandray · Varian · Weaver
Mentioned characters
Aunt Ripleigh · Dark Mother · Drakon · Feyre's mother · Ianthe's father · Ianthe's mother · Ianthe's sisters · Miryam's father · Miryam's mother · Mother · Rhysand's father · Rhysand's mother · Rhysand's sister · Nostrus · Queen of the Black Land · Tamlin's mother · Tamlin's father
Summer Court
Characters Tarquin · Varian · Cresseida · Alis · Blue-skinned faerie
Locations Adriata

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