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High King Fen is the wife of Eliot Waugh and leader of the High Council. Born in Fillory, Fen was betrothed to the High King before her birth by her grandfather, who demanded she become royalty as payment for his services in forging the Leo Blade to stop The Beast.
Growing Up in Fillory
Fen was born in Fillory and raised by a family of knifemakers and swordsmiths. Like every Fillorian girl, she went through Tree School, and eventually joined the radical group known as Fillorians United during her teenage years, in rebellion against having to marry a stranger, whom she didn't know if she would come to love.
When Eliot Waugh arrives with his friends, Fen's father Dint II reminds them of the promise made decades ago. To be sure he marries his daughter to the true High King, he takes a blade that can only draw the pure royal blood of the High King of Fillory (s01e13). She marries Eliot Waugh that same night.
The High King's Wife
After coming back from his first attempt to kill The Beast, Eliot Waugh and his friends go to Castle Whitespire. Fen dutifully follows Eliot and tries to help the new High King settle into his new life, while also trying to understand her place in her new marriage. After The Beast is finally defeated, Fen becomes pregnant, which doesn't seem to delight the High King. As he tries to explain his fear, a FU Fighter disguised as a servent attempts to kill him. High Queen Margo saves the High King while Fen is looking for a knife to protect him.
After the man is taken to jail, she learns that it is someone she knows named Bayler and confronts him, reminding him that the FU Fighters were never violent. After Fen refuses to side with him, Bailer tries to blackmail her about her past as a FU Fighter, but she decides to tell her husband so this knowledge cannot be used against her. Eliot Waugh does not take this news well. He becomes wary and distrustful of her, but she stands up for herself, reminding Eliot that she isn't in the marriage for him, but for Fillory.
Soon after, a war with Loria results in Idri and High King Eliot burying the hatchet and marrying. This comes as a surprise to Fen. Still, she is supportive of the alliance, having lived in a polyamorous setting, and because she understands that royalty must marry strategically to strengthen their power. Eliot tries to be more considerate of her from then on.
Meanwhile, High Queen Margo makes a deal with the fairies in order to fix the magic in Fillory and save High King Eliot during his fight against Idri. Margo agrees to give Fen's baby to the fairies in exchange for their help. Margo manipulates Fen into agreeing to the deal without full knowledge of the consequences. A few days after that Fen is kidnapped by a fairy.
Fen and the Fairies
Fen gives birth to her daughter in the fairy world, but is not allowed to hear or hold the infant before the fairies take it away. Fen sinks into a deep post-partum depression, and when High Queen Margo and Josh Hoberman come to save her, she refuses to leave without her baby.
Fen only agrees to leave the fairy realm without her child when she learns of the fairies' plan to overthrow the Kings and Queens of Fillory. She makes a deal with The Fairy Queen, giving up her toes in exchange for freedom. But it is too little too late. Fen arrives just in time to warn High King Eliot and High Queen Margo of the plan, but the fairies are already taking over Fillory as she speaks.
After the takeover Fen continues to grieve the loss of her child, and spirals ever deeper into depression. No one around her really knows how to help. Fen begins carrying a log as a surrogate baby, as well as talking to bunnies as if she is their mother.
Fray The Fairy Queen presents Fen and Eliot with a fully grown young woman named Fray, whom she claims is their daughter, explaining that Fray grew up faster in the fairy realm. While Eliot has his doubts, Fen lets herself fully believe that Fray is their daughter, and immediately takes a parental role with her.
Fray betrays Fen's love and acceptance and passes information to the Fairy Queen about High King Eliot's and High Queen Margo's secret plans. But when The Fairy Queen in turn betrays Fray and uses her as a mere bargaining chip to get back the fairy eggs the High King and High Queen have stolen, Fray decides to come clean and admit that she is not Eliot Waugh and Fen's daughter. This forces the Fairy Queen to admit that their real daughter died during childbirth. Fen is crushed and heartbroken. The Earth Fairies Needing time to grieve away from the fairies, Fen goes to Earth and ends up at Brakebills. After getting drunk with Alice Quinn, she wakes up to Julia Wicker talking to a woman who, unbeknownst to Julia, is shadowed by a fairy. When Julia tells Fen she didn't see the fairy, Fen remembers that you can only see them if you have made a deal with them. Curious about the fairy presence, Julia convinces Fen to investigate.
They learn that a group of Fairies has been owned by Irene McAllister's family for generations- one of its greatest secrets. Now that magic is gone, McAllister harvests their body parts, grinds them into a powder, and ingests it so as to temporarily have magic.
With the help of an enslaved fairy named Skye, Fen and Julia discover that this clan of fairies is unaware of their magical powers and are cruelly mistreated. When Julia tries to help Skye use her magic, the collar Skye is forced wear vibrates and nearly kills her. Skye is saved is by Julia's untamed God powers.
Julia wants to save the fairies, but Fen is still grief-stricken and refuses to help, as she blames the them for the loss of her child. She finally agrees to help with the condition that she will not have to pretend that she truly cares about them. After managing to get some information from Irene McAllister, Fen and Julia go to The Fairy Queen and ask for her help. When she refuses, Fen becomes angry and tells the Fairy Queen that no matter how she truly feels about fairies, she refuses to see any creature enslaved and abused as the Earth Fairies are. This convinces the Fairy Queen to help them.
As Julia and the Fairy Queen are doing their part on the rescue plan in the McAllister manor, Fen tries to find a way to remove the collar of all the enslaved fairies. She learns that there is no way for them to get rid of it and the only way is to behead them.
Fen angrily confronts a fairy named Dust who has been there the longest. He admits helping the McAllisters only because it is part of a deal The Fairy Queen's mother made with them: some of the fairies would be enslaved, and the rest would be sent into a realm where they will not be hunted to near extinction. As they are talking, some of the McAllisters come in to get more fairy powder. Fen defies them. The men use magic to knock her and Julia unconscious.
When she awakens Fen learns that the Fairy Queen has revoked the McAllister's deal- all of the fairies are now free and safely returned to the fairy realm.
The Fillorian Election and the first step to the throne
Fen returns to Fillory to help her husband Eliot Waugh win the first fillorian election. Despite their best efforts, he loses to Margo Hanson, the High Queen, who is renamed High King Margo of Fillory.
Soon after her coronation, Margo Hanson must journey with her friends to Castle Blackspire in order to save all of the magic once again. In her absence, she names Fen the Acting High King, making her the first Fillorian to ever sit on the throne.
As Fen is learning the ropes of being a leader, The Fairy Queen comes to her with a request; as all the fairies are now Fillorian citizens by High King Margo's ruling, they need the crown's help to find out who is targeting them. Many fairies have gone missing since they arrived.
Disguised as a fairy, Fen learns that Irene McAlistair and the librarian Gavin are kidnapping the fairies in order to kill them and turn them into fairy dust. Back in the castle, The Fairy Queen makes a deal with them to save her people; they will be able to kill her but must never touch a fairy again. Fen is deeply moved by the Fairy Queen's sacrifice. The Fairy Queen tells Fen that her compassion for someone that used to be an enemy is one of her strengths as a leader. She reminds Fen that her place on the throne is legitimate and to stop doubting herself. Upon those last words of advice, The Fairy Queen goes stoically to her death.
Margo Hanson's absence was supposed to be for a few days at most, but she seems to have disappeared. Fen continues in her role of Acting High King, while Fillory is hit with many problems; the return of magic has helped their crops, but isn't enough to cultivate everything, there is a town stuck in a time loop due to a Watcherwoman clock-tree growing near them, and the air is now saturated with opium, which has the effect of making the population rather sleepy and even causes a few deaths. Fen hears rumors that the god Ember is back from the dead and again in Fillory. Another problem arises; the guards capture a woman who claims to be High King Margo, but looks nothing like her. This woman, Janet, admits to having dreamed of Ember, who warned her of grave danger to Fillory. Janet is now seeking him. Fen and Janet start to track down the fallen god and find him in a tavern, The Hare on the Ass.
There they discover that Ember has not really returned- the God Bacchus has been pretending to be Ember in order to hide from The Monster, who wants him dead. As the god of wine and celebration, Bacchus is always throwing a party wherever he goes- and to make sure the fillorians are in a good mood, he has saturated the fillorian air with opium. Fen and Janet try unsuccessfully to confront Bacchus. Without warning, Janet changes in front of their eyes and becomes Margo Hanson. Even Bacchus is confused at this plot twist.
Happy to see Margo has returned, Fen quickly gives back the crown to the true High King. But as quickly as Margo Hanson appears, she as quickly disappears, leaving Fen and everyone else in the tavern bewildered. Fen is the Acting High King once more.
A few days later Margo Hanson truly returns to Fillory, taking back her crown and bringing bad news to the fillorians; Eliot Waugh has been possessed by a monster created by the gods. Eliot is most likely dead, since he has not come back from the protection spell she and their friend were under.
Fen begins to have dreams that turn out to be premonitions of future events. After talking about it to Raife and Josh Hoberman, she finds a way to control her dreams. She ends up chasing the source of her visions, which leads her to go on a quest of her own.
Fen travels to a cottage in the woods. Margo ends up accompanying her and together they meet a mysterious lady who says she will tell them everything- once they complete a few tasks for her. While Fen is eager to please the woman and starts a garden for her, Margo is suspicious. The High King ends up trapping the woman, who admits to being a fraud. She has been visited by many who have been dreamed of the Questing Creature called The Napster, who can only be caught in dreams.
Back in Castle Whitespire, Fen uses Margo's sleeping pills to fall deeply asleep. She manages to control her dream and face The Napster, who tells her that her destiny is to take over Margo's crown at any cost. This makes her uneasy and she battles the idea of having to betray the High King.
The Whitespire Coup
While Fen and Margo are on the quest, Josh has prepared a banquet with Queen Ru of Loria and the tribe of Southern Nomad, as they need both of them for political gain and to save Eliot from The Monster. When Queen Ru arrives, she tells Fen that she too has been visited by The Napster and will help her to overthrow Margo during the banquet. Fen is hesitant and fights her destiny but Queen Ru gives Fen an ultimatum: she will only form an alliance with Fillory if Fen is on the throne. Knowing they need the Lorians' help, it is hard for Fen to say no but she manages to be vague.
During the banquet, she avoids talking to Margo but after consulting with Josh (who overheard the coup proposal of Ru) she decides to tell High King Margo everything. Margo surprises Fen by telling her to go ahead with the coup. Margo explains that she needs to be banned from Fillory in order to see the Southern Nomad, who didn't show up at the banquet, and is the only one who has a solution to save Eliot Waugh. It is with this understanding that Fen goes to Queen Ru and orders the coup to proceed. Margo Hanson is then banished from Fillory and Fen takes back the High King crown, becoming the official leader of Fillory.
The first days of High King Fen
As High King, Fen has to deal with The Winds of Fate blowing around the castle. This raises concerns that the ecosystem of Fillory has been acting strangely ever since magic came back. Fen goes to see Ismenie, a naiad who had been imprisoned not long ago. The naiad doesn't want to help, but under coercion from Tick Pickwick, she ends up revealing that Fillory's water has been moving, blaming the thirteen for starting all of it.
Fen remembers a Fillorian nursery rhyme, used during the Skip the Bear game, that talks about Thirsty Roderick, a king who has created the underground water system of the land. As she tries to explain everything to Josh, she remembers a design in the tile floor of a corridor of the castle that is the perfect board for a game of Skip The Bear. They play the game and when Josh wins, a secret door opens.
This leads them to the drowned garden and the secret sea. Fen contacts people on Earth, knowing they need a strong source of power to defeat The Monster. When Quentin Coldwater and Penny Adiyodi join her, she shows them their discovery, all the while holding a fishbowl that contains Josh, who became a fillorian dying fish when he touched the water. Fen goes back to earth with fish-Josh and convinces Margo to take care of him. Once Josh is human again, they both go back to Castle Whitespire where Fen assists Josh when he needs to cast a spell that will save Eliot from The Monster
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- "She is a knifemaker's daughter, she can handle herself."
- ―Eliot Waugh
- Skilled Marksman: Raised in a family of knifemakers, Fen is extremely skilled in throwing daggers and can aim at lethal spots, such as the head, demonstrating high coordination.
- Combatant: To be added
- Daggers: To be added
|Appearances for Fen|
In chronological order:
- In The Magicians, Fen is the partner of Diny, and serves as a guide to QUentin Coldwater and his friends when they first arrive in Fillory. She is skilled in martial arts and uses Battle Magic to augment her fighting techniques. She was killed by Dint, who was revealed to be an agent of The Beast. She is now the High King of Fillory and the first fillorian to ever be on the throne.