|“||It's just me and you against the world. It's always been that way since you walked through the door. You stood by me in every bad decision I've ever made and you're my best friend. Are you ready?||”|
Queen Rosmund, formerly known as Gwynn Calkussar, was the rightful heir to the throne and a member of the royal family. She was the only daughter of King Ranulf and Queen Annesandra. Rosmund's death was faked when she was a child so she would one day free the realms from the oppressive rule of the Prime Order. She was adopted by Cornelius Calkussar and kept safe in a remote Outpost in the corner of the realm Rosmund assumed the identity of Calkussar's daughter, Gwynn, and hid her true identity as Queen of the realms.
Upon revealing her true ranking, she ascended to Queen over those who knelt before her. She was the leader of Gallwood Outpost and aligned with Baron Aegisford to help her lead The Coalition against the Prime Order. Her alliance with Baron Aegisford led to their betrothal, though the unexpected arrival of Blackbloods altered their plans. Rosmund became imprisoned in the Outpost alongside her people, though when the Blackblood Priestess Yavalla arrived, Rosmund resumed leadership over the human residents.
Using their newfound trust, Yavalla manipulated Rosmund so she believed they were allies, and infected the Queen with an kinj. The kinj made Rosmund complacent to Yavalla's will. Together, they formed The Hive and overthrew The Three. Rosmund ruled The Capital under Yavalla's watchful eye until Talon and Garret freed her and Tobin Aegisford from the lethal clutches of the Hive. The group along with Two fled to a safe haven at Gallwood Outpost that was established while Rosmund was infected. The safe haven was create to keep the infected at bay, while desperately trying to stop the growing threat. Rosmund also discovered Baron Aegisford's marriage to her long-lost cousin, Falista Relman.
In the final fight against Yavalla and The Hive, Rosmund accepted the Terakinj from Sai-vek Redwan, as the Terakinj was the only weapon against Yavalla that would simultaneously destroy her and free the infected. Rosmund knew the price of defeating Yavalla would be her life, yet she valiantly sacrificed herself for the betterment of the realm.
Rosmund was born to King Ranulf and Queen Annesendra in a time where the royals were at their weakest and the prime order lurked in the shadows. She had a younger brother, Alton, with whom she remained close despite their young age. Her playmate, Gwynn Calkussar, was the daughter of the King's most loyal Minister, Cornelius Calkussar. When the Prime Order overthrew the palace they captured and beheaded the royal family. To preserve the royal lineage, the King commanded that Calkussar sacrifice his daughter, Gwynn, in the place of Rosmund. Calkussar obeyed his King's command and switched Gwynn and Rosmund.
After the purge, Calkussar was praised by the prime order and given an Outpost. It was then, that Calkussar and Rosmund, who took the identity of Gwynn Calkussar, moved to Gallwood Outpost. Gwynn was then raised by a Governess who gave her a very specific education of languages, arts, and cultures. She was looked after for years by the military at the Outpost before she was under the protection of Captain Garret Spears. With his and Calkussar's help, she planned to one day overthrow the prime order and reclaim her kingdom.
Throughout The Outpost Series
In "The Book of Names", Gwynn reveals her true identity Talon. She then ask Talon to summon an army of Lu-Qiri to fight against the Prime Order and The Three, before heading out of The Outpost. She then reveals her true identity to the soldiers Calkussar and Garret have been recruiting. While they are reluctant to believe her at first, she takes it upon herself to interact with a select few. She recalls specific memories she shared with each of them as a child. The men she approached were all commoners compared to her then-Princess status, but she took care to remember, or almost remember their names. The men she spoke to knelt before her and swore on their lives that Gwynn was Rosmund. The rest of the encampment knelt before her, chanting, "all hail the Queen!". In "The Dragman is Coming", during the execution of many of the residents, Rosmund attacks The Outpost with her newly acquired army and recaptures The Outpost. However the cost was high, and resulted in burying many well respected members of The Outpost. Just as Rosmund is about to spend a romantic night with Garret Spears they are interupted by Talon, who leaves in disgust. Later that night it is discovered that Everit Dredd has escaped his prison, and thus she assigns this matter to the recently reinstalled Marshall Wythers.
In "For the Sins Of Your Ancestors", Gwynn has been confined being in her chambers. When a Blackfist tries to murder her, Zed saves her life using his Kinj. She thanks him, but he reminds her that they need her alive so the humans don't start a rebellion. Talon then visits her for the very first time in thirty nine days. Talon then explains that she needed to keep Zed in power as he is the only one keeping her alive, and that she needed to let Gwynn know that they are on the same side. Talon only appears now so her friend doesn't think that she is a traitor.
In Violence is Futile, Gwynn joins a heartbroken Falista at the steps of the citadel. Falista still cradles a dead Tobin in her lap. Falista blames herself for Tobin's death as he only came back for her. He also loved Gwynn, not her, and tells her of Tobin's last words to protect the Queen. Gwynn believes that he meant to protect what she represents, and that that last thing Tobin told her was that he loved Falista. They bond over their mutual love for the man they loved. Falista admits that she still can't control the kinj so she won't be of any help to Gwynn, who understands despite her disappointment.
That morning, the royal army holds off the Hive members, including Munt and Warlita. Munt tries to sway them by claiming that Gwynn would rather everyone die then make peace with Yavalla. An angry Gwynn takes her stand despite the growing uncertainty. Garret tells her that The Hive surrounds Gallwood - sixty-thousand give or take. Yavalla walks through the land and is disappointed that Gallwood is the last place alive. She claims that Rosmund doesn't care if her people die, and would rather they die than join her. Instead of arguing with Yavalla, who gives the royal army time to rethink their positions, Gwynn turns to her army. She explains the effects of the United, describing it as a slow and painful death. It was as if her mind and body were withering away. She allows them to leave if they wish, but the United is a fate worse than death. She reminds them that have beat the odds before and they will win again today, but only if they stay together. The troops agree to stay with Gwynn and refuse to surrender.
She and Garret convene in the throne room where she admits they don't have a chance. He's confused as she told the men they could win, but Gwynn admits she lied. She is glad that he's with her in the last moments. He refuses to give up on Talon but she reasons that there are too many ifs in their plan. He offers to run away with her so they can seek refuge, but she refuses to leave her people, and there isn't anywhere to run. He is adamant that they'll find a way and this won't be the end. He places a comforting hand on her shoulder.
The war starts as Yavalla commands that the Hive kill the Queen. Janzo throws rocks, Garret commands the fleets, and Gwynn protects herself with a spear. She is reluctant to kill the infected as they aren't in control of themselves, leading her to be cornered on the steps of the citadel. Falista finally learns how to channel her kinj properly and unleashes a wave of kinj that kills everyone near her. Gwynn is in awe of Falista's control, but seconds later, an arrow shoots Falista's stomach and she falls. Gwynn helps get Falista to safety while Janzo sneaks away to get supplies. She continues to apply pressure to Falista's wound, and leaves her in the care of Janzo to talk with Garret a few steps away. Gwynn is horrified when Janzo hits Falista with a rock, revealing that he is infected.
The next wave of attacks comes quickly after Falista is incapacitated, and Gwynn struggles to stay out of the way of the infected. She witnesses Garret become infected, just as Talon and Sai-Vek arrive in Gallwood. Sai-vek protects Gwynn as Talon joins them. They hide inside the throne room until they can gather a plan. Talon informs Gwynn of their plan for Sai-vek to use the Terakinj to kill Yavalla and the White Kinj, even though it will kill Sai-vek in the process.
Yavalla's Lu-Qiri Ketma bursts through the doors and throws a coat rack through Sai-vek's stomach, pinning him to the wall. Talon fights Ketma while Gwynn tries to pull the rack out of Sai-vek, though her efforts are futile. The women are saved by Talon's Lu-Qiri, Xaba, but in even together they are unable to free Sai-vek. Gwynn learns that Sai-vek can pass his kinj onto someone else, and doesn't hesitate to grasp his hand so the kinj can pass to her. Talon protests but it's too late, as Gwynn has the kinj.
They become emotional as Talon wonders what she was thinking, as she'll die now. Gwynn doesn't care what will happen to her now that her people will be safe. Talon protests that no one will rule the realm after she's dead, but Gwynn is confident she'll figure it out. Gwynn emotionally admits to Talon that they are best friends and thanks her for being there for her since she walked through the door. It's always been them, even when Gwynn made the wrong choices Talon stood by her. Talon asks if she's ready, but Gwynn admits she isn't, and repeats the question to Talon who merely smiles.
They emerge from the citadel together, much to Yavalla's surprise as she thought them dead. She realizes that Gwynn has the terakinj and commands the United to kill the women. Talon kills all the guards who try to stop them so Gwynn can get to Yavalla and kill her. Gwynn uses the terakinj to kill those who come near her, than uses the hunched over wounded to catapult herself through the air. She collides with Yavalla and they fall to the ground. Gwynn tells Yavalla that she's lost, calls her an evil witch, and their kinjes glow brightly.
The light is blinding to everyone around them, and their kinjes glow before flying out of their bodies, which turn to ash. The ashen statues crumble to the ground, leaving only dust. The Hive members are freed and restored to their former thinking, with everyone celebrating while Talon picks up the Queen's battle armor. The realm realizes the sacrifice their Queen made and fall silent out of respect. Talon, standing before the people, is elected as the new ruler of the realm.
Rosmund's legacy as a benevolent and fair ruler lived in the memories of her subjects. She loved all her subjects, fought for the oppressed, and worked to free everyone from the Prime Order. Her people were devastated after her death and flocked from all across the realm, even The Capital, to attend her memorial service. Unfortunately, she left behind no heir or named successor, which left Gallwood Outpost and the realms in a state of disarray as they searched for a ruler. The people supported Talon, who was reluctant, as she didn't have the education or knowledge that Rosmund had.
Falista Relman put herself in the running as she announced a blood connection to the royal family. Janzo, Garret, and Zed were opposed to Falista's ruling and sought to change Talon's mind. Falista reminded Garret that she had tried to give Rosmund the Red Kinj before her death, but that Rosmund had been too weak to accept it. She refused to rule with that level of weakness. The remark upset Garret but he was unable to defend Rosmund without harming himself. The next day, Wren remarked to Talon in private that she had only seen true selflessness in three people before; Talon's father Sai-vek Redwan, Queen Rosmund, and Talon herself. This inspired Talon to finally accept the crown. Unfortunately, it was too late as Falista Relman arrived at the last moment with a newly resurrected Tobin Aegisford and named herself Queen.
At every turn, Falista took whatever chance she could to put down Rosmund's choices as Queen. From her relationship with the Blackbloods to her allegedly not ruling at the behest of the Gods. She either imprisoned or killed anyone who didn't kneel before her, many of whom supported either Rosmund or Talon. However, Garret who will always remain loyal to the symbols and ideas that Gwynn stood for hopes to rally more supporters in secret, and only swore loyalty to her husband who too valued Rosmund's ideals.
In the end, a month after the final defeat of The Seven, Talon finally becomes queen of the realm. She knows that while she may not be as wise as Rosmund was, she will be fair and just as Rosmund once was to everyone in Gallwood and beyond.
Gwynn was a beautiful young woman with a peach complexion, natural light blonde hair, light blue eyes, and full lips. She was a tall and slender woman, sharp cheekbones that contrasted beautifully with her otherwise soft features. She usually styled her hair down in ringlets but pinned it up on occasion. She always wore very elegant dresses that showed her rank and stature in the community. Even before her real identity was revealed, Gwynn's dresses and accessories were always above the stand of other women's. Her color palette was pastel, wearing lots of yellows, whites, and peach tones. She wore lots of patterned dresses with a monotone cloak to offset the patterns. Her style was very feminine and soft, often showing her more romantic side. She wore lots of earrings or simple necklaces, rings, or bracelets. She frequently wore cloaks or gloves. She wears moderate makeup for someone of her ranking.
Upon revealing herself as Queen, Gwynn's style underwent a drastic change. Physically, she cut her hair short so it reached the tops of her shoulders in waves. When her hair grew out again, she wore it pulled away from her face in tight braids or elegant stylings. Upon reclaiming the Outpost, Gwynn's overall sense of style became more refined and simplistic. This is evident in her simple yet elegant gowns. Her color palette changed to reds, oranges, and browns with the occasional yellow highlights. The bright patterns she donned before were replaced with solid tones matched with a patterned cloak. She stopped wearing multiple accessories and instead, went for a single large accessory, such as a thick belt or her crown. Gwynn also wore more natural makeup, especially around her eyes. When going into battle, Gwynn's style changed completely and she wore an armored, yet feminine outfit that was suitable for fighting.
In her final months as Queen, Rosmund's clothing softened in both tones and patterns. She wore simpler yet still elegant clothing. She opted for solid burgundy's, browns, taupe, and the occasional yellow highlight. Her largest change, however, was the frequent incorporation of thick belts into her wardrobe. She wore a large gold or silver belt around her dresses that made her appear sleak. Her blond hair was long and reached to her waist. She often styled it back in a long single braid or sophisticated updo. She rarely work accessories except for the engagement ring that Tobin gave her. She wore simple makeup that allowed her natural beauty to show and also gave her a youthful look. Her battle attire drastically changed from her previous choices, as she opted for a solid metal breastplate over a leather vest, which sat atop a red patterned top. She wore a beige cloak with a red border.
Gwynn was passionate and poised even when she was forced to pretend she wasn't royalty. During that time, she was shown to be a skilled actress, having convinced everyone in the Outpost that she was like any other woman, but in truth, she is a Queen. She proved herself to be a formidable foe for anyone that stood in her way. She was also a great ally, as she wanted to put her people before herself, but wasn't always able to make that choice. She was acknowledged as being a strong, equality-driven, kind Queen, but often lacked the political skills to rule successfully over the realm. As Gwynn settled into her role as the leader of Gallwood Outpost, and later the rightful Queen, she began to show a wiser side of herself. She always did what she thought was best for her people and demanded respect without being commanding. Many who met her were captivated by her kindness and warmth. She was thoughtful, kind, and dignified. Her love for her people and desire to protect them is what drove her to sacrifice her life for the good of the realm. She also preferred to rule her people with kindness and love, not with fear and power. This was shown when given the chance to host the Red Kinj, she refused it. She didn't want it as she would be no better than The Three.
The loss of Tobin Aegisford left Rosmund heartbroken, though she was forced to repress most of these emotions due to the imminent war. In an effort to comfort her cousin Falista Relman, she painfully admitted that Tobin was in love with Falista and not herself. Her grace and bravery were exhibited in her final acts, as she spared her men the fear of death by lying about their odds of winning against The Hive. She only allowed herself to emotional with Garret, her childhood friend and first love. She refused to flee the war as she knew it would be futile, and also didn't want to abandon her people. She later sacrificed her life to safe the realm. She knew the price of taking the Terakinj from Sai-vek would be immediate death upon its use, but still chose to end Yavalla. Rosmund confessed to Talon that she views Talon as her best friend, and while she isn't ready to die, she knew it would be the best thing. She didn't worry for the future of the realm as she was confident Talon would figure it out. Her valiant efforts led to the freedom of her people and allowed them to regain not only their freedom, but their lives.
Calkussar rescued Rosmund from being murdered as a child. Rosmund's father, the King, commanded Calkussar to switch the real Gwynn and Rosmund so the royal line could continue. Because of Calkussar's sacrifice, Rosmund was able to assume the identity of Gwynn and escape with Calkussar. He was like a father to her, he raised her and she views him as her father figure. She grew up calling him father and he ensured she received a proper education fit for a future Queen and that she was well protected. He also respected her both as the future Queen and his daughter. When Gwynn's real identity was revealed her told her it was okay if she stopped calling him father. To his surprise, Gwynn took his hand and told him that she was lucky enough for both her father's and that Calkussar is still her father even now. They were each other's confidants. Gwynn witnessed Calkussar's unexpected murder and was devastated afterward. She ensured he had a proper funeral and burial for a man of his stature. She still speaks highly of him.
Garret was Gwynn's ex-boyfriend, former personal guard, and her first love. They shared a mutual love and connection, willing to do just about anything for one another. Garret was recruited by Gwynn's adoptive father, Cornelius Calkussar, to watch over her. Garret was entrusted with Gwynn's secret and kept it with his life. As time passed, Gwynn and Garret grew closer and began seeing each other romantically. Their relationship was frowned upon by Calkussar, which is why they had to hide their relationship. When Gwynn revealed her true identity, they no longer needed to hide their romance. Garret's protectiveness over Gwynn made him a dangerous enemy. They were separated when Garret followed Everit Dred, and Gwynn grieved him when she thought he had been murdered. Garret, under the manipulation of Sana, was tortured until he negated Gwynn's claim to the throne. His refusal to do so almost cost him his life. Garret's resistance to the abuse, combined with the mental manipulation from Sana, was a testament to his love for Gwynn. He eventually gave in to the manipulation and began to believe Gwynn had tricked him and agreed to kidnap her per his assignment. With enough negative and positive conditioning, Garret began to believe Sana and The Three's lies. He negated Gwynn's existence and spoke poorly of her to others. He even called her the "false Queen" to Wythers.
While Garret suffered by The Three, Gwynn mourned Garret by drinking away her problems in the Nightshade until she was forced to make a political, yet romantic, alliance with a baron. Fragments of Garret's mind still remembered his love for Gwynn, for when he didn't take his medication he would hallucinate kissing her instead of Sana. When the medication wore off, he was unable to go through with killing Gwynn. He was flooded with memories that they shared and became overwhelmed with emotion that he was able to break through the remainder of the medication. They shared a mutual love and connection, though it isn't romantic anymore as they've both moved on. He followed his oath to protect her no matter the costs and was willing to die for her. When The Hive overran Gallwood, Garret fought valiantly to protect her. She knew they wouldn't survive the war but was glad he could be with her in the end. He was heartbroken over Gwynn's death and was in a state of shock following her sacrifice, as only hours earlier he had assured her that they would find a way to survive.
Gwynn and Talon's relationship fluctuates almost daily. Gwynn found Talon fascinating when she first arrived at the Outpost and thought they were kindred spirits. Talon wanted the Bones dead and Gwynn mistook this as them being allies as Gwynn also needed the Bones dead. Though their reasons appeared vastly different, their mutual disdain for them brought the pair together. It became evident that Gwynn needed Talon to protect her, while Talon needed Gwynn's mind to think out attacks. They are two women in an Outpost and a world, full of men that want to destroy both of them. When it's just the two of them, they get along merrily and can have quite a lot of fun together. They play Octor, drink, and bring out the light-heartedness in one another. Their differing views politically and personally are often sources of conflict between them. Gwynn knew that Talon had feelings for Garret Spears, Gwynn's boyfriend, despite Talon's objections to the opposite.
When Gwynn became Queen she wanted things to remain the same between them, but her actions led Talon to believe that she was nothing more than a tool in Gwynn's war against the Prime Order. When this proved to be untrue, they grew closer and Talon was Gwynn's only real friend and most trusted ally at the Outpost. Talon continued to support Gwynn in her endeavors as Queen, ensuring her safety at every turn. In the final battle against The Hive, they were the only two both uninfected and uncaptured. Talon was upset when Gwynn took the Terakinj from Sai-vek Redwan, as it ensured that Gwynn would die. In the final moments before killing Yavalla, Gwynn thanked Talon for being her best friend and standing by her. Talon went on to help her defeat Yavalla.
When Talon finally came to terms with being the new queen, she acknowledges that her friend was wiser than her. However, she would do everything she could to be just and fair as Rosmund was, whether her subjects were human, blackblood, or even Kahvi.
Tobin and Gwynn's relationship has been a complicated and emotional one. When Tobin first visited the Outpost after hearing her plea for help, his request for an uncommitted marriage that would only be for making heirs, in exchange for his army, offended Gwynn. As time went on, his brutish and outlandish behavior drove a wedge between the pair. She viewed him as an entitled narcissistic brute and had no qualms expressing her thoughts on him. When she rejected him, Tobin started listening to Gertrusha and worked to change his ways in an attempt to woo Gwynn. When Gwynn and Tobin were able to open up to one another without the pretenses of their titles, they began to form a connection. Gwynn brought him food one day and they flirted over her terrible cooking before he kissed her. During a meeting with Milus, Gwynn subtly accepted Tobin's proposal. When they had the room to themselves they hugged happily before kissing. Their respective advisors then launched planning for their wedding. The wedding never happened, as Gwynn left Gallwood with Garret Spears, whom everyone had believed was killed. He lured Gwynn away under the ruse that she was in danger, as he was under the manipulation of the Prime Order. Talon and Tobin ultimately rescued Gwynn, with Tobin agreeing to give her the second chance she had given him once.
They slowly rekindled their romance and she promised that he would be King one day. When the Outpost was overthrown by Blackbloods, Tobin and Gwynn were forced apart by the new leaders of Gallwood. Gwynn asked Tobin to sneak out of Gallwood and return with his army so they could overthrow the Blackblood leaders. He obliged and returned to Aegisford, where he was forced to marry Falista to obtain her army. When Gwynn discovered the marriage, she was hurt by his betrayal and refused to listen to him any further. She was able to forgive him after some time, but couldn't bear to be in the same room with him for long as it was too painful. As his Queen, she was honored by his expression of loyalty, but as his lover, she was utterly heartbroken. Tobin believed that Rosmund's discourse with Falista was out of jealousy, which led to an argument over her release from prison due to Falista having the red kinj. When Rosmund pardoned Falista, the latter released Tobin from their wedding vows. Tobin tells Rosmund that he was released from his marriage vows and acknowledges the mistakes he's made. It's because of Rosmund that he sees things honorably and is a good man. He chooses to stay with Falista instead of returning to Rosmund, as he's loved Falista since he was eight. He claims that he will always love Rosmund as his Queen; his army, land, and food are hers and he will be her loyal servant forever. This breaks her heart and, for the first time, can't be humble regarding the outcome and asks him to leave. Rosmund was later heartbroken when she witnessed Tobin die on the steps of the citadel.
After he is resurrected a second time, he still feels bad about taking over her position among other things. Like her bedroom for example, he feels that her ghost is watching him and even if everything is replaced about the room, he still feels like she is judging him.
Falista Relman has stated that they are distant cousins. Despite the familial connection, Falista and Rosmund found themselves at odds over their mutual love for Tobin Aegisford. Falista was convinced that Tobin would grow to love her and not Rosmund, forcing them to wed so he could save Rosmund with their new unified army. Falista had little mind for Rosmund's feelings when she revealed her marriage to Tobin, sparking Rosmund to believe the woman is power-hungry and dangerous. She was apprehensive to trust Falista and kept a close eye on her. Falista's approach to Rosmund and her Queenship is less out of respect or acknowledgment but more of duty to please Tobin. In The Hardest Part of Being Queen, they were able to find mutual ground and see each other for who they really are outside of their mutual jealousy regarding Tobin. Also in the episode Rosmund sees that Falista is not power-hungry at all, and is actually afraid of power. In Violence is Futile, Rosmund tries to comfort her cousin saying that Tobin loved Falista. Tobin had told her this before he went off to rescue Falista. They bond over their mutual loss. Later, Falista is able to control her kinj and helps save Rosmund's life, which allows Rosmund to eventually make her sacrifice. After Rosmund's death, Falista took up the crown from her distant cousin. While she started off doing the ideals of Rosmund, her own power-hungry ambitions and willingness to please the Gods lead her to abandon that notion.
Notes and Trivia
- Gwynn is a highly-skilled Octor player, able to best almost all of her opponents with the exception of Talon.
- By Season 3, the only characters to refer to Rosmund as "Gwynn" are Garret Spears, Talon, and Janzo.
- Her sacrifice not only saved the realm, but spared her people from the painful death they would have felt as members of The Hive.