Tobin Aegisford is a powerful land owner with a deep-rooted hatred for the Prime Order. Upon receiving a letter from Queen Rosmund Tobin and his advisor rode to Gallwood Outpost. Tobin arrived with an intriguing proposal for Gwynn, though his pursuits change when he befriends the young Queen and sees the galliant leader that she can be.
Tobin Aegisford is the only son of Ravannus of Aegisford, and the sole surviving heir to Ravannus's lands and title. Tobin's father was a powerful man who managed to escape the Prime Order's genocide by pledging his loyalty to them. When Tobin was eight, the Prime Order arrived at Aegisford and demanded that Ravannus pledge his loyalty. Ravannus did as requested and bent the knee for the Prime Order. They, however, did not care and murdered Tobin's sister in front of everyone just to remind Ravannus of whom he was pledging his loyalty.
Tobin has a long-standing feud with his cousin, Milus Aegisford. They feuded so badly that Tobin once cut Milus open out of anger.
After Ravannus's death one winter ago, Tobin inherited everything that was once his father's. Upon receiving a letter from Queen Rosmund, Tobin rode to Gallwood Outpost alongside his trusted counsel, Gertrusha, and an army of men, to give Rosmund a proposal sure to catch her attention.
In "This Is One Strange Town", an army approaches the outpost waiving the clan banners of Rovannus of Aegisford. Gwynn notes that flying those banners is in direct defiance under Prime Order law, but Rovannus isn’t leading the army as he would be over sixty-years-old. Naya looks through the handheld telescope and notes that the man leading the army certainly isn't Ravannus, as the man is barely thirty. When the man arrives at the gates he calls up to Gwynn who introduces herself at Rosmund. Tobin notes that he wasn't expecting her to be so beautiful, and Gwynn retorts that she didn't find it necessary to mention her looks in the letter. After all, it would only pique the interest of her most boorish nobles. Tobin seemingly agreed. He then explains that Rovannus was his father but he died last Winter and left everything to Tobin. Gwynn invites Tobin and a select few of his men inside, while the rest would make camp outside of the Outpost.
Once in the throne room, Tobin and Gwynn converse slightly before he extends his offer. Tobin is willing to pledge his army, men, and his life and loyalty to the crown forever - if Gwynn marries him. He isn’t asking Gwynn to love him, only that they share the same bed long enough to father a son. Gwynn doesn't respond but disapproves of the idea. He elaborates that he doesn’t want to be King or make a grab for her throne, he only wants to be her consort. He isn’t asking Gwynn to give herself to him, as she can have other lovers just as he will. He only wants her to remain loyal long enough to father a son. He wants a legacy and to father Kings and Queens so his bloodline will sit on the throne for generations that will track back to him. Gwynn asks him if he plays cards and he notes that he does of course. She tells him he’s tipped his hand and reminded her that she is the only remaining royal. Her betrothal is the top-ranking card in the game. He raises this by saying that there is only one card that matches hers in the deck, which Gwynn doesn't agree with. Tobin gives her three days to consider his offer before she is on her own.
Throughout the days that he spends at the Outpost, Tobin creates quite the stir amongst the locals. He fights with Janzo, is propositioned to a fight by Talon, and disrespects Naya. He notes on the strangeness of the town and how the better-looking the women are the crazier they seem to be. This provokes a fight with Talon which he quickly loses.
In "Not In My Kingdom", Tobin waits impatiently for Gwynn to see him. When she finally does let him in her throne room, after purposely making him stew, he admits he wants to play Octor with her. They decide to make a bet after Gwynn dismisses his idea of strip Octor. If Gwynn wins she gets his army without the condition of marriage. If Tobin wins she’ll agree to marry him. He turns down her offer because a gentleman should never play for those stakes with a lady. Gwynn begins to shuffle and deal and he makes a comment that the man usually deals Octor, but Gwynn tells him, “not in my kingdom”. He merely smiles at this.
Later, as they are playing Octor, Tobin comments that Gwynn hasn't started the mines again. She tells him that she stopped work in the mines as it is slave labor and she refuses to partake in it. She plans to use the work to create jobs and pay the men fairly. Tobin asks how she plans to pay for it, and she admits that she doesn't know. They argue briefly before Gwynn ends the game having won, and leaves the room.
In "Regarding the Matter of Garret Spears", Tobin visits Gwynn with a gift to show a token of his love for her. In the box is a see-through white nightgown that he wants her to wear on their wedding day. She regards him as a snake eating its tail, and a self-destructive, narcissistic, presumptuous liberty. He doesn’t understand what he’s done wrong and is kicked out of the throne room by an enraged Gwynn. On his way out, he offers the gown to Naya and Gwynn yells at him to leave.
In "The Blade of The Three", Tobin visits Gwynn per her summons. She thanks him for trying to save her from her captor as it was very brave. She asks how he is and is surprised to learn he is drunk. He states that he was celebrating their engagement despite her not recalling have accepted his proposal. He says the considering all her recent troubles and that her three days are more than up, he assumed. She proclaims that she isn’t desperate enough to marry someone like him and calls him undeserving. He reminds her that this isn’t a game of Octor and he isn’t bluffing. He will take his men and gold and leave if she doesn’t accept. She means what she says too and tells him he has no honor. She dismisses him saying that even though she might regret turning him down she would regret the other option even more.
Tobin is trying to leave Gallwood when Gertrusha stops him. She assures him their job is not done at the Outpost and that if he listens to her, Gwynn will marry him. He is reluctant to follow her lead as he is embarrassed and angry at Gwynn. Tobin visits Gwynn and has another encounter with Elinor. She tells him he should leave and to get a drink - on her. He ignores her comments and announces his decision to give Gwynn his men and himself catch-free. He also apologizes for his brutish and rude behavior. Gwynn reluctantly accepts his proposal.
In "Because She's Worth It", Gwynn watches a shirtless Tobin working hard amongst his men to arm the foxholes the soldiers dug previously. She is joined by Elinor and tries to compose herself and act as though she weren't staring. Elinor smiles and comments that Tobin is not hard to look at. Gwynn scoffs saying that it's a pity that is all he's good for. Elinor remarks that his men seem to like him so he might be more then he seems, but Gwynn doubts it due to his drinking and acting like a pig. Elinor states that Tobin runs one of the most prosperous districts in the realm, but Gwynn thinks this has more to do with Gertrusha then Tobin. Elinor assures Gwynn that Gertrusha isn't doing that all on her own even if she's pretending otherwise. When asked, Gwynn assures her that she doesn't like Tobin. He's merely tried the stick and is now trying honey, but she is not a dog. Elinor laughs and is impressed by Gwynn's attributes. Elinor looks over at Tobin and remarks it is nice to have him around, but Gwynn reminds her that their army is still too small even with Tobin's men. Gwynn thinks she should attract more suitors, but Elinor slyly says that she and Tobin would make beautiful babies. This receives only a look from Gwynn and Elinor says she will leave Gwynn now so she can reflect on her royal obligations. She starts to leave but comes back to whisper "beautiful babies" in Gwynn's ear one last time before leaving.
Tobin and Gwynn have dinner together that night in an attempt to get to know one another more. Tobin turns down alcohol for he has decided to abstain from the beverage. Gwynn does so as well, out of respect for him. Tobin opens up about his family and what happened to them after his father bent the knee for the Prime Order. He explains that the Prime Order demanded it and so, his father did instead of fighting back. The Prime Order killed Tobin's sister in front of everyone despite this, just to show Ravannus who he was kneeling for. Gwynn expresses her sympathies and she asks if he only wants her on the throne to get revenge. He claims it isn't, that he wants an honest and compassionate leader on the throne - that will be his legacy. They then begin talking about the murder of Garret Spears. Tobin doesn't pry but expresses his sympathies for the loss of her lover. He asks if the traitor was hung but Gwynn says that they never caught him. Tobin promises to get on the case about the traitor and hang the bastard who was responsible. Naya spills some water when he says that and he notices and seems to take note of it.
The next day, Tobin witnesses Naya receive a message and intercepts the Post Master. He asks to see the logs, as the Master says that Marshal Wythers made him keep a tight log of all mail coming in and out of the Outpost. Tobin sees that a letter for Naya was delivered and asks where it came from. He is slightly surprised to learn she is getting mail from the capital and tells the Master to deliver all of her future messages to him first. The Post Master agrees and they separate.
Tobin confronts Naya about the letter and she attempts to cover for herself. He demands to know and intimidates her into speaking. She lies saying it was from her sister informing her that her mother was dying. Tobin remarks on how extraordinary it is that two girls from Mimm’s Burrow can read and write - their mother must be proud. She claims they were poor, not ignorant. Naya then tells him she has things to do and walks away. Tobin watches her go, rather intrigued.
Later, Tobin rides past Gwynn and Elinor with two horses. Elinor and Gwynn stop on the steps of a grand building to look at him. He informs Gwynn that it’s come to his attention that she hasn’t visited her fields as of late. The townspeople want to see their Queen just as much as the rich. He offers Gwynn a ride and Elinor assures Gwynnt hat she will handle the fops. Gwynn accepts the ride and she mounts the horse next to Tobin's. They ride off and Elinor smiles as they go.
The pair rides to a cliff that overlooks the kingdom. Gwynn remarks on the beauty of the kingdom but that it has seen better days. Tobin, looking only at Gwynn, remarks that it’s beautiful and he wants to get to know her better. Gwynn notes that he’s supposed to be looking out at the Kingdom but he likes his view just fine. When asked if he’s wooing her he says it depends on if itis working or not. She smiles and tells him that it might be - a little bit. She tells him there is something he can do for her and he is eager to please. However, when she asks him to make peace with his cousin, his face falls and he grows dark responding only that he will never. Gwynn tells him that Milus has a sizeable army and is Tobin’s blood, after all. Their people are alike and should be united. Tobin argues that while their people are alike, Milus is worse than a snake.
Gwynn mentions that her advisor told her of a feud, and Tobin tells her that Milus’ father and Grandfather were both scums and they don’t need someone like him. They still need allies but Tobin refuses to ask Milus. He explains that Milus’ Grandfather built a wall in his Grandfather’s land and claimed it as his own. When Tobin’s Grandfather tore down the wall they went to war. Gwynn’s history lessons informed her that Tobin and Milus’ fathers made peace but never actually spoke, and she wonders if there was another crime committed after that she wasn’t aware of. He coldly tells her no but that Milus is a snake who can’t be trusted. Milus wants Tobin’s land. Gwynn tells him that disputes can be settled and he should give Milus the disputed land in exchange for Milus’s support in their war. She states that doing so is the greatest gift he could ever give his Queen. He is reluctant to do so as his men might lose faith in him, but Gwynn suggests that he convince his people it is a victory and not a surrender. He tells her she is something else and they return to gazing at the Kingdom.
In "Where You Go, People Die", Gertrusha and Tobin talk about Gwynn’s request for him to make peace with Milus. Gertrusha is for the idea while Tobin is still reluctant, due to his now-deceased father’s great disapproval of Milus. He sent an offer for peace to Milus that Milus couldn’t possibly refuse. Gertrusha tries to reason with him but Tobin angrily tells her to shut up and leave him be. He just hopes his men don’t hack him to pieces when Milus shows his face in the Outpost. He then remarks on her timing of him being sober, smacks a barrel, and storms off.
Gwynn surprises Tobin as he is working on the strapping. She pretends to be a commoner so he doesn’t look at her when she offers to bring food to the workers. When she clears her throat he looks at her and is surprised. She stops him from calling her the Queen and invites him to sneak away with her. She brought food for both of them. Tobin tells his men to handle the strapping and leaves with her. Gwynn gives him unfermented wine and some food. He bites into the food and asks what’s in it. She tells him and he realizes there is a lot of Carmack in it. Gwynn made it herself but soon realizes that it must taste awful. Tobin assures her he’s eaten worse - he has eaten rancid venison once. He laughs and she tells him it isn’t funny. She orders him to stop laughing but he can’t. They flirt and she says she just wanted to show her appreciation for his hard work and thank him for saving her life, despite him being drunk at the time. He interrupts her by pulling her in for a kiss.
Tobin is present during Milus’ meeting with Gwynn, but remain silent while she speaks with his cousin. Milus thinks she’ll be grossly overwhelmed when the Prime Order attacks, but Gwynn thinks most of the realm will come to their side once the revolution starts. He tells her he is better off keeping what he has even if it is under the Prime Order’s thumb and asks why he should risk it. She takes a moment to think before offering Milus all of Tobin’s land and not just the lowlands. Tobin doesn’t seem pleased with Gwynn’s offer but remains silent. She states that she is the Queen and she will retake the realm and when she does, she will remember those who helped her and those who did not. The first of which, will be richly rewarded.
Gwynn tells Milus that Tobin won’t need any land as he’ll be married to the Queen. This catches Tobin and Gertrusha’s attention, and Tobin, fighting a smile, asks if he will to which she assures him of it. She offers Milus the Aegisford title and land if he reunites the entire Aegisford family under one banner loyal to the Queen. Milus smirks telling Tobin he is a sly dog before agreeing to help Gwynn, even calling her “your majesty”. His army will make preparations to march immediately, bows, and leaves. Tobin asks Gwynn if that was an acceptance of his proposal from days ago, to which she responds that it was. She knows she’s past the deadline but hopes it is alright. He happily lifts her from the ground, spins her, and they kiss.
At the wedding, Tobin enters the church and walks down the aisle wearing armor and the royal crest. As he passes Gertrusha and Elinor, Gertrusha remarks on Tobin's appearance being "magnificent". He kneels at the altar in front of the priest. A few moments later, Gwynn enters wearing a wedding gown. Tobin looks over his shoulder at Gwynn and smiles. She kneels beside him and they exchange a smile before placing their hands on a wooden slate. The sound of horses is heard and the doors fly open causing everyone to gasp. Garret walks in and Gwynn stands rushing to him and throwing her arms around his neck. Tobin stands and watches the ordeal. He tells her that it isn’t safe here and she needs to come with him. He grabs her hand and pulls her away. Tobin steps over to Gertrusha and Elinor asking what the man was, to which Janzo and Munt simultaneously say, "Garret".
In "A Crown For The Queen", Janzo is cleaning up at the Nightshade and disturbs a drunk and passed out Tobin who wants more liquor. Janzo doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Tobin recaps his night and Janzo sees Tobin’s point but doesn’t give him more to drink. Talon enters the Inn looking for Gwynn. Janzo tells her to sit down because what he has to tell her is huge, but Talon refuses to sit. Janzo tells her, very dramatically, that Garret is alive but Talon already knows. She has to stop him from getting to Gwynn, but Tobin solemnly says it’s too late. She informs them that Garret doesn’t want to marry Gwynn he wants to kill her. The prime order messed with is mind and he is loyal to The Three now, not them. Tobin exclaims that he should have stopped them from leaving. Janzo tells her that they left on the main road last night, but no one suspected anything because he’s Garret. Everyone was just happy Garret was alive. Talon plans to go alone as she’ll be faster alone, but Tobin wants to join her. She slaps him to prove his reaction time is poor. Janzo tries to convince her to take someone with her but she refuses and leaves. Janzo informs Tobin that Talon can defeat Garret, but if he reaches Mills Bend she’ll be taking on an entire contingent of Prime Order men. She won’t be able to defeat all of them. Tobin still wants to go with her, so Janzo makes him a sobering tonic hoping it will take him halfway to normal.
Talon stops for water when she is joined by Tobin who wants to join her. He tells her isn’t as drunk as before and by the time they reach Garret and Gwynn, he will be back to normal. He takes an apple and bites into it. With Garret and Gwynn on one horse and Garret wearing full armor, Tobin is certain they made camp so they will find them. He offers Talon a slice of the apple which she accepts. She remarks that he seems different and more than just sober. Tobin explains that he’s no stranger to making mistakes, and Gwynn has given both of them more than one chance to make up for their mistakes. He owes her the same gratitude. Talon sees his point so they mount their horses and ride off.
The next morning at Mills Bend, Talon is fighting soldiers when Garret and Gwynn try to make their escape. Tobin arrives killing the first guard that comes after him and accuses Garret of being a coward. Garret and Tobin then begin fighting. Gwynn tries to escape but an archer shoots his arrow at Gwynn forcing her to take cover and hide. A guard takes over for Garret who rushes to Gwynn and forces her to mount a horse. Talon shouts to Tobin that Garret is getting away with Gwynn, and he is surprised she isn’t already gone after them. She uses one of the guards as a human shield against the archer. She tells him they have an arsenal but Tobin yells at her to just go but she is reluctant as he’s outnumbered. He kicks a guard into fiery ashes commenting that he loves being outnumbered.
Tobin continues to fight the soldiers until the only one left is the archer. He advances toward the archer but is shot in the shoulder. Unfazed, he keeps going only to be shot again in the abdomen. It takes him a minute to recover before continuing. Tobin is shot twice more, once in the arm and once in the leg before he falls to the ground. The archer is about to take a fatal shot when he is killed by Talon’s throwing knife. Gwynn dismounts the horse and rushes to Tobin’s side. SHe doesn’t know what to do so Talon heats her dagger and tells Gwynn to pull out the arrow. Talon cauterizes the abdominal wound which causes Tobin to scream. Talon tells Gwynn to do it three more times.
The group arrives at Gallwood Outpost. Gwynn and Talon share a horse, while Garret is restrained on another horse which is being led by Gwynn. A badly injured Tobin rides on a third horse. Upon arriving in the Outpost, Gwynn commands Orlick to send for Janzo as Tobin is badly injured. She tells Orlick to send them both to her chambers and a pair of soldiers help Tobin down and usher him away.
In Gwynn’s chambers, Janzo is looking after Tobin. He commends Talon for his cauterizing skills. He then begins treating the wounds and Gwynn asks if Tobin is going to be alright. He doesn’t answer for a moment then tells both women they did an admirable job. However, Tobin has lost a lot of blood and some of the wounds are worrying. But there isn’t anything more they can but wait. Gwynn whispers to Talon that this is all her fault, but Talon shakes her head in disagreement.
Gwynn looks after a still sleeping Tobin. He groggily holds his hand up and she takes it. He comments about this being what it takes to finally get into her bed which makes her laugh. She asks if he needs anything saying she should call for Gertrusha. He tells her no as he wants a moment of silence with her. He asks her to sit down but she hesitates. He tells her he won’t get handsy as he can barely move his arms. She sits next to him on the bed. She thanks him for coming to get her despite everything that happened. He asks what she thinks of that choice now, to which she admits to feeling stupid, selfish, and unworthy. He asks what she feels unworthy of and his surprised when she says him, Talon’s friendship, and the crown. He tells her not to put herself down as only one of them can be wounded at a time. She wants to talk about their deal but he asks her not to spoil this with talks of deals and lands. He just wants this moment with her. She puts her hand on his head as he drifts to sleep, their hands entwined on his torso.
In "There Will Be a Reckoning", Gwynn meets with Milus to discuss the deal she brokered with him regarding Tobin's lands. The discussion is very heated, and Milus wants a written deed to Tobin’s lands by nightfall. Tobin enters the throne room wrapped in bandages and asks Milus what he will do if he doesn’t get the deed. Gwynn hurries to Tobin’s side to help support him, while Milus states that he was promised all of Tobin’s lands because he would be King. Tobin tells him that deal is off the table, for now, forcing Milus to angrily walk over to Tobin. Tobin puts his arm up protectively around Gwynn. The cousins stand face-to-face and Milus tell Tobin he is going to take his army and leave the Outpost and claim what is his. He then storms out of the throne room.
Gwynn and Tobin watch Milus leave and she remarks that her last hope at victory is leaving. Tobin doesn’t think they need him as they are better off without Milus and reminds her that she still has his men. She wants to know why he is still helping her after everything she did to him. He remarks that she is the rightful Queen and both the only and best chance they have against the Prime Order. Gwynn thinks it’s because he’s past the point of no return with the Prime Order, to which he agrees that factors into his choice. A moment of silence passes before he walks away.
Elinor, Tobin, and Gertrusha have a meeting regarding Milus, while Gwynn stands off to the side. One of Elinor’s affiliates told her Milus left the city two days ago. Gertrusha worries Milus will try and take Tobin’s lands. Elinor adds that Tobin’s been away a long time and Milus could try and take more than he was promised. Tobin is confident that Milus can’t breach his city’s walls, as each of his men is worth three of Milus’. Elinor doesn’t think the men can hold the city without a leader, but Tobin has to stay at Gallwood in case the Prime Order attacks. Elinor stands beside Gwynn, saying that she doesn’t see a reason why Tobin should have to leave, seeing as he has his advisor who can go home and look after his affairs. Gertrusha believes her place is by Tobin’s side, which Elinor strongly disagrees with and asks Tobin for his opinion. Tobin believes Gertrusha should go if she thinks she can handle it, but Elinor is insistent that Gertrusha can handle it. Gwynn states the matter is settled and asks Tobin what his cousin is up too.
Across the Outpost, the guards ring a warning bell. Tobin and Gwynn hurry to the overwatch to look down at the approaching army below. Gwynn is confused to see Milus leading the charge and mistakes him for wanting to join their cause. Tobin remarks that Milus is after something, noting how his men are spread. A woman rides closer to the wall to tell them that Lord Milus has a greeting for the False Queen. Gwynn signals for her archers to correct the woman and they shoot an arrow at her feet, making her horse skitter. The woman presses that Milus has two demands - hand over Rosmund and all others will be spared so long as they pledge loyalty to her Lord Milus. Gwynn tells the archer to shoot a little closer this time so he obliges. She warns the messenger to tell Milus that if he comes anywhere near her walls she will put an arrow in each of his eyes and if he doesn’t leave, she will nail him to her gates - alive. The messenger rides off while Tobin looks at Gwynn incredulously.
Tobin and Gwynn walk back into town and he asks her what the plan is. She tells him that they will give Milus a few moments to calm down then parle. It’s customary among her people - they exchange insults, put on a show, and then they will negotiate. Tobin asks who will be negotiating to which she tells him that it will be them, of course. He doesn’t think it’s safe and a parle is supposed to be between two people of equal stations. He tells her he will go alone and leaves to saddle up his horse. Elinor asks Gwynn if she trusts Tobin, to which Gwynn responds that she takes it Elinor doesn’t. Elinor clarifies that after what Gwynn did to him, she doesn’t trust Tobin one bit. Gwynn takes a moment to think before instructing Elinor to go with Tobin since she can’t go.
The groups exchange insults and Milus claims that Rosmund doesn't have nearly enough troops to fight his army. Elinor angrily tells him that the Queen could have a thousand soldiers running through the gates that will cut through Milus’s army like a knife through butter. He exchanges an insult before Tobin offers to parle. Milus is confused as he thought that was what they were doing, but Tobin clarifies that he meant between the two of them. Elinor offers to go with him, but Milus will only speak to Tobin. Tobin tells Elinor she will have to trust him, which she thinks is unlikely, before the cousins part ways from the group.
Milus and Tobin discuss the current situation, with Milus noting that they are in a stand-off. Milus offers Tobin the ability to return to Aegisford and sit on his father's throne once again - a leader in his own right. Instead of the original arrangement, it will be under Milus’s govern. All Tobin has to do is bring him the false queen. Milus stands and extends his hand to Tobin and asks if they have a deal.
Gwynn is in her chambers when Tobin visits her with grape juice. He gives it to the maid to pour two drinks. She asks what Milus offered him to betray her, to which he counters asking if she thinks he somehow betrayed her. She doesn’t think that but is certain Milus would try to persuade him. Tobin admits that Milus did offer the lands back and to serve as Governor under him. Gwynn remarks that the deal is pretty good and asks what’s stopping him. He remarks that maybe he plans to poison her with the grape juice, but she drinks it anyway. They both cringe at the sourness and he throws it away. Despite everything that’s happened he still cares about her well-being. She asks if he feels that way even after what she did on their wedding day. He pretends not to remember the day, blaming it on his injuries that he doesn't remember that day or anything after. Thus, giving her - and their relationship - a clean slate. She kisses him.
In "The Only Way", Garret visits Tobin at the Nightshade Inn to request his help on breaking out of the Outpost, as Tobin is the new Base Commander. Tobin mistakenly refers to Garret as "Commander Spears" but Garret corrects him, saying he isn't the commander any longer. He slyly notes that the role seems to be filled by Tobin, but his tone implies more. Tobin just looks at Garret, uninterested as he eats nuts. Garret wants to know what the new commander is doing to break the siege. Tobin stands up and pats Garret on the shoulder as he leaves.
Tobin meets with Gwynn and Elinor, only for Garret to appear. Tobin instantly commands the guards to take Garret away, claiming the man is drunk. Garret protests the claims yanking away from the guards. He congratulates Elinor on the promotion but is almost removed again, this time under the orders of Elinor. Gwynn allows him to stay as she wants his opinion on the plan. Tobin looks at her surprised, clearly not liking her choice, but stays quiet on the matter. Elinor proceeds to open the gates and let out all the live Plaugelings, who swarm the camps where many soldiers are taking colipsum. Tobin watches alongside everyone else.
Gwynn and Tobin ride out to the depleted camps to check for survivors. They take in the damage noting the wounded and few people who weren’t bitten or killed. Tobin begins looking for Milus’s body, believing he might be alive. He finds Milus inside a tent lad out on the bed, seemingly dead. Tobin is saddened but Milus awakens, gripping his cousin’s throat. A parasite emerges but Tobin manages to stab it just before it can bite him. He whispers his apologies than drag Milus’s body out of the ten. Tobin stands on a pile of debris so he can overlook the people. He states his name and title, claiming the army along with the people as the sole surviving relative of Milus. He offers them sanctuary alongside Gwynn, who promises them a potential cure. The people can either kneel and pledge their loyalty to Gwynn's cause, or leave. After a moment, the people kneel.
Once back at Gallwood, Tobin stands by Gwynn as speaks to Janzo. He later follows behind her when she notices Garret leading a horse to the gates. She and asks if he’s leaving already. He tells her the fever’s broken so he can go now. Tobin states it is a shame they didn’t get to know each other better seeing as they have so much in common. Garret assures him there might be time for that when he returns. This surprises Tobin but he then states he looks forward to that, taking Gwynn’s hand. He tells her that Elinor wanted to speak with them and they walk away together, holding hands. Tobin doesn't notice when Gwynn looks over her shoulder to watch Garret ride off.
In "Nothing Short of Heroic", Janzo leads Gwynn, Tobin, and some guards to Elinor’s colipsum supply against Elinor’s wishes. Gwynn asks him why he’s doing this against his mother's wishes, to which he explains that Gwynn is getting ride of the Plaugeling’s for a good reason as they are a scourge that should be eradicated. That is more important to him than pleasing that woman. Gwynn remarks that she knows Elinor and calls Janzo brave for doing this. Tobin scoffs that it’s no so brave seeing as she has a plague now. Janzo confirms this but states that he has every intention of finding a cure, even though Elinor will kill him when he does so. He leads them into the farm and Gwynn is disgusted. Tobin clamps his hand over his nose. Tobin finds Elinor’s vault, to which Gwynn tells him to send for the miners as they will have a way to drill it open.
Gwynn and Tobin stand in her throne room with Captain Orlick, having received a box addressed to Queen Rosmund from within Milus’s camp. She is worried about what might lie in the box - whether it be a deadly poison or snake. Tobin places his hand on her shoulder and offers to open it, telling her to stand back. She does so and he carefully opens the box revealing a letter inside. He states that the letter is claiming loyalty to the crown he hands her a metal object, and Orlick remarks that it is a wolf. It is a symbol of the Moore clans, meaning that it belongs to Baronness Willemere - they have another ally. Tobin remarks that her mountains are only beginning to thaw so she can’t march on them yet. None-the-less, Gwynn’s coalition is working. Orlick remarks that more people might join and Gwynn remarks that she believes that they will.
In the meantime, Gwynn is reunited with whom she believes to be her long-lost younger brother, Alton. The siblings reminisce about a figure from their past when the doors to the room open and Tobin enters. Gwynn wants Tobin to meet Alton, and Alton asks who the brawny man is. Gwynn explains that he’s Master Tobin, who’s filling in as base commander and is her loyal friend. Alton thanks him for helping his sister’s plan which shocks Tobin as he didn’t know Gwynn has a brother. She responds that Alton claims he survived just as she did. Tobin questions how she knows that it’s really him so she turns to Alton. She lied to their mother once because he was worried her father had been angry, and asked what Alton had done. He hesitates and thinks it over before responding that he stole a ham from the Quarter Master’s cart and ate it under the stairwell. She laughs about how awful they were prompting him to ask if she remembers the coachman who always gave them sweets from his cart, bringing up the candies they used to get. Tobin interrupts the conversation to remind Gwynn that if Alton is the only son then he’ll replace Gwynn as heir. Gwynn nods but claims that Alton is not yet of age, asking when her brother will turn eighteen. He answers the ninth of the second moon on the festival of constellations. She wants to celebrate grandly this year but has things to do in the meantime. He gets up to go taking cheese and food with him as he does. With Alton gone, Tobin questions the nickname the boy gave Gwynn but she rolls her eyes telling him she can’t do this now. He leaves while she writes a letter and seals it.
Gwynn looks over things as Tobin enters the throne room questioning why she summoned him. She wants to go over future tactics with him but Tobin only asks why Alton isn’t here since he’ll be the future King. She asks if the possibility that her brother wasn’t slaughtered somehow displeases him but Tobin claims he didn’t mean it like that. She snaps back that maybe Tobin’s plan should be to marry Alton instead of her. His plan wasn’t to marry her at least not for the reasons she’s implying, or not the reason that he’d fallen in love with her. He pauses then admits fully that he’s fallen in love with her. She turns to face him saying that is good to know. He asks if she believes Alton is really her brother to which she states that she really wants him to be. The things he knows, the way he talks, he even sounds like Alton and even knows things that their mother used to say to them. He also has his father’s cane. She has no more reason to doubt him as he has to doubt her. Tobin is annoyed that she trusts a man who walks into the Outpost with a story and a cane. She angrily retorts that Alton’s adopted father died in a fire which is why he doesn’t have any other belongings. She questions why Tobin is so eager to dismiss Alton to which he angrily states that her brother or not he doesn’t want Alton to be King. He wants her to be Queen as she is wise, fair, and honorable. He doesn’t care if he’s by her side or not. She kisses him but he pulls away saying that it doesn’t matter how many times she kisses him he won’t risk his life or the lives of his people for a random boy. She interrupts him by kissing him multiple times questioning his claim. He eventually gives in and they kiss passionately.
Tobin is extremely arrogant and flaunts his title and power everywhere he goes. His arrogance extends to all aspects of his life. Tobin is crude, especially when speaking to women. He knows he's good-looking and uses that to his advantage. He is also sexist and condescending but did initially refuse to retaliate when Talon attacked him because she was a woman. Beneath his seemingly vain exterior, Tobin only wants to create a legacy of his own that will extend for generations. He is also impatient and dislikes being made to wait. He tends to be self-destructive, as angrily pointed out by Gwynn. Under Gwynn's influence, Tobin shows a more caring and gentle side of his personality. He is grateful to the opportunities that Gwynn has given him to show he is a better man, and extends the same chance to Gwynn, even after she left him at the altar.
Tobin is described as handsome and very attractive. He has brown eyes, curly black hair, and appears to physically be in his twenties. He usually has some amount of perfectly trimmed facial hair. He is confident in the way he looks, and himself in general, and carries himself accordingly. Tobin has a confident stance. He has a smug half-smile and tantalizing eyes. He wears relaxed clothing paired with an expensive fur coat and silver hilted sword. From the bottom of his jugular notch to the top of his stomach is an ancient tribal tattoo with smaller tattoos around it.
Gwynn Calkussar: 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. Gwynn left the wedding with Garret Spears, who was thought to have died in a battle against Everit Dred. Garret swayed Gwynn by using their history to convince her it wasn't safe at Gallwood. Tobin spent the night drinking until Talon returned to warn them that Garret wanted to kill Gwynn. Janzo gave Tobin a sobering tonic so he could help Talon save Gwynn. While saving Gwynn, Tobin was badly injured and Gwynn looked after him once they returned to Gallwood.