|“||I think it's time I make this very clear. Children, including mine, now matter what color his or her blood ends up being will be cared for and raised by our whole community. That means Blackbloods and humans. I intend to treat every child in this Outpost like the treasure they are. I advise you do the same. It is our responsibility to have children who we love with partners who we love, not with people who just check off a bloodline requirement. I love Janzo, and I already love our child. So, you, get over it. All of you.||”|
— Wren defends her choices to the Blackbloods
Wren is a sassy genius who was freed from the Plane of Ashes by Talon. She initially invaded Janzo's lab and whipped up a bantering relationship with the like-minded man. As time passed, she established herself as a trusted Blackblood and a valuable member of Gallwood Outpost.
Wren helped her mother Yavalla in her quest to unite the Blackbloods, which she came to regret when she learned of her mothers true intentions of enslaving the realm to her mindset. She worked together with The Coalition to stop Yavalla, even aiding in a plan that would eventually end her life. Following the death of her mother, Wren became the high priestess to the remaining Blackbloods and is currently passing on the teachings to the next generation of children, while unraveling the ever-growing mystery's around them. She is also a life partner to Janzo and the mother of their unborn child. During the wedding of Talon and Garret, she was the one to officiate the wedding.
Wren was trapped in the Plane of Ashes along with her mother during the war between the humans and Blackbloods. It is never even explained how or when she picked up the trade of being an alchemist.
In For the Sins Of Your Ancestors, Wren forcibly takes over Janzo's Lab and threatens to summon Lu-Qiri if he doesn't vacate the premises. The two have witty banter as neither is willing to compromise on their demands, but Janzo ultimately folds and leaves. When she accidentally poisons herself and stumbles into the Nightshade angry that Janzo's organization makes no sense, Janzo takes this moment to bask in her failure. He gloats that the system is used to keep nosy people out, but she threatens to break his perfect nose if he doesn't help her. He still refuses and she throws herself back to the lab to make the herb herself - something Janzo claims is impossible to do.
The miners have been digging for a crystal that Wren needs while she works to open an alchemy box that only opens when you have the exact ratio of ingredients. Yobhan brings her the crystal after a Gallwood resident discovers it. She is elated, so she hugs him. He asks her to tell Yavalla that he was the one who brought it to Wren and she dismissively agrees. When Yavalla is summoned through, Janzo is allowed to go wherever he wants in the Outpost so he returns to his lab much to her chagrin. He pesters her with his talking but is surprised when she succeeds in making the herb she needed. It requires time to grow and a lot of fly weed that Janzo has, so he reluctantly helps gives her the herb that she needs, claiming it's because he doesn't want her to use up his fly weed.
In The Peace You Promised, Wren has been getting a lot of pressure from her mother to open the Meld Box. Janzo happens to over hear one of the conversations between the two. He then offers to help her open it. Wren is at first reluctant to accept, until he shares his similar experience with his own mother. Together they are able to open the Meld Box. They present their finds to Yavalla together. Wren tries to give Janzo some credit for his help, but he refuses. Either because he wants Wren to have better praise in her mother's eyes, or because he doesn't want the praise is unclear. They continue to work together as they uses the map from the Meld Box to try and find the entrance to the lost Blackblood Outpost. They eventually do and both are amazed that it is in The Smith's place (now being occupied by Talon). When they go inside they immediately know where they entrance is. They remove the sand from the pit to reveal the hidden entrance beneath. Wren opens it despite the concern of Talon. All three are then astonished at what lies underneath them.
In A Life for a Life, Wren accompanies her mother, Janzo, and Talon down to the hole. Once they have all settled down they look around their surroundings. Wren notices the pictograms, while Talon and Janzo notice the keys buried in the ground. Wren is about to but a key in the matching pictogram, when stopped by Janzo. He realized that the pictogram she was going to put it in was wrong. He then tells them that they need to be very careful as the designers, the Yindrian, were master of puzzles and deadly traps. This is evident to the previous victims of this puzzle as they are standing in their ashes. Despite Janzo's warning Yavalla pushes aside the stone in the center of the room. This triggers the first deadly puzzle to be solved. The ceiling is immediately closed off, with a fire igniting from the center where the stone used to be. Janzo immediately realized that they are in an oven, and will be cooked alive if they don't use the keys. The group are able to use two of the keys successfully, but they can't find the last. Janzo realizes that they key, which has a skull engraving, is the Yindrian symbol for sacrifice. He knows the last keyhole is in the fire. He then takes the key from Wren and burns his arm to put the last key in place. The door then opens properly and everyone proceeds to the next room, which then proceeds to close behind them.
Wren treats Janzon's arm with aliment that she got from his lab. She brought them with her in case of an injury. Wren, Janzo and Yavalla then examine the walls for any hidden message within the writing. After a few minutes Yavalla collapses, with Wren rushing to her side. Janzo realizes that the air is almost used up, and they need to find a way out soon. Just when all hope is lost, and the last torch is put out, certain word glow in the dark. Among the words there is also a hand print on opposite sides of the room. Realizing that these are the triggers to open the door, Wren and Janzo press them. This simultaneously opens a wall on Wren's side of the room while dropping a barrier in the middle of the room. As the wall is about to close Yavalla is about to proceed without her daughter, only for Wren to literally hold her back. Wren realizes from the glow in the dark writing that this opening is a trap. As the wall closes a new one opens up on Janzo's side with a wheel in it. Talon turns it to lift the barrier and everyone proceeds to the next room.
In the third and final room which one again seals behind them, there are many skeletal remains of previous victims. Yavalla tries to go ahead first to show that she is brave enough to be the first to go through any obstacle. Only for her to step on a pressure stone and trigger a trap that shoots out darts from the wall. While Wren attends to her mother's wound Yavalla collapse, indicating that she has been poisoned from the dart. As Talon goes through the trap Wren and the gang watches in astonishment. Just as Talon is about to reach the lost kinj, she steps on a pressure stone. This actives the doors to the previous rooms to open freeing them. Though weaken from the poison, Yavalla puts her hand into the statue to take up the lost kinj. As the kinj takes up residence inside Yavalla, it cures her from the poison and heals her wound causing Wren to be happy.
In The Key to Paradise, Wren talks with Janzo about how humans and Blackbloods need to settle down together. She then brings up the question about the different anatomies of each. Janzo says that they are both the same, other than the ears and blood. Then Wren ask about the different reproduction systems of both species. This makes Janzo uneasy at first causing him to leave. Later on she once again brings up the reproductive system again. For the sake of "science" they have sex. Later on Wren is summoned by her mother. Yavalla wants to thank her daughter for all her hard work and contribution for getting the lost kinj. Wren then demands an apology from her mother for nearly abandoning the group which almost got everyone killed. Yavalla agrees that she was selfish and apologies to her daughter. This makes Wren know something is off, as Yavalla has never apologized to her daughter. Yavalla then tries to pass a kinj into her daughter. At first asking for a hug and then forcing one on to her, only for Wren to knee her mother and leave. She then goes to Janzo and tells/confirms what Talon and Garret Spears were trying to tell Zed.
In Under Yavalla's Control, Wren is first seen talking to Zed. He tells her that Yavalla's been captured and imprisoned, and that Wren needs to stay away from her mother. Despite her objections, she proceeds to Janzo's Lab to help free the infected. There is a great debate on how to free the infected from The Hive. One idea is that without the queen the hive will be destroyed. The thought of having her mother killed makes Wren very angry. She then storms off from the lab and is later on seen talking with Munt when he was loading his heavy cart. Wren then tries to explain her situation to Mutt, with him having figured out that she was also talking/deciding about her feelings towards his brother. He then explains that while he does love his foster brother, there are times he feels like he wants to kill him. This makes Wren realize that she loves Janzo. Before leaving, Mutt gives her a hug. Whether because he is happy for her or because she needs some reassurance is unknown, but she does leave him feeling a lot better after the hug. Wren then goes to Janzo, and exaggerates on how she feels about her mother and him. Finally telling him that she loves him and he is her first love. Janzo then says that he loves her and then proceeds to explain that Garret tried to kill her mother in jail and failed. They then go to see her and the captured Hive members, only to discover them gone. After it the revelations of Garret's fake death, Yavalla's betrayal, and The Hive Wren is the one that makes the Blackfists see the truth. Later that night, while snuggling with Janzo in their bed Janzo notices a rat making its way towards them. He captures it and inadvertently wakes her up. They realize that it was the rat that infected Tobin Aegisford and that Yavalla is watching them now (this causes Wren to cover herself a little more).
In "Kill the Rat, Kill the Kinj", Wren and Janzo have been working around the clock to find a way to remove the kinj from the infected Hive members. While they wait for the infected rat to reproduce they hypothesis some theories. First to see if Yavalla is constantly watching them (Wren kissing her boyfriend to see a reaction) in front of the rats and then how Yavalla can maintain control of her Hive while hearing and seeing through all the different perspectives. After doing some calculations with Janzo about how fast the infection spreads, Munt brings them a severed hand from a recent crime scene, adding to their work pile. While Janzo examines the hand Wren goes off to infect more rats (which she off handedly comments that this is less disgusting). It is here she makes the discovery of how to identify who is infected. They bring an infected rat in a cage with one opening in it to the leaders of the Outpost. They then explain that the Kinj's biology is to keep spreading and everyone ignored by the infected rat has one. Talon and Zed try this method out on the people in quarantine. This proves to be useful as Talon was able to kill one of the infected before she could spread it to a little girl. Talon thanks the two for their hard work and task them with making more of those devices and to continue to find a cure. Later on, Wren talks with Garret and Jazno about the murder. Garret shows the symbol that was found at the crime scene, which Wren immediately recognize. She then says that the symbol was that of an old cult that worshiped the Lu-Qiri as gods. The three discuss the topic for a while until Garret ask about the hand, which makes her leave. Later that night, the two show their progress to Talon, which isn't going well. They then say that they need to find a way to kill the kinj without killing the host. Before leaving Talon accidentally says a sex joke to and about them, causing them to giggle. The next night, after The Coalition save Warlita and tame Xaba, Wren and Jazno show Garret and Talon their latest horrifying discovery. One of the very first rats that was infected is dead. They explain that each time a Kinj is created and passed on it takes away a little of life from the host. Since rats have smaller masses, the effect is more severe, while humans take longer to expire. Talon then points out that the first person to be infected was Gwynn Calkussar, causing Janzo to sadly agree. They say that they have tried their hardest to find a cure but they need more time. Talon gives them three days, before she plans on heading to The Capital to save Gwynn with or without a cure.
In "Go Ahead and Run", Talon, Garret, and Zed leave for the capital to stop Yavalla. Despite her pleas and concerns with the mission she let's them leave unaware that their intentions are to kill her mother. Zed gives the Lu-Qiri summoning ring to Wren, stating that the Lu-Qiri will be of no use to where they are going. They also must maintain the element of surprise (which bring the Lu-Qiri is not going to happen). Later on she can be seen in the citadel throne room. She wonders what Janzo is doing, siting in the throne and dressing up all fancy. He is admiring himself as this is the first time someone has lent him complete power. Wren corrects him and saying that everyone has given him power by always looking for his guidance/smarts to solve the problem. With many more refugees coming into the outpost they realize that there will be a food shortage happening soon. They work together to see if they can somehow manage this problem before it is too late for people to starve. Unfortunately the arrival of Jaaris and his Covenant soldiers changes everything. Not recognizing their uniforms Wren wonder who they are. Janzo explains that the Prime Order are their mortal enemies and that they are a danger to everyone if allowed to enter. He then makes them swear allegiance to the queen and for them to renounce their own allegiance to The Three, which they happily agree to as the three are no more. They are allowed in the outpost, but everyone is on guard. She is next seen in The Nightshade Inn with Munt and Janzo talking about how to ration the food supply, before Jaaris and his soldiers enter for some food. They are shocked to see that Wren has pointy ears and Janzo the "base commander" is serving them. After it is properly explained that Janzo is acting as the base commander the Covenant soldiers try to make a steal to towards the granary. They make it close, before Wren calls on more Blackbloods, and other human soldiers. The Covenant soldiers are surprise to see so many Blackbloods, but are ready for a battle. Just then Wren blows the Lu-Qiri ring summoning the three remaining Lu-Qiri to the court. Never seeing any of the these creatures before Jaaris and his soldiers are easily frighten by then. After Xaba sends one of the Covenant soldiers flying across the court, Janzo tries to force them to surrender before any blood is shed. It is only then that Jaaris reveals he has the Red Kinj and uses it on all of his enemies. He then takes control of the Outpost, and has the Blackbloods rounded up as prisoners. While under the watchful eye of the Prime Order, Janzo ask Wren for the Lu-Qiri rings, which she hands him over secretly. After Jaaris executes Orion in front of everyone he then declares his rules, who will serve him, and what happens to those he deems unworthy.
In "Dying Is Painful" Wren has been cleaning up after the Blackblood death matches. She is horrified by the amount of cruelty, both towards her own people and from the Prime Order. She takes little solace knowing that Janzo is safe, and she gets to speak with him (even though their time together is very little).
Wren is an eccentric young woman with a sassy personality and intellect that rivals only that of the scholar Janzo. She has a sharp tongue and sassy attitude. She easily tires of situations and is used to getting what she wants from people. She has an incredibly witty yet complex sense of humor. She is often funny without trying to be, which can aggravate her. While she has a tendency to be self-serving, she loves and cares for those around her deeply. With the discovery that she is going to be a mother, her personality begins to shift. While originally very secretive about her pregnancy, she becomes more open to others but also begins to doubt her ability to be a mother. This stems from her sense of loss over her mother, Yavalla, and the mournful connection they shared before her mother created The Hive.
Simultaneously, Zed informs Wren of her duty to become the next High Priestess as their people are looking to her for support. She struggles to accept the role due to her lack of knowledge on the subject, and her disliking of having others depend on her. Wren leans on Janzo for support and is met with an abundance of warmth and support from her partner. Now able to work through her maternal issues, Wren begins to accept her role as an expecting mother and high priestess to the surviving Blackblood civilization. She exhibits a warmth to the Blackblood children that she takes responsibility for, and a protective nature of their well-being. She maintains her strength and speaks against Nedra when the species of her unborn child becomes a topic of debate. She also develops a stern personality now that she has comfortable become the High Priestess.
Wren is an attractive young woman with a sharp bone structure, and green eyes. Her curly black hair is pulled into buns, which she uses different styles of daily. Being a Blackblood, she has the species' trademark duel black-tipped ears. She usually wears patterned shirts with turquoise, blue, or purple in them. During her pregnancy, Wren's black tips of her ears turned white to indicate the physical changes she was going through. Zed noticed the change and understood its meaning, even though she wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret. She began to wear her hair in styles that covered her ears or donned a scarf. Even after basically the whole Outpost knows she is pregnant she still maintains this fashion style. This is presumed to because she doesn't want people to treat her different, nor does she want people to know that Janzo is the baby's father. However, because of her duties spending time with the Blackblood children and stating that she loves her child and Janzo, she no longer hides her ears. In fact she changes her hair style to make sure her tips are openly displayed.
Wren's relationship with her mother furthers the controlling, yet persuasive, aspects of Yavalla's personality. She preys on her daughter's desire to help her mother in her goals and exploits that desire to keep Wren loyal. Yavalla expects the best out of her daughter at all times, as she recognizes the brilliance that Wren possesses. However, she often expects Wren to always have the answers to every problem Yavalla presents her. Yavalla values her mission over the lives of everyone - including Wren. When they were trapped in the labyrinth, Yavalla was willing to sacrifice the lives of Wren Janzo, and Talon just to escape in the hopes of retrieving the Kinj. Wren had to restrain her mother to keep her from abandoning them, as she knew that the labyrinth was testing their compassion - seeing if they would abandon their friends to die to further their goals. This was hurtful to Wren, who thought her mother owed her an apology. Yavalla agreed and apologized, though Wren instantly knew that something was wrong with her mother as Yavalla never apologizes. Yavalla used this opportunity to try and infect Wren with the Hive, which would have forced Wren to comply with her every desire and would erase Wren's individuality. Wren kicked her mother in the shins to escape this fate. After taking over The Capital, Yavalla does everything she can to make sure that Wren is part of her Hive. When Wren does become part of the Hive, Yavalla is content and forgives her daughter for what she views as past indiscretions. This is short-lived, however, because Wren is soon freed by Janzo. Wren was convinced the white kinj had altered her mothers mind, and did everything she could to prevent her mother's death. In the end, her efforts were futile as Yavalla became too power-hungry and had to be stopped. Even after all of this she still grieves of her mother's lost. Now that Wren is both the High Priestess and a soon to be mother, her only source of personal knowledge on both subject would be Yavalla. While she believes that her mother wasn't a good High Priestess, she and Janzo both agreed that Yavalla raised a good daughter. She hopes that she doesn't turn out to be like her mother on both accounts.
- See also: Janzo and Wren
Their relationship started as enemies when Wren invaded Janzo's lab and took over operations. She also had him removed from the place which doubled as his home. As the appointed intellectuals of their designated colonies, they found themselves at odds over who was smarter or had stronger will-power. They initially traded insults cleverly designed to infuriate the other and succeeded quite marvelously in doing so. Eventually, Janzo and Wren began to work together instead of against one another, and their combined intellect proved a force to be reckoned with. He helped her open the Meld Box that her mother had tasked her with opening, even letting her take the credit for cracking the coded images. He did this as he understood what it's like to have an abrasive mother who expects the best out of her child.
Wren gained respect for Janzo after this and began advocating for his involvement in missions. She was surprised when he was willing to burn his hand for the sake of retrieving the hidden Kinj her mother sought. Wren tended to his wounds and they found themselves bonding even more. When the mission was successful, they discussed the scientific ramifications of a human and a Blackblood having a physical relationship. For the sake of science, they decided to test the hypothesis for themselves. They kissed and slept together, which has brought them even closer and Janzo serves as her confidant when she learns her mother's true plan.
Wren later confessed her love for Janzo with him returning the sentiment. Janzo is the first person that Wren has ever loved. From then on they use their sharp minds to try and solve problems together and inadvertently move in together. When Jaaris had forced Wren into a death match, Janzo volunteered to take her place to protect her, despite being a poor fighting himself. When she was infected, Janzo was conflicted over whether or not to join The Hive to be with Wren, torn between his love for her and his research. When faced with the choice of saving either her or his brother, Janzo chose Wren but promised his brother that he would return for him. After the death of her mother and Queen Rosmund, Janzo discovers that Wren's ears have turned white. After a few days if not weeks of avoiding the subject, Wren tells him that they are going to be parents. This cause Janzo to faint, but after he recovers he is ecstatic. While she doesn't want people to treat her like a fragile egg, he says he will though. This can be seen when he ask her not to travel to The Plane of Ashes, as it will be bad for her and their child.
These two Blackblood women have a sisterly like friendship. Just as Talon is like towards Janzo, Talon is the same with Wren during The Hive outbreak. She is protective of Wren because of he unique mind and because she is dating Janzo (who she believes the two are perfect for each other). Wren would often give Talon explanations on what Janzo was trying to say and even some knowledge about their work together. Now that Wren is High Priestess and a soon to be mother, it is Talon's turn to give advice and help Wren through these difficult changes. While Zed is Wren's military advisor, Talon is more like a sister than an advisor to the High Priestess. This still doesn't change the fact that Wren would often let Talon know about her current scientific problems, or how these are with Janzo. During the wedding between Talon and Garret, she was the one to officiate the wedding.
Notes and Trivia
- Wren has stated that in "Dying Is Painful" that she is not a skilled fighter as she is a scientist.
- Wren claims she is afraid of horses in, "Kill the Rat, Kill the Kinj".
- She is the first Blackblood to be pregnant with a human.
- After becoming the Blackblood High Priestess it is discovered that there are certain texts, if not ink, that only she can see.
- She also has to teach the Blackblood children the ways of their religion and traditions. This ironically enough gives her a chance at being a parent before the birth of her own child.