Garyn is a minor character in the series, but like many minor characters, several of his decisions become pivotal to the plot and serves to alter the courses of the main characters, even though none of them are aware of it at the time. I think of Garyn as the typical boy-next-door. He’s not overly ambitious, not overly talented, not overly handsome or overly anything. He’s pretty much the quintessential “average dude” which is part of what I like about him.
Garyn grew up in a quiet farming community in Bodor, the only child of a placid couple who doted on him and expected him to follow in his father’s footsteps, possibly marrying a girl of solid, homespun values and settling into the farming life in the same village, or at least one near enough to walk to on holidays. He should have found that local girl, bought a small house, planted a vegetable garden, and acquired a couple of hunting dogs before heading out to the fields every day to check on the pumpkin crop. Garyn would have been happy with that life, I believe. Much to his parents’ dismay, there was one obstacle to that plan, and her name was Sellaris.
As happens with many average boys-next-door, Garyn fell in love with the wrong girl. She was his opposite in nearly every way, spontaneous where he was careful, outspoken where he was meek, loud where he was quiet, and domineering where he would would give in merely for the sake of keeping the peace. He was drawn to her fiery personality, her intense ambition, and her need to be anything other than a farmer’s wife. She craved adventure and travel and mystery. While Garyn would have been perfectly happy living the quiet life of a farmer, she infected him with her desire for more, and instead of settling down he found himself packing his belongings and heading out for a life of, well frankly, a life of crime. Where Garyn also had very solid morals and a healthy sense of right and wrong, Sellaris most definitely did not.
While Garyn willingly follows Sellaris into a life of adventure and danger, he isn’t fond of it at all. As she grows more into her element and takes on larger and more perilous jobs, Garyn wrestles his conscience and questions whether or not their course is a wise one. He takes it upon himself to try and counsel Sellaris, hoping to drag her back to what he considers to be a more normal life, and hoping against all odds that she will finish sowing her wild oats and want the same things that he wants: a stable home, a family, and a peaceful life without the threat of death breathing down their necks. Unfortunately for him, instead of growing weary of their hazardous, homeless existence, Sellaris seems to thrive on it.
When the series begins, Garyn must decide if his steadfast devotion to Sellaris is worth the sacrifice of his values, and when he finally makes a choice it turns out that even a minor character can have major influence.