Grandmother (also Grandma, Grandmama) of would-be Storm Kings. She rides herd on Houses Sturmvoraus and von Blitzengaard (not to mention the Storm King Conspiracy) and is also the superior of the whole order of the Smoke Knights, or at least Violetta's branch of that organization. As Violetta claims cousinhood with Tarvek Sturmvoraus, it may be inferred prior to proof that "Grandma" is the senior member of the cadet branch of Valois (or possibly Sturmvoraus), which would make her the likely Commander General as well.

Grandmother's Name and Fame Edit

Whatever her official title, she apparently makes the major decisions for the house(s), or at least to make the ones that stick, especially now that post-Timeskip she is reported to have lost her husband and has become/taken over the duties of The Council.

When her relatives speak of her, they invariably refer to her as just "Grandmother," usually in tones of fear and respect, [1] while in Paris she is referred to as Highness by her servants and Princess by Mister Obsidian. It finally takes the Master of Paris himself to reveal that her first name is Terebithia.

The Master and Grandmother treat each other as old and mutually dangerous rivals for influence who have nevertheless developed a mutual respect and even a certain backhanded fondness for each other.

Her ability to throw a party has also achieved her a degree of infamy; it is her party sleigh that Agatha commandeers for her escape from The Refuge of Storms.

Grandmother and Lucrezia Edit

According to Violetta at least, Grandmother hates Lucrezia, and has ordered all of her followers to break off contact with the latter woman and her forces. Smoke Knight cells still loyal to Lucrezia, like one led by Madwa Korel, have been burned from the cabal, and all other factions' smoke knights have standing orders from Grandmother to set aside rivalries and cross agendas to pursue the rogue cells for elimination should they be encountered.

Grandmother Today Edit

After hearing several passing mentions of her, the reader finally meets Grandmother in person in Paris talking to Seffie as Agatha and Tweedle's arrival sends social (and eventually physical) shockwaves through the city. Her love of parties comes to the fore as Colette Voltaire sends a message "suggesting" that she and Seffie stage one to recognize recent events. And so a masquerade ball is quickly thrown together. One of the participants at this affair is a disguised Tarvek; Grandmother sends a team of Smoke Knights led by Mr. Obsidian to ruthlessly retrieve him from the forces of the Immortal Library. Their meeting after this is surprisingly cordial, all things considered.

The party goes forward , around a theme of honoring Tweedle's (still somewhat theoretical) ascension to the Storm King's Lightning Throne, with a series of unexpected guests arriving that truly elevate it to the event of the season, if not the decade: The Queen of the Dawn, the notoriously party-averse Simon Voltaire, Agatha and her team, a swarm of rampaging Geisters, and finally the original Storm King himself, Andronicus Valois, released from his temporal prison under Paris. Voltaire deals with the Geisters, but it takes the combined efforts of nearly everyone present to put down the now-raging undead Valois. He finally crumbles to dust, Tweedle literally claims his crown, and to celebrate Grandmother unleashes a Spark in her employ who specializes in creating very public and explosive spectacles, sending a glowing parade marching through the city's darkened streets.

As this goes on, Grandmother compliments The Queen of the Dawn/Zola on her nearly successful takeover of Paris, and announces her intention to smuggle Zola back out of the city. Mr. Obsidian is also seen reconnecting with Tarvek, and the latter man then disappears from Paris as well; it's easy to infer that Grandmother ordered his re-kidnapping, but we later learn that it was Seffie, in order to covertly send him after Agatha to England. Grandmother in turn dispatches more Smoke Knights to retrieve him, leading to a mid-Channel multi-sided fight aboard the airship carrying Tarvek.

Possibly Relevant Information Edit

Grandmother's given name is presumably a homage to the 1977 children's novel Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and/or the book's 2007 film adaptation. (Note alternate spelling.)


  1. "Grandma will have me flayed!"