Bee Farseer is the daughter of Fitz and Molly and, allegedly, the Fool. She is sister to Nettle, half-sister to Chivalry, Nimble, Swift, Steady, Just and Hearth, and foster sister to Hap. The Fool believes that he is her father as much as Fitz is, due to past mingling of his and Fitz's essences.
Character[edit | edit source]
Bee is extremely small for her age and is usually thought to be several years younger than she actually is. She has pale skin, light blond hair, and blue eyes. She is frequently mistaken for a boy.
Bee has shown an affinity for the Wit, the Skill, and the gift of prophecy. She is highly sensitive to the Skill, to the point that she is often overcome with the thoughts of a Skilled individual when they make physical contact with her; as a baby, she would cry and squirm in discomfort when touched by her father and sister, both of whom are considered strongly Skilled. She appears to have some Wit-sense of Nighteyes, frequently encountering the spirit of a great wolf.
Bee's prophetic abilities manifest in her dreams, some of which she feels are extremely important, much more so than others. Bee learns to read, write, and draw early as a result of a compulsion to record her dreams, though this motivation is unknown to her parents.
Events[edit | edit source]
Molly's pregnancy is highly unusual: she is well past childbearing years, and the pregnancy lasts for more than two years. Bee is born so tiny and pale that she is not expected to survive by many.
For the first years of her life, Bee remains infant-sized and does not show normal signs of development such as walking or speaking. Eventually her growth becomes clear, and she is able to follow Molly around Withywoods and assist her with her tasks.
Bee finds herself alienated by the other children of Withywoods, who consider her strange and slow due to her size and lack of speech. Despite their rejection, she follows the other children around and spies on them. When she is eight years old, she is caught by some of them and they threaten her. Bee experiences a prophetic burst in which she clearly sees several "paths" laid out before her. She intentionally "frees her tongue," tearing the skin in her mouth, and begins to speak. This frightens the other children. Bee first keeps her ability to speak proficiently a secret, pretending to learn to babble in front of her mother only.