Geoffrey Carillon

Lord Geoffrey Ambrosius Ardington Carillon (known to most people as Carillon) is the younger son of the previous Lord Carillon, a traditional and fairly conservative man and his magically skilled wife. Carillon attended Schola, but was sorted into Owl House rather than the expected Fox House like his brother and parents.   As the younger son, Geoffrey had the chance to wander where his interests led him - expeditions to look for plants and other materia unknown to Europeans in Tibet, South America, and various points in Africa. (As well as a wide range of dalliances with both women and men.) He is a member of the Explorer's Club.   When the Great War started, he immediately enlisted as an officer, fighting initially in the trenches (where he met Thomas Benton, who became his valet after the war), before eventually moving into Intelligence work. After the War, he went back to his explorations, returning home in 1922 after his elder brother, by then Lord Carillon, died unexpectedly. He relies on Benton for all manner of things, from the usual obligations of the valet to a second in magical workings.   Carillon prefers to be known as a skilled pavo player, but he is also talented at bohort. He has a particular fondness for clever black mares when he's choosing a mount. He is a skilled falconer, including training a Eurasian eagle-owl, Theodora, early in his adult life. (He now flies a much smaller bird, a merlin named Helena.) He has remaining trauma from the war, what we'd refer to as PTSD that comes out primarily through dissassociation in times of stress.   Carillon appears in Outcrossing, is a main character in Goblin Fruit, and is a significant secondary character in On The Bias.   The family holdings include:
  • Ytene, from which the title derives, near Lyndhurst in the New Forest
  • Hawk's Breath , a sprawling mostly Georgian estate in Cumbria
  • Two townhouses in Trellech
  • A small island with a hut on it (location unspecified.)

War notes

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Carillon has ongoing PTSD from various experiences in the War, notably a trench collapse (Benton saved him) and a lingering shoulder injury caused by a sniper's bullet. While the former is largely manageable, with a little care, the latter has limited his pavo playing, and means he can no longer fly Theodora, the eagle owl he trained as a young adult.   Carillon has a particular hatred for people who are building up munitions, especially those researching and implementing poison gasses. (Giles Lefton is a friend of his.)

Appears In


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Carillon returns to Ytene, in the New Forest , around the time the book begins. He has been away from Albion since the Great War (and was not around much during it), so he is focused on reestablishing a household. He takes an interest in Rufus Pride and Ferry Wright, and by the end of the book has offered Rufus a position as head of his stables.

Goblin Fruit

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At the beginning of Goblin Fruit, Carillon is asked to investigate a mysterious golden potion with decidedly addictive and damaging properties, that is circulating among the Bright Young Things of Albion. He stumbles over Lizzie Penhallow while trying to get into a party to keep her sister Laura Penhallow from danger.   By the end of the book, they are cheerful engaged, and they are sorting out their lives-to-be together.

On The Bias

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During On The Bias, Carillon is sorting out his upcoming marriage to Lizzie, as well as attempting to untangle a plot. He, in turn, is targeted by a mysterious figure, Madam A, for interfering with her desire to rebuild munitions, especially magical munitions.   At the end of the book, Benton is working on leaving his service as valet, in order to become steward at Ytene (allowing Benton to have time to spend with Cassie Jones)

Unexplored Territory

Unexplored Territory (a mailing list extra) takes place during the course of On The Bias, and covers what Lizzie and Carillon are up to in more detail.



Born: 1883   Family:
  • Longtime valet: Thomas Benton
  • Marries Lizzie Penhallow in 1925
  • Edmund Ambrosius (son, born 1926)
  • Meraud (daughter, born 1929)
  • Rosalba (daugther, born 1932)
  Profession: Explorer, investigator, lord   Education: Schola, Owl House   Organisations:
  • Explorer's Club
  • Bourne's
Honorary & Occupational Titles
Lord Geoffrey Carillon