Rathna Stone Edgarton

Rathna was born to Bengali immigrant parents in London. Her mother came to London as an ayah, while her father was a lascar or sailor.  

Religious background

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Rathna's parents both died before she had more than a child's understanding of Hinduism, and she spent the next years in situations that had no space for her to learn more. Even when she arrived at Schola, which had a Hindu professor (Dipti Acharya, the deputy headmistress), she and others came from different castes and areas of India, and Rathna never figured out how to do more than share in what they put together.   Avigail Levy is deeply embedded in the Jewish community of Spitalfields, and once Rathna came under her care, she found the more familial traditions extremely soothing. As an adult, Rathna continues to avoid eating shellfish, pork, or meat and dairy together (and she does not eat beef due to her own customs).   And while she is glad to turn on a light or a number of other tasks on Shabbat, she strongly prefers to keep it as a day without work if she is not actively engaged in something urgently needed.

The Fossil Door
Over the course of The Fossil Door it becomes clear that Rathna's father died when she was 6, and her mother when she was 8. Sent to an orphange, she tested with a strong potential for magic, and was given a place at Schola where she was sorted into Seal House.   In her second year, Avigail Levy came to investigate the current students for potential to become Portal Keepers. Rathna showed great potential, and Avigail took her in as a potential apprentice. Rathna did well in school, and even better in apprenticeship. When The Fossil Door begins, she has been sent to Scotland to investigate why a new portal there has stopped working. Gabriel Edgarton has been assigned to assist her. Over the course of the book, they work through some of their own personal limitations, and find they collaborate splendidly.
Three Tales of Gabe and Rathna
Three Tales of Gabe and Rathna is a mailing list extra that includes scenes from Gabe and Rathna's lives before and after The Fossil Door. It includes Avigail Levy initial meeting with Rathna, Rathna's apprenticeship, and their collaboration in talking to Gabe's family after they return from their trip at the end of The Fossil Door.
Perfect Accord
Rathna appears Perfect Accord as she is brought into the family before her marriage to Gabe in 1923.
Interstitial Moments
Rathna appears in part of Insterstitial Moments as part of welcoming Thesan and Isembard to a new set of connections (and appreciating a good duel).
Old As The Hills
In Old As The Hills, Rathna is desperate to see if she can save a few more lives with a brand new portal technique. She's also taken on a new apprentice, Ferdinand Howard, though whether he can learn to trust her in the middle of a war is an excellent question.
Upon A Summer's Day
Rathna's ongoing and loving marriage to Gabe is at the centre of the book, in all the ways she's right there to support him, and all the ways she'll poke him when he needs to do something different. It's a wonderful look at the way their romance has matured and deepened since The Fossil Door
The Magic of Four
Rathna appears at one event during the book - but Avigail thinks about her impact and priorities rather a lot.
(Click on the title above to learn more about Rathna's role in that book.)

Married name

Rathna Edgarton
Magistra Edgarton or Magistra Stone  


Schola, Seal House


Marries Gabriel Edgarton in 1923
Rowena (daughter)
Anthony Edgarton (son)
Avigail Edgarton (son)
  Daughter in law of
Alysoun and Richard Edgarton   Apprentice of Avigail Levy


Portal Keeper
  Apprentice mistress for Ferdinand Howard