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Mistress Tay
Tay binded
Birthplace: Mistmantle Island
Allegiance: King of Mistmantle
Captain Husk (briefly)
Appears in: Books:
  • Urchin of the Riding Stars
  • Urchin and the Heartstone
  • The Heir of Mistmantle
  • Urchin and the Raven War
  • Urchin and the Rage Tide
"No one had ever seen her smile."
- Urchin
"A thorough examination of history as reviled in the most ancient threading would clarify the situation"
- Tay

Tay is a female otter and a Mistmantle historian. She trained an apprentice, Whittle, who replaced her after her retirement. She is a recognized member of the Circle, but rarely attends meetings.


Tay is dark-whiskered she-otter. In Urchin and the Raven War, it's noted that she's starting to have graying fur around her muzzle.


Tay seems to always be somewhat grumpy and it is said that no one has ever seen her smile. She has been shown to have great care for the conduct of animals in the Tower, as she was seen looking on a scolding some of Sepia's choir, who were playing in the slippery halls. Tay dislikes Padra, but may not dislike Crispin as much, because when Gorsen is taked, she defended Crispin, by telling Gorsen that Crispin is the right king.

In her later years, she is prone to angry outbursts and spent a lot of time sitting in a wheelchair, yelling at everyone.


Urchin of the Riding StarsEdit

Tay is displayed as an antagonist who voted to have Crispin exiled, convinced that he was guilty and was deceived by Husk and Aspen. Lady Aspen promises her more power in return for spying on Padra.

She led a mission in order to try to discover the Old place. When she sees Padra and a young otter mother, she follows them because she thought Padra knew about it after Fir told him and Crispin something. She tried to find it because she thoguht that Padra was doing something illegal there and just because of curiousity and wanting to get a title such as "captain" or "lady". She finds it with some moles but the children with their babysitters are already gone.

When she discovers on the spring part that the hidden youngsters are under a boat on the shore, she is kidnapped by the young animals, who would have been culled, and Mother Huggen. She is not able to give her speech at the Spring Feast to denounce Captain Crispin, and thus Captain Husk is exposed as a traitor.

Urchin and the HeartstoneEdit

During Scatter's captivity, she educates her in the law and lores of Mistmantle, as well as telling her stories about the famous, past heroes of the island. In this book and later ones, she is not Husk's follower.

The Heir of MistmantleEdit

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Tay with her student Whittle

Tay is shown to have taken on apprentice named Whittle to train as Mistmantle's next historian.

Urchin and the Raven WarEdit

Tay is called upon by Crispin along with her apprentice, Whittle to examine Lord Arcneck's story about the Raven attack and their claim to Swan Isle. Tay concludes that the Ravens might have a slight claim over the island, but not the islanders, and had no right to harm them. Her knowledge is shown to have impressed Lord Arcneck.

Urchin and the Rage TideEdit

And after much prompting from the other animals, Tay resigned and retired from her post, leaving Whittle as Mistmantle's only historian and lawyer. It is noted that she is able to move around in her quarters on her own, but relies on a wheelchair for the remainder of her travel.