Many whisper that Teale is not really a Nayland by birth. After all her own sister used to claim she was Lord Tobias' only daughter.
It is speculated that her own dowry was squandered away by her cousin, Ser Riordan, for the Stonebridge battle efforts rendering her penniless. Others claim her unfortunate attack is what led to the cancellation of her betrothal.
Some speculate that Teale traded her own sister, Tenysa, to the bandits in an effort to spare her own life but was blinded in a double-cross.
Though sightless, some whisper the younger Nayland woman has a way of seeing into one's soul. Her Aunt is a witch after all.
Lady Teale is rumored to have outwitted most of her own father's advisors and was believed to have been imprisoned for years by her own father's hand.
Many speculate, though always in hushed tones, that the young noblewoman was cast out of the Mire by her own parents and thrust to the care of her Aunt and Uncle out of detestment for her continued existence. More than one servant is rumored to have overheard Lord Tobias cursing the loss of Tenysa and survival of Teale.
— Ser Torrance Nayland - brother of Teale
— Ser Treydan Nayland - brother of Teale
— Lady Merida Nayland - sister of Aeron and Renholdt
— Lady Visenya Goodbrook - sister of Aeron and Renholdt
— Ser Rathe Nayland - son of Rickart
— Ser Rhyse Nayland - son of Rickart
— House Servants
— Knights / Sell-swords
"I do not need my eyes to know how they look at me. I can hear it in the breath they take before they paste the smile upon their lips and speak the words. No matter how far I go, it is always going to follow me. Here, the Mire, all the way to the Eyrie if I were to let it. No, Niecie, I know well what they think: 'Look at that poor creature, so broken and useless.' Let them think as they will if it comforts their thoughts. At least it is not tears, anything but those. I have had enough of them to water all the fields of the Riverlands twice over. Auntie Ana might feel for me, but she will never shed a tear and I love her all the more for it."
— Teale, to Niecie, following their arrival at Stonebridge