Anja Donlan is Kat's mother, and is married to Donald Donlan. They met at school at the court, and are both now science teachers. Anja also has etheric abilities in addition to scientific knowledge. She is of Romani descent and has a very slight accent where she sometimes forgets words such as "it" before "is". Anja was also close friends with Surma Stibnite (later Surma Carver), the mother of Antimony Carver, who is one of Anja's students, as well as best friends with her daughter Kat.


As a child, Anja attended Gunnerkrigg Court. At first she went to with Surma, and Brinnie, but when they were roughly 13 years old they were all moved to where they presumably met Donald Donlan, Anthony Carver and Jimmy Jims.

At this point Anja has picked up that the people of Queslett do not like to see other kids displaying their unusual abilities, as a result, she is very reluctant to do so, even among other friends. Not long after she was transfered, she addmitted to Surma that she had a bit of a crush on Donald. Surma then tried to set the two up, when suddenly a bound dog broke through the windows of the court, followed by a few robots hunting it. The trio then decided to get a better view. They get outside and see the robots fighting the hound, using her abilities Anja is able to tell it's not a real living creature. When a second hound tries to jump them from behind she quickly creates a forcefield protecting them, impressing Donald. Mr. Thorn then shows up and deals with the two beasts.

Around the age of 15 she helped a little trying to set Anthony up with Brinnie, which failed.

Later she aquired a storage room where she would perform different types of experiments. It may also have been used as a headquarter for when the group planned to capture Reynardine. Her and Surma would also find The Tomb but could make no sense of it.

At some point she marries Donald, starts working as a teacher, and they have their daughter Katerina Donlan.

Role in Main-story

Just before Antimony Carver was about to attend the school, she recieved a letter that she would have her as a new student. Upon reading it she realized her friend Surma had passed and started to cry. She then informed her Daugther about the new student and told her to try and get to know her.

Not long after, she and Donald invited Annie to visit her house. During this visit they discuss Anthony as well as Reynardine. Antimony then reveals she is in possession of Renard. Even before He shows himself Anja is able to detect that something is wrong with the plushie. When he moves she traps him in a magic binding. She can also tell he's telling the truth when he tells them about the possession. Antimony refuses to give them Renard, and then leaves.

Right before summer of that year Annie visits the Donlands one last time where Anja invites her to come with them for the summer, as she has nowhere to be other than the court. Annie declines. Anja then notices Gillitie Wood has sent a signal in the sky asking to visit the court. Anja responds by placing a similar signal in the sky as well, granting them access.

There is then a great gathering in one of the rooms of the court, Anja is present and introduces the court's new in-training medium. Upon being presented to a dead Tic-toc she refuses to know what they are, asking if they can have the remains for studying.

When Antimony was in her second year at the Court, Anja gave Katerina a key to her old storage room, letting her use it to her hearts content. Later she shows up at the storage to visit the two girls, and teaches Antimony about her Blinker stone and how to use it.


According to Surma, she and Anja both have a "predetermination towards etheric sciences".  In other words, Anja can do magic.  She has been shown to possess some form of extrasensory perception and generate energy shields.  She is also apparently very skilled with computers, and was able to combine the two to create a computer network that anyone with a certain symbol can access and use for many different purposes. This computer has been used to activate doors, bind Reynard, teleport objects, and create barriers, and all its manifestations have a strange, glowing, circuit-like pattern on them. However, the Court considers her work to be of little worth since she is unable to scientifically explain how it works.  She is also experienced in the use of blinker stones.


  • Anja's eyes are drawn entirely black. Though this could be seen as quite a curiosity to some, there does not seem to be any major reason for this, and it is simply artistic license. Tom has stated that Anja's eyes are black because that's just how he draws them.[citation needed]

List of Appearances


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