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Surma Carver (née Stibnite)


Character Information
Status Deceased
Gender Female
Species Mostly Human
Special Ability Communicating with the Supernatural
Family Antimony Carver (Daughter)

Anthony Carver (Husband)

Court Bio
Role Former Student, Former Court Medium
House Queslett (Formerly Chester)
Debut Chapter 2, Page 10

Surma Carver (née Stibnite; deceased) is the mother of Antimony Carver, and the wife of Anthony Carver. After spending an indeterminate amount of time suffering from an unknown disease, she passed away at Good Hope Hospital two weeks prior to the start of the story. In accordance with her wishes, her daughter was sent to Gunnerkrigg Court after her death.

History Edit

At Gunnerkrigg CourtEdit

Surma was a former student at Gunnerkrigg Court. Initially she was placed in Chester house, but the court claimed they made a mistake and later put her in Queslett along with her friend Anja.[1] She was also good friends with Donald, James, Brinnie, and Anthony (whom she later married). She was appointed the Court's Medium at some point.

Later Life Edit

When Surma left the Court to live somewhere else with Anthony. For reasons unknown, she chose not to keep in contact with her old friends[2]

She was around her mid-thirties when she died.[3]

Cause of DeathEdit

MAJOR SPOILERS following this line.

As of Chapter 31, Page 16, it has been established that Surma's death is in some way linked with the birth of her daughter Antimony. Surma has, in some sense, passed her 'internal fire' onto Antimony and this led to her gradual weakening and death as Annie has grown older and stronger. It is apparent that it was inevitable that this should happen should Surma have a child and that this was a condition which Surma and her friends had known about long before the conception and birth of Antimony. Whether or not this condition is hereditary has not yet been confirmed. It was confirmed by Coyote that this condition was passed on to Antimony in Chapter 31, Page 31

It has also been confirmed that this passing of Surma's 'fire' to Antimony is linked to why the psychopomps did not come to collect her spirit on her death, although exactly why the loss of this 'fire' meant that they would not guide her spirit has yet to be elaborated on.

Personality Edit

As a young child, Surma was hot-headed and passionate, but as she got older, her personality subdued somewhat[4] She's also been described as someone who was able to break rules without getting caught.

Not much else is known about her personality, but she did have an interest in mythology and alchemy. She specifically chose to make Annie a white wolf plush, because that was the animal the element of antimony was sometimes represented by in alchemy. She also told Antimony stories about seemingly mythical figures such as Coyote.

Though a loving mother to Antimony, references to her in the past paint a less than sterling picture of her. Aside from her reputation as a rule-breaker, she willingly manipulated Renard's feelings for her, leading to his imprisonment by the Court, and was said to dislike Jones, whom even Antimony trusts despite her disdain with most of the other adults in the Court.

Trivia Edit

  • Surma's maiden name was Stibnite - the main ore from which Antimony is extracted. In addition, the Russian word for Antimony is сурьма́ (surʹmá).
  • In Finnish, Surma means "unnatural death"
  • In Punjabi, Surma is another name for kohl, an eye-shadow containing antimony.


References Edit

  1. Chapter 22, Page 9
  2. Questions to Tom #2 at GC Forum
  3. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring
  4. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring

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