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.


As a young child, Surma was hot-headed and passionate, but as she got older, her personality subdued somewhat[2] She's also been described as someone who was able to break rules without getting caught. She was known to be a proud person among her friends. [3]

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, was said to dislike Jones, whom even Antimony trusts despite her disdain with most of the other adults in the Court, and she started a relationship with Anthony while she was still dating Eglamore.


Her mother died when she very young.[4]

At Gunnerkrigg Court

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.[5] She was also good friends with Donald, James(whom she was dating for most of her teens), Brinnie, and Anthony (whom she later married). She was appointed the Court's Medium at some point.

Later Life

Soon after she became pregnant, Surma decided leave the court with Anthony because she didn't want their child to be born at the court. Though it broke her heart to do so, she chose not to keep in contact with her old friends because she did not want them, especially Anja, to see her wasting away at the hospital.[6][7]

She was around her mid-thirties when she died.[8]

Cause of Death

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.


  • 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.
  • She was better at levitation and could barely control her fire and etheric-related abilities, unlike her daughter.[9]



  1. Chapter 31, Page 2
  2. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.
  3. Chapter 53, Page 15
  5. Chapter 22, Page 9
  6. Questions to Tom #2 at GC Forum
  7. Chapter 53, Page 15
  8. Tom Siddell (gunnerkrigg) at Formspring. Dead Link.