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The Dark Fae Valkyrie Tamsin
Ava Preston - Baby Tamsin
Eliana Jones - Teen Tamsin
|Appeared In||19 Episodes|
Last seen in Dark Horse with Dyson at the gates of Valhalla after delivering the souls of Rainer and Kenzi there
Lost Girl is a Canadian developed and produced television series which premiered in the 2010 season on the television channel Showcase.
For further on Bo, the succubus of the series, see her article in the SuccuWiki here. For the series itself, see that article here. For a general discussion of Succubi and their mythos in the series, see that article here.
Tamsin was a Dark Fae Valkyrie who first appeared during the Third Season of Lost Girl. The role was played by the actress Rachel Skarsten. Tamsin has appeared in a total of eleven Third Season episodes and eight Fourth Season episodes. She first appeared in the Third Season episode SubterrFaenean where she was introduced as Dyson's new partner after Hale became The Ash at the beginning of that season as part of what was called an experiment between the Dark Fae and the Light Fae. In the Third Season finale Those Who Wander she was last seen with Dyson driving over a cliff after encountering The Wanderer. When she returned in the Fourth Season, she was reborn as a child and grew to adult age in a short period of time having no memories of her past life. It was also inferred that this incarnation was her last one when she grew her wings which marked this being the final part of her many lives. Through the fourth season she was part of Bo's quest to find The Wanderer and discover why she had aligned herself with the Dark Fae. She became close to Kenzi as well, the two becoming close friends. At the end of the season, Tamsin was present when Kenzi sacrificed her life in order to stop Bo's Father from arriving on Earth. Afterwards, Tamsin took Kenzi's soul, along with Rainer's to Valhalla. She was last seen outside of the gates to Valhalla where Dyson found her, he carrying her away, she seeming to be injured.
Tamsin first appeared in the third season episode SubterrFaenean where she introduced herself to Dyson as his new partner when Hale retired from the police force as a Detective to take the role of The Ash. She further explained that she was Dark Fae and that the two of them being paired together was an experiment by the Dark Fae and Light Fae to try and promote an ongoing peace hetween the two sides. When she met Bo, her goal was to prove that Bo had attacked a Dark Fae and injured them to the point of putting them into a coma. This action, if Bo was proved to be the one behind it, would mean the death penalty for her. She was combative with Bo and was focused on jailing her in any way possible. This puts both Bo and Dyson at odds with Tamsin and set their relationship for some time to come in the series.
She next appeared in ConFaegion where she was collateral damage in an attack of The Morrigan's when she, Bo and Dyson were infected with a parasite. When this occurred, her personality changed, becoming that of a teenager, and she became friendly with Bo and Dyson. At one point she shared a secret with Bo, noting that "Sometimes when I like people I have to make them go away." But after the effects of the parasite were removed, none of them remembered exactly what happened. Bo also took some Chi from Tamsin for the first time, but again, neither of them remembered this happening afterwards.
In Fae-de To Black, she showed an inability to relate to humans when one jumped off a roof. She showed an ability to process information and draw conclusions during the investigation. Tamsin also commented to Dyson that her dates do not last long, mainly because they can't keep up with her needs. She continued to be at odds with Bo, dismissing her theories as not being worth considering. However, by the end of the episode, she found Bo was correct in her thinking and teamed up with Bo to defeat the threat. At one point, Tamsin revealed that she carries bladed weapons on her and used one of them almost casually to kill a threatening UnderFae. Dyson also found himself a target of Tamsin's when she invited him out for drinks, but where that went was not revealed other than their professional relationship seemed to be less strained.
Faes Wide Shut had Tamsin and Dyson investigating an adult club run by a Fae. As this progressed, Bo came under suspicion when Dyson and Tamsin investigated a Fae murder and found that Bo might have been responsible as she was with that Fae previously. When they take the body to Lauren, Tamsin accused her of covering up for Bo which puts them at odds and forces Dyson to keep the peace between the two. However, the seeds of doubt are planted in Dyson's mind and he continues the investigation at the urging of Tamsin. She appears at the adult club with Dyson as they watch Bo and becomes involved in a plot by the Fae running the club. Dyson kills the Fae while Tamsin watches but does not much more than that in the episode.
Tamsin's relationship with Bo, Dyson and Kenzi changed during the episode The Kenzi Scale. She saw through the illusion of a Faux Kenzi and helped Bo to find the real Kenzi and save her. While breaking Bo out of imprisonment, she was forced to use her abilities to defeat Dyson by using his own fears against him. When this occurred, her true face appeared, that of a skull, and as well, the after effects of using her powers was shown when she lost some of her hair afterwards. During their search, Bo again fed on Tamsin and noted that Tamsin's Chi was like nothing she had ever tasted before. After they find Kenzi and save her, Tamsin has a different view of Bo and her attitude towards her seemed to soften and change. As well during this episode, The Morrigan demanded that Tamsin force the Dark Fae who was in a coma to awaken and identify Bo as the person that attacked him. Tamsin did so, and obtained the proof that Bo was the attacker before the Fae passed away. When The Morrigan demanded the proof, Tamsin refused to give her the information and apparently made an enemy of The Morrigan in doing so.
During Fae-ge Against The Machine, Bo was on a quest to obtain an invitation for her Dawning and Tamsin went along with her. She did not need to and eventually brushed it off as something she needed to do in order to not have the others berate her for letting something happen to Bo. During the episode, Bo's relationship with Tamsin seemed to become better and more friend-like and overall it seemed as if they were on good terms with each other. However, twice in the episode, once when Bo was picking tarot cards, and again at the end of the episode when she was standing in a parking lot, the card of The Wanderer appeared to her. This angered Tamsin on both occasions, but the reason why was not explained in that episode.
Her appearance in The Ceremony was as part of the illusion that Bo faced during The Dawning. She appeared as the next door neighbour to Bo and Dyson, pruning her hedge with hand shears, her hands covered in blood. This was an image brought trough Bo's subconscious mind and was not reality as the series shows it.
Delinquents was a turning point in Tamsin's arc when it was revealed that she was a bounty hunter on a mission. She had been hired to locate Bo and then bring her to someone that was searching for her. She did not do so and when a mentor of her's named Acacia appeared to remind her of the mission she needed to complete, Tamsin refused to do so again. However, when Acacia was killed and her hand was delivered to Tamsin, she began to take steps in order to neutralize Bo's abilities and allow her to take Bo to the one that wanted her.
In Adventures In Fae-bysitting she and Dyson discovered a mass grave of Fae when they were reexamining a Fae killing that appeared to be Bo's. During this investigation, she displayed the ability to sense fear from the bodies they discovered.
During Hail, Hale, Tamsin confronted Bo and tried to understand her better, but found that she could not really do so. When Bo revealed that Lauren was missing, Tamsin eventually helped Bo to locate were Lauren was being held. However, they were attacked by a guard and Tamsin was shot, suffering a stomach wound. At the end of the episode, she was unconscious and Bo discovered that Tamsin was involved with some kind of plan that involved Bo, but did not know exactly what it was.
In the Third Season finale Those Who Wander, Bo sought out the help of two Kitsune that Tamsin had introduced her to to try and help Tamsin recover from her being shot. In doing so Bo discovered that Tamsin was close to death, the loss of her hair marking the end of her current life cycle. It was also revealed that Tamsin had died and been reborn many times in the past and seemed to have memories of each of her incarnations. Upon her recovery, she and Bo encountered Massimo the Druid who provided what Tamsin called "juice" which would give strength for a time. After returning to where Dyson and Lauren were being held, they were imprisoned there, Tamsin encountering Aife who was imprisoned there as well. Bo injected Tamsin with the "juice" from Massimo and after staging a fight, they were able to overcome the guards and free the Fae there. Soon afterwards, Tamsin and Bo confronted each other and Tamsin attempted to use the Rune Glass to enslave Bo, but it failed. Following a battle between them, Tamsin made the choice to not complete her mission and side with Bo, telling Bo that in doing so, she had cursed them both. After Tamsin collected Dyson, the two encountered The Wanderer who Tamsin told Dyson was in fact Bo's father. Tamsin tried to drive over him, but did not succeed and drove off a road and over a cliff. The final image of Tamsin in the season was of her truck upside down, the cab crushed and the wheels slowly spinning.
Tamsin's first appearance was in the second episode of the Fourth Season, Sleeping Beauty School where she was found by Dyson at the scene of their car crash. However, Tamsin had been reborn and was a precocious young girl through the episode with little or no memories of her past life, slowly aging as the episode progressed to the point she was a teenager by the end of the episode. She was a challenge for Kenzi to deal with, at one point flushing a potion which Kenzi was using to disguise herself as Fae and forcing her to go to Massimo for more. At the end of the episode, Tamsin was left alone in Bo and Kenzi's home unprotected and alone.
Her next appearance was in Turn to Stone where she aged from a teenager to adult in a short period of time, but was still immature and had no memories of her past. After feeling rejected by Bo, Dyson and Kenzi, she was approached by Massimo, the Druid, who misled her. He planned to take her hair, as it had great value, but Bo intervened. In the process of doing so, Tamsin grew a pair of white angel wings and declared herself the angel of death, intending to kill Massimo. However, Bo touched Tamsin and used her power to show Tasmin that she didn't hate her and Tamsin relented, coming to trust Bo and ask about love, if that was what she felt. She left with Bo, to continue to be living with Bo and Kenzi for the time being.
In Let the Dark Times Roll, Tamsin attended a Dark Fae party with Bo and Kenzi where she met Bruce and at the urging of Kenzi fought to free him from a punishment that The Morrigan put Bruce under. Tamsin won a "dance-off to the death" and was last seen with Kenzi and Bruce back at Bo's home.
Tamsin returned in Groundhog Fae where she was stuck in a time loop with Bo. During this time, at one point she and Bo became intimate, but also spent some time talking about their relationship. Tamsin also revealed to Bo that she held herself responsible for The Wanderer finding Bo. Bo forgave Tamsin for this and Tamsin promised Bo that she would be there for her. At the end of the episode, Tamsin left the Yule celebration alone because Dark Fae were not allowed to be present after midnight which upset her.
A pivotal moment in Tamsin's past was revealed in Destiny's Child where she and Kenzi searched Trick's lair for clues to explain his lack of action and assistance to Bo in dealing with The Wanderer. In doing so, they came upon Trick's book in which is wrote with his blood to change reality as he wished. Opening a box which contained some of Trick's blood, they attempted to find the answers they were looking for. When this did not work when Kenzi tried writing Bo's name in the book, Tamsin took hold of it and her name appeared written in blood on one of the pages. A flashback then showed in the distant past that Tamsin had encountered Trick when he was the Blood King. Trick made a deal with Tamsin to give her a new life and a chance to redeem herself in exchange for her not taking Rainer, The Wanderer's soul to Valhalla, but instead leaving it to Trick's mercy. He would then use his blood to write Rainer out of history, trapping him in eternity and never allowing him to return. Kenzi managed to break Tamsin's hold on the book and when she recovered from the experience, Tamsin told Kenzi not to trust Trick for unknown reasons at that time.
In End of a Line, Tamsin's mentor Acacia returned, her hand being reattached to her body by Massimo. Tamsin then became involved in Bo's search to find if a Zombie attack was directed by Rainer or not. Eventually it was figured out by Tamsin that Acacia was responsible for the attack in an attempt to turn Tamsin and her friends against Rainer. At a later point in the episode, Tamsin saw a picture of Rainer for the first time and told Bo that Rainer was not the person that had hired her to find Bo and bring her to them. Tamsin also seemed to advantage of Dyson's breakup with Bo and tried to seduce him with the goal of being more than Dyson's partner on the police force.
During Origin, Tamsin was present with Bo, Kenzi and Dyson at Hale's burial. Afterwards she spent most of the episode reading from a book which told of various prophecies that Bo appeared to be connected with. She also revealed the significance of a crest which was part of a collection which Hale bequeathed to Dyson to both Dyson and Bo. This information indicated that Bo was "The One", but the significance of this was not explained in this episode.
In the season finale Dark Horse, when Tamsin was made aware that Rainer had died and his soul was hers, she told Kenzi that it meant she had a chance to end her exile from Valhalla. Tamsin also translated a section of text for Kenzi which indicated that only "the Daughter's Heart" could close the portal through which Bo's Father was attempting to pass through. She then accompanied Dyson and Trick to the portal and defended it against an oncoming horde of Remnants. Tamsin was present when Kenzi sacrificed her life in order to close the portal. After Kenzi's death, Tamsin claimed Kenzi's body and soul, taking them with the soul of Rainer who she also held, to Valhalla. Afterwards, Dyson found Tamsin collapsed outside of the gates to Valhalla. When he revived her, she warned him not to allow Bo to find the other Hel shoe no matter what before Dyson carried her away.
At the end of the fourth season, Tamsin appeared to be injured from her battle with the Remnants, but had apparently taken Rainer's and Kenzi's souls to Valhalla. She was last seen in the company of Dyson who was carrying her away from the gates to Valhalla.
Powers and Abilities
Tamsin is a Valkyrie who's powers have not been clearly defined in the series as a whole. She has the power to intimidate others into doubting themselves to the point of incapacitation. When she uses this power, her facial features change and her face transforms into a skull-like appearance. As well, soon after this happens, she loses some of her hair. She has also shown the ability to wake others from a coma, but at the cost of their mental facilities being destroyed or with her eventually killing them. She also has shown the ability to sense fear from dead bodies and it likely also able to sense it in living beings. How exact this ability can be is uncertain.
It has been revealed that the loss of Tamsin's hair indicates that she is coming to the end of her current life cycle. It also has been revealed that she has had many lives and seems to remember them all to some extent. The life of a Valkyrie was described as: "This is the way of the Valkyrie. To live. To serve. To expire. Over and over again." However, when she was reborn in the fourth season, it was claimed that this rebirth cycle was her final one.
Her prowess as a fighter is unclear. She fought Dyson in a boxing ring and beat him and as well, she used a bladed weapon to defeat an UnderFae at one point in the series. Otherwise nothing has been revealed about this.
While the actual abilities and purpose of Valkyries have not been identified in the series, Tamsin seemed to have a connection with a tarot card that depicted "The Wanderer." In Norse mythology, Odin was known as "The Wanderer", which may explain Tamsin's connection, as Valkyries chose the souls of the dead and brought half of them to Odin's hall.
She holds strong opinions and can be rude and single-minded at times, but her ability to analyze information seems to be highly skilled.
Appearances in the Lost Girl Series
- Fae-de To Black
- Faes Wide Shut
- The Kenzi Scale
- Fae-ge Against The Machine
- The Ceremony
- Adventures In Fae-bysitting
- Hail, Hale
- Those Who Wander
- Sleeping Beauty School
- Turn to Stone
- Let the Dark Times Roll
- Groundhog Fae
- Destiny's Child
- End of a Line
- Dark Horse
Information revealed in the series
- Tamsin is Dark Fae and has been partnered with Dyson as an "experiment" to help with peace between the Light and Dark Fae.
- At some point in the past, Tamsin was a bounty hunter and seems still be to be if in secret from those around her.
- Initially, Tamsin was interested in proving that Bo was a murderer for The Morrigan. When Tamsin first met Bo, she was cold and rude. She openly expressed hatred and a desire to see Bo imprisoned, as she believed Bo was secretly killing Dark Fae by feeding.
- In ConFaegion, the two were friendly when they reverted to childlike states.
- In Fae-ge Against The Machine, Tamsin helped Bo during her invitation to The Dawning.
- According to Tamsin, she is a Valkyrie. However, no explanation of what that means in the Lost Girl universe is given save that she says to Bo that she has to kill people that she likes. In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja "chooser of the slain") is one of a host of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live. You can find out more about this myth here.
- Tamsin's powers as a Valkyrie seem to revolve around placing doubt in the minds of others. What else she can do is not clear other than seemingly be able to each inside the minds of others and alter them somehow.
- Valkyrie only reveal their true forms to their opponents.
- They use their powers of intimidation to plant doubt in others which overcomes them.
- Bo was confirmed by the Fae she attacked as his attacker, but Tamsin decided to keep that secret from The Morrigan.
- Tamsin seems to have made an enemy of The Morrigan by defying her.
- Tamsin hates crying.
- Tamsin seems to be devastated that Bo could be The Wanderer, or connected to them.
- She had a friend named Acacia, who was a mentor. Acacia was killed apparently when Tamsin refused to complete the mission she had been secretly working on as a bounty hunter.
- Apparently she can sense fear in others, even if they are deceased.
- Tamsin is coming to the end of her current life cycle and will die, then be reborn again.
- Her powers have been diminished because of her age, but with a potion from Massimo the Druid, she can regain her strength for a time.
- Tamsin was aware that The Wanderer is Bo's father.
- Upon being reborn in the fourth season, it was revealed by Massimo that Tasmin having wings was an indication that this was her final rebirth cycle.
- Tamsin was stuck in a time loop with Bo and during that period was intimate with her.
- Tamsin has revealed to Bo that she was responsible for The Wanderer finding her.
- Trick made a deal with Tamsin to give her a new life and a chance to redeem herself in exchange for her not taking Rainer, The Wanderer's soul to Valhalla, but instead leaving it to Trick's mercy. He would then use his blood to write Rainer out of history, trapping him in eternity and never allowing him to return.
- As part of this bargain, Trick wrote with his blood and changed Tamsin's reality, giving her a new life, but with all of the implications and events that have happened to her in the series.
- At this point in the Fourth Season, Tamsin found herself back in the same situation as she was when she made her deal with Trick for a new life having, it appeared. not changed anything in her life for the better.
- Tamsin's mentor Acacia reappeared in the Fourth Season in an attempt to turn Tamsin and her friends against The Wanderer and kill him.
- Tamsin hunted down Harvey's mother and put her in prison.
- Acacia claims that she had no choice but to side with The Wanderer in the past.
- Tamsin took advantage of Dyson's breakup with Bo and seemed to be moving in on him intending to be more than his partner on the police force.
- Tamsin claimed she was no longer a killer.
- According to Tamsin, after looking at a drawing of Rainer, she claims that he was not the one that hired her to find Bo.
- Tamsin has indicated that she was required to know every crest of every house of the Fae when she was collecting souls on the battlefield as part of her being a Valkyrie.
- Tamsin can apparently understand Norwegian.
- When Bo tasted Tamsin's Chi in Dark Horse she said it tasted different from when she did so before, calling it "happy."
- Tamsin having Rainer's soul to deliver to Valhalla means for her a chance for her exile from Valhalla to end.
- Tamsin defended the portal through which Bo's Father was to come through with Dyson and Trick.
- Kenzi's death seemed to hit Tamsin especially hard.
- Apparently the gates to Valhalla are hidden somewhere in an alleyway covered by graffiti to camouflage them.
- Tamsin warned Dyson not to allow Bo to gain possession of the Hel shoes.