Emily Hayes is a stonekeeper and the predecessor of her great-grandfather, Silas Charnon, as well as a leading member of the Resistance and the remaining Guardian Council. She is the daughter of Karen and David, and the older sister of Navin.
Described as a "natural born leader", she has demonstrated herself to be a very skilled and adept fighter and stonekeeper, even if she has much to learn about the true nature of her stone. Her goal upon entering Alledia was to find a cure for the illness Karen had who was stung by an arachnopod, but she remained in Alledia after her mother was cured in order to lend support in the fight against the Elf King and later the Voice. Her main skill as a Stonekeeper is attacking.
When she was 10 years old, Emily and her family was driving to pick up Navin when another car comes into view and its high beams blinds them. Emily's father, David, attempts to maneuver around the other vehicle, but swerves after seeing a car on the side of the road in front of them, and drives through the railings before he is able to regain control. The car halts at the edge of a cliff, saved from falling by a tree. David gives up the attempt to escape, as his legs are lodged in the dashboard, and instead urges Karen, Emily's mother, to save herself in order to care for their daughter. During this exchange Emily attempts to stop the car from tilting further by grabbing the front hood to try to pull it down, but is unable to stop it and she herself is lifted up before she is forced let go. The car is eventually no longer able support itself and falls off the edge of the cliff. David is pulled with it to his death, while Emily and Karen both weep and Emily staring at the scene in horror.
Two years later, Karen decides to escape the strenuous life as a single mother living in the city supporting two kids by moving into an old woodland house that the family had inherited from the kids' great-grandfather, Silas Charnon. During the car ride there, Emily is shown to be quieter and more subdued, especially compared to how she acted during the car ride that led up to the car accident that killed her father. While cleaning out their new residence, Emily discovers Silas's old study, littered with blueprints and strange devices. She approaches the podium in the middle of the room, and leafs through the book on it, unaware of a shadowy being watching her, which flees when her family arrives. Her mother says Silas was a puzzle maker who disappeared one day when he locked himself inside his house. Karen insists that Silas is not someone to emulate when Emily tries to use the artifacts of Silas’ genius around the room as proof that attending a new school and learning things that are “not useful in the real world”, like algebra, are not worth her time and that she could be like Silas and learn more on her own, with Karen stating, “It’s better to lead a normal life." Once Karen leaves, Emily discovers a hand print under the book that flashes with light and flips around to reveal a mysterious necklace, which she has Navin tie around her neck, promising to let him have a turn to wear after her turn, since she found it first. What she was not aware of was that the necklace had mysteriously tied itself, leaving her brother dumbfounded. Emily tells her brother not to tell their mother about the discovery.
Later that night, a Voice warns Emily to watch out for her family as there is danger nearby. When Karen goes to the basement to investigate a noise, she is captured by a tentacle-like creature (an arachnopod) and the two kids go after it through a stange door in the basement. The kids initially descend the staircase that was behind that door cautiously, but the steps leading back up start disappearing rapidly, causing the kids to panic and rush down the staircase to whatever lies at the end of the stairs, appearing in a strange land they later learned is called Alledia.
Emily and Navin pursue the arachnopod through a strange cavern. They are able to locate their mother, but their attempts to confront the monster and free her fail, and Navin gets eaten by the creature while Emily frees herself using the amulet. Their mother pushes Navin out the Arachnopod before it manages to get away from the kids. The children continue to travel through the cavern, while the Voice of Emily's stone tells her where to go. They narrowly avoid an Arachnopod by using mushrooms as parachutes to guide them down to safer ground. Emily starts to learn more about how to use the stone's power, guided and encouraged by the Voice, by blasting a bird trying to peck a hole in Navin's mushroom, which would have caused him to plummet to his death.
They approach a lake with a house on a hill in the middle of it. A mysterious figure coming from the house in a rowboat spots them when it docks, and the children run in the opposite direction, only to be confronted by the menacing figure who had been following them. The figure stuns the young elf and urges the children to escape before the elf regains consciousness. Left with no better options, the kids enter the row boat, which propels them across the lake to the Charnon House.
The figure reveals himself as Miskit, a pink rabbit-like robot. Miskit goes on to explain Emily's reason for having been brought to Alledia while passing by the other household robots. They introduce Emily to Silas, where she gets to speak to him for the first and last time before he passes away after explaining the decision that Emily must make; discard the stone that she had found or gain its great power that can help save her mother, but with a great price. After Silas passes the house and the robots shut down after urging her to make the right choice. While Navin remains apprehensive about the stone, Emily is ultimately convinced by the Voice to choose the stone, reactivating the house and the visibly relieved robots.
Miskit aids Emily in finding Karen by allowing her and Navin the use of the Albatross in order to pursue the arachnopod that had abducted their mother. They travel through a tunnel, narrowly avoiding rakers that attempt to sieze the aircraft. Once they exit the tunnel, they immediately spot a clan of arachnopods travelling uphill. Emily spots her mother in one of them. The gang uses a harpoon to help slow the fast-moving arachnopod, and Miskit uses what he thinks is a tranquilizer to sedate the creature, realizing that he had accidentally brought vitamin supplements instead when the creature doesn't show signs of tiring. Emily attempts to pull her mother out of the creature's pores, but to no avail. She promises that she will free Karen as the Arachnopod breaks free and gets away, and the Albatross flies away, crashing in the woods below.
Emily runs up a rocky slope, and witnesses the elf from before destroying the Arachnopod and freeing her mother with the power of his own stone. The elf is revealed to be Prince Trellis, and holds Karen captive in an attempt to urge Emily to kill his father, the Elf King. Emily yells at him to release her mother, and uses her stone to force him down, unknowingly destroying Sybrian in the process, the dark scout that had controlled Trellis. Despite the Voice's attempt to get her to kill him, she lets him go and tells him to keep away from her family, and Trellis wisely flees. While Emily is able to retrieve Karen, her mother is stuck in a coma after having been poisoned by the arachnopod.
Emily, Miskit, and Navin then return to the Charnon House with a unconscious Karen. Miskit tells the children that in order to find an elixir for their mother, they must travel to the port-town of Kanalis, located near Demon's Head Mountain. The house emerges from the ground as a mobilized mech and exits the caverns through a hole located above where the house was located, and they head to Kanalis.
The Stonekeeper's Curse
While en route to Kanalis, Emily worries very much about Karen. Emily appears to sit at her mother's bedside constantly. Morrie tells Emily that he feels a strange presence in the room, like it is not just him, Emily, and Karen there. He ends up leaving after Emily claims she can't feel it. The Voice then appears to Emily and tells her that she should have killed the prince while she had the chance. Her stone warns her that a battle will follow soon and that the elves will stop at nothing to kill her.
Once Emily and crew arrives in Kanalis, they are able to find a hospital clinic, almost getting ambushed along the way. The doctor tells them that he can not do anything, but that the only possible cure is the the fruit of the Gadoba Trees, which are located in the Demon's Head Mountain. Leon Redbeard, a swordfighting fox whom Emily had met earlier and saved them from an ambush, then appears, and he introduces himself and offers to help the stonekeeper. While Miskit is still reluctant to trust Leon, Emily accepts his offer when Luger, another elf stonekeeper, locates them and destroys the hospital with cannon fire. Leon helps to lead everyone underground to escape through the subways. Leon tells Emily to come with him, much to Navin's outrage at the thought of them having to be separated. Emily reassures him that everything will be fine, while Miskit insists that he accompany them as Emily's guide.
Emily, Miskit, and Leon travel through the sewers back up to the surface, but Leon insists that they need to travel over the rooftops to avoid detection. Emily uses her power to levitate both Miskit and her up to the roofs and over gaps. They continue to travel over the roofs, but they are immediately spotted by elf soldiers. The elves inform Luger of this sighting, and they are instructed to pursue them. When the elves catch up to them, Leon clashes in a swordfight with one elf. Emily attempts to help Leon, but is unable to control the blast and almost hits Leon while obliterating the other elf with her stone. The other elves witness Emily's power, refuse to fight her, and ran away. The three make their way to Demon's Head Mountain shortly afterward.
Leon continues to tell Emily about her powers and responsibilities as a stonekeeper. After awhile, they come across the only passage to the Gadoba trees, which is blocked by dynamite, and Emily learns to direct her power so as to not blow them up. Unfortunately, the stone almost takes control of her, but her belief in her friends helps her evade its influence. They find the Gadoba Trees, sentient beings, that tells them of the Gadoba fruit's power and the unfortunate outcome that would result from having picked the wrong one. Emily picks a fruit using her amulet and tests its safety by eating a small portion of it. Miskit is shocked and concerned for her safety when she immediately spits it out, but Emily informs them that the fruit only tastes bad and that she is not otherwise adversely affected. While travelling away from the Gadobas, Emily notices that a fire has erupted among the trees. Leon deduces that Luger was able to find the Gadobas by following their trail.
While on Demon's Head Mountain, the three are confronted by Luger and his crawler hound. Emily manages to destroy the large beast with her stone, but the stone again attempts to take over and Emily is rendered helpless attempting to fight it. Luger immediately attacks them, defeating Miskit and Leon with relative ease. When approaching an incapacitated Emily, Trellis intercepts and attacks Luger, having been beaten unconscious by Luger in attempt to keep him out of the way. Luger allows his stone to take control of his being in order to beat them, and he transforms into a colossal giant. He deals a devastating blow to Trellis and then turns on Emily, Miskit and Leon. As the three are sent falling off the edge of the cliff, Navin catches them just in time with the Charnon House.
However, Emily is still weak as a result of the stone's growing power. When she regains control, Emily uses her powers to help keep the house together while battling Luger. They manage to deal several blows to the elf, before finally sending him spiraling down a cliff and out of sight. This expends Emily's endurance and she collapses, to the worry of her brother. When Emily awakes, she finds her mother well again, as she apparently was administered the cure. Emily's family ultimately chose to remain with Emily in Alledia, despite the dangers they are now faced with.
The Cloud Searchers
Emily and company later pursue the lost city of Cielis, in hopes that they could find help from the most powerful stonekeepers. In order to do so, however, the group is forced to leave the Charnon House behind, as it would make them too easy to track.
In the nearby town of Nautilis, Emily, Navin, Leon and Miskit initiate a search for a captain and crew. They start at a bar, but have no luck finding one until encountering Rico and Enzo, who are also interested in finding the city, having thought to have seen it once, though they are doubtful at first. But after watching in amazement as Emily swiftly saves Trellis and Luger from being tortured for treason, they agree. Just barely escaping the Elf army, Emily and company leave on Rico and Enzo's ship, taking Luger and Trellis with them.
While on Enzo's airship, Leon begins to teach Emily how to defend herself using her stone. She quickly masters it, but only seconds later they are attacked by wyverns, losing Cogsley and Miskit in the process.
The crew later stops to get gas at Selina's Station, staying for the night, and then taking off. Eventually, the crew find an odd temple floating amidst the clouds. As Emily and Leon explore the temple, Navin and Karen are attacked by the assassin, Gabilan, who had infiltrated the ship during their pitstop. When Gabilan enters the temple holding Karen hostage, Emily and Trellis combine efforts to save her and defeat the elf. They are all then greeted by Max Griffin, another stonekeeper, who agrees to take them all to Cielis himself.
The Last Council
On the aircraft they are traveling on, Emily has a dream in which she has a discussion with the Voice, who warns her of something at the end of the Hall of Kings. After arriving in Cielis, she and her family are guided by Max to their quarters, but after he leaves they realize that their door is locked.
In the middle of the night, Cole Duncan and his guards take Emily to the training grounds, where she and the other stonekeepers are to be tested. She enters the "void" where she stops a fight between Pierce and a another storekeeper, and runs from the ghouls with Ronin, Max and Pierce. While going through a version of a game, Emily notices that the panels which Ronin steps on are not glowing. When asked, Ronin replies that she only wants to go home. At the end, it turns out that Ronin and Peirce have been dead the entire time and Emily discovers that Max is the traitor, and yells at him. It turns out that he was only after the Motherstone, and that the Guardian Council has been gone for a long time, with everything having been a powerful illusion. When Max gives her a decision to leave with her family or join him with the Elf King to make a new Guardian Council, she chooses to leave with her family.
She sees Vigo Light using his amulet to create a bird to honor the fallen stonekeepers, and joins him.
Prince of the Elves
She is seen entering the chamber of the old Guardian Council with Trellis, and asks Virgo whether he has found out what happened to the old Guardian Council. She is then shown a meeting which shows Max and Silas Charon conversing.
Emily is looking at Frontera being sieged by Max and Chronos with Vigo, and he states that Lucien will be next, and that although their army is formidable, they will be overwhelmed.Emily then replies that they will defend Lucien. She is then shown boarding the Lunar Moth with Vigo.
Later on, she has a discussion with the voice, which involves the stone and Max. When Emily asks whether it is possible Max might be controlled by his stone, the Voice ends the discussion. Seeking out Vigo and finding out that he is not asleep, Emily finds out what he has lost due to Silas' ignorance about the Void. When she is about to tell him about the Voice, the frigates transporting the pilots and Colossus units are attacked by Chronos and Max. Finding out Trellis is unable to help due to his consciousness being in the Void, Emily goes to Vigo for help, but instead she is told to stay away and eventually falls off the ship due to the blast of power from her own, Vigo's and Max's stones.
She then goes into the Void to rescue Trellis, and later on he repays the debt by getting her out from Max's memories. She, Vigo and Trellis are then found by the Lunar Moth, Navin and Aly. Onboard the Luna Moth, she thanks Trellis for "going back to save her".
A young Emily and her father traverse through the woods, finally coming to a low cliff. Intending to teach Emily how to climb, David continously gives her advice how to tackle at the activity and she eventually succeeds. She is then awarded at the summit, seeing a beautiful view of a waterfall and calls for her father to hurry up. Now beside her, David tells that it was a shame her brother and mother wasn't there to see it but assures him they can always bring back pictures. As dusk arrives and night starts to settle, Emily and her father sat at their camp, roasting marshmallows at the fire yet she has set a deep frown, prompting her father to ask what's wrong as she's been quiet. She admits that it was the camping trip, confusing her father a bit, until she clarifies this event never happend, the marshmallow on fire. This confuses David further, telling her that it is happening right now yet Emily still rejects this. Reality now settling in, she remembers that they discussed taking this trip back when Navin and Karen was visiting their aunt yet it never continued due to the week before the trip there was a car accident and David did not survive. Her father tells her that it's just a bad dream and everything's alright, Emily admits she wishes it was true, now starting to cry, but bitterly acknowledges that it's not. She tearfully tells her father that she misses him, and her father tells her he misses her too, yet he disperses into light, revealing everything was truly gake all along. Broken, the young Emily sobs into her hands, before lifting her head and glare at the fire, matching its ferocity with her rage before waking up.
After the car accident that kills her father, Emily becomes more serious and determined. She does what she can to keep her family from falling apart, even going to extreme lengths to help her loved ones, such as accepting the stone's power in order to save her mother. She is also described as a natural leader, doing what she can to make the right decisions in order to help and save those that follow her. She is very stubborn, not willing to change her mind easily when she has made a decision and somewhat reclusive, rarely sharing her troubles with others. She does have a selfish side when she has a goal in mind, not relenting until she has completed what she sets out to do and unintentionally causing harm. Under all her stubbornness and determination, Emily harbors deep anger and sadness about her father's death and wants to reverse what happens more than anything.
Powers and Abilities
As a stonekeeper, Emily utilizes her amulet mainly as offense. She is mentored by Leon Redbeard and Vigo Light, both of whom teach her the responsibility and importance of wielding such power. Albeit mostly untrained compared to most stonekeepers, Emily is acceptably skilled at utilizing her power, learning its basics. She often wields a wooden staff to aid in battle and infuses the energy of her stone for improved damage. Her amulet responds to her thoughts, granting her numerous abilities, including energy attacks (ranging from singular blasts to powerful shock waves), telekinesis (lifting, sometimes throwing objects), and even levitating herself considerable distances. Most of the time, however, her powers react to her negative emotions, causing rather destructive damage to her enemies or environment.
As with most stonekeepers, however, Emily does not always have complete jurisdiction over her actions, due to the stone's Voice having a will of its own and occasionally overpowering Emily, such as during the battle against Luger at Demon's Head Mountain. Fortunately, Emily manages to overcome the urge to let the entity possess her completely. For this, the Voice can act as a necessary guide on Emily's journey, but just as equally a malevolent and pervasive threat to her being.
Unfortunately, her resistance ebbed away by Book 7 when the Voice used her grief and rage over her father's death against her, causing to lose control and transform into a colossal beast, a phoenix.
As Emily's mother, the two share a very close bond. Emily desperately pursues Karen when she is captured by an arachnopod and – after her mother was poisoned by the creature – she attempts to find an antidote despite the odds she faces. After the death of David, the mother and daughter, including Navin, maintain a very close relationship as a family and Karen ultimately chooses to stay with Emily after Emily refuses to go back to Earth.Karen is shown being impressed by the maturity her children show when interacting with the friends they have made so far in Alledia. While overnight at Selina's Station, Emily awakes from a nightmare induced by her stone, which eventually leads her to have a genuinely heartfelt and meaningful discussion with her mother. Karen assures Emily that being a single mother after David's death carries a similar pressure to Emily's own, and that what Emily needs is the confidence to trust herself in her ability to succeed.
While initially seeing Navin as quite a bit of an immature younger brother, as shown when she is reluctant to allow him to pilot the Luna Moth, she seems to develop a deeper respect for him after witnessing his technological and leadership skills. Due to the responsibilities imposed on them after entering Alledia, both siblings develop not only in their overall maturity, but in their relationship and willingness to work together as well. During the various occasions Emily and Navin are separated while in Alledia, they worry about each other's safety often and even embrace whenever reunited.
Emily shared a very contented and loving relationship with her father. Even two years after the car accident which led to his death, the anguish seems to still weigh rather heavily on Emily's mind, altering her outlook on life and causing her to become generally more solemn and a bit reclusive. While unfortunate, David's death seems to have initiated an important and close bond between Emily and her mother and brother. Emily's determination in curing her mother after the latter is poisoned by an arachnopod was heavily driven by the fact that she is not prepared to lose yet another person she loves.
Vigo Light: A wise stonekeeper and a respected mentor to Emily. Meeting Vigo has made a profound impact on Emily's journey and through him has she been able to learn more about the stone.
Miskit: Emily's guide. The two are on very familiar terms. Miskit views it as his purpose to help Emily. Emily was visbly distraught when he and Cogsley are abducted by the wyvern.
Leon Redbeard: Leon is an experienced hunter and warrior, as well as quite knowledgeable on the stone's power. His father was killed when the Elf King was reunited with his stone, but he is not motivated by vengeance, and instead wants to help fight the Elf King as a way to honor his father. Leon and Emily are often seen training together.
Trellis: Initially mortal enemies, these two developed an unlikely friendship over the course of the series. They have both saved each other's lives multiple times, even before they were allies. Thus, this led to them starting to trust and care for each other, having each other's backs loyally. Trellis believes Emily is the better stonekeeper, however Emily sees Trellis as a person who helps people better than her. They both hold each other as equals, although there were times Emily got her way because Trellis complies. They also know a bit of each other's past.
- The Stonekeeper
- The Stonekeeper's Curse
- The Cloud Searchers
- The Last Council
- Prince of the Elves
- Escape From Lucien
- Emily's appearance has changed slightly throughout the course of the series. In particular, her hair seems to have grown out a bit and her facial structure and height have matured considerably.
- The name "Emily" can mean laborious, eager, and rival, all mirroring some of Emily Hayes' aspects.
- Throughout the books, Emily has gained a new confidence and become visibly more brave.
- It is unknown where she was at the end of Book 7, it's possible that Emily was in The Void.
- After Firelight, Emily is now currently transformed into a Phoenix.
- Emily's last name, Hayes originates in Ireland. This may confirm that Emily has Irish ancestry through her father's side.
- In a book fair poster made by Kazu Kibuishi, Emily, along with Navin can be seen playing soccer.
- She is similar to lots of characters from diverse series:
- She bears a slight resemblance to Eriza Scarlet from the Fairy Tail franchise, although this might be coincidental.
- She has many similarities to Will Vandom from disney's 'W.I.T.C.H':
- They both are brown eyed, red heads and seem to have short hair styles.
- Their fathers are absent from their lives, however Will's father isn't dead.
- They both own a pink magical pendant that is controlled by their feelings
- They are main protagonist of their respective comics.
- They both travel to a magical world and they both need to free that world from evil.
- She also shares some traits with Alex Bailey a protagonist from Chris Colfer's 'Land of stories' book series :
- Their magic follows their hearts
- Their fathers are dead
- They only have one sibling both of whom are boys.The brothers also have physical strength that is opposite from their sister's magic.
- They are strong willed and born leaders
- They have relatives who have magic