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Deya the Deliverer (aka Callista) was a legendary Trollhunter known for exiling Gunmar and the other Gumm-Gumms to the Darklands, during the Battle of Killahead, and sealed the Killahead Bridge with the Amulet of Daylight.
She wasn't the most legendary Trollhunter, being second after Kanjigar the Courageous, although she is still highly remembered and honored as a great warrior. She is included in Troll phrases such as 'by Deya's grace'. She first appeared (within Blinky's book) in the Trollhunters episode "Gnome Your Enemy".
It is later revealed in Wizards that Deya was originally a troll called Callista, a supporting character in the series who was among the trolls that were captured by King Arthur during his war on magical creatures before becoming the first Trollhunter.
A century after Deya was chosen as the Trollhunter, she went to Rundle—Vendel's father—to talk to him while she wondered what her larger purpose is. Deya suggested that she go straight to the source, the source being Merlin, and Rundle scoffed in her face, but she ignored Rundle's counsel and followed her instincts.
During her many travels, she learned to quiet the inquiring voices in her head. Deya stopped many times to aid other Trolls in need and to slay any poor wretches misguided enough to impede her quest. Until one day, when—without any indication from the inscrutable amulet—Deya knew in her heart that she found Merlin in a cave. Upon entering his cave, Merlin said that he was expecting her then he handed a bag of seeds that she dropped on the ground. Before she asked, Merlin told her that he can't tell her what her ultimate part she has in his grand designs. Deya then punched the wizard in the face, she then scolded him on his decision to stay silent about what will happen in the future. Merlin then took out the Staff of Avalon and shot at her, telling her that he's more impressed than angered that Deya punched him in the face.
Deya then picked up an omniscienstone, Merlin warned her that wielding it without preparation will court madness, Deya didn't heed the wizard's warning and she used it anyway and saw future events such as the creation of the amulet, Jim battling Gumm-Gumms, Blinky's death, Jim as a half-troll hybrid, Draal as the Trollhunter and finally human bones of a Trollhunter. Deya then tore out the Amulet and collapsed onto the ground and attempts to apologize and told her that it is him who should beg forgiveness.
Merlin never meant to withhold details capriciously, he wanted to spare his champions the terrible, overwhelming dread that comes with understanding, he wanted to preserve their sanity. Deya then suggested Merlin tell the next Trollhunter that if it pleases him, Deya realizes her place is to follow orders, not comprehend them. Deya then said it's a fine destiny and will endeavor to earn it, one hunt at a time. Merlin then explains that he too has seen the future, and he knows her true fate is to lead not to follow.
The Secret History of Trollkind
In the great Battle of Killahead Bridge, Gunmar chased after Deya and she managed to strike a critical blow against Gunmar and then she placed her amulet within the stone of Killahead Bridge and sent Gunmar and his army to the Darklands. Blinky's brother was one of those who got sucked into the Darklands but Blinky thought he died during the battle. Deya instructed the trolls to dismantle the bridge so Gunmar could never escape from their exile in the Darklands. The stones were taken by several volunteer Trolls and scattered to the corners of the Earth after jumping a few centuries, Jim interrupts Blinky to ask why he's time jumping through the story because the story ends with the bridge pieces being separated. Blinky tells him that it's the storyteller who determines the tale's conclusion then resumes telling the story.
Sometime during the European Renaissance, a king and Vendel made a feeble truce known as "The Pact" between Mankind and Trollkind. The Trolls said they would limit their diet to Cats and used articles of Clothing. But as the years went by, a conservative segment of Trolls grew restless. They longed for the Gumm-Gumms' brutality and strength, they believed "The Pact" made them look weak, that humans 'looked down' upon them. It was time for them to venture forth to a new land, a land of hope and possibilities unlimited, for Vendel sensed a new and all-powerful Heartstone in a new place humans called the new world. The Trolls went to Plymouth, England to jump aboard the Mayflower in 1620 but before they set foot on the ship, Bular came rushing at Deya with his swords. Deya told the trolls to get onto the ship while she went to fight Bular, Draal tried to help Deya but Kanjigar stopped Draal and told him that Deya has given them the chance to escape Bular. The Mayflower set sail with the Trolls and a few Gnomes hid in the ship, Vendel and Blinky hope they done the right thing by leaving Deya behind. Bular and Deya tumble off the dock and into the water where they fight until Bular blinds Deya with sunlight reflected off his sword, the amulet somehow gave Deya sight but the sun came up and turned Deya to stone and Bular ran to keep himself from turning to stone.
Later, when the trolls had reached New Jersey, AAARRRGGHH!!! came to the troll's camp, bringing with him Deya's stone body.
After the trolls reached the new Heartstone under Arcadia Oaks, Deya's body was put on a pedestal in the Hero's Forge, where it stayed until the end of the Eternal Night War.
Wizards (Part One)
In a presumably alternate timeline, Deya was a young troll living on the outskirts of Camelot. She was captured by King Arthur's forces and given the name 'Callista'. She helped Jim escape from Arthur's forces and was later chosen by the Amulet of Daylight to be the first Trollhunter. She then led the trolls to victory in an alternate version of the First Battle of Killahead.
Deya seems to be the standard large size for a troll. She is not seen much, besides the silhouette of her in pictures. She has olive-green skin, a large pear-shaped face and a little tuft of red-brown hair tied on top of her head. She had an orange nose with a silver ring as a piercing on it.
Deya is brave and selfless, but she has a problem with authority. She is also stubborn and impulsive, but she does have good leadership skills, as well as curious and had a thirst for answers. But after she experienced the damaging powers of the Omniscienstone, she was more contrite and humble towards Merlin and truly understood her place.
Powers & Abilities
- Troll Physiology: Deya, like all trolls could withstand damage due to her hard skin, had higher stamina then a normal human, and had innate strength.
- Swordsmanship: Deya was a powerful dueler having bested Gunmar and countless other trolls and having held off Bular so that the trolls could go to the New World.
- Direct Sunlight: Like all trolls, Deya's weakness was direct sunlight. She was also very stubborn.
Deya seemed to have a cordial relationship with Rundle but did not seem to heed his advice when he told her not to go after Merlin.
Deya was mostly condescending and rude towards Merlin when she first met him at his place. But after she experienced the powers of the Omniscienstone, even though Merlin told her not to, she was more humble towards him.
Both Deya and Jim Lake Jr. seem to get along with each other and appear to be friends.
- Deya was the very first Trollhunter.
- In "Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?", Blinky reveals to Jim that the Trollhunter was created in the Age of Merlin, which is revealed to be 12th century Camelot in Wizards, and goes on to explain that the Trollhunter was created specifically to defeat the Gumm-Gumm Army.
- In "Gnome Your Enemy," Deya is shown defeating said Gumm-Gumms at the Battle of Killahead Bridge, an event also depicted in Wizards.
- The books and tie-in novels mention other Trollhunters preceding Deya, but the creators have stated those materials could be considered alternate timelines or universes, similar to Star Wars canon.
- Deya was later revealed to be Callista, a supporting character in the Wizards series.