On the deck of a slave ship, Heleen stripped Inej Ghafa and examined her body in a humiliating display, then bartered with the slavers to purchase her. Heleen then forced Inej to sign an indenture contract, coercing her into prostitution. Heleen regularly obtains at least some of her girls from the slave trade.
Six of Crows
A delegation from the Menagerie, including Heleen, attends the Hringkälla celebrations at the Ice Court. Heleen recognizes Inej, dressed in the outfit of the Menagerie's Suli girl, and tells the guards she is a criminal. When Heleen grabs Inej, Inej seizes Heleen's throat, choking her until guards pull her off. As the guards drag Inej away, Heleen taunts Inej, reminding her that she'd said Inej would wear the silks of the Menagerie's Suli lynx again. Unbeknownst to Heleen, during their scuffle, Inej stole her diamond necklace as part of the Crows' plan to break out of the Ice Court.
After Kaz and Nina stage a plague outbreak at the Menagerie, Heleen struggles to pay her rent.
Personality and traits
Heleen is cruel and physically and emotionally abuses the girls who work at the Menagerie. Although slavery is illegal, Heleen procures at least some of her girls via slavery, forcing them into indentures and preventing them from ever paying off the indenture. If the girls try to run away, Heleen has her enforcers beat them severely, then locks them in chains. If the girls cannot work due to injury, Heleen charges them for the lost income, uncaring about their situation. She dehumanizes the girls by calling them only by the name of the animal associated with their ethnicity.
Heleen takes great pride in her appearance, particularly her diamond choker and peacock feathers. She likes to make an entrance.
Heleen is tall with a sinuous frame. She has thick, luscious piles of golden hair; her eyes are hazel and slightly feline. She wears vibrantly colored silks with plunging necklines and peacock feathers, and carries a fan. Heleen's favored perfume is lilies.
|Main Characters||Kaz Brekker • Inej Ghafa • Jesper Fahey • Nina Zenik • Matthias Helvar • Wylan Van Eck • Kuwei Yul-Bo • Jan Van Eck • Pekka Rollins|
|Minor Characters||Joost • Anya • Emil Retvenko • Councilman Hoede • Geels • Bo Yul-Bayur • Per Haskell • Tante Heleen • Jordie Rietveld • Specht • Rotty • Jarl Brum • Cornelis Smeet • Adem Bajan • Colm Fahey • Aditi Hilli • Alys Van Eck • Marya Hendriks • Zoya Nazyalensky • Sturmhond • Genya Safin • Dunyasha Lazareva • Anika • Pim • Keeg • Roeder • Karl Dryden • Jellen Radmakker|
|Locations||Ketterdam • The Barrel • Hellgate • Ice Court • Djerholm • Black Veil Island • Kerch • Fjerda • Ravka • Novyi Zem • Shu Han • Wandering Isle|
|Groups||The Dregs • Dime Lions • Black Tips • Stadwatch • Grisha • Drüskelle • The Menagerie • House of the White Rose • Merchant Council • Council of Tides • Khergud Soldiers|
|Events||Hringkälla • Hellshow • Queen's Lady Plague • Komedie Brute|
|Miscellaneous||Jurda • Jurda parem • Kefta • Indenture • Djel • Ghezen|