Tanoute of Damanhur
Early Life and Work
In the early 12th Century, Tanoute left Damanhur and travelled west, losing touch with Elmira and eventually arriving in Ouadane. She set up a Hycathic temple there, where local Hycathae began to congregate.
Contributions to the First Hycath War
Roosmarijn Doolaard, herself a Cyntha, arrived in Ouadane in the mid-1130s. Having set out from England on a recruitment mission from Maud Beauclerc, Empress Matilda of Anjou, she had been compelled to divert her course from Anatolia to Aktau. There she had received Elmira’s mentorship, convinced her to return to England and been pointed in Tanoute’s direction. History records that Tanoute was receptive to both women and was impressed by the strength with which Roosmarijn advocated the cause of the English Hycathae, agreeing to accompany her back to England. All three returned to Maud’s court at Gloucester in September 1140.
Tanoute fought in the Battle of Lincoln on 2 February 1141, using her Nyridia powers to gain considerable advantage for the Hycathae and their allies and drive back the forces of King Stephen of Blois. Upon the Hycathic victory and the proclamation of the First Age of Hycath, Maud offered the newly-created Duchy of Penzance to Tanoute in recognition of her services, but she chose instead to return to Ouadane, feeling it her spiritual home.