I think Auri is the princess he rescues from the sleeping barrow king.
NotW - end of ch7
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings.
WMF - ch2 (the attempt to prevent Aaron from enlisting)
"I can tell you stories no one has ever heard before. Stories no one will ever hear again. Stories about Felurian, how I learned to fight from the Adem. The truth about Princess Ariel."
I didn't make the connection until I heard it on the audio version on the way out of town today. The pronunciation is definitely Auri-el.
She's developed, mysterious, and charged with meaning.
She catalyzes Elodin's invitation. She provides ingress to the archives. Kvothe thinks of her as "my little moon Fae." She brings regal gravity to their meals: descriptions like "She poured the beer so solemnly you'd think she was having tea with the king," occur repeatedly.
However, a couple things stand out further still.
First, some attention is given to her names for the Underthing: The names she gave them, nonsensical at first, fit like a glove when I finally saw what they described.
He elaborates on why and takes care to make observations of several - observations that suggest a Creation War city.
Second, while their gift giving rituals seem like a funny game, even to Kvothe, they're not. She's deliberate.
NotW - ch53 (Auri gives him the Key)
She smiled and thrust her hand forward. Something gleamed in the moonlight. "A key," she said proudly, pressing it on me.
I took it. It had a pleasing weight in my hand. "It's very nice," I said. "What does it unlock?"
"The moon," she said, her expression grave.
NotW - ch68 (Auri gives him the Coin)
Auri relaxed a bit and came a few steps closer to me. "I brought you a feather with the spring wind in it, but since you were late..." she looked at me gravely, "you get a coin instead." She held it out at arm's length, pinched between her thumb and forefinger. "It will keep you safe at night. As much as anything can, that is." It was shaped like an Aturan penance piece, but it gleamed silver in the moonlight. I'd never seen a coin like it.
WMF - ch11 (Auri gives him the Candle)
I came to my feet and she held out something wrapped in a piece of cloth. It was thick candle that smelled of lavender. "What's inside of it?" I asked.
"Happy dreams. I put them there for you."
A few beats later she says, "I am as lovely as the moon."
(incidentally, she does come out in when the moon is in the sky)
All the focus on her accompanied by the Key, Coin, and Candle from the Taborlin stories, and the similarity of the names (even in Laurien precipitated his choice) suggest she's much more than an urchin in the sewers.
Edited by thistlepong, 12 March 2011 - 02:41 AM.