|Affiliation|| High Reaches Hold|
and many minor holds
Gemma was the daughter of the Lord Holder of Crom Hold. Fax would marry her and claim Crom Hold as one of his holds. In addition, Gemma was distantly related to the Bloodline of Ruatha Hold. By marrying her, he was able to give some legitimacy to his future claim to Ruatha Hold following his usurpation.
When F'lar came to Ruatha during the Search, Gemma was pregnant and Fax unceremoniously, without affection, introduced her as the «Lady of Crom, mother of his heirs». This later was proven to be true as Gemma went into premature labor with her only issue, Jaxom. Lessa was at Gemma's side when she was in labor, and she couldn't understand why Lessa bore such hatred for her at the time. Lessa revealed to her that she was the daughter of the slain Lord Kale and thus the rightful Lady Holder of Ruatha. Gemma died during the birth of Jaxom, the event that acted as precursor to Fax's rage and the resulting deadly duel with F'lar over the fate of both Lessa and Jaxom. Lessa would later choose to abdicate in favor of Jaxom to become Weyrwoman, citing the fact that Lady Gemma had at least some of the Ruathan bloodline in her ancestry.
Personality and traits
Lady Gemma was kind, and had an inner strength not seen by many. She had Ruathan blood, and it is because of this that Fax chose to marry her, as by doing so he would legitimize his claim to Ruatha Hold. Gemma was secretly a supporter of the old traditions, and believed that the return of Thread was imminent.