I came [to Tentir] because I enjoy sports and, frankly, to please my mother, who has ambitions for me. […] [I want to] enjoy myself, mainly. […] But lordship sounds too much like hard work. Let cousin Dari have it if he wants it.
– Timmon, To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter IX: School Days", II
Timmon is a ArdethHighborn, the son of Pereden and Distan, the grandson of Adric on both sides. He is not Pereden's eldest son, but the fact that his parents were half-siblings counts for a lot in the Ardeth.
As a child, Timmon's half-brother Drie was his whipping boy: Whenever Timmon did anything wrong, Pereden would whip Drie for it. It made Timmon uncomfortable enough that he'd behave, at least for a while.
After his father Pereden's death, his grandfather put his hopes in Timmon, making him his lordan. Adric and Distan both want Timmon be the next Lord Ardeth. They sent him to train at Tentir.
↑ 1.01.1Bound in Blood, "Chapter X: Noontide Ghosts", I — " 'D'you think it's that easy to say "no"?' Jame started to say 'yes,' then hesitated. Beyond his natural charm, Timmon possessed a Shanir power that she didn't fully understand. Probably he didn't either. He had certainly never felt the need to take responsibility for it, any more than his father Pereden had before him."
↑Honor's Paradox, "Chapter III: Pyres and the Pit", I — "The Ardeth Lordan was a charmer, a dream-stalker, and a would-be seducer,"
↑To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter IX: School Days", II — " 'I may have older half-brothers, you see, but my parents were half-siblings, which counts for a lot in our house.' "
↑Honor's Paradox, "Chapter VIII: New Year's Eve", II — " 'You would have hated me as a child. I hate the thought of me then. Did you know that, in addition to being my half-brother, Drie used to be my whipping boy? Whenever I did anything wrong, he was punished for it. […] it made me uncomfortable enough so that I would behave, at least for a while.' "
↑To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter 3: Wine, Women, and Wolvers", II — " 'Now Adric pins his hopes on Peri's son, Timmon. To my mind, the boy is a bit frivolous and his mother over-ambitious; however, we will see how he shapes up at Tentir.' "
↑Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XVI: Tests", II — "As practiced at Tentir, diplomacy and debate were closely linked, with the hitch that one truly had to convince one’s opponent. 'You’re a charmer. What could be easier?' "