Beautiful People #5 - Khadir


Hey, young bloods! Today I'm linking up with Cait and Sky to bring you Beautiful People, where you answer questions about your book characters in an effort to get to know them better. With Camp NaNo in full swing, I've been totally and utterly submerged in my WIP novella Heaven Bleeds Fire. So today I'll be introducing Khadir - one of my smol demon beans - to y'all!

(Images from the Heaven Bleeds Fire Pinterest board.)

(Also, a small warning - this post contains some content that's pretty irreverent, so if you think that might upset you please feel free to click away.)

1. Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
Marriage is a strong term, as among demons it tends to be more like two (or more) people deciding to be romantic partners for a while, then naturally drifting apart and finding new partners after a few hundred years. Regardless, however, Khadir isn't that interested - maybe sometime in the future he'll find a partner, but right now he's got a bit too much on his plate trying to topple Heaven and all. It's a full-time job, let me tell you.

2. What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn't necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
CURSES. Khadir is super into curses and enchantments - for example, he has a garden of plants where he names each plant after a person he loves or hates, then nurtures the plants named after people he loves and slowly kills the plants named after people he hates. The luck of the plant is transferred to the person it's named after, and in this way he blesses his friends and fells his enemies.
(This only works on people who are less than or equally as powerful as he is, though, much to his chagrin.)

3. What's the nicest thing they've ever done for someone else, and why did they do it?
Khadir has done many generous things for people via his garden, but one thing that stands out is once when he performed a very complicated spell to take some health out of the plant bearing his name and transfer it to a plant bearing his friend Zaphrim's name. Zaphrim had just been through some pretty nasty physical abuse, and Khadir was trying to help repair injuries.

4. Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
Khadir can count the number of days he hasn't been physically violent with someone on one hand. (And he has the normal amount of fingers, by the way.)

5. Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
Khadir makes a point of following rules when he thinks they're fair and just, but if he comes across a rule he believes is wrong he'll probably bend it.
(Like that one against breaking out of Hell, for example.)

6. Are they organized or messy?
Khadir's organizational system can best be described as organized clutter. He tends to throw things in haphazard piles, but the different haphazard piles are different categories of things. That pile of socks is for walking long distances, and this pile is for lounging around.

7. What makes them feel loved, and who's the last person to make them feel this way?
Definitely Viola and Zaphrim, his two closest friends (and, later in the story, an angel named Safildor). It was probably one of those three.

8. What do they eat for breakfast?
Demons actually don't have to consume food while in Hell, but on Earth Khadir is regulated to his almost purely human form, which does need nutritious meals multiple times a day. These past couple years are the first time he's ever eaten human food, and he's discovered a particular fondness for coffee and Belgian waffles.

9. Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
He set out on a mission to topple Heaven and destroy the angels responsible, that's what happened. His mentor, another demon who taught him most of the stuff he knows about curses and charms, was kidnapped, tortured, and eventually killed by a group of angels. (Similar things happened to Viola and Zaphrim, which is why the three of them are out on their mission.)

10. What's their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how do they reward themselves?)
Khadir LOVES graphic t-shirts - he's often said they're his favorite thing humans ever invented. He owns plenty that say stuff like the ones below, and whenever he feels like he can treat himself he goes out and buys new ones. At this point, he probably has enough wear a different one every day of the month.



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Let's chat! How are all your WIPs doing? Are you participating in Camp NaNo? And are you planning on doing Beautiful People? (Hint: you should.) Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles. <3

Namarië,
Ellie

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16 comments:

  1. OMG Khadir sounds awesome. I love graphic tees too! I have one from Bluenotes that says: Coffee first. Your problems second.
    But back to the original topic, Khadir totally sounds like someone I'd want to hang out with.

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  2. Khadir sounds like a fascinating character- I love that he loves graphic tees, lol. Good luck with your WIP! :D

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  3. "organized clutter" THAT'S HOW MY HOSPITAL ROOM LOOKS OMG.

    and those graphic tees.... YES. i found one (which is my phone screensaver actually) says "i like to party and by party i mean take naps".

    ~grace~

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    1. OMG MY BEDROOM LOOKS LIKE THAT AS WELL. We are one in the same.
      Ikr, they're awesome. I would totally wear all those, tbh.

      - Ellie

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  4. Sweet little baby demon whom I already adore. I HOPE THIS SHOWS UP IN MY INBOX BECAUSE I WANT IT.

    Khadir sounds amazing.

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    1. IT'S GONNA ONCE I FINISH WRITING IT. And I'll probably edit it a little first, but feel free to yell at me if you don't see it by mid-August.

      - Ellie

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  5. I'm with Khadir. Coffee and Belgian waffles sounds like and epic way to start your day. I love his thing with curses and plants. That's so unique, an kinda cute when he's helping his friends. I like this guy already. I am planning on taking part in Beautiful People this month, but that all depends on me being organised!

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    1. Ikr?? I wish I had a breakfast like that every morning, lmao. Usually I just make due with burnt eggs. XD
      Ahh thank you!
      I can't wait to see it!

      - Ellie

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  6. What inspired the idea for this story?

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    1. A pin I saw on Pinterest that says "No one expects an angel to set the world on fire".

      - Ellie

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  7. My desk is also organized chaos! Things are piled on top of each other, but hey, I know where everything is, so that's okay. I love those tees too. XD

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  8. I very much identify with Khadir's organization system, and actually with gardening too although I've never grown a plant to curse or bless anyone. XD
    From what you have here, this sounds like a very interesting story. The angels don't sound very saintly, and the devils not entirely devilish. More like, everywhere there are shades of grey. Therefore, I want to know why things are this way, and where the truth lies....
    Keep writing, and keep blogging!

    Oh, yes, I did participate in beautiful people also.

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    1. Ahhh thank you! Yes - I started writing the story because I wanted to show that nobody is either pure good or evil. Everyone on earth is a shade of grey, and we need to stop viewing our fellow humans as totally evil or good.

      - Ellie

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