Beautiful People #10: A Prince and His Parentals

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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. This month is a special parental addition in honor of Mother's Day, and I'll be introducing Linus, Alizabeth, and Elosius.

Alizabeth and Elosius are the Empress and Emperor of Cavanor in my high fantasy series Death of the Skies. Linus is their son, a reclusive, cynical, and bookish 16 year old.

1. Overall, how good is their relationship with her parents?
It's.....not bad? Linus is pretty independent and reclusive, but since he's an only child, his parents tend to hover around him. As a result, he drifts away even more. So he's not close to them, but he doesn't particularly dislike them.

2. Do they know both their biological parents?

3. How did their parents meet?
Elosius was the prince at the time, and he needed to find a suitable wife. Alizabeth, a young noblewoman who'd recently moved back to the city after three years spent in the country for her father's health, caught his eye and stole his heart. They met at a banquet, courted for a few months, and were married. Their relationship is rather unique in that although their marriage was a perfect political move, they are still very fond of each other.

4. How would your character feel if they were told, "you're turning out like your parents"?
Linus would be pretty ambivalent. His parents are good political strategists, so he wouldn't mind being compared to them. However, he wouldn't be thrilled. He wants to be more than his parents - more powerful, more brilliant, more dangerous. More.

5. What were your character's parents doing when they were your character's age?
Aside from dealing with crime lords and uncovering royal plots, Elosius was doing much the same thing as Linus. The same sorts of lessons, the same sorts of training, the same sorts of responsibilities. Alizabeth would have recently left the overcrowded capital, Galhorn, for the refreshing countryside.

6. Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Linus wants to stay in Galhorn. However, his parents want to send him away for his safety since there are rumors of a plot for his head.

7. What did your parents find hardest about raising your character?
Well, being Emperor and Empress, they didn't have time to do a lot of raising. Linus was mainly brought up by his servants and the royal librarian, Tertio. As a result, he's always been super independent from his parents and, though he doesn't disrespect them, he still sees little point in deference purely because they birthed him. Whenever they try to interact with him, his distance and lack of deference frustrate them to no end.

8. What's their most vivid memory of their parental figure(s)?
Alizabeth and Elosius may be Linus's parents, but Tertio has always been much more of a parental figure. Linus's most vivid memory with Tertio is of one day when he was eight. Tertio was sitting Linus that day, and he brought him back into the maze of library rooms only open to librarians and scholars. Linus was completely enchanted. It was the day that ignited his love for learning, researching, and always looking for new answers.

9. What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
Lots of people were involved in raising Linus, so he never developed a super strong connection to any one of them. Thus, he was reclusive even as a toddler. He often went off only with his toy soldiers to run around outside and hide in trees and under plants. He liked playing hide and seek in the huge Castle and its enormous gardens.

10. Why and how did your parents choose your character's name?
Linus Afhildor Gaelmorond Galatius Aradassian is Linus's full name. Linus is after Alizabeth's father, Gaelmorond and Galatius are traditional royalty names (like Henry or Charles in England), and Afhildor is the male version of Afhildora, the Patron Priestess of Power.


Let's chat! Who are your favorite bookish parents? Do you know why your name was chosen? Are you participating in Beautiful People? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles.


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  1. I love that he considers the librarian as more of a parental figure than his actual parents. I would have been enchanted by the library rooms too.

  2. First of all, this story sounds so intriguing!!! I love stories about kingdoms...

    Second, I love how you know basically everything about Linus and his parent's relationship. It all seems so perfectly constructed and put together, and I am ALL THE JEALOUS!!! XD

    1. Ahhhh, oh my god THANK YOU SO MUCH!

      - Ellie

  3. Wowza, you've really put a lot of effort into this! Linus seems like a very intriguing character, and one I'd definitely love to learn more about.

  4. Oh wow, this sounds bloody amazing Ellie! I'm really excited to read more about Death of The Skies. It reminds me a little of a sophisticated knights of the young table, with a teen protagonist who sounds brilliant. I'll be reading through all your Beautiful People posts now hoping to catch a few more snippets <3


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