During my last Beautiful People post, I mentioned how much I admired the meme over the years. Well, I thought it was a crying shame to leave their archive untouched and June ’14‘s questions were just perfect for one of my characters, so… here we go!
1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?
Edward Fitzwilliam Mouvell Augusteé II. Eventually known historically (in my fictional world) as Edward II or Edward the Great. It was unplanned that the Queen would have twins, so King Hadrian Augusteé had to scramble for a name to give his second son at the christening. He never properly forgave him for that… among other things. Hadrian’s great-grandfather was Edward, his wife’s father was Fitzwilliam, and his uncle Mouvell. Edward or Henry will be the 10th in the Augusteé line to hold Masallia’s throne.
2) How old are they, and when were they born?
Edward and Henry (twins) were born in late summer and had just turned 18 when they met the protagonist of the story, Emmeline Micheli.
3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!)
Edward is a little taller than Emmeline, which would probably put him around 5′ 8″… a bit tall for his time period, too, but not as tall as Emmeline’s father – in more ways than one. He has dark hair, where his brother is fair. He has brown eyes. He is handsome enough… for a prince. As the story goes on, his jawline and cheekbones become more pronounced as he ages and is stressed by the plot. And, yes, I have sketched the fellow a few times, though never quite to my satisfaction. Inspirational images for his character also feature heavily on my “Novel- The Queen’s Assassin” Pinterest Board.
However, at the request of one of his more avid fans, I will be doing a full, detailed, beautiful digital art piece of him. Someday. Ha, ha. Soon. Ish. It’s not like I’ve been busy recently or anything.
4) Describe your character’s personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.
Angry. Angry, but you’d never know it. Angry, because everyone in his life has let him down and underestimated him and believed he would fail, or die young, or never differentiate himself from his brother. Angry, because he could not stop Hadrian from being a bastard. Angry, because he cannot seem to win the Micheli darling at any price. Angry, because he doesn’t feel the throne should be his, but he knows he will make a better king. Angry, that he must bear his father’s bloody legacy. Angry, that Emmeline is keeping secrets. Angry. So Angry. But you’d never know it because he understands his anger would rule him if he lets it. Edward is the one in control, never his anger – but, oh, my, is it a lot of anger.
5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
My fictional world doesn’t have many songs with lyrics (aside from pirate shanties), so… I’ll have to pick a song from this world. His theme song might be Remember Me by Canadian Tenors or Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas OR Remember When It Rained by Josh Groban.
6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character?
I know I said anger was his personality, but Pride is really a good way of putting a lot of things about Edward. Granted, it is a noble sort of pride, but it still gets him into a lot of trouble.
7) If they were an element, which one would they be?
Water, the cooling contrast to his brother’s flaming temperament, and the slowly eroding force bent on destroying Emmeline’s charade.
9) Who’s one person they really miss?
Oddly enough, it’s someone Edward has only known for a short time. Enzo Micheli, Corsair of Catanzi, and Emmeline’s father. The most feared man of the sea, the deadliest pirate in history, and the cleverest man alive… he treated Edward like a son when he was with him – trained him, advised him, protected him – and Edward had never truly had that before. Now, more than ever, Edward craves his advice.
10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Falcons. Edward first came to know Enzo as “Longshanks,” a humble tracker assigned to their company of soldiers. The sight and sounds of falconry bring Enzo to mind. And, of course, when Edward looks at Emmeline, he thinks of her father and wishes for advice on how to win her heart… but that’s another story for another time. :)