Beautiful People is blog meme that runs monthly. It is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Each month there are 10 questions to answer about characters from a work in progress. I think it’s a great way of delving further into a character’s life, and it also gives readers a glimpse into information they may not otherwise know.
This month, I am introducing another character from my WIP, Elondria. His name is Trin, and he’s a friend that Ana makes right at the start of her journey. He has grown up in a House of God, an orphaned baby left on the House’s steps.
- Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
He has no intentions of getting married, as he wants to become a Speaker, and they must be celibate. A part of him does want to marry and have children. He would treasure having someone to love unconditionally, and someone to love him in the same way. But his desire to serve God is stronger.
- What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
He considers kindness and compassion to be the greatest weapon. He believes it can change peoples hearts, and thereby change their actions. He believes it can kill the darkness within hearts.
- What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?
The nicest thing he’s ever done for someone is to plead for Hasov’s, one of his best friend’s, place in God’s House. Hasov had been caught with a girl, and was threatened with being thrown out. Trin pleaded with the Head Speaker on his behalf, and promised his friend wouldn’t misbehave again. Trin did it because he felt it was the right thing to do, and he couldn’t bare to see his friend suffering. He didn’t want to lose him, either.
- Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
He has never hit anyone, but unfortunately he has been on the receiving end of it. Some of the other boys don’t like him because he studies a lot, and doesn’t mess around like them, so they like to make fun of him. One day, Trin corrected them on a point of theology, and they got angry, so they beat him up. He didn’t fight back because he doesn’t believes that violence solves anything.
- Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
He likes to follow the rules. He believes they are there for a good reason, to guide people on the right path.
- Are they organised or messy?
He is an organised person. He has very few personal belongings, but what he does have all has a place, and is always in it.
- What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
Being cared for, physically, and feeling wanted make him feel loved. He feels loved by God, and wanted. But in the world of people, the last person to care for him was Helva, the woman who takes care of the orphans within the House. She took care of him as a child, and he still sees her as a mother-figure.
- What do they eat for breakfast?
He eats porridge for breakfast, as that’s all that’s served in the refectory.
- Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
He’s never lost anyone close to him.
- What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)
As a treat, he lets himself enjoy a warm drink of cocoa. It reminds him of being young in the nursery. All the boys would go to bed after a mug of cocoa.