I am 99.9% certain I have never done a Beautiful People post for Dammerung de la Mare because who wants that kind of spoiler anyway? But since "Plenilune" has been out for a yearnahalf, I figure it can't hurt to highlight our favourite fox in the room, eh?
1. WHAT IS HIS FIRST CHILDHOOD MEMORY?
Sitting up in his father's armchair, in a shuttered room, with the sense that he had to be very quiet and very still, and getting to hold his baby brother, who was then only three hours old.
2. WHAT IS HIS BEST + WORST CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES?
The best | Getting to ride a pony all by himself for the very first time, without falling off or executing any horrendous gaffs, and his father's obvious pleasure in his accomplishment.
The worst | Being terrorized by his mother in her fits of madness, and having to hide while listening to her crying in the house.
3. WHAT WAS HIS CHILDHOOD HOME LIKE?
For the most part, beautiful, long, sunshiny Marenove House. Summer always seems to take up so much more of the year when one is a child, than it does when one is grown: for Dammerung there was no exception. Life was summer, full of fishing and riding and barefoot exploring, reading enormous tomes of poetry and looking at cartography in old books his father owned; not even his studies could dampen that summer enjoyment of childhood. Life was as full and as fat and as slippery-shiny as a trout.
4. WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT SCARED HIM AS A CHILD?
In part, his mother's madness, but more than that he was afraid of a formless sense of his father's fear, and the keen foreboding children can have that something is about to be lost and they don't understand why.
5. WHO DID HE LOOK UP TO MOST?
Naturally his father, who was in many ways about as opposite to Dammerung as a personality could be: a big, commanding, stern figure that elicited both fear and respect from others. But Dammerung also idolized the mythos of the Battle of Ampersand, and the figures which took key roles in that pivotal aspect of Plenilunar history.
6. WHICH WERE HIS FAVOURITE + LEAST FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD FOODS?
Most favourite | candied rhubarb tarts - perfect size for stuffing in one's pockets and absconding with to the out-of-doors.
Least favourite | yarrow steeped in toad's fat and boiled in a peasoup, for the prevention and treatment of colds.
7. IF HE HAD HIS CHILDHOOD AGAIN, WOULD HE CHANGE ANYTHING?
Okay, all the feels. But if I had to hone in on ONE SINGLE THING, he would have his mother happier, and longer. That is probably his most haunting regret of his childhood.
8. WHAT KIND OF CHILD WAS HE?
Impetuous, quick, curious, talkative, a firstborn through and through. He was bright, obedient, and very few things which he put his hands to did not come naturally to him. Except mathematics. He and I, man. We share this one thing in common.
9. WHAT WAS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS PARENTS + SIBLING LIKE?
Dammerung deeply respected and idolized his father, and continues to hold him as an unattainable standard of what a man should be. He was pathetically attached to his mother, and would dote on her as much as a child possibly could. Her influence, and the time he spent with her, worked to twist and mould him more deeply than his respect for his father ever managed. As for his sibling, anyone who has read "Plenilune" knows how that panned out...
10. WHAT DID HE WANT TO BECOME WHEN HE GREW UP, AND DID HE ACHIEVE HIS GOAL?
Only the federal head of the confederation of Honours. And yes. But not the way he thought he would. :/
Here are ten things you maybe possibly did not know about Dammerung + his childhood. Because blogs are a much better place for extraneous backstory than one's novel, ehwot?
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