I'm linking up for Beautiful People this month with The Notebook Sisters. And my beautiful person is:
He's the prince of Mistwelia, one of the eight principalities of Eshtelroth. He's handsome, witty, and has been carrying on a feud with the ruling family of Kempra, the Jurnavekkes, for as long as anyone can remember. Yep. He has problems. Lots of problems. Because when he catches a very annoying princess of the Jurnavekke family trying to sneak through Mistwelia, he can't just let her go. That would be majorly out of character for the persona he's tried to keep before the Eshtelrothans.
And now for the questions!
1. What is their full name, and is there a story behind why they got it?
Sagouse's full name is His Highness Sagouse Pareneer, Ruling Prince of Mistwelia. He inherited his unusual name from his grandfather. Most of the people in Mistwelia have unusual names.
2. How old are they, and when were they born?
Sagouse is about thirty at the time of The Peasants of Niminwell. He was born thirty years previous to his thirtieth birthday.
3. Describe their physical appearance. (I hate these types of questions!)
Sagouse is tall, broad-shouldered, muscular, etc. He's basically a very good-looking person, which is important, because at first it seems that his character does not fit his physical appearance. He has a pleasant-looking face, blond hair, and blue eyes. Think Hitler youth in medieval garb, and you'll be close to the mark.
3. a) What is their race/nationality/ethnicity?
Sagouse is Eshtelrothan, more specifically, Mistwelian. Because the eight principalities of Eshtelroth used to be their own separate realms, they can be quite different culturally. Mistwelia is most similar to Niminwell, the main principality, because it is a close neighbor. One unique characteristic of the Mistwelians is that they tend to have longer, fancier names than folks from other principalities.
3. b) Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it.
I regret to say that I have not found the perfect picture of Sagouse yet. Sorry!
4. Describe the character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.
Impulsive. Sagouse is mostly meant to be a foil to Prince Wester of Niminwell, who is quiet and idealistic. Sagouse is the opposite. He acts hastily, always imagining that he has a really good plan, even though he probably doesn't. For instance, he came up with his idea to teach Venian Jurnavekke a good lesson in manners on the spur of the moment, even though he delayed the princess from reaching Niminwell with very important news.
5. What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?
Hmmmmm. That's a hard one. See, it's hard to imagine Sagouse liking music very much. He's too actively mischievous to think about music. The song I would pick to describe his personality would be "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins. He's about as energetic and spontaneous as that song. If he were to listen to music, though, he would probably prefer something like Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie.
6. Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character?
I like this question! Good job, question asking people. Sagouse suffers mostly from envy. His principality is in between the most important and the most beautiful principalities. Mistwelia is one of the more insignificant regions, and Sagouse does not like that at all. He wants to be as important as Wester of Niminwell. Most of the time he doesn't think to hard about it, but sometimes it just wells up inside of him and makes him hopping mad.
7. If they were an elemnet (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be?
Sagouse would definitely be water. He always appears cool and collected on the outside, but he usually has something going on underneath. He's flexible, but sometimes he can freeze up if he's offended too deeply.
8. What's their favorite word?
Gregarious. Definitely gregarious.
9. Who's one person they really miss? (It could be someone who's passed away, or someone they're not close to anymore, or someone who's moved away.)
Sagouse misses his father. He thinks his father died too young and left him in charge too early. That's true, of course.
10. What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?
Sagouse is reminded of his father by the sight of anything in the palace. That's why he usually spends his time in a smaller castle. The sound of leather rubbing on leather (as in a leather strap on a leather vest), makes him think of his father, because the old prince always used to wear his hunting leathers. Also, the smell of roasting venison makes him think of his father, because that was the prince's favorite food.
Well, that's Prince Sagouse Pareneer. He's not as flighty as he seems, nor is he as calm as he makes the appearance of being. To most people who see him, he's an open enigma. They can't figure out how anyone so obviously open and fun-loving can be so mysterious at the same time.
Thanks for reading, and God bless,