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...What is Beautiful People? Beautiful People is a monthly blog event created by Georgie Penn and Sky. It's designed to help you get to know more about your character by asking questions about them. It's simple: every month Sky and Georgie post 10 questions, and you answer them on your blog with your character of choice. To learn more, check out their blogs!
And with that squared away, I introduce you to the villain of The Soldier's Cross:
1. What is his motive?
Ambition, to some extent, but primarily straight-up greed. The son of a merchant, landless, and with much too little money, he seeks a higher position and the increased funds that would come with it. He does not passionately hate his vagrant lifestyle - indeed, he is rather fond of it - but it certainly doesn't provide him with much money to spend.
2. What is he prepared to do to get what he wants?
Christopher prefers manipulation to a trial of brute strength. Up against Fiona, he will go that route; but against anyone who has the ability to stand and face him, he takes a roundabout path to his own ends.
3. Is he evil to the core, or simply misunderstood?
I don't go in for "misunderstood"; it smacks of that Deist saying that every man has a "spark of the Divine" in him and is "basically good." Christopher is basically bad. He is perhaps not so evil as he could be, but given an opportunity I'm sure he would fulfill all expectations in that respect.
4. What was his past like? What about his childhood? Was there one defining moment that made him embrace his evil ways?
Christopher and his sister Leah grew up in comfort, though not in luxury. As the only son, a great deal of pressure was put on Christopher by his father to succeed him in trade; Christopher, however, wanted the life of the nobility's sons, who had even more comfort with less work. There was no single moment in which his heart was blackened, etc., but with his father's death he found it expedient to drop the charade of being a respectful son and get to work making his fortune.
5. Now that he is evil, has he turned his back on everyone, or is there still someone in his life that he cares for?
He had a passing affection for his mother and would sometimes correct his behavior for a few days in a row after she rebuked him, but her early death only served to convince him that the good die young, so why be good? His father he cordially hated; his sister he regards as his queen - not in the affectionate sense, however; merely in the chessboard analogy. She is his best means of bringing about a checkmate, and for that reason, and that reason only, he keeps her safe.
6. Does he like hugs?
I really couldn't hazard an answer to this question.
7. Is he plagued by something?
Not that he ever told me; but then, he would be unlikely to do so.
8. Who are they more similar to: Gollum or Maleficent?
A slinking beast or a woman... That's a difficult choice. Gollum is more cowardly, so I tend toward him; but Maleficent is more impressively evil, so that tilts me back in her direction. I'll say Maleficent.
9. If your villain could have his choice of transportation what would it be?
His own coach, highly gilded and lined on the inside with scarlet; his choice of horse would be three bays and a black, just for the element of surprise. The difficult part would be whether to drive himself or to have a servant do it.
10. If you met your villain in the street, how afraid would you be? Is he evil enough to kill his creator?
If I met him on the street, I would pepper-spray him. And then run.