Say! 'Tis time for the June Beautiful People post already! (I say "already" because I've been ridiculously busy and time has flown ridiculously fast. Usually time drags between BP posts.)
(That doesn't mean we're skipping the interview, though! Do please ask Tristan any questions you can think of in the comments. Unlike his sister, Tristan does not talk much. Therefore we will need a lot of questions to make the interview sufficiently long.)
What is his first childhood memory?
Oh, first memories are always so muddled and confused and impossible to pinpoint! The earliest thing he can remember is a fuzzy conglomeration of various people and places - his mother's face, his father's lap, the fort where he was born.
Out of all these hazy images raise at last the clear towers of a castle and the stony walls of a courtyard. In this courtyard he walks with his mother and father - and, later, with a little sister. Perhaps his earliest clear-cut memory is his father lifting him up in his arms and pointing out a raven which had perched on one of the castle parapets.
What were his best and worst childhood experiences?
Best: realizing that his father was a hero; sitting at his mother's knee with Rosalie; getting to hold his father's sword; the day he got his warhorse, Vollapax.
Worst: realizing that some people considered his family usurpers; the death of his mother; his first battle; seeing some of his closest friends killed.
It was tranquil and loving, but overshadowed with sorrow. Storm clouds of political troubles and war and sickness veiled the brightness of family life and made even the happiest days still and gray.
This spiritual strain extended itself to the castle where they lived. When Tristan thinks of his childhood home, he thinks of long quiet rooms streaked with sunlight, somber courtyards enlivened by the pattering of little feet, and the surrounding fields dancing with flowers. There is a hush over everything - a hush edged in the stillness of death.
What’s something that scared him as child?
As a small boy, he had a fear of large animals - especially griffins. His father laughed and said, "You'll have to get over that, son, if you're to be a soldier." So get over it he did.
|Tristan's winged warhorse, Vollapax.|
Definitely his father. No other man in the world could command such a degree of respect and admiration in that little boy's eyes. The fact that others disdained his father only intensified Tristan's filial loyalty.
Favorite and least favorite childhood foods?
Favorite: freshly baked bread, any kind of sweets.
Least favorite: cheese, cabbage.
If he had his childhood again, would he change anything?
Oh yes. It'd be easier to list the things that he wouldn't change.
I don't know if Tristan realizes that, though. If you asked him the above question, he would probably glare at you and say, "Why would I waste time thinking about that when I can't change anything?"
He's deucedly practical, that Tristan.
What kind of child was he? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
He was pretty quiet - also responsible, affectionate, protective, and ambitious.
At one time he was also fun-loving almost to the point of being mischievous, but those days are so long gone no one thinks about them any more.
What was his relationship to his parents and siblings like?
In the early days, it was a dream. He cherished his mother, practically worshipped his father, and was seldom seen without his little sister in tow.
|Tristan's little sister, Rosalie.|
The relationship between Tristan and his father actually grew closer and stronger through the war, although in a very grim way. The hero-worship of Tristan's younger days hardened into mature respect, and by the time the story begins the two of them work together as a perfect military team.
What did he want to be when he grew up, and what did he actually become?
When he was a teeny tiny wittle boy his only desire was to be just like his father, a military general. He probably stopped wanting to be a soldier when he saw his first battle at the age of 12, but by then the mere "wanting" had been replaced with a conviction that he must be at the battlefield.
So he got his childhood wish, found it very disagreeable, and plunged into it without ever looking back. The result? He rose through the ranks and became his father's chief general by the age of 20.
So that's Tristan! I hope you've enjoyed meeting him. Are any of you doing Beautiful People this month? If so, do please share your posts! And if you have any questions you'd like to ask Tristan, leave them in the comments. I'll try to post an interview in two or three weeks.