But anyway! I've been forgetting how much I love these, so I'd better hop back to it.
Overall, how good is his relationship with his parents?
Um. Not good. Not good at all. In fact, his relationship with his parents doesn't really exist at this point (the beginning of the novelette).
Does he know both his biological parents? If not, how does he cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected his life?
He knew both of them intimately until he was eleven years old, when his mother was assassinated. Then he ran away from home, and he hasn't seen his father in over ten years.
As you can imagine, this has affected his life to a ginormous degree. He went from being a prince to a street rat overnight. It's changed the friends he has, the life he leads, and the convictions he holds. It's the reason the story exists.
How does he cope with it? Oh, pretty well, he'd say. Ha, he never even thinks about it anymore. This is the life he's used to. This is the life he wants.
So he says.
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How did his parents meet?
Well, his father was the crown prince, and his mother was the daughter of a prominent courtier. They both grew up in the capital city and saw a lot of each other as kids, and it just sort of blossomed into courtship and marriage.
How would he feel if he was told "you're turning out like your parents"?
He would be flabbergasted. Not in a bad way, necessarily, but he'd kind of stare at you and blink and be thinking, "I'm turning out like my parents? But they're--responsible, and regal and poised and--and law-abiding! I'm nothing like them! I'm a revolutionist, for Pete's sake!"
Although "for Pete's sake" might not be a very futuristic phrase, huh?
What were your character's parents doing when they were his age?
They definitely weren't living in tunnels beneath the palace slaving away as part of a revolutionist movement, I'll tell ya that.
At twenty-one, Dar's father was (as the prince) a very active political figure--always at meetings with the nobles, always consulting with his father, always trying to learn more about how to run a country. He barely had time to woo Dar's mother, who, at that age, divided her time between courtship, social functions, and a quiet but aristocratic life at home with her family.
Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Sure. Dar has come to believe that having an aristocracy is an inherently bad thing and plans to help overthrow the ruling powers himself. His father the king, as you might expect, adamantly disagrees with that point of view.
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What did the parents find hardest about raising your character?
My dear Dar was not an easy child. He was a prankster, a troublemaker, an imp. It was all his mother could do to keep him from driving the servants distracted. (Actually...she couldn't do that.) And on top of it all, he kinda hated school.
His twin, Alphonse, was much easier.
What's his most vivid memory with his parental figures?
With his mother: his rare quiet moments with her in the garden. She used to sit with him and his twin, Alphonse, and tell them stories there. He'll always associate gardens with his mother.
With his father: probably one of the times his father was stern with him. There were a lot of those.
What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
He was a happy, bubbly baby--and a happy, bubbly toddler, too, for that matter, but one of those toddlers who you can't leave alone for more than two seconds for fear that he'll climb out of a window and kill himself.
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Why and how did the parents choose your character's name?
Dar's full name is actually Adario Salvadoro. I don't think there's any special reason for the name other than the fact that his parents liked it and thought it sounded like a good, strong, aristocratic name for a prince. (And also, because it started with A, it went well with his twin's name, Alphonse.)
"Dar" became an irresistible nick-name for the kid because it's one syllable as opposed to four.
So! There's this month's Beautiful People. Dar will probably get another one all to himself sometime, since this was primarily focused on parents and he is my pet character. Now talk to me! Are you doing Beautiful People this month? What are some of your characters' parents like?