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September Beautiful People

I am not sure if we are still allowed to call it "Beautiful People" when we are talking about villains.  Hmmm.  There is a bit of philosophy in there somewhere.  But we are also not willling to rename the whole event just because we talk about a different type of character.  So here are this month's Beautiful People questions (see below).  I am answering them for Lord Ives.

An actor I thought would be able to pull off this role.

1. What is their motive?

To maintain the estate exactly as it has been passed down to him.  In his mind, this means that he must provide the best of everything for his family and honored guests; he must be aristocratic but congenial to other noblemen; he must keep a clear line between upper and lower classes.

2. What do they want, and what are they prepared to do to get it?

He wants to make sure that the classes are separated.  He is prepared to beat, starve, shout at, exile, and even kill members of the lower class to achieve this.  He wants instant obedience.  He wants excellence of service.  He was complete servility and humility in their behavior to him.

As an extra note, he does not consider himself as cruel in general.  He simply does not think of the lower class as humans on the same level as himself...or even as his dogs.

3. How do they deal with conflict?

He rages. 
If the conflict comes from the lower class, he likes instant punishment or death for the impudent one. 
His own children are never in conflict with him as he acquiesces to their every demand. 
A conflict with an equal or superior turns him white with rage and he quits the scene as soon as possible. 
If the king were to be in conflict with him, he might be fearful, thinking that the king would treat him as Lord Ives treats his inferiors.

4. Describe their current place of residence.

A great mansion of cream-colored stone; the finest of everything; gorgeous; beautiful grounds; hunting forests; small neat cottages for his outdoor workers; a distant poor hovel that he rarely visits.

5. If they were writing this story, how would it end?

(sorry...I wrote the answer, but it would spoil the I can't post it)

6. What habits, speech patterns, etc. are unique to them?

Raging.  Screaming.  Screeching.

7. How do they show love? What do they like to do with/for people they love?

He dotes on his children.  They get everything their heart desires and then some.  He likes to watch them playing with the toys he has showered them with or riding their little ponies. 

8. Do they have any pets?

He has horses, hunting dogs, and two great big dogs that sleep by his fire.

9. Where would they go to relax/think?

Lord Ives hardly knows the meaning of the word “relax” but he does find a hunting trip refreshing (usually) and he likes to spend time with his children in their rooms.

10. What is their weapon of choice? (FYI: words, eyes/looks, and fists count as weapons, too.)

Sword or whatever is closest at hand.  He prefers to use a weapon over his own fists (he wouldn’t dirty his hands on a peasant).


  1. Oh gosh, he sounds positively chilling, really. I would NOT be crossing paths with him in a hurry. Heh, I know what you mean about the "beautiful people" thing, but I do have a terrible habit of loving my villains. *whistles innocently* Although Ives must be rather terrifying to write. XD
    Thanks for linking up with us! (And submitting the questions!)

  2. I like how he is a villain...but also loves his children. That feels quite realistic actually - also what you say about him believing that he is better than the lower classes, and that is why he acts the way he does towards them.

  3. Thanks, Becca! It's always awesome when somebody "gets" what you are writing.


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