Most in-depth Character Development – Day 10


I am getting more and more anxious by the day to write Dorian’s story. It is now October 21. 10 more days to the month, and then … it’s November, and I can begin! I’m spinning in circles in anticipation! Till then, on with the Dorian development posts.

Relationships and history: The next five days worth of posts all relate to the same topic, so … guess what?

Day 10: What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them?:

Well, again, this is something I’ve clued in on all throughout these posts so far. A little more detail perhaps.

Liam Blackwood is the sole son of his parents, and is the head of the Blackwood family. With Jillian Cavanagh, he fathered five children : four boys and one girl. Dorian does not know whether or not there was true love between Liam and Jillian, but when Jillian died in childbirth with her fifth and last child, he became … crazy. He was obsessed with her, perhaps. One might even want to feel sympathy for him under the pretense that he did not know how to live his life without Jillian. Dorian never saw it that way. Sure, he was able to comprehend some sense of obsession on Liam’s part, but he would never find himself feeling sympathy for his own father. Pity, at best. Liam was not as skilled in the Blackwood family talents as his predecessors were, and having been too focused on other things, such as his cruel treatment of Dorian, and his deception involving the Cavanagh family, he was too busy to actually teach his own sons.

Mathias Blackwood is the eldest son, and he was skilled with fire. Like his younger brothers –except for Dorian– he learned from Liam’s parents. He was the spitting image of Liam, and did all he could to emulate his father. His skill in magic was the only difference between them.

Lance Blackwood is the second son, and he was skilled with earth. He tried to emulate father, but did not have the same looks as Mathias or Liam. He served his father, and earned a high place in his father’s standing.

Harald Blackwood is the third son, and he was skilled with water. He was nothing more than a puppy. He did not have the looks or the drive to emulate as his older brothers had. He simply did whatever father told him to do, and he did it without debate or an appearance of his own mind. He was Igor. “Yes, master!”

Jillian Cavanagh was never known to Dorian, and Raina was very young when she died, so she remembers very little, and none of it significant. Whether or not Jillian was nicer than anyone else in the family, they do not know. What is known, is that Jillian was supposedly better skilled at her use of her abilities than Liam was at his.

Raina Blackwood is the only daughter of Liam and Jillian, and is Dorian’s older sister. After Jillian’s death, Raina did what she could to provide the care for Dorian that would otherwise be given by Jillian. She earned herself punishment from Liam for that fact, though she was already earning punishment because of her inability to grasp the magical skills that Liam and his side of the family specialized in. She took after her mother more, and though she eventually learned wind magic, she was more adept with the Cavanagh’s magical talents.

Logan Cavanagh was Jillian’s brother, and is only seen as someone attempting to follow through on his mother’s orders, and retrieve some object that Jillian had. It was a family heirloom, and in Jillian’s death, was to be passed on down to her younger sister. Logan does not possess the magical skills that is common in the Cavanagh family –in fact, it seems as if he possesses no magical skills at all– and fights merely through stealth and hand-to-hand combat.

Kara Cavanagh is Jillian and Logan’s mother, and is seen from time to time by Dorian. He called her grandmother, though he never believes she is really his grandmother because of the fact that she looks to be barely older, or as old as, than himself. This is due to one of her personal skills.

Kiyomi Cavanagh is a female operative of the family, always wearing a pink cloak and a white mask painted to have a serpent’s face. She never takes it off, so Dorian does not even know what she looks like. He has run into her often, as she seems to be one of the people specifically chasing Dorian for the heirloom. Dorian assumes she is Logan’s daughter, but nothing has been stated by anyone for the validity –or lack thereof– of that assumption.

Jillian and Logan’s younger sister is not named, or shown, in my writing yet. But, she may have an appearance. For the time, I cannot really describe anything about her as I don’t have a real clear image of her in my mind. Till then, this will have to suffice.

Dorian holds no desire to get to know his father’s family, convinced they are no better than him. Whether or not they’re no worse is of no concern, for he is sure they’re no better. The Cavanagh family, he has had more interaction with than he cares for. His grandmother is convinced that he possesses the item that she originally sent Logan after Liam to get. Dorian denies he has it, even though he does. He however, is unaware that he has it. Their descriptions of the item never take in the physical appearance of it, and so he merely denies, vehemently, that he has it. Dorian does not know how either side feels about him –especially the Blackwood side, since he’s had no interaction with them– but knows that he does not care how they feel, for he does not want to know any of them any better. He just wants Raina safe again, and to be off with her in peace and quiet.

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