Glorified Errand Boy
(Major Character, Twyllo)
Originally the Duchess, but joins the Twyllite rebellion.
Sam, Shafton, Glorified Errand Boy
Samuel James Shafton
- Stabbed in the thigh by
- Left ankle broken by
- Stabbed in the stomach by
Long, pointed nose, fairly tall. Blushes easily.
Tall and lanky, long-legged, skinny.
Light, some freckles
Neatly styled, eventually gets more and more displaced as the story progresses
A bit below average
Writing speeches, public speaking if he's not caught off-guard, infiltration.
Tends to ramble on and on if he's nervous, also tends to stutter and stammer if he hasn't read through what he's announcing in advance or if he's worried or scared. Stands very tall and straight-backed, flinches a lot. Resting look is slightly concerned.
To stay on the Duchess's good side as long as possible, later to aid the rebellion.
Arrogant, pretentious, pompous, a bit self-centered, very bad about standing up for himself, anxious, easily frightened, easily embarrassed.
That most people in the rebellion are just misguided, and that he is indespensable to the Duchess.
Penmanship, reading, writing speeches for Duchess Marlott
Samuel is initially arrogant and overconfident in his own abilities, but his world is shattered when the duchess forces him into the rebellion as her spy. He's an easily embarrassed perfectionist, and self-critical, but also is easily flustered and awkward. Very serious and a bit of a prude, he stands in stark contrast towhen the two are sent on a mission to meet with allies in Creston. Despite being severely out of his depth and horribly misguided, Samuel does genuinely want to make the world a better place; he's just unsure of how to. While working with the Duchess and her tyrannical government, he is abused frequently and this trauma impacts him even after he leaves; he often catches himself justifying why he deserves what he gets, whether it's an insult or a stab wound, as long as it's coming from a higher-up in the government. He's in the odd position of being both self-loathing due to his perceived flaws (namely his stutter, which the Duchess and his higher-ups often mock him for) and also very confident in his position, viewing himself as untouchable as far as younger/lower-ranking officers are concerned.
Being raised in constant competition with his older brother by their demanding and cruel parents, Samuel gained a position in's higher government at fourteen by poisoning his brother and taking his place in an interview that his parents had secured. He got the job and got away from his home, and he initially saw the structure and his relatively cushy position as a relief until he grew older and realized how unhealthy it was. He threw himself into his work, doing his best to avoid acknowledging that this new home was just as abusive as his old one before being sent into the rebellion as a spy after one of the Duchess's speeches is attacked by the rebellion. He finds an unexpected welcome with the rebels, and he slowly but surely begins to be more open to their ideals, especially when he's sent to meet with the Crestan allies and realizes just how deep the Marlott family's corruption and influence goes.
- Took a job for Duchess Marlott to escape his abusive and overdemanding parents, only to be mistreated more and earn a reputation as her yes-man. He constantly strives to be as successful as his brother, but can't ever seen to be in his parents' eyes.
Elise and Michael Shafton
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