Q&A With Luke

October 17th, 2011, 11:40 pm
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Butterscotch
October 18th, 2011, 12:29 am
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Q&A With Luke Sorry about the skipped update! The move...didn't go smoothly.

Anyway, I had a lot of questions throughout the chapter about Luke, his loyalty to the princess, his eye, his clan. So sit back and enjoy a rambling post of vagueness. It's vague partly because I want to tell this story at some point in the future and partly because I haven't settled on all the details.

Luke and Lyla's clan is the Klendaffar. Long ago there were two separate clans, the Klendilang and the Daffar. The Klendilang were known for the skill at magic, and the royal family was especially talented. The leader of the Daffar needed a magical favor from the king of the Klendilang. The price was very high; ultimately, the leader of the Daffar agreed that he and all his descendants, as well as all the descendants of his brothers and sisters, would serve the royal family forever. The royal family, in turn, must keep their end of the bargain.

The two clans became one. Over the centuries, most of the population became of mixed blood between the two clans, though both Luke and Lyla are pureblooded descendants of the original two clans. Luke is a direct descendant of the Daffar leader's youngest sister. The line has lost some prestige over the years, but the lineage means that Luke has a surprisingly high military ranking for someone so young.

Now, the descendants of the Daffar leader and his siblings still serve the royal family, but the royal family hasn't been able to uphold their end of the bargain. At some point in history, the crown was passed to a branch of the family who had subpar magical skills; but, thanks to inbreeding, no one with any magical skill has been in line for the throne for two centuries.

The current king, Lyla's father, didn't marry a relative, he married for love and as a result, Lyla has magical power. But...there's a catch! Only a male can inherit the throne and the king refuses to change the law. Lyla's plans to take over the world are actually an indirect way to overthrow her father!
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june
October 19th, 2011, 4:13 pm
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Luke reminds me of one the Frog brothers from the Lost Boys movie.
Shadow_Da_Hedgie
October 19th, 2011, 4:24 pm
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Luke, I know you lost an eye but that is no reason for you to turn into Mr Crankypants. You apologize RIGHT NOW, young man!...demon.... thing.

I still think Luke is a bit TOO loyal for what he is meant to be. I think he has a crush on the Princess... and why do the Daffar still serve the royal family when they were unable to unhold their end of the deal? :\
Butterscotch
October 24th, 2011, 9:34 pm
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replies @june: You know, I haven't seen that movie yet

@Shadow_Da_Hedgie: Well, the royal family's half of the deal isn't something they have to do on a regular basis. It's not like, "well, sire, it's Tuesday, time to uphold your end of the bargain with the Daffar. It's scheduled for 2pm and directly after that, you have a fitting for your new robes".
It's something they only have to do under certain circumstances and they actually haven't had to do it in decades. The last time they had to, they fudged things a bit. The person who does the ritual is supposed to be the King or one of his sons, but the royal family arranged for one of the king's daughters to marry a boy who could do the magic. The Daffar generals weren't too pleased by this, but it was more important that the magic was performed, so they let things slide.