Today I shall discuss Silverhand, a secondary character from a story I am sort-of writing.
1. What is his secret desire?
To be a normal dude. Not in that he’d want to give up his political power, but when he was born his mother purchased gifts from a fairy. His father, who prides in skill and talents unaided by magic, favors his “ungifted” sisters.
It isn’t that he is unloved; it’s just that since he was a child he’s been considered tainted—a hard mindset to escape.
2. What is the best and brightest moment he experiences during the story?
Standing in as best man for his best friend’s wedding, totally not dead and with a girl who has earned his respect.
3. What are the emotional places Silverhand is afraid to go to?
His family is a touchy subject. They love him, of course; his father is not a cruel man. He loves them, too. It’s just that they aren’t impressed by much he does at all, because they assume it’s just magic.
4. Is there a place/city/room where he will never go? Why?
He will never enter a lady’s room. Ever. He’ll fight with a woman, he will knock her to the floor of a bar, threaten her, cheat her, insult her, tease her, anger her, ignore her, and provoke her, but he will never enter her room.
He has sisters. And he is never making that mistake again.
5. If he were permanently leaving town, what would he easily throw out? What would he refuse to part with? (Why?)
Silverhand could easily part with most of his friendships, and even his family to some degree. He wouldn’t want to leave behind his queen or his prince, though—they’ve showed him too much kindness for an easy break.
6. What does he want (consciously and tangibly)?
To succeed. The only place he’s felt at home is being a spy, and so he wants to weed out any threats to the royal family’s life. He wants to see that everything goes smoothly. And he wants it to be done quickly and efficiently.
7. On the other hand: what does he need (on the emotional, subconscious level)?
Forgiveness. He blames himself for [almost] not stopping an assassin, he dislikes himself for the gifts that have been given to him, and he is afraid of his failures. They make him almost too desperate to redeem himself.
8. If he could change one thing about himself, what would it be?
He would probably change his infallible health. He can’t get drunk, and while he can pretend very, very well, he’s never really understood what it’s like. Plus, nobody trusts a man with infallible health.
9. What is the most humiliating event of his life?
Always being lesser than his sisters, especially at social events when the other boys his age were often placed ahead of their sisters. He was considered a sissy boy, up until the point they played poker in the stables and they all left naked, and he had a new wardrobe.
They made him give it all back, of course, and he was punished with lashings in public. That was humiliating, too. But it also gave him his nickname: Silverhand.
10. What things do they turn to when they need a bit of hope?
Towards the beginning of the story, he only has the prince to turn to, really. Everyone assumes that his life revolves around money and that money makes him happy, when it really doesn’t. Although the FMC really hates him, eventually he finds himself turning to her for hope, because she knows just as well as he does that chasing money isn’t the key to happiness.