Friday, August 8, 2014

Beautiful People #3: da Vale

It's that time again! Time for another character interview! And this time, it's a villain... 

Let me introduce you to Angelo da Vale, a member of the Council of the Ten, the most important judicial body in Venice. 

Also, I usually don't have a picture of my character, but I found one of da Vale! Except I think there should be slight hints of graying in his hair. He's a bit older.

Anyway, here we go:

1) What does your character regret the most in their life?
Regret? What is regret? Da Vale has no time for regret. He has a Council to run and a Doge to usurp!

But secretly, though he keeps pushing it away, he regrets breaking his relationship with his sister because of a small familial altercation. Justice was on his side, so he still feels he was in the right, but a small, hidden piece of his heart still misses her.

2) What is your character's happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?

His happiest memory is when his love said she would marry him, twenty years ago. 

And there are two memories tied for most sorrowful.
One is his mother's face when da Vale said that he would never speak to his sister again.
And the second is when his fiance walked away from him, saying that da Vale's ambition was taking him from her. The next year, he heard of her marriage to another man.
3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves?
V, another member of the Council of the Ten, who doesn't have a name yet. Da Vale highly suspects V of seeing through him, but V just keeps dropping little hints, and acting mysteriously, and da Vale CANNOT FOR THE LIFE OF HIM figure out how much V knows.
In other words, da Vale hates hates hates when people aren't transparent, or at least translucent. He prides himself on being able to see through people with just a little bit of inconspicuous probing.
Of course, he isn't transparent at all himself, but that's different (See #8)

4) Do they act differently when they're around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how?
He's quieter when he's alone, because he doesn't have an appearance to uphold. It's hard being a de facto leader and having to hide it. It takes effort pretending he's just at the level of all the other Council-members.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions? (Examples: their religion or lack of one, conspiracy theories, throwing salt, fear of black cats.)
Well, he's Catholic, like everyone in Venice, at least in name. He goes to Mass at St. Mark's Cathedral every Sunday -
But really? Though he believes in God, he doesn't believe that God is minutely involved in the everyday life of humans. God is responsible for the Divine judgment once people die.
Here on earth, Da Vale will be the Judge, at least for Venetians.

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?
"Now, now, let's not lose our heads."

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?
I think running from them, but not exactly. More like covering them with a sheet and letting them gather dust. And then occasionally returning to them to see if they are still hidden properly.

8) Do they have a good self image?
Ha, what a question. 
Oh yes, definitely.

9) Do they turn to people when they're upset, or do they isolate themselves?
Da Vale trusts no one. He would never turn to anyone when he's upset, for fear of their usurping him and discovering his secrets.

10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?
Cry. Or just feel super uncomfortable, at least. He has a disturbing kind of smile.

What do you think of da Vale?
Have you written any favorite villains?



  1. Ohhh my gosh. I LOVE HIS CATCH PHRASE. That is awesome yet slightly sinister and...I would read this. x) I would probably cry too, though. Disturbing smiles are the worst. *shudders*

    AND YOUR BLOG! IT LOOKS DIFFERENT! I love it! I love the colours and the minimalistic look and ahhh, Sophia, it's awesome. ^-^

    1. Haha yes it does look different! :) I'm glad you like it.

      I really really am liking da Vale. I hope he he Figures Greatly in the book.

  2. He's a very suave villain, I must say. I get a bit of a 'Severus Snape vibe' from him. Nice clip art as well! Venice is a marvellous place to put a story! It's all waterways, and intruiging architecture. I look forward to reading more!


    1. Hmmm. Snape - that does sort of work actually! :)

  3. This character is so intriguing! He seems very secretive but I'm definitely curious. (And I love the answer to #7.)
    I really liked meeting da Vale!

    1. I'm glad you like him! And I am just a bit proud of #7.... so thank you :)


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