Shadows of Gold
-Alder Willowheart can be summarized in three of his core traits: Jovial, naive, and nurturing.
-Alder is young roughly just past the age of 19.
-Appearance: Red curly hair kept short except for the bangs which he sweeps to the right and adorns with small trinkets of nature. IE: acorns, flowers, twigs with small shiny stones tied to them, and the occasional chime should he come across one. He is pale, but not to the point of appearing sickly. His clothes tend to be as brightly colored as he can afford giving him an almost jester like quality in his garish choice of dress. He almost always has a dulcimer within arms reach should inspiration strike.
-Behavior: Alder will rarely leave an individual unspoken to seeing it as his job to make everyone accepted and comfortable. This behavior includes eating less or sleeping less comfortably simply so another, stranger or friend, can have a better experience. He attempts to keep himself as clean as possible, but does not dislike getting dirty. He views an individual as having a responsibility to clean up after making a mess of themselves.
-Beliefs: “All events in life are cause for celebration. You simply have to look at it the right way.” “The world is a field and all living things the crops. Most crops are healthy, but some are withered and need nurturing. Those that cannot or will not be nurtured need be cut down and left to enrich the soil.”
-Hastings Wyther: Hastings is a 33 year old man who is a member of the cult of the Golden Mystery. He specializes in supernatural phenomenon that focuses itself on nature. On his birthday he was told he would be a supervisor for a new child who had seemingly appeared out of thin air and walked into town claiming to be a child of the fae. Hastings views Alder as a chore. Alder views Alder as a gift.
Titania the Fairy Queen: Alder’s adopted ‘mother’ and owner. Titania took Alder from his home and accepted him as a child. She and her kind taught him the ways of the fae and shaped his worldview.
-Backstory: Alder was born in a far away land to a family of poor farmers just as fall was ending. The family knew that this child would surely die in the winter months as they were barely able to feed themselves let alone a new child. They prayed to any that would listen to save their child and give it the life they thought it deserved. Upon awaking the next morning they found Alder’s potato box crib empty and his burlap blanket only being moved by the gentle fall winds that swept through the open window. In the night Titania’s servants had heard the prayers of Alder’s family and swept the child away as a present to their mistress. Titania was pleased by this for she had no children of her own, but instead viewed all in her domain as her children including her new human pet. Alder was raised by this new ‘mother’ until the age of maturity. During childhood Alder grew to become almost more fae than human. He would dance in the moonlight with the fae, druids, and witches. He learned to sing to nature and rejoice in mischief and merriment. For 19 years he lived in the heart of a great festival to all of life, but upon adulthood that changed. Alder could no longer stay with his ‘family’ instead he had to return to the world of humans as an ambassador to the world of mortals.