Special Sub-Topic: The Farseer Trilogy- Fitz!
|Let's start with the basics. Fitz, the main character of the book series, is (though unofficially) heir to the Farseer line, the rulers of the Six Duchies. But who is his father?|
Chivalry. Fitz is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry Farseer, the eldest son of King Shrewd. After finding out about his son, the King-In-Waiting Chivalry decided to give up his title and claim to the throne and retreat from the court life of the capital Buckkeep, leaving Fitz behind in the rough but safe care of his most loyal servant, Burrich.
|After his arrival at Buckkeep, Fitz eventually becomes an apprentice to a peculiar man who secretly lives and works inside the Keep, serving the Crown in his own subtle but efficient way. Who is this man and what is his trade?|
Chade Fallstar, Assasin. It is decided that, being of the Farseer blood, Fitz receives the training required to become a Royal Assassin to be able to serve his King "in the shadows", if not in public. Chade Fallstar, Fitz's tutor, is also unofficially of the Farseer family, as is Fitz himself.
|Fitz is possessed of both the Skill (the inheriditory magic of the Farseers), and the Wit (also called the Old Blood).|
t. Yes, Fitz has both of these types of magic that are quite different from one another. Skill allowes you, for example, to communicate telepathically with those who are also Skilled and to manipulate and affect the thoughts of those whose minds are open to the Skill, causing fear and anxiety in the enemies at war, for instance. The Wit is an ability that makes you more sensitive to all living beings around you, and enables you to bond with an animal. The Wit possibly dates back to the times when people were generally closer to nature and this kind of expanded awareness of the surrounding life was considered completely natural. Nowadays, however, the Wit is often despised and misunderstood, and the Witted are persecuted by their prejudiced neighbours who have no understanding of what the magic is really about.
|What is the name of the courageous and good-humoured wolf that becomes Fitz's Witpartner?|
Nighteyes. Fitz meets Nighteyes when he is just a cub, captured by a mean merchant and held in a cage, abused and given hardly any food or water. Fitz frees the mistreated little wolf and the pair of them slowly begin to gain one another's trust and love. Eventually their bond becomes very strong and their companionship is based on mutual respect and affection.
|As a boy, when adventuring around Buckkeep Town, Fitz comes to meet his first love, a fiery-tempered girl that will stay in his dreams forever. Who is this red-clad beauty?|
Molly. Molly Chandler is- in my opinion, at least- the greatest love in Fitz's life that he will never forget, though the fate later forces them to go separate ways. Molly lives in Buckkeep Town where she and her father have a chandle shop. Molly's father is a drunkard that all too often treats her very badly, and after her mother's death she has had to run the business almost all by herself. Fitz meets the spirited girl while playing with the children in the streets of Buckkeep Town, and later they come to love each other. Their love is passionate and bitter-sweet- stolen moments of desire, tears of both despair and pure joy. Love that will live forever in memories- if not in reality as well, one day.
|As a test of loyalty, Fitz is once assigned to steal something that belonged King Shrewd himself. What is the object he took from the King?|
A fruit knife. This particular test was assigned to Fitz by his tutor Chade Fallstar because King Shrewd thought it necessary as an important part of his training. The test was extremely hard for Fitz who did not know that the King himself knew about the task and thus felt like he was forced to choose between his loyalty to his tutor and his loyalty to his King. Finally, Fitz found a solution to suit him- he went straight to King Shrewd's appartment and, before the King's very eyes, took a fruit knife and walked out with it. Then he went to his tutor's room, walked over to the fireplace and thrust the knife deep in the mantlepiece. Most likely, it still remains there as a token of Fitz passing his difficult test.
|The Fool (King Shrewd's one-time jester) is the White Prophet and Fitz is his Catalyst.|
t. Mostly in the Southern parts of this world it is believed that, for all the times of the world, a White Prophet shall be born to foresee that which is to come. Following the visions of the Prophet, his Catalyst, the change-maker, is to set the world on a course for a better future. Only by the actions and sacrifices of both the White Prophet and his Catalyst can the world be prevented from falling into darkness and decay, which would otherwise be inevitable.
|What did the freedom earring that Burrich gave to Fitz look like?|
A silver net with a blue gemstone. There was often quarrelling and misunderstanding involved in Fitz and Burrich's relationship, but then again, who could avoid all conflict with the person that practically raised them? They were also good times and quite a bit of affection, though. Perhaps as a token of respect, Burrich was willing to give Fitz the freedom earring that he himself had got from his grandmother, a former slave. The same earring had also been worn by Fitz's father, Prince Chivalry, when Burrich was still his servant.
|What is the name of the brave and intuitive Mountain Kingdom Princess (or as she herself would prefer it, Sacrifice) that eventually became the Queen of Six Duchies?|
Kettricken. Kettricken is a very courageous and altruistic woman who rules the Six Duchies with great wisdom, removing much of the old prejudice that has harmed the kingdom so over the years. Starling is a minstrel and one of those that accompany Fitz on his journey to Mountain Kingdom and beyond. Patience is the widowed wife of Fitz's father, Chivalry, and Lacey is her loyal maid.
|Prince Regal was the second-oldest of King Shrewd's sons.|
f. Prince Regal was the youngest- and probably the most ambitious- of the three sons of King Shrewd. Regal was given birth by King Shrewd's second wife, Queen Desire, who strongly believed that his son was far more worthy of the crown than either of his older brothers. Regal himself quite agreed with his mother in this, and the scheming and machinations of both the youngest Prince and his mother very nearly ended up in complete destruction of the righteous Farseer line. Even though this didn't happen, he truly deserves his other name- the Pretender.
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