Let’s learn more about everyone’s favorite
ferryman driver/butler! Important: character profile posts do contain spoilers! If you haven’t read King’s Captive or King’s Shadow, I suggest you wait to read all Gate of Myth and Power character profiles until you finish!
Loosely inspired by Charon, the ferryman of Hades in Greek Mythology who carried souls across the river Styx into the underworld. Since the Greek myth’s Charon’s appearance varies greatly, I focused more on Charon’s elven characteristics, although I did give him the traditional cloak/hood that a lot of artists today (and in the past century) typically draw on Greek myth Charon. (Our Charon also serves as the official Group Driver as another nod to his mythic counterpart. I thought I was soooo funny when I came up with that.)
Reserved, quiet, and loyal, Charon is quite strong for an elf, and is scary strong for an elf that isn’t a member of a royal line. (Good thing Chloe never realized that, or she would have been even more reluctant to practice!) Charon is so powerful because he, like Noctus, has excellent control over his emotions, and thinks things through first instead of impulsively lashing out as elven society had a tendency to do. (I mean, there’s a reason why fae learned to be so capricious.)
Unfortunately, that strength also means it’s pretty hard for him to make friends, so his only true friends are Aristide, Ker, Noctus, and–now–Chloe.
Despite his crusty exterior, Charon does have deep feelings and will act out of kindness–as Chloe experienced frequently as Ama when Charon was desperate to keep the cat happy in a bid to keep Noctus happy. You can see a similar spark at the end of King’s Shadow when Charon desperately wants to assure Noctus that Chloe is alright, but he’s so dedicated he won’t say anything unless asked.
I had a lot of fun with Charon, as he views his service to Noctus in a very different light than how Celestia of Hall of Blood and Mercy serves Killian Drake, or Skye serves Queen Leila in Court of Midnight and Deception.
So what do you think of Charon now that you know more about him? When you first read about the elves in the Magiford books were you picturing a character like Charon and the rest of the elves in the city?
How did I NOT SEE that Charon was the “driver?” (Pride really does go before the fall!)
No, to be honest, when I was thinking of elves, I really was thinking of only a few, a handful to a dozen at most, just working really hard to stay off the radar. I assumed they’d probably have a tiny pocket realm, but not a whole freaking city and acres of land and a castle to boot!
How is it the Paragon never questions Charon? He must realize he is also an elf. Does he just assume that he’d never speak outside of his king’s direction? And while the Paragon is polite enough to call Noctus a majesty, doesn’t he think it’s a bit odd, that he is a king (in his mind) without a kingdom or people to rule? Or has he just not put enough thought into it?
Really loving how it’s the human women who make this whole series! Please, please, please have a big showdown with the big bads and ALL of our beloved characters! Don’t envy the writing work (whew, it’s like Endgame all over again), but so, so, so totally would be worth it!!!
THANK YOU FOR WONDERFUL STORIES THAT EXCEED ALL EXPECTATIONS!!!
Oh, and loving the magically strong men who not only support their women, but stand in their own light! Hunk-a-licious!
Charon definitely seems to fill more of a Hector role than either Skye or Celestina. Charon and Hector are both strong seconds who choose to follow an even stronger leader when either of them could easily lead in their own right. But neither of the guys seem to do quite as much … managing … of their leaders as the two female seconds often do.
I like Charon. So much in fact that I can’t seem to pick a favorite among him, Ker, and Aristide. I mostly love how they are all such distinct personalities, yet they work together (even if sometimes accidentally) to get things done. The quiet, loyal strategist, the perky and enthusiastic PR rep, and the guy who can hear what isn’t said and call you out on it.
Did you purposely give Noctus three musketeers, Kitty, or was that a happy accident?!
By the way, Kitty, I hear chips are off the menu – what about soft pretzels? Salty goodness that even works with some kinds of dip! I make these ones at home. 🙂
Abbey Schultz says
Thank you, now I am wondering what a conversation between Celestia, Sky, Hector, and Charon would be like if they were to talk about their bosses. I loved when Charon started having a opinion about Chloe’s clothes! Thank you for your hard work on all the characters in your stories.
I second the motion! Kitty, if you did a conversation with the “seconds” I think it would be a lot of fun!
I loved Charon and his quiet strength and loyalty.
A great idea! I know you haven’t done a character interview in quite some time Kitty, so the next time you have time to do one, it would be amazing if you were to do it on these characters chatting about their service to their bosses. (Or you could make it a joint freebie!) Charon is such a good character! Stony and quiet but with a heart of gold!
I love that idea, I also wonder could you maybe do another couple interview once this series is finished and add Chloe and noctus. I would love to see how noctus and killian would get along.
I will also put my vote in for a seconds’ interview or at least a conversation. Sounds like fun.
Sabrina Nelson says
Yes! Great idea! I’d love hear them talk about what they love about working with their bosses but also their struggles and the changes they see happening in their bosses as their relationships develop with their significant others.