With flame and tools these demigods may create wonders, crafting and sculpting with a finesse not seen wielded by any mortal. They create life from metal, constantly building, tinkering, discovering. With a command over fire and active minds, Hephaestus’ children will excel wherever their heart takes them.
Caitrin’s family life is a bit of a mystery. I haven’t worked out the kinks yet, but she has a strong resentment for her mother, and is fiercely loyal to her father, who crafted her very first knife. She never uses it in battle, but it’s always sheathed on her belt. She has two older sisters, both married off to wealthy partners and moved into cities. She was raised in an expanse of farmland, though her parents weren’t farmers. Her father is a blacksmith, he makes gardening tools as well as weaponry that is exported to the King’s guard. Faina’s brother used to help out in the blacksmith, and Faina herself frequently picked flowers from the fields during childhood.
Faina lost her parents when she was young, and became devoted to the faith soon after. She raised her younger brother alone with help of the Priesthood. Soon after turning twenty one, she started the trials to become a Priestess, which meant shutting herself away for seven days and seven nights. When she emerged from the temple, her brother was reported dead. With no family left, she turned to Caitrin for help, who had risen in the ranks of the king’s guard and was now leading her own faction at just twenty four.
20:their reaction to a mystery love letter
Caitrin would pick on the sender’s handwriting and try to guess who it is. She would be secretly flattered, though, and probably keep it lodged between one of her books.
Faina would locate the person to thank them, but politely decline their feelings. After being accepted into the Priesthood, she is no longer permitted to have a romantic relationship. Her faith teaches that a Priest/Priestess is devoted only to their faith. Just as their Gods created life in their image, so too must the “regular” people procreate as the Priests watch over them. She doesn’t really have any interest in relationships, so it isn’t taken as much of a loss.
24:what motivates them
Both are motivated by a strong love – for each other and their families, deceased or otherwise.
Caitrin’s devotions lie in rebellion. She works best when there’s a challenge to face. She is always questioning the faith and the workings of the world. Because of her, Faina keeps an open-mind when teaching the faith to others.
Faina is motivated by compassion. She has a selfless need to help others because the Priesthood helped her. However, after spending more time with Caitrin, she learns that being selfish isn’t as terrible as it seems, and that she should do things because she wants to, not because people expect it of her.
‘What good is having faith,’ Caitrin started, turning to meet Faina’s gaze, ‘if it’s forced onto people? Belief should be a choice. If they don’t believe of their own free will…do they really believe at all?’
After that, Faina’s motivations change to suit their circumstances. Eventually, she begins to question the faith and all she has learned, even going as far as to question the Gods.