volturisecretary  asked:

Out of the guards, do you think Eleazar was the only one to know about Chelsea’s ability? When he reveals it in BD, I️ got a ‘we didn’t really talk about it because it was for the greater good” vibe. Just sort of curious on your thoughts because I️ could see it going either way.

Yeah, it’s odd. Here’s the weird paragraph in question: 

Eleazar came to an abrupt halt. “We all understood why Chelsea was important. In a fight, if we could separate allegiances between allied covens, we could defeat them that much more easily. If we could distance the innocent members of a coven emotionally from the guilty, justice could be done without unnecessary brutality—the guilty could be punished without interference, and the innocent could be spared. Otherwise, it was impossible to keep the coven from fighting as a whole. So Chelsea would break the ties that bound them together. It seemed a great kindness to me, evidence of Aro’s mercy. I did suspect that Chelsea kept our own band more tightly knit, but that, too, was a good thing. It made us more effective. It helped us coexist more easily.”

It’s one of those times where “what SM wrote” and “what SM probably intended” really don’t jive. It makes no strategic sense for Aro to let anyone know what Chelsea’s gift can do, and it also makes no sense for Eleazar, of all people, to be 1)unsure and 2)not curious about the particulars, and the potential that’s implied there.

So I try to compromise in my headcanon, leaning more toward “what SM probably intended.” All the (permanent) guards know that Chelsea has a powerful, crucial gift. Some of them (like Demetri) have noticed her focusing on them from time to time, and that afterwards they always feel… better, somehow. More at peace with their situation. The natural conclusion is that she’s some kind of empath. Maybe not the “moment to moment” kind that Corin is; something deeper and more lasting. It would make sense to an inquiring mind that there’s *some* kind of magic at work, for everyone to get along so well in such close proximity.

I think the super-old ones like Corin might know better, and they suspect something closer to the truth (like “an empath but for groups or relationships”), but it’s still vague and they know it’s best not to talk about it. “Nosing around about people’s gifts” is firmly discouraged in Volterra.

Most of the transitory Guards don’t know a thing about her. She’s obviously a warm, friendly person who helped them settle in and checked on them from time to time. They might suspect she’s Marcus’ secret mistress or something, to be so favored in cloak color.


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The Crab Beach Day: Cameo Crab & Chelsea

  • Dive into enchanted fun with the crab beach day storytelling pack inspired by the world of Enchantimals – it comes with a six-inch doll, two crab friends and accessories to play out a familiar theme
  • Pieces keep the friends cool on a hot day with a red crab-shaped pool that has a blue slide for the crab friends
  • Cameo Crab doll wears a unique and colorful outfit: the pink and blue bodice has a coral-inspired design, the pink removable skirt has a whimsical beachy print and bright red shoes spark imagination
  • Sea animal-inspired pieces include a belt with crab legs and a shell-shaped beach bag. Rooted red hair, crab antennae and crab-like facial features match her besties even more
  • The two crab figures (one medium and one small) have adorable details, cute expressions and fun accessories – a pair of sunglasses for Chelsea crab and a snorkel mask for the small crab

This beach-themed storytelling pack, inspired by the world of Enchantimals, is positively enchanting with a six-inch Cameo Crab doll, Chelsea crab figure, a smaller crab friend and accessories (like a pool with slide) that help the friends make a splash. The beach play set pieces are colorful and have fun details to inspire storytelling. The red pool is shaped like a crab and has a blue slide perfect for the crab figures to ride. Beach toys include a floatie for the little crab friend and a lounge chair for the medium-size figure; a shell-shaped beach bag and suntan lotion help cameo crab doll stay cool on a hot day! The Enchantimals doll is cheerful as the sun with a colorful beachy print on her removable skirt and red shoes. A belt with crab legs poking out matches her besties, and other crabby touches include crab antennae, long red hair and animal-inspired facial features. Her two crab friends – one medium Chelsea crab and one small crab – are adorable with warm, smiling expressions. One has a pair of sunglasses and the other a snorkel mask. Dive into fun! Kids will love recreating the wonder of nature and celebrating a world where Caring Is Our Everything. Collect them all to build out a world of Enchantimals and tell enchanting stories of your own (each sold separately, subject to availability). Includes Enchantimals Cameo Crab doll wearing fashions and accessories, one medium-sized Chelsea crab figure, one small crab figure, one pool with slide and themed accessories. Colors and decorations may vary.