The Original Paladins as Children
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Zarkon was a quiet child.He enjoyed reading and especially enjoyed learning about things such as military strategy. Growing up in the middle of a war, he was taught early on how to fight. He eventually learned to love the art of fighting as much as he loved reading. He didn’t have very many friends; the class/caste system on Daibazaal prevented him from hanging out with children of a much lower status than him, and there were no nobles’ children his age. For much of his childhood, he somewhat hero-worshipped his dad, even though the man wasn’t the most loving and doting father. He was raised to believe in power and to believe that the best thing he could have in life was more of it, but as a child he didn’t really understand the thought process.
Alfor was a mess as a child. He did stupid things all the time, and got constantly injured way too often for his parents’ taste. The most common reasons were that he was trying to help someone or that he “just wanted to see what would happen”. Often, when on any sort of diplomatic trip with his parents, he would get bored and vanish shortly into the day to find something fun to do. He and Coran met at a young age, and they wreaked havoc together. The two were attached at the hip, and if their parents thought they could cause trouble on their own- oh, boy, they had to see the chaos the boys caused together. His father tried to get him into something academic to mellow him out, but that something ended up being alchemy. He was a prodigy at it, fantastically smart, but things like common sense ocassionally escaped him and he still had the mindset of “I bet this would be cool, let me give it a shot”. Needless to say, he continued to cause trouble well into early adulthood, even if he always meant well.
Trigel was super loud and curious as a child. She was not afraid of anything or anyone, and the moment a question struck her she would ask it. She was also insanely smart, and proud of it. If she wanted to know something, nothing short of death or some other utter catastrophe could stop her. Despite this, she was also very responsible. She grew up learning the responsibilities she would face as a leader someday and embracing them as early as she could. Sometimes she could come off as a bit bossy, but her family and close friends weren’t really bothered by it. She was generally well-behaved as a child, and the most trouble she ever got into was speaking when she shouldn’t have been (usually to ask some question that was bothering her).
Blaytz, like Alfor, was a wild child, but unlike Alfor, he often went looking for trouble. A bored Blaytz was a very bad thing for everyone else involved. Also unlike Alfor, he had enough dumb luck to get out of most situations unscathed. Like Zarkon, he grew up in the middle of the war, and he too was taught how to fight from a young age. He enjoyed the thrill of the fight, but preferred for it to end in smiles and no hard feelings- friendly spars and the like. When the kid learned what flirting was, he immediately began testing out his new skills on pretty much everyone he knew. He personally never actually understood why anyone would restrict themselves to one gender, especially as a kid and teenager. He also never understood the war with the Galra, and grew to despise the Galra for it and the pain it cause his planet- hatred that would take a long time to dissipate when he grew older.
Gyrgan was probably the best behaved out of all of them. Everyone that met him adored him. He was the cutest kid, full of smiles and super polite. It was almost impossible not to love little Gyrgan.He was a bit shy with other children his age, and he was never really much of a talker. With his closest friends, he could talk and joke with them easily- even when he was a kid, Gyrgan was the master of sass. When he was comfortable, he was also a pretty big bundle of energy. It wasn’t difficult to get him excited about something. He started cooking at an early age, and love figuring out just which foods tasted good together and which didn’t. However, he was much better at taking an already existing dish and improving it than he was at creating new dishes altogether.
Had they all met as children, Blaytz and Alfor would have gotten on extremely well- much to the chagrin of both of their parents. The two of them together would probably mildly scare the other three, though Zarkon would never admit it. It was probably better for the general health of the universe, in the end, that the alliance didn’t form until they were adults.