I forgot to post this. Ashahulu Randasor and Laurence Gardinier are Theodore’s parents (and also Adelein’s grandparents, whom she was born two hundred years after and never knew).
In a short description of their biographies, Laurence was an emissary sent to speak with Queen Barenziah shortly before The Warp in the West. During a field job in the name of House Gardinier, Laurence disappeared and was never heard from again until the end of the Oblivion Crises when she finally sent a missive to Evermore confirming that she had purposefully left but her son Theodore shouldn’t be judged by her abandonment of the crown.
Ashahulu was an exiled Urshilaku hunter, cast from the Ashlander clan when he and the breton emissary had become intimate during her side research. The pair set their sights towards Solstheim and ended up merging with a clan of wayward Ashlanders called the Yanimimbaal. To compete with the Skaal hunters, Ashahulu convened with Hircine and made a deal without becoming a were-creature. He kept this absolutely private, however.
Asha was a very stoic and private person who spoke poetically in a soft voice. He was tall for a dunmer at 5′11″, especially compared to Laurence being 5′2″. In contrast Laurence is very warm, talkative, wears her emotions upon her sleeve, and naturally mothering. She’s quick to to cry but is generally a very cheerful, talkative person. When they became married and had a son, they gave him two names to decide whether or not be would most identify as a dunmer or breton.
Ashishishe Randasor is Theodoreo’s Ashlander name, but he seldom remembers it.
Both of their lives were claimed in Red Year when the Yanimimbaal clan moved inland away from the growing Hircine influence. They did live to have full meaningful lives and a healthy, loving relationship.
Were there any Presidents to be sworn in on anything other than a bible?
John Quincy Adams and Franklin Pierce took the oath on a book of laws to represent the Constitution (not sure why they didn’t just use a copy of the Constitution), Theodore Roosevelt didn’t take the oath on anything when he was sworn in following President McKinley’s assassination, and LBJ was sworn in using a Catholic missal because they couldn’t find a Bible on Air Force One when he took the oath in Dallas before flying back to Washington after JFK’s assassination.
does Jack and Crutchie not only dream of going to Santa Fe, leaving the illnesses and troubles behind, but also dream of literally becoming Theodore Roosevelt. If you look into Teddy’s early life, it seems to me that Crutchie captures the “sickly little boy” that Roosevelt was in his early boyhood, and Jack embodies the “Go west, young man, and find adventure” side of him.