“My name is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn, third son of the Unseelie Court…Let it be known–from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on…” His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. “I am yours.”
― Julie Kagawa, The Iron Queen
Megan Chase and her friend Puck go into the fairy world(Nevermore) to rescue her younger brother that has been kidnapped. While traveling through the wyldwood, they are chased by Ash and they barely escape. Megan sees Ash again at the Elysium. It is held at the castle of the seelie court. Megan is the daughter of Oberon and Ash is the son of Mab. To show respect, Megan dances with Ash. In the end, Megan promises to turn herself over to the unseelie court and in exchange, Ash will help to get her brother back.
Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn is the true name of Ash. He is the youngest son of the Winter Queen, Mab and is prince of the Winter Court. He has two older brothers, Sage and Rowan. He is a strikingly handsome man with thick black hair, silver eyes, and pale skin. He is tall, lean, and muscular. Megan first describes him as looking cold, hard, and inhuman. Later she describes him as a handsome inhuman faery that is a daredevil and very loyal to those he loves. He has a strong winter glamour and is a formidable swordsman. Ash is often cold and mysterious. He rarely expresses emotion and it is hard to know what he is thinking. He can totally close off his facial expressions, appearing blank and unreadable. He learned this from the winter fey, who consider emotions a major weakness. He is a fairly loyal person and true to his word.
Now we ask the question: Friend or Foe?
Does the character do things that have good consequences? or bad consequences?
It depends on where his loyalties lie. When he was loyal to Mab, he did what he was ordered to do and many of those things had bad consequences. But Mab is his mother and he was raised to be cold and inhuman. He does however, agonize over the bad things he has done. Ash gradually changes after meeting Megan. He allows himself to feel again and starts making better choices. So the answer is yes to both questions. He has done things that have good consequences and bad consequences.
Do they perform acts for personal gain or to help others?
Ash doesn’t do things for personal gain. He does them out of loyalty to others. First to his mother and then later to Megan and Puck. Although he would never admit to doing anything for Puck.
Are their personality traits noble and with good intent?
Many of his personality traits are very noble. He is loyal to those that he loves and would fight to the death for them, if necessary. Because of his upbringing, he finds it very hard to let others into his life. If you should betray him, It will be a very long time before he would forgive you, if ever. Puck found this out the hard way. He accidentally caused the death of Ash’s first love. Although, Ash did eventually forgive him.
Is the character dishonest?
No, he is true to his word as all fairies are.
Does the character only consider their own interests?
No, as I said before, he would do anything for those that he loves. He always puts their interests first.
Does the character permit selfless acts?
Yes, Ash can be very selfless in his attempts to protect those that he loves.
If the character does something with bad consequences, were they taking a risky action that could have good consequences, but they were willing to take the risk?
Ash is a daredevil and a risk taker. If it is with his own life, he will take the risk, but if it is with the life of someone he loves, he would be a little more cautious.
Did the character feel guilty about their poor actions?
Yes, he does. He is very hard on himself.
Does the character kill without thought or reason?
No, their is always a reason and he agonizes over it later.
Does the character do things out of revenge?
Yes, sometimes. He tried to kill Puck on several occasions, because Puck was responsible for the death of his first love, even though it was an accident.
Ash did some horrible things while he was loyal to his mother, but he changed after being with Megan. I wont hold his past against him, because he didn’t know any better. He became a good person. I would consider him a friend. How about you?