Beatrice Trent

Beatrice is Davis's mom.  She represents high society culture and values, but the softer, more cultured side of the culture.  I want her both to represent the content society life, but also a quirky, subtle idiosyncracy.  Although on one hand she will represent content society life, on another, she will have a certain subtle independence and imagination.  From her Davis will learn the value of education, a sense of individualism, and while she and Davis will never understand and bond each other, she will give him more acceptance and tolerance than anyone else in his official social circles.  While she doesn't understand him in many ways, she has a certain comitment to supporting him in his development, and faith that he will develop well, that he has an unique calling. 

She will die with Davis's father, on their trip to the capital to oppose the invaders.  She was going along for moral support, and for a visit to the capital.  This is unusual for her; she tends to stay home, or travel seperately.  The chance that they would be together during the attack is a sad coinicidence, that is the immediate stimulus for the real action of the story.

If it's not too trite, I want to have part of their relationship be based on a true love coming ut of a mismatch.  I'm thinking her family represents old status/prestige nobles in the capital, but is cash poor.  the Baron is from a wealthy, but somewhat backwoods noble family, far from the capital.  He is visiting the capital on family business, and they meet at the court.  He is brash, and sort of unsophisticated in someways, but also a skilled political player, good at family business, good at taking care of things, competent, but disdainful of the weak petty ways of court nobles.  He wants his family to be successful, and understands the need for political maneuvering, but does it out of necessity, rather than any desire to fit in, or any desire to have social status, other than what is necessary for the families success.

She is a sophisticated socialite, smart and creative, familiear with social intrigues.  She is drawn to his sincere bravado, his independence from the court.  Despite herself she finds the image of life outside the capital, in Kyrene, appealing.  She still loves the concept of the city, enjoys visiting the high life, connecting with high society, even helping the Baron negotiate and deal with the court to insure the success/status of Kyrene.

The Baron is drawn to her because something about her lets  him relax, lets him lower his guard.  On some level he always wishes he was smarter, always admired education, but can't admit it, resents others rather than feel insecure.  But something about her, let's him enjoy her education, support her culture, enjoying it in some passive way vicariously.  She let's him experience things he could never admit interested him, things he would be afraid would show weakness.

They love each other, and are committed to each other.  He tries to moderate his dissapointment in the children, his sadness at the lack of a strong heir, because he loves her, because as upsetting as it is, he loves her.  But it is the great tension of their lives, the one great unresolved issue.  First, that she can't give birth to a strong heir, and second, his dissapointment with that Davis is weak and Adera is a girl.  The Baron can't really accept either of them, but tries for her sake, and moderates his dissapointment in them, his disdain for their flaws, out of love for Beatrice.  Her love for him, her desire to make him happy, leads her to try again, which leads to Aderra's difficult child birth, introducing the family to Asa.  After that, there is no chance of another child.  This is the great tragedy of their relationship.

Beatrice embraces Asa and his wife after that, as a sort of distant but beloved relative, and uses her power as mistress of Kyrene to do subtle but meaningful steps for Asa, and more importantly the Goblin population of Kyrene.  This reinfoces Davis's concept of equality for the races.  Perhaps most importantly, she encourages Davis's relationship with Asa, supporting their friendship.  She also supports his education, development into a mage.

Beatrice, though taken aback by Adera's nature as a warrior, tries to support her, but the Baron's growing respect for her, means Beatrice focuses more attention on Davis.  But her fundamental alignment is to support her children's happiness, and their freedom to pick their own lives, something she and the Barron craved for themselves, and never really felt they had. 

Role:  Mother
Story Activities:  In the context of the story, the action really starts when Beatrice and the Baron die.  After that, Adera and Davis  are fighting for control of their legacy and the family resources.  

Before that, Beatrice plays the role of softening the role of the Baron, especially with the children.  Throughout, she encourages and supports their desire to accomplish their dreams.  For Adera that is to be a knight and warrior, for Davis, it's a bit more complex, but fundamentally involves his education, magery and cross cultural experiences.  For both, she helps run interference with the Baron, and does what she can to line up resources for them, without directly conflicting with the Baron.  

She successfully plays the role of the Mistress of a wealthy country territory.    In many ways, she is as  powerful as the Baron, controlling the cultural life of Kyrene, where she reigns supreme.  She is generally happy to play the country society wife, but is progressive in a few key ways; supports art/education and is a strong supporter of charity events.  She is in many ways the classic community minded socialite.

Because Asa saved her and Adera, and closely treated them for years afterwards, she is especially supportive of Goblins, and actively supports Davis's developing friendship/relationship.  Her special progressiveness is that she is not classist, and respects and supports resources for the poor, as long as they don't challenge the status quo.  She is the soft side of the couple, and together they are an extremely successful ruling couple.  Beatrice is especially popular with the people, as the generous representative of the couple.  

Neither Beatrice or the Barron are looking to change the status quo, but neither is especially tyrannical.  Both are just trying to be good at their roles, as they percieve them.  For Beatrice that is being sophisticated and aristocratic, but also generous and enlighted, in a convential benefactor way.