Who Knows Keltin Moore Best?

As an experiment, I thought I’d pull a question at random out of an online personality quiz and answer it for several of the main characters in The Adventures of Keltin Moore. Let me know if you enjoy this, and I’ll be sure to do more of these in the future. 😊

Question: Who knows you best?

Keltin Moore – I think that this changes over time. At first, it’s definitely Keltin’s sister Mary, as he wouldn’t allow himself to get close to anyone else after his heartbreak over Angela. However, over time, he’s gained some close friends whom he has learned to trust with both his life and his feelings. While he’s probably spent more time with Jaylocke than anyone else since The Beast Hunter, I’d say that at the current stage of Keltin’s story, my answer would have to be Bor’ve’tai, who has the advantage of a deep insight into human nature and an almost supernatural empathy for other people. Of course, the answer to this question could change over time. Maybe we’ll have to revisit this question after a few more installments in the series…

Jaylocke – This is a tough one, especially because it is integral to the plot of the fourth Keltin Moore book, which I’m currently working on. I’m going to hesitantly say that this is Keltin, mainly because of all their time spent together and the many times that Jaylocke has opened up to his Master over the course of his apprenticeship in the trade of beast hunting. However, just because Keltin knows him best, doesn’t necessarily mean that he knows what Jaylocke will do when he’s forced to make a choice that he’s been avoiding since readers first met him. (How’s that for a teaser?)

Bor’ve’tai – I’m going to say Grel’zi’tael for this one. This may be something of a surprise to some readers since we see relatively less of the venerable Sky Talker than other characters, but I believe that Bor’ve’tai’s insights into people largely came through Gre’zi’tael’s influence. Besides, I like the idea that Grel’zi’tael is able to completely understand a person after just a short amount of time with them. I think it’s tied in to his abilities as a Sky Talker and his innate understanding of natural laws and cycles.

Elaine Destov – I definitely think this would be her father. While Elaine loves her mother and younger brothers, she has a special bond with her dad. Part of this comes from his willingness to teach her about the world of business and work as a solicitor, as well as her eagerness to learn and natural ability. Beyond that, it probably comes from the fact that their relationship is at least partially based on Elizabeth Bennett’s relationship with her father, since Elaine has always been heavily influenced by my experiences with Jane Austen and Regency romances in general.

Wendi – I wanted to include Wendi because of her answer to this question. With her family gone, I think that Kuff the tamarin hound is probably the one person that knows her best. While Wendi’s grief prevents her from opening up to those around her, Kuff knows that she is a good person that deserves his respect and loyalty. In return, she eagerly gives him her love and devotion. Wendi’s relationship with Kuff is critical as she works to deal with her loss and find a place for herself in the world.

 

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Education in the World of Keltin Moore

It’s graduation time, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to answer some questions I’ve gotten over the years about how education works in The Adventures of Keltin Moore.

Since most of Keltin’s world is based on the late 1800’s of North America and Europe, it’s safe to assume that the education system is set up similarly. In urban centers, there are larger schools for children with multiple teachers and universities for adults. Rural areas tend to have the traditional single-room schoolhouse, with one teacher providing a general education for all school-aged children. This was the type of school where Keltin’s mother was employed when she met his father.

Speaking of Keltin, I’ve had some readers comment over the years that he seems uncommonly well-spoken for a man raised in the country, but we can thank the strong will of his mother for that. While she only taught school for the first part of Keltin’s childhood, she insisted that he and his sister Mary continue to attend regularly and be faithful to their studies. In addition, she made sure her children made use of her small but carefully stocked home library, and tried to take them to visit their more cultured Milner relations in Maplewood as often as possible. It was this upbringing that instilled in Keltin a deeper capacity for letters as well as critical thinking and self-expression.

As for Keltin’s companions, their backgrounds are as diverse as they themselves are. Bor’ve’tai received little formal education, going to work as a laborer from an early age to help support his family. More recently, he has been under the tutelage of Grel’zi’tael in the mysterious Loopi art of influencing natural forces, known as Sky Talking.

Elaine received both formal education as well as a great deal of instructor tutoring from her solicitor father. It’s safe to say that Elaine boasts the most varied and in-depth education of Keltin’s regular cast of characters, with impressive knowledge and insight in subjects ranging from business law and accounting to social etiquette and the arts.

Jaylocke’s education is the subject of several subplots throughout the series and will be the major focus of the upcoming fourth installment of the series. As a Weycliff wayfarer, Jaylocke received no formal education, instead receiving instruction from the elders of his troop in such subjects as cooking, craftmanship, the performing arts, and of course, genealogy. A Weycliff’s ancestors are more than the names of people who have passed on. They are a resource of knowledge and skill, provided that the wayfarer calling upon them is in good standing with their people and has sufficient knowledge of the specific individual called upon. The requirements may seem strict, but the benefit of the wisdom of multiple generations is well worth the effort.

Of course, education and knowledge can only take a character so far. Courage, integrity, and quick-thinking are equally important as Keltin and his friends continue their adventures in a world of fantasy, steam-works, and monsters.

 

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  • Randall Hodgson
  • Mandy Vincelette
  • Matthew Paxman
  • Brenda Hayward
  • Yoshiyuki Nishikawa
  • Wil Sisney

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