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Name-- Castalian
Gender-- Male
Permanent Age-- 12 (in appearance)
Height-- 152 cm (4'11")
Expertise-- Aesthetic Sense
Personal Trait-- Giving
Weapon-- N/A
Castalian is both the personification of the Castalian Spring and Apollo’s love for Daphne.

Appearance--
With the body of a twelve-year old child, Castalian is a dwarf among book spirits. What with his lack of muscle tone, pale complexion and unusually quiet voice, his overall image is that of frailty. A shock of teal-coloured hair tops his head, upon which rests a laurel crown of tarnished gold. Of the same material is the single arrow that he carries with him, from the tip to the feather-shaped fletchings. He appears to be robed in a cream-colored toga that conceals all his body save for his bare feet and right shoulder-to-arm area. His right arm looks to be made of water that drips steadily onto the ground, then returns to his body in a vaporous wisp.

Personality--
Though silent when not confronted, Castalian is indiscriminately generous towards all that approach him. His boundless warmth and kindness often extend at his own expense. He feels unconsciously that his duty is to serve, and thus fulfills it to the best of his ability; however, because he acts this way towards everyone he meets, he often comes across as a fraud.

In truth, Castalian is incapable of distinguishing between people because he has an extremely poor memory. Most experiences and conversations simply pass over him like- pardon the pun- water in a stream. He also has little-to-no ability to recognize visual stimulus; instead of faces, he recognizes voices, and even then only the most striking among them. Though he keeps a small notebook with him to prompt himself upon meeting someone decidedly ‘familiar’, it is impossible for him at this moment to fully hide his debility, much less overcome it. It is also partially due to this that he acts as kindly as he does.

Does he possess a sense of self? As a book spirit, he has only begun to be aware of his own consciousness. As a result of this, though he does possess a sense of self, he never acts upon his own thoughts or feelings. Rather, he habitually suppresses whatever emotions- particularly of romantic desire- that come to him. Though he may seem immune to even negative emotions and impulses, his indifference is simply a façade based on incomprehension and helplessness.

Needless to be said, Castalian is still a child in mind as well as body. He is naïve and unassuming, a stubborn believer that mankind (book spirit-kind?) is inherently good. While he possesses an extremely high emotional intelligence and can often pinpoint the exact motivations behind an action, his all-forgiving nature makes it impossible for him to truly dislike or protect himself against anyone. As a result, he is dangerously trusting of anyone he meets, even in the face of self-evident wickedness.

If left completely alone, Castalian is wont to wander wide-eyed, enchanted by some exquisite object or other. It is both the only personal instinct that he allows himself to follow and the strongest that he knows. His attitude towards the world- especially the natural- is rapturous and reverent, and he finds himself inexplicably drawn to whatever beauty he comes across.

In fact, his very area of expertise is his fantastic aesthetic sense: a knack for creating or enhancing beauty, wherever it may be found. In its simplest form, it helps him draw out the evocative features within a piece of art or music. At its height, it can be used to improve people in body and spirit, helping them realize their full potential.

(A/N: Of course, to be of use in the latter manner, the person in question would have to be extremely close to Castalian. Due to his current mental remoteness, I’d deem it to be quite a task!)

Additional Information--
Though Castalian is drawn to all beauty, his behaviour is different when he finds it in a person. Rather than accept and revel in the feeling- as he would with an inanimate object- he'll use whatever means at his disposal to suppress it.


Book Title-- Fontis Sacros: Sacred Springs and Wells In The Classical Era
Book Author-- Dr. E. I. Sagona
Genre-- Non-fiction/Mythology
Book Summary--
“Religious belief in the time of Ancient Rome and Greece was incredibly diverse. Classical worshipers would pay their respects to an entire pantheon of deities, as well as uncountable demigods and spirits.

It is common knowledge that they built temples- many of which still exist today- to mark their places of worship. Much lesser known is the fact that they held many natural springs and wells to be sacred. In writing this volume, I hoped to explore some of the more unknown sites of worship: how they changed over time, as well as how the beliefs that surrounded them were shaped by the mythology of their place.”

- Excerpt from Fontis Sacros: Sacred Springs and Wells In The Classical Era by Dr. E. I. Sagona

The book begins with a general description of how religion worked in Ancient Rome and Greece. It describes the earliest beliefs in anima until the first kings were introduced in the Republic. It goes on to briefly chronicle the development of religion past the height of the Empire to its fall, including relevant cults and religions that are to be referred back to later in the book.

After this introduction, the book becomes a catalogue of sacred springs and wells. They are divided by their respective regions, but fully indexed in the back. Every entry is accompanied with a photograph, many of which are Sagona’s own. Some pages even include images of relevant tapestries or mosaics from the classical era.

The section on the Castalian Spring is one of the largest and most comprehensive. It begins with a brief description by Pausanias, then goes on to describe the spring itself. It details its importance as a spring dedicated to Apollo and the Muses, as well as the site of ablution for visitors of the Delphic Oracle. It held a particular significance as a source of poetic inspiration and wisdom and was believed to have medicinal properties.

As the Castalian Spring was allegedly the site where Apollo planted the last laurel shoot from Daphne, the woman he loved, Sagona retells the famous myth. [x]

Finally, Sagona closes the passage by describing the site of the spring today: an empty, rectangular marble basin from which the stream has been blocked by fallen rocks. All that is left of the water is a small stream that has been diverted onto the pathway.
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Le-Labyrinthe Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Eeee. <3
Your creative mind never ceases to amaze me. :)
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RaiMidori Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Writer
You are too kind to me, my sister <3 Thank you =]

I hope that one of your characters will get to meet him one day!
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tea-ram Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
An interesting character, I'm quite a fan of Greek Mythology.
Unfortunately, 9yrs old is too young @ w @;; if you could make him perhaps 12 (the minimum);;
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RaiMidori Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Writer
I can do that, absolutely! It doesn't change much about his character.
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