Gwendolyn is not the only fairy royal to go off the rails though she remains the best known. And when the current Queen tries to rein Eileen in, she uses Gwendolyn’s dreadful example to try to shock her cousin into behaving, knowing Eileen does not approve of their ancestor’s antics. It fails as when Eileen falls in love, she begins to understand a little of why Gwendolyn acted the way she did. Eileen honestly believes her attempt at a clean break with the Kingdom is far more honourable than what Gwendolyn did given the latter took her unsuitable paramours home and was aghast at the consequences (civil wars!).
L’Evallier’s lineage is one of the most distinguished in the realm. His ancestors have served the fairy royals for millennia. He takes his responsibilities as Council Leader and Chief Elf seriously (not all of his kind have and some were downright corrupt but naturally he never talks about them). Unlike his ancestors, L’Evallier sees it as his duty to be the monarch’s conscience. Naturally Roxannadrell wishes L’Evallier had not taken this upon himself. L’Evallier is proud of the fact many of his ancestors have fought dragons and foul fiends for centuries. Courage is highly treasured by his family and kind.
Rodish, and brother Balkish, come from a very long line of battle hardened dwarves who know more about mining and gold finds than almost any other dwarf family in the realm. Dwarf ancestries tend to refer to their folk as coming from a “good seam” rather than noble stock. Coming from a good mine refers to the amount of gold found as opposed to its safety record (though in fairness dwarves don’t like losing anything so do make strenuous efforts to keep their miners safe). Because of their lifestyle, dwarves prefer to be direct and honest - there isn’t time to muck about with words when you’re working in the dark in the mines.
Thunderrock, the troll, and D’Athson, the orc, have something in common in that their ancestors made a major switch in policy when they elected to serve the fairy royals. The fairy royals rewarded the trolls and orcs well for deserting their usual ruler, the Chief Witch’s family. She took her rage out on those goblins that defected rather than on the trolls and orcs directly. She insisted this was because she had a special fate in mind for the traitors that needed time to develop. The trolls, orcs and Kingdom generally didn’t see it that way. They saw it as cowardice on the Witch’s part.