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Orpheus
Also known as
  • "Cheeseface" (by Farid)
  • "Four Eyes" (by Farid)
  • "Calf's-Head" (by Fenoglio)
  • "Milkface" (by Farid and Fenoglio)
  • "Moonface" (by citizens of Ombra in general)
Biographical information
Status

Alive

Occupation

Writer

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair colour

Blond

Affiliations
Title(s)

Silvertongue

Loyalties

Basta (formerly)
Mortola (formerly)
The Adderhead (formerly)
Himself

Behind the scenes
Appearances

Inkspell
Inkdeath

Orpheus, also known as Four Eyes, is a talented Silvertongue who used to adore Inkheart and later wanted to change its universe as he has the power to do so.

BiographyModify the text

Sending Dustfinger homeModify the text

Orpheus was found by Dustfinger and Farid and they requested him to read them into Inkworld. Orpheus read Dustfinger into his home but left Farid behind as Dustfinger had given Farid Inkheart to hold, which happened to be Orpheus's favorite childhood book; that, and Orpheus felt Farid had no business to be in the Inkworld.[1]

After Dustfinger was read back into his own world Orpheus took Inkheart from Farid and revealed to be working with Basta, forcing Farid to flee to Elinor's house.

When Orpheus arrived at Elinor's house he has a man called Sugar with him. The man locked Elinor and Darius in the cellar while Mortola forced Orpheus to read her, Basta, Resa and Mo into the Inkworld. Orpheus succeeded, leaving him to live in Elinor's house, reading different characters out of Elinor's books when he felt like it.

During his stay at Elinor's, he attempted many times to read himself into the world within Inkheart, as Meggie Folchart had done, though he was unsuccessful. Meggie later read him into the Inkworld for him to create words to read Dustfinger back from the dead, as Fenoglio was unwilling. Orpheus refused to believe Meggie was the one who read him into the Inkworld and believed he'd done it himself. He then set off to become one of the richest men in the Inkworld.[2]

Becoming more and more ambitiousModify the text

Orpheus read himself lots of gold to buy a large house and other expensive items, earning him lots of respect from the Piper. Farid also became his servant as Orpheus promised him that he would read Dustfinger back if Farid worked for him. Orpheus forced Farid into hard labor but failed to bring back Dustfinger, while Mortimer Folchart did, though again Orpheus made himself believe that it was to his credit. Orpheus then sided himself with the Adderhead in the hopes of gaining more power. Orpheus acquired a Night-Mare, later revealed to be Basta. Mortola found him and tried to enslave him, but ended up being betrayed and killed. When the Adderhead died, Orpheus decided he was sick of the babyish Inkworld he had so loved as a boy and felt that the place for him now was beyond the Castle in the Lake, where Fenoglio had not written about. Elinor mentioned much later that he probably perished in the mountains.[3]

Physical attributesModify the text

Orpheus is described as being very pale with blonde hair. He is said to wear glasses, thus the name of "Four Eyes".

NamesakeModify the text

Many remarks have been made about his name, mostly about if his parents gave it to him or he chose it himself. His name is from a Greek myth about a man who almost brought the dead back, by playing Hades such a beautiful song that he let him have his wife back, if he didn't look back at her when getting out of the underworld.

ReferencesModify the text

  1. Inkspell, Ch. 1 - Words Made to Measure
  2. Inkspell
  3. Inkdeath


Silvertongues
DariusMeggie FolchartMortimer FolchartOrpheus

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