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Bran the Blessed

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Bran—also known as "the Blessed," since anyone who meets him is pretty darn lucky—is one handsome fellow. He also happens to be a giant and the king of all Britain. Bran is loyal to a T, which is why he ran over to Ireland to defend his sister, Branwen, when he heard she was being mistreated there. Only one problem: Bran's currently without a head. But, hey, what does that matter?

Basic Information

Name

Bran

Nickname

Bran the Blessed, Raven (which is what "Bran" means in Welsh), B

Sex

Male

Current city

Castell Dinas Bran, Powys, Wales, or my summer house at Harlech

Work & Education

Occupation

King of the Island of the Mighty (Britain); being really, really tall

Education

I learned from the best: other giants.

Beliefs

Political views

Monarchy 101: Don't be a king if you can't follow a king.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Lir/Llyr, god of the sea; and his mortal boo, Penardun, daughter of the sun god Belenos

Siblings

Manannan mac Llyr (a.k.a. Manawydan ap Lir in Welsh), epic sea dude; my sis, Branwen; my half-sibs are Nisien and Efnisien, my mom's kids by her first marriage

Children

Caradog

Friends

Manannan

Enemies

Efnisien (bros don't always come first); Matholwch, king of Ireland and my brother-in-law, who treated Branwen pretty badly

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to a queen whose name I can't remember

Interested in

Ladies and battles

Favorites

TV Shows

Brothers and Sisters
I'm tight with my fam.
Game of Thrones
One of the main characters is named "Bran." Gotta love it.
Modern Family
Fawlty Towers

Quotations

"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."
– Ellen DeGeneres

"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."
– Winston Churchill

"What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it?"
– Jenny DeVries

"Ravens bring things to people. We're like that. It's our nature. We don't like it."
– Peter S. Beagle, A Fine and Private Place

Books

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
This book left me myst-ified.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Matholwch's horses were beautiful creatures before my annoying brother, Efnisien, slashed at them.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Who doesn't love a Wicked Witch or two?
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
When I was dying, I didn't write anything like this. I couldn't think, since I had no head.
Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Britain might not have many dolphins, but it's still great.
I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
I'm ba-ack!
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Never trust a dude named Brutus.

Music

Take Me Home by One Direction
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
I was just born a giant. Not my fault I block out other people's views.
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? by Bing Crosby
Ol' Math couldn't spare even a dime for my poor sis.
Ol' Man River by Paul Robeson
One by U2
There's only One king of Britain—me!
In Your Head by Mohombi
Not fair… he has a head and I don't.
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
Even though I don't have a noggin, I will keep on slogging… to stay king.
Stayin' Alive by The Bee Gees

Movies

The Raven
In Welsh, the title would be "Bran." 'Nuff said.
My Sister's Keeper
I am Branwen's keeper—or at least her defender.
Head
I know this is about the Monkees….but I can't help feeling that it's a slight to me.
A Child's Christmas in Wales
This is England
Tower of London
The Tower brings back bad memories… that's where my head is buried.
Son of the Sea
I'm a kid of the sea god!
Sleuth

Activities & Interests

Likes

Ravens
Keeping my head screwed on
Welsh football
Chivalry
Magic cauldrons

Interests

Military history
Welsh studies
Ornithology
Marine science
Hypsography (study of measuring heights)

Groups

British and Proud
Against Capital Punishment
British/Irish Invasion
Baltimore Ravens