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Duke’s most notable personality trait is his cleverness and ability to pick new things up with relative ease. Even as a colt, he always wanted to learn about the world around him, and how things worked and why they did what they did. An inquisitive young horse, he questioned everything and soaked up the answers he was given. He is able to retain a large amount of information and Duke likes to learn as much as he can. Whilst much of his intelligence is natural, Duke also has the motivation to work at things that he cannot pick up the first time around. His persistent nature allows him to continue practicing things he has difficulty with until he has mastered them.
As Duke continued to learn about everything around him, he became more ambitious. Age has not faltered this trait in any way. With all the new aspects of life inside the Menagerie, Duke is ready to gain more knowledge, as well as power and experience. Coupled with a slight stubborn air, Duke will set his mind to something and accomplish it no matter what the odds. Often these things take a long time, and when he doesn’t succeed he simply moves on and tries his hand – or hoof – at something else. He is also willing to try and teach those around him, and takes a certain pride in taken on students, imparting some of his knowledge upon them.
After living with a political family, Duke managed to become accustomed to such talk. Whilst watching his human family, he picked up on their manipulative nature, and thus made it his own. Relatively charismatic, Duke is willing to manipulate those around him to achieve his own goals, and he is quite good at it to. With a few well-placed words, he shapes people into making the responses he wishes them to make. He also tries his hand at talking his way out of certain situations. His success rate may not be one hundred per cent, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to hone this skill in the hopes that it will aid his survival in the Menagerie. Going hand-in-hand is his calculative behaviour. This skill is not as strong in Duke, but he attempts to think one step ahead of his opponent.
Despite this, Duke can be a very caring horse, despite his distrusting nature. Whilst he looks warily upon others, not quite knowing whether they can be trusted, he does try to look out for those in his herd. He knows the importance of family and would be willing to stick his neck out for the Bellator, or even others in need. However, he is still not ready to let anyone get too close to him, due to his past losses. Instead he prefers to just protect those he can, and stay at a safe distance from those he does not trust.
Born to Gypsy Vanners Ricochet and Flick, Duke was their second colt. The elder colt, Orion, was already three years old, almost ready to move on. The stables he was born into were relatively small, owned by a family in Ireland that mainly used the horses to pull their carts. Whilst they had entered a few of their Gypsy Vanners into show competitions, they had other ideas for the newest addition to their family. Duke looked strong, and seemed to take quickly to his life on the farm. Orion never quite understood his eagerness to learn, but both Ricochet and Flick indulged their son, teaching him all they could in a short space of time.
Of course Ricochet managed to keep from both his colts and his mate a vital piece of information. This secret would not be uncovered by Duke until much later in life. For the first four years of his life, Duke was taught the etiquette of horse life. The basic dos and don’ts were easy to pick up on, but he still found himself in trouble a few times. He was more interested in learning about the humans. There was a young girl at the farm, only a few years old when he had been born, and Duke loved her dearly. Layla was introduced to the horses at a young age, and Duke recalled spending much of his time around her and the other humans.
Duke had just turned four years old when his older brother was sent away. His parents told him that he had won some kind of award and now he was being sold, because the family needed money. Duke didn’t understand it at first, and he felt as though he was not being told the truth. The money problems however, were a fact of life, and he picked up on that from the discussions of the humans. They were hushed words exchanged just near the stables, and whilst Duke didn’t understand a lot of it, he understood that they were in hard times.
The young male continued to be trained, learning how to move with things on his back. Strangest was when the humans put their saddles on him and made him move around whilst carrying them. It was something he thought displayed the lazy nature of the human being, something he greatly frowned upon. Layla was allowed to right him, with the assistance of her mother, and Duke liked that immensely. He was comfortable around the human child and liked the company whenever she came to visit.
He was seven when both of his parents were sold. It seemed as though the family had come into more troubles. Duke, however, was ready to try and take a more active role in the assistance. He worked twice as hard whenever they needed him, which was much more frequently now that he was one of the last Gypsy Vanners left on their farm. The other horses there were not bred for pulling the cart, so that became his main job. He knew that there were other ways of doing such things. The humans talked about all sorts of new contraptions that pulled around your things, with no horses and no wheels. They floated above the ground and moved where you wanted them to move. It confused Duke, but he was glad that the humans kept him anyway.
Layla’s father was into politics, and often had fancy men visiting him. Duke took the time to listen to their discussions, trying to pick up the words he knew and interpret them. From this, he began to develop his own manipulative and cunning nature, and learnt about the politics and struggles of life. Duke was still young though, and he did not yet understand the importance of these traits, nor would he until much later.
Eight years old and Duke was moving along well. Layla was older and attending something that the humans called school. The stallion still didn’t understand it. He was alone the night he discovered his father’s secret. He woke up from a nightmare and he was not himself. Looking down he saw no hoofs, instead he saw hands. The terror was plain in Duke’s face as he tried to work out what was happening. He had heard of shifters from the humans, the terror was all around, but he couldn’t possibly be one. Shifters were humans that turned into animals. What was he? Duke tried to shut his eyes, trying to will himself back into his equine form. When he awoke again he was in his familiar form, believing it all to be a dream.
Once he shifted again, Duke came to the horrible realisation that it was not a dream. He shied away from the humans this time, scared at what they would do to him if they knew. But at the same time he wanted to understand his human form. He wanted to know what it was like to be one of them and to move and feel and think like one of them. He got the opportunity to learn when he was alone with Layla. She was riding him bareback around one of the paddocks and something spooked him. He was running, but then he was on the ground, and Layla was above him. She screamed at first, but then softened herself, instead pausing to look upon her faithful horse.
Layla took the whole thing surprisingly well. From that day their friendship grew stronger. She began teaching Duke how to read and write, believing that he needed to know such things if he was ever to survive as a human. Duke didn’t have the heart to tell her that he wished to stay in his horse form, and only return to his human form when necessary. But he also wanted to learn. Drawn into their mysterious world, he soaked up their words and language and thoughts. He soaked everything up and forced it into his memory. Even when she was at school he secretly shifted into his human form and practiced holding a pen and moving it across the paper. Whilst the words were shaky at first, they began to improve as he learnt under Layla’s guidance.
Five years kept their secret safe. But then Layla was in a fight with her father. She had rushed outside to Duke, and he hadn’t noticed Robert following. He thought that Robert was in a meeting; he wasn’t supposed to be home until later. Running towards his human he shifted and embraced her. And then he heard the shouting. All sorts of language flew from Robert’s mouth as he pulled his daughter away. He could see Layla crying and screaming for her horse, but all Duke could do was back away. He fled, his horse form carrying him away as fast as he could move.
He was caught in under an hour.
Two weeks of testing, and he was released into the dome. Duke didn’t know what to expect. He spent a week wandering the strange land, trying to get his bearings and take in all the information he could. He then found the Bellator herd, a group of retromorphs – which he now understood he was. He joined them as a navigator, trying to help out as much as he could. But Duke was never comfortable in a position such as that. He wanted to make more of a difference in the herd, he wanted to help them learn about the humans, and to help lead them. Wanting to rise in the ranks, Duke continued to try to work towards that ultimate goal. The memory of Layla pushed him forwards, motivating him to help out. Duke has his sights set on a higher rank, but he’s determined to get there through truthful and honest methods, not wanting to harm his Bellator brethren. For the past years he’s helped out within the herd, doing whatever tasks need to be done, and only time will tell where he ends up.
Duke's hard work eventually paid off, and he was promoted to Left Hand. Since then, he's been helping to teach the other Bellators about humans, as well as reading and writing in English. Whilst now he has become very busy with such tasks, he still takes the time to secretly thank Layla for all that she did for him.