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Asa Pike (b.1985) is a Merromal and former endowed student at Bloor's Academy. He used to be part of the bad endowed children in Bloor´s academy alongside Manfred but had a change of heart in Book 5. He has since fled the Red King's City after Charlie rescued the Beast Boy.


Physical Appearance

Human

Asa is first described as a weasley and scrawny red-haired boy[1] with yellow, wolf-like eyes[2]. He's said to be around 16 or 17 years old during Midnight for Charlie Bone[3]. After being chased by a pack of dogs[4], he is left with scarred hands[5].

His chosen disguise is that of an old man. with improperly fitting clothes, a false white beard, and a tatty old cap[6].

Were-Beast

At dusk, Asa can transform into some type of beast. From the wounds he left on Runner Bean, he is described as having exceptional teeth and claws[7]. When Charlie Bone sees this form in the ruins, he notes that it has long, shining fangs, a black boar like snout and luminous yellow eyes[8]. There is also a sour smell about his bestial form[9]. In book 3 Charlie described that the beast had a hunched back, coarse grey fur and a droopy tail.

Personality

As a changer, Asa's morality and humour is liable to shift along with his physical form. For most of the books, he acts on the behalf of the Bloors, following Manfred Bloor's instructions even so he has a much more light hearted sense of humour than Manfred and often snickers. He's often the person sent to follow Charlie Bone and the others, though his disguises are easily seen through. Fidelio Gunn notes that, even though Asa is part of the Drama Department, he cannot act[10].

He is shown to have more of a sense of humour than Manfred, and is said to be fond of the false moustache he often wears as part of his disguise. However, he is also mentioned as being heavily disliked at the academy: Manfred muses that the dislike others have for Asa and himself is the only reason why the two boys stick together[11]. Manfred also notes that Asa is just as dangerous as himself, if not moreso, when the redheaded boy changes form at dusk[12].

It is unknown what effect, if any, Asa's bestial form has on his personality and mindset, but it is clear that he can still spy and relay events witnessed in his beast form. During Midnight for Charlie Bone, he almost kills Charlie and seriously wounds Runner Bean[13]. Moreover, it is heavily implied during the first book that it is Asa who is responsible for the children who have gone missing during the ruin game[14]. In Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Manfred muses that this form is beyond his power of hypnotism[15]

History

Asa is descended from Carfal (sometimes written Cafal), one of the Red King's children. Carfal was the Red King´s fourth child and third son, after dusk he would be able to or was forced to turn into a beast. Carfal was one of the five wicked children of the endowed to become evil, but as he was a changer he fled the castle in one of his kind moments and took his father´s book of legends with him. He sailed and by chance found the tribe of the Merromals, a people living in secret forests who kept beasts as pets. There he settled down and took a Merromal bride and had a son, the son inherited his father´s ability to change at dusk and every generation since has had this endowment making it a very dominant endowment. The tribe is said to be located in the Northern forests, but at some point prior to the series, when Asa was two years old, Asa and his parents returned to the Red King's City[16].

Recent Events

Midnight for Charlie Bone

For most of the first novel, Asa is seen disguised as an old man, following various children involved with Charlie Bone. He is also witnessed in his role as a Prefect, accosting Olivia Vertigo for talking in the Great Hall[17] and, later on, Charlie himself for not wearing his cape[18]. In Chapter 16, Eustacia Yewbeam allows him entry into Benjamin Brown's house. He launches his first attack, seriously wounding Runner Bean, in order to allow Eustacia access to where it was believed the Tolly Twelve-Bells was being hidden[19]. During the ruin game, he attacks Charlie and would have most likely killed him had Fidelio not alerted Gabriel Silk who, in turn, called upon Tancred Torsson and Lysander Sage[20]. Afterwards, he is said to have been his old self once more, with nothing wolfish about him but his eyes[21].

Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

Asa first appears in Chapter 3, making snide remarks when Charlie attempts to follow Tancred after the weather-changer storms out of the Red King's Room[22]. He is later seen in Chapter 5 sitting alongside Manfred in the Drama Department's dining hall at lunchtime[23]. When Tancred storms out of the academy, it is Asa and Manfred that Charlie races against to get to him[24], and the two older boys appear alongside one another again when searching for Henry Yewbeam in the ruin during Olivia and Bindi Loom's detention[25]. Later on, Asa follows Charlie, Gabriel, Benjamin, and Lysander to Thunder House when they attempt to see Tancred, and then chases a lost Charlie through the wood after transforming[26].

Asa's disguise would later be found lying outside Gabriel's yard, blown there from the wood by the storm coming from Thunder House[27]. While discussing what this meant at The Pets' Café, Asa tries to take back his disguise, but fails and is ultimately evicted by Norton Cross and then chased off by a pack of frenzied dogs[28]. This incident would leave the changer with a limp and bandaged hands[29] for a while after. Gabriel later gives Asa's disguise to Olivia for her to slip into the Drama cloakroom after Asa terrifies the Silk family's goats[30].

Appearances

Trivia

  • In Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Benjamin Brown asks whether Asa has to remove all of his clothes before turning into a beast[31]. The question is never answered, but seeing as Asa's entire disguise had been found, it can be assumed he does.
  • Asa's presence can send animals into some sort of frenzy, most likely because of him being a Merromal[32]. Runnerbean doesnt like his scent and is seen growling at his old clothes in Book 6.
  • Asa is in the Drama Department of Bloor´s academy but can´t act. It is unclear if Asa ever performed in any performing play and what roles he might have had.
  • Asa can still listen and spy in his beast form as he spies on Charlie and Paton who visit Mr. Crowquill and later Charlie and Billy as the Queen takes them to the castle of mirrors in Book 4.
  • Asa likes digging in his beast form.
  • He seems to be drawn to other shapeshifters like Belle/Yolanda in Book 3 and delighted by the act of shapeshifting as he watched Belle/Yolanda turn into a giant bat with delight and admiration.
  • Not much is known about Asa´s parents or home in the city, Benjamin couldn´t find the Pikes anywhere in the city in Book 6 which is probably due to them being Merromals and not looking quite human.
  • Asa was nervous and ill at ease in Book 5 when Titania Tilpin freed the Shadow like the animals, which might be due to him being able to turn into a beast at night.
  • Charlie notes that Asa has a weird looping walk (which might be due to the limp he suffered by the dogs who chased him in Book 2.)

References

  1. Chapter 4: The inventor's case, Page 46, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  2. Chapter 8: Breaking the rules, Page 101, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  3. Chapter 7: Hypnotised!, Page 91, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  4. Chapter 11: The Pets' Café, Page 148, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  5. Chapter 17: Tancred and the tree, Page 221, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  6. Chapter 13: The inventor's tale, Page 168, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  7. Chapter 16: War, Page 217, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  8. Chapter 20: The battle of the endowed, Page 264, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  9. Chapter 19: Into the ruin, Page 259. Midnight for Charlie Bone
  10. Chapter 8: Breaking the rules, Page 101, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  11. Chapter 5: Olivia makes a mess, Page 58, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  12. Chapter 5: Olivia makes a mess, Page 58, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  13. Chapter 20 and Chapter 16 (respectively), Midnight for Charlie Bone
  14. Chapter 20: The battle of the endowed, Page 263, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  15. Chapter 5: Olivia makes a mess, Page 58, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  16. The children of the Red King, called the endowed, Page viii, Charlie Bone and the Wilderness Wolf
  17. Chapter 8: Breaking the rules, Page 107, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  18. Chapter 8: Breaking the rules, Page 113, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  19. Chapter 16: War, Page 217, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  20. Chapter 20: The battle of the endowed, Page 262, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  21. Chapter 21: The longest night of the year, Page 278, Midnight for Charlie Bone
  22. Chapter 3: A tree falls, Page 34, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  23. Chapter 5: Olivia makes a mess, Page 58, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  24. Chapter 7: The black glove, Page 83, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  25. Chapter 9: Thunder House, Page 114-115, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  26. Chapter 9: Thunder House, Page 123, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  27. Chapter 11: The Pets' Café, Page 146, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  28. Chapter 11: The Pets' Café, Page 148, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  29. Chapter 13: Ezekiel's visitors, Page 171, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  30. Chapter 13: Ezekiel's visitors, Page 169-170, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  31. Chapter 11: The Pets' Café, Page 146, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
  32. Chapter 11: The Pets' Café, Page 147, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
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