Hume Dalrymple is the next Hum-Drum from “The Light Princess”. Destined to be one of the two heads of metaphysicians and to (unsuccessfully) figure out a cure for the Light Princess' lack of gravity, it appears that Hume is set for life. Despite his promising future, Hume isn't certain about continuing his destiny, and hence aligns as a roybel.
When people come across Hume Dalrymple in the corridors of Ever After High, more often than not, their first instinct is to take a double take. Hume’s unamused stare, sullen demeanour and punk clothing choices generally contribute to an intimidating atmosphere, while the rumours of his temper add to his daunting aura.
As a result, though assumptions of Hume vary, the common consensus is that the next philosopher in the Light Princess is an arrogant asshole who looks down on his peers and refuses to participate in school.
The rumours, are of course, far from the truth.
The next Hum-Drum is generally a chill person and seems above the high school drama his peers engage in unless they directly affect him — he often claims: “I have a high inertia”.
Hume also tends to be quiet and isn’t a person who speaks unprompted. Hence, while the rumours about his image bother him, he remains calm and avoids actions that fuel gossip. This pacificism isn't always positive though, as it also translates to a lackadaisical attitude.
Almost as if he embodies his studies (on metaphysics, materialism, anatomy), Hume’s apathy can be explained by physical terms: chronic stress, adrenal fatigue, physical exhaustion, insomnia --
The truth: Hume is burnout.
After he was assigned the destiny of Hum-Drum, Hume joined the clubs recommended by the school, did the coursework expected for a budding materialist anatomist philosopher, and played the role of the studious sedentary scholar. After 2 years of preparing for his role, and 2 more to his graduation, Hume's starting to realise that he’s not happy with the path he’s condemned himself to.
This underlies the dilemma he faces, and is the primary reason for his burnout. As a child prodigy, Hume was brilliant, and when he learnt of the metaphysician role selection, it seemed as though a fire had been lit under him as he prepared for it. And why wouldn’t he continue to work hard once he was selected for the role?
Achieving a destiny would mean that he’s settled for life, his family's future assured and his efforts acknowledged.
Realising that he's locked himself in a road he has no passion for meant that his hard work was wasted and family's trust broken. It would mean that he doesn't have a path to follow, and for Hume who had always relied on going with the flow? It's a terrifying realisation.
Surprisingly, despite the bad reputation Hume gained in his legacy year, it doesn’t mean that he’s without friends.
In his Freedom year, Hume wasn’t as overwhelmed by his studies and was relatively well-liked for his wit and looks. His calm demeanour and attentive nature makes him an ideal listening ear, which is why Hume’s relatively popular in damsel-in-distressing classes — who knew empathy and etiquette are highly appreciated when making small talk?
It’s a pity that people misunderstand Hume to be a bad boy in Yearbook year as he generally has an easy-going charm that is attractive (when he isn’t too drained, that is).
Hanging with his friends
Hume is an ambivert, and greatly enjoys chilling with his friends —whether it is watching movies, goofing around, or just gossiping during sleepovers. Carole finds the fact that people think Hume is a “bad boy” hilarious and has been suggesting he get a motorcycle.
Shitty horror films
Hum-Drum was supposed to suggest a graphic method which involves invasive procedures to fix the Light Princess’s affliction. As part of his education, Hume had to learn anatomy, which gave him a stomach for gory stuff. He watches B-movie horror films to laugh at how biologically impossible some stuff are, and it helps that the movies tend to not have much, if any plot, which makes for a brainless watch (heh).
He has a varied musical taste, but tends to listen to pop-rock bands like Panic! At the Ballroom, Green Knight or Snapdragon. Bonus points if the title is something that fits his vibes. Like a true emo, Hume can be found gazing pensively into the distance with his earphones in, all the while sighing intermittently.
Hume liked to watch people debating (or read transcripts of past debates), and think about possible arguments he would’ve made instead. It used to be a fun exercise to practise his philosophical skills but Hume has been losing interest in it.
As Hume enters his third year, it looks like his lips are perpetually set into a frown, and his eyes are always flinty and hard. His eye bags make him appear as if he’s glaring at people.
This sharp gaze, coupled with his brooding aesthetic and good looks mean that many people misunderstand Hume to be a bad boy. Understandably, being mischaracterized frustrates Hume though he doesn’t externally display his feelings.
He’s also like, really attractive. Hume is unfairly blessed with height and good looks. His hair is naturally black, but due to stress, Hume’s been getting a lot of grey hairs. He dyes the remaining hair grey as a result of frustration. He has dimples. It excessively adds to his charm, even amongst his magically blessed peers.
Fairy tale – The Light Princess
How the Story Goes
A king and queen had a daughter after many years, and the king forgot to invite his sister, Princess Makemnoit to the christening. Unfortunately, Princess Makemnoit is a spiteful and clever woman, and after arriving without an invitation, causes the princess to have no gravity.
“Light of spirit, by my charms,
Light of body, every part,
Never weary human arms—
Only crush thy parents’ heart!”
As the princess grows up, she never cries and is unable to see the seriousness of situations. The court philosophers are unable to propose any solution which the king and queen could morally and ethically adopt.
Soon, it was learned that the princess regains her gravity in water, which led to the proposal that the curse would be broken if the princess cried. In the meantime, a prince came across the princess swimming and thinking that she in drowning, tried to rescue her. The princess scolded him for doing so, and the prince falls in love with her. The prince and princess go swimming constantly.
When Princess Makemnoit learns that the princess loves the lake, she sets to drain it, as well as all water in nature. As the lake drains, the princess becomes sickly and despondent. It is later discovered that in order to stop the lake from drying up, a living man has to block the hole the water is escaping from.
The prince volunteers on the condition that the princess accompanies him while the lake fills up. While initially unfeeling, the princess eventually desperately saved the prince after he almost drowns. She brings him to her old nurse, who is a wise woman. When the prince finally awakens the next day, the princess falls to the floor and cries. The curse was broken and it rained, filling the kingdom once more with water. Princess Makemnoit died when lake water flooded the cave she lived in.
How does Hume come into it?
Hume was a Labobian who won the destiny by his intellect and prowess in metaphysics (as well as hard work).
He entered EAH at 15, eager to begin what was promised to him as a secured future. Initially, Hume was extremely active in school and participated in all the school activities suggested to him, ignoring his feelings.
Of course, that was not the healthy course of action to take, given his current state in school.
Hume’s views on his story
Hume’s a roybel since he’s conflicted about his role. While he knows that philosophy isn’t the right subject for him and regrets choosing this destiny, he also feels resigned to it.
After all, Hume's already signed the Storybook of Legends. He has to graduate with the role and support his family as the eldest son. And it would be a waste of time and resources if he dropped out — he's in EAH on sponsorship, and he’s afraid that he wouldn’t be able to pay the bond if he refused the destiny.
- Hum-Drum is a materialist — that is, he engages in a type of philosophy which posits that everything that happens in history and the world is due to human’s physical (chemical and biological included) processes.
- On the other hand, Hume doesn’t react to things unless they physically affect him!
- Hum-Drum claimed that the Light Princess’ lack of gravity is caused by her heart pumping in the opposite direction, while Hume doesn’t go against the flow, so to speak.
- Hum-Drum has been described as “slow and sententious”, and as a person who likes to have “the last word”. Hume is a chill person, and makes up his response to debates after they’re over - he literally has the last word.
- Hume Dalrymple sounds similar to Hum-Drum, and Hume is the last name of a Scottish philosopher: David Hume!
- Dalrymple is a Scottish surname, which ties in with the fact that “the Light Princess” is a Scottish fairytale!
- Hume sounds like Human, and the materialist philosophy ties with the human body. (credits to Hidden for noticing the name’s pun-tential HAHA)
Hum-Drum is a materialist, so Hume takes advanced anatomy. He has philosophy seminars every Saturday with Ting, Vedant and Leah. They mirrorcall the School of Metaphysicians every Saturday morning for 5 hours. It is very stressful and Hume dreads the morning class.
- Bi-ogre-y (Advanced anatomy)
- Science and Sorcery
- Elective: Heroics 101
- In the real-world, Hume would definitely be Scottish! He’s like, my one nod to the Scottish origins of “the Light Princess” HAHA
- however, I’m not as certain about his ethnicity — Hume’s either East-Asian or Southeast-Asian, but these are very different groups (even within themselves)
- on the other hand, I intentionally drew Hume with conventionally attractive features and his art looks like Jaehyun. In the real world, he would a suitable faceclaim
- the philosophers are canonically Chinese, but I didn’t want 50% of my kids to have the same ethnicity (ting’s chinese and Ivy’s half), so hume’s either korean (because jaehyun’s his face claim) or southeast asian (Vietnamese? or Thai, it’s up to y’alls headcanons haha)
- Hume’s part of the Enchanted Forest Club because Vedant dragged him there. He isn’t really invested in the club, and goes for like, one session a term
- Hume eats very unappetisingly — it’s almost as if he doesn’t enjoy his food and only eats to get the required nutrients.
Specific things he likes:
- The smiles and laughter of his friends. Hume doesn’t feel happy most days, but he feels really relaxed when he’s around people he loves
- Patting the shell of his tortoise, Drum. She does that thing where her eyes close and it looks like she’s smiling. Hume swears it’s the cutest thing ever.
- Blaring music through his earphones as he stares into the rain in his dorm room
Specific things he dislikes:
- His weekly philosophy classes every Saturday.
The trivia section gets more meta
- Here’s Hume’s pinterest board!
- Even though Hume’s character is different from his first few notes, he was written with the intention of critiquing miswritten bad boys
- His current personality is very far removed from what I initially planned, but I hope you can keep this blog post in mind as you read his page (and perhaps deepen your understanding of well-written vs unintentionally uncomfortable tropes as well)!
- (If you’re interested in reading about an actual bad boy, I personally think Vinnnn’s Faebian Auberon is really well-written.)
- here's how Hume would sign an autograph!
- and there’s info on his original concept here
- Here’s a letter he’s written to vedant
- Cupid’s Arrow: EAH prompt where someone who’s crushing on Hume copes around him.