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Biography[edit | edit source]
Sending Dustfinger home[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
Becoming more and more ambitious[edit | edit source]
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.
Physical attributes[edit | edit source]
Orpheus is described as being very pale with blonde hair. He is said to wear glasses, thus the name of "Four Eyes". He is also described as very round, with bitten-down fingernails and feminine lips.
Namesake[edit | edit source]
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.
In Inkworld, he's known as many names, such as Cheeseface, Milkface, Moonface, and Calf's-Head.