Name: Kingsley Montivelo
Birth date: Aestas 8th 1811
Age as of 1826: 15
Until recently, Kingsley's part in the Second Shadow War has overshadowed his time as leader of the KLA, but we feel that Mr. Phillips makes a compelling point that his actions taken during the war can only be understood in relations to his connection with the KLA and the IFM.
He was the only child of the former KLA leader Rory Montivelo. He lost his mother at a very young age and was forced to become a chimney sweep to help his grieving father survive. During one of his jobs, he met the Shivian, Caterina Sweeney, who adopted him and his father. There seems to have been some tension between him and his father because of Caterina and Kingsley did not seem to have approved of their wedding (despite claiming that he and Devin Tossier attended). He and Caterina were friendly, but their relationship seems to have turned sour after he joined the KLA and one is tempted to assume that his conversation with his family in Chapter 20 is fictitious. While historian, John Miller, contends that the tension was because of Caterina, Kingsley's renowned biographer, Phineas Crocker, argues that the tension came from Siegfried Von Hult. Mr. Crocker argues that Siegfried was the Killer Kingsley always thought his father should be and his father did not appreciate being reminded of his failures. It seems that only the addition of Devin Tossier to their household kept the peace. The renowned historian, Alexander Phillips, however postulates that it was Heron Massie that drove a wedge between father and son. Kingsley is certainly kindest to Heron in his memoir and there seems to have been a true bond between the two Killers if eyewitnesses are to be believed. Heron could have seen an ally in Kingsley against Siegfried and became the father Kingsley felt he deserved. All that is certain, is that after Rory moved to Ferdern with Caterina, they never spoke again (with maybe the exception being after Siegfried's Day and that is if Kingsley's memoir is to be trusted). He certainly doesn't mention his father's death in his book and there is no evidence that he traveled to Ferdern to attend the funeral.
“The world has left us no other choice but revolution...We are Killers, Mr. Jacobi, we only know how to do two things: kill Shivians and die as martyrs...The Shivians will not beat us. They’ve been trying for hundreds of years and, yet, here we are, fighting as our ancestors fought. We have learned the hard way that the only way to win our freedom is to drown the world in blood, and so we blow up cafes and assassinate police officers, and we will continue to do so until we are free.”
Kingsley joined the KLA at the age of fifteen and was automatically drawn to his cousin, Siegfried. His memoir covers his time as a KLA member, although, as noted by Mr. Phillips, it does not include everything. He did his best to present himself in the best light possible and, when he admitted to a less than pleasant truth, he always justified it with the most noble words possible. While there is no denying that he was vital for the Free Killer State, he would not have been as successful as he was without the support of Heron Massie and Marcus Galloway. Heron provided the wisdom and Marcus provided the framework while Kingsley provided the drive. He was a ruthless leader and those who opposed him were either killed or sidelined until he was the only Killer with the experience and loyalty needed to control the KLA, IFM, and the Killbraugha. It was a pattern he continued into the Second Shadow War and seems to have only been slightly influenced by Rezan Master's bloody habits.
The only other part of Kingsley's personality that receives more attention than his role during the Second Shadow War, is his sexuality. It was long rumored that he was a closet homosexual with rumored relationships with Ernest Childers, Devin Tossier, Oisin O'Connor, Sebastian Wallace, and even the Shadow Ambassador, Damon Glasgow. Mr. Crocker was the first historian to postulate that Kingsley was a homosexual by claiming he discovered passages in Oisin's journal describing Kingsley's romantic overtures. While Kingsley certainly seemed fond of Oisin, there is no definitive proof that he ever had a relationship with the Killer, or any other male in his life. Mr. Phillips never agreed with Mr. Crocker's interpretation of Oisin's journal, instead, he argued that Kingsley simply had an over sensitive appreciation of male beauty. Jacob Walker, Kingsley's latest biographer, postulates that Kingsley was not a homosexual, but an asexual with a deep appreciation of the male aesthetic and that is why men such as Sebastian, Damon, and Oisin (all thought to be incredibly handsome and charming during their day) received such delicate attention. Mr. Walker also argues this is why Kingsley had such strong reactions to men with overpowering personalities and masculinity (Siegfried Von Hult, Marcus Galloway, and Rezan Masters).