Capricorn is a male villain who features in Inkworld.
According to Fenoglio, Capricorn was born to a maid, Mortola, and a blacksmith father. His father was abusive, forcing the young Capricorn to play with hot coals, and beating him whenever he showed weakness. Capricorn's mother, like his father, also valued strength above mercy, and nurtured her son's cruel side. Capricorn himself denies this story, claiming that his mother was a princess, and his father the royal armourer at her court. Capricorn's original name is forgotten even to himself, as, at the age of fifteen, he styled himself after his astrological sign. Capricorn was read out of his fictional world by Mortimer Folchart, who can bring characters to life by reading aloud. After being read out of Fenoglio's Inkheart along with Basta and Dustfinger, Capricorn found he liked Mortimer's universe more than his own, and assembled a group of followers in a deserted village in remote Italy. To ensure that he would he never have to return to his own world, Capricorn set out to find and destroy all the copies of Fenoglio's Inkheart, retaining a single copy of the book for himself. Fenoglio and Mortimer together devise a plan to foil Capricorn's schemes. Capricorn kidnaps Meggie hoping to get her father to come to her rescue, and get captured himself, but finds out that Meggie has the same gift that her father has. When Capricorn orders Meggie to read The Shadow — a terrible monster which had served Capricorn in his own universe — out of Fenoglio's Inkheart, she instead reads a new coda which Fenoglio had secretly written. When Meggie cannot read the last words in Fenoglio's new addition, about Capricorn dying, Mortimer takes the book from Meggie, and, after reading the closing words of Fenoglio's addition, Capricorn falls dead. His mother Mortola vows revenge.
Personality and attributes
In appearance, he was described as being a tall, gaunt, pale man with light, crew cut hair and eyes so pale that it appears as if the color had drained out of them.
Capricorn was noted for his cruelty. It was said that if Capricorn found a bird being eaten by a cat, he would "feed the bird to the cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart".[
Powers and abilities
- Capricorn was created by Cornelia Funke where he featured as an antagonist in the Inkworld universe.
- The character was portrayed by actor Andy Serkis in the live-action film.