Matthew operates solely on his insights into situations, by connecting things other people miss or do not understand. He operates off these hunches and takes them as facts. He instinctively knows Diana is important, that the book she “summoned” in the library is connected to her, and reasons out how she did it. He believes she is important to the vampires and witches alike. He tests her blood to confirm what he already instinctively knows given her incredible untapped powers, that she has a powerful bloodline. He senses she has been repressing her magic, and has much more of it than she believes is the truth. Under pressure, Matthew can be reactive and impulsive. He rushes off to a castle to rescue her, and intends to leap into a well from which there is no escape, without thinking of the consequences. He distrusts his own ability to control his bloodlust when initially getting to know her. He attacks one of her friends for betraying her, and drains her almost to the point of death. He has a sense of shame about his hedonistic, blood-soaked youth. As a mortal, Matthew was a stonemason, showing his link to hands-on learning and tangible artwork. He can be a bit of a control freak. Matthew orders around his friends in the lab and expects their unquestioning obedience. He insists on doing many things, such as taking and testing Diana’s blood, himself. He does the rational thing, in removing himself from her presence, until he is sure he can control his impulses toward feeding off her. When Diana expresses annoyance in his constant presence in the library, he points out that she has many enemies and he intends to keep her safe from them (has she not noticed the increased presence of “students” there?). His emotions are intense but private. Matthew rarely shares them and has no interest in talking about his past. But he can also be impulsive and irrational, operating off his emotions in seeking to establish a relationship with Diana and “bond,” thus potentially igniting a war between two factions, vampires and witches, and placing his entire extended family in danger.

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Matthew is always denying himself what he wants, and trying to restrain himself from over-indulgence; he refuses to drink human blood and drinks that of animals instead, he won’t consummate his love for Diana for a long time out of concern for the implications, he believes himself a murderous killer and holds himself in contempt for the awful things he has done (to act as an assassin for his father). He is full of self-hatred and pain toward his own indulgent actions, but also doesn’t want to corrupt or taint the woman he loves; he struggles beneath a lot of guilt. Matthew also has a fierce temper, and can intimidate others by telling them not to press him, go against him, or disobey him. He tries desperately to prove himself to his father, and live up to his expectations. His 9 wing wants to be peaceful, and maintains a sense of competent calm even in intense situations. He does not want to get upset, or have his sense of self intruded upon. Matthew numbs himself to anything he does not want to deal with.