Have you considered... Golems?! Here you go! @AnyAlex
Name: Prince Tol Anzi-de Carragua
In order to gain immortality, a forgotten race sealed their souls into "heart crystals" which were then placed into Golem bodies. Said race was once again mostly wiped out, due to the fact they could not procreate, until an Ancient Golem King found a way to pull lost souls into new "heart crystals", which could then start their lives as golems. The only problem being that these "lost souls" tend to lose all recollection of what they once were, shatter their crystals over time, and their souls vanish without possibility to return.
Then there's the other drawback that "lost souls" aren't necessarily always from speaking races-- which often results in eccentric personality traits or phobias. (i.e. that golem obsessed with hoarding things, burning things down, and building wings for themselves.) They are also prone to "blacking out" if they don't "rest"-- seems they must sit and meditate after expending energy but can function for four days without rest, if the activity involved isn't demanding. Something about magical regeneration, much as mages can't cast unlimited spells.
When they are crafted, they begin with the mentality vaguely of a "teenager," and pick up skills, language, and interests quickly for a five year period, before their soul "settles", and acquiring new things becomes more difficult-- as difficult as it is for a human adult to learn new skills, at least. No one knows quite how long their lifespan is, though it is estimated to be between 100 and 200 years, with some shattering far later or far earlier in rare instances. The art of forging heart crystals has been with the Royal family for generations and most of the city's golems live within their castle. They're among the last organized golem crafters in the world but certainly not the only ones.
Royal Golems are distinct in that their bodies are specially crafted as they learn their personal identity. Their bodies are only made of Stone and Metal, regardless of the "wood" look some may have-- which was something of a "trendy" look for golems popularized by an artist decades ago. Rumor has it that within the castle resides one of the last Immortal Golems, who is responsible for carving the Royal Golem bodies.
Apparently the only way to truly kill a golem is to shatter their crystal. Transplanting a crystal from one body to another is a dangerous and delicate process-- regardless of how skilled the transplanter is, the crystal is at a constant risk of shattering, as it is exposed to outside magical currents, and the soul longs for freedom. And while most Golems prefer to keep their soul crystal within their chests, that's certainly not the only place to embed it. There are tales of golem heads still talking on long forgotten battlefields or deep beneath the sea, obviously having been driven mad by the isolation-- and rumors of a volcanic cave which screams in a multitude of voices whenever one enters it.
And Royal Golems can't swim. They can't even float. They simply have not figured out a way to make this possible.
Gender: He/Him -- None Cause Golem
Habits: Known for being a collector of bladed weaponry and taxidermy Canines, while also being known for his RUDENESS. He's a prince that makes demands, expects them to be met, and will whine to the King until someone inevitably ends up being executed, as this seems to please him. He is second in line for the throne and oddly has the most sway over the King's opinions. That said? He's kind of gullible.
Fears: Being IGNORED, being poor, loss of freedom. Being ignored is the most important one, as he will do very stupid things for attention.
LOVES: Money, Silver, bladed "exotic" weapons, expensive things, and dogs.
Dislikes: Any lack of attention, being lied to, POOR PEOPLE, not getting what he wants, and reptiles. He HATES reptiles-- especially those of dragon blood.
Role: Prince Royal Golem, Second In Line for the royal throne, and "guy who causes problems."
Appearance: 6ft tall, made of Serpent Steel, and decorated with gold, the Prince went with an armored appearance, and owl imagery as for his current body. He's in a "light weight" body, commonly used for scouts and assassins, and comes in around 110lbs. "A Royal never tells where his heart crystal is kept!"
Personality: Whiny, rune, spoiled, and rather aggressive, Prince Tol is known for being something of a "loony." While the rest of his family seems (relatively) level headed, Prince Tol shares 0% of their patience, pity, or remorse. This is a man known for shoving peasants down for fun, whining until his father executes someone, and obsessively buying whatever "exotic" weapon off of someone-- as in, having them killed if they refuse to sell it. That said? He's actually a skilled with a rapier, as he's had a solid 28 years of practice, and can be something of a threat if directly challenged. Oddly enough, if he loses a duel, he... accepts it. He plays fair when it comes to dueling and is a good sport about it. Probably one of the only positive traits this guy possesses-- other than the fact that he's weirdly honest when it comes down to it. Sure, he whines until he gets what he wants but it's not exaggerated or based on lies... even when people die because of it.
His voice is rather shrill and high-pitched.
Other: The Queen would not pay a ransom for this man. Period. The King spoils him, does whatever he wants, and is constantly yelled at by The Queen for doing so. First In Line Princess ignores him and pretends he doesn't exist. She's sick of playing damage control for his nonsense and would probably PAY SOMEONE to dump him into the ocean. Third In Line Prince HATES him and actually scares him. A lot.
@AnyAlex Aaaa, double post. I'd also like to submit the Queen and leave the rest for whoever else. Probably.
Name Celestius Wyrmdyth-de Carragua
Species: Wyrmdyth Forest Fairy (Royalty)
Gender: She/Her -- Female
Habits: Known for growing all sorts of plants and brewing potions. Mostly stays within the castle but has been known to take night flights. There's no doubt she's a powerful sorceress, as her spellcraft is responsible for a nearby forest she tends to.
She glares a lot-- her "children" call this the "Look of Death"
Sometimes she mentions how "political" her marriage is.
Fears: Losing her power, her marriage falling apart, and invasion by destructive forces.
LOVES: Animals, Nature, People (they fascinate her), magic,
Dislikes: DRAGONS -- She's seen more than one place burned to ash because of those, "Savage monsters," and refuses to believe they posses any higher intelligence. And she ironically enough doesn't like Golems very much.
Appearance: 6ft 5in, elegant, enchanting, with sharp eyes, skin the color of a red-hued sunset, and firey eyes. She dresses in plenty of gold, silver, and glittering jewels adorning her flowing robes. Her hair is made of stone, vine, and hard thorns, which she caps off with metal adornment. To be in her presence is to feel oddly on edge, for that is simply the aura a Wyrmdyth Fairy projects. Like the rest of her people, her two wings are large and powerful-- with orange, brown, and green feathers.
Personality: Princess of the Mid-land Dragonslayer Fae family, the Wyrmdyth, she married the King here simply to assist in a political alliance. There's no love in this marriage but she does care about him, at least. As far as her "children" are concerned, she's not known for showing them affection. In fact, she doesn't show much emotion at all. As a politician she's cold, calculating, and only seems to come alive when she's ANGRY. That's not to say she's all ice-- she shows a certain soft spot for the workers in the castle, children, and especially animals. She seems very relaxed and more "herself" when tending to her gardens or when not handling "throne business."
... but that's not to say she hasn't hexxed people and turned them into bushes.
Other: Be careful not to make her angry... Also, the longer one spends around the Royal Family, the more they realize that the Queen is truly the one in charge here.