- "There's a lot of happiness in Beau and Edythe coming together, in taking away the stumbling block between them, so much earlier. But there's also great sadness. As a human, Bella had to endure a lot more pain than Beau did, but in the end I know she would tell you it was all worth it. Beau will be fine—more than fine, he'll be very happy—but he'll always have the one big regret."
- ―Stephenie on Bella and Beau[src]
Beaufort "Beau" Swan was born to Charlie Swan and Renée Dwyer on September 13, 1987, and is the main protagonist of the Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. He is a 17-year-old boy who transfers schools from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington to live with his father Charlie, where he meets and falls in love with a vampire, Edythe Cullen.
He is transformed into a vampire after almost getting killed by the tracker Joss, who bit him. Beau is the adoptive newest son of Carine and Earnest Cullen. He is the adoptive brother of Archie and Eleanor Cullen, and of Jessamine and Royal Hale.
As a human, Beau possessed a natural immunity to the mental powers of vampires. After his transformation into a vampire, he develops it into the ability to project a mental shield that can protect others as well. His Twilight Saga counterpart is Bella Swan.
During most of his childhood, he would visit his father in Forks for one month every summer, and got acquainted with Aaron, Adam and Julie Black, the children of Charlie's best friend, Bonnie Black, though they never became real friends. Beau found the climate in Forks unpleasant, though, and from 2002 onward, Charlie vacationed with him in California instead.
Beau never fit in with his peers in California or Arizona. He had always had the feeling of being a little out of sync with everyone—including his mother, who was his best friend. While his mother was impractical, absentminded and liked to shift from one interest to the next, Beau grew up as the more responsible and independent individual. At an early age, he took over most of the household responsibilities. Sometimes, he would feel like he was the adult and Renée was the child.
During free time, he preferred to sit home and read, in part because he was extraordinarily clumsy. His naturally responsible nature carried over into his schoolwork. Beau was occasionally bullied at school, so he trained until he looked imposing enough to make his bullies leave him be.
Eventually, Renée fell in love with and married a minor league baseball player named Phil Dwyer. While Phil traveled around for his job, Renée stayed home with Beau; however, Beau, noticing his mother's unhappiness with this arrangement, chose to move in with his father in Forks so Renée could go on the road with Phil during baseball season, leading to the beginning of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined.
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
- Main article: Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
At the beginning of Life and Death, Beau moves back to his birth town of Forks, Washington, to live with his father, Charlie Swan, to let his mother, Renée Dwyer, travel with her new husband, Phil. He enrolls at Forks High School in the middle of his junior year. He does not notice the physical attraction he holds for the female students at the school, and makes a few new friends, including Jeremy Stanley, Allen Weber, and McKayla Newton, the latter of whom he later discovers is very interested in him.
The one group of people at Forks High School that truly intrigues Beau are the Cullens, a mysterious family consisting of five adopted children. Edythe Cullen, in particular, captures his attention, along with her adopted siblings, namely: Archie, who has the ability to see the future; Jessamine, his wife, who has the hardest time in the family abstaining from human blood; Eleanor, a broad, extremely muscular vampire; finally, Royal, her husband, who is an extremely handsome, self-absorbed man. Due to Beau's uncanny ability to attract accidents, Edythe finds herself often protecting him from various unlikely calamities, and finds herself growing extremely protective of him—to the point where even she admits she sometimes goes too far.
When Taylor Crowley's car almost hits Beau, Edythe knocks him out of the way and shields him from the collision. Beau realizes that it would have been physically impossible for an ordinary human being to cross the distance to him in time—as Edythe was four cars away from him a split-second before the truck would have crushed him—or hold back, much less push away, a pick-up truck with her bare hands, especially someone as petite as she. He confronts her in the hospital, but she dismisses his accusations in an unsuccessful attempt to throw him off the scent, instead leaving him more suspicious than ever.
During a trip down to La Push with his classmates, Beau encounters a family friend, Julie Black, who informs him that the Cullens are supposedly vampires according to her tribe's legend. However, they are different from other vampires in that they are "vegetarians", meaning they drink the blood of animals rather than of humans. Later, Edythe rescues Beau from a dangerous gang in Port Angeles. During and after dinner, he and Edythe converse about her abilities, namely her ability to read minds and his immunity to it. He also tells him about his theories on her true nature in an attempt to get her to divulge more information about herself. She merely finds these amusing, though she does all but admit to her mind-reading abilities and his immunity to them.
Edythe and Beau get to know each other better, and she reveals that she has great difficulty being near him due to the unusually appetizing smell of his blood; she must constantly control her thirst, lest her vampiric instincts take over and drive her to slaughter him.
Despite her desire for his blood, Edythe and Beau fall passionately in love. Edythe introduces him to her family, and soon after he is invited to watch their baseball game. During the game, danger reveals itself in the form of a visiting vampire coven consisting of Lauren, Victor, and Joss. Victor's mate, Joss, is a sadistic tracker vampire who has set her sights on killing Beau for sports; she was fascinated by Edythe's protectiveness of a human. She tricks him into coming to his mom's old ballet studio with the sound of his mother's voice, where she bites his finger and tortures him. The Cullen family rush to Beau's aid, but the venom has already spread too thick that he either dies trying from Edythe's attempt to stop it, or he joins them as a vampire. Edythe, however, wants to respect Beau's choice, and asks him to choose: he chooses to be with her. They destroy Joss, though the other vampires of his coven, Victor and Lauren, run and survive. Beau spends the next two days of his conversion learning about vampires' history and physiology. Upon completion, Beau finds his senses and features heightened, and reassures Edythe that he is perfectly happy with being a vampire.
One month after Joss's demise, a funeral for Beau is held by the town. Beau and Edythe watch from a distance, knowing that he cannot be near his family. He proposes to Edythe and she accepts on the spot. At the end of the story, the Uley pack mistake Beau's death (and later transformation when they see him) to be the Cullens' doing and want to drive them out of town. Beau explains the situation and later, with Edythe and Carine in tow, meets with Bonnie to repeat the story. The wind accidentally blows her scent to his face, causing Beau to feel the overwhelming thirst, but he manages to restrain himself, much to everyone's shock as most newborns aren't able to do so. He then leaves with Edythe and begins to look forward to their eternal lives together. He also asks Bonnie to take care of his father, and let him know if there was anything he could do in discreet.
- "I looked the same as always, but still, there was something different. My hair was dark and too thick, my skin too pale, and my bones were all shaped the same underneath, no change there. My eyes were the same light blue staring back at me… but I realized they were the culprits. I’d always thought it was the color that made them—and by extension, the rest of my face—look so uncertain, but though the color hadn’t changed, the lack of resolve had. The face that looked back at me today was determined, sure. I wondered when that had happened. I thought I could probably guess."
- ―Beau, on himself.[src]
Beau is described as having a very pale complexion with thick, dark brown hair, eyes as blue as the sky and standing approximately 6 feet tall. According to Edythe Cullen, his eyes are extremely attractive. His O negative blood is quite potent to vampires, but for Edythe, it is a thousand times more intense. He has broad shoulders and an athletic build that makes him strong enough to defend himself in a fight, with the only complication in such situations being his natural clumsiness.
As a vampire, Beau's features are heightened and perfected, making him extremely handsome with even paler skin and crimson red eyes—which are awaited to eventually turn gold after months of consuming animal blood. He describes his new body as more pronounced around the angles, and that though he was beautiful, he was also frightening.
Beau mostly wears shirts, jeans and sneakers everywhere he goes, since he lacks an interest in fashion. Since he hates being singled out, he mostly wears whatever doesn't feel too out of place or make him look alluring.
Personality and traits
Beau is very similar to his Twilight counterpart, Bella, in personality, though he is not as bitter, lacks Bella's way with words and more OCD when it comes to organizing settings around the house. He is also less aggressive and somewhat more obvious with his obsession with Edythe. Bella and Beau are both exceptionally clumsy, dropping and tripping over everything in sight, and so he is easily considered the most fragile human in the world; this changes once he is transformed into a vampire. Beau is also described as reclusive, quiet, insecure but kind-hearted, compassionate and caring towards others. Also like Bella, he loathes receiving attention from others, and dislikes his full name, "Beaufort".
Having learned to take care of his mother over the years and being naturally responsible, Beau had developed into a very mature person, especially for his age. Because he lacks any skill in anything noticeable as a human, he mostly prefers to spend his free time reading, especially classics, and listening to music. His favorite book is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
He is said to have poor acting skills. Ironically, he demonstrates good acting ability when he makes his father believe that he has dumped Edythe and is leaving Forks. As a human, Beau easily faints at the sight or smell of blood, which he said "smells like rust and salt".
His dislike toward cold and wet climates extends to snow, which is why he initially hated living in Forks. However, after meeting Edythe, he came to find the town much more comfortable.
Powers and abilities
- "I've never seen someone adapt so easily. If I didn't know better, I'd say you were a decade old."
- ―Carine to Beau[src]
As a vampire, Beau has a much clearer view of the world due to his heightened senses and was instantly impressed with his new family's heightened vampiric physical appearances; all of whom were already beautiful. As a newborn vampire, he demonstrates a very high level of self-control; being able to remain in control and stop himself from attacking as soon as he comes across the scent of human blood. This is unusual and remarkable behavior for newborns, because their state brings an overwhelming thirst for blood and thus usually have a hard time controlling their urges and act rationally.
He possesses the standard supernatural physical prowess, eidetic memory and heightened senses of a vampire. As a newborn, his preternatural speed is sufficient to catch up to his creator and mate Edythe Cullen, the fastest vampire of the family; albeit he described catching up with her as "like chasing a bolt of lighting." His physical strength is also immense. As his first year as a vampire passes, his speed and strength will decrease significantly until it reaches the level of a regular vampire, although he will still be far stronger than any natural creature and far faster than any road vehicle on Earth.
- Main article: Mental shield
- "You know, I really thought that when your mind was more similar to mine, I'd be able to hear it. I guess that's never going to happen."
- ―Edythe and Beau[src]
Beau's gift allows him to shield himself from supernatural powers that affect the mind (such as Edythe's telepathy). He inherited this power from his father Charlie, and it was greatly enhanced by his transition to vampirism. Since he is the male counterpart of Bella, it is presumed that his ability will grow to the same extent as his female counterpart's, allowing him to shield others from psychic attacks, such as illusion or tracking, and also remove his shield to give others access to his mind.
Beau is the fiancé of Edythe Cullen, as well as the son of Charlie Swan and Renée Dwyer, the stepson of Phil Dwyer. He is also the grandson of Geoffrey and Helen Swan. After becoming a vampire, he has since joined the Olympic coven.
- Main article: Beau Swan and Edythe Cullen
- "There were a few things I knew for sure. For one, Edythe was an actual vampire. For another, there was a part of her that saw me as food. But in the end, none of that mattered. All that mattered was that I loved her, more than I'd ever imagined it was possible to love anything. She was everything I wanted, the only thing I would ever want."
- ―Beau on his feelings for Edythe[src]
Edythe Cullen is Beau's true love. She is a vampire who has chosen to drink animal blood as a substitute like the rest of her family, because they value human life.
After spending months together at school, Beau realizes he has fallen unconditionally in love with her, believing Edythe to be absolutely perfect, and does not believe or consider himself as being worthy of her love. Edythe first became fascinated with him when she realized her inability to read his mind, but his blood smells unbearably enticing to her that she finds it hard to be in his presence and so keeps a safe distance between herself and him. Beau subsequently is very fascinated with her beauty, and skills, and the purity of her heart. He describes her as "God-like" in physical appearance. Edythe disapproves of his low self-esteem and always tries to reassure him that he is more than worthy of her love, and that he has her heart forever.
After Beau's transformation, he and Edythe become equals on all levels and can experience a vastly easier life together. At the end of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, Beau proposes to Edythe and she immediately accepts.
- "Just let me go, Charlie. It didn't work out, okay? I really, really hate Forks!"
- ―Beau's last words to Charlie[src]
Charlie Swan is Beau's father. Beau's relationship with his father is also very odd. After Renée took him away to Phoenix, the only times Beau saw Charlie was in the summer. Even at a young age it became clear that Beau hated Forks, and when he visited Charlie would take him fishing, which Beau also hated. Beau moved to Forks to live with his father in Life and Death to give him mother space with her new husband, Phil. He finds it much easier to live with his father, because he respects his privacy. Even though they hardly talk, the two really care for each other.
After Beau unexpectedly became a vampire, he is forced to make Charlie believe he was dead, something that he will always regret. To lessen his own pain, Beau asks Bonnie to look after Charlie for him.
- "My mom says we look so much alike that I could use her for a shaving mirror. It's not entirely true, though I don't look much like my dad at all. Her chin is pointy and her lips full, which is not like me, but we do have exactly the same eyes. On her they're childlike—so wide and pale blue—which makes her look like my sister rather than my mom. We get that all the time and though she pretends not to, she loves it. On me the pale blue is less youthful and more… unresolved."
- ―Beau, on his differences with Renée.[src]
Renée Dwyer is Beau's mother. Beau is very close to his mother, though he sometimes feels like he is the parent and Renée is the child. In many ways, he doesn't feel fit in with anyone, including his mom. Renée has always put her relationships with men first, although has been very clear that she wants Beau to remain independent. Beau was born in Forks but raised in Phoenix by his mother, as Renée left Charlie soon after Beau was born.
At a young age, Beau took most of the responsibilities around the house.
When Beau moves back to Forks, Renée is the main reason, as he renders her unhappy every time her new husband, Phil Dwyer, is away because of his job, and he decides to move back to Forks so that she wouldn't have to stay home with him.
After becoming a vampire, Beau regrettably fakes his death for his family's protection. Hearing about her son's death is a tremendous blow to Renée. During his funeral, Beau watches from a distance and notices that Renée walks wobbly, her legs barely have enough strength to keep her standing. Though Beau grieves for the pain he has caused her, he is content with the fact that she will have Phil to take care of her.
- "Jeremy's my friend, and if I went out with you, it would upset him."
- ―Beau to McKayla[src]
McKayla Newton is Beau's classmate in Gym and Biology. They first meet on Beau's first day at Forks High School. Like many girls, McKayla develops a crush on Beau on his first first day at school, and she always fights for his attention. She has tried multiple times to invite him to the spring dance, but he declines every single time. McKayla is also extremely jealous when she sees him together with Edythe Cullen, who is considered one of the most beautiful girls on campus.
Beau is well aware of Jeremy Stanley's secret crush on McKayla, and so hints to her that she should give him a chance, which ultimately happens.
- "He didn't ask one question, or make one snide comment about my obvious and pathetic crush. Allen was probably the nicest kid at Forks High School."
- ―Beau's thoughts about Allen[src]
Allen Weber is one of Beau's classmates at Forks High. Beau finds the boy shy, but also kind and enjoys his company more than Jeremy Stanley's. Allen is one of the kids who genuinely enjoyed his company. When Beau faked his death to cover his transformation to vampirism, Allen is one of the kids who attend his funeral, the ceremony held by his father.
- "I hoped that when Jules was in on the secret, I would be allowed to see her, too. Or at least talk to her again."
- ―Beau, about Julie[src]
Julie Black is Beau's friend. They were acquainted at childhood, but never progressed to friendship. When Beau moves back to Forks, he runs into Julie again.
He finds himself enjoying Julie's company a lot more than the rest of his peers. Julie seemingly has a crush on him, but Beau only sees her as a friend. Julie and her mother attend Beau's funeral after he faked his death. Though Bonnie figures out the truth, she decides to tell Julie when she is initiated into the tribal pack.
Jeremy Stanley is Beau's classmate at Forks High. He befriends Beau on his first day at school, though it was solely to share some of the attention he is receiving from the female students, particularly McKayla, whom he briefly dated in sophomore year.
Beau doesn't enjoy his company much, but doesn't stray from him either. Jeremy is one of the people who attended Beau's funeral when he faked his death.
- "Time doesn't mean the same thing to me that it does to you—or Jess, or anyone else. So this won't make sense to you. But for me, it's like we've already been friends for a long time, Beau."
- ―Archie, on his friendship with Beau[src]
Archie Cullen is Beau's adoptive brother after he joined the world of vampires. Archie foresaw his involvement before he began dating his sister, Edythe. Though Archie already sees him as a brother, Edythe is reluctant to let him join their world.
Edythe also continuously keeps Archie and Beau from making acquaintances until her brother finally decides to approach him without her consent.
- "I figured there was a good chance I would screw something up, and I don't know Eleanor all that well yet, but I have a feeling she would find that pretty funny."
- ―Beau, on Eleanor[src]
Eleanor Cullen is Beau's adoptive sister. They met when he was still human and attending high school, along with the rest of the Cullen children. When Beau and Eleanor's sister, Edythe, pursued their relationship, Eleanor was one of the quickest to adapt to the situation. Like Emmett with Bella, Eleanor seemingly enjoys making fun of Beau.
- "I can feel what you're feeling now—and you are worth it."
- ―Jessamine, to Beau[src]
Jessamine Hale is Beau's adoptive sister. Beau is initially terrified of her; he could tell from her looks that she was fiercer than Eleanor, who was the most physically powerful in the family. They eventually warm up to each other and Jessamine willingly goes out of her way to protect him, mainly for her sister Edythe.
- "What is he to me?"
- ―Royal, about Beau[src]
Royal Hale is Beau's adoptive brother. He shares the weakest bond with Beau in the family, mainly due to jealousy of Beau's humanity, something he'd lost when he became a vampire.
Though they display no fondness, they don't actually hate each other. Beau felt bad for Royal when Archie told him about his losses. Also according to Archie's prediction, Beau would annoy Royal until he runs out of the house with Archie's help.
- "It's nice to see you again, Dr. Cullen."
"Please, call me Carine."
- ―Beau and Carine[src]
Carine Cullen is the matriarch of the Cullen family, and Beau's adoptive mother when he became a vampire. When Edythe and Beau became romantically involved, Carine welcomes him with open arms and goes out of her way to protect him. Beau finds her highly attractive upon their first encounter, though he prefers Edythe.
- "You're what she wants. It'll work out… somehow."
- ―Earnest to Beau[src]
Earnest Cullen is the patriarch of the Cullen family and Beau's adoptive father.
Earnest has always loved Edythe like his own daughter and wished for her to find a companion, which is why he is happy when Beau caught her affection. Earnest welcomes Beau with open arms and even goes out of his way for his protection, treating him like part of the family.
Beau's full name was derived from his maternal grandfather, Beaufort, who passed away months before he was born, and Renée decided to name him that in her father's honor. According to Stephenie Meyer, his name is even rarer than Bella's.
| Bella Swan • Edward Cullen • Jacob Black • Renesmee Cullen • Carlisle Cullen • Esme Cullen • Rosalie Hale • Emmett Cullen • Alice Cullen • Jasper Hale • Charlie Swan • Victoria • Bree Tanner|
Beau Swan • Edythe Cullen • Carine Cullen • Earnest Cullen • Royal Hale • Eleanor Cullen • Archie Cullen • Jessamine Hale