Christopher was born first, but that wasn't what made him heir to the throne. At first, because King Vertillo had no way of knowing he'd have Cornelius, Christopher was taught how to be a good king. He never really had a chance to be a child. Every day he would go into a classroom with a tutor, and he would be taught how to harden himself, and make himself indifferent to everything. King Vertillo would drill him constantly on what he'd learned. Before Christopher knew how to read he was being drilled on how to respond to different political situations. He was forced to choose between the lives of animals, and King Vertillo would make up example situations for Christopher to deal with.
Then, Cornelius was born. All at once, King Vertillo eased up on his son and Christopher felt a since of escape, finally. While Cornelius was a newborn, Christopher managed to learn things on his own- things he wanted to know. He taught himself to read, and write in his free time. Then he taught himself h