Serpent form: Burnt orange
Background: Etzel grew up an orphan. He never knew his parents or any other family he might have had. For the majority of his childhood he idolized the Great Hedran and the Council, because they gave him food and clothes. He met Charisse's mother, Clairianne, a year before she left for the island school. It was like love at first sight for them and they grew close. Right before she left they promised themselves to eachother so that, when she returned, they would be married. When Etzel turned 17 he joined the military out of a sense of duty to the Council and everything they represent. Clarianne came back from the island school and, together, they stayed true to the promieses they made to eachother so long ago. Because they were only 18 when they were married, they decided to wait to have children, and instead focused on learning how to live together and, for Etzel at least, his military career. A few years later, the couple had settled happily into married life and decided to start trying for a child. Etzel was 22 when they learned Clarianne was pregnant, but it was only a short while later when they lost the child. The couple took this extremely hard and even questioned their marraige for a while. They didn't try for another child again until Etzel was 24, and didn't conceive for another year. This pregnancy was very stressful for the couple and when the child was finally born, a little girl later named Charisse, they had never been happier.
They years passed with a near-death experiance here or there for Etzel (such was military life). When Charisse was 7, Clairianne became very sick. It wasn't long before the doctors said she couldn't be saved. He knew he couldn't continue his line of work without constantly putting everything his daughter had come to know on the line, so he requested an early discharge from his position. The Council denied his request. So, with his wife getting worse, the Council's abandonment, and his child's happiness on the line, he decided to take matters into his own hands... by crippling himself. When he returned home on crutches the entire town had heard what he did and ostracized him for it. All-- including his wife-- except his daughter, who asked him why he hurt himself.
He spent the next few months being ridiculed in his own home until, just after Charisse's birthday, his wife passed on. It wasn't until another month when he decided to open up his store, Vesta Goods. Getting the store started was hard and he hardly ate for those first few months, but eventually things got better. And his sweet daughter playing delivery girl didn't hurt either-- in fact it did the exact opposite.
Now, years later, things have settled; his shop is prospering, his daughter had left for the island school and is soon to return, and all is (momentarily perhaps) right with his world.
Personality: When Etzel was younger he was often a nice person to be around, generally helpful and kind to the people he met. Now after the "incident" with the Council, he tends to be more closed off, prefering no company to anything (unless Charisse happens to be around), which has successfully earned him the title of Village Hermit. He normally has a gruff, unforgiving demeanor to people he isn't familiar with, but to his "friends" while still gruff, he tends to show little snipits of kindess every now and then. He tends to favor the company of people who dislike or distrust the Council and will give them discounts at the store.
Veiw of Hizruk: Like every one else, he has heard of Hizruk's disagreements with the Council and respects the young man for it. He tends to treat Hizruk a little nicer than most people and is notorious for giving Hizruk and his mother discounts.
Okay. I thiiiinnnk that's it...
Keep an eye out for her comic here --> It's really awesome!!!
1. Rewald decided to live in isolation for five years deep within the forest.
2. Rewald never made contact with anyone who doesn't leave town.
3. Etzel being the Village Hermit and his situation prevented him from going deep into the forest and finding Rewald.
EXcellent job on this I'm so excited to include him and Charisse into the story!! EEEhehehe!!