Zephrin Seams (he prefers to be called "the
15 years oldGender:
^This is merely an example of the sort of handcrafted pieces of clothing that he’ll wear.
Other articles include this vest
, this outfit
, this fab tunic
, and whatever the hell that is
(he doesn’t actually own that last one)
Zephrin enjoys experimenting with other styles, including the exquisite nobleman’s style
He gets offended whenever people make fun of his love for lace, or his tendency to embroider articles of clothing with flowers or trees. A lot of such happens tend to be very common in his designs and he wears proof of these tendencies proudly. For footwear he prefers poulaines
, some of which make outrageous fashion statements
When traveling, he likes to bring along this thing of beauty
Otherwise he prefers to walk around hatless.Apprenticeship:
An apprentice tailor under the guidance of the marvelous Sir Schnider.Magic:Enchantments
- - - -
Specifically enchantments akin to the faerie's glamour.
Zephrin has expressed an interest in cloth that can change the way other people view a person, to the point where one can appear as a completely different being. The world of illusion is one of his passions, and the magicians who practice it are held in high regard. "There is true beauty in illusion", is his philosophy. "It helps you see the magic in reality."
[the aforementioned quote has probably never been and probably shouldn't be uttered from Zephrin's lips, ever]
So far, the only enchantments Zephrin is able to cast is the simple invisibility spell which he had already managed to cast on a hooded cloak he keeps close to him. He's currently studying a way to enchant threads into making the wearer attractive to the beholder (for the ugly peasants). A lot of the glamour he uses only seem to work for certain materials (invisibility/silk, for example) so there still are a couple of areas needed to be explored. Zephrin's goal is to sell customizable glamour that he could sell to the rich to be used perhaps in something akin to spying or the like. He really doesn't care what people use his ideas for, so long the outfit itself looks good.Equipment:
• Sewing kit
• This handkerchief
, one of the first things he sewed, which took months to finish. He carries it with him wherever he goes.
• A pair of shears, nice and sharp
• A cloak he enchanted to make people invisible
• A burlap bag
(for extra items)Personality:
As a child of nobility, what else could be expected of Zephrin but the sensitivity of a turtle. Zephrin is as ignorant as can be about peasant life, and prefers to be addressed by his self given title "the
Fabulous". He hates nicknames or anything of the short, and will most likely treat those who can't even take proper care of themselves like pigs from the slaughterhouse.
There is only one person he refuses to treat this way, after he caught some dirty tramps stoning the poor thing he decided that as nobility he would not stand for it. His sense of justice is just as high strung as his contempt for the dirty and cowardly. But nothing compares to his sense of FASHION JUSTICE.
One of the main reasons he dislikes the commonfolk so much, is because their inattentiveness to fashion. He could never understand how anyone could be so content with wearing rags all day. It just makes him sick to the bones. One of his goals is to completely eradicate this blasphemy to fashion, and make sure that everything remains in a constant state of fabulousness. His heart weeps for that day, and until then he's bent on helping out the poor unfashionable dears who deserve all the help they can get. Bullies and slobs are not included. As a child he was bullied himself for his colorful personality, so it really shouldn't come as much as a surprise.
Zephrin can be very outspoken about his opinions, to the point where it can become quite irksome, especially since he's not known to sugar coat anything.
If he does have a problem with you, he'll tell it as it is. He doesn't give a shit. He'll even go as far as to offer you advice in a pomptous sort of way. Again, he doesn't care.
Zephrin knows what he wants, and he will do anything to get it. Especially if it includes those that he loves.
He's no pushover, that's for sure.
When it comes to heights and swimming. Well, the only thing you'll hear from him is absolute defiance.
And in that sense, he is also a hypocrite.
He'll call others cowardly repeatedly throughout his life, but he will never admit that he himself is a coward.
So he has his good side and his bad side. All that matters is that everything is fabulous in the end.
Fashion has no room for disasters.History:
Zephrin was born in the grand city of Crenshaw to the young Lady Annette and her noble husband Raphiet. Annette (called Ann in Amber Falls) was once a young girl from the small village who like Zephrin had a particular gift for the thread and needle, in particular she as a gifted embroiderer. Her plans as an apprentice seamstress to the celebrated Dr. Schnider (a privilege in that time, just as it is now) were not so different from Zephrin's current plans. She had wanted to open her own embroidery shop, creating exquisite designs for the ladies and the gentlefolk. All that changed when she met Raphiet, a nobleman who was lovesick after the death of his recent wife. She was ill and did not bear him any children, and he was looking for something pretty to bury her in. Ann offered to embroider her wedding dress for him (against her master's wishes), as long as he would allow it. During the long mourning period, Raphiet grew to adore Ann's delicate hands and eye for color. He was forever grateful when she helped him bury his wife, and came to pay her respects. For the next year or so he came to visit Dr. Schnider's shop (located in the same town), asking not for the famous tailor's outfits, but for his old outfits to be made even grander with the help of Annette (as he called her, or "my Lady Annette"). Neither his servants nor the townsfolk were blind to the truth, the fat Raphiet had fallen in love with the poor seamstress from Amber Falls.
It wasn't long until Raphiet would propose to her, showing her a wedding dress he had one of his servants make, something grander and more beautiful than his old wife's. Annette was grateful, but couldn't marry a man who was still grieving. The charade would continue, until she had finally accepted his pleas. They married publicly, with family from Amber Falls there to bear witness.
Zephrin was their first and only son. He had inherited both his mother's beauty and talent, but as Raphiet's son, he was expected to inherit his father's title and fortune and continue his work after his father had passed. Annette on the other hand wanted her son to study under her old mentor Sir Schnider. So, in an act against her husband's wishes she entered her son's name into the Dawn Guild's directory and used her acquired nobility to land him in the same apprenticeship she was in at his age.
Before Raphiet knew it, a letter came in the mail informing him that his son was to start an apprenticeship at Dr. Schnider's Tailorship at the age of thirteen.
Zephrin carried with him the same snobbish attitude his father had about the situation, who was force to accept the invitation as it was an order from the king himself. The cityfolk would talk about it for years, how a nobleman's son became nothing but a mere apprentice in merely a day. This meant no more social gatherings, no more mingling with the ladies, no more paid for tutorships, and no more servants. Zephrin got exactly what his mother wanted for him, a life of servitude, the life of an apprentice.
Ann did not do this for the sake of her husband's company, something she did not have a care for in the first place. Nor did she do it for the reputation.
She wanted her initial dream to be fulfilled, not in her name, but in her son's.
In the days following Zephrin's departure she would comfort her husband by reminding him how famous Zephrin would become. "He will be serving under the great Sir Schnider"
, she told him, "That in itself should be worthwhile for a boy who carries nobility."
Zephrin hated it, he hated it with a passion, and he grew to hate his own mother as well. After years of helping her with her embroidery projects, spending his days taking interest in her craft, never had he ever expected to be dumped in the hellhole that was "Amber Falls". Zephrin was terrified of water, and even worse heights. The roar of the falls was something he didn't wish to be hearing for the next four or five years of his life.
At first Zephrin took little to no interest in Sir Schnider's teachings, calling him a dirty old man with no taste. He was forced to slave away spinning wool for his master's creations, mingling amongst the commonfolk as if he was some kind of peasant.
One day he ran into what appeared to be a confrontation. He was coming home from purchasing wool from the local shepherds and right outside what appeared to be a toy shop. He had passed by the toyshop another of times before, only to comment on how ridiculous and childish the toys were, and how he would never dream of purchasing such monstrosities. But that day, he had unknowingly defended the honor of the toymaker's apprentice. A couple of commoners were throwing stones at her, calling her a freak. Outraged by such disrespect towards a young lady (tramp or not), Zephrin picked up a stone and begun throwing them back at the girl's attackers, yelling at them to stay back.
When they had given up on fighting him back, Zephrin was left with a few cuts and bruises at the foot of the toyshop's entrance, with an equally battered younger girl next to him. They locked their eyes, and somehow Zephrin knew that she was desperately in need of someone to love her. He noticed her wooden hand, and offered to sew up a glove for her. "I know how. That damned Sir Schnider made me learn the skill."
He took her to Sir Schnider's Tailorship in secret, so he could steal one of his materials for Ariannah's new glove. He used the thread he had made and dyed just yesterday, it was a red wooly thread, perfect material for a glove. And it was a perfect fit too. Even today he remembers Ariannah telling him how talented he was, and how he should start his own tailorship. In fact, he would say it was Ariannah who gave him the idea in the first place. He would turn this rotten, dull town into the most fabulous town in all of Syl. Even kings would ask for his creations. The last thing he told Ariannah that day was, "Don't worry about what those dirty pigs say about you. You're the most beautiful girl I have ever laid eyes on."
And he meant it, there was no one more beautiful.
Ever since then he grew diligent, passionate in his work. He would work after hours even, all for the sake of surpassing Sir Schnider, and becoming the greatest tailor in all of Syl. All of the pigs of the town would come begging at his shop's doorstep, and he would turn them all away. And he did this all for the toymaker's apprentice.
Every now and then he would sneak over there in secret, so he might help her with her creations. He especially liked sewing tiny outfits for her dolls and puppets. Her creativity was inspiring to him, and led him to create elaborate designs to celebrate childish fairy tales or the not so ordinary.
To put it simply, everything in his life was fabulous
from then on.
He wouldn't have it any other way.Theme: Galt Aureus – “The Glass of Fashion”Relationships With Others:Likes
• Ariannah Lockhart(Such a sweet girl, with so much talent. He can relate to her being bullied)
• Gregory Hanstein(Picked up sewing supplies from him a couple of times, his social skills has been refreshing for him)
• Errant Milask(He feels like the fellow's intellect and sharp tongue would make him a grand guest at a party, but those clothes ARE SO DULL. The hairdue's nice though.)
• Jake Raine (A neat freak and professional. Someone Zephrin can get along with)
• Fenrem "Rem" Velgarde(Charming fellow, secretly views him as a sort of friendly rival)
• Millicent (Millie) Strom(He respects her attitude, and loves her outfits even though he feels they're not the sort a young lady should wear)Neutral
• Kurokage Shuriken Jr. (He's adorable, but far too young for him to have spoken to)
• Aldrnari(Simply adorable, would look nice in a dress, but has a slight temper on her unfit for a lady)
• William “Chickenheart” Bruce(Hardly talks to him, seems kind of pathetic)
• Alexandra Gilbert(doesn't know her well enough, he has his suspicions)
• Orcus Morton(doesn't socialize enough, he absolutely adores what he did with his cloak though)
• Crimcha Vonair(Sort of pathetic, but has a lovely fashion sense)
• Malkizid Soluvan(Doesn't really talk to him)Dislikes
• Sandra "Sandy" Pilkington(such a disgusting wrench, and begging for a makeover)
• Emeline Harcourt(Too boyish, and far too independent for a lady)
• Baldemar Black(Disgusting dirty brute)
• Sabeam Nightshade("Rude and crude")