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Persona Profile: Zathris

Writer: Heather


Name: Zathris
Age: 31
Birthday: m2 d5
Rank: Lord Holder
Location: Amber Hills Hold

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Physical Description of Persona:
Zathris is fairly tall and weighing just a little over the average weight for his height, though it's muscle weight, not fat. Muscle stretches over a solid frame and a prominent, proud nose is chiseled into his face. He has a solid chin, high cheekbones and, for a man, full lips and thick eyelashes. He keeps his reddish-brown to his shoulders, often times pulling it back. Some might speculate he likes the long hair because of fear that he may wind up thinning like his father, Lord Ethris of Jade Harbour, when he gets older. Hazel eyes that contain flecks of green are warm and seem to hold a bit of humour. His smile has won many a lady's heart, but he doesn't always offer admiration in return.

Emotional Description of Persona:
Zathris can, at times, give off the impression that he's lazy, but don't let that fool you. The man will work harder than any other to do what needs to be done. He has never been and never will be a slacker. While his father tends to lean towards the conservative side, Zathris tends to be a bit more liberal, his relationship with Maisla helping him realise that women are more than child bearers and housekeepers. He's not a boistrous man, but neither is he quiet. He likes to laugh, though sometimes the memories of his wife haunt him. While it's not that easy to get him flared up, he has a temper that once it is kindled, is hard to calm down. There have been times when he has had to walk away from situations lest he do something he greatly regret later. He can also be a bit obsessive at times, leading to long nights dealing with things and making sure that work gets done, even though it could probably be put off until the next day.

History of Persona:
Zathris never aspired to be the heir to the hold. One could not say that he never had any ambition or wasn't a hard worker, it just wasn't something that he felt he had to have. His father, however, seemed to harbour a great desire for such a position,or at least to always have better than what he had. Perhaps this turned Zathris off a bit when he was younger, though he did respect the man for the hard work and his ability to work through things.

With at least one son older than him, Zathris didn't ever give any thought that he might be chosen as heir to the hold when Lord Stefan died. While he knew that the eldest wasn't always the one chosen, he had always gotten the impression that Ethris preferred Ethizan to him. It may have been this that gave him initial drive to work hard and, perhaps, prove himself. For what, he wouldn't be able to tell you; perhaps just to show that he was as good as Ethizan. Eventually, he began to help the steward of Willow Bend and found that he rather enjoyed the work, even if it wasn't a major hold like his father had desired. A proposal was set up for him to marry a girl from another minor hold, but Zathris met and fell in love with a young girl from Blue Fields by the name if Maisla. When he was eighteen and she fifteen, the two were married.

It was six turns after their marriage before Maisla became pregnant. The pregnancy was hard on her, and wasn't going well. In the fourth month she was put to bed and a month after that, she miscarried. Something happend during hte miscarriage and she hemorraged and died. For two months after her death, Zathris barely moved from their room they had shared together, mourning and barely eating. Eventually, he emerged and began to live life again, taking up his duties once more.

After Lord Stefan's death and Ethris' stepping up as Lord Holder, it wasn't Ethizan that was chosen as heir, however, which came as quite a shock to Zathris when his father named him. A few months after the original Lord Holder's death, Ethris called Zathris to Jade Harbour, evidently want him near and with the intent on giving the young man experience within a major hold.

Zathris worked hard, but his laid back ways clashed sharply with his father's severity. Eventually, Ethris realised that changes he didn't want to be made would be done so under Zathris' hand, so he decided to change his mind. Ethizan was then made his heir after all.

Hurt by his father's decision, Zathris returned to Willow Bend. Occasionally, he would travel to places where he had friends. One of these trips was to Amber Hills. It was while he was visiting that Benaroy introduced Zathris to his daughter, Benani.

The two became friends rather quickly, and soon friendship became love. A turn later, Zathris asked Benaroy for his daughter's hand and the Lord Holder accepted. The two moved back to Willow Bend, until word was sent that Lord Benaroy's health was failing. Benani wished to be closer to her father, so he sent her ahead and took some time to take care of some issues at Willow Bend. A month later, he arrived at Amber Hills to be with his wife.

Family and Friends
Benani, 25, Lady Holder, Amber Hills Hold (Wife)
Lirit, 25, Junior Journeyman Harper, Dragonsfall Weyr (cousin)
Wirnan, 41, Hold Resident, Sunstone Seahold (friend)
Rethisa, 27, Holder's Wife, Hidden Meadows, Amber Hills Hold (Sister)
Z'lred, 38, Wingrider, Cyclone Wing, Dolphin Cove Weyr (Half Brother from Rediza's first marriage)
Ethris, 65, Lord Holder (Father)
Elirisa, 22, Wife to Holder Ihyran, Three Springs Hold (Half Brother from Ethris' mistress, Elisana)
Sanaris, 25, Holder's wife, Three Springs Hold (Half Sister from Ethris' mistress, Elisana)
Telisan, 35, JM Smith, GVH (Elisana's second child by a man other than Ethris.)
Ethrana, 37, Holder's wife, Sunset Valley Hold (Half Sister from Ethris' mistress, Elisana)
Ethdan, 21, Beastcrafter, Sapphire Meadows Hold (Half Brother from Stepmother, Cordania)
Caetha, 21, Healer's Wife, Emerald Falls Hold (Half Sister from Stepmother, Cordania)
Anrisa, 23, Holder's Wife, Shadow Creek Hold (Half Sister from Stepmother, Cordania)
Rizan, 28, Cotholder, Willow Bend Hold (Brother)
Ethizan, 35, Heir Apparant at JHH (Brother)
Redikin, 3, Deceased ( Half Brother from Rediza's first marriage)
Rediza, 2, Deceased (Mother)
Saffris, 78, Dowager, JHH (Grandmother)
Risana, 19, Bakercrafter's Wife, Bakercraft Hall, Sapphire Meadows Hold (Half Sister from Ethris' mistress, Elisana)
Ethlisa, 16, Hold Resident, Willow Bend Hold (Half Sister from Ethris' mistress, Elisana)


Alik, Canine: aged 3, born m8 d12
Large with long fur, ebony covers his entire head and shoulders, front legs and torso, then shifts into mahogany for his rump, back legs and tail. He's large, well muscled and very well trained.

Anil, Runner: aged 6, born m5 d25
Black as night with no other markings, this stallion is the epitome of strength and speed. He is spirited, but has bonded with Zathris after time working with him. There are few people who can ride him.

Approved: March 18th 2008
Last updated: January 27th 2017

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