Birthing Date: 12.12.2742
Craft: Minecraft (Apprentice)
Kennek is just below average height, around five feet, six inches tall, and of a stocky, muscular build. He does not have much, if any, fat on his body, and he seems built for manual labor. His skin is tanned and seems to always be dirty, even just after a bath. One can hardly tell whether he is truly a dust magnet or whether his skin is just mottled with patches of dirt-colored pigment, but the patches almost never seem to be in the same places twice. Kennek's hair is brown, and his eyes are dark, klah-colored. His hands - as well as his feet - are quite large, and his hands are rough from working in the mines. Kennek keeps his fingernails bitten short, and his teeth almost seem to be a bit worn from gnawing.
Kennek... is... slow. He is not stupid, he is not unintelligent. Just slow. It takes him a bit longer to learn things that come quickly to more studious learners, but he is too stubborn to give up on anything he puts his mind to doing. He is kind and gentle despite his rough appearance. He tends to do an awful lot of thinking before replying to any deep, important questions. After all, he would never want to err in haste. Too many errors made in childhood and chastising from his masters has led him to his careful demeanor. Kennek has a deep seated respect for authority and is deferential to any and all with rank and to women.
Kennek suffers a bit of survivor's guilt after the loss of his brother, Ranek. He is having trouble dealing with the reality of death, and he is searching for something, anything to latch onto for comfort now that he is away from everything familiar. For now, duty is all that is keeping him afloat.
Kennek was born to parents in Eastern's protectorate - a father who worked the mines for firestone to supply the weyr, and a mother who cooked in the hold kitchens. He was born the middle child with two elder brothers, one younger, and a younger sister. All of his brothers save the younger worked in the mines before him, and the younger started his mining apprenticeship not but a month before Kennek was searched to Eastern. Kennek's life was plain and simple: work the mines from light until dark, sleep when you were tired, eat when you were hungry, and have fun when you could. He never learned to read and write as a miner's apprentice, as these were not skills necessary to his line of work.
About six months after his sixteenth birthday, Kennek was searched by one of the riders from the weyr. In fact, Kennek was searched perhaps only minutes before the tragedy occurred. When the blue emerged from between in the skies over where the weyr should have been, it was probably already over. The earthquake at the Weyr partially collapsed the mines he had just come from, and his oldest brother, Ranek, died in the cave-in. Though he considered returning home to continue his work as a miner, he ultimately decided that his Candidacy was more important. What good could firestone do without fighting dragons to flame Thread? Kennek takes his duty after being searched to the weyr very seriously, as his father taught him that duty was first always.