Birthing Date: 03.08.2740
Craft: Farmcraft (Sr. Apprentice)
Ealix is a pleasant lad to look, though he's not likely to go about winning any beauty contests. His build is rather unimpressive on the whole. He's just another average farmboy to most people. His body is strong, having worked on farms his entire life prior to Search, but it does not lend itself to appearing so. His face is oval with a wide nose and wide smiling lips. Ealix's brown eyes, so like his mother's, will more often than not have a faint sparkle to them, his cheerful, optimistic personality shining out. He wears his medium brown hair to his jaw, with its natural flip out at the bottom creating something like a skirt for his head. Since hitting puberty, his face has taken on a rather scruffy look, as his beard grows in rather quickly. Ealix's style is wholly comfortable. He wears serviceable, sturdy clothes that allow movement and comfort. His one piece of jewelry is a silver bracelet, left to him by his mother.
Ealix has always been and will likely always be a cheerful soul. It is unusual for him to be despondent without a very good reason. He is also optimistic. In any situation he will always look on the bright side, and encourage others to do the same. Ealix is loyal to a tee. If you've befriended him or done something good, he'll stand by you. Even so long as you've done nothing wrong, he'll be there. He stands up for the underdog, always, though he's sometimes one himself. He's not a leader, but he can think for himself, which puts him in an interesting position when domineering people try to order him or anyone else around. Ealix, however sweet and good natured, is most certainly not naturally charming. He bumbles his words occasionally and often ends up speechless when in front of a pretty, nice girl. He's also a kind-hearted person, always willing to lend a helping hand or willing ear. He'll leave a bowl of milk or scraps for a stray cat or dog and take his time enjoying a beautiful day as he walks around the Weyr.
Character Snapshot: cheerful, optimistic, loyal, stands up for the underdog though he's sometimes one himself, not naturally charming, kind-hearted
Birth-Father: Eamon, +20, cotholder/farmer
Birth-Mother: Flixi, deceased
Foster-Mother: Fyen, +20, Master Farmer
Father of Fyen's Children: T'em, +26, bluerider
Foster-Siblings: T'bur, +4, brownrider
Nalor, +3, Journeyman Vintner
K'dan, -2 months, Southern Bronzerider
Kalid, -2 months, Senior Apprentice Beastcrafter
Nidra, -3, Southern Greenrider
Nadel, -5, Apprentice Beastcrafter
Ghahin, -8, Apprentice Farmcrafter
On a quaint farm a day's hard ride from the Lord Holder's Hold, a young man and his new wife were about to usher their first child into the world. The young woman, Flixi's, labor had started early in the morning, early enough for her nervous husband, Eamon, to call for the nearest Healer. The birth was long and excrutiatingly difficult. Eamon was near a panic when he was finally allowed in to see his beloved and their new child as the sun was setting. The birth had been much more difficult than any could have thought and though Flixi was concious and strong enough to hold the couple's young son, she was hemorrhaging. In her lasts moments with Eamon, she was able to say good-bye to both her boys and to name their son Ealix.
Eamon, was of course, bereft, but he had to carry on, take care of his farm and his son. And Ealix would not be alone for long. When he was a boy, Eamon had grown up with a few close friends; one of them, a young woman named Fyen, was the neice of the Lord Holder, daughter of his sister. At the time of Ealix's birth, she had been nearly seven months pregnant with what would be the third child of her and the father of her children, T'em, a blue rider at Eastern Weyr. Fyen's Healer, who happened to be in the employment of her beloved uncle, strongly suggested she take the end of her pregnancy out in the country. Due to this recommendation, Fyen gladly visited her recently bereaved friend, Eamon.
Until Fyen's own baby, or, rather, babiES, as she'd birthed twins, the young woman happily nursed Ealix as well. Unfortunately, she did need to return to her older sons, as well as her mother and duties. Near Ealix's first birthday, Fyen returned to her true home with her twin boys and left Eamon once more alone on his farm with his son.
As a child, Ealix was cared for the best his father could manage. Despite the lack of a mother, the young boy was well-raised, always smiling and cheerful. Even before Eamon knew it, Ealix, still cherub faced and downy haired, was learning to walk and talk. From there, it was not long before Eamon did not work the farm alone. Sure, Ealix could only do small tasks at first, but even watching the small herd of heardbeasts for an hour or two was a huge help for his father.
As he grew older, Ealix became more involved in the farm and its every day running. The duo became more prosperous with Ealix's greater involvement, able to spread their crops out over another field and capable of taking care of the herdbeasts and runner much more easily. There came a time, however, when Ealix was to be sent from the farm to be fostered. Eamon wanted his son to have at least some experience with how a family was supposed to be and decided to send his son to Fyen, now a soon-to-be mother of eight upon the culmination of her current pregnancy. So with quite a bit of sadness, Eamon handed his twelve year old Ealix off to T'em, the bluerider who had fathered Fyen's children, who would then take the boy to Fyen and the rest of her family.
When Ealix arrived at Fyen's home, he was understandably overwhelmed, considering there were six new children he'd never met before, (at least, who he didn't remember ever meeting), all clamoring to greet their new housemate. Wading through the mass of children, a quite clearly pregnant Fyen headed forward to greet her husband and the boy she'd nursed as a babe. Upon seeing the woman's welcoming smile, Ealix relaxed some, enough respond to the other children's questions and greetings without giving himself a heart attack.
After that first chaotic day Ealix made fast friend with the other two twelve-turn-olds, Kidan and Kalid, as well as their younger and currently only sister, Nidra. With such friends as that trio of siblings, Ealix soon abolished whatever sort of shell he might have been forming from his first twelve years of life in relative solitude. Kidan, especially, was a very outgoing lad and ended up having quite an influence on Ealix the first Turn he was with Fyen's family.
One particular incident from shortly after Ealix's thirteenth birthday displays how he'd grown from the overwhelmed, breathless boy he'd been when he'd arrived. Ghahin, the youngest boy of the family, had been playing in the nursery room, baby Iaena sleeping in her cot, when Nadel had walked in and begun to play with the younger boy. When Ghahin wanted to play alone, Nadel started griping at his little brother, saying things about how he wouldn't be needed now that Mama had Iaena. Of course, being only five years old, Ghahin didn't understand that his brother was simply hurt and began to cry. Ealix, who had been walking down the hall at the time, had heard most of the angry exchange and headed into the nursery to berate Nadel and comfort Ghahin, even though he didn't spend all that much time with either of them on a regular basis.
While he was fostered with Fyen, she saw to many of Ealix's educational needs. As a boy on his father's farm, he had learned to do the basics of figuring numbers, something necessary to unsuring a farmer knew what and how much he'd planted and how much he ought to earn from it. Under Fyen's eye, as well as her mother Fayna's guidance, Ealix learned to read and write and even expanded his knowledge of mathematics alongside the twins and Nidra.
It was during these schooling sessions that Ealix really learned how to respond and interact with his peers within a work and learning mind-frame. The younger children were handled mainly by Fyen and one of the drudges, and the older boys were each on their way to their chosen professions, T'bur as a brown weyrling and Nalor as an Apprentice Vintner. This left Ealix one of four who, despite the small size of their 'class', each had to find their own way to assert themselves. That was something Fayna was quite adament her grandchildren learn, the ability to hold their own in a group, and just because Ealix was not biologically related to her did not exclude him from her influence.
In such a family as he was fostered among, Ealix had all the support and affection and discipline a child could possibly wish for. Of course, he did get to see his father some, but not even remotely as much as he'd been accustomed to prior to his fostering. Speaking of support and affection, close to his fifteenth birthday Ealix had an accident involving a runner that left him with a large scar across his upper arm and shoulder blade, as well as producing a broken arm and clavicle.
During a quiet day at home with his foster family, Ealix was relaxing with the other children behind the house, reclining against the wall as the youngest children ran around. T'em had come for a visit the day earlier, bringing along a friend. The two dragon riders had stayed over night and now that they were about to leave, Fyen's mate came to speak with Ealix. When they were done talking, T'em announced to the rest of the family that his friend had Searched Ealix, and that the sixteen year old would be returning to the Weyr with them.
Ealix enjoyed Weyr life, fitting in well with his fellow Candidates. Though he didn't Impress at his first several Hatchings, he stuck on, glad to be at Eastern, even if he never became a dragon rider. And then came the Hatching where he Impressed brown Bisouth and became E’lix. Since then, E’lix has continued working hard and proving himself worthy of the dragon that is his lifemate.