Birthing Date: 03.14.2737
Craft: Beastcraft (Journeyman)
Liam is the spitting image of his father, Gabril, in almost every respect. He is stocky, though as a beastcrafter and a fully matured man, he has lost the childish pudge that he brought with him to High Reaches. He is of medium height and a broad shouldered build - some parts of him seem to have grown too large for his body to catch up, like his hands and feet, leaving the rest of his body a bit awkward at times. Though, all in all, he has grown into a fine looking young man. His hair is jet black and his eyes ice blue, though unlike his father's curly locks, Liam's hair is stick straight. He is plain - neither handsome nor ugly, much like his father.
Because he grew up with a mother who idealized his father, Liam wants to be in every way exactly like Gabril. From time to time, he may have an emotional outburst and suddenly thrust away everything that smells of his father, but for the most part, he wants to eat what he eats, wear what he wears, do what he does, and be what he is. Liam may never have even considered other boys in a romantic sense except that it was his father's way - so it would be his way, too. Liam is a beastcrafter because his father was a beastcrafter. He has a terrible time expressing his feelings to just about anyone but his father, though unlike his father, nothing keeps him from idle chitchat.
Liam was born at Ruatha Hold to an unwed mother, Mikaila. His father, Gabril, had been an unwitting party to his conception. Mikaila, whom he saw as his best friend, was terribly in love with him and took advantage one evening when Gabril was uncharacteristically intoxicated.
Liam grew up being taught that his father was the most wonderful man on Pern, a superb beastcrafter who left to learn to be an even better crafter, a master some day, she always told him. Through his childhood years, Liam's interests were on animals, primarily canines, simply because his mother taught him that his father loved animals, and he wanted to be just like him.
As Liam's thirteenth namingday approached, Mikaila's health was waning, though she hid this from Liam and most others beside the healers. Fearing that she had not long to live, she tracked Gabril down to Fort Weyr where he was serving as one of the weyr's herdsmen. Mikaila sent Liam to Fort to live with Gabril with a note pinned to his tunic explaining to the man exactly who this boy was.
Gabril could not help but love the boy immediately, though he was irritated with Mikaila for what he felt like was a violation of his trust that night thirteen Turns before. Liam reminded Gabril so much of his mother, despite how much he looked like him.
One night not long after his arrival in the weyr, a convoy of traders bound for the Healer Hall stopped at Fort Weyr at the behest of Mikaila who knew that she was dying and wanted to spend her last moments with Liam and Gabril. After she died, Liam blamed himself, feeling that if he were with her, he could have done something to stop the death.
After the loss, Gabril decided to transfer the both of them to High Reaches Weyr to escape the bitter memories and make a new future. Though there were many opportunities for a beastcrafter, Gabril enjoyed weyr life and was unwilling to give it up. Liam was upset at first for having to leave his friends, but he quickly made a new friend in Haygen, a young boy who was crippled by dissident rabble rousers at Ista Weyr. He and his father transferred to High Reaches from Ista in order to escape from their memories as well. Shortly after their arrival at High Reaches, Haygen began physical therapy with Gabril in the form of runnerback riding to strengthen his off leg. He also helped Gabril in the runner stalls, doing various apprentice-level tasks Gabril felt comfortable allowing.
During this time, Liam and Haygen grew very close, and soon, a relationship budded between them. Though the time they had together was very sweet, not but a Turn after, Haygen tragically drowned. Liam blamed his father in much the same way he had blamed himself when his mother died, and soon, Liam and Gabril both found the High Reaches much bleaker than they had been when they first arrived.
Once again, to escape bittersweet memories, Gabril decided it was in both of their best interests to leave High Reaches. Liam, however, refused to go to Eastern with his father, wracked with grief over the loss of Haygen. He stayed near the place where his young lover had died for several more turns before he finally forgave his father for something that wasn't his fault, and followed him south.
Several more turns later, and when his father ascended to Mastery, Liam himself walked the tables to Journeyman and was posted in Igen for a while. The boy missed his father and was terribly lonely, refusing to bond with another lover since the loss of Haygen. . . So he requested a transfer back to Eastern Weyr to study under Gabril once more.