EMMETT ASHFORD · 25 · WINTERFALL · PRIVATE CARPENTER · OPEN
With a decently wealthy carpenter for a father, Emmett was still well-off, even after his mother’s death during childbirth. It struck their family a bit hard, but being that Emmett never knew the women, pictures were more than enough to make him smile as a child. His father, once a soldier, had given up on bothering with the war during any time, and committed himself entirely to his son, and their family business. There was a great ordeal of things that he missed about his wife, but Emmett was more than enough to assist in any of that sadness. Growing up in a healthy environment made Emmett an incredibly respectable boy, if not beyond dignified even as a young child, treating any lady or citizen—whatsoever, with kind deference and never failed to impress all that he met with such a dashing smile, and levels of courtesy at such a young age. Emmett’s father often blamed himself for not being quick enough to assist, but there was nothing that Emmett believed more firmly than the fact that everyone made mistakes.
His incredible tolerance for forgiveness seemed to grow as the years passed, but they faced their most immense challenge when he turned fourteen, and his father informed him of the fact that one of his close cousins, Katherine, would be joining them in their decently fortunate household. This excited him, for the thought of being around someone his age a good deal of time seemed like it would bring the entire commonplace more happiness. Instead, he came to know a girl that expressed unfathomable gloom. There was something heavy in her eyes that he pegged as familiar—perhaps in regards to the pictures he’d seen of times where others were less happy, but that didn’t stop him from trying his best to assist her in whatever conflicts she had with herself. In the beginning, she was nothing more than quiet, but the longer she stayed with Emmett and his father, the more the boy realized that there was something strange about the female, something much deeper than what he generally understood. He and his father had never had a problem discussing magic, being that both Emmett and his one caretaker were Water Elementals, but even though his father made it clear that his cousin was just as capable, he didn’t often see her practicing.
Pestering the girl repeatedly to do nothing more than check in on her, he was surprised to find her performing that of an Elemental’s most powerful capabilities. When he discovered her, though, she was much too afraid that her being discovered would change things, and Emmett’s entire body felt as though it had lost full control. Being that Katherine had come across the ability to utilize her Water Sorcery and derived blood, and in turn, muscle control from it, her abilities wound up severely frightening him. However, rather than shunning her, Emmett did nothing but forgive her—it was really all that he’s ever known how to do. As they aged, her apologies increased, and she wound up opening up to him more than he could have ever deciphered. He couldn’t complain, however, the distressing memories pressed him into becoming a healer—a much more powerful ally. In any case, he’s fully content with simply going on with the family business as a Carpenter, and putting his memories as a teenager behind him. He knows magic is capable of going dark, but he hardly sees a point in sulking over it for the rest of his life.
Katherine Ashford | Cousin. Emmett has long-decided to put their past behind him, even if what she put him through still leaves him with a nightmare every so often. She seems to want nothing more than his forgiveness— which he assures her, has already been given. She’s nearly all he has left, after all. Optimism or not, she’s been taking care of him for a long time now, and he can’t see things any other way.
Evan Brandt | Apprentice. Coming across Evan seemed strange at first, considering he hasn’t met very many others aside from Katherine who share his gift, but when he recognized just how raw and out of touch Evan was with his abilities and how much the young man wanted to find it in himself, there was no saying no. Still, that leaves the problem of his sister who doesn’t seem to approve quite so much..
Jerik Baer | Uneasy acquaintance. Though they’ve only spoken once or twice since Jerik’s dabbling into the darker magic, Emmett can sense that something’s terribly off about him. He’s not one to pry, but he does hope that the other man is alright, and that whatever happens, things will turn out for the best without his interference.