Esredes is a former Ishgardian knight turned heretic. After an incident with dragon’s blood from his childhood came to light and he was nearly killed as a result, he turned against Ishgard and became devoted to winning the Dragonsong War for the heretics by either taking over or destroying Ishgard. Now fueled by a mixture of vengeance and the need to liberate his people, Esredes continues to press on after years of fighting, refusing to give up the fight no matter how much it takes his toll on him.
Nominated to take Iceheart’s place by his own people after the climax of the war, Esredes was later officially pardoned by Aymeric and allowed to return to his original home under the condition of adhering to the new law and government. In the wake of the ashes of the war and his movement, Esredes continues to operate in a delicate balance between law and necessity, helping the new Ishgard while being well-prepared for a potential resurrection of the war. Despite his many doubts about his own abilities, he has taken up the mantle given to him of Her successor- continuing to convert people to his side and ideology and carefully watch and infiltrate ongoings in Ishgard.
Perhaps there will be salvation in the ashes, or perhaps there is naught to do but delay the inevitable oblivion. One thing is for certain for the man: the war will never truly be over until he can make it so…. Or be forced to enact its resurrection.His blog is here.
On the surface, Esredes presents as a serious and reserved individual, having anywhere from a forced politeness to neutrality and indifference to a distinctly unfriendly demeanor, someone that in most situations, one couldn’t get much out of unless they were a person of interest. But to open up beyond that is to reveal himself more as someone who carries himself with a certain level of authority, an air of regality, and what can be perceived as arrogance, though the extent to which it is genuine is unclear. Esredes is a driven individual with a combination of force and aggression and manipulation and cunning as the fuel it takes. He is an engraved, fancy blade with a sharp and rough edge.
His mind is wired towards logic and a realist outlook, what makes sense to execute as the best afforded and safest action to take, paired with a somewhat warped sense of morality. While he’s nobody to disregard and misunderstand all emotion, he’s often not good at dealing with it. He tends to have a narrow-minded and shortsighted view of a lot of situations, which is a big part of what makes him easy to make a puppet out of, so long as he doesn’t catch on. Ultimately, he is motivated by an internal goal and purpose, and won’t stop until it is fulfilled.
In him lies an inherent chaotic spirit, that gives birth to patterns of rash behavior. This natural tendency controlled him in much of his childhood, but it was forcefully subdued by an artificial sense of order that made its home within him. As a result, though he operates in manners of logic, he is prone to getting carried away in the moment and going off course, sacrificing a calculated move for an opportunity to exercise a desire to kill and take pleasure in it, a weakness he cannot fix no matter what he tries. Even regardless of this, he often resorts to brutal tactics.
Despite his often serious demeanor, he also possess a viable amused side that manifests in several different forms. He often uses it to be snarky in a sarcastic way to people he deliberately wants to anger, but when he’s relaxed he likes to make teasing and playful remarks, often paired with a lot of smirking. These sometimes even come off as flirty, but he’s unaware of this. His actual flirting attempts would be much less desirable.
Esredes is also blunt at times in certain situations. If there aren’t consequences, he makes it known if he dislikes you. Conversely, he also won’t hesitate to compliment and encourage if he genuinely means it. He’s able to be motivational, as well as persuasive, with the force he puts behind his words. Even so, outside of this, especially when he’s not trying, he often manages to say the wrong thing.
Yet even still, if one is in his good graces, they can find themselves with a dedicated ally, and discover a softer side to the man. He is often nobody to hide how much he cares about someone, and prefers to focus on the well being of others around him.
While he does know how to relax, he can only do it for so long before he begins to get restless. He believes his purpose is to fight, and he can’t fully separate himself from that. Yet even though his personality sets him down a dark path, the twists in the fabric of fate still may at least set his sword towards the purposeful cause and enemy he desires.
Esredes stands a little under average Elezen male height at 6'0, and is more widely built than the in game model. He resembles a Gridanian Elezen better than an Ishgardian one, with his light brown skin and crimson hair, swept back behind his head and forming into tips behind it. His eyes resemble a fire with their orange coloring, and when he is experiencing intense emotions, they often feel as if there is one burning within. In relation to the in game model, it should be noted he lacks the widow's peak, and the hair in front of the ears. His appearance is often geared to intimidation, and he gives off a distinct powerful, but uneasy aura. When not in his own version of the typical haubergeon uniform, he usually keeps his outfits relatively simple and not attracting attention, save for the ever present shade of red- but traces of his former highborn fashion sense still remain. He also keeps his sword and sheath on him in most situations.
His second form is that of a red and golden quadruped wyvern, standing tall at nine foot five and stretching outwards to eleven foot seven, though he occasionally takes on an in between form, in which he maintains his bipedal size and shape but with all of his draconic features intact.Despite the resemblance, he is not in any way related to Jannequinard.
Esredes was born into a noble Ishgardian family, and was raised on conservative and strict values, told he must uphold the dignity and honor of the family. However, as he developed, he began to exhibit behavioral issues and this eventually caused his family to try and hide him away from the public in their shame as they tried to get his behavior under control.
As his parents struggled to deal with the eldest child, elsewhere in Ishgard lied a small group of common folk with an agenda against the elite and the system, who were hatching a plan to bring the entire system into question, by slipping dragon’s blood into the drink of a few select elites at a party and letting the uproar dismantle the rest of their family and bring the entire elite under fire. The moody and impatient young Rosemond kid was selected as one of these targets, as not only was a kid an easy target, it would bring much more backfire if a child was killed. Though the actual process itself was a success, the group was then killed in a violent standoff a week later during another criminal act, thus letting their scheme die with them.
Unaware of all of this, when Esredes began to experience the effects of the blood the next day, he was full of panic and terror, thinking he had been cursed, but he did not tell anyone about it. He was old enough to somewhat understand this would be taken badly, and kept it hidden and never tried to experiment with his ability to shift. Hiding this only increased his behavioral problems as well, and eventually peers began to turn away from him for fear of being brought into trouble, leaving him isolated. His parents eventually stepped in and forced him to behave at age fifteen after an incident warranted it being the last straw. After some resistance, he finally conceded and began to behave like a young adult willing to take responsibility for himself. From there, his family and social life returned to stability.
He later joined the Ishgardian military upon reaching adulthood, as it had been his dream for a while to fight, and he was confident in his ability to hide his secret and still become a war hero. He began to win back family honor by becoming a formidable soldier and advancing in the ranks until he was near the top. However, one day during a battle, he was knocked off a cliff ledge to what would have been certain death if he had not shifted wings and glided to a lower ledge for safety, passing it off as a miracle survival. He thought no one had saw it when they rescued him later, but when a group of people showed up with weapons to surround his location later on, he learned very quickly someone must have said something. While he attempted voicing his innocence, it fell on deaf ears, and so he was forced to use the military skills and strategies he had gained, suffering several injuries and injuring several people to escape.
Now on the run and lost without anywhere to go to, Esredes continued fleeing, aiming to make his way towards Ul’dah. He was discovered again in the process and suffered much worse injuries escaping from his pursuers, but was found by a band of heretics and taken for medical treatment. After being told their side of the story, he reluctantly agreed to help them fight against Ishgard, if they would help him achieve something. This deal was then fulfilled, and so he began to embrace his dragon side and become loyal to the heretic cause. He has since become a powerful member in the group and continues to lead sieges against Ishgard.
After enduring countless hardships and countless witnesses of his people being slaughtered, the war finally reached its turning point and Esredes was left in the dust as it spiraled far beyond the heretic's control. He held down the faction after the death of his beloved leader, and was planning to disappear from Eorzea entirely as the war ended- only to be approached by an acquaintance and informed he had been pardoned by the new leader, legally able to return to Ishgard as a normal citizen.
After much deliberation and hesitance, he opted to accept this offer, not so much for himself, but for the sake of his people who would do the same, and once purchasing a house in Foundation on money borrowed from a few highborn ally sources, he remains in the city-state working as a negotiator between it and dragons, all while dealing with frequent surges of depression.
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