♦ In-Game Brief
That clothing Xavarian wears gives him the impression of someone arguably well off – a theme seems to be the colors black and gold, but there are a number of red accents, and a silver symbol that repeats itself in the form of clasps and motifs on these clothes. Most often, he's seen wearing a split coat; something that falls nicely on either side of the chocobo he travels on. Packs and pouches of all sorts line his belt, staff strapped to his back, and a large tome at his side. Occasionally a scepter will be visibly strapped to his arm in addition, but this is not always the case. And on a single shoulder seems to hover an odd, aetherically placed red gemstone of sorts, right in the middle of one of those repeating symbols, large and made of some silver metal like a poor shoulder guard. From certain angles the floating gem looks like an eye… however, it doesn’t appear to have any real purpose, and simply remains in place like any other part of his clothing might.
When Xavarian isn't struggling to get some thought across in speech, though, (or sometimes when he is) he'll often speak with a lilt to his voice and a smirk on his face. Life is to be enjoyed (if not feared), and he smiles, grins, and snickers fairly often, which reflects this mischievous, but also paranoid, outlook. He's definitely not above laughing at himself, realizing how his own antics might come off to others, or occasionally being proud or amused at his own vaguer. Granted, what amuses him isn't always what you'd expect to amuse someone, and it may get him some strange (or mortified) looks now and then...
Left to his own devises, Xavarian tends to shuffle around some, lean against something, or sit down if he has the chance. Along with this, he's likely to pull out a large book he always seems to carry with him, and start writing notes mid conversation. Though it'd be soon clear that he's still aptly listening, and will often continue the conversation like this while asking questions and writing simultaneously. Common expressions of the man include any number of amused smirks and smiles, pursed lips, huffing, darting eyes, squinting, and weird faces at what he considers equally weird thoughts.
Even though Xavarian will awkwardly approach people that catch his interest, he often feels much more comfortable with little to no company, and in a state of study. Caught alone (or mostly alone) Xavarian often mutters to himself, speaks to Vathen (his chocobo) as though he were a person, or becomes entirely caught up in what he is doing, so he will hardly notice much else around him. When focused on a task, an experiment, or even his own thoughts, he becomes very difficult to distract, and may become agitated if disrupted.
A list of accurate traits include: Cryptic, Vague, Mischievous, Curious, Silly, Poetic, Chaotic, Amused, Determined, Questionable, Dorky, Strange, Paranoid, Verbose, A Weenie, Intelligent and Intellectual, Eccentric, Relativist, Rational, Reasonable, Diplomatic, Morally Grey, Strong-Willed, Awkward, Typically Withdrawn, Introverted, Observant,
♦ For Associated Duskwight Clans
The Mystrife Clan has long been devoted to both Knowledge and Power, delving into various underground ruins for artifacts and relics of all sorts, researching Aetherical phenomena from the benign to the 'forbidden' by others' scope, and overall being a clan to go to for trade of information. They collect more than merely relics, however, and are interested in both knowledge and items that may hold any significant power, use, or interest. They will occasionally lend tomes they've amassed, or small copies of sections for whatever they consider to be 'equivalent' trade. As such, they have made a number of deals with other duskwights, or any who would venture to find them in a designated location in the night- though the former, of course, being the most common. They were known for making deals with all sorts of families, accepting some from those who are just scraping by, rejecting some from those who are wealthy, but doing the inverse just as often. Somewhere they have their ways of selection, but by how sporadic it is, all sorts interested in their services would make the attempt. When one couldn't trade items or wealth, they made a trade of knowledge; and good knowledge can come from any source.
It was never easy to see nor keep track of all the members of the clan. Many were often off doing some sort of work for the family. While others tended to be kept close and out of sight. Whichever one of these Xavarian was, he was never seen that often, mostly when the family was packing up to make another move (which they did frequently), occasionally by the side of another member, or was given the task of delivering documents or commissioned tomes to any duskwights in a near radius. Few may have spent some time with him having sribework done for them; he would sit in a designated place with them, listen to what they sought written, and take it down as requested. But he was hardly seen about; his family name was far more known than he, though occasionally some odd rumors drifted between ears about him.
One was that he was sick. Stretches would go by where, even if requested for for scribing, the family would insist he was unavailable. Some say they felt strange when near him, but then again, some felt strange when in the presence of any of them. Others claimed they swore they saw glints of what looked like ice or crystal on him at times, and afterwards he'd go unseen for long stretches; certainly something is off about that! Considering what the family would do for power and knowledge, some wondered if something happened and they were studying him, though others found that completely ridiculous. The Mystrifes hold family in such high regard, why would they ever do such a thing to one of their own, when they have so much at their disposal, and so many other means? Though nothing went further than whispers - since whispering about the Mystrife family itself was likely to get back to them one way or another.
Recently, Xavarian is no longer seen in the caverns, and again, cannot go requested for.
The latest rumor of it involves the Mystrifes sending up one of their own to learn of the surface world, that some of them think there is something worth having or knowing up there. Some doubt it; the Mystrifes are proud, what need they with anything of the suface dwellers? Others see it reasonable; there's a lot they may be missing down here, why not send someone up for a peek? Others still are excited- imagine what sort of things they might bring back! Perhaps they'd have another reading of stories, or histories we can listen to, we wouldn't want to be left behind those surface dwellers, would we?
It's possible that the unfortunate soul they sent up might be 'that sick, smiley scribe who we never see.' But it's just as possible they're merely keeping that one locked away again, and sent someone much more capable. And who's to say they sent anyone at all? Best keep quiet about it, they have other scribes.
♦ For Anyone Else
♦ The Shroud
For quite a time, during the nights, the duskwight might've been seen around Little Solace, spending time with the Sylphs. He always seemed incredibly cheerful with them, pleased to help them how he could, even if he fell behind them at times in their haste. Regardless, he would gladly partake in their customs, join them in (and be subject to) their tricks, give them any number of gifts, and sometimes be seen sitting among a group of them, exchanging riddles. 'Rhyming One' was a name he soon gained around Little Solace, and it never ceased to please him when addressed by it.
It's unclear how he got his first inklings of Conjury. Perhaps someone explained it a bit to him during inquiry, or perhaps he made enough trips to spy on 'the walking ones' with the Sylphs to pick something up. But once he found he could use his own abundant Aether for healing, he decided to see if he could figure out more on his own. A lot of trial and error was to be had, and occasionally, his struggles gained small pointers from passing adventurers, or mortified conjurers who caught him during his attempts. It wasn't all that long until he learned the way he'd been going about it was all wrong. There may have been an attempt made to go to Gridania, to learn more of the 'right way to do things'.
However, the attempt made was never quite an attempt fulfilled.
By the time Xavarian got to the Thaumaturge's guild, he was a mess. However, that very mess made it clear just how much Aether the duskwight had, and the guild was quick to take him in and teach him. Xavarian took to the studies of thaumaturgey like a fish to water, near literally. Some in the guild would say that it really seemed to give him quite a bit of life, and in turn, he devoted long hours to studying, practicing, and discussing theory and application. His ambitions were high, and he was willing to learn from near anyone who would speak to him. Though close to the outset of his studies, his Aether would take uncontrolled turns even when he wasn't meaning to cast. Despite the duskwight's promise and diligence, the guild of thaumaturges also preferred their resources intact.
They decided it would be better for him to practice more in the field, to get a handle on his Aetheric inbalances, especially now that he seemed much more lively than when he came in. They would call him back when the time was right. Xavarian gladly took to this suggestion.
♦ More Recently
The dark duskwight and his charcoal feathered steed may be seen in the night time hours doing gods know what outside the cities. Often times, there is Aether involved. Others, there is climbing over ruins, peering into holes, running all about the land and stopping at various formations, inquiring from unsuspecting travelers about Aetheric anomalies, or talking to his chocobo about their current situation. All the time, there are notes being taken.
When he's indoors, it's most likely between an inn, fussing over letters he's gotten, or in the Eagle and Quill, a bookstore that he's partnered his services with in the Mist.
Recently, the duskwight's been any number of places. It seems he's mostly about traveling, wandering, transporting various artifacts, or practicing with his Aether again. He tends to return to the Eagle and Quill as well as the Mizzenmast inn fairly frequently, but it's anyone's guess where Xavarian and Vathen will end up as of late.
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( This page is a WIP )
The duskwight has a ton of Aether, a ridiculous amount in fact, that seems to be spilling out of him nearly always. It manifests itself at various times in small ways, be it in shifts of temperature, little sparks all over his body, sometimes frosting over things, or setting pages alight. These anomalies, however, are always just around Xavarian's person, which can make ordinary tasks occasionally difficult for him, and anyone too close, (when it isn't managed,) might be put in an awkward place. Despite this, Xavarian seems to treat it more like a nuisance than an intentional reaction, apologizing often for it bothering anyone, trying to keep it down when asked, and even leaving if he must. He's seen always with a scepter or a staff with him, if not both.
♦ Established Practices
Xavarian himself is a member of the Thaumaturge's guild, and has some 'self-taught' Conjury ability as well, but the latter is.. pretty terrible. It's not that he can't cast the spells, or doesn't understand the theory of Conjury. But his methods of doing Conjury are all wrong, drawing from his own Aether reserves as opposed to the Elements at times, which obviously causes him some varying debilitating issue. And occasionally when he does garner the support of the Elements, they don't always 'listen'. While he understands the concepts of Conjury, he can't quite grasp the application under pressure, so a protection spell and a single shot at healing are about the most he can manage, unless he gets himself together to do it right. ... That said, he still continues to practice, and try to force the right way of casting into his habits.
Thaumaturgey, on the other hand, is something he's much better at. Having been around Aether for a long while, nevermind all the study and prior introspective meditation he's put into understanding the subject, he's comfortable in dealing with his own Aether. And while by far he's certainly still a learning student, the sheer amount of Aether he seems to have gives his spells quite a potency. He's spent recent time away from being holed into the guild halls (by their request) perfecting his art among other things, yet the hope that he'd get his anomalous Aether under control by practice has yet to see conclusive results. Interestingly, he is best at using unaspected applications of Aether, including putting targets to Sleep, changing one aspect of Aether to another, and abrupt scathing bursts of energy among them. The elements on the other hand, while certainly potent, have always seemed a bit more unruly at times.
Since meeting a particular L'yhta, he has been inspired to attempt and learn what he can of each practice, and put it into use. Though he's yet to be taught much on Arcanima. This is probably the greatest irony of all, because while he understands some of the concepts, he has absolutely no skill (yet) in the art that he crafts high-quality Grimoires for.
♦ Ritual Magic
While his skill with established magical practices on the surface of Eorzea are still at somewhat of a budding stage, his ability with ritual magic is rather keen. Having a rooted knowledge of Aether, all sorts of components that interact with it, and various 'circles' well enough to create rituals himself, the duskwight is able to put together small to more complex rituals which could give any number of results, depending on what, or who, is at his disposal. He certainly seems to have had a decent amount of experience with ritual practice too, both conducting them, being a mere participant, or being at its center.
This is where a lot of his Aetherical knowledge 'shines'. However, most of his ritual work requires planning, particular components, and precision. They aren't typically 'mobile' endeavors, and though the ultimate effects can be lasting, he's yet to find a way to pull from ritual magic without actually needing to set up a ritual. Thus, it's application is much more of a 'case by case' use, and nothing fit for combat.
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