ether sabre

KIYO DREW THIS ETHER FOR ME AND SHE WOULDN’T POST IT TO TUMBLR SO IM POSTING IT TO TUMBLR BECAUSE LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS THIS IS THE CUTEST ETHER I HAVE EVER SEEN HE LOOOKS MORE LIKE ETHER THAN WHEN I DRAW ETHER WHICH ISN’T SAYING MUCH BECAUSE I CAN’T DRAW CONSISTENTLY BUT THIS IS HOW HE’S SUPPOSED TO LOOK SO BASICALLY I SHOULD NEVER DRAW ETHER AGAIN AND ONLY LET KIYO DRAW HIM

Raie talks about main characters: Ether

Okay! I think I might do THE main character for each of my stories, and then maybe do secondary protagonists or main characters of ER’s sub-stories. And I’ll try to just do personality blurby things rather than HUGE PROFILES. Because I’m lazy, yes. LOOK I AM POSTING THIS ON STORYTUMBLR.

Okay, first up! The protagonist of Eternal Rhapsody’s Main storyline: Ether

 

This is Ether Sabre, he’s an artificial (but still organic) human called a Homunculus that was created by this one guy named Echo (oooh I wonder who he could be!). Homunculi come in four types (that people know of, at least. Hmm!) that determine what kind of elemental magic they can use—Ether’s type is fire. Homunculi also are the only people that get last names (they’re not exactly surnames, because Ether and his twin sister don’t share the same second name) and it’s more of a… quirk… of Echo’s. If someone else were to create Homunculi they may or may not have two names (and it seems to only be for “perfectly” humanoid Homunculi. The ones that are more monster-like only have one name, or else just don’t reveal their second names!), it’s just a thing he does. The human population sees having more than one name as unnecessary, basically! Homunculi are also a despised race (unholy, artificial, KILL ON SIGHT, blah blah the generic discrimination bit) and easily identifiable by their opaque pupils. Before ER starts there haven’t been any new Homunculi for about 20 years, so the FREAK OUT BACKLASH from new ones is… worse than usual.

Okay that was a (necessary) tangent.

I actually kind of can’t stand Ether sometimes! At least at the beginning of his storyline, he gets a lot better later on, but at the start he’s sort of (understandably) emotionally unstable. The story starts right after he’s created, and stuff happens so that he’s not exactly “finished”. He’s finished physically! But a lot of necessary information about the world and people/things/stuff in it wasn’t uh… implanted? installed? inserted? integrated? i?????? yet so he doesn’t have any of that knowledge when he gets tossed out into the world and scooped up by a gender-flipping mercenary!

Obviously this causes some communication problems. And when one of your first REAL WORLD ENCOUNTERS is a bunch of crazy villagers in a small town trying to burn down the inn you’re staying in while you recover from almost drowning… Well, it makes you kind of jumpy. And he is jumpy! And really naive, and always constantly suspicious of people and their motives, OR unconditionally trusts them for about thirty seconds before FREAKING OUT OH GOD WHAT IF THEY WERE LYING TO ME I’M GOING TO DIE. He’s either really selfish or really selfless by turns, and is a definite mood-swinger. :( He has a huge martyr complex for the middle portion of the story until his PARTY MEMBERS point out that it really wouldn’t accomplish anything and slap some sense into him. He tries to think his decisions through, but ultimately whatever he decides to do is the opposite of what he should have done. OVERTHINKING OR UNDERTHINKING. THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.

His companions are kind of… not exactly the best people to gain real-world knowledge from, either. Pastel is ridiculously overprotective of him, and Mint is jaded, and cynical, and has a MASSIVE chip on her shoulder, and is basically out to get the Melodies and will badmouth them at every chance she gets. And I’m not even going to get into the ones he picks up later on! He wants to learn how to interact with humans, but none of his companions are “normal” humans. EVER.

Ether is really whiny and wimpy at the start. FOR A WHILE. And when he first uses his COOL FIRE POWERS he cranks his self-loathing angst up to eleven. I honestly kind of want to slap him most of the time, and tell him to JUST GET OVER IT ALREADY GOSH. Though some of it is understandable. :( He does get better, eventually! (I hope asdlgajadsgaljsd) He’ll go through a lot of growth both physically and mentally, not all of it for the better. Ether’s life is just sort of sucky overall, and doesn’t really improve.

He’s far from the most interesting character, and definitely not the most “normal”, but he’s the best audience surrogate of the main characters. It’s interesting to learn about Aural from the point of view of a Homunculus, even though they’re just one tiny aspect of the world! Sometimes I even forget about them when I go into develop-y things about it. Honestly, Ether isn’t even the main character of ER as a whole, Echo is. All of ER’s combined storylines amount to a gigantic biography about Echo and how messed up he got. He’s probably my favourite character and the closest thing I have to a blatant Mary-Sue but—OH HEY THIS POST ISN’T ABOUT HIM.

ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ETHER is that he’s a tragically fragile person that was born into a world that hates him, by a guy that just made him because he was bored and had the ability to. Ultimate social experiment: Make fake people and throw them to the wolves. GREAT IDEA, YES?

Wow that got long. Do I do another one? Y/N/MS