|Etienne Lucas Fleurant|
November 20th, 214
|City of Birth:||
|Grandparents:||Silvain Fleurant, Adrienne Fontenot|
|Parents:||Gaston Fleurant, Adolie Alysworth|
|Siblings:||Renate Fleurant, Narcisse Fleurant, Ambroise Fleurant, Musetta Fleurant, Jolie Fleurant, Cecile Fleurant, Leon Fleurant|
|Out of Character Stats|
“I may be the second son, but I refuse to settle for second best.”
Etienne is, much like the rest of the Fleurants, not the most warm hearted of people. He is driven by a desire for perfection in every aspect of his life and refuses to settle for second best. He has a rivalry with his elder brother Renate, attempting to be better at everything Renate pursues, viewing his as the pinnacle he needs to cross to reach perfection.
As is likely easy for anyone to pick up on, Etienne is exceptionally competitive and will find it extremely difficult to back down from competition. If he attends a tournament, he will usually be found as an entrant and if not, will gamble for the thrill of the competition. There are few he will back down from competing against, the only living exception being Narcisse, his little sister, for whom he has an unusual soft spot.
If he has a proverbial weak spot, Etienne’s would undoubtedly be his thirst for gambling. It is both a source of immense satisfaction and constant irritation for him. After all, it is the one thing he can never truly be perfect at, but it is the one thing that he cannot draw himself away from. He has a tendency to win just as much as he loses and the mixed love and hatred of it has a tendency to drive him into a rage when he does gamble.
He is not a people person and tends to believe himself to be better than, or above many others, often critiquing or offering advice even where it is not asked. He finds it difficult to believe that others do not strive in the same way he does to be perfect in all pursuits. On the flip side, if someone points out a flaw of his, he will take very little notice unless it is Renate or Narcisse, in which situation he will be found fervently working to improve. The only people he does consider worthy of his time, oddly, are his siblings. While he competes with his elder brother, he still respects what he stands for and who he is. He views most of his siblings with a sort of friendly wariness, unable to really understand how they feel towards him, but still would rather spend time with them than the rest of Forsilvra.
Etienne has no interest in drinking, preferring to spend his time appreciating culture and sophistication. Rather than being one to enjoy parties, he will be one who spends time out in the gardens in quiet company, considering exactly why a certain flowerbed was arranged that way, or this.
As if to further his pursuit of “perfection” he is a great admirer of beauty and has a quick tongue. It would have made him a ladies man, if he didn’t believe so many were simply beneath him and his station. If there is anything he cannot stand, it is blemishes to the skin, such as scars or cuts and the like. Always immaculately clean, he has been known to have servants on hand ready with waterskins to wash his hands or ways to tend with cuts immediately.
He has a tendency to wax philosophical, also. To try to understand and rationalise the world around him, to explain that which does not have an explanation, or to assign meaning to that which appears to have none. It has given him an unusually agnostic view of the gods, but this is not a side he shares with many, knowing what impact it could have on his family.
Just like his other Fleurant siblings, Etienne had no such luck getting love and attention from his parents. His tutors and carers were kind to him and took good care of him, but the problem was that Etienne wanted someone to look up to. So he fixed on Renate as the man to look up to. The problem with this, though, was that Renate was close to his own age, so the idolism came hand in hand with the realisation that anything Renate had done or could do, he could do just the same. Renate looked upon him with scorn and picked on him repeatedly.
This realisation, coupled with Renate’s actions, troubled Etienne and eventually prompted a competitive jealousy with his elder brother. When Renate trained in fencing, so did Etienne. When he trained in bows, so did Etienne. When he studied, so did Etienne. He knew that he was not first in line for the lordship of the house, but knew that should Renate slip up, it would be down to him to fix it being second in line. So he decided that he would be the best in the family and always be better than Renate at everything he did, to make sure that when his elder brother did finally make a mistake, they would see him for the skilful and talented man he would be.
He excelled in all areas, just like Renate had, in his studies in fencing and with bows. But secretly, he wanted more. So he also trained with an axe in what spare time he had, knowing exactly what symbolic meaning it had in the lands of Ahestere. It was something his brother, nor any Fleurant, had done, feeling it was a discipline beneath them. But Etienne did it, despite his family disproving and become exceptionally skilled.
There was, in fact, a time during his training that he was considered as a potential for the position as next Horn of the Flaming Axe. He got as far as being knighted and winning the tournaments needed, one in the axe and one in the bow, before he was deemed unfit for participation. It was following a personality assessment by the current Horn that he was told he did not have the temperament needed. Falling short of the perfection he wanted in such an important area made Etienne resentful to those who had shunned him and he instead began to up the ante in the competition with his brother.
The competition started getting out of hand when he started involving the other family members in the competition. Unbeknownst to them, likely even unknown to Renate who likely didn’t even notice or care that his little brother was trying so hard to be better than him, Etienne began to involve Narcisse in their squabble. He started enjoying the study of music with her, attending concerts and the like purely because he knew Renate would not. Then, when Renate became betrothed and he saw a distance between him and Narcisse, he quickly interposed himself in the situation and began to act as a replacement for his elder brother in the time he was not there. Whether Narcisse saw him in the way he intended her to was a different matter.
It was when his brother returned that he calmed down a little. He had found his place in the castle by then and none could disrupt him from it, but also, he had missed Renate something fiercely. As out of hand as he had let the competition get, he found that when his brother wasn’t there, he found it harder to strive to be as perfect as he needed to be, realising just what a driving force his brother was to him. So now, while he still strives to be better than his brother, he had the wisdom to realise it is also because of him.
Maurice’s death came as a shock to Etienne. He was the heart and soul of their siblings, the only one of the Fleurants who seemed to care for all of them, not just a select few. There core had gone, so in his place, Etienne attempted to pick up where he had left off and fill the gap that had been left by his death. Sadly, Bayard he had never connected with so took his death relatively easily, but found his new stance connected him to his younger siblings in a way he never had realised he could. But to those it mattered to him about, Renate and Narcisse, he still couldn’t figure out if he had reached through.
It was the following year that their parents also died of the plague and Etienne…didn’t really care. His parents had been absent, or not really there for most of their lives and he didn’t feel he had lost much. After all, his brother was now head of House Fleurant which meant he would have a very important role in the house. Technically, it made him the heir until his brother had a child, a thought which comforted Etienne, for it meant that he was truly in the place to pick up the slack if Renate did not.
- Year 214: Renate Fleurant is born.
- Year 215: Etienne Fleurant is born.
- Year 217: Maurice Fleurant is born.
- Year 218: Narcisse Fleurant is born.
- Year 220: Ambriose Fleurant is born.
- Year 222: Musetta Fleurant is born.
- Year 224: Bayard Fleurant is born.
- Year 225: Jolie Fleurant is born.
- Year 226: Cecile Fleurant is born.
- Year 236: Maurice and Bayard Fleurant succumb to the plague.
- Year 237: Gaston Fleurant and Adolie Alysworth Fleurant die to the plague.
- Year 237: Renate Fleurant is named Lord of House Fleurant.
Year 241, April
- Character Travels to Forsilvra