Alignment Lawful Good
Social Class Commoner (At least he prefers to identify as this.)
Occupation Historian, philosopher and part-time shepherd.
Weapons He carries a polished hickory cane that is supposedly there because of his age but, in reality, is there to beat people over the head with should the need arise.
Physical Appearance Zeno was once a handsome man, with a chiseled face, a powerful body and thick blond hair. However, this has mostly faded- his face has wrinkled and begun to sag, his nose and ears have grown larger in proportion to his face and the hair has mostly disappeared from his scalp. His appearance is now one that combines the archetypal images of wise old man and angry old man- he wears a short, gray beard and his blue eyes stare out from beneath a prominent, hairy brow ridge, alternately thoughtful or terrifyingly angry. Though not terribly large, these eyes are the most noticeable feature of his rather tanned face, for they are very bright and penetrating. Rarely does his face show any hint of emotion other than anger, but when he is feeling something tender, it will be seen in his eyes, which lose their hard edge.
Zeno is about average height (56) though he used to be a bit taller- his posture has slumped somewhat. Despite this, his body has aged well. He still retains a fair bit of his muscle (though his stomach has filled out a little) and he doesnt have many bodily aches to complain of. Even so, he is often seen hobbling about in, leaning heavily on his cane; but this is just an act, to throw people off. When he gets into debates with strangers, they think him nothing but a senile old man and, if he becomes incensed, will be surprised to see him rise up with a strength and fury that is nothing short of terrifying.
Like many of the older men (especially those who claim to be philosophers or something similar), Zeno choses to wear a chiton and himation combination, usually in modest colours (he often dyes them himself). He refuses to dress up for any event- even if he were to visit a king. The most hell do is comb his beard.
Personality The emotion Zeno is most known for is anger. He is most often seen getting into arguments with people, usually about ideological issues. These arguments usually end with him winning, but if the other person is being a bigot, he may wind up using his cane. He normally speaks in an antagonistic tone, even to his relatives or friends, and can be quite insulting. However, he does this the most to the people he cares about- it is usually a sign of affection, as he seems incapable of showing it in any other ways.
Zeno is quite interested in the history of Elenlond, especially recent history, and has taken to recording significant events that have occurred in his lifetime. He has been at this for about fifteen years, and he carries the resultant tome (notes, revisions and all) with him when traveling from place to place. He also has some interest in more scientific subjects; for example, why earthquakes happen, how some dragons can breathe fire and how necromancy works. He will not draw a conclusion about something, historical or scientific, without sufficient evidence, and is strongly against allowing bias to interfere in his work.
Zenos philosophical views are somewhat more controversial. He is an atheist and believes that chance, rather than things like fate and destiny, is the leading force in the universe. He is against materialism and believes that the upper class is mostly full of self-obsessed idiots. Instead, he feels that credit and power should fall to the lower classes, for it is they who actually sustain society. Vanity and emphasis on appearance are also stupid, because it is the contents of the mind, not the container, that is important.
Zenos more abstract beliefs are usually kept to himself- he feels that all things are subject to change, and that nothing is certain in the world. This used to distress him when he was younger, but he has grown accustomed to it, for the most part. He also questions societys treatment of women from time to time, but this is not a subject he usually must argue.
Zeno displays very few emotional attachments to others- his wife is dead and his children have gotten married; some even resent him. The beings he appears to care most about in the world are his nephew, Alexandros, and his dog, Cyno. He is intent on tutoring Alexandros to be a better person and to help change the world, as he believes that Alexandros is one of the few members of the upper-class who is not a complete dolt.
History Zeno was born to Herodion and Theodora Phloropoulos, who were members of the Morrimian upper-class Phloropoulos family. He had three siblings- an older brother named Tryphon, an younger sister named Iphigenia and a younger brother named Demitrios. From a young age, he learned to hate the special treatment his brother got, and he deeply resented his parents for this, with the result that he ran away when he was thirteen. He succeeded quite well as a runaway- he managed to escape to the farmlands between Kinaldi and OrlKabbar and was unofficially adopted by an older couple, who were childless. He learned how to be a goat shepherd, and really enjoyed the job- it gave him time to think, and when he had a book, to read and learn. In these years, he decided that the upper class were stupid to ignore the beauty of hard work and the land as such, and wondered why they received such special treatment when, in reality, they offered very little to society. He had his first dog at this time, as well, named Timaea, who was his favourite companion.
His sojourn only lasted three years- he was recognized by an aristocrat passing through the area and returned to his family, who were understandably very angry. Zeno perceived this as anger against his decision to be a commoner rather than out of distress for his well-being, and ran away again but a year after his return. He was apprehended quickly this time, because it was obvious that he was heading back to the farmlands where hes spent the past few years. It was in this way that he spent several years- constantly running away with various degrees of success, until he was eighteen and allowed to decide his own fate. In any case, his parents tired of trying to control him at this point, and let him go. He was essentially exiled from the family for his behaviour and became something of a black sheep and a joke to them- a situation which only deepened his resentment.
When he was nineteen, he married Hypatia, a fairly comely woman who was part of the farming community. She was equally as angry as he was, sometimes more, and they often fell into arguments, which, to anyone else, sounded violent, but were really the overblown version of friendly bantering and usually ended in very satisfying sex. Despite the outwards appearance of the relationship, he really did love her, and was even able to show some tenderness towards her- the likes of which has not been observed with anyone else.
He sustained them with his work as a shepherd, selling fine-quality cheeses and various herbs to members of the nearby village. With Hypatia, he helped to produce a slew of children- Ariston, Pamphilos, Pherenike, Xanthippe and Thales. He was content with his life- a burgeoning family, a dog, enough food to eat and lots of time to think. So it was until he turned 40, at which point his children learned that they were descended from aristocratic stock. The youngest three werent terribly affected by the discovery, but Ariston and Pamphilos resented the fact that Zeno hadnt told them of their ancestral background, and wished to rejoin the upper-class. Thus Zeno suffered the same distress he had inflicted upon his own parents- his children ran away and resisted any attempts to bring about their return. Zenos parents gladly accepted Ariston and Pamphilos into their arms and they were married off to wealthy women.
Zeno came to understand the sufferings he had caused his parents but was too proud to reconcile with them, and angered by the fact that they had so readily accepted his sons.
Several years after this, his remaining children were all married off. When he was 47, Hypatia died, and he was unwilling to live in his old house. He left it to Thales and his wife and left for Kinaldi, hoping that he could reconcile with his family. He was not in luck- his parents had died only recently. However, he managed to find some acceptance from Demitrios (though his wife didnt appreciate him very much), through which he met the young Alexandros. He became quite attached to the child, and so stayed for a year or two, until he felt recovered from the events in his life.
When he was 50, Demitrios lent him some money so he could invest in some goats and a new dog, Euanthe. He was able to support himself, living in a small, tidy cave turned into a home and selling cheeses and herbs as he used to. He visited Alexandros regularly, leaving his flock with the teenage boy whose family lived nearby. He informally tutored Alexandros in (primarily) philosophical subjects when he could, and got into the habit of arguing with people in the city.
He picked up history at 52, and has been working very hard at it since. He has largely given up on shepherding, as it tires his body more than he can handle. He only does it when he needs time to think, in which case he borrows the flock from the boy who used to take care of it while he was away. Instead he stays in his cave, travels sometimes and often visits Alexandros. His life has flowed along these lines up to the present, though Euanthe died when he was 66, leaving him to acquire a new dog, Cyno.
Pet Cyno is something like a border collie- she is of about the same size and shape, but with slightly more rounded ears and a thinner face. She has large amber eyes which make her look nervous most of the time, and she has a coat of silky fur- white with reddish-brown spots. She is the type of dog who thrives off attention- she will place her head on a persons lap, demanding to be petted. If people ignore her, she looks pitiful and whines, seeming to think that it must be her fault, for whatever reason and apparently on the edge of death from the lack of attention. She is easily startled and is terrified of thunderstorms. One of her favourite past-times is chasing flies. Shes not a very good shepherd dog since she's so easily frightened, not that Zeno minds since he doesnt do it so often now.
-Birthday: April 19th
-His avatar: Heraclitus by Hendrick der Brugghen.
Para dar luz immortal by Chanticleer
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