Zethun Ddachmen Maysith is a Bennvikan politician. He was born to Moyevedd Maysith and his wife Roosigya (nee Rickabadae) in their country villa in the Halaevia Valley, Asrantica, Bennvika, in 1498 AU. This is his story up until the events of Vengeance of Hope.
Little detail is documented about Maysith’s early life, but what is clear is they it is one filled with tragedy. When he was six, his mother Roosigya died in childbirth. The infant, a daughter, was stillborn.
Other members of his family were taken by the notorious Kebben Sea. His father remarried when Zethun was eight. His new stepmother, Bagaria, was a noble Lady from Asrantica and brought her five children, sired by her own late husband, to live at the Maysith residence near Kriganheim.
Bagaria had relations in Verusantium, and it was on the return trip to visit these family members that in 1512 AU, their ship went down in a gale and all six of them tragically perished, leaving Zethun and Moyevedd again as the only surviving Maysiths. There is no record of Zethun even speaking of this event for some years after receaving a messenger bearing with the terrible news.
Zethun’s father Moyevedd was something of an extraordinary man. Born the son of a blacksmith and rising to a become a member of the Congressate, Bennvika’s parliament, he was a charismatic individual and a great communicator who developed many contacts. Zethun’s political allies write that he inherited these celebrated traits, though others add that his actions insult his father's memory.
As a child, Zethun could often be found painting. This is known because some of these works have survived. It was a pastime that he made little mention of during his political career, and during that period his output of work appears to have ground to a halt, presumably because of the all-encompassing pressures of his radical approach to politics.
During his teenage years, however, while living in the more pampered confines of his family home, his work rate was much more prolific, and the beginnings of his political standpoint can been seen, immortalised in these images.
While there are occasional landscapes of peaceful tranquility, many are more chaotic. These more turbulent pieces often show the suffering of the poor at the hands of the rich - a street beggar reaching out, only to be ignored by a wealthy noble in a carried litter, or a stick-thin farmhand being beaten by an overseer in the shadow of great castle.
It is implicit from these images that Zethun’s affinity with the common people began at an early age.
Image courtesy of Frank McKenna at Unsplash.