NOTES: If you haven't read up to the fourth chapter, some of this might be a bit of a spoiler.
(Full) Name: Zanner Illver
Name Inspiration: Random, but his last name was derived from Silver
Book/Series: Land of Darkness
Age/Age Range: 25-ish
Basic Height: 5'8'' or 5'9'' (Can't remember which)
Hair Color: Metallic silver
Hair Style:: Natural but short (like most of my male characters lol)
Eye Color: Sky blue (the story calls it light blue due to the lack of sky, lol)
Favorite Color: Any color; see abilities and ailment sections.
Love Interest: None.
Right or Left? Somewhat ambidextrous after a severe burn on his right arm made him unable to use it for everything.
Family: Zeler (younger brother,) Zalina (mother,) and Zender (father.)
He started off in a role that was SUPPOSED to be inferior to the female lead, but ended up taking first. His 'power of sight' was inspired by another novel that had a seer in it.
Place of Origin:
Blazepoint city; one of the corrupted human governments that have taken up residence in a biodome. (An artificially controlled environment)
Each biodome city has its own twisted laws, and Blazepoint is no exception. According to law, a couple is only allowed to have two children; if one dies, they are still not allowed to have any more. The firstborn is, by law, required to take up the Father's (or Mother's previous) occupation. The secondborn is given more freedom; it is allowed to leave the biodome if it so desires (though it is not allowed back in) and it is allowed to pick one job out of whatever choices the government gives them. (Which is usually the jobs with the least amount of workers) Firstborns are given uniforms with silver material and blue lining. Secondborns are given silver material and red lining.
For women, they are allowed in the workforce until they are wed, and then they go straight to being a stay-at-home parent. When married, they wear silver clothes with purple lining.
Zanner's specialty is his Power of Sight. While he is unable to see color (see next section) his Power of Sight allows him to see other powers at workspecifically the power of the Orbs and Jayna's warping ability. He sees the powers at work in color, but with a bright glowy effect, which often hurts for him to look at because his brain isn't used to the color. His powers also allow the Orbs' powers to distort his vision and cause hallucinations, and it also helps determine who else is part of the Four. (As he sees one part of them in color, like Jayna's eyes.)
Zanner has complete colorblindness. He was born with eyes that were unable to see any color at all, and thus has lived in a grayscale world for all of his life. (Until his powers activated)
He also has a severe burn scar on his upper right arm, which gives him trouble with things like climbing, or generally any activity that requires raising his arm high.
Zanner's one main desire is to learn more about the Old World, where the Orb of Light shined in a vast expanse overhead, plants grew across the plains and water flowed across the land in streams and rivers.
Zanner was the firstborn of a couple in the city of Blazepoint. His mother, Zalina Illver, was once a newspaper woman, and his father is a Judge over serious crimes. As firstborn, he had no liberty in which direction he wanted to go; his sole purpose for existing is to take on his father's duties.
At the age of seven, the Blazepoint school system begins to brainwash all children into thinking that their current state of affairsforced to live in biodomes that simulated the way the world used to beis the best choice to live. However, this had the opposite affect on Zanner, whom was already starting to dislike his way of living due to knowing that he had no choice in what he would be when he grew up. To Zanner, it was amazing: a world where clouds didn't blanket the skies, where the ground wasn't just dirt, where plants and creatures grew wild. The more he learned about it, the more he wished he could have seen the Old World.
Upon entering his teenaged years, Zanner began to develop a plan. He would rebel against the government in a desperate attempt to get free of it. This would result in him being exiled from the city, burned and thrown out into the dark, cold world. Then he would be free of the strict ordinances. Not only that, but he might just figure out what had caused the world to fall into the state of darkness and lifelessness it's in.
His mother, loving him and knowing that his kind, docile heart would not be able to make the kind of judgments his father's occupation required, encouraged this plan. When Zanner did finally get cast out of the biodome, she sent her second son, Zeler, out of the city with a replicator (device that makes water and food from other objects) and a backpack filled with medical supplies. This, of course, meant she wouldn't see either of her sons again, but it was a risk she was willing to take; having both alive and outside the dome was better than having one alive and one dead.
Zanner is, quite simply, one of my "innocent child-like" stereotypes. He's an optimist who spends most of his time smiling and laughs at some of the most unusual times. Unlike Kedar, however, he doesn't do so to get attention. He just does it because he enjoys life, regardless of his circumstances. He has two separate dreams: one that is, in his mind, vaguely possible (finding out why the world fell into its current state) and one that is impossible. (Seeing color.)
He dislikes hurting others, and is generally friendly and caring towards everyone. He rarely closes his heart to the needs, feelings and lives of others. (Though sometimes he tries to) That isn't to say he is selfless all the time; he has made a good amount of selfish choices in his life. (Getting purposely exiled was one of them.)
But while his carefree, docile personality tends to charm the women (particularly Jayna) from its child-like appeal, Zanner isn't naïve. He knows Blazepoint's school system was merely trying to brainwash him into thinking a life inside of an artificial environment was best. He knows that the government hides dark secrets of dictation and baseless executions. And he knows that there's a reason why the schools didn't teach him why the world came to be desolate, just that it had.