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Shaw Freezis was the head of the Freezis Family in Marlon and the founder of the Freezis Foundation. Raised to become his father's successor, Shaw acted as Keel's aide and attendant for much of his young life. After his father suffered a permanent handicap, he took over the family's international business, eventually reorganizing it as the Foundation.
Shaw was born in the Kingdom of Elphegort in EC 493 to Keel and Mikina Freezis. As an infant, Shaw's Elphe nanny collaborated with Mikina's father, Duke Sfarz, in an attempt to kidnap Shaw that was interrupted by Mikina arriving home. After his mother inadvertently unleashed the power of the Marlon Spoon, the vessel's flames burned Shaw's back while killing his grandfather and the nanny. Soon after, the family moved into a new mansion and Shaw was raised with his parents' attention to be the heir to Keel's Freezis Firm.
In EC 500, Shaw joined his father and mother in their meeting with the staff regarding King Kyle's rejection of Princess Riliane in favor of their maid, Michaela. During the Green Hunting, Shaw fled from his home with his family but was later captured by the Lucifenian army and imprisoned in the royal palace there. Once the family was released, Shaw lived at Corpa's mansion in Rolled for a time before moving to the Freezis Mansion in Marlon. When Elluka Clockworker and Gumillia hid in the mansion to escape the Lucifenian army, Shaw and his siblings, Yukina and Aile, played with the mages before they left in EC 501.
Tumultuous ChildhoodIn EC 504, Yukina ran away from home in pursuit of researching The Daughter of Evil, leaving Shaw and Aile to comfort their father as he became wracked with grief over her absence. A few months later, Shaw heard rumors that the Gula plague was spreading throughout Marlon. During the following year, EC 505, Shaw noticed his mother repeatedly disappearing and coming backing back a few days later. Around the same time, he heard rumors that the Gula epidemic was becoming especially bad up north, particularly around Castle Hedgehog.
Later on, Keel tasked Shaw with retrieving his sister Yukina and King Kyle. Given him letters for the two plus Germaine Avadonia and Gumillia, Shaw was sent on the Royal Victoricia as a messenger and an entourage of attendants and sailed to Lucifenia. Finding his runaway sibling there, Shaw told Yukina what had occurred and gave her their father's summons. After their departure for Marlon on the Victoricia, Shaw became reacquainted with Gumillia, developing a crush on her, and became her underling.
The next day, when a giant octopus had begun pursuing the ship, Shaw and his entourage helped with Gumillia's modifications of the cannons so that they could damage the creature's thick hide. After the octopus was defeated and they arrived at Jamet, Shaw and the others said goodbye to the sailors while they headed off to the party; the group then took three carriages prepared for them, Shaw joined by his sister, Germaine, and Gumillia.
Once they reached Bariti, Shaw asked his sister about her journeys and gazed at Gumillia. He later caught his sister eyeing the lines of people outside the church and explained they were all afflicted will Gula and hoping for free medicine from the church; he also mentioned the rumors he had heard about the Blood Pool region. The four finally arrived at the Freezis mansion and Shaw had a servant announce them to Keel; Keel shortly after received them and had Yukina summon Mikina for dinner, while Shaw checked on Aile.
Letting Aile know that Yukina had returned home, he followed his young sister when she ran off to see her and told his sisters and mother to come to dinner. The family headed to the dining hall and ate dinner with Germaine and Gumillia. After they all had finished, Shaw watched his father offer their guests to stay the night before telling about their journey. He then, with Yukina, had to stop the drunk Germaine from rambling about their terrible experiences at sea to his horrified parents. Everyone then retired for the night.
Later, Shaw accompanied his father and their maid, Gerda, to Keel's meeting with King Kyle at Marlon Castle. After Kyle entered the audience chamber in Right Palace, he had Shaw sent on a tour of the palace in order to speak with Keel privately. Once he was finished with the tour, Shaw returned with his father and Gerda.
After the battle for Castle Hedgehog and Keel's injury, Shaw became concerned as Mikina went missing again; after two weeks, he also discovered a letter from Yukina addressed to Kyle, explaining that she had left Marlon. Shaw immediately ran to find Kyle in Left Chapel, finding him speaking to Arkatoir among the graves. As the concerned king asked about Keel, Shaw breathlessly explained to him how his mother was missing, before handing over Yukina's letter.
With his father's injury became a permanent condition even after waking from his coma, Shaw was made the new head of the Freezis Firm. While under the guidance of his father and several aides, Shaw began improving the firm and it flourished under his leadership. In EC 531, he reorganized the firm and established the "Freezis Foundation" in its place. Around that time, he established a Freezis publishing company for Yukina's popular Freezis Fairy Tales and their copyrights.
Sometime afterward, Keel passed away and Mikina disappeared; just before her death, Shaw managed to track her down and he, with his sisters, rushed to his mother's side. As he grew up, Shaw learned that the mage Abyss I.R. and the vessels of sin were responsible for his father's injury and his mother's unhappiness and swore vengeance on her. He also began to fear the prospect of growing old and dying, begging Elluka to give him the secret to her eternal youth.
The mage refused, unable to teach him her method, and Shaw had the Foundation begin informal experiments to discover the secret to immortality. As part of these experiments, he made a pilgrimage to the new Millennium Tree and begged for eternal youth; as a result of his wish, Shaw was granted an extended lifespan. During this time, he married and sired several children. Eventually, Shaw took on Bruno Marlon as his personal aide.
As organized crime rose in Evillious, Shaw managed to convince all of its nations to merge their existing security forces into an international police organization, the World Police, which was established in EC 573; during the period, Shaw had a secret police branch established in the organization under his direct command. Shaw and the foundation also created the Lost List for Yukina's lost works, having the World Police heavily enforce any illegal trade violating the Freezis Fairy Tales' copyright. He also established several other organizations within the foundation umbrella, including the Schuburg Newspaper in Aceid.
A New Family
After his great-granddaughters, Hanne and Heidemarie Lorre, passed away from illness, Shaw allowed Elluka and Gumillia to masquerade as the two so they could fade away from the public eye, Elluka to become "Hanne" while Gumillia became "Heidemarie". Committed to eradicating the vessels of sin, he permitted Hanne to use all the resources and power of the foundation whenever she wanted to assist in her quest to collect the vessels.
To maintain their incognito, Shaw assigned Heidemarie as part of the World Police's International Tasks department while Hanne was made a reporter for the Schuburg Newspaper. Afterwards, Shaw had his information network look into finding potential leads for the vessels of sin and the mage with the red cat. In EC 593, the foundation-funded exposition overseas discovered the western continent of Maistia, and the landmass was colonized soon after for trade with Evillious.
Later on, Shaw appointed his grandson, Dashaw, as his successor, only for Dashaw to die protecting Hanne during the Lioness Burning Incident in EC 597. After the World Police's investigation determined the incident was allegedly caused by "Elluka Clockworker", Shaw poured resourced into finding the impostor. After the construction of the Freezis Foundation's headquarters in EC 599, Shaw moved into the building as his personal quarters, sometime after, he became bedridden. Meanwhile he had his informants investigate the new criminal organization Père Noël. In EC 608, Hanne visited Shaw for a time before returning to Elphegort.
- "How's your health?"
"Just awful. When you become a hundred and sixteen... Oh dear... a hundred and seventeen? No, was it a hundred and fifteen? Ha ha ha, I've even forgotten how to count my age."
- ―Elluka and Shaw[src]
He then started to bring up Toragay, only to learn Hanne's findings on the death of Toragay's Marquis, Kaspar Blankenheim, the woman skeptical about the diagnosis that it was due to illness. After musing on her suspicions, their conversation moved on to Père Noël; as Hanne stated her findings that Kaspar was the organization's leader, Shaw corrected her with what he had heard about First Santa Claus.
Shaw then offered to place the World Police under her control to investigate the matter, in spite of the opposition he would likely face for it. He also added he would arrange for Heidemarie to assist her once she finished her current case; after their talk concluded, Shaw decided to rest and sent Hanne off. Over a month later, on October 17, EC 609, Shaw died peacefully in his sleep.
After Shaw's death, the entirety of Marlon was wrapped in grief for days, with the whole capital of Bariti dressed in mourning for his loss during the period. After being laid in a coffin in preparation of his funeral, Bruno allowed Hanne and Heidemarie to visit him before the rest of the family. When Bruno attempted to arrest the two immediately after, Hanne told the belligerent Heidemarie not to resist, saying they shouldn't disturb Shaw while he's resting.
Having no living children left nor a proper heir, the Foundation selected Shaw's grandniece, Aai, as his successor a month later. The Freezis Foundation itself continued to persist with its strong economic and political hold across Evillious and the New World after his passing. Without Shaw's support, Elluka and Gumillia shed their false identities and acted independently of the foundation, eventually infiltrating Père Noël to obtain more information on its leader, Julia Abelard, and the vessels of sin she seemingly owned.
Personality and Traits
- "Yes, "that"... Thinking back, some of the commotion I experienced in my youth—was also because of "that". I became much more aware of it as an adult. In that sense, I and "that" are tied by fate. For it ruining my mother and father's lives... I must take revenge."
- ―Shaw regarding the vessels of sin[src]
Shaw was a gentle, loyal, but stubborn man. Raised with a kind and studious upbringing, he was decisive in business and loving with family. Likewise, Shaw treated everyone, whether they be peasant or royalty, with the same courtesy, politeness, and respect. At the same time, Shaw wasn't rigid in his upbringing, choosing to deviate from official procedures in the case of an emergency. He was very trusting as well, from trusting Elluka with Foundation resources to never suspecting his aide Bruno Marlon of wrongdoing.
Throughout life Shaw had a reserved, calm, and restrained demeanor, as well as being a decisive and stubborn businessman. He also acted somewhat oblivious at times, as well as a little mischievous when he wanted something. Likewise, age made Shaw more and more apathetic to the interests of his constituents, giving little care to what others thought of his use of his economic and political power. Although in his youth Shaw became tormented by the thought of growing old and dying, as he grew old in his extended life he came to accept his eventual demise with good humor.
Likewise, Shaw showed a loving sentiment with his siblings. As part of the Freezis family, Shaw shared its convictions towards family and friends, holding even their servants in high regard, and willing to protect them above all else. He similarly worked closely with his descendants and relatives in the Freezis Foundation, as well as becoming vengeful towards the vessels of sin and interested in HER Syndrome because of the misery both things caused upon his parents.
Skills and Abilities
From a young age, Shaw showed a certain aptitude of intelligence and was a capable attendant for his father whenever needed. In his youth he was also impressively nimble, even able to outrun trained soldiers. Under the guidance of his father and other excellent aides, Shaw gradually developed a strong business sense and used it to help propel the Freezis Firm, and later Freezis Foundation, to new heights.
As the founder and CEO of the Freezis Foundation, Shaw's wealth and influence was nearly infinite, having control of all the Foundation's resources and sub-divisions under the organization's umbrella. As a result, he held strong business relations with all the Evillious governments and controlled an extensive information network throughout the region. Due to the blessing of the Millennium Tree, Shaw was able to live an exceptionally long life for a human, though his health would still inevitably deteriorate over time.
Keel Freezis: Shaw's father. Shaw loved his father and would try to cheer him up when upset, such as after Yukina ran away. After he was injured, Shaw looked to him as a mentor figure as he ran the Freezis Firm and took his father's advice in order to develop his business sense.
Mikina Freezis: Shaw's mother. Shaw and Mikina had a close relationship, with his mother often coddling him and Shaw becoming greatly disturbed by her being forced to contract with the Demon of Greed. Due to this, he understood the patterns of her comings and goings very well, but would become concerned if anything out of the ordinary happened to her such as disappearing for unusually long lengths of time.
Yukina Freezis: Shaw's big sister. Shaw held a close relationship with Yukina as his elder sister and understood her reasons for running away; as a result, he didn't worry when she left.
Aile Freezis: Shaw's little sister. Shaw held a close relationship with Aile as his little sister and worked in tandem with her in things such as comforting their father.
Elluka Clockworker: An associate of Shaw's when he took control in the Freezis Firm. Shaw trusted and respected Elluka, allowing her use of his resources despite the criticism he faced from his colleagues. Even after many decades, Shaw continued to trust in her and support her quest.
Bruno Marlon: Shaw's aide. Shaw viewed Bruno as his closest and most trusted servant, allowing him to serve as a representative of the Freezis Foundation and conveying on him many privileges as a "Bruno," staying with him for many decades.
Dashaw Freezis: Shaw's grandson. Before he was killed, Shaw trusted the man's integrity and business sense to name him as his successor in the Freezis Foundation.
Conceptualization and Origin
- Shaw's name is partially inspired by the name of his representative Voiceroid, Shouta, with Shaw's romanization containing "shou".
- In Epic of Evil: The Daughter of Evil Fanbook, Shaw was voted as the twenty-sixth most popular character in The Daughter of Evil Series by Japanese fans, along with Abyss I.R., Mikina, Eve Moonlit, Sateriasis Venomania, and Trauben Fruit.