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"Ah–I was so disappointed and regretful that I made my feelings into a song, so please, give it a listen, won’t you?"
―Xenos[src]

Xenos Jaakko was a traveling minstrel and the grandfather of Will Jaakko. Traveling across the Evillious region in the hopes of inspiring his craft, the bard came to Beelzenia to see the horrors of Banica Conchita. Disappointed by his failure to find the monsters of rumors, Xenos later shared his failures with the sorceress Elluka Clockworker.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Born in the Jaakko Family around the turn of the fourth century EC, Xenos eventually became a traveling minstrel, searching for interesting events he could use as inspiration for his songs.[1]

Evillious TravelsEdit

"I figured I would just run away if it got too bad. But–when I actually got there, there wasn’t a soul there, much less a Pale Man! And I’d heard a mountain of the ghastly things were puttering around up there! "
―Xenos relating his story[src]

Around EC 325, Xenos heard rumors of Duke Banica Conchita's supposedly going insane, as well as of the undead monsters terrorizing Banica's territories. Wanting to see the monsters despite the danger, he made his way from Holy Levianta to the Beelzenian Empire.[1] During his travels, he heard that the Earl of Calgaround was offering a reward for information regarding their missing daughter.[2]

After he arrived in Gasto in August, Xenos investigated duke's mountaintop estate, but found no trace of the supposed pale monsters. Not wanting to come back empty-handed, he climbed the mansion's outer wall; not seeing anyone inside, he considered breaking in but ultimately decided not to, not wanting to get in trouble for trespassing on a noble's residence.

Soon after, Xenos gave up and went back to town, composing a ballad about his feelings, titled "A Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Year and Ten Minute Love". Later on, when the mage Elluka Clockworker and her green-haired companion entered the tavern asking about the corpse soldiers, Xenos related to her his story, explaining that they had disappeared. He then offered to sing his latest ballad before the two promptly left.[1]

Two months later, while visiting Demilamb, Xenos picked up one of the bounties scattered around town featuring Phantom Thief Platonic. Recognizing the green twin tails, he realized the mage's companion was actually Phantom Thief Platonic and recognized her as the missing Calgaround daughter. Nearly broke, the minstrel immediately traveled to the town in northern Elphegort to collect the reward.

When he visited the mansion, Xenos discovered that Platonic had abandoned thievery and returned to her original name and home. During the visit, Xenos noticed the girl didn't seem to remember him, only smiling with a red glass of wine in-hand. Inspired by the event, Xenos composed the song "Platonic and the Wine Glass", but he soon discarded the song due to its unpopularity.[2]

Years later, Xenos compiled a book regarding his adventures throughout the Evillious region, entitling it "An Evillious Travel Journal". A child that Xenos sired would go on to have a grandson, Will in EC 353; as the child grew up, Xenos relayed stories of the legendary Banica to the growing boy.[3]

LegacyEdit

Because of his grandfather, Will was inspired to write about the stories of Banica and the vessels of sin, which gained infamy long after Xenos' lifetime.[3] The minstrel's own novel had at least one copy existing in Calgaround's royal library throughout the centuries. Long after his death, Elluka Clockworker read through Calgaround's copy of Evillious Travels while investigating the folklore surrounding Mikulia Calgaround.[2]

Personality and TraitsEdit

"Well, you see. I wanted to see those ‘Pale Men’ at least once, so while acknowledging the danger I headed up to get close to the mansion."
―Xenos[src]

Xenos was a brave yet curious man, driven by his craft. The bard loved telling others stories through song and was willing to go to great lengths to experience interesting events, even braving great dangers, to inspire his work. Despite his seemingly relaxed attitude about encountering the occult, he still acted energetic and enthusiastic regardless of his mood, often emphasizing certain words in his speech patterns. However, Xenos was still fearful of being punished for breaking the law, especially related to the aristocracy. Regardless of his love for his work, the bard was still open to obtaining money by other means when needed.[1]

Skills and AbilitiesEdit

Due to his profession as a minstrel, Xenos was able to compose and perform songs,[1] although they seemed to lack much popularity.[2] The man was also somehow able to obtain information regarding Banica Conchita, despite it being shut out by the Beelzenian Imperial Family.[1] He was also to an extent a capable author, narrating the tales of his travels and putting them in a book.[2]

Character ConnectionsEdit

Will Jaakko: Xenos' grandson. Xenos enjoyed telling Will stories of Banica Conchita while the boy grew up, impressing the child with his tales to a point where Will followed in his footsteps as a storyteller and historian on the Vessels of Sin.

TriviaEdit

Conceptualization and OriginEdit

  • The word xenos is Greek for "stranger" or "alien".

CuriositiesEdit

  • Humorously, Xenos' song "A Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Year and Ten Minute Love" is likely a reference to mothy's very first Vocaloid song, Ten Minute Love.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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