Beautiful People: Nefru

Probably the best way of describing Nefru, is to say that people don't dislike him, they just don't want to be around him because he is sort of depressing, and then they feel bad for wanting to avoid him, and don't want to hang out with him because it makes them feel guilty. It doesn't help that he is rather apathetic about the whole thing.

What’s their favorite book/movie/play/etc.?
Nefru does not really approve of reading for recreational purposes. Reports and messages were mostly given verbally, so aside from the infrequent written messages, Nefru does not read. HOWEVER, he likes to be well informed, and sometimes has a scribe come read historical whatnot to him. 

Is there anything they regret doing?
Suffice to say, Nefru regrets pretty much everything he said to Ukani prior to his (Ukani's) second departure. He always has the correct things to say in his head, and then they come out all wrong. There are of course, various other decisions he would change if he good, but nothing worth mentioning. 

If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Nefru owns an estate, where his widowed sister lives with her two children, as well as the rest of his household, including a healer. On the rare occasions he is 'home' he would be cared for by that one. But he lives at the palace to be close to his work, and would likely be attended by the palace doctor. If it was very serious, Amenhotep would probably attach his own personal doctor to the case.

Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Hmm. Nefru isn't very sentimental. A failing of his is that he could bear to part with pretty much anything (whether or not it was his to give up) if it benefited king and country. Hence giving up his brother, and remaining only vaguely affectionate towards his sister, with no real relationship. He would be very unhappy to part with a sword that belonged to his father, his estate, or a necklace that had been his mother's. He is also rather fond of a scarab commemorating Amenhotep's 'coronation'.

What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
Well. Nefru has exactly two friends. One is his loyal servant Aswad, who greatly respects and admires him. The other is Amenhotep III who thinks of Nefru as his friend, whereas Nefru would never make such a presumption as to consider himself the king's 'buddy'. To him, friend is a word that is more associated with loyalty and service without companionship. He is, undoubtedly, a Friend of Egypt. 
1. You would need to have a proper appreciation and respect for both Amenhotep, and Egypt. 
2. You would need to be serious (he detests frivolous people, or people who are constantly joking [ahem, Ukani])
3. An appreciation for symbolic images would go a long way. 
4. A charitable nature. Nefru recognizes that Egypt is composed not of important nobles, but of large masses of poor workers, by whose sweat his comfort (and that of his king) is bought. He believes that, while the Divine One should be worshipped, the rest of the nobles should repay the workers with a smooth running country that is secure and safe from enemies, with the lowest possible taxes. He gives what he can to those in need, and is a great sponsor of various temples that engage in charitable work. 
5. You would need to be someone hardworking, and with strong purpose, if not exactly ambition. His is not the mentality of working so that you may have leisure. He takes leisure and rest only to remain healthy, so that he may work all the more. A desire only for money would be very off-putting to him. 

Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
There likely wouldn't have been anything at the top, and the bottom was pretty much just a skirt (shenti). There were shirt-pieces and tunics/robes that some people wore, but Nefru is not the sort of person to spend more money on clothing than strictly necessary. Pleated thingys worn over the shentis were popular for the upper classes, and I think Nefru would have consented to wear only the very simplest of these, for special occasions.
He also does not wear a wig, and his jewelry is minimal. 

What’s their favorite type of weather?
He likes the daytime weather in winter, but not the uncomfortably cold nights. Really, he likes it to always be around 72ยบ, the sort of weather that you can forget about and don't really feel. 

What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
Before he and Ukani became a cold and almost apathetic with each other, they used to fight. Their last noisy fight was their worst, and did come to blows. Their sister was able to prevent Ukani from seriously injuring Nefru, but ever since then they haven't even bothered to raise their voices with each other. They rarely meet, and are perpetually cold to one another. 

What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Well I call him Neffy, but that hardly counts. People called him the 'silent one' when he was younger. I haven't yet figured out the word for it, as demotic egyptian continues to mystify me, but I think it is something sega or seger or something. 

What makes their heart feel alive?
I don't know that Nefru has felt very animated for a long time. It's rather sad. He is rather obsessed with his country, and he finds a peaceful happiness in the knowledge that he is helping. He has forgotten that one must care a little for oneself, and find sources of joy. I think one of the things that always angered Ukani so much was that Nefru was locking himself into a mindset in which he was no longer a human being with a right to happiness, but a tool. 

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  1. This sounds so interesting! I can tell that you've really thought about what makes Nefru tick. I hope that he eventually finds his own source of joy by the end of the story.

    1. Thank you, Nefru is the second character ever created in this story, and he's been through a lot of changes. I've never particularly liked him, but I've come to feel sorry for him.