The cooper Brelgh’s eldest son, Skeel grew up more fascinated by the strength and power of metal and flame than the grace and patience of wood. It came as little surprise that he requested apprenticeship with his father’s best friend, Skint, in the smithing trade, though he knows this request somewhat disappointed his father. Still, the crafts are somewhat related, and if he lacks his father’s love of wood and its finer points, Skeel has fully inherited his father’s imagination and artistry— even more than Skint he sees the grain in metal, and has a knack for putting grace with utility. Though his skill is far beneath that of his master, Skeel has the promise of one day being not only a servicable blacksmith for Speardale, but perhaps even an artisan of some reknown well beyond his town’s borders.
Recently, Skeel has begun a flirtatious courtship with Skint’s daughter, Elle, and while the blacksmith is pleased that his daughter has returned the interest, there is still a fatherly protection that is preventing outright delight. Skeel accepts the reservation, and knows he must make more of himself before he can seriously expect marriage, and as such applies himself with more dilligence than before— he wants very desperately to not only be a man, but to be seen as a man in the eyes of the town. At eighteen, he is not far off, and if he is no master blacksmith yet, he could open his own forge in many small towns and be readily welcomed.