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The word "xefros" comes from the Greek word "ξεφρος", meaning "mad", possibly referring to his Rage-bound sign. You can also translate the word "Xefros" (yes, there is a difference between "xefros" and "Xefros" in the Greek language) into the Greek word "Ξεφρος" meaning "dazzling". Xefros is possibly named after Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind. His surname refers to his Sloth lusus, resembling "tri toe" to reference the Three-Toed Sloth. Tritoh also sounds similar to the Germanic word "Trikot", meaning a sports jersey.
Xefros is first seen shortly after Joey Claire is spirited away to Alternia and Dammek is similarly sent to Earth. He initially believes Joey is Dammek testing him before realizing she is a lost alien who has somehow been sent to Alternia. He tries to help her, despite the dangerous Drone raid going on in his neighborhood, but a missile hits his home and he gets trapped under the debris, forcing Joey to save him instead. Joey manages to save Xefros and the two leave with both Dammek's and Xefros' lusii to meet up with Xefros' friend.
Personality and Traits
Xefros is a timid, passive troll with a kind heart and low self-esteem. Due to Dammek's influence and the general mistreatment of low-bloods in Alternia, Xefros does not think highly of himself or any of his abilities, and shows some anxiety over his fading childhood. He has a tendency to apologize a lot. He is also training to be a butler, and is not very excited at the prospect.
He also seems to be more accepting and comfortable around the subject of cleaning supplies compared to other trolls, and keeps his hive relatively cleaner than his peers.
Despite his weaker tendencies, Xefros shows a compassionate, trusting nature, and is willing to put himself in danger to help someone in need. He is a passionate follower of Dammek's rebellion.
Xefros is shown to have psychic abilities that, while present, are much weaker than those of most other rustblood trolls. He mostly uses his powers to bend spoons, and open the lock on his safe, but doing so exhuasts him to the point that he needs to drink a can of Grub Juice after. His psychic abilities seem far more powerful when he is enraged, such as when strifing with Azdaja Knelax, since after Joey had gotten knocked to the ground during the strife, Xefros stepped in, shrugged off one of his attacks, and slammed him down several times.
He is moirails with Dammek, and they are in a garage band together called The Grubbels (or Grubbles, depending on Dammek's mood). Dammek is seen to be somewhat exploiting Xefros' vulnerability as a burgundy blood within the first act. Additionally, Dammek constantly belittles Xefros and is said to be constantly testing him with code names and minutia regarding the rebellion, in an effort to toughen him up, which Xefros admits that it is.
The two of them are members of some form of rebellion against Trizza, a nosy heiress to the throne (another key reason for their dual-sided band name). He has also stated that he doesn't keep on top of the code words because he "finds it hard to care" about them.
Although their relationship is likely strained, these criticisms and tests from Dammek seem to be from a very warm place, as an effort to keep Xefros safe, in fear that they might get caught and separated while staging the rebellion. It's very likely that he misses Dammek immensely.
In Hiveswap Act 2 Dammek and Xefros's relationship is explored a bit more as well.
Xefros first encountered Joey shortly after her accidental arrival on Alternia. He is able to communicate to her via Dammek's tablet, however at first does not believe that she is not Dammek himself. Through a series of multiple issues, Xefros realizes Joey is an alien to him and decides to help her, only to get crushed by falling rubble, causing Joey to have to help him instead. Joey, although generally confused by Xefros' alien behavior, and frustrated with his initially cagey attitude, is fond of Xefros and defends his worth during a moment of self-doubt. The two seem to be establishing a friendship.
Xefros's lusus (named Zoosmell by default), is a giant sloth-like creature, known as a Glacial Treetrudger. A slow-moving creature, prone to laying in inconvenient areas, the lusus is a picky eater and a constant sleeper. Xefros appears to have a fairly typical relationship with his guardian, being somewhat annoyed with its behavior, but still shows an understanding that the creature means well and is just looking out for him. The creature joins Joey, Xefros and Dammek's lusus on their journey to seek out a mutual friend of Xefros and Dammek.
- According to the Extended Zodiac, his sign is Ariborn, sign of the Escapee, making him a potential Derse Dreamer and Hero of Rage.
- His horns are shaped similarly to the generic troll horns found in many places, such as Equius's robots, Tavros's posters, and the Trollian logo.
- Xefros' Prongle avatar is a fork bent in the shape of a hand making the heavy metal horns gesture.
- This could be related to how Xefros practices his telekinesis by bending spoons.
- Xefros has a white orb trophy from when he had won third place in Arena Stickball league sometime in the past. This white orb could potentially represent Doc Scratch, just as how the arena stickball Game represents The Felt.
- There are two CCTVs in Xefros' hive installed by Dammek (one in front of his hive and one inside his respiteblock). It is unknown whether Xefros is aware of being monitored by Dammek or not.
- Dammek ordered Xefros to sleep on the floor without sopor sometime in the past. This has made Xefros somehow immune to the chucklevoodoo and he claimed that he "can sleep anywhere now".
- It is hinted in Act 1 that Xefros has a crush on a boy. It’s been speculated that his crush could be Dammek, possibly harboring red feelings for him. However, it’s been confirmed in Act 2 that Xefros’ crush could be a tealblood as he’s been seen blushing when he talks to 2 tealbloods (Idarat and Tegiri).