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Ezra Squall is a Wundersmith and the main antagonist of the Nevermoor series. He was banished a hundred years ago[1] from the fantastic world of Nevermoor for killing innocent people and doing terrible things during the Great War. He wants to be Morrigan’s patron and teach her how to control Wunder. He visits Nevermoor through the Gossamer.

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Biography

Early Life

Ezra Squall was taken from his family at a young age to be educated as a Wundersmith at the Wundrous Society which was considered the greatest of honors. He was there from at least seven years of age[2]. At some point he created the Gossamer Line[3]. Squall was a young, talented Wundersmith who was described as joyful and happy until something presumably caused him to turn on his friends and fellow Wundersmiths and murder them in what became known as the Courage Square Massacre[4] in the Great War at least 100 winters before and was thus banished from Nevermoor and the Free State. He went on to found Squall Industries in the Wintersea Republic where he was likely the second most powerful person after the President of the Wintersea Republic.

Eighth Age of the Wintersea Republic, Eleven

Winter

At Jackalfax's annual Bid Day, Ezra Squall made an anonymous bid for Morrigan Crow to become his apprentice. Calling himself Mr. Jones, he meets Morrigan and attempts to persuade her to become Squall's (his) apprentice, telling her she will learn to run Squall Industries, though really wishing to teach her the Wundrous Arts. Morrigan hesitates at the last moment and he veils himself so that the Mayor and Morrigan's father do not know he is her bidder. She leaves without signing his contract.

On Eventide, Squall sent his Hunt of Smoke and Shadow to "herd" Morrigan so that she could begin to learn the Arts from him; however, she is rescued by Jupiter North and spirited away to Nevermoor where Squall could only communicate to her via the Gossamer Line (as Mr. Jones)

Third Age of the Aristocrats, One

Ninth Age of the Wintersea Republic, One

Squall tracks Morrigan to the Hotel Deucalion and—using the Gossamer Line as Mr. Jones—briefly talks to her.

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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

In this book, it is revealed that with the help of Henry Mildmay, Ezra created 'The Ghastly Market', a black market that deals in illegal goods and services. Morrigan first encounters it by accident when she, Cadence Blackburn and Hawthorne Swift are practising how to deal with Tricksy Lanes in their 'Decoding Nevermoor' class. In their brief meeting, Morrigan finds the Ghastly Market being set up, but she does not know about it yet. However, she does find a half-painted sign that reads "The Ghastly Mark". Later, Cadence tells Morrigan about how her aunt got sold in the Ghastly Market after Morrigan explains her findings to her friends. During Hallowmas night, Squall 'puppeteers' everybody except for Morrigan, and teaches her the Wretched Art of Inferno. He then goads Morrigan into destroying the Autumnal Ghastly Market, which is located at the Museum of Stolen Moments.

Involvement as Mr. Jones

Ezra Squall, then pretending to be Mr. Jones, is one of the bidders for Morrigan. On Eventide, after Morrigan chooses to go with Jupiter, he sends The Hunt of Smoke and Shadow after her, with the order to herd.

Later on, after the chandelier in Hotel Deucalion falls, Morrigan goes down to the lobby to inspect the damage, thinking her curse is to blame. She finds Mr. Jones in the lobby, and he is 'surprised' to see her, saying he thought she was, well... dead.

Morrigan tells him about the fallen chandelier, and he assures her that it has 'grown out,' like a tooth, and that it will simply 'grow back,' but replace itself with something new. When Mr. Jones asks about her knack, she replies truthfully, that she doesn't know. He remarks on the absurdity of that.

Mr. Jones sees Morrigan again, when she is looking for a shadow, and 'escapee' from the Hall of Shadows. He tells her that Jack was simply pulling her leg. The shadows in the Hall of Shadows are nothing more than illusion. Mr. Jones then says, "Pity you can't send a real wolf to teach him a lesson," although Morrigan never told him the shadow was a wolf.

At the end of the Fright Trial, Morrigan hears Mr. Jones' voice in her head, saying, "Shadows are shadows, Miss Crow. They want to be dark.[5]" This causes Morrigan to climb up the street lamp in the illusion, thus getting her out of the Fright Trial successfully.

Right after the Fright Trial, Morrigan sees Mr. Jones yet again. Morrigan introduces him to Hawthorne, and they wish each other a happy Hallowmas.

Morrigan meets 'Mr. Jones' again, now knowing he is Ezra Squall, on the Gossamer Line platform. Squall whisks her to her old home, Crow Manor, via the Gossamer Line. He briefly turns it into Morriganland, and reveals that, like him, Morrigan is a Wundersmith.

He also discloses that there is no curse upon her at all, and offers to teach her the ways of the Wundersmiths. She declines, and takes the Gossamer home.

Physical Appearance

As Ezra Squall

Ezra is described as a serious-looking man. He has well brushed brown hair with a splash of silver at the temples, dark shiny eyes, and a scar cutting through one eyebrow. His skin is mentioned as being so pale it is almost translucent. Though he looks a bit older, it almost appears as though he hasn't aged much over the past 100 years.

As Mr. Jones

When Squall was described as Mr. Jones, he was wearing a gray suit and wire-rimmed glasses. His overall appearance is noted as looking serious and neat as well as tasteful and “immaculately groomed.”

Personality and Traits

As Ezra Squall

Squall can be quite manipulative. He knows what he wants and he'll do whatever's possible to make it happen. It is apparent that he has a plan and will make it happen, although the only part of his plan yet revealed is to teach Morrigan Crow how to use Wunder and to turn her over to his side. He has presumably been driven rather insane, and tries to make himself appear as if he is a genuinely kind, well-spoken person when in reality he is presumably a monster. Also, it is written in Wundersmith that Ezra Squall has a beautiful singing voice. Most people refer to his outward appearance as a mask, that conceals the true monster he is, he is shown to be vengeful and rather bitter at his family leaving him behind for the society. He has not lied thus far, however, it is still unclear how honest he really is.

As a Child

Similar to other children, Ezra had friends when he was younger, he is said to be nearly unrecognizable when seen in the ghastly hours due to his completely different personality.

As Mr. Jones

Mr.Jones was kind and understanding unlike his evil form of Ezra Squall. He understands Morrigan's curiosity and tries to teach her without her knowledge.

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Abilities and Skills

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Wundersmith

As a Wundersmith, Squall is able to control and manipulate wunder in multiple ways to his will. He is shown to be able to perform the arts at ease and with great skill, using multiple arts at once. It also shows that he has good stamina, learned over many years, as he does not tire from performing as Morrigan does.

Singing

Ezra Squall sings to call Wunder, using the wunderous art of Nocturne. He is described as having a beautiful singing voice.

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Accomplishments

Relationships

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Morrigan Crow

"You are not a mouse, Morrigan Crow. You are a dragon."
―Squall, to Morrigan[src]

Morrigan has been one of the only characters to have any true interaction with Ezra Squall within the series so far. Squall's plan seems to hinge on having her becoming his apprentice. Despite killing every child who could potentially be a Wundersmith so they don't take too much Wunder, he chose to let her live, selecting her to become his heir. This led him to place a bid on her, and begin meeting her; first as "Mr. Jones," then as himself when she realized the truth. Currently, his motives for choosing her to be his heir remain a mystery.

Squall's interactions with Morrigan take on a decidedly uneven tone. He alternates between politeness and calmly offering her a chance to join him, to screaming abuse at her and threatening her, often with very little warning. Whenever Morrigan displays control over Wunder, he seems genuinely pleased, and even expresses admiration for her strength a few times. However, he is also frequently angered by her good nature, naivete, and unwillingness to abandon her friends and loved ones.

Squall claims to see similarities between himself Morrigan, and seems to consider it a given that she'll join him eventually. Curiously, he doesn't outright force her into an apprenticeship despite having a clear opportunity to do so at the end of Hollowpox. He states this is because he doesn't want Morrigan to join him because she feels she has an obligation to do so, or because she has no choice; he wants a willing and eager student. Despite her hatred of him, Squall is better-equipped to teach Morrigan the Wundrous Arts than any other currently living person, because he killed the other Wundersmiths.

Henry Mildmay

"Never fear, I promise to take care of our dear friend Henry."
―Squall, after Mildmay's treachery is revealed[src]

Mildmay worked with Ezra Squall to help him set up the Ghastly Market. It is unknown what happened to him afterwards, as he kidnapped more people than he was commissioned to, and was left alone with Ezra Squall. Given that Squall promised to "take care" of him, it seems unlikely he is still alive. However, his death has yet to be confirmed.

President Wintersea

It is found out in Hollowpox that Erza Squall works for President Wintersea and does her bidding, but does not want her in Nevermoor for fear of its destruction.

Free State Citizens

Etymology

The name Ezra (EHZ-rə) means "help/helper" in Hebrew[6][7]. Jessica Townsend has confirmed this etymology was intended in an interview.[8][citation needed]


Squall probably comes from the term for a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm, usually with a "sudden, sharp increase in wind speed lasting minutes."[9]

Trivia and Behind-the-Scenes

  • Ex-member of The Wundrous Society at least 100 years before Morrigan Crow
  • Mentions that he created the Gossamer Line[3]
  • Mentions that he used his Hunt of Smoke and Shadow (his own creation) to kill other Wundersmiths who tried to stop him at the Courage Square Massacre.

Appearances

As Ezra Squall
As Mr. Jones

Notes and References

  1. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Chapter 7 (Happy Hour at the Hotel Deucalion) "he's been gone for more than a hundred years" - Jupiter North
  2. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, Chapter 18 (Daylight Robbery)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Chapter 25 (Master and Apprentice) "I should know, I created it" 
  4. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, Chapter 17 (Ezra, the Boy)
  5. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Chapter 12 (Shadows)
  6. https://www.behindthename.com/name/ezra
  7. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Ezra
  8. Needs confirmation source
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squall


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