Fear

Emotion

During good times and bad, Henry always has a smile on his face. His smile, his laugh, and his upbeat attitude is disturbing to most of the camp. It's like he doesn't get sad, and doesn't get upset for any reason. Since he's in the middle of war, and is living in such dark days, it's odd that his mood isn't affected. One might think that Henry doesn't feel emotion. I think Henry masks his emotion to protect himself.

Henry had a rough childhood. He was abandoned by his parents at a young age. His Supports give conflicting accounts as to what happened to him as a child — one says that he was abandoned in the woods by his parents, another says that he was sent off to a wizard school because his parents didn't want him around, and yet another suggests that he lived with his parents but was ignored, forcing him to befriend a giant wolf for companionship. Who knows; maybe all three occurred at different points in his life. What's important to take from those Supports is the fact that Henry was abandoned. He likely has deep-rooted emotional issues that stem from his childhood.

Olivia and Cherche's Supports with Henry are the most telling about his emotional condition. Olivia suggests that Henry's upbeat and cheerful demeanor is just a mask to hide his pain and anger. I share Olivia's way of thinking. Henry talks about his parents and his abandonment to multiple people, so it's clearly something that weighs on his mind. The fact that he doesn't seem afraid to die shows me that he is playing into how he thinks others see him, based off of how he was treated by his parents. If they don't care if he's around, why would anyone else? His life would be no great loss to anyone. Clearly this isn't true, as Henry is able to form strong friendships and relationships with the other Shepherds. Unfortunately, I think that he thinks it is true, and that's sad.

This can be supported by so many of Henry's personality traits: his humility, his strong bond and attachment to animals, and his loyalty to those he forms bonds with, to name a few.

Let's look at his humility first. Henry finds it hard to accept compliments. I think he realizes his own ability, and he knows how good he is, but he acts uncomfortable anytime someone else says something good about him. Lissa called him sweet in her Support because he did something nice for her, and he downplayed the compliment.

Henry: Nya ha ha! Me? Sweet? That's a new one.

He seems to do that kind of thing a lot. I think it's because Henry isn't used to others viewing him positively. As such, although he's confident in his abilities, I think he may not view himself positively. Again, I think this stems from his parents' abandonment of him.

Second is his strong bond and attachment to animals. I wonder if he has such a strong bond with nature because he doesn't feel like he's fit for or deserving of human bonds. Cherche's Support provides a good look at this theory. Cherche notices that Henry is always laughing and smiling, yet he doesn't let anyone get close to him, and doesn't seem to have friends.

Cherche: There you go with that laugh again. It just sounds so hollow… I wonder if it's even possible for someone to be your true friend?

Henry is super taken to Minerva, Cherche's wyvern, though, and gets attached to her. Cherche forces Henry to spend time away from Minerva, and more time with her alone, to form a human bond. They become good friends. Without Cherche forcing his hand, though, I think that Henry would be content befriending animals, because that's what he's used to.

When Henry does get close to a person, he will do anything to prove his loyalty to him or her, and to keep him or her around. His Support with Panne illustrates this clearly.

Henry: Geez, Panne. What WILL convince you to let me stick around? You remind me of the fuzzy animals that raised me, and they all died, and now I... Come on, Panne. Please don't abandon me like my parents did. I'll do anything you want. A-n-y-t-h-i-n-g! Enemies? Gone! Rivals? Kaput!

Henry's abandonment issues clearly affect him, and are a large part of who he is. His cheerful demeanor isn't a lack of emotion at all; rather, I think it's a shell, a protection, to prevent others from getting close to him, so that he can't be abandoned again.