William Manston was born the fourth son of Baron William James Manston
III. The Manstons are an old Deryni family, and as the first Manston
to be born with the Healing gift in generations, he was much
celebrated as a child. Unfortunately, this did not last. Trevor was a
headstrong child who believed it was his duty as a healer to use his
gift to relieve the suffering of a much-suffering world. This
conflicted with the family duty to protect the family secret of their
Deryni blood. His outspoken protests and occasional rebellion created
a huge rift between him and the rest of the family...only his younger
brother Brian stayed close to him. There was a particular enmity
between Trevor and his oldest brother and heir to the Barony, William
James Manston IV. After Brian left to become a Priest, Trevor felt
totally alone and cut himself off totally from the family he lived
with. At age 25, he left the family, planning to never see any of them
his own, he faced the challenge of survival. He tried many means but
eventually discovered that life as a travelling acrobat suited him
quite well...he could travel from town to town and practice the
healing that meant so much to him. But life was hard and lonely.
year after he left, the loneliness became more and more difficult to
bear...so he went to Grecotha to find his brother Brian, the one
person left he could go to. Brian welcomed his brother gladly and the
two renewed their close friendship.
seven years after he left, Trevor met Lindsey, a musician and farmer's
daughter who had been thrown out by her family for displaying Deryni
powers. The two became friends and travelling companions, and
eventually fell in love with one another. He kept his lineage as the
son of Baron Manston a secret from her.
has used several names since he went out on his own. The most recent
is "Xavier 'the Extraordinary'". In this persona, Trevor is
a performer to the core, flashy and well-spoken. He is now in his
mid-thirties, lean, athletic and handsome.
days, Lindsey's music has made her a bigger draw among the masses than
Xavier ever was with his acrobatics act, and she has played at noble
courts. But Trevor has shown little of the showman's ego and seems
content to watch her shine.
has recently discovered the truth of her lover's lineage and it has
caused tention between them. Trevor has also since reconciled with his
father and is now torn between his duty to help the family he left and
his love for Lindsey. He does not know how he can possibly do right by
both...but is determined to find a way.