Jesper is of Zemeni nationality and has dark brown skin and grey eyes, which he got from his mother. He always has his pearl-handled revolvers with him, wherever he goes. Fellow Dregs member Inej Ghafa describes him as being long-limbed and lean, especially without his pistols, and remarked on how he looked like a gangly-limbed bird. Jesper is constantly in motion. His pistols are such a part of him, that without them he looks less himself.
Jesper is a gambler. He is witty and sarcastic but friendly when he wants to be. Though Jesper has good intentions, he can be loose-lipped at times. He is good-natured, cocky, and teasing.
When Jesper feels overwhelmed he rests his hands on his pistols to keep from fidgeting.
Because of the recklessness that comes from not using his Grisha powers, his impulsiveness sometimes leads him to make bad decisions. Because of this, he feels like a screw-up and he has low self-esteem.
Jesper grew up on a farm with his Kaelish father, Colm, and Grisha mother, Aditi. They were all very close. His mother died after using her power to save two young girls from poison (Leoni + Unnamed sibling). Since then, Jesper was ordered by his father to never use his power to prevent anything similar from happening to him.
However, when a Grisha doesn't use their powers, they become "sick". For Jesper, this meant that a seemingly endless amount of energy built up inside of him, causing him to become reckless and impulsive.
Jesper left his home country Novyi Zem, ostensibly to attend university in Ketterdam. However, he soon became addicted to gambling and fell into debt to support his addiction. He uses gunfights and gambling to distract himself from the restlessness and anxiety he feels, craving an adrenaline rush.
He joined the Dregs soon after arriving in Ketterdam to cover up his gambling debts, as well as support his addiction, and became an ally and friend of Kaz Brekker. At the beginning of Crooked Kingdom , his father still thinks he attends the university.
Powers and Abilities
Jesper is a Grisha, specifically a Fabrikator, otherwise known as a Durast. In Novyi Zem, Grisha are referred to as zowa, meaning "blessed". However, he has not been trained, so his powers are not properly honed and rather weak. He's also a talented sharpshooter and marksman. Wylan believes that the reason Jesper is such a good shot is that he uses his powers to guide his bullets.
Jesper starts to annoy/ flirt with Wylan when they are on the boat together. He grows to really like and care for Wylan and they are shown to connect and try to look out for each other throughout both books.
Jesper and Wylan are shown to be in a romantic relationship by the end of Crooked Kingdom.
Colm Fahey, a Kaelish jurda farmer, is Jesper's father. He believes that being a Grisha is dangerous after his wife, Aditi, a Grisha died. he is described to be an honest man and cares deeply for his son and wife.
Aditi Hilli was Jesper's mother and Colm Fahey's wife. Aditi taught Jesper how to shoot. Seeing as she was a Fabrikator, too, this fuels Wylan's theory about Jesper's aim.
Kaz Brekker is the leader of Jesper's gang, the Dregs. In Six of Crows Jesper was considered his right-hand man and the only person Kaz put almost as much trust as Inej in. However, Kaz found out that Jesper's bragging was the reason their mission almost stopped before it started and therefore lost trust in him.
Six of Crows
- “Usually people don't start hating each other until a week into the job, but you two have a head start.”
- “Maybe your tutors didn't cover this lesson, but you do not argue with a man covered in blood and a knife up his sleeve.”
- What could he do with a pile of scratch that big? Jesper could just imagine his father saying, Land yourself in a pile of shit twice as big.
- "Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I'm going to get Wylan's ghost to teach my ghost to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost."
- "Well, we've managed to get ourselves locked into the most secure prison in the world. We're either geniuses or the dumbest sons of bitches to ever breathe air.”
- “If any of you survive, make sure I have an open casket. The world deserves a few more moments with this face.”
- "Stop being dense. You're cuter when you're smart."
- "I don't know! [...] Maybe I liked your stupid face."
- "Don't worry, Da. People point guns at each other all the time in Ketterdam. It's basically a handshake" - Pg. 79 Ch. 5
- "Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?" [...] "Well, usually it's just half the city."
- Close your eyes and hope the firing squad has good aim, he thought bleakly.
- "Thought of me? Late at night? What was I wearing?"
- "You're stupid about a lot of things, Wylan, but you're not stupid."
- "I made a mistake. I let my bad get the best of my good, but for Saints’ sake, Kaz, how long are you going to make me pay for a little forgiveness? [...] How many times have I had your back in a fight? How many times have I gotten it right? Doesn’t that count for anything?"
- "I told you, I like your stupid face."
- "The same thing I always do. I took a shot."
- "There's just one small problem, and by small, I mean 'huge, glaring, let's scrape this and go get a lager.'"
- "Do you really have a flying ship?"[...]"Take me with you."
- "Because she might mess up and make you look like a weasel with curls?"
- "￼ You can't run from this forever"-Wyaln " Watch me."-Jesper
- He's often thought of as angry by Matthias.
- It's revealed in Crooked Kingdom that Jesper is something of a playboy.
- Jesper is confirmed to be bisexual/pansexual.
- Six of Crows: page 17
|Main Characters||Kaz Brekker • Inej Ghafa • Jesper Fahey • Nina Zenik • Matthias Helvar • Wylan Van Eck • Kuwei Yul-Bo • Jan Van Eck • Pekka Rollins|
|Minor Characters||Joost • Per Haskell • Jarl Brum • Tante Heleen • Bo Yul-Bayur • Jordie Rietveld • Councilman Hoede • Geels • Specht • Emil Retvenko • Anya • Cornelis Smeet • Zoya Nazyalensky • Sturmhond • Dunyasha Lazareva • Onkle Felix • Raske • Genya Safin|
|Locations||Ketterdam • Hellgate • Ice Court • Djerholm • Kerch • Ravka • Novyi Zem • Shu Han • Fjerda • Wandering Isle|
|Groups||The Dregs • Grisha • Drüskelle • The Menagerie • Black Tips • Merchant Council • House of the White Rose|
|Events||Hringkälla • Hellshow • Queen's Lady Plague • Komedie Brute|
|Miscellaneous||Jurda • Jurda Parem • Kefta • Indenture • Djel • Ghezen|