Médéric was born near the Pas de Calais. He was the second child of Cllâodène and Eudes to survive past infancy. His sister Aalis is 6 years his senior, and when they were 8 and 2, they got a new little sister, Mêlie.
Aalis, Médéric, and Mêlie grew up. Often, Aalis would spend the days with Médéric, playing with him and making sure he didn't get into trouble. When he was older, Aalis started spending more time with their mother, and Médéric spend his time with Mêlie, playing with her and looking after her as Aalis had once done with him.
Médéric was 8 when they left. They left their cousins behind in Normaundie, and crossed the water to Englaland.
They had been in Englaland a week and a half when Eudes was slayed in battle.
A friend of Eudes's took pity on them. He'd been granted some small lands, he offered to let them stay there for a while, while he was still fighting.
They went to his lands, and tried to planted some crops. But it was autumn, too late to plant. They got some seeds into the ground, and they sprouted, but the seedlings froze.
Cllâodène took them to London, and they got jobs. Even little Mêlie would scrounge and steal.
Médéric and his sisters picked up English quickly, but their mother struggled with it. At first, Cllâodène made it up like it was a big adventure. But as time wore on, Médéric came to see things more clearly. They'd come with their father — a warrior — but now him and his sisters were urchins of London. His mother put increasing pressure on Médéric to be the man of the house, despite the fact that he was still too young to be an apprentice. At first he loved being treated older, but quickly came to resent it.
When he was 9, Médéric stowed away on a boat. He had some vague idea of going back to Normaundie, but it wasn't really that. He had no idea which boat he'd be taken abroad, or where it would be bound. What he really wanted was a good story to tell Mêlie when he got back. A story to tell the other kids he ran around with — something that would impress them.
He hid himself in an empty barrel down on the docks, and waited. The unclaimed barrel was taken aboard a pirate ship, The Enchantress' Revenge, and him with it. Médéric stayed hidden until they were out at sea. He lied, saying he had wound up on the ship by accident. After some discussion, they decided to let him stay, as a cabin boy. Médéric attributes this in equal parts to the fact that he's a child, the fact ship was captained by a fellow Norman, and luck.
The Enchantress' Revenge is a boat full of lost souls, all running from something. But Médéric doesn't notice that: in his eyes, everyone on the ship is miles above him — they're adults and pirates and have actual skills. He is absolutely charmed.