hemlo all i am having Dref Thoughts (also courtesy of @caedogeist-rights my good friend)
so okay. tiberius. has an accent. the youngbloods in general have an accent. but dref doesnt. but he still has a stutter.
this suggests something to me: dref actively chose to train himself out of his accent but not his stutter.
okay, so obviously dref grew up around an accent and would have developed it as a child, so that fact combined with the face he DOESNT HAVE IT ANYMORE shows us he was able to train his voice out of it
but i think the family views the accent as almost a status symbol? as a thing to show that They Are The Youngbloods (kinda like how a lot of people view certain english accents as superior (intentionally or unintentionally) because those are the ones that the rich people have, which is likely an oversimplification but thats the main idea)
so i think for dref, that is a sign of his past and his heritage, something he DESPERATELY wants to avoid being connected to
but his stutter? i think his family would view his stutter as improper or just see him as worse than because of it, likely not in huge ways but they for sure would want to try and get him out of it with speech therapy. and we've seen that he can train himself or be trained to change to change things about his voice, but i like to think he would have resisted getting rid of the stutter
like, it seems like it would be a small defiance against his family, which seems like dref's thing! or large ones too (i.e. joining a pirate crew and also necromancy) but yk even just this makes sense to me
also, as my friend explained, he trained himself out of his accent not only to remove himself from his past but to prove that he had power over himself as well. the speech therapy for the stutter didnt work, not because he was incapable of changing his speaking, but because he didnt WANT to.
so, this is about dref's agency. this is about him proving that he is his own person, not bound to his family's whims or status, and not bound to his past. dref wormwood is not a youngblood, dref wormwood is a skyjack.