|Magical Specialty||Water Magic|
Qifrey is a young man with white hair and blue eyes. He typically wears a set of white robes with a pointed cap equipped with a long black tassel, and a pair of small glasses, the left lens being clear and the right lens being dark.
In more casual settings, he occasionally doesn't wear the upper half of his robe. Revealing a black long-sleeved turtleneck that he wears underneath.
SPOILER WARNING FOR CHAPTER 36
It is revealed in Chapter 36 that as a young boy, Qifrey's right eye and memories were taken by the Brimmed Hats who buried him alive and left him for dead. He was found by Beldarut, rescued, and nursed back to health. His memories were intended to be erased as he was an outsider, but Beldarut stepped in and took him under his wing as a witch apprentice. His glasses are fashioned specially to disguise his scar and missing right eye, as well as to enhance the vision of his left.
Qifrey is a caring and patient teacher who understands the individuality of his students. This is especially true for Coco, who has no special abilities as a witch at first, but he continues to encourage her until she can draw magic skillfully. He is protective of all his disciples, as seen from how he protects them from being taken by Esthies and the Knights Moralis.
However, Qifrey is overly obsessed with his goal to locate the Brimmed Hats and his gentle attitude is occasionally overshadowed by this buried resentment and is his primary motivation for taking Coco as his apprentice, as she serves as a sure lead to the Brimmed Hats. This grudge is a hidden facet to the light-hearted and kind personality Qifrey demonstrates to his pupils and colleagues.
- Raincleaver: Qifrey possesses a unique magical sword whose surface is inscribed with many tiny seals which give it the ability to divert water with a slash.
- Palm Dragon Teacup: Qifrey invented the Palm Dragon Teacup which later came into the possession of Beldarut.
- Notebook: Qifrey has a notebook with shrinking magic on the clasp so that it can fit in his pocket. When the clasp is undone the book is restored to its normal size. Additional seals within the book can enlarge it to a giant size.
One day, Qifrey traveled away from his atelier to a dressmaker's shop, where he meets Coco. As Coco's mother is busy with other customers, Coco cuts dark cloth for Qifrey and he observes Coco's ability to draw straight lines so well is magical, to her embarrassment. Qifrey asks her to explain why she likes magic so much, to which Coco explains she had bought a book and pen by someone at a fair though her mother said she could not cast magic. Qifrey appears disturbed and starts to ask her more, but before he can, a loud crash is heard from outside the shop. Some boys from the village had tipped over a Winged Chariot, and Qifrey offers to fix it, revealing to onlookers that he is a witch. Coco begs her mother to let him use their workshop to fix the carriage, and when she agrees, Qifrey asks Coco to make sure no one sees him cast magic before fixing the carriage.
Once he's done and the winged chariot has taken flight again, he tries to ask Coco about the book she was sold but Coco gives pushes his goods on him and hides behind her mother. He decides to drop the subject and leaves, later seen having set up a camp in the forest. As he lays down to sleep for the night, he thinks on the book and has a sudden realization and rushes back to the shop. However, Coco had already begun to draw magic; when he arrives she had just finished a drawing and pulls her out of the building as the magic takes effect. As he holds Coco in the air, he yells at her asking what she drew and if the drawing was still in the house. Her mother then walks out of the building, and she and Qifrey watch as her mother turns to stone. Qifrey tells her he has to erase her memory because she knows too much about magic but she struggles against his hold wondering what will happen to her mom. Qifrey comes to the realization that Coco may be his only lead to finding the Brimmed Hats and decides to help her to become a witch.
Qifrey then calls a winged chariot for hire to ride back to his atelier, and when Coco wakes he introduces it as her schoolhouse. He tells her he planted gatekeeper thorn seeds to keep people her house and her mother, then pauses to ask her what's wrong when he sees her crying. He then offers her a Vapor Bubble before rushing off to get her a change of clothes. He comes back a few moments later and asks his apprentices Tetia and Richeh while he speaks with Coco. He tells her about a war that occurred and the Day of Conspiracy that ended it which gifted the secret of magic to a select few and made others believed magic was inherited, not something anyone could do. As such, witches have to protect the secret meaning rumors about Coco spread incredibly quickly. Coco then asks him about forbidden magic, imploring him to teach her everything he knows about it. He explains forbidden magic is magic cast on the human body with the exception of magic to erase memories, and tells her the Tower of Tomes is her best bet at finding answers and implores her to learn kinder magic. He then shows her to her room before leaving her to talk into a communicator about Coco's status
Later, Qifrey finds Coco reading through a book on magical contraptions and provides her with her supplies for drawing magic and lectures her on the parts of a rune. He then has her try drawing, showing her that the ring around the magic has to be closed to work, but once she closes it the magic backfires and sprays Agott, who had been working beside her. Qifrey quickly apologizes, but Agott takes the incident in stride, explaining to Coco why her magic failed. Qifrey then takes off, leaving things to Agott. Qifrey travels to the Great Hall where he meets with Alaira who calls him a problem child and begins to chat with him about Coco and when he will have her take the first test to officially become his disciple.
In the Great Hall, Qifrey goes to order Coco's robes and hat, and Alaira warns him to not leave his students alone too long as kids their age can get into all kinds of trouble. Her warning is proven right when he arrives back and Tetia comes to him worried about Coco who has already left for the Dadah Range to take the first test. Qifrey runs for the Gate Window, exclaiming that it is much too dangerous for her. However, once he adjusts the contraption, Coco is standing there waiting with the Diadem Herb in hand, indicating that she had passed the test. Qifrey scolds her for the danger she put herself in before giving her robes and hat to her, telling her to live up to her hat.
Likely days later, Qifrey sees Coco struggling with drawing and wonders if her Ink Wand is not suited for her. He decides he'll take the girls to The Starry Sword in Kalhn to get her a new pen. Evidently, he has to carry Coco and Agott as neither have Soar Boots, but they arrive without a hitch. Qifrey tries to explain to Coco the origins of the town but she does not pay attention, too amazed by everything around her. When Agott walks off with a snide comment about Coco, Qifrey asks Coco if the two are getting along, which Coco responds by saying she'd like to become better friends with the girl. Qifrey then leads the three girls to the shop and introduces Mr. Nolnoa to Coco. Mr. Nolnoa shows the girls how Conjuring Ink is made, and Qifrey explains that it is made from the sap of a Silverwood Tree, unlike normal ink which is made from its soot. When the girls run off to look at pens, Qifrey stays behind to make an order of paper with Mr. Nolnoa. However, Qifrey later realizes his students are missing, to which Tartah says he watched them run off after a witch with a mask of an eye that covered his face.
Qifrey first met Coco when Coco rushed outside upon seeing a pegasus and Qifrey was standing at their front door to order some smoke-colored cloth. At first, she didn't catch his eye, but after he sees a glimpse of what might be a path leading to the Brimmed Hats he decides to take her under his wing while she tries to reverse what she cursed.
One of Qifrey's four students. She seems a little agitated when Coco is first accepted into the atelier due to Coco's status as an outsider.
One of Qifrey's students. If anything, she is the most exuberant of his students, and she keeps everyone's moods up, and spirits high.
One of Qifrey's students. Though not as stormy as Aggot and a little more childish, she has an extremely strong aversion to anything that would make her magic "unpure" -- this is anything that others tell her to do with her magic. As such, she despises the second test and resents Qifrey for tricking her into taking it. However, it has been revealed that she met Qifrey because he agreed to take her on as a student after being dissatisfied with her former master.
An old friend of Qifrey's that serves as the atelier's Watchful Eye. The two have a close relationship as Olruggio was Qifrey's first friend when he was taken in as a witch apprentice. Olruggio is also the reason why Qifrey chose to learn how to manipulate water in spite of his fear of it.
- Qifrey is actually frightened of water and dislikes being wet, he learned to manipulate it as a method of conquering his fear of it.
- According to a sketch page by Shirahama Kamome, Qifrey can hold his liquor well. He gets tipsy but takes care not to let his guard down.