Backstory of Cogsworth and my BATB OC Thomas :DIm gonna imagine that Cogsworth has been living in the same neighborhood in England with my Beauty And The Beast OC Thomas from the time he was born until he was 18 years old and throughout those 18 years he and Cogsworth has been really good friends or maybe even best friends and spend alot of time together hanging out with eachother and Cogsworth probably teaching him many subjects he knows and how to get things done.im gonna imagine just after Cogsworth left to become the Prince's butler in France Thomas decided he wanted to get strong and be able to fend for himself and to become more assertive and less shy quiet and timid so he started training himself to become stronger and taught himself different skills to fend for himself and he eventually moved out of his rich home because that aristocratic lifestyle he was living wasnt really for him especially after Cogsworth left and he wanted to become more independent and free spirited and do whatever he pleased and not to be told what to do and how to behave.
And some time afterwards Cogsworth got the job at being the head servant in the Prince's castle in France and the last 2 years his friend Thomas has gotten a bit depressed not having Cogsworth around to spend time with anymore, and so his parents decided to let him ride with a couple of other guys in a small ship and sail the seas for several weeks to cheer him up which it did since one of his dreams is to explore that is until a bad storm came after sailing for a few weeks and the ship went out of control and ended up crashing in South Africa near a jungle where abu
And so over the next years he became something like an adventurer and explored many places hiked alot and climbed mountains and even befriended some animals such as deer and maybe even bears while on his journeys and became sort of like an animal whisperer.
Though I do imagine he did get a small ship and sailed the seas and went to South Africa on purpose because he wanted to explore the dangerous wilderness there and train himself even more while there and he ended up stumbling across an elephant's corpse and then took one of its tusk to use as a weapon when training as well as when fighting at times and he uses a whip as well.
He eventually went to France after leaving South Africa and went to the Prince's castle and met up with Cogsworth again after not seeing him for the past 18 years, also I like to imagine he uses that elephant's tusk as his weapon when training the Prince to fight better while the Prince uses a sword.