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30 Day Character Challenge

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((Some of you know and have followed my tumblrs and the 30 Day Character Writing Challenge; little prompts to describe things about your character, or at least think about them more.

So in case you aren't following, or missed some days, here's all of Nore's, from red-alynore.tumblr.com (SFW, stuff pertaining to Nore's personality and interests, and pics of a likely character actor). Ark and Rhis will follow in comments. Also, it's easier for ME to find the information this way!))

1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?

Nore never knew her father, and only recently has a friend investigated in depth to try to learn his identity. While she’s possibly found her father’s family, Nore’s actually reluctant to take the steps required to find out for sure, for many reasons. Mostly being, she doesn’t see what it would actually change so far as who she is and how she handles her life.

As for her mother, that’s a little more complicated. Elsbeth Forrester never spoke of Nore’s father, or anyone she loved and lost—meaning Nore knows nothing about her mother’s family either, except that they lived in Stromgarde. Or at least Elsbeth was from there, before her education in Dalaran.

Elsbeth was a free-spirit and a bit of a hedonist, which is totally at odds with Alynore’s reserved, pragmatic nature. Elsbeth brought home lovers often (or stayed with them, leaving the girl alone or with a friend at times). People expected Nore to be a lot like her mother as she’s the spitting image of Elsbeth—a comparison Nore resented, due to their drastically different personalities.

BUT, Nore adores the memory of her mother. She remembers getting her hair brushed and braided each day as together-time. She remembers the enchantment lessons, and her mother’s amused exasperation at the childish engineering experiments. Her mother protected and loved and taught her, and Nore was devastated when Elsbeth died; it’s one of the few times she’s outright sobbed, and Nore was a pre-teen when it happened.

The closest she’s found since to a mother-ish figure is October Strangeways, and even that’s more a respected mentor and counselor than a “replacement mom.” Nore doesn’t really need a new mother figure in her life; while she’s sought out father figures (like Kamron, Varduun, or Harrigan) to fill that gap, Elsbeth’s memory is still vibrant and gave her the foundation she needed.

She still wishes her Ma were around sometimes.

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?

The red hair, definitely; some people even call her “Red”. Her tan skin’s clear most of the time, but enough sun and the freckles come out. She wears gloves almost always, only removing them in the presence of a handful of individuals; under the gloves are burn scars. On her right side under the ribs is a raised scar going from stomach to spine, sometimes visible depending on weather and clothing choices.

She has multiple other scars a lifetime fighter is expected to have gained (though some older minor ones were super-healed away when fixing the near-fatal blow), but the only scars that bother her are the burns, due to how they affect sensation, and how she almost lost her hands entirely.

3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?

Whoops, sorta answered this yesterday. Nore’s hands are burned, to about halfway up her elbow. She was fighting a demon and it was burning; her own Light-protections and Firelands-treated armor saved her from losing her hands. That same demon took an axe to her side. As he was possessing a death knight, the weapon was imbued with nasty disease crud. She was comatose for a week while the healers worked to save her. While a lot of her older and/or smaller scars got healed away in the intense heavy-magic healing sessions she went through, Nore still has evidence of second degree burns on her hands and wrists, and the raised line around her right side. She’s not shy about the axe scar, but the burns bother her, as she was nearly permanently crippled, and while she’s regained full range of motion, things don’t “feel” right anymore. Only a few people get to see her without gloves on; Wes, Venner, Kamron, maybe Harrigan, and Lirriel as her personal healer (though healers don’t really count).

4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?

Not vain, except a little about her hair. She loves her hair and sees a hairdresser almost weekly to have it properly taken care of (it gets quite a bit of mess and damage when in close combat with monsters). She knows, because of her resemblance to her mom, that she ought to be considered attractive, but Nore doesn’t “get” the criteria. Elsbeth was a fairly striking woman, if not traditionally pretty. Sometimes Nore will go look at pretty clothes and even dress up in them, but she’s self-conscious about it. She’s trying to figure out dresses.

5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?

Limitations of the scale aside, Nore would be a 0 straight up. For instance, she utterly missed Ivinara flirting with her until it became blatant because she really only thinks about male-female by default. Nore has no issues with same-sex pairings, she just doesn’t consider them at all for herself.

As an aside, she’s not physically attracted to draenei, or most other non-humans. Her slow-burn relationship with Wes was built entirely on friendship and camaraderie, especially since he was initially stuck in worgen form (and he’s not a flirty guy, which also helped). It was months after he regained his human form that they started considering themselves a couple.

6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.

When she completed her training and was confirmed as a Vindicator in Shattrath. Kamron was living in the city’s Lower City by then, and was able to see the ceremony.

There’s also the start of the Lunar Festival in Stormwind, right after the Cataclysm, and then-Sgt Cerwis introduced her to the newest recruit, a young Gilnean guy named Wesley Brennan, same age as Nore, who was stuck in his worgen form and had, like Nore, never seen a Lunar Festival before. They ended up drinking weird glowing brews and shooting off fireworks, and becoming friends instantly. Which led to everything else.

7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?

There are times she wishes she could block out the day her mother died; maybe that whole week, as she was an utter emotional mess, understandably, and still just a kid. It still shames her a bit though, on top of the pain.

As for personal choices or situations, much like Arkav, Nore’s got the perspective that her mistakes and hard times have made her who she is now, and led her to where she ought to be, and given how much she likes it all, she’d rather not risk anything she’s managed to gain.

Well, except maybe agreeing to be Commander. She thought she’d have a few more years of learning before taking on the big job of herding the cats; she knows a little too well how very young and inexperienced she is, and while she tries to put up a good face, hopes every day that no one notices just how scared she really is.

8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?

Nore is a fan of chocolate ice cream.

She loves bright yellows/golds (figures it’s a paladin thing). She doesn’t like to overdo it, though. Bright colors like that are best in moderation.

She’s fond of an old lullaby her mother used to sing for her; it’s her go-to for comfort.

Her favorite flowers are marigolds, particularly the strains found in Pandaria.

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9.) Who does your character trust?

Nore trusts a lot of folks. Overall, she’s willing to give folks a chance, and if you’re a Dragoon or a Meddler, she’s willing to give you her trust—to a point. Break that trust, and she reacts…badly, often violently. There are definitely some people who’ve stood out though, that she’d never hesitate to question and that she’d throw down nearly anything for.

Wes Brennan, obviously; their entire relationship is built on friendship and trust. Reggie Goldengale, as the annoying older brother she never had. Llane Venner, as the annoying younger brother she never had. Dolraan the Tenacious as a brother paladin of the Light, fellow tank, and assault team leader (hey, she followed him to the almost end of the world). Bennett Harrigan, as a mentor and authority figure (and the guy who can get certain things done others can’t/wont).

From backstory: Kamron Marcus, her surrogate father figure and Varduun, her vindicator trainer.

It’s funny, as often the perception is that RP is female character dominated, yet the majority of Nore’s close personal connections have always been to men. The women attached to some of the above men (Cerwis, Gilly, Rhia) get some extra consideration, to a point.

Sure, Nore’s got gal pals aplenty, but when she has a long deep convo about issues, It’s almost always been with the men in her life (or Counselor October, but I dunno how much Nore really trusted Toby outside of being a fellow Dragoon, all things considered). Perhaps because Nore’s own tomboyish nature and rough upbringing relates to men better? I don’t know.

10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.

The day her mother died changed a lot of things for Nore; she ended up “squiring” for Kamron up until the next major turn—the day she met Varduun.

The reigniting of the Sunwell and the end of the conflict with Legion was another change, and Nore ended up wandering south through the East Kingdoms, until she joined The Silver Dragoons in Stormwind.

The Dragoons getting removed from the military was a major turn as well, with her having to take command and trying to keep what was left of the unit together as a merc company. That was also when she and Wes became roommates, as they could be a little more open about their relationship without worrying about ranks and regulations.

11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?

In terms of comparison or spirit animal stuff, not really (roommate suggested Ox for that though).

In terms of association, her paladin charger, Tenacity, I see as a partner and helper as well as a handy magical mount. Smart, reliable, servant of the Light. I finished leveling Nore after the quest was no longer needed, but still in game, and I went back and did it anyway, and it was really cool and inspiring storywise for how paladins could get their mounts. Maybe I’ll write another Tenacity-PoV story sometime.

12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?

As an engineer, Nore’s pretty tech-savvy. She loves taking things apart to see how they work. She doesn’t like making large scale war machines though; she restricts her weapons knowledge to the guns and other ranged weapons she makes for Wesley and others. She has often been asked to check out rockets and other mechanical mounts to make sure they’re safe for daily use. She takes a lot of pride in her work, and tries to streamline and simplify when and where she can.

She also likes to combine engineering and enchanting. She’s good with the Dragoons’ mystical commstones, and she’s used similar to create comms for non-Dragoon friends. She created a bracer that’s a combination of tech and magic so she can swap gear sets out easily. Venner’s made some use of those skills for his own spy gear.

There’s no email, but if comms aren’t available, Nore’s a letter writer.

13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?

Nore’s a pretty economical sleeper, I think. Picks a basic position—usually on her back, partly propped up if she can manage—and sticks to it, and keeps the covers over/around herself. She’s trained to wake up quickly to unusual noises; she can sleep through plenty of loud ones if she has to, but if trouble starts, she’s good to go. Don’t poke/shake her awake; that’s a terrible idea, as she’ll come up with fists of Light and her weapon if it’s in reach (and it usually is). When she wakes up, everything’s like it was when she fell asleep, and then quickly gets made to military standards.

Her cat finds Nore’s tendency to not move a perfectly acceptable arrangement, as Lumi believes humans exist for her to sleep on, as well as provide food.

I think Nore’s a total blanket thief when cuddling with Wes. She uses him for a pillow, in whichever form he’s crashed out in. Especially if they fall asleep on the living room floor after an evening of listening to music and nerding out over weapon designs.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

Like many things, find a solution and implement. For Firelands, she got magically enhanced gear to help deal with the heat, and added in some engineered cooling systems. Cold weather gets similar, opposite treatment. She makes breather apparatuses for things like holidays with stink bombs or excess perfumes, too, for the more sensitive-nosed Dragoons.

In normal day to day reactions, it’s just a thing to be endured and groused about like soldiers do. “If it ain’t rainin’ you ain’t trainin’” is a popular mantra. It’s just a way to make yourself tougher when the weather shifts crazily, especially during the transitional seasons, and prepares you for the field and situations you can’t anticipate or control.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?

By nature, a night owl, sitting up late reading, drinking hot cocoa/tea/coffee, listening to music, maybe tinkering or enchanting to unwind from her day.

By profession, she’s gotta be up early and ready to go, checking on duty assignments, approving jobs, getting her own prayers and exercise done.

Nore typically gets 4-6 hours a night; if she’s getting more than that, she’s ill or injured. She’s one of those people who needs little sleep overall, and likes to keep active when she can. Just sitting down talking quietly to friends is restful to her.

16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?

Nore possibly has a grandfather (and a mess of cousins) but neither she nor the gentleman are eager to learn for sure or not at this point. So far as she’s aware, Nore hasn’t any other blood relatives living.

She counts her Dragoons as close, and the Meddlers, though the closest ones to her are Wes, Venner, Reggie, and Harrigan.

17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?

Alynore’s home workspace is meticulously kept, clean and and organized with everything in specific places, the enchant mats firmly under lock and key.

Until she starts working, anyway, and then it’s all an explosion of engine grease, smoke, whirring thingamobobs and springs clattering everywhere, things sizzling and sparking, and tools and parts scattered everywhere, with schematics and formulas tacked to the walls.

By the time she’s done everything’s back in order somehow. Except maybe a random cog, spring, or bit of crystal that fell on the floor that Lumi then bats around for awhile.

Her office space where she deals with Dragoon business is always kept in strict order. Everything is specifically filed with proper dates, times, attributions, and notations.

18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not?

Nore’s OK. She’s not a total foodie or a gourmet, but her stuff tastes really good when she applies herself. She’s mostly familiar with Outland foodstuffs, and can be kinda creative when it comes to mixing things together and making it all stretch.

Her favorite food is roast clefthoof, but her favorite thing to make is Stormchops, cuz of the spark of the Lightning Eels making cooking and eating some kind of adventure. She’s also actually fond of baking; it’s relaxing and there are delicious cookies, cakes, or pies when you’re done.

19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?

Alynore’s favorite way to travel is with her charger, Tenacity. As a trainee vindicator, Nore undertook her quest for her mount and rescued the ghost of a horse from the Alliance Expedition from fel influences (in the ruins of the Expedition Armory, where the original orc death knight experiments lead to the Unyielding). The Light imbued the spirit into a physical form again; armored, intelligent, and ready to assist in whatever Nore needs. Nore called the charger “Tenacity” after one of the Tenets of Faith of the human church of her childhood.

Poor Tenacity got stuck with an engineer for a paladin, though, and worried when Nore experimented with flying machines and motorbikes. When Wes Brennan gained the ability to transform into a stone drake and began offering Alynore rides as well, Tenacity had enough. The Light granted the headstrong charger the ability to manifest wings of her own, ensuring that Nore never needs to use a smelly, clanky machine to do a horse’s business.

That Wes guy, though! Tenacity tolerates Wes, because Nore’s so very fond of him. Doesn’t mean the charger likes it when her paladin flies off with him! A sandstone drake-worgen-boy is better than a machine, at least (and goodness knows their friends get mileage out of the jokes).

Nore keeps sandpears around to appease her equine partner, though she’s not sure a Light spirit needs to eat, or hang out in the stable at all, but figures Tenacity knows what she wants when they aren’t busy. When Nore needs, where ever she is, she just has to pray and whistle, and Tenacity is there.

After Tenacity and Wesley, Nore’s comfortable with either teleporters and mage portals to get around quickly.

((Basing the idea very loosely on the original paladin charger quest—the horse spirit still runs around after Tendris Warpwood dies in Dire Maul. I just transferred the concept to Outland! While the mount spell was added to paladin trainers in BC, the quest existed until the Cataclysm revamp, and I took Nore through it in Wrath just to see the lore and get story ideas.))

20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?

Nore is aquaphobic. She grew up primarily in Netherstorm and Hellfire Peninsula post-shattering, and water wasn’t plentiful. She went to Terokkar a few times, but the major bodies of water are in the mountains and controlled by the arakkoa. Have you seen what’s in the waters of Outland? Then Azeroth has murlocs and other things that can sneak up on you from deep, dark waters and it’s hard to move right and they can surround you easily…

Her first view of the ocean was when the Shattered Sun went to Quel’Danas, and it terrified her. The ocean is awe-inspiring, but there are things down there can eat a person whole without noticing!

Nore didn’t even learn to swim until getting to Stormwind, because Harrigan made her, to try to learn to control her fear.

She did have to go to Vashj’ir to search for a missing Dragoon. It was a nightmare. While there, she experienced the Battlemaiden visions. They helped her learn to swim and fight underwater a little better, and she CAN control the fear to an extent now, but she’s never going to be comfortable with water, gets seasick during ship travel, and won’t go swimming for fun. It’s still easy to freak her out when it comes to deep water, too.

21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be? (Note: this is the My Little Pony symbols on their back end.)

Silly question. Nore would have a kite shield covered with cogs. She protects people (either with shields or healing), and engineering is where her heart’s at so far as hobbies. Enchantment would probably be covered by the fact she’d totally be a unicorn for the magic skills.

22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?

Nore dislikes the concept of time travel, and the Caverns of Time make her uneasy. Seems too simple a way for people to really foul things up and overcomplicate crap that should stay simple. Only one good thing ever came out of a trip to the Caverns, and that was Wes figuring out how to un-fuzzy again.

But if it came down to choice, just something to see and not at all effect? She’d like to see the East Kingdoms before the First War, particularly Dalaran and Stromgarde, as those were the places she heard the most about as a kid, and where her mother was from.

23.) Is your character superstitious?

Nope. She didn’t even really know what that was until much later in life. Find what actually works for survival and do that, anything else is a waste of time.

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?

There are imaginings and ideals, and then the unexpected happens and one finds oneself in a relationship without knowing how it happened because it just did, naturally, and then comes the work of maintaining that relationship—because it IS work to live intimately with another person.

In Nore’s case, she pretty much found it unexpectedly. Someone with similar slow-and-steady, non-flirty manners who was more interested in building a friendship before anything else, and letting things grow naturally. Someone who’ll give space but be there when things fall apart. Someone she can work with but they have their own specialties. Someone who isn’t going to push for things like marriage or babies because life is busy and dangerous and they have work to do.

25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Nore’s hands were covered a bit in previous dev questions. They are burnt, about halfway up to her elbows. Her fingerprints are gone. They don’t even callous the same way now, because of the weirdness of the skin. She spends a lot of time using alchemical lotions and Light healing. Looking for reference pictures was horrifying. The one I picked only shows a part of the area Nore’s hands are burnt, but gets the idea across.

Shapewise, though, they’ve got rectangularish palms and long fingers; on her mother, they’d have been called “graceful” and “muscian’s hands” but Nore mostly thinks they get the job done. She files and trims her nails (carefully) but doesn’t worry about them otherwise, as they are under her gloves all the time.

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26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Comfort Food: Diamond Berries
Favorite Vice: Wrath
Favorite Outfit: She actually really likes the nice purple dress she wore to Venner’s book release party, shhh!
Favorite Hot Drink: Cocoa
Fave Time of Year: Spring; renewal and an end to the cold.
Fave Holiday: Children’s Week. Gotta look out for her fellow orphans.

27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.

Lady Antebellum: Just a Kiss. The slow, sweet nature of Wes and Nore’s relationship goes perfectly with this song.

Poe: Spanish Doll. Seems to speak to the loss of her mother in its own way. Probably helped by the album being about a parent-child relationship, after Poe and her brother found their father’s audio recordings left for them, and incorporated them into the songs.

28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Military Fantasy. Probably closer to Elizabeth Moon than Glen Cook.

29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?

Nore generally tries to keep clean as she can, but she spends a lot of time in armor and in the field. Sweat, engineering grease, whatever enchant dusts smell like, maybe a whiff of horse. The folks with preternatural noses claim to smell a bit of worgen too, to which she responds that she’s had one for a roommate for over a year now.

She wears a perfume Finkswitch made especially for her, called “Alynore’s Armor”, part of his perfume and cologne line. It’s light, and has a raspberry base. That comes from a time on the Molten Front when Fink learned that Nore had never eaten raspberries, and went out of his way to find some for her to try. They sorta became pals that day. And it does smell nice.

30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Nore,
You’re my currently oldest active character (next to Daevra, I guess). You’ve come a long way since I introduced you in Wrath, but still have a lot to learn. I find your pragmatism refreshing, your hidden idealism fun (even if I beat on it fairly often). The next expansion is going to throw you for a loop, but you’ll be all right, I think. Stop being so scared of being close to people though, it makes RPing you difficult when you close off or walk away.

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Ark's 30 Days

arkav.tumblr.com. SFW; zen, blacksmithing, and nature scenes, mostly. Not many people follow Arkav, so!

1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?

Arkav was very young when his biological parents died on a scouting mission. He was raised by their friend, Master Krollos, an ancient blacksmith with a penchant for hard home-distilled liquor and very few words. Krollos instilled a specific work ethic in Arkav when it came to his craft.

When the young draenei came of age, Ark began itching to prove himself as a hero and sought adventure. When his childhood friend (and unrequited love) Tavrilla reappeared and told Arkav of the adventures to be had on Azeroth, Ark jumped at the chance. It led to a loud, angry argument with Krollos, and Arkav storming away in a huff, ready to fight the Lich King’s Scourge (or so he thought…).

It’s been a handful of years—a blink in Krollos’ eyes—but Arkav returned to his master’s forge recently to apologize and tell his father-figure what happened, and that the older man was right. Not that Krollos doubted that, but Ark had to learn some things for himself. Ark’s grown up a lot, and fast, in these short years since the Wrathgate, and while Krollos won’t ever say it out loud, he’s very proud of his boy.

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?

As a draenei, most folks notice the headcrest, hooves, tail, glowing eyes. As an individual, the scars on his face, headcrest, and limbs (including the tail) stand out the most. For the rest, Ark is built more slender than most male draenei, his smithing-toned muscles more lean and wiry. He’s pretty overall light, too, with blue-white skin, and long pale-blond hair in a ponytail.

3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?

Arkav got the scar on his headcrest at the Wrathgate. It starts above his left eye and goes up diagonally. A Vrykul’s axe blow caught under the edge of his helm as he juked out of the way and tore the whole thing off his head, gouging him. He got sent to the back of the line to be healed, and that’s how he managed to get away when the Forsaken dropped the Plague. He ran like heck until he just fell, unable to run anymore. When he woke up in a Dalaran medical ward much later, his hair was shorn and the headwound was healing. He thinks maybe that has to do with his stutter, but it’s really more a PTSD response.

4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?

Arkav used to be pretty vain, before he went to Azeroth. He knew girls liked his muscles and his long hair. Since getting all his scars, he’s not so sure if he counts as attractive anymore, but doesn’t seem to have a problem attracting girls anyway. Probably more to do with his current demeanor than his looks (though he’s still not too bad off, really).

5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?

Arkav, at this stage of his life, is in the 0-1 scale (limitations of the Kinsey and all). Making out with a guy would be strange but possibly intriguing, depending.

Ki’in is right out though; they are bro’s and that would just be awkward, no matter what Rhaala and Xilly daydream. Maybe give it a few decades/centuries, girls.

6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.

Well, Xillia waking up is quickly ratcheting to the top of the list.

Besides that, the sense of accomplishment in forging his very first dagger as a young apprentice, and Master Krollos’ grunt of approval. Later Krollos made sure Arkav’s favorite food and dessert was for dinner that night.

7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?

Nope. Much as he feels he’s screwed up in the past, Arkav has the very zen approach that his past is past, and it has helped to shape his present and who he is now—and he wouldn’t trade that for anything.

8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?

Arkav likes mint chocolate chip the best.

He’s fond of the color purple.

Ark likes the old hymns of his people.

He doesn’t really have a favorite flower, though he likes the shine of dreaming glory.

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9.) Who does your character trust?

Topping the list are his current love Xillia, his bro Ki’in, and good friend/sometime-lover Rhaala. The four young draenei form quite the power quartet, with a little bit of romantic quadrangles thrown in.

From backstory, his mentor and adoptive father Master Krollos especially now that Ark’s forcibly grown up a little since initially leaving home. The pandaren monk that helped Ark when he hit bottom would be pretty high on his list too, but I think the old master has since passed away.

Overall, Ark has a big, open nice guy heart, particularly concerning his fellow Meddlers. He likes to think people are inherently trustworthy and good—which led to a few of his problems during his personal dark time, but he’s managed to retain that draenic optimism and idealism.

10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.

Leaving his Master and Outland for Azeroth and trying to be an adventurer. The Wrathgate. The night he nearly died, and instead met the monk who taught him about finding hope.

11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?

Not really; again, I don’t tend to think about animal comparisons or spirit animals or things like that.

Probably something awkward for Ark, though.

12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?

Arkav is draenei, so magitech is something he’s used to, but sort of like how most people are used to TVs, typing on a computer, etc. He’s not really great at it, outside of the forge and whatever’s being used there.

He likes the simplicity of the Meddler Mindlink, and its ease of communication, but letters are nice, and he keeps every note Xilly writes him, even the short little reminders and lists.

13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?

Ark sprawls everywhere and kicks the blankets off, pillows ending up askew. He maybe has a book or his lecture notes mixed in there, too, if he tried reading or working until he passed out. He’s also a fairly heavy sleeper most of the time.

He’s trying to be considerate of Xilly when it comes to his tendency to sprawl and throw covers off, and he does like snuggling up to her as they fall asleep, but after he’s unconscious, all bets are off.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

Heat doesn’t bother him as much, working in the forges. Cold’s a little more of a bother, and brings back some memories he still needs to work through. Mostly, he actually likes the drastic change of temperature when standing next to a roaring forge and then turning a corner and it’s snowing outside. He thinks the contrast can be used as a metaphor for much of life’s apparent inconsistencies.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?

Ark’s a morning guy. He likes getting a full night’s sleep, going to bed at decentish hours and getting up super early (dawn in the summer, before it in the winter) so he has time for exercise and meditation/prayers before going to work. Even if he does stay up later than normal, it doesn’t disrupt his habits too much.

16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?

Any of Ark’s extended relatives still alive are separated by centuries and distance. He was raised by his parents’ friend, Krollos, and considers the old blacksmith his father. He also considers Ki’in, Rhaala, and Xillia his family now, in their way.

17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?

Arkav’s forge area has a space for all his tools, though he often leaves one or two tools laying out instead of putting them away (drove Master Krollos nuts). Once a week his workspace gets thoroughly washed and wiped down, and he sweeps up daily, but its standard look is sooty and full of metal filings.

At home his desk is a haphazard pile of books, scrolls, tablets, and papers, with caches of pens hidden among the stacks, as he researches for his lectures.

18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not?

Ark doesn’t really cook. He sticks to basics, so his food is edible if a little bland. He likes some of the basic Pandaren recipes, like green curry fish and rice pudding. The rice pudding is super easy and tasty.

Now if only he could work up the nerve to tell Xilly how much he doesn’t like mushrooms…

19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?

Arkav has had bad luck with mounts in the past. After he pulled out of his addiction and depression, his new pandaren friends built him a motorbike which he uses to get around town in; the sidecar is nice for taking his girlfriend or best buddy places. He really loves it.

Scribble has gotten quite the spot in the blacksmith’s heart. While working with jinyu watersmiths in the Jade Forest to learn something of their craft, Arkav found an odd green stone-like rock. The jinyu told him it was a cloud serpent egg, and so he took it the trainers in the Arboretum. Along the way, though, the egg hatched, and the little jade cloud serpent hatchling bonded to Arkav. The Cloud Serpent Trainers helped him raise and train the little serpent into a fine steed. Now Scribble is a mostly-grown, adolescent cloud serpent who goes with Ark everywhere.

If Ark has to take a mage portal, he likes Xilly’s best, of course. He’s pretty sure she won’t trick him with portal roulette.

20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?

No irrational fears, though he has moments of PTSD-related flashbacks from the trauma he faced at the Wrathgate, and from witnessing Deathwing’s attack on Stormwind. So far nothing’s really been triggered in public, but Arkav doesn’t go on a lot of missions or group assaults, either, and leaves conversations/situations that may cause stress triggers when he can.

When he has a panic attack, he tries to get home and curl up in bed until it passes. Xillia, Rhaala, and Ki’in have probably each seen him through a couple of these at some point or another. It is slowly getting better, as well.

21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be? (Note: this is the My Little Pony symbols on their back end.)

Ark would very much be a regular ol’ earth pony with criss-crossed blacksmith hammer and tongs on his rump.

22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?

Argus, to see what it was like.

He hasn’t really come to a conclusion about time travel in general yet, but thinks it’s probably a bad idea; changing the past might mean he doesn’t get to meet Xillia, Rhaala, Ki’in, and the other MeddleGoons in his present.

23.) Is your character superstitious?

Nope. Though he tries to tell Ki’in how to follow the Bro Code, does that count?

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?

Ark didn’t expect to fall for Xillia (though Rhaala saw it coming a mile away), but her intellect, persistence, and thoughtfulness in daily life helped a lot. They’ve bolstered each others’ damaged egos and are always there for each other. She’s very inventive and helped introduce him to new ideas.

25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Arkav’s hands are broad, fingers long, his nails often ragged and chipped. They’re covered in callouses, cuts, scrapes, and minor burns, and stained with soot and oils, which also toughen his skin.

He’s a little worried about touching soft or delicate things, afraid his rough hands will catch and tear things, so he’s extra careful and gentle.

26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Comfort Food: Blackened Sporefish
Favorite Vice: Sloth. Some days you just gotta be lazy.
Favorite Outfit: Monk training clothes
Favortie Hot Drink: Honeymint Tea
Fave Time of Year: Winter; he finds snow fascinating (reminds him of Sporefall), and the cold is a nice contrast to the heat of the forge.
Fave Holiday: Doesn’t really have one he likes more than the others, they’re all fun. Except Brewfest; he avoids that one these days.

27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.

The frustrating thing is, I had a nice playlist for Arkav while writing his backstory, and I seem to have lost it and any notes pertaining to it since finishing those posts. A lot of it was depressing and about wanting, breaking, being broken, and finally recovering.

Here are some new ones that weren’t on that list.

Chicago: Mr Cellophane. Pre-Wrath, Arkav felt invisible to the girl he adored, to those who couldn’t see his obvious skills, to the mentor who couldn’t tell he’d grown up…He was selfish and self-centered and too eager to prove himself then. He got over it.

Two from musicals? Why not.

Wicked: As Long as You’re Mine for Arkav and Xillia; it’s not about being together forever as with a draenic lifespan that seems unlikely, and they are both “making up for lost time.” I also just really like the song; it just seems different from most love songs.

28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Anime RomCom. He’s got the love quadrangle part down with his best friends and their wacky adventures together.

29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?

Soot and sweat from the forge. Maybe a musty scent of spores from Doodle sleeping in his pockets. There are times Xilly has to kick Ark into the shower, cuz he’s tired and not really recalling he needs one. He mostly blinks in bewilderment at the concept of cologne.

30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Arkav,
You just sort of popped whole-cloth into my head one day. I didn’t expect to make a monk, let alone a draenei man. I’m sorry you’ve had such a horribly rough time of things; I don’t know how much of that is actually my fault for writing it, when it all came so very clearly in one moment. Like YOU had a story you needed to tell, to start the healing. And you’ve been healing; you’re already more confident than you were a few months ago. Friendships will do that. Also unexpected love affairs with prissy mages. I really enjoy playing you, and the response of people to your akward moments and silliness and that stutter. Sometime we’ll work on fixing that, but not too soon. The next expansion’s going to be rough on you too. I think your parents are already dead before the timeline diverges; sorry about that. It’s a savage place, you know, and they had a job to do. It’ll be exciting to see Farahlon though, again for you. I’m looking forward to fleshing out your story pre-Outland, finally having the resources to do so to an extent.

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Rhiswyn's 30 Days

From rhiswyn.tumblr.com NSFW! I try to keep it artsy/tasteful, but still. You've been warned.

1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?

Rhiswyn is Daddy’s “Princess.”  Jarren Linder (a human priest) spoiled the heck out of her growing up. Mairwyn Rainbreeze (an elven ranger) gave up quite a bit to marry Jarren, and adores her daughter as well—but the fact Rhiswyn can’t have children of her own causes some friction between the women, and eventually caused Jarren—now pushing 70 years old—to leave his wife so she could remarry and fulfill noble responsibilities, such as continuing her family line. It’s enough to leave a grown-up child very confused and hurt. Rhiswyn idolizes her parents and their perfect, storybook-romance marriage (at least from her point of view). The divorce is a blow to that image.

Rhiswyn also tends to scandalize her parents. Her bisexuality is something Jarren had a hard time grasping, and her near-addiction to sexual pleasures annoys both parents at best. Mairwyn deals with it all much easier, given her longer term elven view. She suspects Rhiswyn began her sexcapades (too young, in Mairwyn’s opinion, more than old enough in Jarren’s) as a way of acting out when Rhis learned of her sterility, on top of the usual hardships a half-elf girl would have endured growing up even in a city like Dalaran. Mairwyn is right, but Rhis won’t really admit it—not to Mummy, anyway. Besides, at this point, Rhis does these things because she enjoys them.

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?

As a half-elf, her ears. Pointy and a little long for a human, super-short for an Azeroth elf of any flavor. Also her breasts, as she shows them off with her fashion choices. It’s hard to see in RP, and I may have to push it more, but her eyes are a bright, not-quite-glowing high elf blue, which should grab attention as well. Rhis is a fairly stunning woman, and she knows it, so dresses and makes up herself to take advantage of that.

3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?

Rhis has no outstanding, noticeable scars. As a priest of the Light, she heals pretty much automatically, and as a discipline priest, much of her specialty is in preventing damage to begin with. She’s also an alchemist of no small skill, and uses that to help treat any blemishes she deems undesirable.

4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?

Rhis is pretty vain. So far as humans are concerned, she looks good and she knows it, and will go to lengths to make herself look appealing and sexy. If someone pulled a mirror image/potion of illusion/full on shapeshift to look like Rhis, she’d totally make out with her copy, for the novelty if nothing else (and plenty of remarks on how she does in fact look damned good).

5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?

Taking the scale’s limits into account, Rhiswyn is in the 2-3 range. She’ll have sex with people who interest her—and it’s not always who’s the best looking in the room (though that can help). While she has a lean towards men, she’s more than willing to take a woman (or two) to bed. Her “first time” was actually with the older sister of a friend, and her first male partner came later.

She tries to avoid the young, naive, or the otherwise unknowing and often inexperienced, though she’s also a rather good teacher for those who walk into it openly. Rhiswyn often sees sex and sensuality as a form of healing, depending on partner. She tries to tune into their needs over her own; helping them relax, comforting, and being as much a caregiver as a partner is rather important to her if that’s what the other person needs. And if not, well, there’s always simple mutual gratification.

Rhis is willing to play, and engages in a few “standard” kinks, depending on her partner’s desires and trusts. People she’s with repeatedly she gets more experimental with, and will try almost anything at least once. She finds something attractive about many of the races on Azeroth; humans (including worgen), elves of any flavor, dwarves, orcs, trolls, draenei. She’s not into tauren, pandaren, gnomes, or goblins; and undead (Forsaken, DK, other) are right out.

6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.

When Rhiswyn was a child, on her parents’ anniversary each year, the family would take a daily trip out into the country, on the shores of Lordamere lake, and fish and swim and have a picnic.

The best one of these anniversary trips was probably when Rhiswyn was 6 years old and her parents presented her with a little black and white kitten, promptly named Checkers, and he became Rhiswyn’s constant companion through the rest of her childhood and well into her 20’s.

7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?

On a personal scale, no; that would imply regrets, and Rhis simply doesn’t feel those are worth having. Screw ups are meant to be learned from. Move on and don’t look back, it’s just depressing.

On a larger scale, she’d like the erase the Fall of Dalaran. Worst day of her life, and utterly terrifying. For a few days she wasn’t sure if her parents had survived or not, and many of her friends and lovers did not. She then spent the next few years under the dome helping the healing and rebuilding process, only to see her beloved home torn from Alterac’s foothills and transported to Northrend. it just isn’t the same, and she misses the city of her youth.

8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?

Rhis likes Neapolitan-style mixes; lots of different flavors (and/or textures) to play on her tongue.

She’s fond of the color red and all its luscious implications.

She doesn’t really have a favorite song; she likes various tunes for different reasons.

Her favored flower is mageroyal, and she makes herself lotions and perfumes and soaps from it.

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9.) Who does your character trust?

Herself, mostly. Her parents have thrown her for a loop with their issues, she sure as fel can’t trust her “boss” or “coworkers”, and even that nice paladin she had something with was hiding things from her and unable to hold up his end of the bargain they’d made. The perils of being a spy!

Funnily, Daerik “Cowboy” Langtry is probably the closest she has to a confidante, though she still doesn’t tell him much. But she finds his simple charms to be soothing and able to cut through complications to find the heart of an issue. While she enjoys sleeping with him, he seems to care about her as a friend, too, which is rather important to Rhis.

Some people she trusts in the bedroom, but that’s about it. Usually lovers/friends she’s been with multiple times and knows how far they’re willing to go, but that is a whole different definition of “trust” and doesn’t often extend past sex play.

10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.

The day Rhis found out that she was sterile. It’s a side effect of her being a half-elf. While many are capable of having kids like normal, I also see inability to bear offspring as a common thing among someone born of two different species; it’s common enough in normal humans, after all. Rhiswyn’s reaction to the news was to lash out and party hard. Which she then discovered that she rather liked, and was good at, and hey, no real consequences, right? So a lot of her behavior began as a coping mechanism (though it’s turned into a bit of an addiction now).

Besides that, the day Dalaran fell, joining the Crusade once the city was rebuilt and in Northrend, and then leaving the Crusade and allying herself with Wrathion—which may not turn out so well for her in the end, but we’ll see.

11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?

Nope. Jokes are made about the town mount/bicycle/etc. She’s also been called a mule before when I bring up her sterility, given she’s half-elven.

I’ve talked about cat-like stretches, and shark-smiles in RP/writing with her, but I don’t really associate those animals with her either.

The spirit animal question from the questionnaire, roommate suggested a butterfly. After suggesting a weasel. So yeah, not something I really consider. Rhis is just Rhis.

12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?

Rhiswyn isn’t much for technology. She much prefers magical means, having grown up in Dalaran; it’s what she’s used to. Magical communication, letters, and other mystic or simple methods please. Leave the grease and soot to the engineers!

13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?

Well, there’s taking into account this (SFW! I swear!) picture I already reblogged. ;;>.> If Rhis is with someone, the bed’s a damp torn-apart wreck, extra pillows tossed on the floor, covers kicked off, etc. It gets stripped and everything is sent to the laundry first thing in the morning.

If she’s alone (and it DOES happen, rather more often than people think), then while she moves around quite a bit, the covers, pillows, and sheets all stay where they belong. She doesn’t really have a set position to sleep it; whatever’s comfortable, and she adjusts often through the night. Rhis does keep a body pillow or two to curl around at various points, though.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

Heat’s easy; she can show more skin, or just take clothes off entirely. Cold is a great excuse to cuddle up and find ways to keep warm. She also totally uses the Light to cheat when and how she can, using Discipline skills to protect herself and regulate her own temperature as needed. Whatever the weather, she does like working up a good sweat, usually because it’s followed by a bath after; hot or cold depends on her mood.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl. Rhis loves taking late night walks, sitting up talking, or spending a long time fooling around until exhaustion takes over.

Part of being a priest is understanding the balance of Light and Shadow. Even if Rhis isn’t a traditional priest, she has her connection to the Shadow, and so darkness isn’t really something she fears.

16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?

Rhiswyn’s elven relatives didn’t survive Quel’Danas’ fall to the Scourge. Her father’s family died in Stratholme. She adores her parents, but Rhis is a pretty solitary figure overall.

17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?

Rhiswyn keeps her herbs carefully sorted and the potions clearly labeled and put away, dangerous ones locked in a cupboard. Healing materials are likewise ruthlessly organized and efficient.

Her tailoring workspace is a little more scattered; she knows where everything is, it just looks like a disorganized splash of colorful cloth, yarn, threads, and needles of various types and sizes. She finds the slightly more rumpled look to be relaxing and pretty.

18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not?

Rhis isn’t much of a cook; she’s more likely to hit up a restaurant or get something ordered. But she’s good with basic breakfast foods. She likes making Spice Bread Stuffing during the autumn holidays; it reminds her of helping her mother in the kitchen during holiday meal preparations growing up; it’s a “home” association with her. It’s also relatively easy to follow the recipe and not screw it up. She likes recipes, she can follow them and look competent or even skilled.

19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?

Rhiswyn prefers portals whenever possible; teleporters will do in absolute pinch. Her Quel’Dorei steed is one of a line her mother’s family bred for years, now one of—it not the—last of the lineage. Her silver hippogryph comes from her mother’s connections in the Silver Covenant, and is quite an intelligent, useful creature.

20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?

Maybe of monogamy? ;) Not really.

She’s a little creeped out/disgusted by vermin like a lot of people. Undead of any variety don’t bother her too much as a Light-wielder, and she doesn’t mind the dark given the Shadows/Light dichotomy.

She does fear loneliness, but also deep intimacy with someone else; that giving of herself utterly to another being is incomprehensible to her, and that can be pretty frightening, as it may change who she is and how she sees things. And Rhiswyn is somewhat afraid of change.

But nothing to the irrational extent of a phobia.

21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be? (Note: this is the My Little Pony symbols on their back end.)

Let’s play it safe and go with a pretty gold sunburst pattern. She IS a healer, whatever else she may also be.

22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?

Azshara’s palace, pre-Legion. Must have been some wild parties.

But mostly time travel is stupid wish fulfillment at best, dangerous screwing up the universe at worst.

23.) Is your character superstitious?

Nope. There are traditions to follow at holidays, but that’s all in fun. If it means something, it means something all the time, in a world with actual ghosts and other things.

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?

Rhis is drawn to people who don’t always give her what she wants right away. Who care about her as a person, not just a sex object. Someone who will actually participate in an open relationship, not just give it lip service or harbors secret jealousies and possessiveness. She sees emotional intimacy and physical intimacy as entirely different things, and while the idea of emotional intimacy scares her a little, part of her does kinda want that. But it’s probably going to require some patience and persistence, and/or an uncommonly trustworthy person.

25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Rhiswyn’s hands are slender, her fingers are shorter than she’d like. Her nails always manicured but kept short and in whatever color catches her fancy that week. She spends time using sweet-smelling lotions, and there are no real callouses; very soft and smooth.

26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Comfort Food: Chocolate covered strawberries.
Favorite Vice: Lust
Favorite Outfit: Her current white transmog, actually.
Favorite Hot Drink: Coffee.
Fave Time of Year: Summer; hot weather, skinnydipping, sunbathing…
Fave Holiday: Winter Veil. Cute decorations, presents, music.

27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.

Lulu - To Sir With Love. Rhiswyn and her father have always had a close relationship, and he was her primary teacher in healing. When Dalaran rejoined the world and went to Northrend, she finally left home to find her own path.

Florence + the Machine - No Light, No Light. This seems to work fairly well for the Jormund-Rhiswyn situation, with the “fragile relationship” theme of the lyrics. There are a LOT of songs I could use for those two…but we’ll stick to Florence for now.

28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Does anyone have an argument for Rhis’ life being something other than erotica, with a dash of espionage?

29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?

Rhiswyn definitely likes to keep clean, bathing frequently (indeed, that’s a fun activity with the right company). She uses mageroyal lotions and soaps of her own making for the scent.

Otherwise she actually eschews perfumes; she had an allergic reaction to one once, and has avoided them since.

30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Rhiswyn,
Oh, Rhis. My newest character, someone different from my own attitudes and beliefs. I went back to another character from years ago in a different venue, and toyed with some similar ideas but taken to a different extreme. It’s been both fun and frustrating. I’m trying hard to find your depths beyond town mount, but you don’t always make it easy. I enjoy the unexpected friendships and situations you’ve created in these few months. Draenor will just be a new, exciting place for you, and the Iron Horde a problem to deal with and report on. Will be a good break from some of my other alts.

As for that paladin problem of yours, man, I dunno. That just sort of happened, and I’m sorry I’m so amused by it (OK, no I’m not sorry).