A matter of character

OMGWTFMemes? I found this in someone’s post on wow_fanart, and I’m frankly surprised how many questions I can answer from the actual stories, or infer. I can not be arsed to take a whole month to do it, though.

  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?
    • Bannog: Had a good relationship with his father, mutual respect. Father was killed by Orcs fairly recently. His mother died in childbirth when he was a young boy, which makes him hesitate to have children of his own.
    • Ariciel: Loved her mother, and worked in the same place she did. After they became separated, Ariciel spent two years searching for her before finding out she was dead.
    • Mareva: Not defined actually, and since she’s Draenei, family is rarely a happy subject.
  2. What are your characters most prominent physical features?
    • Bannog: A massive, tall, broad, man with a bald head and a neatly trimmed short beard.
    • Ariciel: Short for a Night-elf, tall for a Human. Long snow-white hair, long ears and two crescents tattooed on her face. She also has exotic piercings, but they are well hidden.
    • Mareva: A stunningly beautiful, tall, blue-skinned woman with horns on her head, hooves on her legs, and rather well-endowed in the chest region. She also has a long, smooth-skinned tail. She spoils this by wearing extremely practical clothes and an aura of cynicism that puts off all but the most determined.
  3. Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
    • Bannog: He’s a warrior, had been in lots of fights and has the scars to show it.
    • Ariciel: No scars on her body, as Night-elves don’t tend to get them. Her scars are inside her head.
    • Mareva: Scars on her stomach from Orc-arrows that nearly killed her. They remind her of how lucky she is.
  4. How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
    • Bannog: Can be a bit boastful of his exploits in battle, but not about his looks.
    • Ariciel: She’s not vain, but aware that she can, if she wants, turn on the charm to great effect.
    • Mareva: Will occasionally joke about her unparallelled beauty, but doesn’t really mean it.
  5. What’s your character’s ranking on the Kinsey Scale?

    • Bannog: Straight as straight can be.
    • Ariciel: Unashamedly and enthusiastically bisexual.
    • Mareva: Prefers boys, but would not refuse a girl simply for having a smaller tail. (Or in one case, no tail at all).
  6. Describe your character’s happiest memory.
    • Bannog: Hard to say. He’s had a pretty happy childhood marred by the odd disaster. One hot night in Ironforge with a certain Night-elf would be close.
    • Ariciel: Working as a house servant in Darkshore, with friends, family, lovers. Standing naked under a waterfall with one of them.
    • Mareva: Listening to the wind-chimes outside her home on Draenor, before it became Outland.
  7. Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
    • Bannog: He was once betrayed by a woman who he thought loved him, but then kidnapped him for a ransom.
    • Ariciel: The death of her lover Lesta, just one day after she found her back.
    • Mareva: Her husband-to-be was killed by Blood-elves.
  8. Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
    Ice cream is so rare in Azeroth that they really don’t have a favourite.

    • Bannog: The Rising Of The Moon, a rousing warrior’s song. Sung by a young bowman one fateful night.
    • Ariciel: The only song I’ve ever had her sing was the Azeroth version of “The Manchester Rambler” by Ewan MacColl.
    • Mareva: There’s a spacers’ song called “Carry me safe to land“. She sings it as she leaves poor wrecked Exodar.
  9. Who does your character trust?
    • Bannog: Ariciel. Unwaveringly, unshakably. His family back home. His friends.
    • Ariciel: Bannog. Her teacher Bearwalker in Darnassus. Her priestess friend Lirael. Mareva.
    • Mareva: Everyone, and no-one. She trusts everyone to have their own interests at heart, and to screw her over when it suits them. She is a woman with very few illusions.
  10. Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
    • Well, Bannog and Ariciel’s was obviously their meeting.
    • Mareva: Finding out that her calling was to be a Shaman rather than a sucky Mage. Then, when Viral proposed to her, then died. Finally, meeting Ariciel, which opened her up to starting a relationship with her much-beloved Hunter Stetson.
  11. Is there an animal you equate with your character?
    • Bannog: Described by his loving sister as “A great big ape”.
    • Ariciel: She’s a bear. Literally. She’s a Druid shapeshifter, and her most potent animal form is the bear.
    • Mareva: Well, she has a kind of Goatish appearance, but I wouldn’t associate any spiritual animal with her. She’s actually quite fiercely Human. Don’t tell her I said that.
  12. How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?
    “Tech” in Azeroth varies wildly. Humans and Elves are a little before the technical revolution. Draenei are a space-faring race.

    • Bannog: He’s a pretty good blacksmith and crafter. Can make good quality weapons.
    • Ariciel: Good with her hands, as a house servant should be, can make good quality leather armour.
    • Mareva: She’s a shit hot Engineer, with a working knowledge of trans-dimensional engines, network tech, heating tech. And hates her job.
  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?
    • Bannog, unless prompted otherwise by a certain Night-elf, wakes up in the same position he went to sleep in. His clothes will be neatly folded over a chair by the bed. He also has a Warrior’s trick, Watchful Sleep, where he will sleep very lightly and spring like a bear trap on anyone who touches him (oh, sorry Ariciel), unless someone wakes him up by hissing.
    • Ariciel has two modes: Actual sleep sleep, when she’s dead to the world from start to finish, and happyfunsexytimes, where her clothes will end up scattered over an impressively wide area and she has to collect them all in the morning under Bannog’s appreciative gaze.
    • Mareva: I’ve only shown her asleep a few times, most significantly the first time in Viral’s bed after a long stint of work. Her eyes shut as soon as her body touched the memory-foam mattress, much to Viral’s disappointment.
  14. How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
    • They all put on nice warm clothes, or take them off as appropriate.
  15. Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
    • Bannog: Off-duty, likes to sleep late. On-duty, whatever is called for.
    • Ariciel: More of a… morning Elf. Will wake up early to meditate and practice staff fighting.
    • Mareva: Don’t actually know.
  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?
    • Bannog: His brother, Gerrig, and his sister Selena.
    • Ariciel: She’s taken to Bannog’s little sister Selena, and loves her as her own younger sister. Ariciel’s own sister is dead, which may explain.
    • Mareva: Draenei have spent their lives running away from wars and conflict. She rarely talks about her family, and whether any of them are still alive is unknown.
  17. What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
    • Bannog: He’s almost obsessively neat and tidy.
    • Ariciel: She’s neat, a habit easy to pick up if you’re a house servant who gets shouted at if you’re not.
    • Mareva: Mind like clockwork. All tools in their rightful place, everything present, correct and labelled.
  18. Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
    • Bannog: Pretty good, especially a mouth-blistering Westfall Stew for a company of thirty or more.
    • Ariciel: The one you want is her mother. She was a cook to the High-borne. Ariciel will do fine when needed.
    • Mareva: She can open a mean Emarree.
  19. What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
    • Bannog: A horse.
    • Ariciel: On her own four feet, shape-shifted into a cheetah.
    • Mareva: Sitting behind Hunter S’dezo’houn on his large elekk.
  20. Does your character have any irrational fears?
    • Bannog: Childbirth. He does not want to put anyone through pregnancy, as they might die.
    • Ariciel: None. All her fears are perfectly rational.
    • Mareva: She is fearless to the point of recklessness.
  21. What would your character’s  cutie mark be?
    Ponies?! Oh please…

    • Bannog: Wouldn’t have one.
    • Ariciel: Big, scary, pointy bear teeth.
    • Mareva: A Draenei-standard adjustable spanner.
  22. If your character could time travel, where would they go?
    • Bannog: Nowhere. He’s fine where he is.
    • Mareva: Ditto.
    • Ariciel: To when she was taking Puissance to the flight point, and this time kill the bitch, so Lesta would live.
  23. Is your character superstitious?
    None of them are. They’re remarkably level. There’s plenty of real magic – no need to imagine more.
  24. What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
    Mostly, the ones they have already.
  25. Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?
    • Bannog: Large, calloused, scarred coal-shovels.
    • Ariciel: Nimble, strong, hardened by work.
    • Mareva: Long, slender, delicate, apt to subtle work.
  26. Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
    • Bannog: Large Lumps of Meat with Token Vegetables, “embellishing” stories of his own exploits, blackened plate armour, tea with milk, autumn, Brewfest.
    • Ariciel: Strawberries and white wine, a combination of Lust and Sloth, practical leather armour, any time of year, Fire festival.
    • Mareva: Any food that isn’t Emarree, definitely lust, loose shirt and trousers, dark tea with honey, winter, no particular holiday.
  27. Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
    • Bannog: The Rising Of The Moon suits him perfectly early on, as he’s eager to fight, to protect his loved ones, and to remove their enemies. Later on, he’ll become battle-weary and dispirited because he can no longer see the end of War. “War, what is it good for?”
    • Ariciel: “What a wonderful world” – She is very much connected to Nature, takes delight in growing things. Can’t pick one for later.
    • Mareva: Can’t say.
  28. If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
    • Bannog, Ariciel: Fantasy, obviously.
    • Mareva; Sci-fi.
  29. How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
    Personal smells are notably absent from my stories, but none fo my characters would wear perfume. Soap and water, more likely.
  30. And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
    An exercise for another day, I think.

A most useful exercise, as I’m planning a lot of story on Mareva and Ariciel, and Bannog later on.

 

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