Slightly delayed by her foray into homeownership, Anna at Too Many Annas has gotten her RP Friday Five up. This one’s called Parts of the Whole. I’ll answer for Linedan, though I really should give the dwarf and the belf a little more love in these things…
- What color are your character’s eyes?
Linedan’s eyes are a light ice blue, both in his character model and in his RP background. I’ve seen very few other Taurens use that eye color, it’s pretty distinctive.
- What is your character’s skin like? Does he or she have freckles, tattoos, or other noticeable markings?
Lin’s fur is actually very uniformly colored. It’s gray, all over, lighter in the front and snout and darkening on the mane.
- How does your character smile?
Rarely. Very rarely. When he does, it’s small, unless it’s one of those very uncommon occasions where something makes him laugh.
- How does your character carry himself or herself when walking around? What is his or her posture like?
Very erect, as much as a Tauren can be. Lin walks tall and proud (and often slowly) but without arrogance. He doesn’t strut or preen, he just…walks.
- Describe your character’s hands.
Big and three-fingered. (Tauren touch-typing would be interesting.) They’re heavily calloused from years of wielding weapons and blacksmithing, and always have a little bit of dirt around the nails–do Tauren even have fingernails?–no matter how he cleans them.
Lin doesn’t. He does have a pink mageweave shirt that’s a bit of a constant though (see below).
The aforementioned pink mageweave shirt. See, our raid main tank, Gorebash, has worn a pink shirt for years now. It’s part of one of his RP outfits–pink shirt, denim overalls, a straw hat, and a Thunderstrike. (No, I’m not kidding. On a male orc. It looks like he just stepped out of bizarre through-the-Dark-Portal version of Iowa. It’s awesome.) One raid night he couldn’t make it and I had to stand in as MT, and did a creditable if not particularly noteworthy job in Tempest Keep. The next day, Gore mailed Linedan a pink mageweave shirt. To this day, Lin takes good care of it, keeping it mended and clean, and wears it on every raid as a good luck talisman.
I used to name Linedan’s weapons early on. One of his first sabres was called Truecleaver. His self-crafted Masterwork Stormhammer was named Cloudcaller (because it cast Chain Lightning). But soon he was switching weapons so fast that I got out of the habit.
Maybe the pink shirt, but probably not even that. Lin’s got a fairly que sera sera attitude about possessions.
Most of my characters pack-rat. So did Lin for the longest time. Eventually I got sick of my wife’s little friendly jabs about never having any bag space and I got ruthless. Now on average Lin’s got 40 open slots, sometimes more. Of course, this just means his bank is full to bursting…
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- Can your character read and write?
Actually, all of my various characters can to one degree or another. Maybe it’s laziness on my part, but I just can’t seem to work up the energy to play a good illiterate. Moktor is probably the closest I’ll ever get to a functional illiterate, and hers is more just a fifth-grade education than anything else. But it’s not like you really need to read and write so much when you can command the powers of frost, disease, and blood.
- Is he/she good with numbers and business-like things?
Linedan and Moktor, no. They can do normal math if you give them a minute, Lin more so than Moktor. Illithanis is a little better just because she’s brighter and has a formal education from Silvermoon (albeit nothing more than your average elven high school diploma with a 2.8 GPA). Beltar, oddly enough, would be my best numbers guy. He’s smarter than he looks and acts, and has hung around enough merchants and criminals for a century that he’s picked up a nose for numbers and how to manipulate them.
- Does your character have a formal (schooled) education or an informal (apprenticed/learned by experience) education? Or both?
Hard to say with Linedan…I imagine Tauren education is largely informal. Beltar’s basically a ninth-grade dropout with a century of classes in the School of Hard Knocks on top of it. Illithanis, as stated above, has a formal secondary-level education but her “practical” skills with bow, animal, and skinning knife are family-taught. Moktor’s an elementary-school dropout street urchin.
- Has he/she learned another language than the one they grew up speaking (in full or in part)?
Linedan, yes because he knows Orcish in addition to Taurahe; his spoken Orcish is very precise and somewhat formal. Beltar, yes because he knows Common in addition to Dwarven, and has also picked up a very small smattering of expressive cursewords in Darnassian, Thalassian, Orcish, and Tarquinese/Jolstraerian. (His latest project is a Lordaeron-to-Common dictionary, entitled “The Apostrophe, Why It Is Half The Northmen’s Alphabette.”) Illithanis, again, yes because she can speak/read/write in Orcish and Thalassian quite fluently, and in fact rather oddly likes the harsh Orcish language. Moktor, nope, just Orcish for her.
- What does your character’s handwriting look like?
Linedan: Block printing, very slow and precise, because that’s how he learns–not by gift of intelligence, but by sheer bloody-minded hellbent rote persistence. Beltar: Doctor-level semi-intelligible high-speed scribble, but the spelling is usually close to right at least. Illithanis: Small yet flowing, somewhat sloppy because she writes quickly (a Farstrider talent of quickly making scouting notes). Moktor: Ten-year-old all-over-the-page badly misspelled scrawl.
Well, I don’t have but one screenshot folder for WoW. And sorting alphabetically, which I do in that folder, I get this as my sixth screenie:
This is another shot of the Anvil Raid last Friday night after our first kill on Kel’Thuzad. And no, I don’t know why Balmora decided to strip to her underwear.
I think you can get this if you stand in enough puddles of slime/fire/voidpoo/shadow fissures. Or, if you’re like me, keep wiping on the “ledge boss” in Thaddius’ room.
(Photoshop by the amazingly talented Anna over at Too Many Annas. Idea conceived from some epic RP last night, work boredom, and Google Chat.)