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.
Today’s RP Friday Five over at Too Many Annas is about “Keeping Up Appearances.” Here’s the questions, and my answers:
1. Describe your characters general appearance – is it exactly what you see in the avatar?
My characters look generally like their toons. Beltar’s a little shorter and scrawnier, Lin is actually even bigger, Illithanis is pretty much dead on as to what her blood elf toon is size-wise. In terms of their features, they match up with their in-game looks; it’s easier for me to keep straight that way.
2. What are their opinions on baths/showers/etc?
I’m not sure what Tauren bathing habits are like, but Linedan generally doesn’t worry about it too much unless he knows he’s going to be around people he knows (such as Monday night RP), then he’ll clean up. It’s more a luxury than a necessity. Beltar likes baths for the pleasurable feeling of hot water more than for the actual practicality of being clean; he spent enough time on the road that he’s used to roughing it and doing without for a while. Illithanis likes to be clean, and enjoys a long hot soak as a luxury, but again, with her being a Farstrider type, she’s used to long stretches in the woods where she’d have to settle for a dip in a freezing lake.
3. Do they fuss about their looks (and if female, wear makeup)?
Linedan and Beltar could both care less. Lin doesn’t care what his armor looks like as long as it protects him and it’s structurally sound; Beltar’s mostly the same way. Beltar’s only exception is if he’s back in Ironforge and has one of his occasional dates at the Stonefire Tavern with Bretta Goldfury (the gun seller)…those, he’ll clean himself up for. Illithanis almost never wears makeup–mascara gets in your eyes when you’re trying to stick an arrow through somebody–but she does take care of her appearance and keeps her armor and clothing looking as neat as possible.
4. If they could pick an outfit out of an infinite closet, what would it look like?
Linedan: Big, nasty, gnarly, matching saronite plate armor. Beltar: Black shirt, gray pants, black boots, and his favorite red fedora. (The fact that the fedora summons beer makes it his favorite.) Illithanis: Simple and comfortable linen shirt with a leather vest or overshirt, linen or leather pants depending on the weather, comfortable boots. Colors would be muted woodland colors, heavy on the greens because green is her historic family color.
5. For the guys – boxers, briefs, or commando trousers? For the girls – bikinis, thongs, or boyshorts? (This is not my question. You can go thank Jess for it. I’m still not sure I should even think about posting it. I can see my spam comment count going through the roof already! And yes, you really do want to click on and read about commando trousers. Just, don’t be drinking anything, or you’re likely to end up with it in your nose.)
Linedan: loincloth. Beltar: commando if he’s just hanging out around town (pun intended), briefs or boxers if he’s out in the world killing, for protection against mail pinching certain places. Illithanis: bikinis, with long johns and a linen shift under her armor and shirt in cold weather.
In response to this Friday Five post over at Too Many Annas, here’s my answers:
1. Describe your character’s sleep habits. Do they eat breakfast or have other routines?
Linedan is very disciplined, so he will get up, eat a light breakfast of whatever’s handy, and spend some time communing with the spirits and preparing his gear (sharpening weapons, cleaning armor, etc.) before his day’s travels. Beltar will typically fall out of whatever he’s sleeping on or in, stagger around, try to find some food, and stagger around some more. At some point he’ll wake up enough to fix his gear and get going.
2. What do they dream about at night, if anything?
I’ve never really thought about this. Linedan dreams of various things…sometimes reliving past travels and victories, sometimes of his childhood in Mulgore. Not all of these dreams are pleasant at all. Beltar dreams very little, because half the time he’s plowed when he goes to sleep. He’s a dwarf, it’s how they roll.
3. Is your character a night owl or a morning songbird?
Linedan wakes early. Beltar sleeps till the hangover wakes him up.
4. What do they wear to sleep?
Hmm. Lin will wear some leather or linen clothing, full coverage, and he will always sleep with one or more weapons within easy reach. Beltar often sleeps in his clothes, and looks like it.
5. Is your character ticklish?
Both are. But nobody is going to tickle either a giant plate-clad mountain of a Tauren, or a middle-aged scruffy dwarf, to find out.