Thursday, July 19, 2012

Beautiful People

This month it's the Choose whatever questions you want month! I'm doing three characters: 2 I haven't really developed much, and one that's been with me a really long time :) Here they are, Meera Zhandi, Jennifer (Jenny) Miller, and Alekshuia Nagalo (Meera and Leks are from the same story [a fantasy], Jenny is in her own [somewhere between normal fiction and fantasy]). I don't really have any pictures for these, maybe I'll find some and add them later.

Meera Zhandi
If your character’s house burned down, and they were left with nothing but the clothes on their back, what would they do? Where would they go?
First off, she'd be super irritated that her house burned down, seeing as her best friend is a fire mage (for lack of a better term), and she'd actually be inclined to suspect her friend's involvement. But, she'd be more concerned for her parents than herself, seeing as how she didn't really have many possessions anyways since she works and stays in the temple. She would go back to the temple, where she spends a lot of time anyways and probably sleep there while trying to find her parents a place to stay.

Are they happy with where they are in life, or would they like to move on?
She's incredibly happy where she is in life. She's comfortable, she loves her work and she hates change. The only problem in her life are all the antics of Alekshuia that she has to put of with, going behind her and putting out (sometimes literally) all of her fires.
Are they well-paid?
She gets room and board, which is really all she wants. Her family gets a small stipend to live on for her work which is nice too.
Can they read?
She was able to read at one point. She is, however, mostly blind now and can no longer read. She does have heightened senses, so she can still 'see' in some sense, but it's mostly from using her hearing and sense of touch that she's able to discern the layout of her surroundings. But no. she can't read.
What languages do they speak?
She speaks Vallandian as her first language, and has learned to speak Kelmarian since she is a refugee in that country.
What is their biggest mistake? 
I don't know, depending on her mood she might say it was choosing to befriend Leks, but that's just if she feels irritated or tired (she can be crochety little things when she wants to be). Probably she would say her biggest mistake was choosing to leave boy she loved behind when she first ran to Kelmair as a refugee. She's never seen him again.
What did they play with most as a child?
She had dolls that she would play with.
What are their thoughts on politics?
She's incredibly grateful to the country that's taken her in, and is a monarchist through and through. She's incredibly conservative and supports the king, even if she dislikes his cabinet and advisers, vultures that they are.
What is their expected life time?
She's 100% human, but in another dimension so, probably around 100 years. That's about the average human lifespan, give or take 20 years.
If they were falsely accused of murder, what would they do? How would they react?
She'd be more irritated than anything. She's a foreigner and people are suspicious of foreigner, especially since it was her people who started the war with Kelmair. She wouldn't be surprised, but she wouldn't be afraid either. She has some friends in some pretty powerful places.

Jennifer (Jenny) Miller
What is their full name?
Jennifer Diane Miller
Does his or her name have a special meaning?
Not even a little bit. The first and last name was the name of one of my mom's friends whose sons I played with growing up, and for the middle name, I took  my friend's mom's first name. All for no particular reason.
Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
Totally methodical. She hates change or the unexpected. Although she is a bit sloppy about her appearance, but that's because she's not really vain and isn't interested in other people's opinions of her. 
Does he or she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he or she actually have friends?)
She thinks inside herself, and no, she doesn't really have friends. She's not opposed to the idea of friends (and is incredibly lonely even if she doesn't realize it). She will, however, make friends in the future. She just needs to grow out of her own awkwardness and put on some confidence pants.
Is there something he or she is afraid of?
The dark (although she gets over that pretty quickly) and also of never mattering. That fear happens when you read as much as she does.
Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
She reads. She's an incredibly uninteresting person, although she doesn't realize that. She's got a lot going on in her head, she just doesn't ever really let it out. She should probably start writing or something, but then she couldn't read as much.  People really shouldn't read all the time. (I can't believe I just said that).
What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books)
Her favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities, and she really likes fiction about the French Revolution.
Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her?
Her favorite author is Charles Dickens. She's read all of his books.
Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Favorite season of the year?
She likes Christmas. Is Christmas a season? It should be if it isn't.

Alekshuia (Leks pron. Lex) Nagalo

What is their station in life? 
She's had many stations in her life. She was born in relative poverty, but when she was four was brought into the elite social class of her country. Which is still like relative poverty. It's hard to explain, but this whole class system is based on Plato's Republic. If you've read that you'll understand. She is now an adviser to the country's young king, and occupies some official position in their military.    
Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in? 
One half sister. She and her sister met briefly, unaware of their relationship to one another. The encounter did not end well. 
Who is his/her best friend?
Meera for sure. Despite their differences they would do anything for each other.
What is his/her family like?
When she was born it was just her and her mom, her father wasn't even aware of her existence. Her mom died when she was four and she was taken in by the state. Her mom was really a sweet and simple person, but she never got to know her very well. When she was a ward she was raised communally with other children. There was no one adult figure she could imprint on, so she's grown up emotionally stunted let's say. She's still very child-like in her interactions with other people. She met her father when she was sixteen. He's very closed off and professional (he's a politician, what did you expect?) and the two of them don't even pretend to like each other. And neither will acknowledge their relationship to the other, even to each other. She also has a half-sister.
What is their back-story and how does it affect them now?
A lot of her back story has to do with her relationships with her family members. Because her mom died when she was four she's pretty much retained the emotional capacity of a four year-old. This, in turn, causes many of her decisions to be a bit petty and emotionally driven. She tends to lash out a people she doesn't like causing them pain, and taking a few more casualties in the process. She's brilliant, and she's pretty cool and calculating when she has her emotions under control. Unfortunately it's pretty easy to set her off. She's really a simple person. She never had a family and that's all she really wants, a simple life with a family. 
Is he/she naturally curious?
Why yes, yes she is. Much to the chagrin of everyone around her.
What are his/her quirks?
She can change her face if that counts. She also is afraid of having hiccups and twiddles her thumbs subconsciously.  
Do they believe in love at first sight?
Yes, she's a secret romantic at heart.
What would they do if they discovered they were dying?
She would probably take it all in stride, she is over 400 after all! And then she would cry because life is so unfair. And then she would chastise herself and be chipper and happy and start crossing things off of her bucket list. And then she would throw something at a wall. Repeat.
How do they show love? 
She becomes incredibly loyal, to a fault. She'll do anything for that person and is very jealous of their affection. 

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