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Lethanis's Character Survey

Started by Griznuq, December 22, 2005, 08:08:20 AM

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Player (you) Name:
Matt Conlon      

What is the character's full name? Nicknames?  
His name is Lethanis. (there will be a last name, but at this time, I do not have it.) No nicknames that he knows about.
What is the color of the character's hair, eyes, and skin?
Hair is black and short, eyes are emerald green.

What is the character's general appearance?
His color choices are always somber. Lots of browns, greens and grays. In reds, he prefers a dark red. (In fact, with all colors he prefers the darker ones... that is to say, Navy blue instead of just blue. Pine green instead of green. Burgenday instead of red...)

What is the character's age?

Where was the character born?

Describe the character's family.
Lethanis comes from a well to do political-type family. His parents are both very intelligent, enough t o know that the average person is not. They see past most of the typical stereotypes, but they understand that they have to pretend that they don?t.

They know what Lethanis is, and they embrace it, even nurture it when the can, but keeping up appearances is important in politics, so they?ve kept it under the radar.

Has the character begun his/her own family?

Has the character ever done anything else (besides adventuring) for a living?
He has never needed for money, but in an attempt to educate the general populous, he?s taken teaching jobs in the past. Most just reading and writing, but a couple local history classes.

General attitudes & approach:
Lethanis is a thinker to the end. Everything he does is preceded by deliberation. Even the smallest of actions have a reaction, so it must be worth it. Puzzles bother him if left unsolved. He will become annoyed if he cannot figure something out.

When or how was the character educated?
When his parents found out he had an aptitude for wizardry, they sent him to *Someone I?ve left up to GM* to study in secret.

What are the character's political and religious beliefs?
Coming from a political family, Lethanis has come to believe that it is largely unnecessary. He feels that it doesn?t take a genius to do the job of a politician; however, he does not want it. He?s not sure yet where he stands on Religion. He?s certainly open to other people?s beliefs, but he?s typically skeptical.

What is the character's moral code?
Lethanis is an honorable fellow, but will not freely give handouts to those he believes are capable of earning it.

Does your character have any prejudices?
He generally enters an encounter with just about everyone expecting little of them. In his experience, he is almost always the smartest person around.

How would your character handle an insubordinate servant?
He would first try to understand why the servant is acting the way they are. If he understands and finds that they are in the wrong, they would be put out of the house. If he finds that they are correct in their actions, he would ask why they let themselves fall into that situation.

What would the character die for? What would they be willing to sacrifice the lives of their friends for?
Death isn?t always the end, Lethanis knows, but the experience sounds unpleasant at very least, and it would get in the way of learning. He has never found anything that he would give his life for other than one whom he could truly call friend. He?s not an easy person to get close to, but once he is, he?s there for life.

Who is the one person your character trusts the most?
Lethanis trusts both of his parents, but his mother the most. Sometimes he wonders if his father would expose him as a wizard, just to make his own life easier? Only because his father seems to get frustrated with having to hide it and lie about it.

How would your characters parents describe him?
Neat, methodical, pragmatic, dutiful. Always a nose in a book. They might wonder about his sexual preferences though. (He is straight, but not easily distracted. Unless a woman sits naked on a book of his, he just might not notice.

What was the best moment of the characters life? Worst?
The best moment of his life would have been when he realized his full potential as a wizard, which would have been after his mentor could no longer teach him anything.
The worst would be the time a candle had fallen over, and spilled wax on the cover of one of his books.

What flaws does the character have? Is he quick to judge people? A slob?
As stated as his prejudice, he is very quick to judge people, but he is smart enough to know that first impressions are not always fair. He is tidy and clean, almost to the point that the average person would be annoyed.

What advice would you give your character?
I personally think that my character needs to lighten up a bit. Stop and smell the roses, cause there?s no guarantee that they?ll ever bloom again. Life is too short.

List the 5 most important people in the character's life.
Important people, in order of importance (Most important first.) His mother, for always understanding, His father for always helping, even if he didn?t understand. His mentor for being the only person with whom Lethanis could truly relate. The local Librarian (Or most knowledgeable one, if there are many) The person who provides teaching jobs (if there is just one). Aside from these people, Lethanis probably doesn?t know too many whom he would hold in even the most remotely high regard.

What is the character?s ?big secret?, and what will happen if it is discovered?
The fact that he?s a Wizard. If that were to be discovered, his family would lose credibility among the other politicians, which wouldn?t bother Lethanis much. What would bother him is the fact that he wouldn?t be welcomed into places like the library.

"Hey, I've got an interesting job for you..." Name 3 jobs that your character might find interesting.
Librarian, Researcher, historian.

How will the character die? What would you consider a good end to a life well lived for this character?
As long as there is someone to care for all the things that Lethanis held dear in life, he will be happy. Someone to tend his plants feed his pet (If he had one) dust his books. Doesn't really matter how it happens, as it does happen to everyone.

What might someone seeing the character for the first time think?
At first glance one might think he was someone of Noble heritage. They would think that he is stern and serious. Some might think that he was a bit arrogant.

Does the character have any goals?
Lethanis would like more than anything to find a group of people equally intelligent. Being surrounded by such stupidity takes it?s toll. Ultimately he would like to help others such as himself, That is to say, help young wizards keep from blowing themselves up.

What is the character's personality?
Typically he seems a little bit unapproachable, but once he gets to talking, he?s usually fairly engaging. He?s caring but has a hard time feeling sorry for someone who created the situation themselves. He will help someone who is trying to help themselves if he can.

Any reoccurring mannerisms?
He is always picking some sort of lint off of his clothes, or stacking papers, or straightening crooked pictures.

What is this character's "thing"? That is, what action, activity, saying, motion, mannerism, etc., would be considered their "trademark", such that if I were to do it, others would say "oh, now you're acting like [this character]"?
He tends to lecture a bit. He?s always trying to explain things beyond what is necessary. Of course, he thinks that he is just being helpful by providing more information.

What is her first reaction to a situation?
Lethanis? first reaction changes depending on the situation.

What would be the ultimate magic item for this character?
Something to keep him out of the public eye. Perhaps an invisibility device!

What would be the worst curse this character could ever receive?
One that robs him of his intellect.

Are there certain things the character just cannot do? Get close to people; perceive himself realistically, etc. That is, what do people who know this character well criticize about them?
Lethanis cannot understand people who do no try to change their situation, yet they complain about it. He also cannot understand why people would ask for a handout.

What does your character hate?
Loud, obnoxious morons. Bullies. Actually, bullies who only pick on small weaklings. He also hates people who have an over-inflated sense of self worth.

What does your character love?
A good book by the fire with a glass of wine. Order; when things are chaotic he has trouble being comfortable.

How does the character perceive government? Those who are opposed to the government?
Government has its place, but that place is not in the day-to-day dictation of the lives of its people. Having been from a political background, he understands how superficial most of it is.

How did the character gain his abilities?
Lethanis had found amongst some old books an ancient tome that belonged to his grandfather. Although he could no read what was in it, there were a lot of drawings that fascinated him, though like the text, he could not identify them. After studying the tome for a time, he found that he began to understand the simple things. He found that he could change the color of a small stone, though it lasted only a second.

What motivates him to act as a hero now?
There may be some who would call Lethanis a hero, as he is always trying to help local children who don?t have much. Of course, the things that he can do are limited. Being that his family is in Politics, they cannot show favor to one faction of the society over another, and Lethanis will not help the children of the well to do.

How did his peers treat the character as a child? His elders?
As a child he would have been the last picked for any sport. They usually made fun of him for not being athletic, but when they didn?t understand something, they would come to him to explain it. He knew that they were only using him for their own purpose, but he didn?t care. He helped because he felt sorry for them. Over time, he began to get irritated, as they were not listening to him; they didn?t want to learn how to do it, they just wanted him to do it for them.  

His elders for the most part saw the intelligence, and treated him like more of an adult. Adults who were a little less cerebral tended to smirk behind his back, but again, his lineage kept them in line.

What does your character hope to accomplish by adventuring?
Lethanis ultimately would like to find other wizards with whom to ?Compare notes?. If he could put together something like an underground ?wizard school? he would, but he doubts that he would ever do anything that risky.

Why is this goal more important than his safety? (i.e., Why would you take up adventuring, rather than being a nice, safe accountant?)
He is not yet sure that it IS.

What is the character's kryptonite? What is their weakness or what will paralyze them with fear?
Lethanis is always worried about the fact that he will one day have to take over the family business of politics. His logical nature tells him that most of it is unnecessary. He hopes that if he is thrust into that position, he will be able to do good things, but he has witnessed the general public?s unwillingness to change or even THINK sometimes, and is discouraged.

What does the character do to relax?
A glass of wine, a small block of cheese and a book by candle light. The subject matter of the book can range from the arcane arts, to theology, philosophy, math or even science. (I?m sure science would be frowned upon as sacrilege, which would make it all the more fascinating. Anything deviant is very interesting to Lethanis.)

Describe the characters ideal mate.
She would have to be very intelligent, and have strong beliefs. Someone who could challenge Lethanis on an intellectual level, perhaps even with opposing views and skills. Someone of a lower class who would challenge his social standing. He fantasizes about finding a woman who also knows a bit about magic, whether it be cleric, wizard, sorcerer, druid?  

What is in your character?s pockets, right now?
An ink bottle, pen, dobbing cloth (wrapped neatly in a piece of leather to keep from bleeding onto his clothes) a couple of coins. (He keeps a belt pouch with fake pieces of metal, about coin size that he had made by the local blacksmith. When someone gets mugged, which is not that uncommon as I understand [right??] they tell you to give them your purse. He would throw it past them, and run when they turn to get it. He has never had to use it, but he?s ready to if he must. He keeps his money in his pockets.

He also has the stone he used to change the color of. It?s about the size of an acorn.

What do they normally carry in their pockets that they don't have right now, but wish they did?
A bookmark.

What is the silliest thing your character has ever done?
Nothing in the recent past. He has once or twice left the keys in his front door. Boy was his face red! One time he waked around all day before he noticed he had two different color socks on!