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Character Info #1
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Hi everyone!
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Here is where things get interesting. I'm going to ask for some prompts to get you thinking about your character.
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Don't think about game rules yet. Think about building a memorable character you want to play.
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Also note: I've blocked off a lot of green boxes. You don't need to fill them all. Just start typing in the leftmost green box, and the text will extend through the green boxes to the right, too.
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PART 0: STUFF I'M JUST TELLING YOU
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Here are some things that are true about all three of your characters. 'Cause I'm a tyrant.
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1Everyone is a human.
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Everyone lives on the planet Earth in the year 2019, or maybe 2020.
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Everyone is "an adult" (of an age chosen by you.) Interpret as you will. Want to play an emancipated 16 year old? I might let you if there's reasons. But don't be 12. If you can't fake your way into a bar you're too young.
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Everyone speaks fluent English. It's probably your first language, but I'm open to alternatives. Also, you can't live in Québec because reasons. (No, really, honest reasons, I'm not just being racist).
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Gender does not matter. You can be any sex or gender or combination of either that suits you.
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You have at least one geeky fandom, maybe more. NOTE: Maybe you're proud about it, maybe not. Maybe it's a huge part of your life, maybe not. I'll put it this way:
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There is at least one booth [maybe more, but not less] at a nerdy comic book convention/anime convention/Fan Expo/Comic-Con/gaming convention type event that you would be SUPER EXCITED to go to, even if you don't show it.
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Whatever walk of like you are from, stories mean something to you. Whoever you are—full-time Muppeteer or boring-ass mom who still "does the voices" at Junior's bedtime—there is a spark of imagination in you.
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All good? Yay. Now, here we go. Keep these in mind, and think about character concepts that fit this that make you really happy. Then, let's start off with the short answers!
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You can answer as you (OOC), or answer in character (IC) if you want. But tell me the truth :)
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PART 1: BASIC INFO
Your answers
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1What's your birth name?Reuven Harel
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2What name do you go by?
Reuven Svobodya
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How would your character describe themselves in 4-6 words?
Gay, ex-American, happily married, inclusionist, practical.
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4Choose or describe your gender.Cis man
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5How old are you?28 years
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6When's your birthday?June 27th, 1991
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7Where were you born?
Wilmington, North Carolina
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8And where do you live now?Halifax
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9Describe your home. Who, if anyone, do you live with?
I share a small house in a domestic neighbourhood in Halifax with with my husband and stepdaughter.
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10What's your religion, if any?Atheist
And how seriously do you take it? >
My beliefs and lack thereof are important to me; I'm that person who 'makes it awkward' by not just sucking it up and saying grace or what-have-you. I'm not one of those annoying preachy atheists, though, and when I'm not being railroaded I don't mind being party to certain religious things - I've gone to the synagogue with my husband once or twice.
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11Do you have any family? Who?
I have a mother and stepfather, two maternal half-sisters and a half-brother, none of whom I'm close to. I've never met my father (he's a Republican), or any of his (four) daughters by his two wives. I think he's still married to the second one? My husband and stepdaughter Natalia (she's nine) are lovely, and my parents- and siblings-in-law (four of them) run the spectrum from 'mostly civil' to 'genuinely close'. (Paul's younger sister Rachel is my favourite.)
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12Tell me about your friends, if any,
I made my closest friend in university, but I feel like he doesn't count anymore since we're married now. I've always been a bit of a loner, but I keep in touch with most of the others in our friend group (hooray Facebook), have several friendly acquaintances at work, and get coffee at least twice a month with my friend Skye. We were involved in the same LGBTQ+ group in university, and she brought me into the group that included Paul.
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13How much schooling have you had?
I have a Bachelor's in Canadian Studies with a minor in History (University of Toronto).
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14What kind of work do you do for a living?
I'm a police officer
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15Describe your sexual/romantic orientation.
Gay (homosexual/homoromantic)
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16What's your marital status?Married
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17Who, if anyone, are you currently dating?
My husband's name is Paul (Pavel) Svobodya. (His actual name is Pavel - his dad's from Czechia - but he's gone by Paul since he was a kid.) He's a middle-school teacher; 30 years old; bi. Grew up on an actual farm in Alberta, with a farmhouse and a big family and the whole kaboodle. He has a daughter, Nat, who I've known since she was born. We met in university and were close friends for several years before he came out, and we started dating about... two years after that. We got married almost two years ago.
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18What do you look for in a partner or friend?
Usually someone at least a little different from me. Easy to be around if not easy to get along with. Educated about the world, or willing to put in the effort to make themselves so. It's pretty essential that they not be bigoted. Some sort of interests in common. Otherwise, just someone whose personality is a good fit. It's hard to tell unless you know them.
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19What kind of person really rubs you the wrong way?
Leaving aside the usual bigots (since you apparently have to SAY that you're anti-Nazi now...), I'm really over people who make just being around them a chore - they have to be constantly confrontational, or always the center of attention, or whatever. Aggressively ignorant people, especially where it's rooted in privilege. Any sort of macho bullshit. Also people who over-conform to or over-value social norms, but I freely admit I'm overly sensitive to that. Also exclusionists and people who play oppression Olympics. (And people who write 'should of'.)
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PART 2: ABILITY TIME!!! Elaborate/explain if necessary, or if fun!. Can your character...
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20Read?Yes
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21Drive?Yes
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22Swim?Yes
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23Cook?Yes
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24Lie?Yes
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25Ride a bike?Yes
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26Do 20 pushups?Yes
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27Do 50 puships?Yes
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28Dance?Yes
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29Sing?
Sort of - no lessons, but an okay voice
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30Fight? (Style?)
Yes - Police Defensive Tactics
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31Debate?Yes
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32Speak any other languages? (Which)
pretty mediocre Spanish
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33Camp?
Is that the kind of thing you need special skills for? Then no, probably? I'm sure I could figure out how to pitch a tent and make hotdogs, but I'm not exactly a bushwhacker.
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34Make things with their hands? What things?
I'm really good at making cootie catchers, which according to my stepdaughter are called 'fortune tellers' up here, which is much less gross. Also paper airplanes. She's a big fan of both.
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35Repair things? What things?
I'm pretty decent at doing basic troubleshooting for electronics. Nothing advanced, though.
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36Write? What kind of writing?
I write a lot of reports now, but I used to be really good at academic essays. I also have a blog, of the 'long, paragraph-heavy, mostly social justice' variety, although I only post about twice a month now.
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37Play sports? Play them well?Yes
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38Paint or draw?
Only really basic stuff
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39Pick a lock?Yes
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40Shoot and reload a gun?Yes
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41Perform First Aid or CPR?Yes
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PART 3: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
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42What do you look like?
Medium-length crew cut; no facial hair.
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43Height?5'9.5''
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44Weight?176 lb
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45How old do you look, regardless of real age?
Between 24 and 34
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46Body type?
Athletic build, slim but sturdy. In good shape.
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47Eye color?Hazel
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48Hair color? Light brown
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49Clothing style?
Nice jeans or slacks, T-shirts or occasionally buttondowns under nice jackets. I've been informed by my husband that I'm not allowed to call things 'long-sleeved T-shirts' anymore, but those too. I do own some sneakers but I usually only wear them to run.
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50Are you left or right handed?Left
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51Any tattoos, brandings, piercings, or scars?
I had pierced ears in high school, but I let them close up when I was eighteen. I have an abdominal scar from having my appendix removed when I was 14, and a tattoo of a flying raven on the back of my left shoulderblade.
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PART 4: FAVOURITE THINGS: What is your favourite...
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52Colour?Indigo
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53Smell?
Spearmint or lavender
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54Pastime(s) Or Hobby/Hobbies
I like reading true crime, fantasy, or litfic; casual biking; running; and I've been involved in various kinds of activism since I was fifteen. I also enjoy spending time with my family, especially in activities my stepdaughter enjoys - outings, crafts, etc. I have a casual blog as well.
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55Swear word?
For mild (or, conversely, utterly batshit) situations, Christ! Otherwise, a standard fuck usually gets the job done.
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56Music or Band(s)?
I like Coldplay and Florence + the Machine and modern (alt)rock, also older rock like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. I enjoy at least a few things in almost any genre, though. At home we listen to a lot of pop and folk music. My husband likes country but I'm not really a big fan. Also a lot of Disney - guess why. :)
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57Song?
I don't have just one, but off the top of my head I really like This Is Who You Are from Beethoven's Last Night by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
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58Actor?Russell Crowe
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59Movie?
Big Eden and/or Stardust. I keep meaning to see Moonlight and I haven't, so that might be up there.
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60Book?
The Spirit Gate by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. I haven't read it in years, because it's really hard to get a used copy, but my high school library had one and I remember I loved it. I read it like five times. I'd love to track it down now and reread.
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61Breakfast Cereal?
I'm more of a toast kind of guy, but Cheerios, I guess.
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OOC: If you keep a "Get In Character" playlist, what's on it?
So I have three songs for Reuven and they're all shippy and more from Pavel's POV and they're all for the original low-fantasy universe I yoinked him from, but uh... Gone Gone Gone by Philip Philips, My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion, and Never Let Me Go by Florence + the Machine
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63Possession? ...and what would you do if you lost it?
I don't know, my house, maybe? It would depend on the circumstances; if possible we'd just buy or rent a new one. More in the spirit of the question, probably my wedding ring? Which I would look for as much and as long as possible and then... replace as well. I don't know, I hate it when people say this, but it's not really the tangible stuff that matters.
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64Geeky fandom of choice? (more than 1 okay)
I read a lot of fantasy in high school and college, so I drifted around on the periphery of a few - mostly Tolkien and ASOIAF - but the main one is Percy Jackson. I read them to my stepdaughter (along with the Kane Chronicles) and we talk about them and look for fanart and so on. She's almost old enough for the sequel series, which is great because I got impatient and read them already... but now I'm even more impatient. I also watch Murdoch Mysteries with my husband pretty regularly.
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PART 5: DEEP CUTS
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65What thought keeps you up at night?
Did I do the laundry? Wait, did I switch it to the dryer?'
Occasionally, though, when I have a rough day at work or some horrible news story from down south (usually) breaks, I wonder how long it's going to be before I get put in a situation where I either violate someone's rights or get fired or killed. Or I lie there thinking about all the ways I am/might be upholding toxic, violent aspects of the policing institution. Don't get me wrong, I like my job, and I hope to change things by doing it, but that's not always enough at 2 AM.
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66What do you do to calm down when anxious/frustrated?
I'll go for a run, talk it over with Paul, write a long angry screed (that I edit the hell out of before I put it on my blog). I do laundry or dishes sometimes to burn it off. If I'm anxious sometimes I'll triple-check plans or contingency plans. If I'm particularly frustrated, I'll find someone to rant to for a while.
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67Have you ever broken the law? Doing what? Get caught?
I did semi-blackmail my dad once. Otherwise, the occasional jaywalking or whatnot. I've never been caught.
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68What's the worst thing you ever did? (worst regret)
The worst thing I ever did is probably when I blackmailed my dad for college money, but I don't regret it. Probably what I regret the most is being cruel to my half-siblings when they were little. I resented them, so I was a dick, and the thing is that I don't really like them much as people either, so we're not on good enough terms that I could apologize.
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69What's the worst thing that happened to you?
I remember feeling like it was the worst thing ever when my half-sister was born, but really, it was probably when I was 17 and this guy at school who'd been harrassing me - mostly for being gay, although I think he also just didn't like me and it was a convenient thing - broke my arm. I was suspended longer than he was because I hit him in the face and broke his nose, and honestly the meetings with the administration were worse than having my arm broken. (Which was fucking excruciating.) My mom 100% did not go to bat for me. I was furious and humiliated and scared for the rest of the school year. Then he graduated and I was just furious. I put it to good use.
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70What's the best thing that ever happened to you?
I'm going to be super boring and sentimental and say it was either the time Paul finally asked me out or when he asked me to marry him.
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What have you done that you're most proud of? (best achievement)
I think I've built myself a really good life. I have a few close friends, lots of people I enjoy spending time with, a good job I enjoy, and a wonderful family. And I haven't had to change into a whole different person to do it, which sometimes it feels like you will, when you're younger!
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72What does success mean to you?
See above, mostly. Or to make it applicable to everyone - I think it means creating the kind of life you want to live in, with the kind of family you want if you want one, and the kind of job you want if you care about that, and the ability to take the kind of chances you need to to get that while not aiming for goals other people think you should just because they think it. My life ended up looking a lot more 'standard' than I anticipated, but even before I got married I had a really good life that I really liked and was satisfied with and I'm proud of that.
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