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RP Friday Five – Living Arrangements
comment 13 Written by on October 10, 2008 – 8:29 am

Another Friday, another set of questions to think about for your characters.  As usual, you can  make these as in depth as you want (or don’t want).  This is about sparking creativity and thinking about your characters as people that exist inside a world – there are no “right” or “wrong” answers, other than to be true to your character!

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Five Questions about Living Arrangements

  1. What does your character’s living room look like?  (If they don’t have a stable home, describe an inn room that he or she has rented steadily.)
  2. Does your character have any pets?
  3. Does your character collect anything? Is that collection of any value to anyone other than them?
  4. Does he or she have any “side” jobs or professions, other than their class and/or talent professions?
  5. What would you find in his or her sofa cushions?

My answers (from Aelflaed, Annalira, and Angoleth) are behind the “Read More” tag:

  • Aelflaed is something of a whirlwind.  Though she doesn’t have too much in the way of clutter, her living areas are usually scattered with various bits of armor and armor repair supplies, herbs (which she keeps in a horrible state of disorganization), and assorted bottles and recipes while she’s actually *there*.  When she’s not, it looks like a normal room.
  • Two pets – a baby Sprite Darter named Fidget (with an uncanny knack for stealing turkey sandwiches), and her worg puppy, Roger.  She wanted a puppy FOREVER, but couldn’t manage to find anyone willing to give her one until she came across the pups in Blackrock Spire.
  • Aelflaed doesn’t have any collections that don’t involve pretty armor or herbs.  Angoleth collects pets, though she pays a fortune to one of her friends at Feathermoon Stronghold to keep up with feeding all of them when she’s not around.  Annalira collects books.
  • Though she used to hire herself out as a farmhand every fall, Aelflaed is currently not working any side jobs – too many things to keep up with as a Paladin right now.  Annalira has always worked on the side as a sort of herbalist – though she’s not an alchemist of any sort, she knows herbs front and back, and does a fairly good business in teas and herbal remedies.  Particularly the one that cures hangovers.
  • In Aelflaed’s sofa?  dog hair, lost herbs, armor pins, steel wool, and crumbs.  In Annalira’s, herbs, random mixed up bits of enchanting dust, snipped threads, half a dozen straight pins and/or needles, crumbs, lost coins.  In Angoleth’s, a few fletching bits from arrow repair nights and pet fur.  Probably lots of pet fur (how it all manages to get down INTO the sofa, she’ll never know)

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13 Responses to “RP Friday Five – Living Arrangements”

  1. -Tarquin and Ceil outsourced the decoration of their apartment in the Stormspire to their guildmates, with hilarious results (click my name to read Ceil’s story!) However, Tarq has been spending less and less time there as Outlands draws down; if he lives anywhere, it’s in his basement office under the Pig and Whistle. The state of the office depends on how much work his long-suffering secretary (Annalea Al’Cair) has been putting in; the adjacent bedroom is pretty much a mess, as it’s really just somewhere for Tarquin to stagger into and pass out sometime before dawn.

    -Doing a bit of wetwork for SI:7 a few years ago, Tarquin stumbled upon a stray cat in the Deadmines and, in a fit of whimsy, adopted it. The cat, named Edwin in tribute to the hapless and near-mythological founder of the Defias network, spends most of its time disdaining things. Tarq is not a particulary attentive pet owner.

    -Tarquin’s office and apartment are both plastered wall-to-wall with, for lack of a better word, stuff. Old weapons, trophies, newspaper clippings, well-crafted lockboxes, particularly amusing hate mail, and other artifacts of his life both professional and personal. He’s also starting building a personal library lately, mainly of northern history. And of course, there’s the liquor cabinet.

    -As the guildmaster of the Wildfire Riders, Tarquin spends a great deal of time meeting with prospective clients, writing letters, engaging in business dealings of a questionable nature, and otherwise things that don’t come under the general heading of “guy with a knife and some lockpicks.” He has never had what one might call an honest job, and really has no idea what that might entail.

    -Very little, actually, as Tarquin has a tendency to treat the common room of the Pig and Whistle as his own personal living room. The couch in his apartment in Stormspire is probably pocked with loose change, hairs both blond and green, and a hidden dagger. Just in case.

  2. When Dalbarr calls a place home it’s his little cottage on the shore of Loch Modan. I picture it being very similar to the one where the fishing trainer lives, just a single room built into the hill. Bed in one corner, work bench for tinkering along one wall and every wall covered in gun racks.

    When Dal’s home the place would be like a small zoo. There’s a stable outside to house the menagerie. There’s likely to be a shaggy old white ram, a young energetic one, a gryphon with red barding, the biggest Loch Modan black bear you’re ever likely to see, a windserpent coiled up somewhere and a large brown owl roosting somewhere nearby. On top of those big creatures there’s also a worg puppy, Mojo the magic toad and Sleepy Willy plus an assortment of mechanical squirrels, dragonlings and the like.
    3. Does your character collect anything? Is that collection of any value to anyone other than them?
    Dal has a fairly impressive collection of firearms. He’s got every bow, gun and crossbow he’s ever used going back to the Precisely Calibrated Boomstick he found around level 50. Some of the weapons are likely be very valuable, but if anyone tries to steal from a dwarf who has a few dozen firearms, some large pets of questionable disposition and a fair stockpile of explosives it’s their funeral…

    Dal achieved the rank of Knight Captain in the Stormpike Guards before retiring from the service. He now does odd jobs the Explorers League and will very probably be dispatched to Northrend in the near future.

    Dal’s battered old sofa in front of the fireplace just has the usual stuff, loose change, blasting caps and bullets.

    By Dalbarr on Oct 10, 2008 | Reply
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  4. If only Garilos could call a place his home. As it is, I talk a bit about his living arrangement as a deckhand.

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  5. 1. What does your character’s living room look like?
    Erthas Gallant currently resides in the lush barracks of Scryer Terrace in Shattrath, but he still calls Stormwind home. For months he lived at the Pig and Whistle and stayed with friends. He still keeps a shield under Elly Langston’s bed and a sword in Jasper Fel’s closet.

    2. Does your character have any pets?
    Erthas was given a Crimson Whelping by his benefactor, the druid Urthona Starfallen. He’s named the little dragon Grill. He also has a pair of horses, a black stallion from Menethil Harbor named Duke and an Eastvale bred swift brown mare named Timber.

    3. Does your character collect anything? Is that collection of any value to anyone other than them?
    Erthas Gallant has very little space to keep things of much sentimental value. Though he’s fortunate enough to have caches in his friends’ homes, he tries to maintain a minimalist bank. However, he does hoard an unnecessary surplus of enchanting materials.

    4. Does he or she have any “side” jobs or professions, other than their class and/or talent professions?
    Whenever he’s back home in Stormwind, he fills in at the Pig and Whistle as a bouncer and bartender. He also helps at the Stormwind Barracks as a sparring partner and coach to new warriors. He’s also secretly involved with the Goblin black market and conducts trade with certain members of the Horde.

    5. What would you find in his or her sofa cushions?
    Dream Dust, Vision Dust, Arcane Dust and other articles of disenchanting. Bottle corks. Maybe someone’s else’s socks.

    By Aertho on Oct 10, 2008 | Reply
  6. 1. Loma’s home is a conical tent (tipi, really) that she crafted herself. The exterior is rough and patchy, bearing hand painted visages of beasts and great warriors. The interior is simple: A dirt floor with animal skin rugs, a fire pit in the center, and a hammock erected on sturdy poles to sleep. The rest of the space is taken by various items such as pieces of armor, dreamcatchers, totemic icons, spirit masks, etc… She also keeps various bottles, jars, and bowls hanging from the tent’s support ribs.

    Loma’s tent sits in an open garden quad at the elven compound she is stationed at. In the center of The Knights’ compound, surrounded by the inner halls, is her garden space. It is littered with totems, fire pits, banners, and drying racks for fish, meat and leather.

    2. Not as such, no. Everyone believes her to however, as so many animals seem to flock in and out of her tent at any given time. It keeps the compound’s kitchen staff on their toes.

    3. Loma’s family has always attempted to keep the skulls of deceased relations. They feel that keeping them safe ensures that their spirits have a haven to rest at when they are journeying through the other world… Not so much a collection really… But… Sorta.

    4. Loma is getting pretty old, but she was once a fertile clanmother responsible for birthing and raising a majority of the children. In recent months she had a spiritual encounter with a shamanka of the wolves whom enlightened her on the matters of the mothers of the wild. Now Lomahongva continues her motherly care to the expectant mothers of the wood, carrying strong spirits to their soon-to-be born children.

    5. Theoretically speaking, fur. She doesn’t tend to carry alot of trinkets but her body is full of fuzz.

    Tawa’mongwi Lomahongvas last blog post..Bejeweling Skill Capped at 375! Where’s my title?

  7. 1. Loma’s home is a conical tent (tipi, really) that she crafted herself. The exterior is rough and patchy, bearing hand painted visages of beasts and great warriors. The interior is simple: A dirt floor with animal skin rugs, a fire pit in the center, and a hammock erected on sturdy poles to sleep. The rest of the space is taken by various items such as pieces of armor, dreamcatchers, totemic icons, spirit masks, etc… She also keeps various bottles, jars, and bowls hanging from the tent’s support ribs.

    Loma’s tent sits in an open garden quad at the elven compound she is stationed at. In the center of The Knights’ compound, surrounded by the inner halls, is her garden space. It is littered with totems, fire pits, banners, and drying racks for fish, meat and leather.

    2. Not as such, no. Everyone believes her to however, as so many animals seem to flock in and out of her tent at any given time. It keeps the compound’s kitchen staff on their toes.

    3. Loma’s family has always attempted to keep the skulls of deceased relations. They feel that keeping them safe ensures that their spirits have a haven to rest at when they are journeying through the other world… Not so much a collection really… But… Sorta.

    4. Loma is getting pretty old, but she was once a fertile clanmother responsible for birthing and raising a majority of the children. In recent months she had a spiritual encounter with a shamanka of the wolves whom enlightened her on the matters of the mothers of the wild. Now Lomahongva continues her motherly care to the expectant mothers of the wood, carrying strong spirits to their soon-to-be born children.

    5. Theoretically speaking, fur. She doesn’t tend to carry alot of trinkets but her body is full of fuzz.

    Tawa’mongwi Lomahongvas last blog post..Bejeweling Skill Capped at 375! Where’s my title?

  8. 1. Loma’s home is a conical tent (tipi, really) that she crafted herself. The exterior is rough and patchy, bearing hand painted visages of beasts and great warriors. The interior is simple: A dirt floor with animal skin rugs, a fire pit in the center, and a hammock erected on sturdy poles to sleep. The rest of the space is taken by various items such as pieces of armor, dreamcatchers, totemic icons, spirit masks, etc… She also keeps various bottles, jars, and bowls hanging from the tent’s support ribs.

    Loma’s tent sits in an open garden quad at the elven compound she is stationed at. In the center of The Knights’ compound, surrounded by the inner halls, is her garden space. It is littered with totems, fire pits, banners, and drying racks for fish, meat and leather.

    2. Not as such, no. Everyone believes her to however, as so many animals seem to flock in and out of her tent at any given time. It keeps the compound’s kitchen staff on their toes.

    3. Loma’s family has always attempted to keep the skulls of deceased relations. They feel that keeping them safe ensures that their spirits have a haven to rest at when they are journeying through the other world… Not so much a collection really… But… Sorta.

    4. Loma is getting pretty old, but she was once a fertile clanmother responsible for birthing and raising a majority of the children. In recent months she had a spiritual encounter with a shamanka of the wolves whom enlightened her on the matters of the mothers of the wild. Now Lomahongva continues her motherly care to the expectant mothers of the wood, carrying strong spirits to their soon-to-be born children.

    5. Theoretically speaking, fur. She doesn’t tend to carry alot of trinkets but her body is full of fuzz.

    Tawa’mongwi Lomahongvas last blog post..Bejeweling Skill Capped at 375! Where’s my title?

  9. 1. Khol’s living room isn’t terribly remarkable. It’s not overly messy or obsessively clean. There’s hearth on one wall and a nice rug in tasteful earth tones that sits in front. A low table of dark wood rests in the middle of the rug and a sofa and two arm chairs are placed within easy reach of the table. The furniture is nothing special, save for being of good quality leather. One of the two armchairs is more worn than the other and the corner of the table nearest that chair bears heavy scuff marks and scratches from a pair of boot heels. A few knickknacks line the mantle above the hearth: an old, empty bottle of fine wine, a small portrait of Sayessa, the hilt of a broken dagger and a small clay figurine that may or may not be a person.

    2. Khol’s lifestyle does not lend itself well to the care of pets. Still, there’s a rather large squirrel that lives in the attic of his flat that he feeds from time to time.

    3. Other than the trophy collection from various jobs he’s pulled, most of which is very valuable, Khol collects odd books that he finds. Some of those books might be valuable to someone, but most of them are just strange or obscure reference titles on subjects no one really wants to know anything about.

    4. Since most of Khol’s income comes from his primary profession, that of being a wealth redistribution specialist, he finds he doesn’t really need to take on side jobs. During those times when jobs are scarce, he has been known to freelance for his friend Turner Krieg in the information gathering business. He has an interest in some more productive skills, but hasn’t acted on those interests yet.

    5. The obligatory crumbs and loose change, possibly some flakes of the herbs used for his poisons (on those rare occasions he uses them) and probably a healthy quantity of loose tobacco.

    teh Khol Abidess last blog post..Part the Thirteenth: Duskwood by Morning

  10. Oh, as usual I fail at RP, but here’s what I can answer. . .

    Sydera has no permanent home. She likes sleeping outside, in tree form if possible as the wildlife tends to leave her alone that way and she doesn’t get cold. What’s a couch? She doesn’t have one. Syd avoids inns like the plague. Too many fleas. Also, the stables at your typical inn aren’t sturdy enough for her Elekk and Amani War Bear, which go with her everywhere. She also has a veritable menagerie of pets (close to 50, I think), but she leaves most of them with a dependable pet sitter in Ironforge. Three special ones get to travel with her at all times, but for truly important missions, only the little dragonling gets to ride in her backpack.

    By Sydera on Oct 12, 2008 | Reply
  11. I love reading these answers, especially from people I know!

    1. Duerma’s living room is meticulously neat, except for the few children’s toys that invariably manage to creep out of their proper places. Her furniture is Draenei style, but it’s all beat up – probably second- or third-hand. The cushions on them, though, are brightly colored and new. All the art on the wall is hung about 2 feet off the ground, with the remaining 7 feet of wall completely empty. There are a few normal-sixed bookcases in one corner, and there is a ladder beside them.

    2. Pets! Duerma’s pets include Shmoopy the white gryphon, Tootsie the nether ray, Binky the kodo, Fifi the elekk, Mojo the frog, Flubadub the Jubling, Poindexter the Siamese cat, Murgatroid the pig, and Bert the baby Beholder. None of these live in the house – there’s a small stable out back for each of them.

    Maybe even more important than her menagerie are her plants. She grows many different varieties, and the more exotic ones have tubes connected to an overly-complicated looking machine that dispenses water to them in precise amounts.

    3. Duerma likes clothes! She also really enjoys books, particularly those that are old and difficult to find. Her shelves, though, are mostly stocked with books on humanoid anatomy and other medical type stuff.

    4. Duerma had been a midwife before the fall of Gnomeregan, but was unable to practice regularly afterwards thanks to her narcolepsy. She does still offer her services to friends, so long as they provide someone to help keep her awake.

    5. Probably nothing – Duerma’s an obsessive neat freak and cleans out her sofa every few days.

  12. Am I a dork for adding on to my previous comment?

    I forgot to say that Duerma lives in a small cottage on the Aldor Rise. It’s only got 3 rooms – a bedroom, which she shares with her preschool-age daughter, a kitchen, and a living room.

    She won’t be living there much longer, though – as soon as Wrath hits, she’ll be moving because the commute from Shattrath to Northrend is ridiculously long. She’ll likely end up in an apartment in Stormwind for awhile, or maybe living with her brother at Westgarde Keep in the Howling Fjord. What she’s REALLY hoping, though, is to convince Pizmo that it’s finally time to get married, and then they can buy a more permanent home together.

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