October 9, 2009 – 9:53 am
Don’t blame me for this one… this is all Yva‘s fault. And yes, there will probably be a bit more to this story. If nothing else, this is a study in putting your character in a situation WAY outside their comfort zone. Also, for what it’s worth, when I say “smallclothes” I mean something like a sports bra and a pair of capri-length sweatpants.
Aelflaed stood in front of the small mirror in her apartment, peering at the woman in her smallclothes that peered back. An unusual occurrence, to be sure, given that most days she barely glanced at it to make sure that she’d gotten all her hair in her braid, that her shirt wasn’t on backwards, and that she wasn’t wearing any of her breakfast.
Carefully untying the leather cord that held her hair, she slowly unwound her braid, using her fingers to work out the largest of the snarls.
“Make sure you wash your hair the day before. We’ll get them to weave some matching ribbons in it – OOH or you could leave it down and we’ll get it curled. It’ll look so nice! Oh and make sure your hands are ok. We’ll get your nails and feet done, and it’ll be great!”
Rain Boleyn’s voice echoed in her head.
She looked at her hands. They were clean, and her nails were short – mostly in good shape, but the one purple one looked somewhat unfortunate. Well, th’ Zombie made owt worse frae tha’ affair… She had callouses, of course, but nothing too terrible looking. Her feet, on the other hand, were kind of a mess. Cracked toenails, callouses from her heavy boots, and one fading greenish-purple bruise from where someone had set a gurney on it.
She pulled on a pair of fuzzy wool socks.
“Oh are you free tomorrow morning after breakfast? Around nine say? We’ll need to get you properly fitted for a corset and some garters. Oh and you’ll need stockings, you can’t possibly wear those socks with the slippers. And do you have a pair of sandals? You’ll need those by Tuesday too, some soft ones, for after they do your feet. Otherwise you’ll smudge the lacquer. I’ll have Esme call Lucia about that fitting tomorrow. Normally I’d just have you go to the Finest Thread, but a personal fitting is important for these kinds of things, and Delion’s been super busy lately.”
Nail lacquer? And a lingerie fitting? A CORSET? Aely looked down at herself, trying to imagine wearing such a piece of equipment. Wearing specially made lingerie was foreign enough – but to do so just to “play dress up”? And nail lacquer just sounded ridiculous.
Next Tuesday would definitely be interesting.
… Oi, lass, ye’ve y’rself in a heap ay mess. Guess y’r goin’ t’ pub night like’at.
October 8, 2009 – 3:28 pm
Excellent post today by Bricu about RPing with characters from other servers.
I’m tempted to participate!
October 7, 2009 – 8:56 am
After yesterday’s Srs Bsns post, I thought I’d open things up a little bit today.
Sometimes it’s good to keep a “short update” list for your characters, both so that you have a good mental idea of where they are and so that if someone else asks (having been away or not RPing with that particular character lately) you have a short, sweet, and to the point update as to how they’re doing and what they’re up to. As someone with a slew of various characters and independent personalities, I try to do this once every week or so. It helps me keep tabs on them all, and know where to start if I randomly end up with some RP. Having a list like this is also a good way to stay mindful about your characters when they’re doing “non RP” things (like leveling).
So anyway – I’ll give you guys updates on the four lovely ladies you’re used to seeing around here. (And don’t tell Angoleth I called her that, ok?) Then it’s your turn! Give me a paragraph (not a novel – this should be something you could use for a /quick/ rundown or update) on your characters and what they’re up to!
- Aelflaed is working. A lot. If she’s not at the Pig or out with TRI, she’s in an infirmary somewhere, most likely in Icecrown, but she’s been spending her days off tending to scraped knees and sore throats in the Stormwind Infirmary as well. She’s started keeping some medical diaries, mostly because she’s learning quite a lot about the more mundane sides of healing, as well as spending a few late nights in her herb books. When she /is/ at the Pig, she’s making more of an attempt to look like a person and not like The Shiny Crusade Paladin. She’s also back to living in the walk-down apartment underneath the Silver Shield, having done a thorough fall cleaning of the place on her last day of “encouraged sabbatical”. Oh, and her trips out to the Shimmering Flats have slowed down some. This may be because she’s discovered that Miller’s Bakery makes a sweet honey-raisin braided bread.
- Angoleth, on the other hand, is being a lazy arse. She’s been wandering around in Northrend, just doing this or that, nothing with real purpose. Russ is getting grumbly though, and she’s looking for a time she can catch Bellesta and Feliche to get him a proper Bear Sendoff. She’s been in good enough spirits, so long as she doesn’t go back to the Pig and Whistle… mostly because the last two times she’s been there, she got thrown out. Or rather Russ did. But that’s the same thing in her book!
- Annie Mae is Officially Tired Of Ogres. She fought ogres in Tanaris. And then she fought ogres in Ferelas. And then in Burning Steppes. And now? They’re all over Outland too. For someone who’s only 3’5”, ogres are kind of annoying. They also smell. She’s having fun though, as she’s currently experimenting with a pair of really spiky brass knuckles. They’ve proven surprisingly effective…
- Things for Anzefi are rather business as usual. She’s got a small shop set up in Thunder Bluff, from which she sells potions, enchantments, and amulets, as well as fortune telling services. Business has been a little slow, which she expected for being new, but she’s happy enough in her little tent-shop. It’s also close enough to Senjin Village that she can hop back to get anything she needs, as well as take a trip to the ocean there to have a chat with her favorite Water Spirits.
So where are your characters right now? What have they been up to, and how is life going for them?
October 6, 2009 – 8:04 am
How does your character deal with grief? With heartbreak?
It’s a question likely out of an old Friday Five, really.
One that I’m trying to wrestle with now with Aely – trying to find the balance between an unhappy character and not making other people want to avoid her because she’s vacillating between being deep in a funk and being randomly short tempered. And really, there’s only so much strawberry icecream and bourbon that will make a difference. She’s flung herself into her work again, as though working her fingers sore as she bandages and heals and puts folks back together in the field hospital will drive away the darkness of self-doubt and loneliness through sheer exhaustion. Her work-a-holic phase is bad enough that she’s even back to helping at the Stormwind Infirmary on her days off, tending all the sore throats, broken arms, and skinned knees common among school children.
I like to think I’ve struck a good balance between “putting on a face for the world” (since we’ve all been there, done that) and acknowledging her emotions, but it’s a hard one to hit right. Too much in one way or the other and I’m either driving my friends nuts or not being true to the character. Grief is, like many misfortunate things, a very personal, private sort of road to walk, but even writing fics has been difficult. (Maybe she just wants me to leave her alone?)
Add to that my desire to scare up something remotely happy for her, since she’s been something of a tragedy-magnet lately, and with 3.3 on the horizon, that’s not likely to get any brighter. She’s planning a bit of a shindig for the anniversary of the Longest Night – but even she can’t decide if that’s a happy or a melancholy thing.
I’ve got a pretty clean slate today, and it’s decided to be unseasonably gross outside, so maybe I’ll be able to get something written to deal with some of this. Dunno. Your ideas are welcome!
Annie Mae would like me to let you know that she’s been working hard fighting wolves with no tails and eels without fins in Terokkar Forest. She’s level 65 now, and I’ve got a good momentum running, which is /really nice/!