The Fleshy Character Questionnaire, featuring Puck

While I’m busy working on the next set of Skata questions, I decided to exercise myself mentally with another of these deep, involved questionnaires. They’re more work than one would realize, but the reward is worth the time. So sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know the Otherside’s most disarmingly dangerous faerie. (And if you want more? I made a thirty-second trailer that you can view here!)

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1. What color is your character’s hair? Dark reddish-brown, best described as cinnamon.

2. What color are your character’s eyes? The shade differs, depending on the slant of light; it can range from hazel to forest green.

3. What color is your character’s skin? His skin is naturally pale due to the light and atmosphere of Otherside, but he gets a vague tan very quickly in the human world.

4. What special aesthetic characteristics does your character have? Puck’s true, unglamored appearance shows pointed ears, teeth a little too pointed, and eyes as black as tar.

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5. Does your character have any piercings? Tattoos? No. Like most faeries, he shies away from unnaturally marring his appearance.

6. What’s the sexiest physical characteristic of your character? While he has the appearance of a slender guy in his early twenties, he has strong, manly hands.

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7. What’s the ugliest physical characteristic of your character? Puck carries many scars that are only visible under the light of a faerie moon.

BONUS: What element of their appearance is your character most insecure about? Puck doesn’t tend to care about his appearance or have insecurities. When he does worry about things, they’re more important.

8. What does your character wear? He wears jeans and tee shirts both in and out of the human world, as they’re comfortable, well-suited to most occasions, and they look well on his frame.

9. When your character smiles, what does their smile look like? His smile has three main modes. There is his sweet and unassuming smile, which comes less often than it should; his false, forced smile when he’s hiding the truth; and his dark, smirkish smile when his mood turns malicious. Any of these, however, is preferable to the look of calculating indifference he gets before he does something truly terrible.

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10. What does your character’s laugh sound like? Like an explosive, manly giggle.

BONUS: What sort of things would make your character laugh? Someone being stupid or dense, or falling for a prank.

11. What is your character’s normal style of speech? He speaks like a normal guy, but will correct your grammar. His voice gets louder if he’s angry, excited or really vehement. His voice is surprisingly deep and a little rough, not what most people expect based on his appearance.

12. How does your character express/handle anger? Anger is met with clenched jaw and fists, and hopefully that’s the extent of it. If you really, really make him mad, you will be lucky if you escape with body and pride intact.

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13. Does your character cry? Yes, but he rarely weeps. He’d have to be very emotionally exhausted for that. Tears will linger in his eyes and one or two may fall, but he’ll brush them off and try to hide them.

BONUS: What sorts of things would make them cry? Hopelessness, a broken heart, or if he’s kept his true feelings caged for too long and he finally admits the truth.

14. How easy is it for other people to read your character’s emotions? He likes to deflect questions and concern away from himself by flinging up smoke-screens. Only those who are exceptionally caring and/or keen will see his genuine feelings.

15. Is your character religious? He is not ‘religious’ per se, but he believes in heaven and hell. He lives with fierce rash behavior because he truly believes he’s damned already.

16. How does your character view those of other faiths? He doesn’t care much what you believe.

17. What are your character’s core values? Until he grows to love Leaf like a daughter, he doesn’t have any ‘core values’ to speak of. He has to learn them over the course of the story.

18. How willing is your character to fight for those values? Leaf is his value, and he will fight through hell for her.

19. What is your character’s favorite food? He eats like a teenage boy, which is to say – everything is his favorite food.

20 .What is your character’s favorite color? He likes dark blues and grays, and it translates into his clothes.

21. What are your character’s sleeping preferences? He never sleeps on his side, but is always either on his back or his stomach with his arms under his head.

22. What type of music does your character like? The longer Puck is in the human world, the less he can tolerate noise. Crowded places, music blaring through the radio – all of these begin to wear on him. He prefers silence.

BONUS: Does your character have a theme song? ‘Reel Around the Sun’ by Bill Whalen embodies the spirit of Puck, so far as one can.

23. What is your character’s birthday? While he’s very old, Puck has no idea what his birthday is. Faeries don’t celebrate things like that.

24. What family structure did your character have growing up? Puck, like all faeries, had no real family structure. Faeries are left to grow up on their own as soon as they are able – and in Puck’s case, it landed him in all kinds of trouble (which is, I suppose, the reason he’s so good at getting out of it now).

25. How well did your character get along with their family? He doesn’t recall much of his family, except his mother. He recalls her as being beautiful and cold.

26. What is the worst thing your character has ever done? Puck has done many great and terrible things in his lifetime. He has ensnared, tormented, and murdered both in Oberon’s service and out of it. I think, however, if you asked him what the most terrible thing he’s ever done was, he would answer that Leaf is both his biggest pride and his biggest regret.

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27. What is the most significant romantic encounter of your character’s past? There has been no ‘true romance’ in Puck’s life. He has had his flings and encounters, but the truth is that he has no grasp on actual love until Leaf. Even then, it’s the love of a father for a daughter, but it’s the step that enables him to care for Hayley, another character who springs up in the novel.

28. What is your character’s biggest goal in life? His biggest goal at the beginning of the tale is to finally be free of Oberon’s service. His priorities shift once Leaf is dumped into his life, however.

29. What does your character believe is their greatest virtue? Puck is extremely clever and cunning; traits which enable him to have the upper hand in almost any situation.

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25. What does your character believe is his greatest vice? Puck is the last of a rare kind of faerie. His very nature thrives on chaos, on beating everyone else at their own game. This makes him an unstoppable force, but a very dangerous one.

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26. What motivates your character? His own need to feed off chaos and strife, his fear of Oberon, and his love for Leaf.

27. Is your character objective-oriented? He will do anything to accomplish his goals.

28. Would your character rather be a great person or a good person? He would rather be his own person, to belong to and know himself rather than survive as the faerie king’s amusement and hand of judgment.

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29. Would your character rather be hated for being who they are or loved for pretending to be someone else? Love has never mattered before to Puck. He is feared and treated with due caution, but once he feels love, he realizes his own fragility – a dangerous thing, on his part; as it both weakens and strengthens him.

30. Is your character an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? Puck is an ambivert; his tolerance and moods pendulum wildly, as do most faeries’.

31. Is your character creatively expressive? In a way. His treatment of others could be called ‘creative expression.’ He manipulates other people to get the result he desires, and he is an absolute master.

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32. What’s your character’s disorder? He has an almost overpowering bipolar disorder; his personality will be friendly and relaxed and the next instant he’ll be the dark shadow of himself, someone who would rather pit you in a fight against your closest friend and feed off the strife.

33. What is your character’s standard emotional state? Risky. He is (almost) never out of control emotionally, no matter the state of his personality. He’s too clever to do things without thinking, and he is never less than three steps ahead.

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34. Is your character materialistic? No, most faeries live in the moment with little thought for earthly possessions.

35. What is your character’s major learning style? He learns from experience and observation. He is always watching, assessing and learning; and he never makes the same mistake twice.

36. I am _______. How would your character complete that sentence? Insatiable.

37. Life is an act of _________. How would your character complete that sentence? Checkmate.

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Beautiful People – Ariel Blackwood

It’s been three years to the day since I registered my WordPress blog, and I think this is the longest I’ve gone without posting since then. Seriously, guys, the last time I posted was on February 5th. I’ve logged in several times with a strong desire to blog something, but my brain has been too full. Pathetic. So I therefore decided to do some more fun character thingjamags – Beautiful People! Why not?

I’ve chosen Ariel from Painkiller. He’s been well received, probably because he’s bizarre, so I thought he’d be fun to talk about.

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1. What does he look like? What are his hair and eye colour?

The first thing Callie, Painkiller’s FMC, notices about him are his eyes. They’re mist-colored; such a pale blue that his iris all but disappears at times. He has a tendency to look at people out of the corner of his eyes, or keep his head tilted down and look up at them. He doesn’t look people straight in the eye. His hair untamed and wild, a light brown with natural blond highlights. He’s well-built and compact, standing only 5’8″ and he has rather womanish features but an extremely deep voice, almost to the point of being scratchy.

 2. How old is he?

He is twenty-five.

3. What is his background?

He comes from a wealthy, socially active family and is an only child. He was always quiet, got good grades and has an IQ of 163. He was something of an outcast in school because of his intelligence and wallflower tendencies, and he was harassed and bullied frequently. He was always a little odd, but he went completely insane when he was sixteen. Since then he has been kept locked in his room and kept on a very short leash with frequent visits from doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists – none of whom help him. When he isn’t having a fit or a ‘mood,’ he is an excellent conversationalist, even quietly funny. Most of what he says comes from Shakespeare, twisted to suit his own thoughts.

4. What does he do?

He reads an enormous amount, but he doesn’t do much since he is hardly ever let out of his room.

5. Is there something he is particularly good at?

He’s intelligent enough to be good at almost anything he tries, but he doesn’t try much. He reads and has an excellent singing voice, though he doesn’t really sing, either. He plays the piano really well and excels in academics. He also designs his own jewelry online.

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6. Is there something he is afraid of?

He’s afraid of quite a few things. He’s afraid of being left alone, or small tight spaces, or pitch blackness.

7. What is his personality?  Introvert or extrovert?

He makes introverts look extroverted. He shuns contact with other people, bright light…half the time he acts like a spoiled child, the other half like the intelligent adult he is, but he is not at all sociable. Which is fine, because everyone is afraid of him anyway and if he were sociable, he would terrorize people.

8. Is he married or does he have a sweetheart?

No. He used to like a girl, before The Incident, but then he secluded himself away. He doesn’t take much of a shine to Callie at first; he views her as an intruder, but then they begin to form a rather Belle/Beast relationship.

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9. What is his favourite outfit?

His usual outfit is a sort of strange mixture between old-fashioned and mod. He likes to wear suits (of all sorts of shades; black, brown, dark blue velvet, red) and gloves (also of the aformentioned shades) but wears either v-neck shirts beneath them or none. He wears polished leather shoes and a punkish assortment of accesories. His look is sort of ‘Elegant Punk.’

10. If he had a song, what would it be?

A song…probably either Monster by Skillet, Pale by Within Temptation, or Need You To Love Me by BarlowGirl.

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Beautiful People – Unforget Edition

I’m missing Beautiful People, so I took Abigail’s idea – just ask them questions of your own, take some previous ones, mix and match. I chose to do this now because I’m fleshing out Cayne and Moon, so I thought I’d do a NaNo: Double Edition and interview them both!
 
 
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1. What does he look like?
Cayne is, at first glance, not a handsome man. Striking, but not handsome. There is something  too angular about his face, too frightening in his glance to be called such. His aura is such that people often do not see ‘the forest for the trees,’ as it were; they see the dark cloud around him and from it gain their opinion of him. Inky black hair, black eyes, and pale skin give him a graveyard appearance (though he is very much alive). He is tall and thin, but walks with a slight hunch and his head down, as if to keep from being noticed.   
 
2. How old is he?
He is twenty-seven years old.
 
3. What kind of personality does he have?  Introverted or extroverted?  Cheerful or morose?
For the past two years, since the Incident, Cayne’s personality is the opposite of what it once was. Now he is deeply introverted, constantly wary, simultaneously angry and anguished. He is unstable; if he held a gun, you would want to keep clear because the slightest thing could set him off. He will run through walls to gain what he is after, but he does not often stop to think they could be ran around, as well. On rare occasions, his former personality will peek through the clouds and you may get a smile or even a genuine, deep-throated laugh from him. He lives for himself, but he now and then it’s as if something touches him and he goes out of his way to do something gentle, even kind.
4. What animals does he like best?
He is not fond of other creatures, humans or animals. However, a sleek, black-coated cat takes a liking to him partway through the book and he ends up with a grudging fondness for the thing.
 
5. Is there something he is afraid of?
Cayne is one of those puzzling people who is, in all honesty, afraid of life. Many would mistake his rash, violent actions for fearlessness, but in truth he is afraid of the emptiness inside his own mind, his own heart. He is empty and desperate to be filled, and he believes pursuing his lost memories will do that.
 
6. If he had magic, how would it express itself? 
Without a doubt, it would be the ability to become invisible. If you asked him, he might not choose this – but if he had been born with an ability, this would be it. It would suit his current personality.
 
7. Is he musical?
He does not play any instruments, but he has a surprisingly haunting singing voice. Remember the song ‘Mist’ I posted a while back? That is Cayne’s voice.
 
8. Does he have any annoying habits?  Any habits at all?
He has a habit of not blinking for long periods of time, giving people the feeling he is staring at them. It results in very uncomfortable moments – but, Cayne is not a ‘comfortable’ person. While talking, he also has an unconscious habit of going ‘hmm’ while he’s thinking.
 
9. What sort of laugh does he have?
It’s almost more like an erratic, deep-throated giggle than an actual laugh. He also sort of hunches his shoulders, as if his subconscious is embarrassed by it. A real, loud, genuine laugh from Cayne is about as rare as a raindrop on a sunny day, but it’s worth hearing. 
 
10. How do other characters feel about him?
The officials don’t feel anything about him. They’re doing their job, hunting down a rogue asset. Moon’s feelings for him are complicated – at first, he is someone she takes pity on. Then she’s forced to stick with him out of necessity. She hates him fiercely at times, and at others loves him so hard it hurts. Topaz is both friend and comforter to him, loving him with a caring but distant sort of love.
 
Bonus Question: If they could be played by any actor, who would it be? Kang Dong-Won. Ironically, he is released from military service during November… “Sometimes, the stars simply align.”
 
 
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1. What does she look like?
Moon is petite and waifish, often mistaken as several years younger than she really is. She has a heart-shaped face, large blue eyes, and her most striking feature – her hair – is white, cut in a curving bob. When Cayne first meets her, he is under the impression she is fourteen or fifteen, and she lets him believe it until he discovers her real age. (An argument ensues. Cayne despises being lied to for any reason whatsoever).
 
2. How old is she?
She is twenty years old.
 
3. What kind of personality does he have?  Introverted or extroverted?  Cheerful or morose?
Moon is spunky and level-headed, often thinking through things where Cayne would simply rush in and in her words, ‘make a mess of everything.’ She is quick-witted which, though often a good thing, leads to cutting remarks when she is angry. She thinks through everything she does, except for what comes out of her mouth. Though you would not think it on first acquaintance, she cares for everyone – even those who drive her half-mad.
4. What animals does she like best?
Moon is fond of animals of all kinds, especially stray cats and dogs. There are not many animals to be found in the city, and the wild dogs found outside the city are best left alone.
 
5. Is there something she is afraid of?
She is terrified of losing someone she is close to. In this respect, she and Cayne are not so different – they neither of them are very willing to open themselves up to anyone else. She lost her parents at a young age and has been on her own and ‘doing just fine,’ so when Cayne is thrown into her life story she isn’t quite sure how to handle it.
 
6. If she had magic, how would it express itself? 
 
She would be an elemental, but just which element I’m not certain. She’s an eclectic mixture of personality facets, and in some moods fire would suit her better than rain.
 
7. Is she musical?
She hums, but she does not like to sing. Her humming, though, is almost incessant and drives Cayne to distraction. He’s gotten used to just covering her mouth whenever it irritates him past the point of distraction. (Granted, she smacks it away, but at least she’s quiet for a while afterward).
 
8. Does she have any annoying habits?  Any habits at all?
The aforementioned humming counts as a habit, I suppose. She also has the childish habit of sticking her tongue out at people who annoy her, even when they aren’t looking at her.
 
9. What sort of laugh does she have?
She has a quick laugh; a light giggle that often turns into a bubbly, full-out laugh. It’s contagious and once she starts, it also takes a while for her to stop.
 
10. How do other characters feel about her?
Just as her feelings for Cayne are mixed, Cayne’s feelings for her are equally confusing. At first, he sees her as an annoyance, a ‘tag-along’ he would just as soon throw to the dogs. However, her personality is infectious and sticks to him like a burr, until he softens just enough to care about her. It is certainly not ‘instant love’ on his part – he is searching for memories of his dead fiancee and is not interested in any sort of romance with anyone. However, this may change.
 
Bonus Question: If they could be played by any actor, who would it be? Oooh, an actress for Moon…this is difficult. She would probably have to be played by a teenager to have the right ‘look’ but I can’t think of one off the top of my head! (Or the bottom of it, for that matter.)