QUILL'S CHARACTERS Crown Prince Tak el-Makkaris of Ataira Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name: Tak el-Makkaris Gender: Male Age: 19 Hair Color: dusty brown Eye Color: dark blue Description: Tak is a tall, lanky young man, with an angular face and firm-set jaw. He tends to look as though he is squinting because of his poor natural vision – spells cast by the royal physician keep his eyesight sharp and make the irises glow bright, pale blue, but his eyes are still sensitive to light, hence the squinting. Personality: Tak is passive, mild-mannered, reclusive and shy of social interaction, a lone wolf who prefers figuring things out on his own when he feels like it without having to deal with the intrusions of others. He remains ignorant of the condition of the kingdom despite his destiny as its ruler and prefers reading to all other possible voluntary activities, including eating. On the pro side, he is fiercely intelligent though he likes to keep his thoughts to himself, and is somewhat of a polymath, speaking practically all known languages and capable of understanding the most complex mathematics, and yet the mere thought of having to formulate something as tremendously interpersonally challenging as communicating a short greeting containing vocabulary higher than "Hrmpf" would send him fleeing to a dragon's cave for cover.* *Tak also happens to be a ruthless perfectionist and his pet peeve in life is hyperbole ^^ History [ 1: Hunters or Hunted? ] – Tak's parents Queen Deirdre el-Aterian and King Ethalos el-Makkaris died in mysterious circumstances when he was two years old; he can't remember anything except his mother's perfume, and sometimes seeing portraits of his father hanging on the castle walls he will feel like he saw him somewhere before, but can't remember where. Any pain he feels from their disappearance is carefully bottled away and avoided as best he can. The king and queen had gone on a hunting trip one day with several courtiers, and none of them ever returned. Most people suspected some kind of ill magic, others assumed wild beasts had gotten to them, and the barest few vaguely and surreptitiously hinted at foul play, but kept too quiet for serious rumors to spread, since there was no known evidence to suggest this and anyone who posed such monstrous allegations would likely be hanged either to keep them quiet or for their impudence and spoiling the royal name. [ 2: Destiny ] – Next in line for the throne was Deirdre and Ethalos's son Tak, but he was at the tender age of two and unfit to rule at this point, so Vintallion el-Aterian, Tak's uncle and Deirdre's brother, took over as King Regent. To this day Tak remains the Crown Prince – he is to become king when he turns 20, but plans to decline the offer and formally transfer power to Vintallion because he knows too little about politics and management to run an entire country; anyway, he's too lazy to take responsibility for all the difficulties in the huge kingdom of Ataira and wants nothing more but to curl up in a dark corner with all the world's books at his feet and no intrusions. But he's about to realize that not even crown princes can always get what they want… King Regent Vintallion el-Aterian of Ataira Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name: Vintallion "Vint" el-Aterian Gender: Male Age: 49 Hair Color: dark brown Eye Color: hazel Description: Vintallion is a formidable figure, a skilled combatant with flinty brown-green eyes and long hair of burnt umber. His thick brows, square shoulders and stony gaze often intimidate those around him, yet he uses this to his advantage since he is self-absorbed, distant, unmerciful and yet despises social interaction, much like his young cousin, but out of totally different motivation. He keeps in top shape, mostly because he is paranoid that "someone" is out to get him. It is not the kind of delusions of full-blown schizophrenia, but he does have his moments of highly irrational fear. When he was younger, it was said that his smile was charming enough to melt diamond, but these days it just looks evil. Personality: Vint is lonely, aggressive, and resentful, despite being highly charismatic, though he uses this advantage purely to manipulate others. He enjoys watching people squirm and tying live rats' tails together, then placing cheese in front of each individual rodent, just out of reach, to watch them strain against each other in vain misery in their frenzy to reach the food; or, if he's in an especially foul mood, making a whole chain of tail-bound rats, then letting a bunch of alley cats in the room. This pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Vint. History [ 1: Childhood ] – Vint grew up in a very affluent, upper-class banking family who had a monopoly on trust companies and thus became grossly wealthy within the decade that Vint's father, Kaonvar, still worked on his own before hiring someone else to do the job while he spent his days eating, sleeping, drinking, whoring, hunting and partying in a variety of enormous, glamorous mansions throughout the kingdom of Ataira. He produced no less than seven children, two of which died at an early age, and all of them (two daughters and a son, Vint) of highly questionable legitimacy, especially since he went through six wives, not to mention his mistresses, too many to count. Still, all were given the family name and honors and educated finely with no expense spared, but it was only one – clearly the daughter of Kaonvar's fourth wife, as she was her spitting image – whose legitimacy was proven and who thus inherited the family business and all its wealth and property. This was Vint's sister Deirdre, kind and gentle of heart and rumored to be the fairest in the land, who generously gave large amounts of land to her two siblings: Vintallion, her senior by five years, and Tessa, six months younger and bright red of hair. Still, Vintallion never left his sister's side, always hanging over her shoulder and helping manage the family business, which he felt entitled to and cheated out of since he was technically Kaonvar's eldest. [ 2: Queen Deirdre ] – They lived like this for several years, Deirdre showing no intention to marry (though some blamed that on Vintallion's jealousy and overprotective control of her), and then scouts came passing through their province, saying that Crown Prince Ethalos had come of age and was seeking a wife. All eligible noblewomen were summoned to the royal palace, including Deirdre and her sister Tessa. Tessa and most of the others were sent away soon, as first the political advisers to the Crown and then the Prince's parents eliminated potential choices; finally the remaining women were arranged to meet the Crown Prince at a royal ball, and Deirdre, by far the fairest of them all, with hair of netted sunshine and eyes green as the wild grasses, caught Prince Ethalos's eye immediately. He courted her for a long time, and finally they were happily married and Vintallion took over the family business; within a year of marriage, Prince Tak was born, and the Atairan people rejoiced. [ 3: Disappearance ] – Then one day when Tak was two years old, Queen Deirde, King Ethalos, Princess Tessa and several other royal courtiers went on a hunting party in the nearby forest … but none of them ever returned. The loss of his family was an enormous blow to Vintallion, who was never the same after the event and grew snappy and cruel. Still, he always kept a reserved distance from Tak, disguising any hatred or envy he might have felt for him, for fear of making people believe he had killed Tak's parents and now wished the Crown Prince harm so that he might stay King Regent forever. Are these only doubts … or are they facts veiled behind two decades of lies?* * In other words: Which would make this roleplay more interesting? LAYNE'S CHARACTERS Merchant Jarrett Ka'bayne Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name: Jarrett Ka'bayne Gender: Male Age: 42 Hair Color: Reddish brown with faint hints of gray Eye Color: Hazel, leaning more towards green Description: Though he has gained some weight in his later years, Jarrett is by no means a fat man. Most of his body is muscle – though his fighting has rusted over time. His reddish-brown hair is just starting to show gray and betray his age … more than the wrinkles on his face do, anyway. He is tall and tends to stand straight, the habit of long years spent in arms training. Dark hazel eyes reflect intelligence and kindness, and he is most often seen with a smile. Personality: Ever since the loss of his wife ten years ago, Jarrett has been raising their only child alone. As such, he has been strict, but also spoiled her much more than necessary. He would do anything for his daughter and often gives her gifts even though she doesn't ask for them. His generosity is not limited to his offspring, either – he is known to be a man to open his door to a poor traveler with no other place to sleep. He's also given things away to people who truly needed them. Overall, a gentle heart who only wishes for his daughter to marry so that she may be happy and bless him with grandchildren. Nadira Ka'bayne Spoiler (Move your mouse to the spoiler area to reveal the content) Show Spoiler Hide Spoiler Name: Nadira Ka'bayne Gender: Female Age: 18 Hair Color: blonde Eye Color: slate gray Description: At first glance, her body is that of a typical, slender woman. Curves in the right places, a little on the short side, and decently sized in the breast area though not overly blessed. However, beneath the flowing dresses and robes, her body is very toned. She carries more muscle than she betrays, and is extremely flexible – which has given her an accidental grace. Her pale skin and fair hair compliment the riches colors that she prefers to wear – purples and blues being her favorite. Personality: Around her father, Nadira is an entirely different person than when he's not around. With him, she is quiet – and usually bored out of her mind. She observes polite manners and does as she's bid, making him think that she is excellent wife material. However, she never hesitates to tell him that she isn't ready for marriage and that she's going to cry if he pushes another boy on her. When she's away from him, she is much more lively. She enjoys reading and playing with small children, but her secret hobby is archery. It keeps her in shape, and she loves challenging the boys when she travels with her father to new places. What she longs for the most is adventure, not the presents she keeps getting showered.