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#5773706 Mar 10, 2012 at 01:41 AM · Edited over 6 years ago
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Here's a neat challenge I found! Originally it was an art challenge, but I thought the questions would be great for a little guild character excessive/brainstorming. Take your time, skip around, food for thought...!

1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?
2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?
3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the Kinsey Scale?
6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
8.) What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
9.) Who does your character trust?
10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times?
13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?
14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?
17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
21.) What would your character’s cutie mark be?
22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
23.) Is your character superstitious?
24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
25.)Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
26.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
27.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
28.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
29.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
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#5773766 Mar 10, 2012 at 02:19 AM · Edited over 6 years ago
KIA
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I'll do a few for Roulette:

1: *insert Batman joke here* ROU'S PARENTS ARE- ahem, yeah, Rou's relationship with her parents was complicated. She was spoiled and pampered and pressured. In the end she ended up on the receiving end of Kneebasher Loan Sharks instead of running them, a black sheep. There was resentment on both sides due to Rou's eccentricities and independence. They didn't make it off Kezan.

2) You tell me? I want to say eyes and smile. Maybe hair. She has a manicness about her in these features.

3) Her fingertips have had their fingerprints burned off. Not on purpose though. That happened the day she scalded off her eyebrows and learned how much fun Conflagrate is!

4) Oh yeah, Rou is totally vain. Outfits, hair, make-up... She thinks she ain't half bad! She doesn't think she's really ridiculously good looking model material, but she likes what she sees.

5) I'm... not sure. She seems to lean toward males but I think it depends. Ethereals are her favorites, is determined to make one hers, and she doesn't care how their genders work or anything. However she also crushes on Gidwin Goldbraids, likes Troll accents, and thinks female Orcs are cute. So .... yeah, I dunno.

6) Rou refuses to believe she's had a happiest moment yet. Don't get me wrong, she's had a lot of good ones! Just holding out on naming anything the happiest.

9) She, herself, and her. Polite optimism is one thing, trust is quite another!

10) When the Kneebashers decided to collect on her debts was a big turning point/growing up moment for Rou. Kezan sinking and Gallywix's BS was another.

11) I think Roulette is what could happen if Hammy and Stella from Over the Hedge had a baby. So... Skuqirrel? Huh.... now I'm really wondering about her parents... O_o

12) Rou is not a techy Goblin. She can use things without reading the instructions, but she can't tinker or make it herself. That's what gold is for!

13) Sprawled everywhere! It's a mess. And she never makes the bed either, that's what room service is for.

14) Rou's not a big fan of cold. She takes the heat just fine though!

That'll do for now, will pick up on this later :P

edit: apologies for the excessive commas, apparently a comma bomb was dropped around here somewhere and what you're seeing is shrapnel.
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#5775952 Mar 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
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Omg, thank you for posting this! This will be awesome to do for all my characters to flesh them out; what a neat exercise. I don't know if anyone will want to read this, but here's Pipette's:

1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?
Pipette never knew her father - he was a drunkard and a Pirate, who left a couple weeks before Pi was even born. (I say a couple weeks because I know nothing about Goblin gestation cycles... I think they're warm-blooded?) Pipette didn't like her mother very much when she was younger, because she would force Pi to take Engineering lessons, something the young Rogue thought was incredibly boring. However, she started to appreciate her mother more as she matured, eventually saving her from slavery on the Lost Isles. (Although unlike the beginning quests, her mother is the only one she manages to free.) Now, she visits and writes to her mother often for Engineering tips!

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?
That would definitely be Pipette's crazy, shiny, ragamuffin hair. It's so blonde it shines like a beacon, and so messy that it could be harboring several small critters in it at any given time...

3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
Being a working Goblin, Pipette has many scars. Her favorite is a narrow, long scar along the back of her right thigh - this one is the remnant of a sword wound, and is a reminder of the first fight she ever won. She was still in diapers, and the other Goblin fared much worse than just a simple scar...

4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
Pipette does not invest a lot of energy into looking particularly attractive, but she does have the sort of mentality of a young adult in that she always wants to look "cool," hence the small animal skull she keeps pinned to her fringe. Despite her yellowing teeth and nails, Pipette certainly doesn't think of herself as unattractive, however, she is usually consumed too much with escaping from an angry shopkeep that she has just robbed, or tinkering with her latest moneymaking Engineering scheme.

5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the Kinsey Scale?
I would say that Pipette's around a 2. She prefers a nice, muscular Goblin male (and has a thing for beards), but she's been known to fool around with females as well. However, romance is not really Pipette's number one priority, and she is still slightly awkward in romantic situations, which can either be cute or just plain frustrating.

6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
This is a hard one! I think Pipette's happiest memory so far is when she finished building her first motor-trike, Bessy. She'd worked on it for quite some time and though she now prefers to trot around on a tamed wolf, she takes ol' Bessy for a joy ride proudly on occasion.

7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
Though she's usually pretty happy and jovial, sometimes Pi blames herself for her father leaving her mother. Though it isn't quite her past, Pipette wishes she would have been able to meet the pirate at least once, and believes her mother may have been happier with him around.

8.) What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
Extra-super-intense dark chocolate fudge! Green, like her skin and her money. Not sure about songs, but she wants to be a backup singer for the L90ETC someday. And, of course, her favorite flower/weed is a Thistle!

9.) Who does your character trust?
Pipette can be hasty and overzealous, almost to the point of naïveté. Despite being a troublemaker and a thief, she is often quite honest, and expects (perhaps incorrectly) the same from others in return.

10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
I'd say the biggest turning point in Pipette's life would be when she was caught causing trouble in Orgrimmar and sentenced to community service, including volunteerwork for Mida Silvertongue. This made Pi realize that helping other people instead of herself really wasn't so bad after all, as long as she can get a bit of compensation...

11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
Pipette has the sly mind of a fox, but it is mixed with the grace of an elephant - which is why she tends to stick to more in-your-face jobs as opposed to the finesse of a spy or assassin.

12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times?
Pipette is amazing with technology - when it is her own. She can make many different devices, but when she is faced with someone else's creation, she often uses it incorrectly, sometimes breaking it in the process! In fact, she is in the process of developing her very own Goblin all-in-one gadget belt so she can use it more easily.

13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?
Pi sleeps on her stomach in a nest of many pillows, blankets, stuffed toys (but don't tell her I told you that), and miscellaneous nuts, bolts, and gears. She sleeps as soundly as a bear in hibernation and always, without exception, snores.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
Pipette loves the sun, but often gets grumpy in temperatures below balmy. Don't tell her she'll have to go to Northrend soon.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
Despite most crime happening at night, Pipette lives for mornings. She wakes up at the crack of dawn and always eats a breakfast the size of her own body.

16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?
I'd never really thought about this before! I'm tempted to just say that the rest of her family never made it off of Kezan, but I may come back to this facet of Pi's past and think of something better.

17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
As you might expect, Pipette's workspace looks a mess to an onlooker. However, she has a precise place for everything, and is one of those people who can only find something when their room is messy.

18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
Pipette's just learning to cook. She is not very proficient yet, and her stove often catches on fire (see question 12). Her favorite meal is chocolate cake, but she also loves breakfast food - a side of boar, a loaf of bread, and a couple of giant plainstrider eggs make her a very happy Goblin.

19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
For everyday travel, Pipette rides a brown wolf named Gizmo. However, for joyrides, she gets around in Bessy, her trike, which she built herself. (See question 6)

20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
Pipette is really creeped out by seahorses. She had a toy sea pony when she was small, and it always creeped her out, with its lifeless stare and pasted on smile....

21.) What would your character’s cutie mark be?
I'm not really up on the MLP lingo so I have no idea if this is a good answer, but a little gear and a thistle flower would be adorable~

22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
Pi firmly believes that time travel is best left to dragons and Gnomes. In fact, it freaks her out a bit.

23.) Is your character superstitious?
Pipette is superstitious in the way that a sailor is superstitious, but to a lesser extent - she has strange superstitions such as her daggers having to go in a certain place when she sleeps, a morning feasting ritual, and other things. I guess she is more obsessive-compulsive than superstitious!

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
Fit, fast-talking, and free-spirited.

25.)Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
Chocolate. Tobacco. Her leather bandana. Hot chocolate. Summer or spring. Noblegarden (hello, all that chocolate!).

26.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
I'll have to get back to this one - I haven't really thought about it before.

27.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
I know this question refers to music, but all I can think of now is Pipette in a silly little genre painting scene milking a cow or pickpocketing a noble, hahaha! (click me) To answer the question, though, probably early punk music.

28.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
I always like to imagine that Pipette smells of unpleasant things that together smell comforting and not unpleasant at all - tobacco, dust, and strange herbs.

29.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
I'm gonna hold off on this one, too, because I wanna come up with something really good!
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#5780172 Mar 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
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Awesome Pip!!
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#5797040 Mar 14, 2012 at 05:32 PM
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1.) Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?
Snuffit was spoiled rotten, although she clashed with her mother on the idea of settling down with one of her greasy suitors and the pressure to become a gold digger, and over her decision to run away to become a priestess (which later saved her life during the events in the Lost Isles). She never knew her father. Higgle had a great relationship with her dad and was bumped to the front of the line of all the children inheritance wise because of her practical head, and was on good terms with her mother.

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?
Snuffit's cute little nose and distinguished chin! (If you call her chin large, don't expect to be healed). For Higgle, her ever-scowling eyebrows.

3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
Snuffit has fading scars around her arms from fending off Raptors and the like on the lost isles. She has since learned healing abilities specifically to heal cuts in a way that doesn't leave scars. Higgle has a sharp one across her shoulder and down her arm where someone tried to stab her in Northrend to take over her mining operation. He was subsequently shot out of a cannon.

4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
Snuffit? Very. Whoo boy, is she vain. New clothes, hair styles, hair colors and everything every week to keep up with the latest fashions and/or her moods. She thinks she is the most beautiful goblin lady ever. Higgle doesn't care as long as she looks business good, though she is fairly attractive (if a bit severe and unmovable) looking.

5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the Kinsey Scale?
Snuffit is about a 1, although she is incredibly picky and she thinks the taller races are dreamy~. Higgle thinks she is a idiot, and ranks about a 3 or 4 while preferring the company of other Goblins.

6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
Snuffit's would be using her acquired abilities in the Light in the final battle on the Lost Isles. To her, that is where she felt her life clicked together and her thirst for adventure became complete. Higgle's was sitting on her father's knee learning how to run a business.

7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
For Snuffit, not really. In some ways she is too self-invested to care too much about her family and some of her friends and what happened to them, and everything in her life is just fun and part of the big adventure. Higgle would like it if her father never died.

8.) What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
Snuffit - Vanilla! Higgle - Rocky Road.

9.) Who does your character trust?
Snuffit and Higgle trust everyone equally- which is to say Snuffit trusts everyone (within reason) and trusts herself to be able to get out of messes, where Higgle trusts no one except some family and maybe Mida. The jury is still out.

10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
For Snuffit it was on the Lost Isles where she learned that yes, she could smash obstacles and take care of herself out in the wild and have all the adventure she ever wanted. For Higgle it would be when she was offered the position in Mida's pofit making section of her supporters.

11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
Snuffit- Sugar glider or Chihuahua. Higgle - English Bull Dog.

12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times?
Snuffit stays up-to-date, whereas Higgle has to know the latest everything.

13.) What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?
Snuffit- thrown everywhere. Higgle- Barely looks like she slept in it at all.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

Snuffit groans about it but it actually doesn't affect her that much, whereas Higgle is very sensitive to temperature change but keeps her mouth shut.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
Snuffit is a early to bed and early to rise kinda gal, where Higgle is a early riser and a night owl, but at both times she is equally grumpy.

16.) Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?
Higgle and Snuffit are BFFs in their own way. They bonded on the Lost Isles and have since stuck closely to one another, Higgle being dragged into all this Mida business because of Snuffit's insistence.

17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
Both are actually very neat.

18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
Both are horrible cooks, but Snuffit loves Souffles and Higgle loves lobster.

19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
Snuffit loves her Silvermoon bird, where Higgle loves Zepplins.

20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
Snuffit is constantly afraid that she messed her hair up the last time she had it 'did' (one of the reasons she often changes it), while Higgle is only afraid of things that she thinks are worthy to be afraid of.

21.) What would your character’s cutie mark be?
Snuffit - A Cloud with stars falling from it, all the stars with smiley faces. Higgle - a rock with a dollar sign.

22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
Snuffit would never be able to decide, because she would want to go EVERYWHERE, EVERYTIME, ALWAYS. Higgle would just go to the beginning of Kezan so she could get in on the good business and perhaps have become a trade prince, even if it would be too much annoying work.

23.) Is your character superstitious?
Nope, neither are.

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
Snuffit- Tall, suave, and adventurous. Oh, and clean. Higgle: Practical and kinda cute. She doesn't think too much about it.

25.)Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
Snuffit: Vanilla Pudding, Cheating at cards, her priestess outfit, hot chocolate, spring, Christmas (gifts and Christmas spirit!).
Higgle: Devil's food cake, abusing her stress ball, her business suit, black coffee, fall, Christmas (money.).

26.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
Snuffit: "1999" by Prince, for when she was on Kezan. It highlights her party attitude but the feeling that her life wasn't exactly sustainable, and then when Deathwing came it kicked everything into gear. The second would be "Everyday is a Winding Road" by Sheryl Crow, which is how she feels about life as it is. She is excited about the world at large and exploring it, but still kinda searching for philosophy and meaning (though not being incredibly super serious about it).

Higgle: "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles, because she worked herself to her bone mostly by herself while Snuffit was the only one to drag her out of things after Higgle's father died. Back on Kezan, she was taciturn and great at business, but wasn't exactly a party person. The second would be "Roll Away Your Stone" by Mumford and Sons, which would be life learning the depths of Shaminism and figuring out the greater spiritual nature of the world of Azeroth while rubbing against her new friends and the people around her. Skeptical, but with moments of 'wow'.

27.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
Snuffit: Romantic Comedy, just waiting for the romance.
Higgle: Suspense.

28.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
Both wear perfume, Snuffit using flower based scents where Higgle prefers scents more like 'brown sugar' or 'molasses' kinda smells.

29.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.

Dear Snuffit,

Girl, you are amazing and fierce. Kisses!

Keep being awesome,

Me

Dear Higgle,

Lighten up a bit, but not too much. Someone needs to keep a level head around here to keep things from blowing up (more than they already are). Oh, and don't worry, Snuffit won't end up killing herself through wanderlust anytime soon.

Chill,

Me
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#5866841 Mar 28, 2012 at 02:56 AM · Edited over 6 years ago
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1.)Ahh Gaz had a rather ignored childhood, his parents and most of his siblings were of the magic persuasion and as the talentless child he was left to his own devices, little ACTUAL education besides being able to read, which did lead to learning though random topics depending on what books he found lying around. As the ignored one he got to spend a lot of time wandering the slums and other places ( Bars, Brothels, the occasional crime meeting if he could open the window quietly enough) and developed a rather sneaky persuasion.

2.) His tattoo that is usually covered by his sleeve, its a rather well done picture of a cartoon Goblin in a top hat with the slogan underneath "What? Me Greedy?!" ( to which the answer is always yes, yes you are greedy)

3.) Scars along his arms and various other limbs from things like shrapnel fragments and gunpowder burns.

4.) He made up a song about his own attractiveness, you judge.

5.) 0...for now.

6.) Probably would have to be the day that he first got to fly, flying machine, zeppelin, he cant recall properly ( as he was a kid) but he remembers that he loved it.

7.) Coming back from his mercenary work in Outland, after a long time fighting demons he comes home and while his family greets him rather nicely from the large stash he sent back that he had found he spies that a few of his siblings ( and his father) had become one of the demon folk, it gets a bit fuzzy there but he wakes up in the Bilgewater Asylum for the poor ( sent by his pissed off, now widow mother) where he would remain until the cataclysm.

8.) He doesnt like Ice cream that much, he's more into the savory foods, Purple, Eh HA! Flowers..

9.) A small select few people which includes a Tauren, two female Elves, his 'selected brother and sister' ( REALLY long story that involves getting drunk in SMC and running around to find a new family..) and a couple of Goblins though he hasnt been in touch much with other Movement members in a while so...he doesnt know what to think about them anymore except that they probably would have the power to end him if they wanted.

10.) Said coming home from Outland, arriving in Orgrimmar to side with the Horde ( who he fought for in Outland) and the point he eventually said to himself "Fuck this shit, I'm gonna go turn Silvermoon into my personal vice city" ( which he is doing...)

11.) An animal smart enough to know when to run away...

12.) Jury rigger to the EXTREME!!!. One of his pride and joys is his 'pile' in Bilgewater Harbour near his labs ( where his selected brother now resides) which is a junk heap of all his half finished or finished and now boring inventions that he then rips apart to use in OTHER things.

13.) He passes out a lot in random places, parks, deserts, onboard a zeppelin on its way to various places ( thats how he's going to get to Pandaria!)

14.) Loves cold, pretty pissed off when it gets hot.

15.) Night owl definatly.

16.)Selected Bro and Sis and an Elf, everyone else is meh.

17.) Messy as a pig.

18.) He eats what he eats what he eats.

19.) Airtravel.

20.) Still pretty nervous around demons but he's to careless to be afraid of much else.

21.) Big old jug of firewater with a nice, busty woman snaked around it.

22.) He would dick around in the past and screw with shit for fun ( "Hey Garona, I know you're meant to go assasinate the king right bow but...LOL" * stab in the back and run off giggling* )

23.) He has three major beliefs. One- nothing is destined and two- One in a million chances happen nine times out of ten and three- if you cant talk your way out of something you're doing it wrong.

24.) Booze, boobs and a lack of common sense ( his favourite game is after all chasey...with pissed off Orcs chasing him around to see if he's quick enough to avoid them)

25.)Ribs, glorious ribs, Every. Single One, Meh, Slammers, He doesnt really keep track..

26.) Feel Good Inc by the Gorillaz for the here and now time for Gazzy, because its somewhat dark, twisted and yet strangely enjoyable.
When he was first in Orgrimmar after the cataclysm...Sole Survivor by BOC, because thats how he saw the few Goblins that got off the island with him, the sole survivors.

27.) The freaky ass shows you see on at 2 in the morning...

28.) Sweat, fear and enjoyment.

29.) Dear Gaz. Please never stop being the lovable, crazy asshole that you are, also, for the love of freaking god stop hitting on bartenders.


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#6161738 May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
KIA
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I've been working on this about one question a day for a while now and finally finished it. Here we go!

1. Brumley adored his mother. She was probably the only person he’s been… not entirely cold or fake towards (I almost said “close,” but even with her he was still a bit standoffish). The problem is that she died when Brumley was still rather young – sometime in his early teens to be exact. It wasn’t any sort of grand death; just a steady poisoning from the heavily-polluted land. For a goblin, she lived a decently long life I suppose – probably the equivalent to someone in their early fifties. Basically what I’m trying to say is that it wasn’t too emotionally devastating for Brumley; he saw it coming from a long ways away. It certainly didn’t help his already cold, distant nature, though. It did, however, leave him an orphan. Ever-pragmatic, he didn’t let his mother’s death slow him down. He knew as an orphan in Bilgewater Port he couldn’t spare it. He’s made his peace with his mother “abandoning” him from a psychological perspective, but the same cannot be said for his father. His father left when he was even younger, just a child. He barely has any significant memories of him. All he knows is that he was a moderately successful and famous fortune teller that up and left town without so much as a goodbye the moment his reputation started to sour even a little bit. It wasn’t sour enough to scare a businessman out of town, so to this day exactly why he skipped town is a bit of a mystery to Brumley. Regardless, despite his mother dying after that, Brumley puts blame for his orphan years on his father, and not his mother.

2. Probably just his general appearance – he looks a lot older than he actually is. He has an older brother but he’s constantly mistaken to be the oldest, and once even as the father!

3. Uh… pass

4. The only aspect of appearance Brumley focuses on is wardrobe. He’s always concerned about what looks better for certain situations – a robe, or a green formal suit? A tuxedo perhaps? Or maybe all black? It’s almost instinctual for him to not worry too much about personal hygiene, having lived a great portion of his life on the streets, but he makes sure to be tolerable if he ever has to speak publicly. His hair is usually pretty messy and greasy.

5. Probably about 0.5. I don’t want to say zero because no one is really a zero, but Brumley hardly cares to think about women; he KNOWS he doesn’t care about men.

6. I can’t be specific, but it was probably a general time in his life. Heck, Brumley probably barely remembers it he was so young, but there was one time in his life where his entire family was still at home. It was him, his mother, his father, his older sister Zarves, older brother Barwin, and newborn baby sister Plumley. Zarves was preparing to leave the house, though, and move closer to her University to study microbiology and genetics. Barwin was already going on and on about how he wanted to leave and explore the islands surrounding Kezan to study the animal life there. His father’s business was at its peak. The world was “right.” It was either this general, vague memory of his, or that time he found ten whole gold in a trash can as an orphan. It was beautiful.

7. That he did? Not in particular. Others? Maybe his dad… just in general, he’d like to erase his dad, but not with malice – just indifference and apathy for his role in his life compared to the pain he brought. Specifically, when his dad returned to Bilgewater Port some weeks before the Cataclysm, a mad hobo spouting absolute gibberish. Brumley actively worked to avoid him at all costs, but he did see him in this state. Ever since then, Brumley fears going insane like his dad did.

8. I’d say something fruity, maybe sherbet. For color, I’d say orange or yellow-goldish. “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof. Dandelions… the poor man’s flower… THEY DO TO COUNT AS A FLOWER!

9. He trusts his baby sister Plumley, for what it’s worth (she’s mentally unstable). She’s probably the one he should trust least of his siblings. Despite him leaving when Brumley was young, he has a certain degree of trust in his older brother Barwin too. Ever since he started working for Mida, he’s really trusting of her and Kazit, but not Niff, and certainly not Janx.

10. Oh boy, where to start. First was his fourth sibling being stillborn. It’s the only thing Brumley’s ever been able to associate with his father leaving, even if he still doesn’t understand why, because they happened relatively at the same time. A young Brumley held a lot more stock and reverence for his older brother Barwin, so when he left to go on his voyage of the Lost Isles Brumley was left “the man of the house,” as they say. Then his mother died, leaving him an orphan for years. Then his father came back and turned out to have gone insane. Then, oh yeah, the Cataclysm. The rest, as they say, is history.

11. Weasel or rat, for traditional reasons.

12. Brumley’s pretty far behind, but not hopelessly so. He just tends to avoid it because he doesn’t see the need.

13. Brumley could sleep on a concrete block if he had to, which he has done several time in his life with no covers. In the slums, he’s got a tiny shack with a small cot, old blanket and little white pillow. For him, that’s a luxurious king-sized bed, and all he really needs. He’ll usually wake up with the blanket more tightly clutched to him and his feet poking out the bottom.

14. He can tolerate heat much more easily than cold, but neither are debilitating for him. His mind is so used to be focused on survival and pragmatic matters he tends not to notice.

15. He’s much more of an early bird. The adage of the early bird gets the worm turned out to be true when you’re an orphan on Kezan, so he got used to waking up and beating the crowds to the dumpsters.

16. Brumley has been getting a little closer to his sister-in-law Frammit ever since she started working for the Boss too. She’s very task-oriented and has an almost military sense of discipline and order. The two get along well in one of those “don’t talk to me and just let me get the work done” sense, so there’s little socializing, but when they work together they do a damn good job they’re so focused on it.

17. Books are everywhere. Apparently being a bibliophile is genetic in his family, because his little sister Plumley had quite the collection on Kezan before she had to abandon it. Now Brumley is building his own, but he’s more selective of content, like encyclopedias, guides, philosophic and religious texts, reference material; you know, just about anything he could use to boost his understanding of the world and the cultures within it to help his business. He doesn’t really have a system of organization so it’s quite messy, with towers of books threatening to fall over at a moment’s notice. It doesn’t help that if Brumley needs a book in the middle of a stack he just yanks it out like a game of Jenga, causing the tower to topple. He’s got a (very small) desk, but it’s amazingly empty. He’s got a little green mat on it, a lamp, and a pen or two usually lying about, as well as drawers full of parchment and more pens. His cot is in the same room because his shack is just a one-room house.

18. Brumley’s barely cooked a day in his life. He prefers on-the-go food just because he doesn’t want to waste time cooking or eating. He’s the kind of person that would be content eating grass. He leans towards sandwiches, as even microwave stuff… well, requires a microwave! He wants something he can throw together with his hands. He does dream, though, of making Ogrimmar’s biggest Dagwood sandwich (for those of you that don’t know, a Dagwood is a sandwich ridiculously tall with endless different types of meat, cheese, and other filling).

19. By foot. He doesn’t like personal transportation or mounts, and he’s okay with large public transit like zeppelins. He tends not to like boats though, both for the obvious bad history with them, and because he’s somewhat prone to sea sickness.

20. If you call the fear of insanity or losing your mind irrational, then yes.

21. What the heck is a cutie mark? *Looks it up online* … Oh jesus. Brumley’s would probably just be an angry scribble.

22. Probably back only ten years or so to see where the hell his dad went when he left them and what happened to him so he can put to rest his fears of it happening to him.

23. Very good question for Brumley; does he believe the bullshit he’s selling? A majority of the time, no. Going into the business though, seeing other people’s reactions to spirituality, getting neck-deep in holy literature, and recent events in his life so outlandish he never could have guessed they would happen to him do have him thinking more about it though. He keeps it deep inside and shares it with no one, as he fears growing too attached to a single ideology. Usually when the question comes up in his head he just dismisses and suppresses it deeper into his subconscious.

24. Hard-working, relatively rich (but not too rich, as Brumley is a realist when it comes to money and knows an ultra wealthy goblin would have no interest in him), and willing to give him his space. Nothing would make him happier than to just sit silently in the same room as her, not even looking at one another, as they work on their own projects.

25. Deli meat straight out of the package. When there are entire empty packages of sliced ham on the floor of his shack, with no sign of consumed bread, you know he’s stressed out. Workaholism and emotional manipulation of others. His orange and gold robe with the For Her Tallest tabard. Water (it’s about the only thing he drinks, even if it’s warm water). Probably summer, from his childhood, because during the summer he could sleep just about anywhere without getting too cold or wet. As for Holiday it’s inarguably children’s week. He heard rumors as a little kid that the Horde and Alliance celebrated holidays dedicated to orphans and dreamed endlessly about what a holiday must be like. Now as an adult, it’s the one holiday he cares about passionately, as he has a soft spot for orphans (though he’d never admit it to anyone!)

26. “The Clockyard” by Abney Park. This song is basically Brumley’s entire childhood, and eventual transition to an adult, as a homeless orphan. The entire time he was focused on survival, staying out of the way of everyone and everything, daydreaming of finally getting himself out of the mess he was in. The Cataclysm wasn’t exactly what he was looking for, or what he ever would have dreamed did it, but he was willing to take it when opportunity presented itself (even though he had no real choice in the matter). The mentioning of the “old man in the clockyard” even somewhat parallels Brumley seeing his father return to Bilgewater Port for a short time. The second song was the one I listed earlier, “If I Were a Rich Man” from Fiddler on the Roof. This is where he is now in his life, trying to make a living off sacraments and religious and spiritual artifacts and consoling. He’s developed an interest in the world’s cultures, now feeling somehow closer to them after leaving Kezan, which is reflected well in Tevye’s words of the song, especially given it's religious twist.

27. A self-help, how-to-get-rich-quick book that actually doesn’t tell you how to get rich quickly.

28. Brumley uses the absolute minimum for hygiene. He’s very non-odiferous. His hair may stink from time to time, but that’s only if you stick your nose right in it.

29. See below

Dear Brumley,

First of all, I’m sorry I don’t work with you nearly as much as I should. My own life has been busy, kind of like yours; I’m just trying to get by in this world. I know you’re trying to find a certain understanding of the world and what lies beyond it, both for your business and yourself, which I can respect, but do you think you could be a little more sociable for me? I mean, you’re always buried in your books, and almost always that same damn book you found on the Lost Isles. I managed to get you an apprentice now, even if he doesn’t have a name yet; use him to take care of your grunt work now and actually go out and do stuff, huh? I also know you’re trying to figure out your own personal beliefs too. There’s no good in trying to lie to me about it; I’m in your head as much as you are in mine. Hopefully I can help you figure those out soon. A project I’ll soon be starting in real life will likely help with that a lot as I finally sit down and write out my own beliefs. It’ll probably give me better perspective on how to create yours. Anyway though, from one survivor to another, hang in there!

- Me
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