Hello members of the BA! Welcome to the Character of the Moment (or CotM) thread, in which we, the council, delegate and select one of the many incredible characters which exist here and highlight them for the moment.
We will examine some of the roleplays this character has participated in and some of the interesting things that make them so influential to the BA as a whole. We will then go on to share some of what we think makes this character so awesome in hope that it fosters expansion and friendship outside of normal peer groups.
Please note that if your character is not chosen, this does not mean that you are a bad writer or we have not taken notice of your character, but there are a plethora of incredible profiles to choose from, so you never know if you may be next! As of now there is not a set time for how long a CotM is highlighted before a new one is selected, but this may be subject to change in the future. Keep checking back to see if you or someone you know (or better yet don’t!) could be next!
Today we are profiling one of the characters of Paphal's repertoire: Ithil Quel. Ehtheel? Eyethil? Queel? I have no idea how to pronounce that, but already it shows she's got a different and interesting name choice.
Now, Ithil is an Elf, that already makes her better then you and I haven't even told you how awesome she is yet. And trust me she's very awesome. What? You want to know HOW awesome? Well for one thing she's dating a Dragon, that’s how bloody awesome she is. And that's only one thing, I have more, read on!
Seriously though, Ithil is a well-developed character that avoids most of the obvious pitfalls that one would expect from an elf background. It is unfortunately very common for female warriors in any setting to be personified only by their martial prowess, and end up having no personality to speak of save 'she can totally kick your butt'. Ithil stands apart in that she is both a badass female warrior with an actual personality that cannot properly be summed up in a single pithy sentence. It is developed through her actions as thought-provoking and real. Not only that, but when you read her RP's (Into a Dragon's Heart is a good example) you can actually feel for the character in a way few RP characters can emulate.
Ithil may be a fairly new character, with few RP's under her belt, but she is quickly showing her strength. She's a three dimensional character with a wealth of personality, flavor and potential and is also pretty badass. Throw those things into a blender, add a dash of sarcasm and stir readily and you have yourself the formula for a truly unique character that defies expectations. We all hope you take the time to read some of her RPs or better yet, start one with her yourself, to get to know Ithil and her awesomeness personally!
But yeah, Ithil's a great character! I honestly expected someone like Cadenza or Zorlo to get the first CotM, but this is awesome. :]
No Councilors' characters are going to be picked, and Zorlo is kind of inactive these days. The idea is to choose newer/lesser-known characters for people to learn about and appreciate, not ones they're already probably familiar with.
It's 'Loo', like the 'Lou' in 'Louis', and 'eece' like the 'eace' in 'peace'. Loo-eece.
Loo-eece isn't what one would call normal. The guy, even on first impression, doesn't seem to belong in the realm of the real. Half of his head is missing its hair, while the rest is covered in long, curly locks. Upon closer examination, the corners of his mouth seem to curl just a little too much, and his irises are triangular instead of round. Pointed ears and pasty white skin should be enough to tell even the most delusional individual that this man doesn't come from our world.
You'd think this guy would have problems with the way he looks, but no. He loves his appearance. Heck, he seems to love every aspect about himself. Calling him an ego-maniac would be an understatement. To put things in perspective, the guy's most prized possession is a hand-mirror, one that he would betray his best friends in order to protect. Is there a deeper reasoning behind his love for this trinket, or is it just that he simply loves what he sees in the reflection?
Among his other favorite toys is a sword named Amor and a claw-foot bathtub named Susan. This isn't any normal claw-foot tub, mind you. This tub... can travel to other dimensions! While yes, that might sound amazing, Loo-eece actually has no idea how it works. As a result, he's lost the way back home. Now he seeks to find a way to return to it.
Overall, I simply love this character. If you've read any of my characters you can clearly see why. In a way, I'm a little jealous that I didn't think of it first, but truthfully I don't think I could have. There's a lot of imagination behind this guy, and though he's only been in one RP so far, he's a great addition to the Battle Arena universe. Self-centered, beautiful, and slightly incompetent, there's no reason NOT to love this selfish prude.
Oh my goodness! Wow, I'm honored. Thank you so much for choosing Loo-eece as CotM! When I began to work on him, everyone was telling me that he'd be a bad character to work with. I'm so pleased to see that he's actually likeable. I don't know what else to say. You've all welcomed me incredibly. Thank you.
“Oh, you’re making a face? I didn’t realize my attentions nauseated you so. I just assumed you had a homely look to you.”
~ Ool, in the Undesirables.
Ool D’Eurts. Figures a drow would have such a difficult last name, but I’ve seen harder ones to pronounce. But more interesting is the first name of this character. “Ool” which on one occasion Dakine told me that his name was anagram for “out of luck.”
Out of luck is one phrase that seems to fit this character completely. He was born and raised in drow society. What and who are the drow? They are a type of dark elf, more well known in Dungeons and Dragons. The drow are considered a particularly evil race of elves. How evil or how inherently evil they are depends on the source. However, Dakine’s character comes from dark elves who would claim they simply have a value system that differs from those of other elves and humans. Indeed, they are not simply born “evil” but raised within a specific culture. This is important in understanding the intricate aspects of this particular character which makes him so defined and developed.
The main rule in drow society is: don’t get caught. Their goddess is a spider queen called Lolth, who prizes cunning and cleverness as virtues and mercy and kindness as vices. Their world is a struggle of superiority and inferiority, power and control in order to reach the top of their hierarchy or at least as far as you can manage to get before someone else kills you for your position.
In this game of survival of the fittest, Ool is at the bottom of the barrel. This is due to the fact that he was born color blind, which interferes with his ability to see comfortably and well in the drow’s special infrared vision. This already marks him as inferior, the shallowest end of the good breeding gene pool. As if to mark him for his colorblindness, his eyes are a pale, golden amber. Drow typically deem one of good breeding (for males) if they are tall, well muscled, have rich red colored eyes, and no disabilities of any kind.
Ool has none of these things.
He is shorter than usual, thin and nearly emaciated. All nobles are required at some point to survive a certain school for training in combat and melee. Ool did indeed survive this school, though not as the top of his class but nearer toward the bottom. It was most likely out of his wit, which he would need a lot of to survive drow society with his inherent physical weaknesses and deficiencies.
Ool was born in a noble house, meaning he is part of the elite group in drow society. Each noble house is ranked by number, and his was about 5th in the underdark city of Jabar'olath (this is considered rather high in rank). Ool was born as First Boy. However, due to the fact that he was considered genetically inferior, Ool has been hidden way, closer to the slave’s quarters of his noble house. His hair is cut short, despite his initial high status as a noble. His matron mother keeps him hidden way from view. In spite of his inferior aspects, Ool still has his place in his house as a very fine artist and stone carver. He makes sculptures, often for temples dedicated to Lolth (not that he much enjoys making these pieces). He is also very good at potion crafting. Part of what enables him to defend himself in more underhanded means.
Ool is a colorful and well rounded character. He is definitely not your conventional hero, but nor is he a conventional villain. He wanders almost absentmindedly in the gray areas of morality. Ool is quirky and unusual, having been rather isolated for the majority of his life. One could call him socially awkward. He can make others uncomfortable and relish it, or simply not notice his mannerisms might be strange. He attempts be prideful while nursing an inferiority complex given to him by his family and his society. He has a sharp tongue that can deliver quick jabbing insults or scathing sarcasm, which he tends to do even if he doesn’t mean to. As expected of a drow, he does not like to show his weaknesses or vulnerability to others who could always possibly be an enemy in his eyes, for drow are always paranoid. He has also become rather addicted to the drugs he manufactures, partly due to the fact that he had no one else but himself to test them on. Of course, the drugs also offered a blissful escape from the reality of his life and his isolation. Thus, Ool is a faithful addict who is not shy about it. It also seems to contribute to his malnutrition, as the drugs seems to make Ool dislike the consistency of food or simply enable him to not feel hunger and forget to eat.
It seemed Ool was doomed to a miserable and numbing life in the corner of his noble household. Only to receive visits from his sister or mother that only included beatings, verbal or physical (females are the dominate sex in drow society). However, in a roleplay, the Undesirables, Ool is offered a chance to escape his house by attempting to murder his matron and sister with the help of the most unlikely of people. Maybe he is not as out of luck as his name seems to imply.
Ool is one of my most favorite of characters in the BA. He’s not a powerful warrior, but a spineless coward who would easily pick his own life over those of his allies. Ool is so unconventional and interesting that he is always fun to role play with. He is rude and uncouth with a strange elegance that is all his own. He would be a handsome fellow if it weren’t for the expressions he pulls onto his face. Due to not being a very battle oriented character, Ool is a strong character to play with in more dynamic settings including plot and social character interactions. Even so, it can be hard to get this recluse to come out of his cave. However, he has strength to lend his allies in his potion-making abilities, concocting very complex poisons and drugs.
Okay...SQUEE FACE! x3 Thanks for this esteemed honor. And double thanks to Shrub for the snippet on Ool. Sometimes, I think she knows him better than I do. ^^;
I'm very excited to even be able to play Ool. I never had a whole lot of success on other forums or role-play sites due to his...erm...abrasive nature. I'm glad that I found a close-knit and amazing community of RP-lovers here at ZU!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Oh! And editing this bit in: Also, thanks to Altamira for doing up the banner! Looks pretty nifty!
Roxy is the Keeper Of Time. Now, I know what you are thinking; shouldn't the keeper of time have a more badass name, like Chronos Timeripper? Or Tempus Hora? The answer is: yes, of course, but those names are a bit to weighty for a girl of only 25. Now you may be wondering how such a young girl can even be imbued with such a power, but the answer is really simple. Her great grandfather is Chronos the godly personification of time himself. This practically makes her a god, and means that this female Atlantian could kick your ass six ways to Sunday, turn time back to today, and then kick your ass again.
As you may have guessed Roxane's hometown is Atlantis. Yes that Atlantis. It seems sinking to the bottom of the ocean wasn't enough to keep the Atlantians down, as judged by the giant dome they built around the city allowing them to survive. Living under the sea is not an easy thing though, so over the years the residents have developed differently to adapt to the environment, such as having white hair and pale skin from lack of sun exposure, stronger bodies to withstand the water pressure, and the ability to hold their breaths for long periods of time.
Roxy was not content to live her life beneath the waves though, and has recently ventured to the surface in order to retrieve a gift from the gods. The item in question is called the 'Lavta', which is a lyre that would allow Roxy to have full control over her time powers without her current limitations. So, with a little help from her gal pal Athena, yes that Athena, she left the city to venture the wild-wild world.
While Roxy is not weak, (she does have limited time powers and an adamantium sickle that can cut through near anything after all) she does have her weakness. I think it's the weakness that makes the character more interesting. You see one of her major downsides is the fact she only knows a particular dialect of ancient greek limiting her ability to communicate to hand gestures. This, along with her lack of understanding about modern technology and weakness to diseases allows the character to be strong, but with realistic and interesting weaknesses.
It's the little touches that make a character great. Anyone can make a time lord, but few pay attention to the little things. Simple things like the makeup of Atlantian biology to fit their environment, to the way the society functions, to the limit and side effects of her powers are all well thought out, add up and allow the character to be believable in her own little world. What makes Roxane stand out is the finer details in way she is set up, and her creator's ability to portray them effectively. She truly is one of new up and coming characters, and a force to watch out for across the multiverse.