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Last week was Alecto’s Character Study. This week we continue the character surveys started on Writing Monday #16 with Ifan, exploring the character of Nyssa (without giving away some plot points).

 

Character Study: Nyssa

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BASICS

[*] FULL NAME: Nyssa.
[*] MEANING: Nyssa is in the unfortunate position of having no memory of her past, and therefore has no recollection of her surname. Or, even, if Nyssa is her actual name. Nyssa has no “real world” meaning and is a derivation from her true name, perhaps a nickname she might recall. It means “snow maiden” in the old Northland tongue.
[*] NICKNAME: Snow maiden.
[*] ACTUAL AGE: 2542 years old.
[*] RESIDENCE: She has no known home, though she is eventually drawn North to an old mountain fortress.
[*] AGE APPEARANCE: Young, early twenties, approx 23.
[*] SPECIES: Draconian, although she appears human.
[*] GENDER: Female.
[*] SEXUAL PREFERANCE: Heterosexual.
[*] MARITAL STATUS: Single (though bonded).
[*] KIDS: None presently, though will have three.
[*] OCCUPATION: Due to her lack of memory, she has no current occupation, though she has in the past been a Guardian and a Watcher for the Sons of Lur.

APPEARANCE

[*] HAIR COLOR: Black (almost raven black).
[*] HAIR STYLE AND LENGTH: Shoulder length with bangs, though she wears it pinned atop her head, so it looks much shorter.
[*] EYES COLOR: Brilliant clear icy blue.
[*] HEIGHT:  164 cm or 5ft 4in.
[*] ABNORMALITIES(TAIL): At times she has a scattering of scale like scars along her spine and across the backs of her hands.
[*] DISTINGUISHING MARKS(SCARS,MOLES): Not always, but at times she has a set of small scale like markings along her cheekbones, along her nose, down her back and across the backs of her hands and tops of her feet. These can be a pale skin/blue colour, but often look like old scars.
[*] SELF CARE(MAKE UP): She wears no makeup as it makes her uncomfortable as she doesn’t fully understand why people wear it.
[*] FIRST IMPRESSION ON PEOPLE: People rarely notice her when they first meet her as she appears to fade into the background. When they do see her, she seems painfully pale and quiet. Most people assume is either deaf or mute or both for she hardly speaks or meets their gaze.
 [*] SKIN COLOR: Pale, almost pure white.
[*] BODY TYPE/BUILD: Thin and willowy, graceful.
[*] DEFAULT EXPRESSION: Nervous.
[*] PIERCINGS/JEWELLRY: She has no piercings, though eventually has her ears done when in Caeris.
[*] DESCRIBE THEIR VOICE: Whispery, quiet with a hushed air. Lilting.
[*] WEAPON OF CHOICE: Ifan’s long belt knife, short recurve bow.

PERSONALITY

[*] WHEN YOU FIRST MEET THEM: Quiet, shy, hesitant to greet or speak to strangers.
[*] AS YOU KNOW THEM BETTER(AND THEY LIKE YOU): She is still quiet, but she gives out an aura of comfort and familiarity. She might even smile.
[*] AS YOU KNOW THEM BETTER(AND THEY DISLIKE YOU): She becomes cold, icy and she gains an unearthly harsh edge that makes you want to run away and hide.
[*] POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS: Kind, honourable.
[*] NEGATIVE CHARACTERISTICS: Cowardly (though eventually becomes braver), nervous, quiet.
[*] FAVORITE COLOR: Blues and silvers.
[*] FAVORITE FOOD: Fish.
[*] FAVORITE ANIMAL: Deer and their kin, particularly the travelling reindeer.
[*] FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Panpipes.
[*] FAVORITE ELEMENT: Ice. She can’t explain it but she feels drawn to it.
[*] LEAST FAVORITE COLOR: Blacks and reds, the colours of the Enemy.
[*] LEAST FAVORITE FOOD: Meat with bones and finger food. She finds it difficult to eat.
[*] LEAST FAVORITE ANIMAL: Shryke. Their presence makes her nervous.
[*] LEAST FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Drums, particularly the deep voiced war drums.
[*] LEAST FAVORITE ELEMENT: Blood due to its usual darker uses.
[*] HOBBIES: Although her memory cannot recall, she enjoys embroidery and craft working. In her mountain home, all tapestries in her personal solar and the leather working of her clothes was done by her.
[*] USUAL MOOD: Quiet, nervous, watchful.
[*] DRINK/SMOKE/DRUGS: She avoids these things because of some subconscious warnings (her true nature cannot hold her drink).
[*] SOFT SPOT/VULNERABILITY: Her bond to Ifan as she eventually begins to feel all he feels. Also her lack of memory is frustrating to her.
[*] OPINION ON SWEARING: Intriguing. She is not familiar with these turns of phrase.
[*] MUSIC TYPE: Liquidy flowing pieces like celtic harp, rich with emotion and complex harmony.
[*] COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURE: Cold. Her human form is not quite used to the colder northern temperatures but she can survive the harsh temperatures of nights on the ice. Naked.
[*] SLEEPING PATTERN: Lightly, usually plagued by memory nightmares.
[*] CLEANLINESS/NEATNESS: She likes to be clean though bathhouses are still new to her.
[*] DESIRED PET: None.
[*] HOW DO THEY PASS TIME: Trying to recall who she is. In the past she used to read, weave and practise the fighting arts in the courtyard.
[*] BIGGEST SECRET: She is a dragon and is in love with Ifan (forbidden love!). Oh, and she also drank a potion to make her forget her past.
[*] WHAT ANIMAL WOULD THEY BE: Dragon.
[*] FEARS: That when the time comes she will not be able to recall who she is and be unable to assist the party.
[*] DRUNK TYPE: Amused at everything.
[*] SPECIAL ABILITIES/MAGICS: As one of the original offspring of Lorik and semi-cousin to Lur and Mar, she is a mage of powerful ability and skill. She was feared during the wars in the Long Night for her killing magic and her spells of illusion and enchantment.  But that is currently lost to her, making her a danger to herself.
[*] DONE ANYTHING TO GET IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW: Not that she recalls.

HOW DOES SHE REACT TO…

[*] DANGER: Get behind someone and quietly panic.
[*] SOMEONE THEY HATE WHO HAS A CRUSH ON THEM: Give them the evil eye. That long stern look that speaks volumes in the language of bugger off.
[*] PROPOSAL TO MARRY: From Mar, her reaction is “I’ll die first”.  Ifan has the complete opposite reaction.
[*] DEATH OF LOVED ONE: If it’s Ifan, she will go mad with grief due to the bond.
[*] INJURY: She is quick healing and probably won’t notice too much.
[*] SOMETHING IRRESISTABLY CUTE: Squealing. She is female after all.
[*] LOSS OF HOURS OF WORK: Since she doesn’t work, she doesn’t mind.

ROMANCE

[*] DO THEY TAKE INITIATIVE: No, unless she’s drunk on untapped magic (hello plot hint).
[*] HOW DO THEY ACT(SHY,ETC): She’s shy and nervous. She can’t remember what to do. In true form she is aloof, as she gives the chosen mate the honour of coupling.
[*] GENTLEMAN/LADYLIKE VS KLUTZY: Ladylike.
[*] GO SLOW VS JUMP INTO: Slowly.
[*] TRUE LOVE VS TESTING DIFF PEOPLE: True love all the way. Bonded is the best way.
[*] PROTECTIVE: Unto death.
[*] WHAT KIND OF PRESENTS DO THEY BUY: Sensible useful gifts that speak of the giver and the receiver – handmade stuff usually. She’s had a sword belt prepared for her true love for around 1000 years (!)
[*] TYPE OF KISSER: Slow and luxurious.
[*] DO THEY WANT KIDS: Yes. She will be the mother of three children in her future.
[*] ARE THEY ROMANTIC: At heart. She likes the occasional unexpected gesture.
[*] HOW ARE THEY IN BED: Quiet but loving.
[*] TOYS?: Never.
[*] FETISHES: None.
[*] S+M: No.
[*] GET JEALOUS EASY: Not really, since her lover is her bonded one. Kinda hard to be jealous.
[*] WIFE/HUBBY BEATER: No.
[*] MARRY FOR MONEY: No.
[*] FAVORITE POSITION: Normal.
[*] OPINION ON SEX: A little terrifying.

This character study was taken from Mavrosh’s journal on Deviant Art.


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