The Savage Tide
A big-mouthed half-dragon who supplements his fighting prowess with powerful utility magic. Fails with women.
“I don’t know what people are tellin’ you about me. Some people think I’m just a big ole fightin’ machine, others think I’m a scaly punchin’ bag. Truth is, I’m pretty sure I’ve got more tricks up my sleeve than all the sleeves in Hymat combined! Of course, that’s accountin’ for the fact that some people don’t have sleeves. Like Yeferia. Well, she has one sleeve that she wears around her waist. And Tico doesn’t have sleeves either. I don’t think Other Tico has sleeves. Does that bourbon swilling cleric have sleeves? Oh man, what was his name? Gosh, I’d better remember before he stops healing me! Iago! That’s it!
Otherwise, I don’t remember much about my life before, which is kind of weird. I remember that I liked my mom a whole lot, enough to stay at her place until I was old enough to find work as a mercenary. I do remember her last, touching words to me. “Get out, you’re freaking out the townsfolk.”
I loved mom.
Now Pops, that was a different matter. I sort of remember that there was this…this thing, and we were fighting over it! It was a big fight, too, and I think I even died! Now, the weird part is, my story doesn’t stop there. Nope. There was some guy, calling himself Shaun the Cool. Awesome nickname, I want one myself. I was thinking about “Big Baelon,” or “Big Mean Baelon.” Something with “Big Mean” in it.
So Shaun the Cool says something to the effect of “Hey dirtbag, you’re smelling up my training ground!” And I think I say, “But I have chocolate tea.” Or something. It gets really confusing in the ole noggin sometimes. Especially when I space out, which used to happen a lot! It’s not happening as much as it used to, though, and I don’t know why. See, Shaun the Cool gave me his Cool Boots, with his little swooshy godly brand on it and everything! He tells me that since I’ve been rescued (or squatted in his afterlife training ground), I can be of service to his cause, which is something like rooting out demons or some such. I figured, what the heck? I’m already dressed, I have my trusting mage mashing equipment, I might as well use it for something good, right? Right! There was some other talking, some swearing (of the oath variety- I think), and the next thing I know…BAM!
I hit one of the beams at the edge of the training grounds, and it left this huge bump on my nose which gave it this strange, Squash look to it. You know, like the vegetable squash. I sort of fell backwards, and felt myself falling for at least…well, I don’t know. I got bored at some point, though, because I fell asleep. When I woke up, I was in some crazy place with a bunch of people wearing yellow raincoats with some graffiti on it. And there was this one lady -whoa baby! She was all super punching babe and has this magical stick that she uses to saw the heads off the unworthy. At least, that’s what some of the recruits say.
Recruits for what, you ask? A fair question! You see, Tico the Stick Lady (as she’s called by some, and not to be confused with Tico of the Sharp Teeth) started this organization called the Archangels, which I thought is a little weird! I still don’t know what it means. Is an archangel like a
Cooatl coatl rainbow snake thing? Is it scaly? Can it be eaten? I dunno. But she started this organization to fight demons, and that’s what they do. This other guy, Kira, he stabs them in the face with a giant sword. And this other guy, Iago, is some kind of healer when he’s sober- or not. I’m not sure what he’s supposed to be doing, though. Does he convert people into his drunken religion. ‘Cause I’m all for that, assuming I can get smashed enough. I have a high tolerance for alcohol, plus I’m immune to fire so I miss out on all the good drinks.
Ah, lemme see, I know I’m missing some of the other important people. There’s Yeferia, I think that’s how you spell it, who dances on water and I’m pretty sure she’s an elf. There’s these twins, and I have such a hard time telling them apart I can’t even remember their names. I like them, though. They know how to break things and make it hurt. Um, Kira has this girl that sticks to him like…well, something sticky and dark haired. And a furry animal thing follows the Stick Lady around a lot. Other than that, there’s a whole army of people out there, ready to stomp some demonic butt cheeks.
I’m glad to say I don’t mind lending a timely hand when I can, and I can tell that the ladies here are playing hard to get. But that’s okay, I’ll show them! I’m even harder to getter…getterer…something!
I hope I’m scoring points with Shaun the Cool, though, ‘cause that’s who sent me here. I have a job to do, and I’m gonna do it!”
Questionnaire Part 1: The Basics
1 What is your full name? Baelon- Somehow, the boots did a number on my memory; I know nothing else about my name.
2 Where and when were you born? I was born in Baldur’s gate…I don’t even know when I am now, though, so I couldn’t tell you!
3 Who are/were your parents? (Know their names, occupations, personalities, etc.). Matrice was my mom’s name; and I don’t remember much about my Pops except that sometimes my mom would call him the “Scourge of the Sword Coast”. I’m not sure if it’s because he was some kind of pirate or if she just didn’t like him. He was supposed to be some kind of arrogant bastard, but that’s all I know.
4 Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like? I had two siblings; both sisters. Though I seem to remember that they didn’t like me very much, because I was so different- they were mostly human looking- not so for me.
5 Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place and the person/people. I live in a state of flux I guess. I live in Hymat whenever I do live somewhere, but I think I share footwear with some other people that may also live in in the same room.
6 What is your occupation? Professional mage killer. It’s amazing that that is the first thing that comes to mind; could it be that before I lost everything, that was my job? Given most of my training and equipment, this seems to be as accurate as anything else.
7 Write a full physical description of yourself. You might want to consider factors such as: height, weight, race, hair and eye color, style of dress, and any tattoos, scars, or distinguishing marks. Well then! Let’s see, I’m about six foot, six inches tall and about three-hundred-pounds of muscle, scales, and awesome. I have blue eyes that seem to faintly glow, and teeth that love the taste of a well-cooked steak that belong on a dragon’s head (namely my own!). I have thick, muscular arms and legs that I’ve built up from running and lifting weights and, let’s face it, natural greatness! Seriously, though, I’m covered head to foot with reddish scales, save for my…um…underside, which is kinda pale-ish. I have sharp claws on my fingers that I could tear through a cow in five seconds with, though I prefer to use my Magebane sword for such things. Well, not for slicing up cattle, but enemies.
8 To which social class do you belong? I graduated from sixth class, last I remember. My mom was broke all the time, if that’s what you’re asking. Not a lot of people came ’round to our place, but that could have been my fault as well.
9 Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses? I hate wheat. I don’t know what it is, it’s just grainy and long and, yes, arrogant. Maybe I don’t like it because it reminds me of my Pops. Otherwise, no allergies or particular weaknesses. Except for the ladies. I like looking at pretty girls, if that is considered weakness. I don’t know what it is about them! If I had some charcoal, I’d draw them- if I had any talent.
10 Are you right- or left-handed? Right handed, but I can use the left pretty well.
11 What does your voice sound like? Planar travelers I’ve talked to say I sound sort of like a low-rent Seth Rogen. I don’t know what that means, but that’s what I’ve heard.
12 What words and/or phrases do you use very frequently? “Oh boy!” seems to be one, but I don’t really hold to any particular phrase. I’m not a very catchy person, really.
13 What do you have in your pockets? Um, let’s see…here’s some gold pieces, some lint, a claw I picked off of a shapeshifter. In my right pocket I’ve got…hmm, nothing- there’s a hole in my pocket! I was wondering where my money was going! I’ve got to get that fixed!
14 Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics? I talk, and I think others find that annoying. I tend to hum tunes I’ve heard in my travels when I’m idle.
Part 2: Growing Up
15 How would you describe your childhood in general? I remember that not a lot of people would look at me because I was so different from everyone else. It didn’t bother me though- as I’ve said, I like looking at pretty girls, and it was always easier to look when they weren’t looking at me. That was the best part!
16 What is your earliest memory? “Go play outside!” is something I heard so much that I think that’s the first thing I’ve ever heard! My older sisters wouldn’t play with me though, which I didn’t mind. Oh! I had this one figurine made out of wood that had stiff joints that I would always use my sister’s makeup to paint a face on. Usually an angry face, modeled after the faces they’d make when they found out I’d been using their makeup to draw faces on a wooden figurine. I wonder whatever happened to it…?
17 How much schooling have you had? I graduated out of Class Six of my rinky-dink, backwoods school. My mom couldn’t afford regular schooling for me, but then again, I just never had the talent for it. I used to be able to sling spells pretty well, but somehow, learning how to kill mages stunted that something fierce! Now, I can usually bolster myself with no problem, but slinging bolts of acid or cold? Not so much anymore.
18 Did you enjoy school? Did I mention I like to look at pretty girls? I remember that even in my crappy school there were a lot of girls. This was also true in the place where I learned to kill mages. Of course, the girls there, while showy, did not turn away when I looked at them, so looking at them was a lot harder than it should have been. Ah, those were the days…
19 Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities? This is where a lot of memories get foggy. I remember there was this temple, and there was always the sound of magic going off or someone screaming as a fireball went wrong. There were a lot of us being trained to kill mages on this mountaintop, but honestly, I couldn’t tell you why. What I remember most was thinking, “How weird is it that you have a bunch of people who can cast magic…who are being trained to kill those who use magic?” There’s a lot I don’t remember about myself and what I’ve done in the past. I hope I wasn’t a Bad Guy.
20 While growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them. Um, I don’t remember having any role models, ’cept for my mom. She was always a hard worker, no matter what!
21 While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family? I like my mom well enough, and she like me. My older sisters didn’t like the hijinks I’d get into, but then again they always had frowny faces. I didn’t know my Pops well at all, and I never saw him..save for that last time…and I think- I think!- he might have killed me, but I’m not sure.
22 As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a real-life dragon, not a dragon wearing a person suit! I also wanted to be a merchant. I remember that they got to go to different places. I wanted to do that.
23 As a child, what were your favorite activities? Playing with my Captain Woodenmeister, makeup face and all. I also liked to play Tag, but hardly anyone would play with me.
24 As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display? As a kid, I was always quiet and curious, because people would always talk in hushed tones around me, about me. I wasn’t an angry kid, though- I liked to play around in the woods too much, and I liked seeing how far I could go. You could say I was happy.
25 As a child, were you popular? Who were your friends, and what were they like? I wasn’t very popular. I didn’t care about that, either. It almost bothered me that I didn’t have any friends, but then again, I was the only one like me in the whole place that I could see. To each their own, I guess.
26 When and with whom was your first kiss? I gave Geraldine Gustav 5 coppers if she’d kiss me, and she did. It was awkward, but wow, it was nice! Of course, it was not long after this that I discovered that I could breath fire. Plus side: she survived (I kid, I discovered that after she left and I felt so nervous I puked, and it was all fiery).
27 Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity? There are just some things in the world you can’t buy. Rephrase, there are some thing in the world I can’t buy.
28 If you are a supernatural being (i.e. mage, werewolf, vampire), tell the story of how you became what you are or first learned of your own abilities. If you are just a normal human, describe any influences in your past that led you to do the things you do today. As I’ve said, I don’t remember a lot about what happened to me, but I do know that I had gone in search of my Pops because Mom had always told me he was a dragon, and from what I learned in the taverns, dragons always have a huge pile of money. Of course, that also led to several adventurers trying to jump me for my cash. I usually got the better end of the deal- and a few extra coins besides!
Part 3: Past Influences
29 What do you consider the most important event of your life so far? Coming to the Isle of Dread. I’m not exactly sure how I got here, though. I remember that someone I trusted gave me some boots to wear before I went to find my Pops, but that’s about it.
30 Who has had the most influence on you? So far? My Mom. I also like a lot of the people I’m hanging around with now. They’re not always nice- or even nice to each other- but they’re decent people.
31 What do you consider your greatest achievement? Helping to defeat a fire elemental that tasted of burnt pork. It was not easy, or pretty, but I helped.
32 What is your greatest regret? Being too shy to tell people how I really feel about them. How do I tell Elora that I really dig her wings, or tell Casidhe that her magic really curls my toes? How do I tell Kira to shut up and stop crying about everything? I just don’t have the chutzpah to do that kind of stuff. Crippling anything that staggers into my path of destruction is easier.
33 What is the most evil thing you have ever done? Oh man! After a particularly rough day of teasing, I tied my sister’s hair together in a double knot half-hitch. I think they deserved it.
34 Do you have a criminal record of any kind? Not really. Well, there was that time I was drunk out of my mind, and this lady says, “Hey, come over here and light my fire.” I set her hair on fire and went to jail for, gosh, a few months I think.
35 When was the time you were the most frightened? Easy! I thought I was going to die when I was fighting that fire elemental. I’d never had a hurt bone before that, and it sort of shot this cold, tingly feeling into my body. I really thought it was the end for me!
36 What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you? I was going to ask this girl I’d known for a while out for dinner, but instead I farted. It was so acrid and brimstony that she wretched right there on my boots, and passed out. Out of nervousness I farted again, and singed off her eyebrows. She never forgave me for that, I think.
37 If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why? Gosh, I’d guess I’d learn to dusk instead of parry. If I had, things would have been a lot different! Then again, I like where I am now. I guess I wouldn’t have tied my sister’s hair together. That was about the time I had to start looking for my Pops- for a new home if nothing else.
38 What is your best memory? I don’t think I’ve got a best memory, honestly. There have been times when I’ve pulled my teammates arses out of the proverbial fire, though, and that makes me feel better when I think about that.
39 What is your worst memory? Standing in front of a fire elemental and wondering if I’m gonna die, or if I’ll ever be able to use my swordarm ever again.
Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions
40 Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic? I like to believe that I’m an optimist. These days, every day is a life and death struggle, but you can’t let that bum you out.
41 What is your greatest fear? Not being able to help my companions. I think this me coming here thing happened for a reason, and I don’t want to disappoint anyone.
42 What are your religious views? Well, I think this Shaun the Cool guy is a cool guy! He gave me some nice boots that have always helped me out of a tough spot. He tried to fool me, but I knew it was her the whole time!
43 What are your political views? I don’t think I like politics. Why can’t you just say what you mean and do what you’re supposed to? Politics is like urine: It’s awfully yellow, and it taints everything it goes in to.
44 What are your views on sex? Having viewed sex before, it looks dirty and repetitive. Having been in combat, I can tell you that it seems remarkably similar. What’s the difference, I wonder? I’m not entirely sure, but I’ve never tried sex before, so I don’t know what’s different.
45 Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable? Oh, I have no problem with killing, especially mages who get too big for their britches. I’m…not sure what sparked that knee-jerk reaction, though. I usually just kill whomever decides that it would be fun to fight me to the death. I’m not a reluctant killer, but I don’t necessarily enjoy it, either.
46 In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do? Lie to me. I’d rather brawl with a man then have him lie to me. Fighting is really straight forward, but lying? It’s devious, like politics- and I don’t like politics, either.
47 Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love? What does that even mean, “True love?” I don’t want to think that there is such a thing as “Untrue Love”, but I’ve seen enough to know that there is probably a difference. Even the people I travel with seem to have trouble with the concept. It’s clear that Meric loves Elora, but they’re both siblings, and that amount of caring is alien to me. Likewise, Casidhe seems to be smitten over Kira, which I don’t understand. Someone told me he was engaged to some other lady, but I don’t even want to jump in the middle of that! Well, I guess it depends on whether or not Lovinia is pretty or not, but I’ve never met her. Um, the point is, I guess, is that I guess I do believe in love- but I don’t think it believes in me very much.
48 What do you believe makes a successful life? Well, I’m still alive and kicking, and I have enough money to do what I want, so I guess that’s what I think success is. I’d like to straighten things out with my Pops one day, but I’m just living the dream right now!
49 How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)? I’m pretty honest about myself and to others around me. Unless you count omission as being less than honest. There are just things I can’t say to people. Does that make me dishonest? I’m not sure.
50 Do you have any biases or prejudices? Despite the fact that I use it, I really hate magic. It wrecks perfectly good lives, and destroys everything. I only use it to destroy my enemies, or help my allies destroy my enemies. That’s all I really know about magic, though, so that could change the more I learn.
51 Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it? I don’t want to betray a friend. I like my friends too much, plus they let me tag along to wreck this whole Isle of Dread. I feel like I owe ‘em something, and I don’t mind paying the piper.
52 Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)? I’d die to save my Mom or my buddies. If my death would save others, than so be it.
Part 5: Relationships With Others
53 In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how? I like to think that I deal with most people openly and honestly. Although, some of our prettier party members I don’t deal well with, mostly because I don’t think they like me very much. I do like to talk, though, and I’ll talk to anyone who’ll listen to me. If I know them better, the easier it is, but I’m not mutually exclusive to that notion. I’ll talk to anyone!
54 Who is the most important person in your life, and why? I don’t really have anyone who is very significant in my life, except my Mom, and I don’t know if she’s still around anymore. I’d have to say that my buddies are the most important people in my life, but I couldn’t choose one or the other as more important than the rest.
55 Who is the person you respect the most, and why? Respect? That’s a different matter. I respect Tico the Resticked Lady; she’s doing a lot of important things for her people. I respect Meric, because he’s always looking out for his sister. I could not choose who I respect more. They’re equal!
56 Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people. My friends? They’re the people I travel with now, of course! Tico, Kira, Yeferia, Meric, Elora, Iago- these are my friends. They’ve got their quirks, but they’re fun to be around. I don’t think, among them, I’ve got a best friend yet. It’s too early to have a best friend, I think.
57 Do you have a spouse or significant other? If so, describe this person. Nope, but I’m hopeful that, one day, someone will see past my scaly awesomeness and recognize that there’s a scaly, awesome guy who is ready to find out what love is!
58 Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened. I don’t think I’ve been in love. I’ve been in jail, though. I see people in love all the time, but it seems to…complicate things.
59 What do you look for in a potential lover? Gosh, I think I’m blushing, but I think I’d look for understanding, not just someone who would take my coin and lay with me (not that I’ve found anyone who would do that, anyway). I think I’d have to like them. I prefer ladies to have wide hips and long hair, but that’s not necessarily paramount. If she has a good attitude and didn’t scream and run away from me, I think that would override any other preferences.
60 How close are you to your family? Not very. I love my Mom, but that’s about it. I wonder what my bratty sisters are up to these days…even their even living in these days.
61 Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not? Alas, I’m no family man. Not yet. I don’t even know what that would even be like. I’d have to find someone who could tolerate me first!
62 Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help? My friends. They’re good (if slightly fractious) people. They’ve never let me down yet, and I’m trying to not let them down, either.
63 Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why? Again, I’d trust my friends to protect me, not that I need protecting. I’m the guy who is usually a meat-and-scale shield for someone else, which I don’t mind. There are a lot of squishies in my party, and I don’t mind taking the hit for them.
64 If you died or went missing, who would miss you? I think my friends would miss me- or my swordarm at least. They could get that taxidermied, though.
65 Who is the person you despise the most, and why? You know, I don’t think I despise anyone, really. Why waste time with that? There’s demons to be slain!
66 Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict? Oh, I’ll argue ‘till I’m blue in the face, which takes a long time! What’s the point in avoiding conflict? It’ll still be there when you come back to it. Better to face your differences now and put them behind you.
67 Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations? You’re kidding, right? Most people tend to scream and run away when I walk past, or at least show a lot of disdain. I’ll leave the social stuff to people like Tico the Resticked Lady, or Iago (if I’m feeling whimsical, that is).
68 Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not? The last big group of people I came across tried to kill me and my friends, and that’s pretty constant on the Isle of Dread. Otherwise, if they’re not carrying torches and pitchforks, I don’t mind talking to people, large groups or no.
69 Do you care what others think of you? Nope. There’s far too much to accomplish to worry about what someone thinks of the color of my scales or whether they think I’m a bad person or not. Hell, does anyone?
Part 6: Likes And Dislikes
70 What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? I like to carve figurines out of the jewels I find. I have a bird that I carved out of an emerald that I picked up from somewhere. I also like to run and eat.
71 What is your most treasured possession? I think my Magebane sword is my most treasured possession, but honestly, I try not to treasure things more than people. People are more complicated, but I think they’re more useful overall than things.
72 What is your favorite color? Green, especially green eyes. Something about them makes me swoon.
73 What is your favorite food? Leg of lamb. I also like the taste of some candies.
74 What, if anything, do you like to read? I like to read about news and about funny things. I think overblown stories are a waste of time, though. I don’t have time to read a thick tome- I don’t know how wizards do it!
75 What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)? I like to watch people dance, or sit around the campfire and talk smack about everyone. I don’t know how to play cards, but I like watching people play.
76 Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit? I have an addiction to potatoes. Sometimes, I’ll just rip ‘em out of the ground and idly chew on them. I like that they’re crunchy!
77 How do you spend a typical Saturday night? Slaughtering demons, for the time being. There’s nothing wrong with that; everyone needs a hobby, right?
78 What makes you laugh? People make me laugh, the way they talk to each other. Sometimes the wordplay between Kira and Meric will make me laugh. Tickling me just in my armpit will also make me laugh.
79 What, if anything, shocks or offends you? I haven’t found anything that offends me yet, but I think betrayal would do it. For me, betrayal is like politics- hell, betrayal is politics!
80 What would you do if you had insomnia and had to find something to do to amuse yourself? I’d hum to myself, or run into a tree. Or I’d have someone cast a sleep spell on me. I’d rather not go that route, though. I don’t trust magic in most cases.
81 How do you deal with stress? I work through it, usually by pummeling a demon or some such. We’ve got something big coming up, so I need a lot of practice, anyway.
82 Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan? Plan? Sometimes plans go awry, and you have to improvise. If my buddies have a plan, then I’ll adhere to it until it’s all gone downhill.
83 What are your pet peeves? I’ve never actually had a pet peeve before. I’ve had a pet cat, and there wasn’t much to that. Is a peeve the same? I don’t even know what that is! Maybe Kira’s had a peeve before, or at least fought one. I’ll have to ask him. Maybe Meric’s had a pet peeve?
Part 7: Self Images And Etc.
84 Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted? I wake up, I stretch, I go through my weapon training, and I meet up with my buddies and discuss how we’re going to screw with Demagorgon today. After leaving behind a pile of dead bodies, we usually make camp, thow a few quips about, and listen to Kira complain about (insert topic here). I’m not sure what I’d do if things were different! Usually, it’s because someone’s been hurt or we’ve found out a bit of information that will keep us from dying. In that case, I feel pretty happy when the routine is interrupted!
85 What is your greatest strength as a person? Well, I am very strong. Very. I’m at least three times as strong as our next strongest warrior. Otherwise, I’d have to say it’s my tremendous singing voice.
86 What is your greatest weakness? My tremendous signing voice. Plus, I’m not all that fast, I can’t dodge around and flip like Tico or some of the others.
87 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be more up front with people, tell them how I really feel instead of keeping it inside.
88 Are you generally introverted or extroverted? Extroverted. I don’t see the point in staring at my navel all day.
89 Are you generally organized or messy? Oh, I like to keep things organized; that’s the only thing that’ll keep a body alive sometimes.
90 Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at. Ooh! I’m good at fighting and lifting things, plus I’m easy to get along with. I know I’m not really good at being fast, and I’m not much of a liar, though I don’t consider that a weakness. Also, I don’t know how to shoe a horse. I’ve always wanted to, though.
91 Do you like yourself? I do! I’m a decent guy, but I don’t get some of the things I do. Why do I hate mages, why have I been trained to kill them? I dunno.
92 What are your reasons for being an adventurer (or doing the strange and heroic things that RPG characters do)? Are your real reasons for doing this different than the ones you tell people in public? (If so, detail both sets of reasons…) I do it because it’s what I’m good at, and I want to see new places. Isn’t that reason enough? I happen to think half of the people I’m hanging around with is pretty.
93 What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime? I’d like to see if my folks are still alive, but barring that, I just want to live life the way that I want.
94 Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully, not dead, and not on the Isle of Dread. Cleaning it up is good and all, but this is no way to truly live.
95 If you could choose, how would you want to die? I’d like to be smashed into tiny pieces by something the size of a building, especially if that allowed my buddies to either find its weakness or get away in time.
96 If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, name three things you would do in the time you had left. Elora, Tico, Cassidhe! Seriously though, I would definitely tell everyone how I feel about them, and I’d settle all my debts. I’d carve a figurine of all of my friends out of precious gems.
97 What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death? I would like to be remembered as that guy who helped everyone get to the exit door, but I’d probably just be remembered as “That Scaly Guy”.
98 What three words best describe your personality? Big, Scaly, Potatoe.
99 What three words would others probably use to describe you? Big, Scaly, and crass.
100 If you could, what advice would you, the player, give to your character? (You might even want to speak as if he or she were sitting right here in front of you, and use proper tone so he or she might heed your advice…) “Be more careful! There’s no need to keep taking the same risks over and over again if you could have your friends to back you up. Don’t forget that others depend on your survival.”
UPDATE from, after the battle with Khala, in the two weeks before Kira’s untimely death:So, I’ve been thinking a lot about Khala and just basically what I could be doing better. It seems like I’m always willing to rush in, half-cocked, charging headlong into surefire massacre. And I always get hurt. Hell, I almost die! When fighting a couple of giant, dangerous, GRAPPLING Koprus, what do I do? Do I try to pick them off at range? Do I try to get into a flanking position? No. I rush in after them. I rush in after Khala as well, and I’m lucky to have that turned out as well as it did! Sure, I’m big and tough, but we’re getting to the point where big and tough just won’t be enough anymore! I’m not a dummy, but I think I’m intimidated by all the smart people (okay, two) in the group. To that end, I’ve enlisted Meric to help me learn to fight better and smarter. I’m still the same guy, sure, but I don’t have to be turned into mincemeat at every encounter, or half-disintegrated by school girls. I want to take some time and try to assess things and…I just said ‘ass’. Focus! I meant to say, I need more strategy. I’ve got the skills, now let’s see if I can use ’em!