Character biography of Pania Alow, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).
Full Name: Pania Alow
Nickname:Pale Rider (she`s not fond of this term, due to the fact it has Biblical connotations. Also, it was picked up by dime store novelists who are all “nothin’ but a bunch o’ emptyheaded plikes who wouldna know a good book from the shite they put ta paper. Nothin’ but a latcheeco would try an’ say they were a writer when they produce such lies buncrana lighthouse.”)
- Age: 130
- Gender: female
- Date of Birth: 623 (Second Age of the Elves), Tenth month of the Moon, First of the Season of Autumn, Twelveth day of Octor
- Ethnicity: Celtic Irish, European
- Occupation: Herald, skald, bard, songstress, story teller
- Hair color/style: blond, often held in curls, has the left side of her head shaved.
- Eye color: Green
- Accent (if any): thick Irish accent (there are many who say that it’s so thick, and so full of slang, that they often have to have her repeat what she said, this is not when she tells stories or sings).
- Height: 5’4”
- Weight: 105 pounds
- Tattoos: a very long and intricate tattoo along her right arm that tells the story of the elves retreating from Earth to their own world at the time of the Crusades.
- Piercings: left ear has six piercings which are connected with chains and loops, right ear has a modest heart earring stud.
- Birthmarks: none
- Disfigurements: none
- Scars: none, but if she had one, she’d definitely have a story to tell about it.
- How do they usually dress? Soft cotton or leather leggings, often dyed a dark red, thigh high leather boots with a small heal, dyed black, a white cotton poet’s shirt, auburn corset with ties in the front, a long, auburn cloak that hangs from her shoulders with gold embroidered trim, black leather gauntlets that cover her forearms and have intricate beadwork and embroidering (these were given to Pania when she was born by Uni Wennemein, Shani’s mother), a wide brimmed hat with a white feather.
- What do they wear to sleep? At home, or at an inn, she will sleep in a large, soft bed; when travelling, if she has to sleep at a camp site, she has a bed roll she carries with her that is stowed with other sundries on her horse. Usually, she sleeps naked.
- Do they wear jewelry? Along with the piercings, she has a small necklace which has a silver book and a silver musical note, she also has three modest rings that she wears.
- Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? “Why when I can just wear somethin’ diff’rent each day?”
- How would they look as the opposite sex? “They’re boys, o’ that there is no doubt.”
- What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Pania likes mild perfumes, a hint of a fragrance that isn’t overpowering, but something that will draw attention to her. She has a morning ritual of rising early, bathing with lilac scented soap in bath water she sprinkles rose petals in.
- Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? It’s quite accurate. Most she her as a showman, wanting attention drawn to her, and that suits her fine as she is a herald and a damn good one at that.
- Favourites, habits, likes and dislikes: She enjoys writing, singing, and telling stories. She’s also an accomplished swordsman having trained with a rapier since a very young age. She has no time for those who would heckle and bicker.
- What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? When not travelling or adventuring, she often is writing down her thoughts in a leather bound journal.
- Favourite colour: “There’s so many, it’s hard ta choose. What say, I like them all.”
- What are some of their pet peeves? Pania does not like those who would twist history. She often searches out the truth of stories and has been known to argue accurate history for hours on end, often times managing to change the attitude and thoughts of stories that were told.
- What sort of gifts do they like? Pania enjoys anything frilly, pretty, and colourful. She treasures jewelry, books, and music sheets.
- What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, often she sings when she wakes.
- Favorite weather? Season? Summer, with a light breeze just to cool down the air.
- Where do they like to spend their time? Pania often will stop at taverns and inns, just to listen to the townsfolk talk about their day, tell stories and jokes, listen to songs, and shares her own if asked to.
- Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Pania is vegetarian, so she likes light food, juices, or tea. Her favourite drink that she has once a month is a finely aged scotch whiskey.
- Do they have any pets? Do they want any? No pets, but she has a familiar. A wood pixie named Verit who accompanies her as she travels and helps her when she writes. Verit sometimes gets in trouble, and Verit is more than willing to help Pania spring a lock or disable a trap if called upon.
- What relaxes them? Warm bed, good book, enjoyable music, good sex.
- Do they have any bad habits? Pania has been accused of talking too much. She does not see this as a bad habit.
Resources and abilities:
- Where did they learn their abilities? Pania is a graduate of the Academy of the Arts and Magic in Brockton. There, she continued to hone her skills as a singer, a story teller and a writer.
- If they have an income, where does it come from? Pania is often paid in tribute for her stories and songs, and many invite her to fancy parties to regale the guests in an interesting tale or two.
- Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Pania lives in a comfortable house with a large library on the main floor, sleeping areas on the second floor, a sitting area in the back yard, and a welcoming front yard that she keeps neat and tidy. She purchased the house from an old skald who was going off to live the remaining years of his life in Turtle Island. All are welcome to her home, as long as they are polite and gracious. If they come with threatening advances, Pania shows first a stern voice and a good warning, and then she displays just how good she is with a rapier.
- Do they speak more than one language? Pania is well versed in all the Celtic languages (Irish, Scottish, Welsh), Prussian, Norwegian, common elven language, English, and has recently learned Lakota and Iroquois.
Relationships and history:
- What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Pania is the middle child of a small family, all heralds and skalds. Her older brother, Mandrel, competes with Pania a lot when it comes to telling stories. At times, the two would have a story telling dual, where one would start the story, the second would continue, and it would go back and forth until the story’s end, each part becoming more dramatic. Pania always wanted to have a fairy tale relationship, because she says she got to see that very type of relationship with her parents. It seemed as they grew older, Karl and Titianna grew more and more in love, and even doted on their children more and more. Pania’s youngest sister is Pylia, who was born mute. This has not stopped Pylia from learning and watching Pania when she plays her musical instruments or writes in her journals. Sometimes, Pania would sit Pylia in her lap and tell her a story as she wrote in down.
- What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Pania was very much a young girl who wanted to be a princess. As she grew, she found it was much more interesting to be the prince who saved the princess. Her favourite toy growing up was a small top that she’d spin and it would play a musical tune. She’d often wind up the top and spin it and dance as the top spun. Her playmates were Shani, Wren, and Villith growing up. Along with Mandrel, Sywyn and Waien, whom she often accused of being “ruffians who drew great pleasure from teasin’ an’ pokin’ fun at their younger sisters”.
- What did they want to be when they grew up? Pania always wanted to be a herald. Or a prince. Or an adventurer. It changed from day to day, but remained constant in those three things.
Sex and Romance:
- What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Pania is a lesbian. She’s never questioned this. She’s always thought the touch of a woman was always more wonderful to feel.
- When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “If it were any o’ yer business, then I’d tell ye. But fer now, sod off.”
- What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “It has somethin’ ta do with candle light an’ feathers.”
- Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Intense tickling.”
- What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “That would be tellin’.”
- Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “That would also be tellin’.”