30 Days of Character Development: Shen Wei
((I know, this was meant to be more active. I’ll see about pulling some all-nighty type thing where I can get Shen through some of the easier zones before my sub runs out on Sunday. Anyway, have a filler-type post in the meantime. It was something I had always wanted to do for some of my characters, anyway. Might do more of these until my work hours and therefore paycheck are more kind to me once the sub goes dark. Anyway, onto the main event!))
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?
I had a very good relationship with my parents. I was born in Binan Village, but my family relocated to the farming community around Halfhill. It was fun growing up on the farm, and seeing the sprouting vegetables being much larger than I was at such a young age! I would say that I was spoiled, since I was an only child, but I learned to share with the other children in the community. My parents gladly got along until the end of their days. I think that their spirits still get along in the afterlife.
2.) What are your character’s most prominent physical features?
You mean other than my girth, which many an adventurer find amusing. I would say my beard. It is long, braided into one tail, and my grandcub absolutely loves to tug at the thing!
3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
Every member of the Shado-Pan has scars from one of our clashes. Some physical, some emotional. I bear both. One of the more prominent physical scars I have is a set of claw marks over my right eye. I was young and thought I would give hunting a try, and those tigers can be quite delicious with the right spices! However, it got the best of me until I shocked it off of me with an elemental blast.
4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
I consider myself an attractive Pandaren. I mean, my wife still finds me appealing, so there is no harm in thinking that.
5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?
What is this? Oh, I see. Silly Google machine. I rank a firm zero. I have only ever had eyes for the ladies. One Snow Lily in particular.
6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
It is either the day I met my beloved Ling, the day I married her, the days my children were born, or the day my grandcub came into the world. There are just so many to pick from!
7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
The day my son joined me in the Shado-Pan. If he had not followed in my footsteps, Hassun would still live. To this day, it is my biggest regret.
8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
Ice cream?! There are so many wonderful flavors! I have always been partial to a nice, serene blue. You know that one song you hear sometimes that the innkeepers around Pandaria like? The one with the kazoo? Love it. Snow Lilies because they remind me of my beautiful wife.
9.) Who does your character trust?
There are many I trust. My family, my fellow members of the Shado-Pan, those Earthen Ring fellows… Oh! That nice young Shaman that Warchief Hellscream has around.
10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
The day I met Ling. I was traveling to Halfhill to take a kite back to the Shado-Pan Monastery and she was there, learning how to cook. Passing my Trial of the Red Blossoms and becoming a full member of the Shado-Pan. The day my children were born, which is an easy one to explain for those of you with young ones in your life. The day I had to kill my son when the Sha overtook him. Then there was the day the adventurers from beyond the mists arrived. I had no idea what I was getting myself into with that one! The Horde camp seemed the most easily-accessible and their Warchief isn’t half bad, despite that temper of his!
11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
Two words. Spirit Wolf. Easy when I have to run to the back lines to help our warriors recover in a battle. I must thank the Earthen Ring for showing me that particular method of transportation!
12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?
I feel I am getting better with this technology thing. I have taken to Twitter, and my daughter has shown me that Earth Online game, plus she showed me how to put Twitter on my Tinder e-reader thingie. Now I’m blogging. Progress at its finest! I prefer traditional methods of communication, however. Letters seem much more meaningful than an email.
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?
The bed is a bit of a mess, I will give it that. I flop over onto my stomach when I sleep, and, according to Ling, I am a bit of a blanket hog. I usually wind up waking up on my side, cuddling something.
14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
Have you seen Pandaria? We have many varying climates. If I could not function in any of them, I would be a sad Pandaren, given how much I travel. Although I do prefer a nice windwool shirt underneath my armor for those excursions up to the mountains of Kun-Lai.
15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
I am a little of both, but do not talk to me until I’ve had my morning cup of Kafa.
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 sadly never had much of a chance to get to know any extended family. We were fairly isolated in the Valley, beyond the peaks surrounding Kun-Lai. And, well, you’ve seen that Saurok tunnel between the Veiled Stair and Binan. I consider my Shado-Pan allies like family, even if we are not in the traditional sense.
17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
*glances at workdesk covered in totems, elemental odds and ends, jewelcrafting supplies, various ores and gems, and even old vials of fish oil* Next question, please?
18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
I would not call myself a good cook. I usually ask far too much of the elements and wind up with charred food, so I let my wife do the cooking. Even those instant noodles they teach to the younglings in Halfhill wind up a disaster. However, she makes a mean Shrimp Dumpling. Her Swirling Mist Soup is not to be missed, either!
19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
I prefer on foot in my Spirit Wolf form (there is no amount of thanks I have for the Earthen Ring for teaching me that! Perhaps a nice gift basket filled with food?), however my trusted yak and onyx serpent are wonderful for covering long distances. I had a most peculiar circumstance where I acquired a very strange drake in the swamps of Dustwallow.
20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
All fears are irrational. We have been trained to not allow our fears to overtake us. However, that thing with my son? It does not bear any repeats.
21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be?
What does this one even mean? Blasted Google machine took me someplace scary when I tried to look it up.
22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
I do not believe that we should meddle in the past, nor glimpse a future that might be. Those actions could have dire consequences. And I do not trust that Kairoz fellow.
23.) Is your character superstitious?
Does the whole Sha thing count? If not, there are some farming tales I tend to believe are true. Being nice to Virmen yields better harvests. Tried and true on that one! They leave our crops alone.
24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
Now this is possibly the silliest question on this list. My wife is my ideal romantic partner. She is warm, kind, beautfiul, but not afraid to fling a few fireballs if you make her mad.
25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?
I take it back. This one is silly. I have paws. Of course they will be stubby! I grew up on a farm, fighting back the shadowy demons of negative emotion. Do my hands look like a Mudclaw’s?
26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
Ah-ha! At last one that makes sense! A nice bowl of Swirling Mist Soup, a pipe of Silkweed (usually shared with Ling), my battle-raiment, Green Tea made from fresh-picked leaves, Autumn, and I’ve become quite partial to this Brewfest I keep hearing about.
27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
((Little OoC for this one. Shen would definitely be I Fought In A War by Belle and Sebastian from his Shado-Pan side of life and All My Days by Alexi Murdoch for the more quiet non-battleriffic side of his life. For lols I add in the Panda Song by Deerhoof because he’s a Pandaren.))
28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
My life would probably be a dark comedy at this point. Not sure what that means, but it sounds appropriate.
29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
I don’t wear any cologne. Blowback from those idiots using those silly perfume sprayers during that Love Is In the Air festival do not count! I’ve been told I smell like the sky before it rains or smokey like a fire, depending on what was required of me that day.
30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
If you ate the last cookie, I refuse to drop a healing totem when you’re having your ass handed to you on the battlefield.