30 Days of Character Development: Bahunada Darkhide
(Yet more fun with another one of my characters! This one is a bit darker than Shen, so ye be warned!)
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 have always had a tenuous relationship with my parents. Being a Tauren, we have always been raised more as a child of the tribe than a typical family setting. I was raised by the Grimtotems, so draw your conclusions from that. My parents died when Deathwing flooded Thousand Needles, so I do not know if they get along. Wherever they are, I am sure it is far too good for them, though.
2.) What are your character’s most prominent physical features?
My dark fur. It is why I changed my name to Darkhide after leaving the tribe. Although you can still see the stains of the old warpant the Grimtotem favor.
3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
I have far too many to name. Before I ran off, I was one of Magatha’s favorite gladiators. You’re not quite a gladiator if you don’t have scars to prove it.
4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
What kind of question is this? I’m just lucky I was accepted by the Runetotem tribe after leaving. My appearance, and self-worth tied to said appearance, have no value in my life!
5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?
What the? I don’t know what this means. You would have to ask my life-mate, Alek on that one.
6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
It happens to be a tie between my life-mate ceremony with Alek and adopting her niece as our child.
7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
Not at all. If it was not for Magatha’s treachery, I would not be part of the Runetotem tribe, nor mated to my Alek.
8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
Ice cream? What is that? I like a nice bronze, like my mate’s armor. As for songs, I do love the song that the druids and shaman play with their instruments called Call of the Elements. Have you ever heard it? My favorite flower? Peacebloom. It gives me hope that life will calm for us Tauren someday.
9.) Who does your character trust?
Alek, Chieftan Bloodhoof, and all the members of the Runetotem tribe.
10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
The day Magatha rigged the Mak’gora between Garrosh and Cairne. That was what caused me to leave the tribe. I was used to Gladiatorial combat, not survival, and Alek’togia found me. She mentored me on what it means to be a warrior of the Tauren. After my Rite of the Hunt, I was a true member of the Runetotem tribe. A few weeks later, I was her life-mate.
11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
The kodo! Mighty, strong, proud, and unwilling to bend or break to another’s will. I think it suits me perfectly.
12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?
I submitted a letter to Warchief Garrosh’s blog once. I do not know if it made it through. As it is, I am telling all of this to a Pandaren Shaman who is writing all of my responses down. I am surprised by the speed of his quill as I talk. I tend to talk quickly.
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?
I would say our “bed” is fairly neat. Alek and I sleep on an arrangement of rugs and skins, and there is little need for blankets in Mulgore. The nights are warm, and they would wind up tangled around our hooves. I usually sleep with my arms around my life-mate, or her arms around me. We seem to wake up that way as well.
14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
Extreme heat does not bother me much. Extreme cold does not bother me much either. I may hug my cloak around myself if I were to venture back to Northrend, though. It was very cold up there.
15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
I have always been an early riser, due to my Gladiatorial training. Warrior training is not so different. At night, I do not fall asleep right away, especially if Alek is back in our tent with me. There is much I wish to ask her about her travels to Pandaria, plus we have a calf to care for.
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?
Are you Magatha, answer seeker? If you are, I will not hesitate to bring your head to Warchief Hellscream on a silver platter! When I forsook the Grimtotem, I forsook the entire tribe. I would hate for you to meet the same fate as they did. Nevertheless, I count the Runetotem, and all who dwell on Thunder Bluff, as family.
17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
I do not keep a desk. My armor is placed away with extreme care, hanging just below my axe and out of the way of our young calf’s reach.
18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
I can cook a mean roasted kodo steak, and those nice Mag’har in Nagrand taught me how to roast a talbuk and clefthoof in the same manner. They do need more spices, though.
19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
I prefer to travel on the back of my kodo, or my wyvern. It depends how swiftly I need to reach where I travel. If not, there is always heroic leap and charge to get there on hoof!
20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
Magatha still haunts my dreams, that she would come in the night and have those loyal to her kill my wife and our calf. I have not told this to anyone before.
21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be?
A totem pole. All the better to smash your head in for asking such a stupid question!
22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
No where. I believe life is a gift from the Earth Mother, and who are we to meddle with her plan for us? As a mother, I cannot help but wonder what my sweet little calf will be like when she grows up.
23.) Is your character superstitious?
Super-wha? I do not know what this one means.
24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
Someone who could best me in battle! Of course, that honor already goes to my life-mate.
25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?
I believe my hands are like any other Tauren’s. Calloused from battle and long (even if others think our three fingers are odd).
26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
My favorite comfort food would be Alek’s Wildfoul Breast. She learned how to make it in Pandaria and it is very tasty! My vice would be fighting! You can take the girl out of the gladiatorial arena, but you can’t take the gladiator out of the girl! My favorite hot drink would be Peacebloom tea. It is very calming. My favorite time of year and holiday correspond. I love winter in Mulgore and I love Winter’s Veil. It was around this time that Alek found me.
27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
((More OoC glory! For Huna, I would pick Grizabella the Glamour Cat from CATS while wandering after deserting her tribe and Winter by Joshua Radin for her after her life-mate ceremony and realization she didn’t have to be so angry all the time.))
28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
Clearly it would be an action/drama.
29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
I believe I smell like a Tauren in battle. Steel, sweat, and blood. Although my soap smells nice, like Silverleaf.
30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
Please do not lose yourself to anger. Pandaria is a dangerous place to lose yourself in negative emotions and you have a wife and calf to think of. Remember what Alek told you about. You are a strong woman. Stronger than whatever Magatha has to throw at you.