Raginfrik:Your character is in a stable relationship of some description (if they are not in a relationship in the canon of your story, assume this hypothetically). Your character discovers that their partner has been cheating on them. How does your character react?
He would probably be very distressed and very angry. He would most definitely confront his partner and depending on how they acted would decide his own actions. If they too became angry [perhaps unhappy with the relationship or something like that] then he too, would be angry and likely kick them out and not have anything to do with them, even if they came back crying. If his partner was sad and upset and regretted the decision, he would probably split with them but keep in contact and possibly try and save the relationship over time. Does your character hold any religious or otherwise existential beliefs? If so, what inspired them to hold those beliefs? If not, why?
He was born into a Pagan family that while not overly pious, still worshipped the Norse Pantheon and were firm in their beliefs. Around age 13 he became friends with a Christian priest [keep in mind this is around the end of the Viking Age] hiding in a local village who managed to convince him to convert. He used tricks like flipping his Mjolnir pendant upside down and saying how it looked like a cross. How Odin nailed himself to a tree for the alphabet and Jesus was nailed to a cross. How they worshipped the Son of thier Main god [Odin, all father and his son, Thor] and Christianity was the same. He also played on Raginfrik's uncertainty that the gods existed at all, for they never seemed to be in Raginfrik's favor as a child, between his being the second youngest and likely never going to be entitled to anything and being betrothed to a rather saucy wench at age 14. Over time, with Raginfrik being a very curious boy, by age 15 he had converted and was soon discovered and exiled from his homeland. He stayed a christian for all 12 years of his exile. But on his 11th year, when he returned home and found it destroyed and thought his family dead he began to question any gods at all. A year later, after finding his family and getting his hand cut off in battle by his older brother to "Make a point" about his 'nailed god' not giving a shit about him, he converted back to Paganism after he believed Odin answered a prayer of his. If you asked your character what his/her favorite color is, what would they say? Is there any reason they resonate with that particular color?
He would probably say red, because it is the color of the blood of his slain enemies, and the color that looks best on the end of his sword. In reality he leans strongly towards green. It is the color of apples, his favorite food, a color his Mother often wore [he's a momma's boy], he loves to sleep in grass, which is also green. It calms him and makes him think of happy things [Apples, his mother, sleeping]. Does your character have any deep-seated fears? Do these fears motivate how your character acts in his/her day-to-day life?
He would never admit it to anyone, and only scratches at the surface when 'admitting' it to himself but he is absolutely paralyzed by the fear of becoming a failure. Again. In anyone's eyes. His deepest fear is failure. Failure as a man, as a brother, as a warrior, as a father. He was already a failure once when his conversion to Christianity was discovered and he was cast out of his clan, and now that he is back home, the last thing he wants to do is feel like that again. He tries too hard to try and prove himself worthy and has almost alienated himself anyway during that process. Finally, however, he has decided it is not worth trying anything anymore, and no longer wants to strive for anything and instead will simply sit and let the world move him.
Another fear is that of his own brother, Ulfrik. He is nearly terrified of him and yet strives to impress him all the same. They were Fairly close as kids, in a kind of, Big badass brother and little annoying shit kind of way, And Ragin honestly misses that but since his arrival, he feels very intimidated by him and believes Ulfrik is just waiting for an excuse to get rid of him. He finds it hard to fight those thoughts and recent events [Ulfrik nearly killing him while under magical influence] haven't helped his thoughts. There are times when he debates leaving the fort entirely and setting up a home somewhere else. But there is still a part of him that wants to do his brother proud, that wants his family to return to a comfortable normalacy, and repair his relationship with ALL his brothers, not just Ulfrik, since he 'failed' them so long ago and still feels as though they see him as an outcast. Does your character have any particular pet peeves or annoyances? If so, is there any particular person, thing or event that caused your character to have this annoyance?
-Being called gay or any implication that he may be homosexual. He traveled with a gay Roman soldier for 8 years of his 12 exile. The man kept him basically as a slave, and Raginfrik often wonders how he was able to fight off his advances all those years. It is a touchy subject for him, deeply personal and only one person knows about it, and so even the slightest comment on his sexuality sets him alight.
-Questioning of his manhood/integrity/honor. Because of a life filled with being forced to murder, steal and lie because of his Roman capturer, he is struggling and tries very hard to restore his personal honor, humanity and integrity and takes insults to it very seriously.
-Being ignored. He absolutely HATES when people obviously or unintentionally ignore or fail to hear him, or even not listen to his advice. It's different if his advice is proven faulty, then he doesn't mind. But he barely spoke, or had anyone to speak to on his exile and now that he's around people again, by the gods he wants his voice to be heard. How does your character feel about his/her appearance? Has any part of their appearance been changed (e.g. tattoos, unusual hair colors, piercings)? If so, why did your character want to make that change?
Honestly he thinks he looks a'ight. He knows he might not be the sexiest hunk of man on the block but he can live with that, and it's never stopped him from pretending he's some high-dollar shit and be confident in his charm. He's missing some teeth and they're kinda yellowed, his body is hairy and his scars are plentiful, deodorant doesn't exist, but he takes good care of himself when he can. He's began cleaning his teeth since discovering it was possible, and bathes weekly, hair washed twice a week because of the length. [Keep in mind again, viking age. most people back then might have bathed once a month]. He's gotten a few tattoos for religious purposes, and pierced his nipples because his lover, Bryg, said she would do hers if he did, and he finds hers pleasing. His own get on his nerves more often than not, rubbing between his flesh and his armor so he rarely wears them unless he's at home with her. What are your character's primary goals/dreams/ambitions? Why does your character want to attain this goal?
-Approval. From many people, but especially his lover Bryg and, above all, from his brother Ulfrik, though he has stopped trying so feverishly to reach that goal. IF he can have this he would die content, even if he was poor and without a home. He seeks this because he feels like his integrity and honor have been tainted by his exile, that he was a failure for being cast out, and seeks security, more or less, that what he did is in the past and no one sees him poorly for it. Social acceptance.
-Family. This goal has been more or less reached. He has 3 beautiful children and a loving girlfriend who he hopes to marry eventually. One of his duties as a man is to raise a strong family, and he's on his way to filling that duty, which is helping his want of acceptance and approval.
-Renown. Like all great warriors of his family, he wants his valiant deeds and glorious battles whispered about through the ages, for his name to carry a weight of honor and nobility among his ilk for centuries to come.
-Higher Social Status. Back on approval and renown. He would like to become Jarl of the Ulfrikson Clan one day, but that is a dream he has mostly put on the shelf. Instead he is half-heartedly seeking out to become Ulfrik's Thegn. If he gets the position he will be happy and content, if he does not, then it is no skin off his back. He has recently been debating making a clan of his own but still being loyal to Ulfrik, who would be the High Jarl to his Jarldom. If your character fails miserably and loses sight of his/her goal (if you answered that your character doesn't have any huge goals/ambitions, assume this is a short-term or small goal), what happens next?
Likely, if he didn't kill himself he would go into a severe depression for the rest of his life and be unable to shake off his overwhelming feeling of failure. He would leave the fort, if still living there, possibly with or without his family, and set up a new, small, humble homestead far away from anyone that might have known him. He would be quiet, lonely, and miserable for the rest of his life. When making friends or allies, what qualities does your character look for in others?
Honor and Loyalty. He has had his taste of the darker, more villianous side of life and does not like it, and know what people form that crop are capable of. He looks for someone usually with good integrity and a strong sense of willpower. Someone he can help, and who can help him.
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