[ꜰᴜʟʟ ɴᴀᴍᴇ]Vahn Draren [ɴᴀᴍᴇ ᴘʀᴏɴᴜɴᴄɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ]Vahn Drah-rehn  [ɴɪᴄᴋɴᴀᴍᴇs]The Wanderer [ᴀɢᴇ]20 (Birthday on the last day of the year.) [ʀᴀᴄᴇ]Human [ᴇᴛʜɴɪᴄɪᴛʏ]Harani [ɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟɪᴛʏ]East Ishvaran [ɢᴇɴᴅᴇʀ]Cis Male [ᴏᴄᴄᴜᴘᴀᴛɪᴏɴ]Author, Hermit, Anthropologist, Traveler, Historian
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Androgynous--often easily mistaken for a female. Thin, petite, and well-groomed, wearing kohl around his eyes.
Lime-green hair. A black star-shaped tattoo beneath his left eye, just atop his cheek.
Robes and cloth. Generally West Ishvaran and Haslan clothing. Comfort and flexibility are more important than protection.
[ᴡᴇᴀᴘᴏɴs ᴏꜰ ᴄʜᴏɪᴄᴇ]:
The pen... and sometimes a staff. ...And fire.
Vahn has a slightly smaller build and height than an average Harani, standing at just 5'2", and weighing around 100 lbs. Even less typically, his eyes are a dull blue in moderate lighting, and his hair is naturally lime green, growing a darker shade of green close to his roots. He bears freckled cheeks and a star-shaped tattoo on his left cheek. His straight, silky hair cascades well past his shoulders to about mid-back when worn down, though he often wears it tied up in a high, Haslan-styled ponytail.
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[ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴏꜰ ʀᴇsɪᴅᴇɴᴄᴇ]Wandering, as of early autumn. Housed near Veroe by late autumn. [ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴏꜰ ʙɪʀᴛʜ]A hermitage situated in the secluded mountains of Hasla.
Ancestor reverence, nature-spirit reverence. Considers Aranzeb a god rather than simply a hero, and holds religious reverence for him.
The personal collection and redistribution of worldly and scholastic knowledge. World-wide egalitarian reform.
[Grandfather/Guardian] Ichal Draren (deceased).
[Father] Kael Draren (deceased).
[Mother] Rena Su (deceased).
Exceptionally adept at absorbing knowledge; multilingualism; book-smarts; general intuition; alarmingly low alcohol tolerance; profound tendency to ramble on and on with or without an audience; Dangerous destructive magical prowess
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Gaining and spreading knowledge, uncovering mysteries, advocating for peace
Kind, gentle, empathetic, good-natured, nervous, nerdy, etc.
Everything has a purpose. It is up to mankind to discover that purpose, both personal and universal.
[ʀᴇʟɪɢɪᴏɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʜɪʟᴏsᴏᴘʜʏ]
Like most in Erenor, he expresses dedication to Nui, and to Thiol, but privately deifies Aranzeb despite understanding he never was strictly considered a god, but a hero. Most of his private religious practice centers around ancestral reverence. He regards organized religion with some warriness, sometimes unwittingly expressing views that border on heresy. Philosophically, Vahn is an altruist.
Friendly, difficult to offend, empathetic, altruistic, resourceful, fiercely intelligent
Awkward, sometimes overly talkative, unnecessarily apologetic, very naive
Almost always has a journal at hand, in which he scrawls feverishly when he learns something new; Writes incredibly fast with relative ease; Stutters when nervous or not confident; Experiences some sort of severe melancholy that may be more than fleeting sadness
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Vahn was raised by his paternal grandfather alone in the mountains of Hasla. His young father was executed following the untimely death of his lover--Vahn's mother. Afterwards, Vahn's grandfather left the rest of the world behind and became a hermit, single-handedly raising Vahn far from civilization.
Forbidden from leaving the hermitage his entire life, Vahn had never met or interacted with other people aside from late grandfather. Vahn was seventeen years of age when his grandfather succumbed to old age and steadily worsening illness. For his entire life, including the two years that he was completely without another human being in his life, he diligently obeyed his grandfather's warnings never to leave the hermitage, but there was a curiosity about the outside world that he couldn't satisfy with the books his grandfather collected.
Coming out of seclusion, he understood little about money and finances. Previously having never before had any real use for currency, living off the land, he can make do with meager means. In his limitless curiosity, he has since spent his days wandering throughout Erenor, recording what he could, and experiencing it all first-hand.
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[ᴛɪᴍᴇᴢᴏɴᴇ]Central Time (CST/CDT) [ᴏᴏᴄ ʟɪᴍɪᴛs]Uncomfortable with RP that involves overly twisted themes or gruesome, triggering content. Will disregard metagamers, godmoders, lore breakers, and griefers.
#14218578 Sep 29, 2019 at 02:09 AM · Edited 16 days ago
This section contains thoughts/observations Vahn has about the people he has met in his travels. Keep in mind, this is all OOC knowledge, and should not be used in any IC capacity.
Aireia, I believe her name was, is a Nuian woman I met briefly in Reladia. I believe she may be Zuri's sister, but I'm not certain. I really don't know much more than that. Meeting the people of Reladia was an overwhelmingly social experience.
Not the famous one, he'd remind you. An Elf, potentially a half-Elf, who reached out to me about forming some sort of scholarly society that would seek to uncover the greater mysteries of the universe, and our place within it. His father dealt with necromancy and was outcast for it. His motives are sometimes questionable, and his behavior is sometimes peculiar, but he has given me something to help Vrekka with his painful memories, and I am grateful to him for that.
A Nuian, who is a resident of Reladia, I think. I don't know much about her, but like many in Reladia, she speaks Haranyan. She asked for transportation to Haranya when we first met, so I took her to Hasla, and we parted ways there. I haven't seen her since.
Aurumin is a Warborn woman I first encountered when she brought me to safety after I fainted in Arcum Iris. It seems her ultimate desire is to help others, but she often feels discouraged in this endeavor, which I think is largely due to the men she keeps around her, both of whom seem to either neglect her or exploit her. She has a gift for healing, and has been able to help with my illness in part. Unfortunately, the closer she drifts to these questionable men, the more I feel like there's a distance between us.
A resident of Reladia who is I believe three quarters Nuian, and a quarter Harani. Like many in Reladia, she speaks fluent Haranyan. She showed me a ledger of the town and observed that there are many strange inconsistencies within it. Now, I suspect that may have something to do with this mirror realm that seems to be interwoven into many real-world encounters as of late. I should speak with her about that ledger.
A Harani woman who, I believe, is part of the upper class. She's a talented musician that I met in Vilanelle, and seems to have a knack for instruction, though I think she is a little bit prideful. I don't know much beyond that, but I hope I run into her again. I'm afraid I didn't make the best first impression.
This red-haired Warborn seems to be a regular patron at the Open Palm. She told me that she was named after a dangerous element. Knowing very little about geology, I hadn't heard of this before, and that sort of prompted a night-long delve into the study of sulfuric minerals. Very fascinating!
This man... He is a Firran engineer and inventor, and has his own business called MagiCorp. He manufactures weapons and automatons. He has a very off-putting aura, and I believe that he is an opportunist and lech. The more I learn about him, the less I trust him.
While looking for a home for Vrekka, I encountered this Nuian woman in a village called Reladia. She was very amenable and friendly. It seems she had a sort of brief bout of deja vu when we first encountered one another, which I thought innocuous enough at first--but now I suspect there may be an emotional memory related to this mirror realm phenomenon that has recently come to my attention. She's one of the first Nuian or partially-Nuian women that I've met. I sent her some art for her home. She mentioned that she lived in Haranya for a time.
A very colorful Elf that I met in the same day I met Mister Malagan, Mister Marius, and Mister Vrekka. He said he's a clerk, and he didn't seem too proud about that, but I thought it was fascinating. He dresses somewhat odd.
A Harani painter that I met in Lutesong. He is a gentle soul who had a very dark and frightening past that I think has severely skewed his expectations for others, and for the quality of treatment he is entitled to. He often turns up wounded, and the company he keeps sometimes worries me. I hope that he will meet more people who will treat him nicely.
A strange Harani man who wears a mask. He might be a slave, but I have somewhat conflicting accounts as to whether he is currently one, or has escaped that life. I'm not sure why, but he seems to enjoy making others uncomfortable--mostly Miss Kora and myself. He knows my real name, and he isn't someone I willfully entrusted that to.
A Harani man who wrote to me about a publication I released before my book about the Warborn came out. He seemed interested in what I have to say. We exchanged letters for a while, but only met in person several weeks later, by happenstance. He's a little difficult to follow, but he likes to speak on his ideals, and on politics, which is helping me to understand what's going on these days.
A very kind, and evidently very strong Firran that I met at the Traveler's Spring in the Solis Headlands. I was struggling with some buckets of water, and he helped me to carry them. He has a Snowlion steed he seems close with, and he has very peculiar hair that sticks straight up. He is a peculiar fellow with a talent for making liquor--so much so that he's become the primary supplier of liquor to the Open Palm. He speaks some Nuian, and he is very considerate. I hope someday to get to know him a little better moving forward.
When I first met Miss Kora, I thought she was scary. Sometimes, I still think she is, but in a way, she's like the sibling I never had. Her woes and troubles are still unresolved and seem to be getting more complicated, so I'm not quite sure how to help, but I'm trying my best. We traveled to Perinoor together a long time ago, and I learned that her mother was a guard for a team of archaeologists that mysteriously vanished. She can be a little sharp-tongued at times, but I'm growing accustomed to it, and she is still my first true friend.
Some time ago, this strange Firran got my attention in Lutesong when he was being escorted to an Inn by some guards. I have learned that he works somewhat contrary to Miss Kora and her goals. We spoke briefly, and I felt uneasy the whole time. It's not simply that he's unkind, but that he has actively hurt people that I know. He was cordial enough when Miss Tani was apparently in charge of him... which was really confusing. There's a lot that he seems to hold over people's heads, and I don't think he values other's lives or autonomy much at all.
Despite his name, he's actually very friendly. He took to calling me Ephi, because I didn't introduce myself properly. I'm worried about the reasons he may have come to bear the name of the god of destruction. It's been a long time since I've seen him.
This Harani man seemed to be very well versed in the traditions of North Ishvaran culture and art. He was eager to help to solve a strange mystery when we met, and had me assist in some theory crafting, for a time... until I got distracted by an altercation. He seems like a busy-body. The last time I saw him, he was floating around here-and-there, keeping tabs on everything that was happening.
A reclusive Elf that I found wounded in Gweonid. After assisting him, I learned that he is very alike to me in terms of his secluded upbringing. He has a very sweet Elk, and is quite friendly himself. I invited him to visit Hasla, and hope that he will eventually venture out and see the world as well. Based on journals he allowed me to peruse, I believe his mother may have harbored an enemy, and worried for her son's safety as a result.
During my first trip abroad, this Elf was kind enough to accompany me to Ezna and to keep me safe from harm. He introduced me to some people. I may have sort of implied that I was Sallium, but he picked up quick that I was not. I think just about everyone did. At least they didn't seem too hostile about it? Malagan seems genuinely kind.
A Nuian that Mister Malagan introduced to me. He was also able to see through my implied falsehoods, but didn't seem hostile.
In Ezna, this Elf seems to bartend and arrange events for the locals. We haven't spoken much, but she was warm and welcoming the last time I spoke directly with her. She also dared a visit to the Open Palm, which I am grateful for. I think she may be close with Mister Alexander.
He's the first Warborn I'd ever seen or met. I felt very sad, knowing that he's been subjugated. He wanted to learn how to be self-sufficient. Lately, he has done very well for himself, and has joined the Yorland Theater, which was a little sad for me. He was one of my first friends, and I fear that I won't get to see him much going forward given his busy schedule, and... perhaps my limited time in this realm.
This Firran shaman was brought to me by Miss Kora in the hopes of addressing my illness. He was able to quell the pain at that time, and I did trust him until recently. I have since learned that he may be a very central figure in this wound between realms, and that this Onouris may or may not be the one from our realm. Miss Shesmetet does not trust him--and he is her brother--so I am compelled not to trust him as well. Either version, really.
Another Firran I met when I was in Lutesong. She took care of a drink or two that Mister Kuyo didn't. After speaking with her, I learned that she didn't have much use for writing, but wanted to find some prospective employment. I offered to write and post an ad for her in exchange for a story or two. I hope she will tell me a few the next time we meet.
A Harani man with a partially burnt face. I haven't really had a proper talk with him, but when I have seen him, he's been a little grumpy. It seems like he's angry with Miss Kora, yet simultaneously infatuated with her. The few times we have spoken, he's been concerned with Miss Kora, and/or very drunk. He also treats Mister Gale strangely, and neglects or ignores Miss Aurumin. Because of that, I cannot truthfully say I have the highest opinion of him right now.
A Sallium I met in Ezna. She seemed to be the Page to a Dwarven Priestess of Nui when I met her, but now I think that may have been a disguise. She was a Freeblood. Maybe still is? Through Devigard, I was put in contact with her again, and, as a result, she now works at the Open Palm. I sit down with her occasionally for Haranyan lessons. She's very brusque.
This incredible Firran woman came to my rescue in Arcum Iris, and since then, I've been seeing her more and more frequently at the Open Palm. She is brave, and has stood up for me where I felt I couldn't before. I have a sort of instinctual trust with her, which might be in part due to her connections to this mirror realm phenomenon. I have learned that she is the sister of Shaman Onouris, and that he cannot be trusted. And, it seems, her alter in this mirror realm may have been married to Mister Vrekka... Which is a difficult pill to swallow.
A Priestess of Nui. She is the first Dwarf I have met, and she seems like a caring, devout woman. She asked me for help on her journey, and I accepted. It wasn't a very fruitful journey, but I was glad to be of some help at least. I haven't seen her since parting ways.
A Warborn woman who makes Aurumin a little uneasy--which made me uneasy. I found her cryptic at first, until getting the opportunity to speak with her as part of the 'date' from our auction. She seems like she could be dangerous to foes, and she does seem to enjoy teasing people--especially me--but I don't get the impression that she is a bad person. I think that she is someone who has had a long life in which she was never in control of her own fate or destiny... and now she is. I understand why she values power, and was pleasantly surprised to see that her motives don't seem terribly selfish.
I met "Laughing Tide" in Sunbite while looking into the history and wildlife of the region. She told me more about the plight of the Warborn, and about those who fight against oppression. We have seen each other several times since then, but less and less frequently as of late. She designed and built the Open Palm. Generally, I find her playful, and good-hearted, but I was surprised to find her inflexibly angry at the West. That discussion may have caused a bit of a strain between us, especially as it came during a time when I was growing very close to a Nuian man.
Miss Tani approached me in the Silent Forest while I was digging for a particular type of slug for a potion. It seems like Erenor is a really small place after all, as she knew some others I have met before, including Kuyo. When I saw her next, she was sort of pushing Kuyo around, which was strange to witness. I think she is well-intentioned, and seems to be helping Miss Kora with her troubles, which I am grateful for.
Though I was in the midst of fleeing a social affair after my feelings sort of suffered a bruise, this woman approached me. She seemed like a warm person. I wish that I had spent a little more time there and not fled so soon. Perhaps I'll meet her again. I think I've seen her at the Open Palm on occasion, but I've always been otherwise occupied.
A Nuian man from Reladia. He seems very familiar with Miss Demi, though most others reacted to him in an exasperated manner. I think he's some sort of noble, but I'm not really sure.
When we first met, this extraordinary Nuian spoke to me for quite some time. Despite my attempts to not stand out in Nuia, he could tell that I'm a Harani, and I did eventually confess that I am from Hasla. I learned that he is a mercenary, and didn't pose any sort of aggression towards me. He told me he drinks to forget memories that aren't really his, which I suspect are his alter's memories from a mirror dimension. Recently, he's been staying with me in Hasla. He's helped me through difficult times... and he taught me something very new. We have grown very close. He is my best friend. My partner. And I love him dearly.
A Warborn woman that I met on a cargo ship. She seems like a jack-of-all-trades--a farmhand, an artist, possibly a composer. I didn't get much time to speak with her, but I was very impressed by her journal.
Another resident of Reladia. It sounded like she was looking for people to work on a ship with her. I was a little overwhelmed in the moment, but I believe she is Aireia's sister.
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Updated Character Thoughts with an update to Kora, and added Khoshekh, Kuyo, Rhett, Chiyo, Leng Wu, Tomiko, Malagan, Marius, Fraxinus, Vrekka, Seia, and Sinclaire. Characters who I couldn't find profiles for are red. Please let me know if you have a character profile that I have not linked.
Updated profile to include exact height and weight. Updated some of the backstory to include integration back into society, and fix some grammatical tense. Added Tani and Shesmetet to character thoughts. Added a few links to various characters. Updates to Aurumin, Darius, Vrekka, Kuyo, and a tiny update to North Light. Whew.