Arlen Stryder

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  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Basics
    2.   1.2  Miscellaneous
  2.   2.  Personality
    1.   2.1  Ideals
  3.   3.  Relationships
    1.   3.1  Family: Stryder, Knight
    2.   3.2  Relations
  4.   4.  Skills and Inventory
    1.   4.1  Abilities
  5.   5.  History
    1.   5.1  Achievements
by Nat

Arlen Stryder is the son of Lyris Stryder and Luca Knight, born on September 3rd of 2016 alongside littermates Myra Garcia and Remus Knight. He currently resides in Casa di Cavalieri as a Second Officer.

For most of his childhood, he was an active participant in the social goings-on of his childhood. He has had a full life surrounded by family and friends who have all supported him in his training to be a warrior of Casa di Cavalieri; however, things turned sour for the happy boy near the end of his first year. After betrayal from a fellow packmate, an attack by the Syndicate, and a battle with addiction that lead him to crippling himself. To make matters worse, that winter, his mother died giving birth to his two newest siblings

After Raine Nightshade was put to death for his crimes, publicly admitting to his involvement in the downfall of one of Casa's most promising youths, Arlen fled in shame for many weeks. When he returned, he tried to put his addiction behind him and begin rehabilitation for both his alcohol problem and his injured leg. During this, he was made the first member below Officer to become a mentor to his little sister Nora Knight. He also struggled with watching his siblings grow up along the Nightshade children who he harbors a deep hatred for.






  • cNPC: --
  • yNPC:
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  • Minor NPCs:
    • Arlene - the red highland cow that Teagan brought back for him



  • This Second Officer doesn't seem too horribly worried about rank climbing; question his drive!
  • Arlen pulls all sorts of stunts. You've probably seen him sneaking around or laughing about something.
  • He's the resident Joker! Feel free to reference him having made someone's day.
  • He's always by the cow pasture. Always.
  • Arlen wanders about causing all sorts of mischief. Feel free to blame anything and everything on him.
  • Ever since the masquerade ball with CdM, he's been a lot more ditzy and seems a lot more physically affectionate with the Chief Cleric's son, Damon.
  • Loud and not ashamed to admit it, Arlen's just plain mean to the Nightshade kids. Always has been. Loves everyone else though.

1.  Appearance

1.1  Basics


  • Species: Arlen takes after his wolf heritage far more than he does his dog, though there are traces of dog in his face and in his fur.
  • Fur: Arlen's fur is thick and long, a little too much so in the summer months. It's slightly longer on his chest like his father's.
    • Optime Hair: Loose curls down to his shoulders
  • Facial Features: The boy takes after both of his parents in the looks department. He has his father's long, thin nose and erect ears but has the sharp bone structure of his mother.
  • Build and Size: Again a mixture of both parents, Arlen will stand tall and proud, but lean. He is built more for reach, speed, and agility than he is for brute force. He can train for stamina, but it doesn't come as naturally to him.
  • Humanization: Very humanized. He has an upright posture and prefers to wear clothing.


  • Fur:
    • Arlen is primarily a reddish tan with a much paler underside that's closer to a pink than he's comfortable admitting.
  • Markings:
    • Arlen has a red hood and saddle and smaller red markings on his face, tail, and front toes.
    • His face, underside, and back legs are the paler/pinker cream color.
  • Eyes: A pale, almost bluish green.
  • Optime Hair: Red
    • Nose and Paw Pads: Brownish pink



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BROWN DERBY (#502619)



Nose, Skin, Paw Pads


By Despi + Ann!

1.2  Miscellaneous


  • Scars: None.
  • Piercings:
    • None.
  • Tattoos:
    • None.


Arlen has absolutely adored clothing ever since he shifted. For now, he sticks to rather simple attire that is easy to fight and do chores in, but he doesn't skimp on quality.

Jewelry and Accessories

Kharma necklace Vesper necklace
  • Typically has a wrist covered in a handful of brightly colored hairbands


  • Loose white tunic
  • Dark gray pants


90 lbs (40 kg)
35 in (89 cm)


Arlen looks like a lean, adolescent male in this form with disproportionately long, slender legs and a thin body. He uses this form to hunt and travel.

150 lbs (68 kg)
48 in (122 cm)


Very rarely does he find need to use his halfling form. When he does, his chest broadens slightly and his fur thickens. He's basically like a bird: looks like a lot, but it's really just fluff. Strip it away and you'll get a strange scrawny pink thing that looks nothing like you thought it would.

190 lbs (86 kg)
7ft (84 in / 213 cm)

Optime (Preferred)

Arlen has grown to be very tall and quite slim. Despite having defined muscles, it's deceptively lean. This is his preferred form.


  • Speech: Loose and informal, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to Arlen's speech patterns. Often, he'll drop off letters or chunks of words willy nilly and interject in nicknames for everyone. Incorrect grammar is tossed in there for the effect of it. Often, there is a sarcastic or teasing lilt at the ends of his sentences or on words he places emphasis on.
  • Scent: Arlen naturally has a wolfish musk that is overlaid with the strong scent of flowers, grass, and cattle. There are also undertones of: Casa di Cavalieri - Salt, Metal; Lyris Stryder - Pine; Luca Knight - Stone, wolf;
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: He has a crooked smile and a wicked gleam in his eyes constantly. He tends to gesture with his whole body, making wide sweeping movements of his arms and small but meaningful shifts in his stance.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Confident to the point of cocky, but very loosely dominant. He won't submit to intimidation, but he's also not going to puff up to intimidate someone else. He has better ways.


2.  Personality

Wide-Eyed Idealist - Innocently Insensitive - Marry For Love - Fool For Love - The Fighting Narcissist - Desperately Looking For A Purpose In Life - Troll

  • Kind, Innocent, Optimistic
    • Arlen is one of the sweetest little boys you will ever find. He has never met a stranger nor ever known an enemy. Everyone is his best friend, it seems. He wears his soft heart on his sleeve and holds no shame for it. He always looks for the brightest possible outcome, the shining ray of hope. And if there is none, he becomes it.
    • Oblivious to the potential for ill will, Arlen says whatever comes to mind whenever it comes to mind without thinking that it could possibly be offensive. He knows how he meant it and assumes that everyone else is as kind and innocent as he.
  • Family-oriented, People Pleaser, Family Values, Loves Love
    • The Stryder has been raised in a warm, loving family environment and it shows. He has the utmost loyalty to his family and would die for them even though he doesn't quite understand what death is yet. He soaks in his parents teachings and their behavior and tries his hardest to make them proud.
      • Unfortunately, this becomes a double-edged sword as he gets older. He wants to be everything that they desire in a son, but has difficulty realizing that he is just one child. He doesn't seem to understand that he can't cut his corners to fit into their mold.
    • Seeing his parents' marriage, from a young age, Arlen desires his own. He wants a loving wife, beautiful children, the whole package. He idolizes Lyris's and Luca's marriage and is blinded to the possibility that a different lifestyle could be just as rewarding to him.
      • The boy will unwittingly seek out every potential relationship in hopes that this new person will be "the one" he's always meant to be with. It usually doesn't work out the way he'd planned.
      • As he grows older and experiences romance (or attempts to) he will grow to romanticize love in an unrealistic manner. The love has to be perfect, or it just wasn't meant to be.
  • Mischeivous, Curious, Aimless
    • Arlen loves nothing more than doing exactly what he's not supposed to. He takes pleasure in finding loopholes that keep him out of trouble, such as moving things rather than outright stealing them. From almost as soon as he's able to walk, Arlen gets his nose into everything that he can, whenever he can. Nothing is off limits to him.
      • By watching his barely older brother try the exact same things and fail, Arlen has become much better at getting away with his mischeif than Remus. Arlen uses his wits to stay out of trouble, rather than running ahead blindly.
    • He doesn't love to ask questions, he HAS to ask questions. Arlen is not conscious of his desire to learn, he only knows that the instant a question comes to mind, it's already been asked in the most blunt way possible. This way of questioning without forethought may get him into trouble one day, but that probably won't stop him because unlike his mischeif, he doesn't understand the social etiquette that he has just breached.
    • While he idolizes his parents and wants to grow up to be just like them, Arlen doesn't actually have any real goals. Sporadic and fickle in his interests, the boy is more likely to bounce around until he finds something juuuuust right. But it's not likely that he'll find it quickly. More than likely, he'll never truly pick something. Instead, he'll most likely collect hobbies. There will be some that he will drop the instant something new comes along, but some that will stay with him forever.
  • Vain, Judgemental, Proud
    • Even at a young age, Arlen takes great pride in his appearance and expects others to do the same. He doesn't understand how one could not take responsibility for their appearance. Sloppiness baffles the boy. Is it really that hard to groom yourself every once and a while?
    • The boy has his own special brand of pride, but who knows what it consists of. There are certain aspects of himself that you would think that he takes pride in, but he really doesn't. He gets offended by the weirdest tiny things, but the big things don't phase him. But be careful if you do wound his ego, he will cry on you.

2.1  Ideals


Fun-loving, dreamer, proud

  • Optimistic: The red-hued boy knows very little of the dark side of the world and it shows. He loves to think the best of everyone and of every situation. There is always a bright side, always a light in the dark. Though he isn't blind to faults and flaws, he tends to look past them as best as he can.
  • Extraverted: Arlen loves people and people love Arlen. The sweet child oozes charisma towards others that cannot be contained. He constantly seeks out interactions with others, regardless of whether he knows them or not. The kid has never met a stranger. The only time that Arlen ever tries to be alone is when he's off pulling a stunt he knows will get him in trouble.
  • Dominant: Arlen is confident, fearless, and charismatic, but he is also blind to all of this. Where one to ever call him dominant or leader-like, he would instantly deny it. Though he places a certain amount of respect in the hierarchy system, he doesn't see anyone as truly lesser or better than him until they prove themselves.
  • Alignment: Neutral Good


  • Family and community
  • Fun
  • Pride


  • Losing a loved one: Before his Uncle Lorenzo died, Arlen didn't really understand what it meant to lose a loved one. While he had been alive for his great-grandfather's death, he hadn't really been old enough to feel anything towards him. With Lorenzo, Arlen had been able to cultivate a real relationship with the man before his passing and took his death very harshly. Now, one of his greatest fears (maybe even the only thing he fears) is that he'll lose another family member like he did his uncle.
  • Something: something something


  • Packs: Casa di Cavalieri is home and family.
  • Species: None
  • Non-Luperci: Arlen has yet to meet any.
  • Gender: Having grown up with very strong female figures in his life, Arlen can't comprehend the idea that a woman might be weaker than him. Have you met Lyris? Try telling her she's weak because she's a woman. I dare you.
  • Color: None yet
  • Sexuality: Arlen has been raised with the belief that the nuclear family of one female and one male is the proper family. While he personally doesn't find anything gross about two men or two women being together, he was taught that such a pairing is quite meaningless in its nature because it cannot produce offspring without outside help. As he's grown older, he's come to realize that this upbringing was maybe wrong?
  • Age: None yet.


Homosexual - Exclusively attracted to men, he isn't picky about types. He falls in love quite easily, without regards for the others' emotions (save one man), but he rarely acts on love because he's afraid of the commitment of it. One night stands are much easier and less painful.


  • Likes: Pranks, flowers, family, things that are beautiful
  • Dislikes: Ugly things, things that hurt him or his family
    • He cannot stand anyone being mean to his little sister, even his own brother.




Believes that there is probably more than likely a higher being.

3.  Relationships

* Does not know this person by name.

3.1  Family: Stryder, Knight

3.2  Relations

Key Relations

  • Lyris Stryder Arlen and his mother are very close because they are so very similar in nature, despite first appearances. He relates with his mother on a very profound level and trusts her insight above all else. He craves her approval more than anything, and one sharp word from her is enough to break his fragile heart. But she'd never hurt him, of that he's certain. Now that she's gone, he uses her memory as a guide for who and what he is. Even after death, he wishes nothing more than to make his mother proud of him. And he hopes that somehow, somewhere, she is.
  • Remus Knight Remus is Arlen's partner in crime. Arlen may be a few minutes younger than his gray brother, but Arlen seems to have more street smarts than Rem does, if only because he learns from Rem's mistakes rather than make his own. Arlen loves nothing more than to tease and play with his brother, and is very dependent on his company. Arlen's never been without Remus, and he doesn't ever plan to be.
  • Damon Arlen's best friend. They struck a friendship when Arlen needed help and Damon saved his butt and the relationship didn't change for a long time. They hang out all the time and they can often be found in one another's company. As Arlen has grown older and his temper has grown shorter, they can often be heard yelling at one another, but their fights never last long. Within the last month, a change has been seen: the two have finally admitted their long-time attraction of one another. While the 'l-word' has yet to be spoken, it seems only a matter of time before this slow-burn romance goes to the next level.

Positive Relations

  • Luca Knight While not particularly close to his father, Arlen blatantly idolizes him. He refuses to see any flaws in his father's character and looks up to him as the ultimate role model. Arlen secretly wishes they were closer, but is also kind of glad that they aren't, because he's worried what would happen if his father were disappointed in him.
  • Myra Garcia Myra, though tiny, is a strong and independent woman. As if Arlen cared. Myra is and always will be his little baby sister. Even if she learns to read before him. And shift before him. And is just altogether much cooler than him. She's is still wee bab.
  • Indi Knight The cool older sister that helps him get away with things that he probably shouldn't be able to get away with to be real honest. She encourages his mischeif and he loves it.
  • Lorenzo Knight Arlen's great-uncle. The big giant of a man was always kind, yet firm in guiding the Knight-Stryder children. He has left a huge impact on Arlen's life. After his death, the boy will strive to be even a fraction of the man his uncle was.
  • Callum Knight Mentor and Uncle. Uncle Callum is another strong role model for Arlen. He loves their training time together, though Callum is growing harder and harder on him. Arlen has taken up his uncle's weapon, the rapier, in the hopes that one day he'll be like him.


  • Teagan Stryder His other older sister, Teagan is very intimidating to him. He recognizes his mother in her a lot. He finds great joy in tormenting her through actions of affection and brotherly love, but never so much that she won't help him train. She helped him realize he was left-handed. She, like Lyris, isn't as mean as people think she is.


  • Rumpa Nightshade Arlen can't help but see the resemblance between Rumpa and his father. Arlen never got real closure over his attack, so he takes out his pent up frustrations on the youth.

Minor Relations

4.  Skills and Inventory

4.1  Abilities


  • Learning and Education: As a member of Casa di Cavalieri, he's been trained in several forms of fighting from his parents, mentors, and friends.
  • Rapier (Journeyman): His weapon of choice, he's no longer new to it. It's familiar and comfortable, though he does have to make adjustments for his leg.
  • Hand-to-Hand (Journeyman): Almost everything he's learned, he learned from fighting with his brother. It's by no means professional or clean and it usually does not get the job done.
  • Crippled: After a fight with a bear, Arlen has been left with a permanent limp in his left leg.


  • Feral Hunting (Apprentice): He knows how to take down small prey if he can catch up to it.
  • Tracking (Apprentice): He's better at finding the prey than he is actually catching it.
  • Optime Hunting: The boy has no clue how to hunt in his optime form.

5.  History

5.1  Achievements


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history overview here




  • 3 Jan: Arlen, Myra , Remus , and their cousins, Aldora Knight, Rohan Damaichu, and Sian Damaichu all recieved their mentors in the Apprenticeship Ceremony.
  • 10 Jan: Callum , Arlen's new mentor, takes him out on a camping trip for training.
  • 16 Jan: Arlen is attacked by chickens and saved by dear old, Uncle Enzo.
  • 27 Jan: Arlen and his siblings all play a practical joke on Teagan while at a sleepover.
  • 13 Feb: Lorenzo passes away. Arlen and his siblings, except for Teagan howl to mourn his passing.
  • 18 Feb: Myra nearly drowns and shifts a full month before she should. Arlen is not okay with this turn of events.
  • 28 Feb: Arlen goes out hunting with Aldora Knight to help her practice her archery and ends up attacked by yet another bird. This time, it's a goose.