Ronin Solberg

Ronin Solberg (ROH-nin SOUL-berg) is a member of Packs, ranked as a RANK.

His parents were killed by bandits when he was only a couple months old. The traumatic event caused him to remember little of his life with his parents before the event, though, Ronin doesn’t particularly care to try, having tried his best to otherwise mentally suppress anything revolving around the terrible incident. He was rescued and raised by an older wolf named Toge, who he came to affectionally refer to as “Grandfather.” Toge gave Ronin his name, and cared for him as if he were of his own. Growing up in a heavily dog-dominated community, Ronin was teased and bullied in his youth because of his wolf-blooded grandfather and his own obviously mixed heritage. He had his fair share of fights and bloody lips, lectures and lessons to be learned. He lived an otherwise average childhood for a boy, and began apprenticing under Toge in leatherworking once he came of proper age. In December of 2020, Toge and Ronin were attacked by bandits. In the fight that ensued, Toge was killed, their horses and wares were taken, and Ronin had been rendered unconscious and left for dead. His grief, anger, and injuries prevented him from properly pursuing the bandits, and he eventually found himself in New Brunswick, Canada, where he met Naomi Stryder.


Overview

Portrait
by Songbird

Credit: Songbird

Signalment
  • Birthname: Unknown
    • Etymology:
      • Ronin: a wandering samurai who had no lord or master
      • Solberg: sun mountain (Old Norse)
  • Date of Birth: 03 January 2020
    • Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
  • Sex: Male
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Wolfdog
    • 60% Canis lupus (Wolf) 1, 40% Canis lupus familiaris (Dog) 2
Affiliations
  • Pack: Loner
  • Rank: --- (Mon YYYY – Present)
OOC Information
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Appearance

Physical Description

Ronin is an indistinguishable wolfdog hybrid, looking neither fully wolf, but, also, neither fully dog either. His ears are short and rounded like a wolf’s are, however, his coat is more in line with his dog ancestry; double-coated and shorter. Even though it’s shorter than a typical wolf’s, however, it still protects him comfortably from the northern winters. He would be considered “average” in height compared to most wolves, “large” compared to most dogs. He has a lean but muscular build to him. He is handsomely “average” all around. When in Optime, his hair is medium in length, and held up in a ponytail. Combined with his bangs, his hair gives him a rather roguish look.

He has a tendency to act nonchalant, and may give off an air of someone that is lazy because of his general, relaxed-looking posture. To a more trained eye though, there is an underlying tension that lies beneath this uncaring exterior, a tension that is ready to snap into action at a moment’s notice.

Forms:

  • Lupus: 37 in (94 cm) ↔ 95 lbs (43 kg)
  • Secui: 46 in (117 cm) ↔ 160 lbs (73 kg)
  • Optime: 6 ft 4 in (76 in / 193 cm) ↔ 200 lbs (91 kg) (Preferred)

Gear

  • Clothing
    • Hooded cowl
    • Long-sleeve tunic
    • Leather bracers
    • Loose pants
  • Weaponry
    • Knife

Interaction

  • Speech: Crass, blunt, confident, casual, abrasive
    • Fluent in French and Japanese
  • Unique Scent: Pine, leaflitter, mountain water, leather
  • General Posture and Body Language: Relaxed and nonchalant, but with underlying tension; Tendency to scowl, scoff, glare, groan, grimace, and click his tongue

Coloration Palette

Fur

Foggy Gray (#CFCBBD)
Leather (#956D4E)
River Bed (#4B565E)
Outer Space (#2A353C)

Optime Hair

Outer Space (#2A353C)

Eyes

Loblolly (#B5C4C9)

Nose/Pawpads/Claws

Mine Shaft (#272727)

Reference Images

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Personality

Summarized: Blunt, abrasive, crass, sarcastic, protective, loyal, dependable, outspoken, stubborn, determined, confident, casual/nonchalant

Ronin is a bit abrasive in nature, or, at least, he puts forth the image of someone who is. He often comes off as being overly casual, blunt, sarcastic, and typically has a crass way of saying things, and, as such, he may give the impression of someone who is ill-mannered and somewhat rude. He can be frustratingly stubborn at times, and often acts like he doesn’t care, or, tries to be noncommittal. But, despite all his scowls, glares, huffs, and generally acting as if he doesn’t care, there is a heart of gold beneath his “tough guy” exterior.

He is unwaveringly loyal to his allies, and is undeniably dependable. He may gripe or act modest about his actions or may otherwise cover them up as something else, but, Ronin genuinely cares for the happiness of his friends and loved ones. He is confident in his abilities, and would push himself to the brink if it meant protecting an ally. In an effort to not worry his love ones, Ronin often tries to act strong and tough, even if he is otherwise not.

  • Motivations: Self-preservation, friends and loved ones, justice, vengeance
  • Fears: Disappointment, being unable to protect or losing those he cares about, being weak or a burden
  • Likes: Meat (especially venison) and cooked fruits/vegetables skewers, hunting and running in Lupus, fighting/wrestling/roughhousing, forests and secret meadows, autumn, making his friends/loved ones happy
  • Dislikes: Being weak or a burden, bandits, individuals who oppress/belittle/take advantage of others, bullies, being talked down to or lectured, greedy and selfish individuals

Skills & Hobbies

Note: Listed skills are those that the character has some significant talent or interest in to be noteworthy. Skills that have been mastered (and are best expressed as such) are marked.

  • Trilingual (Common Tongue, French, Japanese)
Where Ronin grew up, French was a common language used in larger, neighboring settlements as well as many smaller ones. His own pack had a large number of Japanese speakers, and, so, Ronin grew up in an environment where these “foreign” languages were a necessity to communicate and go about daily life and trade.
  • Fighting
He is skilled and has an interest in blades, particularly in knives and swords. He has a natural talent for feral fighting in Lupus, and his practice in the footwork and precision required for all of these allow Ronin to be a decently skilled hand-to-hand fighter, however, these are limited more to pins, disables, deflections, and other hindering or evasive movements rather than, truly, using his fists and feet to fight his opponents. He is a notably better fighter with a blade in hand or in his Lupus form. His fighting style is to disable his opponents before resorting to powerful, precise strikes. Ronin is comically terrible with projectile weaponry, such as bows.
  • Leatherworking
Wanting to help his adoptive grandfather, Ronin’s interest in working leather started at a young age. His practice and education were furthered with the help and encouragement of Makoto Ridley. Currently, Ronin can tan leather and create simple things such as bags, pouches, belts, etc. He strives to eventually specialize in armor crafting.
  • Hunting
Because of his ancestry, Ronin has a strong hunting instinct, and is generally quite successful. He has a good nose for tracking and a sharp mind for predicting and strategizing how his prey will react and move. He is a powerful hunter while in Lupus or Secui, able to fit into nearly any role; a tracker, a courser, or an ambusher. Because of his terrible skills with things like bows and general disinterest in crafting elaborate traps, Ronin is a poor Optime hunter.


Threads

2020

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1 30% Eastern Timber Wolf, 30% Great Plains Wolf

2 25% Laika, 10% Norwegian Elkhound, 5% Siberian Husky


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