Diego del Bosque

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Essentials
    2.   1.2  Gallery
    3.   1.3  Alterations and Wardrobe
  2.   2.  Personality
    1.   2.1  Interaction
    2.   2.2  Details
  3.   3.  Skills
  4.   4.  Relationships
  5.   5.  History
    1.   5.1  Threads

By Nina!

Diego del Bosque is a fire-dancer from Ceniza Valley. Intrigued by tales of lands beyond, he set off with his companions to find some place new, a search that ended in March 2016 when they reached Inferni. Diego was quick to establish himself as a culture-keeper, spreading his homeland's traditions and values in addition to learning and preaching those of Inferni's — something he considers particularly important for the preservation of the clan's heritage and for the welfare of its people. Friendly and well intentioned, Diego takes pleasure in spreading joy and making others laugh — oftentimes to the point of being annoying.

After the Inferni-Salsola War, of which Diego's role was trivial at best, he traveled with Luison back to Ceniza Valley to visit his old community. Luison thrived once she was back in an environment that better met her physiological and nutritional needs. As a result, she opted to remain behind in Ceniza Valley when Diego began his journey back to Inferni.

Along the trip home, Diego stayed with a group of coydogs in Minnesota. Revered by these Selmaskians for his pure coyote heritage, Diego was only too happy to allow a youngster from this community to join him back to Inferni. Impish and troublesome, Paninya did not share in her old tribe's opinions of him and Diego was quick to regret this choice, though he stuck it out. He returned to the coyote clan in May of 2018 with Paninya in tow.

Unfortunately, though things initially seemed promising with his return, things were quick to degrade within Inferni as summer wore on. A series of rainstorms pummeled the Eastern Realms toward the end of June 2018 and into July, resulting in flooding, an influx of mosquitoes and biting flies, and generally uncomfortable conditions. The rains degraded the integrity of the New Homestead barn and several of the clan's animals grew ill, resulting in the decision to cull some of their livestock. This, compounded with the deaths of several clanmates and increasing unrest within the clan, drove Diego to leave Inferni and return south to Ceniza Valley.

Overview

Basics

Heritage

Characterization

NPCs

OOC Info

  • Date of Birth: 21 Feb 2012
  • Gender: Male
  • Luperci: Verto
  • Residence: Ceniza Valley
  • Mate: —
  • Etymology:
    • Forename: teacher (Spanish)
    • Surname: of the forest (Spanish)
  • Pronunciation: dee-EH-go, del BAHsk
  • Epithet: —
  • cNPC: —
  • Minor NPCs:

Assumptions and References

Plot Opportunities

Cenizans may assume and reference the following:

  • Hearing Diego talk about his his time in Nova Scotia, specifically about Inferni.
  • Watching Diego practice his pyromancy or fire-dancing, or just generally entertaining others with Hocico.
  • For specific interactions, please discuss with Mandi!
  • Want your character to find out about Nova Scotia or learn a little more about this strange land to the north? Diego is your man!
  • Interested in having connections with a Cenizan? Diego is a social butterfly and loves making friends!

1.  Appearance

1.1  Essentials

Overview

  • Species: All coyote. Diego essentially looks like a big desert coyote. His coat takes after the rich colors of his Mexican subspecies.
  • Fur: Short and bristly with a bushy tail.
    • Optime Hair: Diego does little with his mane when in Optime form, keeping the somewhat wavy tresses at shoulder length.
  • Facial Features: He has large triangular ears and a tapered muzzle; his face is all hard, sharp angles that some might consider handsome -- or deviously wily.
  • Build and Size: Muscular and athletic, if trim rather than burly, he obviously cares very much for his body. Though unusually large for a southern coyote, he is unremarkable compared to a wolf.
    • Lupus: 45 lbs (20.4 kg) — 25 in (63.5 cm)
    • Secui: 140 lbs (63.5 kg) — 41 in (104.1 cm)
    • Optime: 210 lbs (95.2 kg) — 6 ft 5 in (77 in) (195.5 cm)
  • Humanization: Moderate to Low. Diego wears plugs in the base of his ears — usually antler or horn — and adorns a loose leather belt around his hip with deer hooves dangling and clacking form it when performing. Otherwise he prefers to forgo clothing so as to make shifting more convenient.

Palette

Sandal (#B19A72)
Potters Clay (#956135)
Pickled Bean (#623C1D)
Coffee Bean (#2E1D10)
Tango (#EE8413)

Color Distribution

  • Fur: Potters Clay with Sandal and Pickled Bean markings.
  • Markings: ** Sandal undercarriage, extremities, face, and saddle.
    • Pickled Bean ears, saddling, and tail tip.
  • Eyes: Tango
  • Optime Hair: Pickled Bean
  • Nose and Pawpads: Coffee Bean

1.2  Gallery

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1.3  Alterations and Wardrobe

Alterations

Scars

Ash markings

  • Old burns have seared fur in places like his arms and chest.
  • He has many small, superficial scars on his body — small nicks from hunting accidents, some bites and cuts from fights.
  • As per the customs of his home, Diego applies ash markings daily.
    • The most common of these are facial stripes accenting his eyes, and bands around his wrists and ankles for dexterity.
    • He often asks a clanmate to apply a pawprint to his chest or shoulder (depending on his form).
    • The largest of his scars have been darkened with ash to appear more distinct.

Closet

Adornments

Accessories

  • Plugs made of antlers or horn.
  • Belt made of leather.
  • Deer hooves to hang from his belt.

2.  Personality

  • Diego is very friendly -- exuberant, talkative, and well-meaning, he is all about community. He makes it a habit to get to know everyone, especially those overlooked by others, and won't take no for an answer. Though he can seem shallow (prioritizing small-talk and flitting from person to person, schmoozing), he also deeply cares about the well-being of his clanmates. He's always the first to try to brighten someone's day, whether it means pulling a prank or just sitting to talk to them.
  • Unfortunately, Diego is also insufferably arrogant and somewhat of an idiot. He's like the class clown and dumb jock tropes had a baby. Convinced of his own superiority, he often fouls up his thievery or pranking by stopping to tease the victim -- allowing them to kick the crap out of him. He craves popularity and is attracted to flashy things because of this -- his pet coati an example.
  • His philosophy is work hard, play harder and while he pulls his weight in the clan, he seems much happier goofing off.
  • Diego is very devout and believes strongly in the ideals of his community -- old and new. He thinks that the bond between clanmates is what keeps the clan strong, and that respecting the power of the unknown (represented by the "wild gods" like fire) leads only to success. He genuinely believes that his divination and performances help people, and so he'll never stop believing.
  • Diego has no form preference -- once he shifts for a task (performing, hunting, sleeping), he doesn't bother shifting back. Part of this is because he is a slow shifter compared to an Ortus; most of it is cultural belief. One has an equal chance of seeing him in any of his three forms.

2.1  Interaction

  • Speech: Loud and usually bright, with a wide range of octaves depending on his mood. Diego is very expressive in his speech and often talks a little too quickly.
  • Scent: Smoke and ash, coati, Inferni. The smell of his companion often catches others off guard.
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Diego is expressive and makes a lot of faces, hand gestures, and noises when he interacts with others.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Friendly and exuberant. Diego often stands with an inviting, if overly confident, posture.

2.2  Details

  • Sociability: Extroverted, submissive but exuberant
  • Values: Wit, adaptability, tradition, hospitality, respecting nature, flashy belongings
  • Vices: Arrogance, thievery, rashness, greed, materialism
  • Motivations: Adoration from others, materialistic wealth, proselytizing
  • Fears: Loneliness, poverty, restraint, snakes
  • Biases: Friendly to dogs and coyotes alike; pesters wolves but doesn't hate them. Will reflect values and biases of community based on tradition.
  • Sexuality: Heterosexual, inexperienced, affectionate.
  • Spirituality: Adheres to Cenizan beliefs, believes in and practices osteomancy (divination by fire and bones); dances in celebration of fire.

3.  Skills

  • Culture-Keeping: Diego is a self-proclaimed shaman and partakes in most of the spiritual practices of the Valley -- and he's especially happy to explain his beliefs. He holds tradition in high esteem; he keeps history and spreads the ideals of his clan as well as his own.
  • Performance: A fire-dancer, trained in spinning poi, Diego uses performances for ritualistic purposes as well as to bring the community together. He's a bit of a jester and uses his pet in his "acts," hoping to brighten others' spirits.
  • Thievery: He isn't particularly skilled at stealing, but he attempts to steal things a lot. Diego uses deflection and quick, bold action to steal things, and he's often bringing random things back to the clan, with or without an angry trader in tow.

4.  Relationships

  • Laurel del Bosque: Though they don't have a drop of blood in common, Diego refers to Laurel as his "brother" -- though he sees him more like an uncle or father. The older man gave him the gift of the Luperci virus and invited him into Ceniza Valley's community when Diego was a loner, eventually adopting him into the "del Bosque" family.
  • Fang Espinoza: Diego loves to push Fang's buttons, but he doesn't really need to work at it; his idiocy annoys her enough. She often treats his burn wounds and gives him a hard time, but they look out for each other.
  • Ignacio Rivera, Candela Espinoza, Trinidad Casales: All acquaintances/friends from Ceniza Valley that Diego gets along with and shares various interests with.
  • Joaquina del Bosque: An honorary "sister," Diego and Joaquina were both adopted into the del Bosque family. He was one of the few men that she trusted and got along with. In Joaquina's case, she was fleeing an abusive past, and so Diego tried to watch out for her. Unfortunately, his efforts were unsuccessful.
  • Vesper: Diego respects Inferni's leader well enough, but she also scares him a little bit. He's not sure what to think about her not-so-secret relationship with Fang, but he sure as hell likes to give them shit and make jokes about it behind their back.
  • Vicira Tears: Vicira terrifies Diego, in a so-scary-it's-kinda-sexy sort of way. She is not afraid to manhandle him and abuse him, so he mostly avoids her but also doesn't really say no if she asks him to dance at a party.
  • Jehan de l'Or, Clover: Due to Ceniza Valley's view on dogs, Diego gets along with the pair of Outsiders more than most Infernians might. They're fun-loving and are interested in his culture (Clover especially), so they're good friends. Diego admires Jehan's thieving past, and enjoys teaching Clover about the Valley's brand of shamanism.
  • Virue: Virue is his little buddy! He encourages Virue to wear his ash markings and watches out for him.

5.  History

Ceniza Valley

Ceniza Valley

DurationFebruary 2012 - March 2016

Diego's early life was largely unremarkable. Born without a surname or even the ability to shift, he spent most of his youth behaving as any typical coyote of his ilk would: running, hunting, and socializing. It wasn't until he met his "brother," Laurel del Bosque, and was gifted the Luperci virus that Diego's life truly seemed to begin.

Adopted into the del Bosque family, Diego was quick to soak up the culture, beliefs, and practices of Ceniza Valley. He emerged himself in learning the art of fire dancing and began to apply ash markings daily. Where all his life before meeting Laurel was primarily focused on survival in a feral world, Cerniza Valley opened up a great, wide world of possibility, entertainment, and enjoyment that improved Diego's quality of life in ways that he had no idea were possible (or that even needed improving).

It was perhaps the idea and wonderment of the world outside of Ceniza Valley that Diego, along with Laurel, decided to leave the community for lands and opportunities beyond. Always excitable and idealistic and intrigued by stories of coyotes beyond the Valley, Diego came up with the idea and managed to convince several of his friends to make the journey with him.

Some of their companions struck off on their own or were temporarily separated, but Diego, Laurel, and Fang reached Inferni -- which they'd heard tell of from passersby -- in March 2016.

Pre-War Inferni

Inferni

DurationMarch 2016 - November 2017
ResidenceGrimwell Caverns #CV03
RankTirones

Welcomed into the clan by the Aquila at the time, Vesper, the former Cenizans settled into Inferni with relative ease. Diego was quick to establish himself as a culture-keeper, spreading his homeland's traditions and values in addition to learning and preaching those of Inferni's — something he considers particularly important for the preservation of the clan's heritage and for the welfare of its people.

Ever the social butterfly, Diego made friends quickly with many Infernians, both established and new. When his honorary sister, Joaquina del Bosque, joined the clan in the beginning of 2017, he tried his hardest to protect her from an abusive relationship from her past. Unfortunately, his efforts were unsuccessful. When she died in childbirth, Diego took over care of one of the maned wolf pups that she left behind and treated her only living child like family.

When the Inferni declared war with neighboring Salsola, Diego largely stayed out of the fighting. Instead, he attempted to improve morale by engaging in fire-dancing, applying ash markings, and sharing uplifting stories. When the D'Neville Mansion was burned to the ground and the coyotes fled their established territory, not even Diego could ignore the feelings of defeat.

Post-War Inferni

Inferni

DurationNovember 2017 - August 2018
ResidenceHellfire Hollow #M4
RankCivilis

After the Inferni-Salsola War, Diego traveled with Luison back to Ceniza Valley to visit his old community. Luison thrived once she was back in an environment that better met her physiological and nutritional needs. As a result, she opted to remain behind in Ceniza Valley when Diego began his journey back to Inferni.

Along the trip home, Diego stayed with a group of coydogs in Minnesota. Revered by these Selmaskians for his pure coyote heritage, Diego was only too happy to allow a youngster from this community to join him back to Inferni. Impish and troublesome, Paninya did not share in her old tribe's opinions of him and Diego was quick to regret this choice, though he stuck it out with the hope of eventually dumping her on the clan when he got back. He returned to Inferni in May of 2018 with Paninya in tow.

Unfortunately, though things initially seemed promising with his return, they were quick to degrade within Inferni as summer wore on. A series of rainstorms pummeled the Eastern Realms toward the end of June 2018 and into July, resulting in flooding, an influx of mosquitoes and biting flies, and generally uncomfortable conditions. The rains degraded the integrity of the New Homestead barn, which collapsed one dreary day, and several of the clan's animals grew ill, resulting in the decision to cull some of their livestock. This, compounded with the deaths of several clanmates and increasing unrest within the clan, drove Diego to leave Inferni and return south to Ceniza Valley.

5.1  Threads

2016

  1. pNPC one will spread our ashes ’round the yard (March)
    Diego and his companions join Inferni.
  2. pNPC there's a jet black crow droning on and on and on (March)
    Diego's coati harasses the Inferni ravens, much to Vesper's chagrin.
  3. pNPC catch me if you can! (March)
    Diego plays chase with Gypsy, Vesper, and Laurel.
  4. pNPC I wish upon a star that it might fill our dreams with dust (March)
    The Ceniza Valley coyotes celebrate the appearance of the red star, a good omen.
  5. pNPC So I hit my low, but little did I know (May)
    Vesper scuffles with Diego to show him his place -- before they are interrupted by some strangers.
  6. pNPC Black and bay, sorrel and gray (May)
    Diego and Vicira meet another southern coyote, Shikoba Whiplash. They have fun mostly at Diego's expense.
  7. pNPC a lo largo de la vida, con este ruido horrible (June)
    Diego, Laurel, Jehan, and Virue hang "racket-makers" on the borders and generally have a good time.
  1. pNPC Trading in my Devils, counting my blessings (July)
    Fang tends to some of Diego's burns.
  2. pNPC [M] get them drunk on rose water (September)
    Diego celebrates fellow Cenizan Trinidad's arrival with drink and fire; they're joined by Jehan and Clover.
  3. pNPC [M] they about to see us glow (September)
    Diego practices spinning poi while hanging out with Trinidad.
  4. pNPC a desire to enjoy the world (September)
    Fellow Cenizan Ignacio Rivera and Diego (along with Hocico) check out one of Inferni's newest foals.
  5. pNPC They were spinning in circles with the moon in their eyes (October)
    Inferni celebrates Devil's Night along with their anniversary. Diego has a blast: tending to the bonfire, dancing (sometimes on people), smearing and tossing ash, and telling fortunes.
  6. pNPC A crest of deafening colors, songs, and rays (October)
    Diego exuberantly joins in Inferni's group howl.

2017

  1. pNPC The sky broke like an egg into full sunset (January)
    Joaquina, one of Diego's honorary "sisters" from Ceniza Valley, joins Inferni. Diego puts in a good word for her and her maned wolf pups to Vesper.
  2. pNPC Daylight robbery (January)
    Vicira accuses Hocico of stealing her bag, and Diego defends him until the real culprit, Candela's coati, shows up.
  3. pNPC [M] with their feathers stripped away (January)
    Diego tells Vicira that her mother has been rescued.
  4. pNPC The dead mouths it costs to be alive (March)
    When Joaquina is missing, Diego and the maned wolf pups suspect that her brother has something to do with it. He and Vicira prepare to look for her.
  5. pNPC and the fourth for madness (March)
    Diego and Vicira find Joaquina to take her home -- when Fidel Alvarez attacks.
  6. [M] The seed of everything is in everything else (April)
    Joaquina gives birth at the cost of her own life. Diego finds her body and cries out mournfully for others.
  7. Strike a match, lit the fire, shining up the sky (April)
    Diego runs into Magpie while he gathers firewood for pyromancy.
  8. Through the warmth, through the cold (April)
    A sickness sweeps through Nova Scotia and Diego starts showing signs of illness. In search of a fire to sit by, he comes across his friend, Clover.
  9. We'll be crying for mercy, we'll be crying out loud (April)
    Still sick, Diego wanders around Inferni, feeling sorry for himself, and runs into Vicira.
  1. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go (June)
    A raven makes a mess of the kitchen in the mansion and Diego helps Versace clean things up.
  2. There are thoughts like these that keep me on my feet (June)
    Diego and Luison sneak up on a loner in The Dampwoods and pelt her with eggs, but their fun and games quickly turn south...
  3. The seldom-seen kid (June)
    With Nazario distracting her by pretending to break his leg, Diego sneaks up on Fang's hut and makes off with her belt.
  4. When all the vengeance thou canst wreak (July)
    Clover seeks out Diego to help her get back at Conrad.
  5. I know you're ready to get older (July)
    Diego attempts to show his nephew the basics of fire-dancing but the youth seems to have other things on his mind.
  6. Flammas cum splendida et execratis imminuo (July)
    Diego is joined by his friend, Virue, while he worships the fire around its golden light.
  7. The moon lives in the lining of your skin (July)
    While trying to make it back to Inferni before a storm, Diego runs into a doggish loner named Odalis.
  8. Our fates entwined (September)
    Diego greets a prospective joiner named Naiara.
  9. We built the fire evermore with winter beating at the door (September)
    Diego and Nazario engage in a little play after he completes a successful hunt.

2018

  1. Small victories (May)
    Returning from his trip to Ceniza Valley, Diego and his two companions come across a loner named Woodsmoke.
  2. Did you and Jupiter conspire to get me? (May)
    Diego makes it back to Inferni and is greeted by a very excited Clover.
  3. Signs and wonders, water stain writing the wall (May)
    Now back in Inferni after his trip south, Diego reunites with his nephew.
  4. Down in the dungeons, just creatures and me (May)
    After Hocico steals a necklace from Magpie, she and Paninya have a little fun with Diego.
  5. A bird in the hand (May)
    A pair of Cavaliers come to Inferni to extend good will and Diego greets them in his usual, jovial way.
  6. [M] Jaws was never my scene (May)
    Diego falls into a hole while outside Inferni with Paninya and very soon after meets the digger of the hole: Izual Massacre.
  1. Jump into the heat (June)
    Promising to replace the necklace that Hocico stole from Magpie, Diego steals a suitable prize from an unfortunate loner named Auspicium.
  2. Their destination must be the sun (June)
    Diego and Paninya sneak up on a Sapien who is in the area for diplomacy but end up being sneak up on themselves.
  3. Caught in a place that is in between (June)
    Still up to no good, Diego and Paninya attempt to steal a horse from a scarred Courtier but quickly give up.
  4. so comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending (August)
    Vicira Tears gathers the clan together and informs them that Inferni will be disbanding. Diego sees this as an opportunity to return to Ceniza Valley and offers anyone who wants to to join him on the journey south.
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