Merari Tears

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Basics
    2.   1.2  Miscellaneous
  2.   2.  Personality
    1.   2.1  Summary
    2.   2.2  Traits
    3.   2.3  Details
  3.   3.  Relationships
    1.   3.1  Family
    2.   3.2  Other Relations
  4.   4.  Assets
    1.   4.1  Skills
    2.   4.2  Residence
    3.   4.3  Trade
  5.   5.  History
    1.   5.1  Significant Threads
Credit: Kiri

Merari Tears was born in Inferni, the daughter of Redtooth and the Aquila Vicira Tears. She was born on the eve of the Inferni-Salsola War and rescued by her father when the mansion burned. When her mother became Aquila, the clan migrated to their ancestral homeland; Merari's first winter was one of hardship and starvation, but she and her brother survived to spring. Upon reaching the adult ranks, Merari focused on bettering the clan through menial labor (with a focus on woodworking and livestock) shirking any "real" responsibility. Unlike her ambitious littermate Boone, she was lackadaisical in life and content to skate by.

However, her life changed drastically when terrible storms hit Inferni. Merari attempted to support her family (now expanded with two new baby brothers) through the trials that followed, but as a rift grew between Boone and their parents, she found herself unable to choose a side. In the end, the violent death of her little brother Rhodes was the final straw for their family and Inferni; Vicira disbanded the clan and disappeared that night, with Redtooth vanishing shortly after during his search for her. Abandoned by her parents, Merari chose to join the motley group of coyotes left behind. She remained with The Cartel for a couple months until, disenfranchised with the band's directionless debauchery, she set off on her own to find a place with steady work and purpose.

This brought her to Palisade, where her work ethic landed her an apprenticeship under the Braithwaites. For about a full year she lived in Palisade, hard at work (and hard at play), until news of a northern coyote clan indebted to the ambitious Del Mars reached her ears.

Realizing that her fool brothers had gotten themselves into trouble, Merari set off to warn them.


Overview

Basics

Heritage

NPCs

OOC Info

  • Date of Birth: 08 September 2017
    • Age: ~3 years
  • Gender: Female
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Species: Coywolf

Pack Information

OOC Assumptions

Del Cenere Gang members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • General conversations (i.e. unlikely to affect later roleplay) -- Merari is chill and laidback, if prone to teasing.
  • She spends much of her day working on carpentry projects or hanging out with her pigs.
  • She spends an equal amount of time smoking pot.

1.  Appearance

1.1  Basics

Physical

  • General Description:
Though only half coyote and clearly identifiable as a coywolf hybrid, Merari takes a little more after her coyote side with darker, richer colors. She has a narrow, sharply angular face that promises trouble. Her short, thick fur is always tousled and dirty.
  • Optime Hair: Her shoulder-length hair is usually worn in pigtails.
  • Build, Size, and Forms:
Quite tall, like her mother and grandmother, Merari has the same long-legged build. She is more apparently muscular than her female relatives, however.
  • Lupus: 27 in (68.5 cm) ↔ 50 lb (22.5 kg)
  • Secui: 43 in (109 cm) ↔ 130 lb (59 kg)
  • Optime: 6ft 7in (79 in / 201 cm) ↔ 220 lb (100 kg)

Coloration

Dune (#2D2A27)
Espresso (#64351B)
Roman Coffee (#826450)
Donkey Brown (#A38B79)

Optime Hair

Dune (#2D2A27)

Eyes

Gull Grey (#9AB3BE)

Nose/Pawpads, Claws, Scars

Zeus (#27211D)

1.2  Miscellaneous

Interaction

  • Speech: Quiet but crass, with a southern drawl like her father.
  • Scent: Wood-shavings and sawdust, cannabis, pigs, leather, smoke, earth; Lykoi, Del Cenere Gang (woodsmoke, dust, ash, horse, pine, coyotes and dogs)
  • Physical Expression and Quirks:
    • Merari is casual and laidback in her posture, often slouching, leaning against something, crossing her arms. She rarely looks in a hurry.
    • She usually has something between her teeth: a joint, a piece of straw, a chickenbone, etc.
    • She tends to acknowledge others with a lazy salute.

Adornments

Merari wears some clothing to fit in with her humanized community and express herself, but she cares little for the quality of her garments, which need frequently mended. She likes plain, natural colors other than her beads; nondyed clothes are cheaper, after all.

  • Accessories:
    • Red wood beads for her hair
    • Arrowhead necklace
    • Scraggly raven feathers sometimes worn in hair
  • Gear: Leather "toolbelt" for her carpentry
  • Garments:
    • Leather skirt with some pockets
    • Pale, hemp-made open shirt with bone buttons
    • Deerskin pants, full of holes on the legs

Images

2.  Personality

2.1  Summary

Merari is a laidback individual, good-natured and easy to get along with. A hands-on woman, she prefers "doing" rather than "planning," and enjoys practical tasks and mundane chores others like to shirk. She has little regard for the future: no great ambitions and no commitments. She is content to let others lead, but while she's an honest laborer, she isn't necessarily a good follower. Chaotic and hedonistic, Rari doesn't feel beholden to contracts and is ultimately loyal only to herself and her freedom.

While a good listener and friendly to most, Merari is also rather reserved; she is very private about her own thoughts and feelings. She struggles with emotion in general -- interpreting her own or having empathy for others'. She tries to be logical in what she does, which can help with crises and judgment calls, but also makes her very insensitive. If she does express an opinion, she is often brutally honest. It's important to her that things "make sense."

2.2  Traits

2.3  Details

Interests

  • Likes: Her pigs, woodworking, manual labor, cannabis and tobacco, freedom, pleasure
  • Dislikes: Responsibility, restrictions, boredom, emotions

Sexuality

Merari is bisexual and aromantic with a slight preference for males and a strong preference for coyotes or coydogs. Viewing intimacy as just another pleasurable physical act, Rari has no problem separating sex from relationships. She has a casual sex life and often flits from person to person if someone new captures her interest, often ignorant and insensitive toward partners who have "caught feelings."

Spirituality

Merari is an atheist. She has difficulty conceptualizing an afterlife. Instead, the finality and nothingness of death reassures her; it makes sense. Having witnessed the faithful suffer for their gods, she has a low opinion of their supposed decrees, and sees organized religion as something else constraining others' freedom.

Substances

Merari loves the weed. She enjoys the mood lift and awareness of her senses; it also helps dull her day-to-day pains as a laborer. Though she has managed to avoid most of the negative side effects, her constant use means that withdrawal symptoms set in very quickly. Tobacco will do in a pinch, just to give her something to smoke.

Alcohol often makes her nauseated, so she tends to avoid it.

Biases

Thanks to the prejudices of her past communities, Merari is biased against wolves and assumes they're bullies or bad guys. Dogs and hybrids are easily accepted. Unlike some others, Rari doesn't believe in inherent coyotes superiority.

Rari favors the company of men over women, finding the latter hard to relate to -- often wrongly stereotyping them as emotional. In general, she dislikes overly-emotional individuals and those who follow their heart over their head. She will make harsh and unempathetic judgments against such people, even if it's a bit hypocritical.

3.  Relationships

3.1  Family

  • Nieces & Nephews: Ramsey; Rhodes Winthrop, Lyla Winthrop
  • Extended: Merari is, through her mother, connected to the infamous and sprawling Lykoi family as well as, more distantly (and of lesser importance to her) Kimaris, Nothing, and Tears. She also has connections through the Winthrop family, the depths of which she knows little about -- like her Del Mar heritage.
  • Vicira Tears is her mother. Rari never quite measured up to Vici's expectations, so their relationship was strained even before Vici's abrupt departure, an act Rari condemns as emotionally-driven. She doesn't think she can forgive her mother for it -- if only for her father and brother's sake.
  • Redtooth is her father. Merari was always a daddy's girl and often emulated Redtooth. She misses and worries about him, but tries to deny these strong feelings and the fact that her carpentry work is the only thing she takes pride in.
  • Boone Winthrop is her ambitious littermate. They squabbled in their youth but had each other's backs against authority figures. Rari eventually became disillusioned with Boone's leadership, and is unsurprised to hear he got himself in over her head.
  • Nazario del Bosque is her adoptive older brother, considered as good as blood to Rari. Knowing she could depend on Rio no matter what, she confided in him more than she did Boone, and was angriest on his behalf when their mother left.
  • The death of her little brother Rhodes Lykoi hit her extremely hard. Merari frequently has dreams about him. He's a very touchy subject, an "irrational," emotional vulnerability.

3.2  Other Relations

Pack Relations

  • Ash Del Mar is cool because he usually has weed.
  • Rari thought Thelma Del Mar was a stuck-up bitch back in Palisade, and hoo boy things have not changed.
  • also some other peeps

Past Relations

  • Laurel del Bosque traveled with and looked out for Merari in The Cartel's early days. She recognized the laidback trader's hidden depths and heeded (most of) his advice.
  • Alric Braithwaite saw potential in Merari and took her on as an apprentice. Hurting for a father figure, Rari looked up to Alric but obfuscated this by being a general thorn in the tired, stoic man's side. In the end, their care for each other was real, if a little begrudging.
  • Merari befriended Belinda Braithwaite out of admiration for the girl's struggle against her family's expectations. She was sometimes condescending to Belinda, but she enjoyed corrupting hanging out with her.

4.  Assets

4.1  Skills

Key: Dabbler --> Apprentice --> Journeyman --> Master

Main Focus: Wheelwright and Herdsman

  • Carpentry (General)
Taught the basics by her father, Merari puts more effort into carpentry than anything else. She knows how to identify, cut, and shape wood for different projects. She can assist in building wooden structures and can create simple furniture pieces like stools or small cabinets. Her weakness is anything artistic -- hard numbers are preferred.
  • Wheelwrighting
Making a wheel is a complex process, and Rari has apprenticed for a solid year. She has a lot of room for improvement but is determined in her learning. She is pretty good at repairing wheels and making parts like spokes.
  • Livestock Care
Merari helped take care of various livestock in Inferni, enjoying the manual labor it required. She can care for most common animals, from goats to horses, though she may not be able to fulfill specific needs (e.g. hoof care, maladies). An exception is pigs; Rari is a good hand with swine and knows not to underestimate them.

Auxiliary Skills and Hobbies

  • Shearing
Merari used to help shear sheep in Inferni, taught by her mother. She is strong enough to handle most sheep on her own, and patient enough to get a close shave. She can scour and card wool.
  • Horsemanship
Merari knows how to ride a horse, but she doesn't like to. She can go through normal paces on the average horse.
  • Skinning and Tanning
Rari is good at skinning hides and is capable of making brain-tanned leather, though she prefers to leave this process to others. Most of her leather is middling-grade. She cannot craft with leather.

4.2  Residence

:O i don't know this yet

4.3  Trade

Merari is a blunt trader; she wants what she wants and dislikes haggling. Her main fault is a tendency to overvalue her own time and work; she is especially defensive about her carpentry.

  • Offering: Manual labor, carpentry projects, wood, leather and rawhide, pelts
  • Accepting: Cannabis, better tools, nails

5.  History

See overview summary until I stop being lazy. :')

5.1  Significant Threads

The following threads are notable because they are related to significant events, demonstrative of relationships, or otherwise grant insight into plots and characters. Mostly, though, it's an abridged list so I don't die cataloging years and years of threads!

Guttering Flame (2017-2018)

Ashes (2020-)

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