Valerian Hollybriar

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  1.   1.  Basics
    1.   1.1  Appearance
    2.   1.2  Personality
  2.   2.  Residence
  3.   3.  NPCs

By Shannah

Valerian Hollybriar is a young dog from the hinterlands. Born and raised in an isolated but civilized society, his house was known for their aptitude with forest management and hunting. Valerian was raised as a ranger and was the pride of his parents. However, difficult times fell on the society, and Valerian made a desperate move that brought down the ire of his family and the society. He was dishonorably cast out and hunted by a few cousins, causing him to flee to New Brunswick.

After a tumultuous year of barely making it as a loner, Valerian made the decision to join New Caledonia. He was tired of "just existing" and, assuring that he was no longer haunted by his old home, wanted to find purpose in his life again.


OOC Prizes/Awards/Nominations


Overview

Basics

Heritage

NPCs

Etc.

Pack Information

OOC Assumptions

  • Pack: New Caledonia (6 Jul 2020 — Present)
  • Rank: Privileged (Aug 2020 — Present)
    • Co-ranks:
  • Previous Packs and Ranks:

New Caledonia members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • Seeing Valerian…
    • hunting in and around Caledonian territory with his bow.
    • assisting with livestock care, especially the horses.
    • lending a hand with manual labor and rudimentary carpentry.
    • asking for, making, or drinking medicinal tea for headaches.

1.  Basics

1.1  Appearance

Physical

Clothing & Accessories

Coloration Palette

  • Description:
Valerian is unmistakably a mutt with strong sighthound heritage. His rose ears are incapable of standing erect, making it one of the strongest indicators of his dog blood alongside his long, lean build. He stands taller than many coyotes but lacks the breath of wolves. He has a narrow, thin face and furrowed eyes that appear perpetually worried. His pelt is a patchwork of ginger, rust, and black fur that is built to withstand colder climates; while its not fluffy, his smooth coat does experience seasonal shedding. It can appear tousled and raggedy at times, but usually free of debris and dirt.
  • Optime Hair: Well-groomed and stylized, and typically kept chin-length. Naturally voluminous and almost always tousled, as he doesn't care where his hair lands as long as it's out of his face. Adorns a messy bun when training or participating in some laborious task
  • Build and Size:
Stereotypical of sighthounds, Valerian has a tall and elongated build that borderlines gangling. Most of his bulk is situated on his deep barrel chest that suggests that he is made for bursts of speed rather than brute strength. His slenderness would suggest delicacy at first glance. However, this is not the case upon closer inspection. He has muscle definition, predominantly on his shoulders, biceps, and stomach; a mark of his training with bows. It's best to describe Valerian as lithe—he lacks heft but his body is obviously honed, if aesthetically slender.
His Optime form is the form he chooses to occupy unless otherwise stated. His feral forms follow a similar formula; they are lanky and lean, but well-defined. His Secui form gains little in the way of mass. Acting as a true in-between for Lupus and Optime, his limbs are spindly and his body is unusually long, as if someone in their Optime form was parading on all fours. Valerian can achieve amazing speed and endurance in his Secui form, but avoids it due to its fragility; receiving an injury in the in-between form can cause complications when shifting back to either Lupus or Optime.
  • Lupus : --- in (--- cm) ↔ lbs (--- kg) (Use this for conversions)
  • Secui: --- in (--- cm) ↔ lbs (--- kg)
  • Optime: -- ft -- in (--- in / --- cm) ↔ lbs (--- kg)

  • Piercings:
    • Simple faux silver studs on the bottom of each ear
  • Humanization:
Highly humanized, it is rarer to see Valerian without some form of clothing, accessory, or tool than otherwise. He feels most comfortable when clothed and shows discomfort when "caught disrobed," though he doesn't try to push this view onto others; he does not care how others dress, but will notably advert his gaze when they forgo clothing.

  • Everyday
    • Black wool hooded cloak and leaf-shaped clasp
    • Blue wool scarf
    • Muted tunic and pants
    • Black linen bindings
    • Wooden longbow with metal tips, leather quiver, and arrows fletched w/ blue feathers
    • Knife with a crafted antler hilt
  • Common
    • Black leather chest armor
    • Black leather belts with pouches

Interaction

  • Speech: Heavily accented, deep, soft spoken, deadpan but often inflected with emotions
    • Fluent in Common and Silvan. Able to communicate in Low Speech (horse and pine marten)
  • Scent: Fresh earth, pine needles, linen, hay, horseflesh, medicinal herbs
    • Note: He masks his scent with surrounding vegetation when hunting
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Often shifts his eyes around the room, drums his fingers, fidgets in place, etc.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Slouched, withdrawn, always on alert and can't stand still

Fur


Sambuca (#371B0E)
Red Wood (#691F0F)
Mocha (#723518)
Rust (#A63F10)
Paarl (#A65028)
Tumbleweed (#DF9E73)

Optime Hair


Rust (#A63F10)

Eyes


Turquoise (#3BDECD)

Nose/Pawpads, Claws, Scars


Black (#000000)

Gallery

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1.2  Personality

Personality

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Traits

  • Outlook: Realistic, errs on the side of pessimism
  • Sociability: Introverted, submissive
  • Expression: Dominant
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good
  • Motivations: Survival, belonging, redemption
  • Fears: Ostracization, curses, weak-mindedness, death

Interests

  • Likes: Exploring, hunting, archery, animals, horse riding, carpentry, tea, spying
  • Dislikes: Cats, chronic headaches, supernatural events, stressful situations, assaulters

Biases

  • Packs: Suspicious of Salsola
  • Non-Luperci: Respects their lifestyle, even if it confuses him
  • Gender: Strong women intimidate him, superior men make him self-conscious
  • Sexuality: Looks down upon polygamous relationships
  • Age: Elders are to be respected, pups are annoying and responsibility is scary

Sexuality

Valerian is bisexual with a preference for women. He is very inexperienced with romance and sexuality. He is reluctant to talk about his love life due to his lack of partners and avoids the subject altogether, finding the topic embarrassing. While he doesn't discount the possibility of having a relationship in the future, he thinks of it in the abstract and doesn't try to concern himself with it in present times. He has a low libido but can be easily flustered, and could succumb to whimsical flings if prompted. He does not discriminate between genders and finds value in personality, but women catch his eye more often than not.

He desires a monogamous relationship built on mutual trust—which he has difficulty maintaining. He's a bit dense with his attraction towards others, mixing up his romantic feelings with platonic ones. He finds friendship easier to pursue, and perhaps keeps romance from the forefront of his mind to lessen the potential heartbreak or betrayal. Valerian is a terribly awkward flirt and has the charisma of a dull rock. However, some may find this endearing? He does put forth a genuine effort when courting and his honesty is the best part of his charms.

Spirituality

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Substances

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2.  Residence


Previous Residences:
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3.  NPCs

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Basics

Summary

Can be Referenced...

Wyrm (Pine Marten)

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Pine Marten
  • Date of Birth: Early winter 2017
  • Onboard?: Yes
  • Size:
    • Height: 7 in (17.8 cm)
    • Length: 28 in (71.1 cm)
    • Weight: 3 lbs (1.3 kg)
  • Key Features: Large ears, slender-bodied, silky fur
  • Coloration: Tawny brown body, black limbs, pale face; black eyes

Any familiar may assume:

  • Seeing Wyrm hunting near or with Valerian
  • Knowing that Wyrm…
    • is highly curious and talkative
    • is rambunctious, often causing trouble with other animals
    • is a pickpocket
    • often converses in Low Speech

Miscellaneous:

Skills & Abilities

  • Capable of broken High Speech
  • Stealth — Capable of navigating spaces undetected due to small size and inconspicuous species; naturally drawn to hiding in heights
  • Hunting & Tracking — Able to track scents through undergrowth and spy targets from the trees
  • Scouting — Able to infiltrate areas Luperci would have difficulty sneaking into undetected
  • PerceptionRudimentary. Capable of identifing marks in the environment left behind by Valerian, such as scrawled symbols in wood or specific scents

Personality:

Wyrm is an energetic and active character. When not sinking into the shadows for a hunt, he is hasty and noisy, vocalizing in both High Speech and Low Speech. He is impulsive and carefree, affectionate with those that are familiar with him. With strangers he is a bit more withdrawn and wary, but won't pass up the opportunity to test his boundaries with them if he feels there's something to be gained from it. And he has an eye for opportunities—he is a notorious pickpocket, more often than not pilfering small objects of interest from Luperci.
Wyrm is very loyal to Valerian, having chosen to join him when he was cast out of their homeland. The pine marten enjoys teasing his dog companion and torturing him with antics. However, Wyrm is also protective of Valerian—he does not take kindly to threats by other Luperci made towards him and isn't afraid to sabotage situations to deflect attention away from Valerian.

History:

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Fernwisp (Horse)

  • Gender: Mare
  • Species: Thoroughbred
  • Date of Birth: Spring 2015
  • Onboard?: Yes
  • Size:
    • Height: 15 hands (60 in; 152 cm)
    • Weight: 1,100 lbs (544 kg)
  • Key Features: White blaze and two white socks
  • Coloration: Chestnut coat with tawny brown mane and tail; black eyes

Any familiar may assume:

  • Knowing that Fernwisp…
    • is calm around familiar Luperci
    • is uneasy around aggressive animals

Miscellaneous:

Skills & Abilities

  • Rider-trained — Able to carry one Luperci and small burden
  • Speed — Very swift over short distances on flat terrain
  • High Speech Comprehension — Capable of understanding simple commands in High Speech; primarily "go, slow down, stop, stay, come."

Personality:

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