Character quirks?

7 months ago | unice5656 (Member)

So a lot of things I've read about writing have emphasized giving characters flaws and strengths to make them more realistic, but my favourite thing to do is to give my characters "quirks" that are pretty much neutral. I find that these tiny details really bring them to life. The kind of quirks I'm talking about are the subtle things that people really only notice about themselves or close family/friends they've observed for years.

These quirks can be behaviour patterns, subtle personality traits, preferences, anything, really. A couple of examples: My sister tends to take three trips in and out the front door before she actually leaves the house because she usually forgets something. I'm a fairly clumsy person, but because I've had so much practice at tripping and dropping things, I'm now quite good at recovering my balance and catching things before they hit the ground. One of my friends tears up whenever she sees something really cute.

Any quirks that people would like to share (either your own or things you've observed) and wouldn't mind being used in a work of fiction? I'd particularly like a list of idiosyncratic things that males do because males are somewhat of a mystery to me. Not only are long lists of anonymized quirks allowed, they would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    Well, to steal from Westworld here, one quirk might be to use wiping one's glasses as a way to take time to process what's been said in the conversation. Or maybe they like to sing "A Little Priest" to themselves whenever they cook something. Perhaps they always knock out a tune from a song on doors, ala Shave And A Haircut.

  2. SovereignofAshes (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    @Psycho Gecko - Concerning the fact I always knock "Shave and a Haircut" on doors, I blame seeing Who Framed Roger Rabbit as a kid for that 'quirk.' I guess I can blame a lot of 80's movies for strangeness like that. Like humming the Back to the Future theme every time I see myself get up to 88mph while driving in the U.S. =P "1.21 gigawatts?!"

    @Unice - I'll jump into the gender identity bits first and then the character stuff second.

    About males being a mystery... The quickest way to go about it as some people I've seen who have a hard time seeing outside their own gender identity (and this happens with artists as well when drawing characters) is to just plan out the character as a female (or the identity you are familiar with). Build them as if they were just another character you'd do. Then, during the act of writing them, keep in the back of your mind that they're this other identity (male). Let little bits of your own views and biases color that character in a subtle way as you write them out. Chances are, unless you have a -really- strong bias against a particular group, you won't notice the change and your audience won't notice the character was written differently. This is the lazy person's way, but sometimes it helps.

    An important thing is that males, just like females, or anyone who is trans/queer, are not monolithic. You don't have to strike off a small list of key characteristics just to make someone something. Write a good character first, then worry if they fit some sort of trope later on.

    I'm trying to remember the exact questions, but I got stuck being a teacher's assistant for a few creative writing courses at a local university a few years back. One of the topics I got stuck with, which the instructor was kind enough (smart enough) to dodge by being 'sick' and sticking me with it, was gender identity tropes with character construction. So I gave some of the students scripts of questions to help people get into a frame of mind of gender tropes. A lot of students pointed out the glaring differences between the male questions and the female questions (didn't get into trans/queer characters that day, but we did go over it later on). That was part of the point of the exercise.

    Before I get into that... I'd like to jump back to what you said. You like to create characters with quirks that define them. You stated you like to avoid the dynamic of strengths and weaknesses. Oddly enough, that's part of the deal with gender tropes for characters. A lot of female characters (were they to speak of themselves through an author's eyes) would probably separate themselves based off of personality quirks that make them unique. Not all of them, by all means, but it's a good mechanism for making female characters. Male characters however, again to give them their own voice based off trope, would define themselves by the very things you steer clear of. So, a male-voiced character would say "What am I good at? What do I suck at?" Some female-voiced characters see themselves laterally, if you will. What makes them unique compared to others. What good or bad quirks do they have? Only a few qualities tend to be comparative. Whereas a lot of male-voiced characters are very comparative and think of themselves vertically. They define themselves by their role to others, and then what they're good at and what they're not good at.

    It's really basic and isn't 100% by all means. I know some feathers might get ruffled, but if you're going by trope, this works. A female-voiced character defines herself off of her personality, usually. A male-voiced character defines himself off of his utility to others, usually.

    The differences in the character-building questions went a lot like...

    Female-voiced: "What makes me special?" "What makes me weird/kooky?" "What would my friends notice about me?" "What makes others jealous of me?" "What do I want to do with my life?" "What barriers do I have to overcome to do what I want?" "Am I happy in my relationships?" "What is my connection with my parents like?" "Am I loud/quiet, or strong/passive?"

    Male-voiced: "What role do I play in groups?" "What are three of my strengths?" "What are three of my weaknesses?" "What is a secret would I never share with others?" "Do I feel like a burden to others, and how?" "Am I accomplishing what others expect of me?" "Would my father/mother be proud of me?" "What are the expectations of my society upon me and do I meet them?"

    It's a little heavy-handed, but that was the point of the lesson. It got students to realize double-standards and fight them to make more diverse characters. Switch questions around, break tropes a bit, but understand why they're there for some other authors out there.

    When I write characters, myself, I don't appeal to trope. I try to subvert it as much as I'm able to. I write my character's personality first (a full psych profile) and then decide if they'd fit a certain identity/gender/sex/race/culture/whatever after the fact. Sometimes I'll reinforce trope and other times I deliberately try to turn it on it's head. Depends on the character, the story, and the audience I'm going for.

    If I ever have a wonder at if I'm putting the right tones into the character, I will people-watch, do research, do a lot of meditation and self-reflection to put myself in the character's shoes, and then I'll go right out and ask someone of a particular denomination their views on things or run the character by them to make sure it feels 'real.'

    Anyway, enough with that. On to the fun stuff. Quirks.

    I can't give you a huge list of stereotypically 'male' quirks. Again, as I mentioned above, the dichotomy for me is that males tend to see their strengths and weaknesses over their quirks. Well, unless they're teenagers, are really active in the anime/furry/alt communities, and are very socially awkward... Then they'll describe themselves by their quirks. I know, I used to be one of those types.

    I also like to write characters as more than strengths, weaknesses, and quirks, so it's hard for me to just make a blanket list. So, I'll try to call up as many characters that I've written for my current web serial and isolate them based off of quirks I gave them. Crank the character contrast up to 11.

    Caelyra - female character - The Wicked Three
    Quirk 1: She likes to use little elemental magic 'knacks' or 'rotes' she learned as a child from her home culture. She doesn't know magic properly and utterly sucks at it. Yet, every now and then she seems to pull a weird little trick out of her dabbling as a kid. Often the 'trick' she uses is not used correctly and although it seems to help the group she adventures with, those same tricks end up causing mayhem and devastation she never thought possible. She's a loose cannon when it comes to magic and her friends only ask her for help under the utmost strain.
    Quirk 2: She can't handle heat, both literally and figuratively. Once her blood pressure goes up, she starts to get really licentious thoughts. This is also where she goes to when she's nervous, stressed, or bored. She is really drawn to sensual stimulation and has a hard time pulling herself back from it. Part of this is due to some past trauma and problems that come up later in the story. I'm drawing upon both my own and some people I have known in the past's personal issues to do with sexuality when it comes to this character. I won't get to far into it as it's very case-sensitive to the character for later in her story-line.

    Wynnol - female character - In Places Dark & Terrible
    Quirk 1: Being an artificer that has to use very complicated mixtures of science and magic, she is very visually dominant. She has a form of visual somatoform disorder where she sees what is inside her head as outward in reality. It can also be a kind of visual-to-touch synesthesia. She will often hold her hands in front of her thinking she's holding the visual cue of a certain idea or concept. She'll roll her eyes into the the back of her head when formulating a solution to something arcane and move idea-concepts around in her hands in front of her like they were holograms. This is something I drew from my own experience (I have that same problem) which I inherited from my father who is a nuclear engineer.
    Quirk 2: A verbal tick because she feels a lot of social anxiety and doesn't know how to relate with others. When pressed, stressed or feeling like the other person isn't listening to her properly, she appends the word "neigh?" to the end of a question-like sentence. Similar to the use of 'ne' in Japanese or 'eh?' in Canadian English. From character POV or from the POV of someone with telepathy, it often comes across as her wishing to transmit what she feels is basic information other people should know and getting flustered that people seem to lack 'common sense.'

    Vholrak - male character - Wicked Three
    Quirk 1: He loves to play off of people's preconceptions and use them for his own gain or to keep people at a distance. He was once a knight in service to a duchess in a far-away land. He had a lot of pressure on him to uphold his code of honor and to uphold the rules of his family. These became too much for him so he became a rogue and mercenary, abandoning his old life so he could find freedom at last. He is a consummate con-man and only his closest friends know of his sexual identity. He's gay, but he loves to act like he's straight. Ultimately, he has a soft spot for someone back home and an unrequited love that pains him every moment. This helps to fuel his 'rake-like' ways where he doesn't seem to give a damn who he uses and abuses to get what he wants. If he can't have love, he'll have gold instead. If his love won't return his feelings, he'll replace him with male concubines along the way out a strange sort of revenge.
    Quirk 2: He feels like a 'mother hen' towards his two compatriots and friends. He sees Caelyra as a little sister or daughter and Zannul as blood brother (who he also wouldn't mind having a piece of if the were open to that kind of thing, but he's not). He throws himself into dangerous positions all the time to save those he cares for and the stragglers that seem to build up around him on his adventures. He'll gladly swindle and kill anyone of equal station to him, but the sad eyes of someone in need always makes him make stupid decisions.

    Ylethus - male character - In Places Dark & Terrible
    Quirk 1: He's addicted to a game he inherited from his father and that he spend time playing with his brother called "Jhulkos' Maze." Like a man addicted to Dungeons & Dragons (myself), he finds every chance he can to subject others to the game and try to get them addicted to it as well. While other warriors arm wrestle, hit on wenches, make up stories about their battles, or drink themselves into a stupor, he'll be hovered over his board and dice. He subjects his warriors under him to constant games, hoping to increase their sense of strategy and wits. Ultimately, he's constantly fighting to reclaim his youth with his younger brother, when things seemed simpler and life was filled with hope.
    Quirk 2: He has a constant dichotomy of love and hate when it comes to his adopted daughter, Ghelta. He loves her like a father and wishes to protect her from all the horrors of the world, yet at the same time he is the commander of an army and needs to know that she can handle herself as a capable warrior. He may be fond of throwing the lives of others away on a campaign, but he can't stand the thought of her in danger. This creates a very complicated relationship dynamic between them where Ghelta is constantly frustrated and feeling demands put upon her to be the best warrior in the community, yet she can't ever seem to see the glory of battle as her 'father' keeps pulling her away from danger at the last second.

    Phrim - male character - In Places Dark & Terrible
    Quirk 1: Phrim is a womanizer, but worse-yet, he's a womanizer who doesn't want to be. When he was younger, he had an ideal life as a noble. He met the woman of his dreams. He settled down and wanted to start a family. That was taken away from him and replaced with the job of being both a skaldt (bard) and a spy. His wife was murdered, his home set on fire, and he was duty-bound to a shadow cabal who controls his every waking movement. As a rebellion both against the shadows that pull at his strings, but also as a way of 'attacking' the love he lost, he uses women to fulfill his base desires. He often finds himself loving the women he so uses, and thus he has to push them away and act like a total douche to them to keep his identity in check. He's a hot mess of a human being, spiraling through self-destruction and hoping that something will finally take him out so he can return to the ancestral lands to be with his love once again. Yet, he knows he doesn't deserve such a fate based off of how he lived.
    Quirk 2: He's a know-it-all, worse yet, he's a damned good skaldt. He's talented and he knows it. He corrects everyone he can on bits of lore that everyone seems to mess up. He'll even stop fighting in the middle of a battle to correct someone. He has a long and very focused memory, so unresolved issues will eat away at him until he blurts out a response, often at the worst of times.

    Hildger - male character - In Places Dark & Terrible
    Quirk 1: He is really suspicious of Oracles and those with divination magic. He immediately assumes that any Oracles he comes across can read his every thought. He hides his thoughts away and constantly acts awkward and slow around them, especially the character of Maenthrai (who he has a crush on). He often thinks that divination and telepathy work the same as thaumaturgical magic and has a distance requirement to it (it doesn't) so he tries to get away and keep a distance from any Oracles he deals with. To most of the Oracle students, he just seems like a chaotic mix of thoughts and insecurities who keeps running away from them.
    Quirk 2: After an accident when he was training under Thaellon to become an artificer, he now has become obsessed with safety and redundancy with his projects. When forging, he taps his hammer three times before striking, which often angers a lot of his other artificers as they see it as being inefficient. He measures motes of essence down to the smallest units and double-checks his equations which adds time to his projects. When enchanting items, he often puts redundant magical effects in place that are completely unnecessary. He is thorough, and somehow maintains efficiency at his work, but he's a constant worry-wart. Only Wynnol with her arrogance and ability to cut to the quick of him, knows how to keep him from becoming an OCD mess.

    Ghelta - female character - In Places Dark & Terrible
    Quirk 1: She absolutely abhors weakness in others. She feels cursed and put-upon throughout her entire life. She is from a foreign land, always getting treated differently. She has blood-hair, which is a sign of being a witch in her culture. She was orphaned, not knowing her parents or her heritage. She is constantly being pressed into being a warrior by her adopted father, even though there are strange abilities in her that seem to drive her away from martial prowess. She can read people's thoughts, anticipate their actions, have monstrous nightmares of future events, and has a constant need pulling at her soul to do something she doesn't know what. She's constantly confused and it often comes out in bursts of savage anger, moody bouts, or temper tantrums. She feels cursed from the inside out. The worst is when she's exposed to someone else's weakness. She can feel the thoughts, the hidden desires, the hidden cowardice, or the 'sins' they hold back and it sends her into a violent frenzy.
    Quirk 2: A character she hates is also the closest person she has to love. To her, the passion she feels for Leiros in hating him, also ends up becoming an infatuation. The scary part to her is that she can read his thoughts, as he can her's and he feels the exact same way. They feel like two ends of a magnet, drawn to each other and pushing each other away constantly. He is rational, calm, and academic while she is irrational, moody, and lives off of brute wisdom. Eventually, they realize they can't live without each other and as one changes or grows, so does the other.

    There's lots more, but I don't want to bore anyone with my characters in my story. I know how boring it can be to others. That's some of the 'quirks' I have used.

    I have stuff on here too! The Vorrgistadt Saga.
  3. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    Sovereign, wow... thats an answer! I like it. I agree with your idea of basing the character off how they see and judge themselves, thats a very useful tool for me when a character is a mystery. I also agree with the generalization of female vs male, I have seen these patterns in a lot of people. (Oddly enough, most of the women I choose to associate with id themselves based on utility, and most men I'm friends with judge themselves on personality, though I recognize they are both in the minority of their groups. )

    http://www.writingexcuses.com/ has a lot of tools for this kind of thing, and several of the most recent podcasts go over character voice and have some good ideas for just this kind of issue. Its a HECK of a backlog, one im still working through myself, but its an awesome podcast. and its nice and short, generally 15-20 minutes an episode. as they say, "15 minutes long, because you dont have much time, and we aren't that smart. "

    On specifics, I also knock shave and a hair cut. I was doing it before Roger Rabbit, but that solidified it for me as a lifelong habit.

  4. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    whoops, hit enter too soon. sorry, i have some odd ones that are too good not to share.

    My father was a marine, and trained me as a kid. including various exercises to always look up. So people have noticed that I look up a lot, going into new rooms, leaving buildings, under trees. its a quirk that ties into paranoia.

    when agitated, I scratch repeatedly behind my ear and temple. got that one from my mom. when REALLY agitated, ill do it while walking on tip toes.

    i have a friend who always puts down his fork or spoon between bites while eating.

  5. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    @SovereignofAshes:
    Oh, I'm not looking for "stereotypical" quirks, either male or female. That wouldn't be quirky at all. I'm also not looking to define males the way they see themselves; the narrative voice of my current work is unapologetically "me", and while I may try other things in the future, for this work, it's set. I'm looking for the kind of things that someone would say if they were pointing out things they find cute about their significant other, or behaviours that are "classic" to a unique individual. They're not the person's defining characteristics, but the kind of small details that would qualify a work as "slice of life".

    On a completely unrelated note @SovereignofAshes, I got you for the April serial swap and sent you an email. Please let me know if you got it.

    @Alexander.Hollins:
    Exactly what I was looking for, thank you. Please let me know if you think of any more.

  6. SovereignofAshes (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    @Alexander.Hollins,

    That Writing Excuses podcast is awesome. I'm definitely going to have to spend a lot of time going through that. Thank you for sharing that.

    @Unice,

    Ah! *epiphany noise* I understand, now. Thank you for explaining. I'm sorry that my earlier stuff was off.

    Wow, the list is ready to go already for the swap. I'll definitely check my mail. Thank you.

    As far as thematically appropriate quirks that deal with slice of life as a reference. I can do what you mentioned above and what Mr. Hollins mentioned as well. Drawing from real life for some more neutral/cute quirks I notice, the best I can go from is some of the ones my sigO has (provided she doesn't skin me alive for mentioning them here)...

    - She talks in her sleep. Sometimes it's garbled words and tones. Sometimes she belts out screaming that some tentacled, shadow creature is after her. Other times she holds perfectly coherent conversations with me. One time she was completely asleep and woke me up trying to sell me university calendars. She was quite adamant that I buy a dozen even though they have naked firemen wrestling Cthulhu on them.

    - When she has nightmares and I need to calm her down, she has a word that immediately calms her. All I have to say is "cupcake" and she smiles, makes a happy noise, and goes back to sleep.

    - If you need to distract my sig0 from something bothering her, all you have to do is start a line from a quote of a movie or TV show. "Oh Cordel!" (Mason) from Hannibal. Or a line from Pulp Fiction. Or a line from In Bruges. Say "Fire it up" from the Crow. Pretty much any movie or TV show that she's seen and she will go nuts finishing the scene for you. It's great when I forget to do the dishes, or she's mad at me about something. She's also starting to memorize YouTube memes as well, especially Filthy Frank and Dank WebMs.
    Me: "No, don't do it!"
    Her: "I'm a virgin!"
    Me: "Chin-chin tsuki masu ka"
    Her: "Hai!" *flutters eyelids* "MmmmChin-chin!" or *salamander man* "Yhhhheeeeeeessssssssss!"
    Me: "Hey bowssss? Hey bowssss?"
    Her: "Gibbe dah puushi bowssss."
    It's almost like a separate language that only we understand. Our neighbors think we're insane, btw.

    - If you start saying or singing the first lines from Fresh Prince of Bel-air, my Sig0 -must- finish the rest of the intro song. Same with the theme to Captain Planet, and a few others. Another compulsion is once you start humming the Ghostbusters original theme around her, she'll always yell, "Bustin' makes me feel good!"

    - She is obsessed that she leaves the fridge open. Even though she doesn't. She'll leave the front door unlocked, the stove on, and a toaster plugged in. What matters the most is that she checks twice that the fridge is closed.

    - Anything with a countdown to it (microwaves especially), if she's watching it count down the numbers, she can't help but hum to herself and wave her hands at her sides in anticipation. She also hops.

    - It's very rare, but those times she needs attention from a friend or from me and can't get it, she'll flap her arms back and forth like she's possessed. She's double-jointed at the elbows and knees. She can bend her arms all the way back as well as pop her knees out. From a distance away, in the dark, she often looks like a creature from Silent Hill when she does it.

    - She's creepily adept at changing her voice and doing accents. I don't mind the Russian woman, or the Scottish woman, or the hyper Irish one. The Sharon Osborne one grates on my nerves, the Valley Girl is atrocious. The Kawaii Japanese girl makes me want to pull out my eyeballs. But she can also shift her vocal cords and do male voices. She also has a three-part voice called the "Linda Blair" where she can separate her voice into a deep demonic tone, a neutral tone, and a high pitched little girl voice at the same time. She likes to sing in this voice or just stand in the hall in the dark and say "One... Two... Three... I'm coming to get you... Make you bleed..." Or the line from the Shining with the hallway girls. I've gotten used to it. =P

    - Oh, and if she's mad at me for something she'll insult me under her breath and if I ask "What did you say?" She'll start making cute (dismissive) cat sounds. "Meew? Meep. Meeeh?" She'll also say weird crap to troll me and get on my nerves then do the exact same noises. She hates it when I do it back to her.

    - I have an annoying habit of trailing off if I'm talking about something academic. I'll start a sentence with "It's..." and then trail off to gather my thoughts. My SigO likes to jump in and sing the Monty Python theme song to snap me out of it.

    Some that I've seen in others...

    - A graphics artist I worked with from Germany would always have to order Black Forest cake from any place that served such. He'd travel all over the place trying different places just to have Black Forest cake. I once asked him if he was just that much a fan of it and he told me, "I hate Black Forest cake. It's awful."

    - One guy I worked with had a thing that any finger food he ate, he had to tap on his chin before he put it in his mouth. Watching him eat Cheetos was painful. And messy.

    - One dude I had to deal with at a Magic: the Gathering tournament a few years ago was pretty strange. The minute I sat down to go against him I wanted to cringe so hard I'd fold into a zero-point singularity. Dude had this really creepy playmat for his mana that had, like, chibi hentai girls on it. He wore a big blue and pink fleece sweater with kittens on it. His fingernails were long and yellow. Massive dandruff in his ponytail. He also had this habit that every time he tapped mana of any color, he'd have to hammer his index and middle fingers on the table twice and then pinch the ass of a Rainbow Dash pony figure he brought with him or rub a finger down her back. I was so glad I kicked his ass fast as I could get away from this raging cat-piss man. When I finally dropped my grape-shot combo on him (this was back in the -old- Ravnica days) he actually started crying. It was a very pyrrhic victory. Beating him got me access to a rare foil demon card I needed for my bounce deck, but... Making a forty-year old neck-beard cry was... It haunts me to this day.

    - A woman I used to always play D&D with and grew up through high school with had a fondness for collecting dead crows and talking to them. She wasn't trying to be 'cute' either. She made a graveyard to them all under where the old high school put in a new cafeteria. According to my sister, the place reeked like dead animals for a few months after it got built.

    I have stuff on here too! The Vorrgistadt Saga.
  7. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    Haha, I had a good laugh reading those ^_^. Hope your significant other doesn't skin you alive. Maybe you should offer to let her make a revenge list instead of killing you :P

  8. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    i did not believe that a MTG story could beat the confetti chaos bomb. I stand corrected.

  9. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    interestingly enough, Today's Wednesday Writing prompt up at ninja writers deals with exactly this! https://writingcooperative.com/hump-day-writing-prompt-character-fidgets-49a460c1a19#.9bycgoea8

  10. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    Well, some of this has been... extreme. Interesting, don't get me wrong, but extreme. (I did quite like the gender comparison, I hadn't considered some of that.) As far as quirks, maybe you can do something with clothing or other features? Constantly adjusting a hat, or always wearing it backwards, or has a tendency to stroke one's beard or ponytail or something. I know my wife is baffled by my penchant for short sleeved shirts. It'll be -20 Celsius outside, and she'll ask "you're going out like that?" and I'll say "no, I'll be wearing my jacket" and she's wondering why not a long sleeved shirt, or sweatshirt on top of the shorter shirt, all in addition to the jacket. And I will shrug.

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  11. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    Hehe I should totally do something with inadequate clothing in the winter. I always see people crossing between buildings on campus when it's -20 C outside without putting on their jackets. Incomprehensible.

  12. SovereignofAshes (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    I have to third the clothing eccentricities Mathtans. Good idea.

    Something I'm working on with my web serial as well, and will have to mention when the climate changes in the scenes later on.

    I also have to support Mathtans' mentioning of 'inadequate' clothing for winter. I'm one of those people as well, but a bit more extreme. I'm one of those people that runs air conditioning in the winter. Not kidding, either. I get weird looks at the university as well as from coworkers when it's -30C and I'm comfortably walking around in a touque, hoodie with rolled up sleeves, a thermal band t-shirt, and jeans.

    For me, because I run fairly hot, 8 to 16C is 'room temp,' -6 to 7C is 'comfortably cool,' -20 to -7C is 'chilly' and -21 or lower is 'okay, I'll put a coat on.' Anything above 18C is 'uncomfortably warm' and above 23C, I start getting early effects of heat stroke.

    I once was forced to go on a vacation to Puerto Vallarta for a wedding. It was 38-42C and 90+ humidity at sea level. Both I and my sigO almost died. Too much sun. Too much heat. Too much air pressure. Spent most of the time there in the room, AC on max, chugging water like mad, and only coming out at night when we wouldn't ignite upon contact with sunlight. Worst vacation, evar.

    Thankfully, the missus also likes it cold. We both come from Canuckistanian lumberjack stock and earlier than that is a lot of Celtic and Nordic stock. I know some people who live in the Southern United States and I really don't know how they can stand it. Same with all those waifer-thin, always-complain-y types I see at universities or work who have to crank the heat up to 26C every day, even in the Summer. Instead of bringing a sweater or a space heater. Ugh.

    As an example, it was about -32C where I am, today. Lots of snow. I comfortably went outside in my touque, hoodie, old Celtic Frost band tee, and shorts to clear off my car and boost it up to head to work. Now that I'm at work, I have a fan going just to keep my desk cool. It's about 14C in here right now.

    I hear we're supposed to get a mini ice-age here soon, due to a solar minimum, I can't wait. The weather might actually be nice for the first time in 16,000 years. ^_^

    I have stuff on here too! The Vorrgistadt Saga.
  13. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    For the record, I'm waifer-thin and always cold. If you think a sweater can solve the problem, you've clearly never been cold. I hope somebody pokes you with their ice-zombie fingers and steals your ridiculous polar bear body heat.

    Also @SovereignofAshes, please check your email regularly or let me know an alternate way to reliably contact you.

  14. SovereignofAshes (Member)

    Posted 7 months ago

    @Alexander.Hollins

    Unice, being the mighty OP of this thread, has final say on all things. Although this is about character quirks and such.
    ...But, given that I'm a huge fan of all things MTG, D&D, Warhammer, and general table-top. That I absolutely love hearing old 'war-stories' of games... I have to bite and ask...

    What happened with the 'confetti chaos-bomb'?

    (...Oh and just thinking about it now, maybe we should start a thread on here with old table-top stories we could use as inspiration or cautionary tales with our works in web fiction? I'd be game for that, and maybe we can lure Rincewind back from the depths of RRL.)

    I have stuff on here too! The Vorrgistadt Saga.

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