24 January 2012

20 Facts About Larkspur

20 facts about Larkspur

1. Larkspur is a cleric
Larkspur can heal people through magic. However, her abilities are limited to only being able to heal what the injured person's body would have eventually been able to heal on his/her own anyway - her magic just drastically speeds up the process. Mortal injuries, dismemberment and even some critical injuries (like broken bones that aren't set right) she can't heal unless some regular medical treatment is applied first.

2. She is an extrovert with social anxiety
Larkspur has trouble communicating with people in social situations. She's always afraid that what she says and does is being misinterpreted. In trying to correct herself, she ends up making herself sound much worse than she would have if she just spoke without refrain. Unfortunately, Larkspur thrives on communicating and spending time with others, but her social anxiety makes it difficult to get the amount of interaction that she needs.

3. Larkspur is combat-trained
She was trained in how to fight with hand-to-hand and with a bo staff when she was younger, but she hasn't kept up with training. If she is startled, or is reacting without thinking, she will fall back on that training and deal a quick, usually impressive blow on her opponent. Often, her lashing out tends to be accidentally against friends, colleagues or loved ones more often than real enemies. However, as soon as her mind catches up with what she is doing, even if she's still in a dangerous situation, her instinctive attacks will stop and she'll be more likely to flee (or apologize if it was a friend she had just floored). Larkspur is not a 'damsel in distress' however, as she can usually handle herself well enough to get out of trouble.

4. She is a musician
Larkspur can play instruments, including the mandolin. However, she is most well known for her singing. Playing music and singing is one of the only times her mind ever feels at ease.

5. Larkspur has some medical training...but not much
Larkspur is regarded as a 'doctor' to some degree, and because of her healing abilities combined with some medical training she is able to deal with emergencies very well. However, her medical training is limited to cleaning/bandaging wounds, and putting together medicine using local herbs. She knows very little about anatomy itself, and so fixing anything that requires more knowledge (such as surgery, setting bones, etc.) is beyond her ability.

6. She is Catholic, but she's not as superstitious as most people from that era tend to be
Larkspur works at the monastery in Duero. Duero is a crossroads that bring in people (and sometimes beastial races) from all over the world. Thus, Larkspur is used to dealing with people who have different beliefs than she does. She's grown to be accepting, tolerant and believes that there is good in everyone.

7. Larkspur's parents are divorced.
Her mother was a shut-in, and her father was an extrovert. They got along well enough, but when Larkspur was born, the mother became more paranoid of other people judging them - her parenting style, them as a family, Larkspur - that she became even more of a shut-in and tried to enforce it on Larkspur and her father as well. When the mother's social anxiety and fear of what everyone else thought of them began to seep into Larkspur's personality, her father decided to get a divorce and move to Duero with Larkspur from that environment (and avoid the backlash of the divorce, as getting a divorce in medieval times is a no-no). As a result, the mother blames Larkspur for the divorce. Larkspur is still close to her father, but has a strained relationship with her mother.

8. She was one of Malachi's first elite students.
While her parents were divorcing, Larkspur's powers were beginning to surface. Once they moved to Duero, Larkspur's father sent her to Malachi's school so that she wouldn't be caught in the arguing and have a good environment in which to explore her developing abilities. However, he made great effort to keep in constant contact with her, and remained a pillar of support during her teenage years. Larkspur was one of Malachi's star pupils for a time, however there came a point where she hit a wall with her training that she was never able to overcome. Eventually, she left the school to join the Monastery and put her clerical powers to use.

9. Larkspur is very compassionate and sensitive, but overall she's not empathic at all, and has no idea what someone feels unless they spell it out to her.
She is very caring, and will try her best to understand how someone else is feeling and help them. However, she can't read people well, and often doesn't know the extent of the problem. Part of it is because she's hopeful for the best and prefers to look at things positively unless proven otherwise. Thus she can be naive to what's really going on until it's too late.

10. Larkspur uses music to focus
She tends to hum even during regular activities, and especially when she has to concentrate. Larkspur thinks of everything in terms of beats and music, from people's personalities, to regular activities such as how she or other people are walking, moving, and the ebb and flow of the day. It's like seeing everything as a music video or dance performance.

11. She's easily intimidated, but if needed she will stand up for herself (and others).
Larkspur gets nervous easily and tends to avoid arguments, but if it's important, she can be very persistent. She will be very nervous and stammering about it, but if she feels that she needs to be heard badly enough, she will assert herself.

12. Larkspur is naive and tends to see the good in everyone.
She likes to think the best of people, even if she doesn't always have reason to. As a cleric, she tends to see people from all walks of life in their weakest, most vulnerable states, which gives her the impression that most people are not inherently evil, just sometimes make bad decisions. This also makes her very forgiving.

13. She lacks self confidence
Part of Larkspur's social ineptitude and inability to fully reach her magical potential is due to always second-guessing herself.

14. Larkspur works part time a waitress
Her position as a cleric is based off of the friars in medieval times - unlike some of her peers, she does not live as a shut-in within the monastery. Instead, she lives amongst the people, and makes no money for her service. What little money she does make from working evenings at the Crystalin. Crystalin's stage is more of an open-mic set up, so Larkspur is not paid to sing there. The reason she does it is simply because she likes it, and it also gives her exposure as a musician for other occasional gigs.

15. She's very affectionate
Larkspur can be very touchy-feely, even with friends. She'll give hugs, touch the arm of her friends while talking to them. Cain loves it, for obvious reasons. Less affectionate characters like Rori are awkwarded out by it.

16. Although she panics during normal situations, she is excellent when it comes to dealing with situations in which other people would be expected to panic (like emergencies or performing in front of an audience)
Larkspur has been singing in front of people - and even crowds - since she was a little girl. Her job as a cleric often puts her in high-stress situations where everyone else may be panicking. So during times like those, she doesn't have the time to reflect deeply on the situation or what other people might be thinking of her then - she just lives in the moment.

17. Larkspur learned how to sing as a little girl through her Church's choir.
She's always had a good response and acceptance to her singing from a young age, and she sings for fun (not for any hope of fame or riches, so there's no 'competition' for her so to speak). That is why she doesn't have any performance anxiety when singing or playing music in front of people.

18. She is traditional
Although Larkspur works and takes care of herself, she is submissive and would prefer to get married and be a housewife/mother (though she would always be a cleric, as she feels that is her duty, but she would find a way to set up a free practice at home so she wouldn't have to leave her family.)

19. Larkspur admires women who are stronger/more confident than her
She longs for being able to just talk to people and live her life without constantly worrying. Larkspur comes to admire Rori especially for her "who cares what anyone thinks?" mentality.

20. She is a hopeless romantic
Even little thoughtful gestures, like flowers, mean a lot to her. However, overaggressive guys creep her out (and usually end up with her getting startled and leading to #3 above)


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