Hello all! Just wanted to say and that I’m ecstatic to get the chance to stand with you guys. I have high hopes for this candidacy, along the lines of bonding oocly and icly with my fellow elite ‘drudges’. I just wanted to put up a few words about Baiden to introduce him to everyone oocly, as well as explain some of what your character will see icly during his stay.

The simplest way to describe Baiden is that he’s duty bound. His ideas are old fashioned, and he holds to tradition far more then most. He’s very quietly but passionately spoken, and very little gets him riled up. He reacts to most situations (not involving spiderclaws) in a calm, collected, and straight-forward way. It may be a disappointment to some, but he has almost no sense of humour and certainly isn’t going to participate in pranks or troublemaking, and if he feels it’s serious, he’s going to tell those in charge. He views life as a struggle, one where discipline and strength of character are needed to survive. Parties are not his thing. Drinking is not his thing. He’ll occasionally kick back and relax a little, but this is mostly done when he is alone. He’ll view candidacy as a training period, a preparation for battle, because in a way that is what it is (to him). Thread is very serious business, and he will not view those who goof around or act silly, or avoid their chores, or slack off, as worthy of impressing. Who would want a joker and slob watching their back in a life-and-death situation? Feel free to comment about how uptight he is. Just a note though, this is purely IC. OOCly I have to work hard at keeping that stick up his rear because I’m a relaxed, carefree, playful person. His opinions on everything/everyone are not necessarily mine. :)

Fun facts: His holder traditionalism means that he frequently stomps down or rips out patches of green when he sees them, if such is feasible. Plantlife near human populations is viewed as a major no-no. Likewise, he’s still very uneasy with a Weyr’s free-wheeling style of relationships and sexual activities. He believes women should be appropriately clothed and monogamous, and men restrained and respectful around the ladies. He’s very conservative.

He carries a sword. It’s old, a note of pride, and he knows how to use it. He normally has one or two other weapons on him, though since they’re concealed, it’s hard to know where and what.

He loathes firelizards, seeing them as pests. Someone with one is fine, he can ignore that, but more then that is just an annoyance. He’ll frequently be seen shooing them away from himself or objects near him (such as during dinner time).

He’s usually quite softly spoken, vary rarely raising his voice in any manner except sternness or annoyance. It makes him a bit hard to hear sometimes, but as he doesn’t like speaking much, its a habit he’s developed since youth.

He comes from a small hold near Bitra, and so has something like an accent from there, but its not thick or even easily recognizable.

Candidate questions to follow:

1) Tell us about your character's background. Where did they grow up? What was their childhood like? Do they have siblings? Lots of extended family?

I’ll write a brief history here, but the main (and better written) one can be found on the Ista Weyr homepage, under pcs and Baiden. Baiden was born in a small hold somewhat near Bitra Hold herself. His father was (and is still) a very strict man, very old fashioned and basically taught Baiden to follow in his footsteps. He knows a great deal about hold maintenance, as far as farming the land, maintaining order, hunting, and defense goes. Stewardship, the whole nine yards. He learned a lot from his mother as well, from first aid, to preparing food, to mending clothes. Rather then growing up as a normal child with friends, he grew up in nearly a constant state of training and discipline, with his feet well-seated in traditionalism. He’s an only child (much to his father’s annoyance and his mother’s sadness, considering the need for birthing a future generation to take care of the hold). He does, however, have a slew of cousins, aunties, uncles, and those wed into the family. With his mother’s recent passing, Baiden set out on his own. Not permanently, but rather to form contacts and forge a greater understanding with the world outside his little hold. Eventually, he landed in Ista Weyr, and has taken up a likely temporary position as guard (and now candidate), until his father calls him home to take over holdership.

2) Who is your character close to now? Fellow crafters, residents, lots of people, or a few in particular?

Baiden hasn’t been at Ista Weyr for very long, so he hasn’t gotten close to..well, anyone. As sad as that may sound, he is reclusive, and while he’s not unfriendly, he doesn’t go out of his way to make friendships. With him, it’s just something that needs time to develop. Once he’s comfortable with his surroundings, he’ll be more open to those around him.

3) What personality trait or background element do you like most about your character? How would you like to build on that?

Baiden, as stuffy as he may seem, is one of my more unique characters. I’ve actually played him for many years now, in another element all together, and this is a recreation of him in a Pernese environment, so I already love him dearly. He’s calm, cool, collected, and disciplined for the most part, and I’d like to keep this aspect. He seems much older then his years, and it’s no act. He hasn’t had a chance to expand past his father’s ‘programming’, so to speak, and he’s got a long way to go before he can understand the world around him. He’d dedicated, diligent, and lawful.

4) What would you change about your character if you could? How might others help you do this?

Really, I think changes in my character will happen over time. There’s a bit of a transitional period. Being new to the area, and certainly the situation, he’s going to cling to the ways he knows best until he adjusts and lets his guard down a bit. He’s never going to be playful or hyper or energetic seeming, but he -will- make a good friend just.. as soon as he makes some in return. :)

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