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?

There's nothing fantastical or overly dramatic in Daycen's background. He really would have grown up amongst the Smith's and other Starcrafters since they're inter-related crafts, and he was tapped at an early age as someone who grasped the concepts needed to do the kind of charting and pattern recognition that a low-tech society would need in someone studying the sky. So, honestly, it's all kind of boring and nerdy :) A childhood spent learning constellations and how to plot changes in the stars positions, and how to read charts and star maps and all that kind of geekery. Lots of time spent indoors during the day doing the pen/paper type of work, and then lots of time spent outdoors at night doing the actual observing and measuring. He's obviously kind of a night owl because of that.
2) Who is your character close to now? Fellow crafters, residents, lots of people, or a few in particular?

Given that those in his profession are having to prove that they aren't a bunch of morons and that it really isn't their fault that the threadfall charts are off… like many other Starcrafters, Daycen keeps his head low right now! So he really isn't close to much of anyone, though he considers Klohi a friend, and there are a couple others that are acquaintances. Until Minalth demanded he stand for the next clutch nearly all of his time has been spent working, anyway. (*shakes fist at S'tao!*). He also thinks Zerra is all kinds of cool since she is brave enough to try and teach him to surf.

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

I have to admit that I love the fact that Daycen is a total nerdgeek. He's not a stuffy, rules oriented one or anything. But he's socially awkward in a kind of cute way (unless you're a weyrleader, apparently), and he's way more into brainy things like, well, tactics and plotting and drawing diagrams or charts. I'm not entirely sure how to build on that. Eeeeeeeeevil prank mastermind, perhaps? He also has THE worst luck. Seriously. He must have really pissed people off in a past life. Posted at Ista after their Hold's gather grounds, crops, vineyard and supply ship are decimated by thread and he has to figure out why they didn't have the right information on when thread would fall next. And then he finds himself with a Jekyll/Hyde blue firelizard that's slightly evil, and a fugly devourer of souls blue firelizard. I don't mind playing on that bad luck at all; maybe he gets blamed for some pranks that none of the PC candidates have comitted (or even some that we plot ourselves), gets assigned the worst chores on top of being Minalth's slave (Hi Zerra!), gets caught drunk because someone spiked his drink and he didn't even know it. You know, that sort of thing. Anything to provide us some hilarity. In short: Nerdy + Bad Luck=Daycen.

It's really also no wonder he's not a hit with the ladies when he has a booger-shaped soul devouring creature always on his shoulder :)

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

I'd like him to be a little more laid back. Right now he's still totally uptight and nervous about being stationed at the Weyr. Some mild ribbing, camraderie, and interaction with the other candidates will probably help with that though. I'm completely open to any kind of character development, save for the nerdy part. He'll always be a nerd :)

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