Niles
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Warmer climates has given this young man dusky olive tan, offsetting muscles of a lean athletic build. Standing just shy of six feet, his hair is balanced well between light cedar and dark chestnut and trimmed at a length where it brushes against the base of his neck. And over any collar. Meticulously maintained, there are strands that threaten to enter his line of vision unless slicked back against his head. Sculptured facial features, culminate with lips that achieve an appearance of neither full nor thin and a strong jawline devoid of stubble. Dark brown eyes are nearly a fine match to the hue of darker strands atop his head, nearly the color of klah. A solid and firm baritone voice rarely raised to a bellow unless required is the final mark of this man.

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Candidate Questions

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?

Technically, Niles was born in Keroon Sea Hold as the second child of five and the only male in a family of females. His only full blooded sister is older than himself while the rest are related to him by only his mother, Dani. Of note, his father, Jamin, was one of the many sons of the Keroon Sea Holder's family who didn't approve of the marriage between trader and holder. To this day, things are still strained to a degree.

Perhaps, it's more likely to ask where did Niles -not- grow up. As part and parcel of being a trader, he has seen a lot of the northern continent and some of the south. The wandering life has been a part of his blood for Turns until his adolescent years changed that through conflicts with his stepfather. Until then, he was a good child who remembers a great deal of his father who found it necessary to instruct his son with basic education. If not through him then his family members who had connections through the Harpers. Yet, all work and no play makes a dull child. Childish mischief in moderation did abound until the death of his father when he was younger than ten turns of age.

After that point in his life, Niles became more acutely aware of a necessity to watch out for his mother and sister. A sense of placed responsibility where there were scores of uncles and aunts to assist, it wasn't until her remarriage that the young man became quiet and prone to conflicts with his stepfather. Needless to say, the desire to break away from the trading family grew stronger as he got older by whatever excuses possible.

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

One would think that Niles would have some -one- as a trusted confidante or many. That's decidedly not the case. For all of being a trader, Niles would only count a few as being close enough to hear his concerns if they were to be voiced. Interestingly enough, they're all riders - if you don't count family. Namely, a particular healer and cousin at Fort Weyr (Saphia). Beside that, who is he close to, you ask? Soteria, Tia and even Wyn. An odd trio of women but like all good things, there's a lively history there. As far as family is concerned, it's.. difficult. Some members, he gets along with like his mother and sisters. To some degree, that extends to their husbands except his mother's husband, his stepfather. In that aspect, it's best not to even acknowledge the familial relationship among other members on both sides of the family. There are some members of the family on his father's side that do treat Niles kindly regardless of what they think of his mother.

Likely drinking buddies? Ah, that's where it would get interesting and split down the middle between E'siac and oddly Q'luin.

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

What I like most about Niles is that charm of his, the ability to go out and just strike up a conversation when it particularly involves business. When it's not, he tends to stick his foot into his mouth in a typical guy fashion sometimes. I don't know if that's a trait that should change as it causes so much fun to be had. Changes? Well, it might be nice to see that change. I'm certainly game to see if it happens!

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

Somewhere, under the surface, it's there. Niles has a loner streak or something quite similar. Being told that his efforts are appreciated clearly sets off a resulting feeling of uncomfortableness that might result in a period of staying under the radar. As if he's not used to being thanked for things that are expected in some way. A duty, if you will. Even if things he does are kindly meant and should be taken as such.

Other Misc Info and Links:

Yes. I do have an LJ! http://df-niles.livejournal.com/

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