Even though its not really noon it was like 2pm
Even though its not really noon it was like 2pm
The View from my table during Quarter Finals
No my breakfast is not ENTIRELY apples, but I generally have apples throughout the day.
Up Close of the Dragon’s Egg I got at the Renaissance Fair
As requested by my DM for my Dungeons and Dragon’s game, we are to fill out this questionnaire for our characters. Ennis, being my character, is now being portrayed as a Warlock and so I had to alter some of their facts and little tidbits about them. Most of their answers are no different from how they are usually and I felt I personally got to know them even more now. Their characterization has improved and I felt that it could be fun to share (especially since our next game is tomorrow night!)
Ennis has little to no memory of their birth father; in fact Ennis doesn’t even know the truth about his mother’s life before marriage. His mother, Saria, had done her best to raise Ennis even though Ennis was forbidden from setting foot outside thanks to his stepfather, Folwin, He was much more over protective of the family name than his family’s wellbeing; Ennis grew up feeling that their mother didn’t truly love their stepfather, but she would always dismiss the idea if they brought it up. Saria married Folwin in order to give Ennis a ‘normal’ life thinking riches and a seat higher in society would suffice; Saria’s family was known for their massive production of silk and rare fabrics and marrying Folwin doubled their wealth. As grateful and happy as they were, the happiness was only temporary.
During childhood, they were afraid of Satyrs. Folwin took matters into his own hands to sever the ties between Ennis and their real father, to ‘protect’ his family when in reality it was to not be connected to the foul creatures, as he referred them to. Fearing the Satyr’s wild nature to be rambunctious, no respect for the law and overall evil. However as they grew up, they have grown to not only fear, but also hate them, due to the idea that Satyr’s assaulted their mother before Ennis was born. Their following fears are not being able to be accepted by society.
While being homeschooled and forbidden to step foot outside, Ennis took interest in studying magic. Taught the basics by their tutor and warned about how universal magic is; used for good and evil, light and dark and everything in between. Ennis found themselves awoken in their family’s library late on night by the sounds of a famished Peryton who had made its way into their home. Stalking its prey, not quite attacking, but soon spoke as clouds of euphoria gas spilled from its lips. It sensed Ennis’s true origins in their blood and offered a pact. Feeding them stories about wishing to help and how, if they accepted, they will fulfill their dreams. Curiosity over came them and accepted becoming a patron to the Archfey; plagued by nightmares and terrors. Ennis found themselves in pain as their fingers were now stained black, cursed with inverted eyes and their legs now replaced with their proper satyr half.
Sneaking out and immediately seeking help from the Mage’s Circle in the dead of night for the drawbacks of the pact, but received none. Arrested and deemed unholy for their appearance and essence of unregistered magic, was taken to the highest courts of Succession law and was charged guilty trespassing and being an outsider. Was soon branded with the court’s sigil, Ennis pleaded and begged for their mother, hoping she could convince them that Ennis was still Elven born. To their surprise, it was Folwin who stepped up while their mother could only weep in silence. Folwin’s protest seemed very lethargic and unconvincing, but the courts did take into account Saria’s presence. Coming to a decision, the courts ordered Ennis to seek out their own worth. Not told if it was money, treasure, or power, they were to never return until they had found it. To survive out in the world, explore and record new worlds and to provide new information of magic, culture, history and whatever else they find to bring back at the end of their journey. However it had proven much more difficult than Ennis anticipated; having to learn to survive with their own wits and few supplies granted by the courts. Let alone the Archfey living through them.
Besides the arcane crystal hanging from their neck, Ennis’s most prized possession would be the aged and partially broken antlered skull that they keep at the top of their bag. A token, a momentum of their, long lost friend. A cleric named Shix was one of Ennis’s first companions they had met after being banished; an odd one of sorts who was quite the wise cracking worshipper. Picked up the skull on a particular journey together and to be funny/intimidating, Shix would put it on their head like a mask and it soon became part of their usual attire. Neither they nor Shix saw the madness that crept its way through Shix’s mind and soon consumed them, literally. A mouth, eyes, a voice; the metamorphosis overtook Shix and turned them into a living nightmare. All Ennis could do was watch the mob of people, who chased Shix down, die at Shix’s hands before they took off into the night, leaving Ennis all alone. Now Ennis keeps the skull close to encourage and keep their friend alive; their first real friend.
-Ennis loves most kinds of animals, from cats to dogs, to antelopes to reindeer to wolves. They have a sweet spot for young bears, and reindeer especially, but not well know to many, is that Ennis has a curious side for wolverines, owlbears and barghasts.
-Fitting their birthday, Ennis associates with Earth. Growing up how they did, they are very strict on themselves to follow the rules and disciplined. They are slow to act in most cases as they can’t think properly during chaos. Whether it be their heritage or the pact with the Archfey, they have a strong connection with the earth. Loving and showing appreciation for everything it shares with them; grounded by their desire for the truth about their family holds them and their mind to be very rigid and heavy even when they deeply wish to experience more flowing freedom and balance of the other elements.
When they aren’t taking notes in their journal of their findings to one day return home with all they have learned, Ennis enjoys reading tarot and studying glyphs/runes. While they are not the greatest, they find solace in being able to connect with those not on their plane of existence. Seeking advice through mostly single card layouts and learning about other sorts of history & magic through the symbols they encounter from books, caves, etc.
Besides meet K.Kõiv, they full heartedly wish to learn and confront their biological father. The one who allegedly forced himself on their mother and caused her to live her life in shame as she calls Ennis her child.
Another throwback because I am feeling some more nostalgia. During sophomore year, the class was tasked with creating a 3D animal, but turning it into some form of mechanical being. Creating an animal using found objects and pieces; it was a way of sculpture and a three dimensional illustration.
It may not have been my best work, but I was still very proud of this little guy. I gave them the name of Carrington; he still lives to this day, unfortunately with his head not properly attached to his body.
Last year around January I participated in the DWR Champagne Chair contest (through SCAD) where my classmate and I had to create a miniature model of a chair, any design we’d like. Brenton (my classmate) and I created a basic design using only the foil, the cage and the cork of a champagne bottle; as directed by the official rules.
I figured it be time that I actually show the production (not only for portfolio reasons), but just because its been over a year and I really enjoy sharing this collaborative piece.
Obligatory late Mother’s Day post
Thank you for loving me
Supporting & Being there for Me
For 21 years you did not give up
It has been an absolutely wild ride
Especially considering I have not been the perfect child
I know we have had our troubles
But we have grown stronger the more time has past
Our love and our bond will continue to grow
And Become Stronger
I love you!