Five questions: On romance

I've been reading the Aely and Arrens story with all kinds of interest — it's always neat to see how characters' relationships start out. (Also, I can't help but think the fallout from Arrens going all neanderthal and telling Tarquin to keep his paws off Aely must have been awesome.)

Romance seems to be the driving plot behind a lot of characters — or if not the driving one, certainly one that lasts through other major plot elements. I think it might actually be more unusual for characters in my circle to be single than attached.

Which makes me wonder, and inspired a set of five questions to be posed to any characters interested in answering them:

  1. If you're attached, how did it happen? (If not, are you interested in dating?)
  2. Have you been "lucky in love" in the past?
  3. What's the number-one thing you need from a potential mate?
  4. Is there friction in your relationship? Big, small, none at all?  (If you're not in a relationship, how much friction would you like?)
  5. Do your friends and family like the person you're dating?  (If you're not dating anyone, how important is your friends' and family's approval?)

Of my four "major" characters — Ovistine, Teuthida, Nancie, and Agness — two are in relationships and two are, um, uh, HEY LOOK A MURLOC KILL IT KILL IT!

Ovistine

  1. If you're attached, how did it happen? (If not, are you interested in dating?)
    I'm, uh… I mean, I wouldn't… well, if someone asked me out for a drink, see, I'd… I mean, only if it were a drink an' that's it. Right? It's not that I'm not interested, I just… I wouldn't want to hurt anybody's feelings. By which I mean someone twice my height, with pink skin an' purple hair, who carries fromping big axes. Not that I know if he'd be upset, but best not to chance it, aye? (Cf. fromping big axes.)
     
  2. Have you been "lucky in love" in the past?
    I've not ever brought a lad home for the holidays, so I think that answers that. Um, unless you count last Pilgrim's Bounty. But that would be the first, so!
     
  3. What's the number-one thing you need from a potential mate?
    A nice, bushy beard, preferably with braids in it. Oh, um, or someone patient an' kind an' thoughtful. With nice ears.
     
  4. Is there friction in your relationship? Big, small, none at all? (If you're not in a relationship, how much friction would you like?)
    *grumbling* Not the kind I'd like. *pause* Assuming that's even… I mean, how would you… *blushes deep fuschia* Let's just say "no" an' leave it there.
     
  5. Do your friends and family like the person you're dating? (If you're not dating anyone, how important is your friends' and family's approval?)
    Well, it's important, aye! An' everyone likes Valinar. I mean, theoretically, if… they seem to like… what research facility is this survey with, again?

 
 

Teuthida

  1. If you're attached, how did it happen? (If not, are you interested in dating?)
    Valyrie has been my closest friend since we were tiny! Since before our horns grew in! How did we… "hook up"? Um… I am having a fishing pole, yes? And Valyrie sometimes gives me shiny baubles for the fishes… and for me…
     
  2. Has your character been "lucky in love" in the past?
    Oh, I am very lucky all the time!
     
  3. What's the number-one thing you need from a potential mate?
    Well. Good bonking skills, and perhaps willingness to head-butt me if I am pouting? Or, no, no, wait! A sense of ADVENTURE! Yes yes! Also willingness to eat pies for three weeks if I am beset with an urge to bake.
     
  4. Is there friction in your relationship? Big, small, none at all? (If you're not in a relationship, how much friction would you like?)
    Friction? This is… oh, fightings! Well, so long as they do not hurt themselves by head-butting giant fire elementals. …too often. I suppose it is friction when I am head-butted for pouting, yes? That is fine too.
     
  5. Do your friends and family like the person you're dating? (If you're not dating anyone, how important is your friends' and family's approval?)
    Oh, it would be very important for Valyrie to like anyone else who came to live with us! It would really not work even a little if only I were fond of them, or only Valyrie.
     

 
 

Agness

  1. If you're attached, how did it happen? (If not, are you interested in dating?)
    Well, Vaelen asked a friend of his to ask me if I would go walking along the canals with him if he asked, and of course I said yes. Then we went steady, got pinned, got engaged, he gave me a pretty ring, and then there was that thing that happened over Winter Veil two years ago and we got married very, very quickly. He was kind of insistent. I just thought the Red Winter Clothes were cute…
     
  2. Have you been "lucky in love" in the past?
    Vaelen is all the past there is, so I feel very, very lucky!
     
  3. What's the number-one thing you need from a potential mate?
    Hmm… I can't decide between niceness, righteousness, or a desire to smite Scourge.
     
  4. Is there friction in your relationship? Big, small, none at all? (If you're not in a relationship, how much friction would you like?)
     Um, well–hey! Bizpit! Felwool is not for eating!–I might have to cut this a little short. Anything else?
     
  5. Do your friends and family like the person you're dating? (If you're not dating anyone, how important is your friends' and family's approval?)
    Unfortunately, both my parents were killed in the Third War, so I don't really have much family left. But Trisia likes him, and my friends like him.
     

 
 

Nancie

  1. If you're attached, how did it happen? (If not, are you interested in dating?)
    Once upon a time, there was a gryphon rider who was verra earnest, but didnae fly so good. But it turned out he had a knack fer tinkerin', an so one day at th' Forge, he an' a young lass turned soldier noticed each other o'er a fiery blaze. Wasnae nearly th' hottest thing goin' on tha' day, if ye ken me meaning! *chuckle*
     
  2. Have you been "lucky in love" in the past?
    A lady ne'er kisses an' tells. I suppose a few lads may 'ave carried a bit o' a torch fer me now an' again…
     
  3. What's the number-one thing you need from a potential mate?
    'E jes' needs t' stand by me, an' Geoffar's done tha' fer many years now.
     
  4. Is there friction in your relationship? Big, small, none at all? (If you're not in a relationship, how much friction would you like?)
    Pffft! Ain't a marriage a'tall if there's no' a row now an' then. Anyway, nowt serious ever came o' it. He loves me an' I love 'im an' thass that.
     
  5. Do your friends and family like the person you're dating? (If you're not dating anyone, how important is your friends' and family's approval?)
    Mum an' Da were a bit surprised I fell fer a Wildhammer, but th' lad's perfectly keen on Ironforge as well, though we've moved about a bit. Obviously th' bit loves 'er da greatly. An' ol' Brandur kin keep 'is advice to hisself, thanks. Jes' 'cause I've 'ad months where I didnae get th' kind o' home-leave I'da liked… anyway, aye, everyone loves Geoffar.
     
  1. Corise
    Dec 11th, 2009 at 22:23 | #1

    I like these. May come back and do this for other characters, but for now, here's Corise:

    1. If you're attached, how did it happen? (If not, are you interested in dating?)

    Ooh. Now that's a long story involvin' a love… quadrangle, I guess it'd be, with me in the… center? I ain't sure the geometry quite works out. Anyways. I was datin' a guy who was never around, and sorta flirtin' casual with another guy and a girl… nothin' serious on my end, just passin' time while my boyfriend was off doin' whatever it was he did when he wasn't around. But at some point… well, it stopped bein' casual, for everyone involved, and I had a decision to make. Spent weeks weighin' out my feelin's, tryin' to figure out who I oughtta be with. And then one night, I was talkin' to Waldoh – that was the fella I hadn't been datin' – and somethin' just… switched on, I guess. Dunno how to describe it, but damn… was that ever a night to remember.

    2. Have you been "lucky in love" in the past?

    Depends on how ya define "luck." I've certainly always been blessed by… abundance in my love-life… though that can be more a curse, honest. Havin' three people in love with ya at the same time is not nearly as fun as it sounds. As far as quality… well, remember that boyfriend I mentioned? The one that was never around? Yeah. 'Til I met Waldoh, that was one o' the better relationships I'd had. Draw your own conclusions.

    3. What's the number-one thing you need from a potential mate?

    I could be all glib and say somethin' like stamina in the sack, but honestly? Patience. Lots and lots o' patience. I'm not easy to live with. Believe me, I have a hard enough time livin' with myself sometimes.

    4. Is there friction in your relationship? Big, small, none at all? (If you're not in a relationship, how much friction would you like?)

    Yeah. Y'know how I said I ain't easy to live with? Waldoh's patient, but even he has a breakin' point. For some odd reason, though, no matter how much crap I put him through, he sticks around. Guess that means he's the real deal. Guess it also means my luck's a good sight better now than it used to be. Better'n I deserve, for sure.

    5. Do your friends and family like the person you're dating? (If you're not dating anyone, how important is your friends' and family's approval)?

    Oh, just about everyone likes Waldoh, I reckon. He's a good guy. Hell, if he can put up with me, it's pretty much a given he can get along just fine with my friends and what fam'ly I got left. And he's a real good daddy to our two kids. I think most o' my friends'd tell ya I did right marryin' him… and those who'd tell ya otherwise, well, let's just say it ain't 'cuz o' him, and leave it at that.

  2. Teuthida
    Dec 12th, 2009 at 06:40 | #2

    (( Ooh, great to hear from Corise! I've always wondered how she and Waldoh got together, although I'm pretty sure I'd heard bits of the story before. :) I also love getting to hear it in her own words — of course, the desire to write things straight from the mouths of my own characters was why these got turned into interview questions in the first place. ^_^ ))

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