Forgive me if I'm intruding, but I've sort of been spending the last two days stalking this roleplay and making a character for it. It says you're still accepting, so now that I've finished him, he's being submitted here for group approval. His personality blurb feels rather lacking to how I envision him, but I'm not sure what else to put there or what to cut so it doesn't go on for another three paragraphs. For the bio, though I also feel like it's fairly bare, I'm not sure how much more detail I want to put in, or what I would cut to keep it a reasonable length.
I'm open to criticism and suggestions for improving him, so long as you're rather specific about what it is that should be changed and offer a push in the preferred direction (more detail/clarity, more pronounced flaws, etc.). I did as much as I could without forcing relationships and such on anyone else's characters, but plotting backstory between him and your character(s) is something I'm totally open to doing.
Um, as far as availability and activity goes, I'll reply basically as soon as I can; I work at 5am MST Monday-Friday, so the bulk of my reply time will be in the afternoon and early evening.
Anyway, that's my "tossing my hat in the ring" spiel, and the character I developed is below.
Damon Valentine MillicanNicknames:
He prefers his actual name, but he's not going to stop someone from giving him a nickname if they want to.Age:
March 23rd, 1990Height:
Trust-fund baby, but works the closing shift at Lustful Minds Monday-Thursday so he can at least pretend he doesn't have to rely on his parents.Residence:
Parker Commons 104Appearance Details: Has five piercings in his right ear
, and a small birthmark that looks vaguely like an oak leaf just below his left shoulder blade. No immediately identifying scars, but he's got about as many as the average person.Personality:
Damon is known for two things among his family and friends: the relaxed pace at which he goes through life, and the sometimes eerie precision with which he assesses people; not only the broad sort of person they are, which he finds trivially easy, but over time also their thought patterns and emotional states. People he's just met tend to think he's either naive and flighty or overly critical of everyone around him; in reality, he's just prudent to a sometimes ridiculous degree. Things don't bother him because he's constantly prepared for the worst, and he sounds critical because he wants others to do the same in whatever way is best for them.
When he's not sounding like a nosy critic, he's quite introverted and soft-spoken, but he'll happily talk at length with just about anyone about just about anything. He finds a lot of enjoyment in reading new studies and learning about new technology, and dabbles in enough other topics to not sound like a total fool should they arise. He does have a rather bad habit of simply dumping all of the information he knows about a topic on people, but he's happy to listen when other people do the same to him, so he rarely feels bad about it.
As a final note on his personality, he often talks to himself and gets lost in daydreams easily; while he's not totally unreliable and has a good memory for conversations and numbers, he's incredibly scatterbrained and relies heavily on his cell phone's scheduling app to make sure he's where he needs to be when he needs to be there, and that all his bills are paid on time. He also hauls a messenger bag nearly everywhere he goes like it's a safety blanket, and it's usually packed with just about everything you'd expect an excessively prudent person to have: deodorant, cologne, full change of clothes, daily planner, lip balm, facial tissue, and spare change. He also stashes a small pharmacy of over-the-counter medicine in there, from aspirin to cough syrup to multivitamins, though even he admits this is rather extreme.Bio:
Damon's childhood is the epitome of what you'd expect from a single child of rich parents; he was raised by a nanny, and catered to in the extreme. Everything from meals to toys to bedtime, if he asked for it, he got it. It turned him into quite the spoiled brat for many years, until he was around 10; that was the year the spoiling ground to a halt. The nanny he'd grown up with and was homeschooled by was let go, and his parents attempted to be more hands-on with him; the change caused intense withdrawal on Damon's part, as though he obviously knew his parents and knew he was loved by them, the sudden intrusion into his life felt like a massive breach of trust, and he was basically silent in their presence for several months while he adjusted to them. It was during this time his prosopagnosia was formally diagnosed; when they tried to rehire his previous nanny at reduced hours to ease the transition, Damon refused to let her near him simply because he didn't recognize her new perfume.
After the near-failure of the parental bonding, Damon was sent to a private school; he had a great deal of difficulty adjusting and making friends (as he expected), and this rather cemented his introverted and prudent nature. He had to plan every day around figuring out who was who once he reached school, and most days it was too difficult to do much beyond the planning stage; it was during this time that he trained himself to recognize people by their voices. It got even easier once he reached high school and the rules around uniforms were slightly more relaxed, as the personal flair everyone put on their uniform made it much easier for him to recognize people. He, of course, didn't alter his uniform at all, as he saw no reason to; he still had some spoiled brat tendencies, and pretended that everyone else modified their uniform so he could tell them apart. He made a few very close friends in the last two years of high school, but now he rarely hears from them aside from the occasional email.
After high school, he avoided university and college, despite his parents' protests. He felt no desire to continue dealing with school and the problems it presented to him, and couched his refusal to go as "needing to find himself". It was simple and effective lie, and one which convinced his parents to let him move out on his own... Sort of. He moved to Parker Commons almost right away, and even 5 years down the line his parents still pay his rent. He got a job at Lustful Minds shortly after moving in, though he told his parents he works in a call center to avoid any disapproval they might have towards his actual job.Likes:
Audiobooks, animals, musical theatre, board games, video games with distinct character costumes, cooking and baking, karaoke, jigsaw puzzles, and swimming.Dislikes:
Pulling all-nighters, implied redundancies ("ATM machine", "PIN number", etc.), large crowds, pretty much anything to do with portrait photography, wearing hats, and excessively confrontational people.Ons and Offs:
Damon's tried just about everything there is to try, so suggesting even outlandish things probably won't faze him, but he may still turn you down if he doesn't trust you enough. ((Basically, I, and by extension Damon, have so few offs that you're pretty much fine suggesting whatever you're comfortable with, and as long as Damon would trust the character presenting that suggestion enough to do it, I'll go along with it. If I'm somehow uncomfortable with something, I'll deal with it IC and toss you a PM afterwards. ))Additional Details:
Damon has congenital prosopagnosia, and doesn't recognize people (including himself) by their faces; instead, he trained himself to recognize people by their voices instead, and as a result has excellent echoic memory. If he's really close with someone, he may also recognize them by their preferred perfume or cologne.
He's 'adopted' a squirrel that lives near Parker Commons; he brings food for it when he goes to relax outside, and it's even let him hand-feed it a couple of times. He calls it Anthony, but he's pretty sure it prefers being called Pennywise.Played By: