1 "Jareth Ausk"
Recently released and wrongfully imprisoned, looking for freedom.
Tall and not quite handsome, with dark eyes and dark hair. Though a half-Kald by birth, his skin is almost gray instead of green, his eyes betraying his half-human heritage. His tusks are polished and well taken care of, despite being a prisoner of war.
100 Questions for Jareth Ausk
Part 1: The Basics
1 What is your full name? You can call me Jareth Ausk, for now.
2 Where and when were you born? The Kaldan Empire, about twenty-three years ago.
3 Who are/were your parents? (Know their names, occupations, personalities, etc.) I’m not allowed to say, but I can tell you that they’re pretty high up the Kaldan food chain, hence my previous predicament.
4 Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like? No siblings that I know of, anyway.
5 Where do you live now, and with whom? Describe the place and the person/people. I don’t really live anywhere now; I’m on the road with a bunch of miscreants on a mission to save the world- typical.
6 What is your occupation? To ask some of my people, I’m the Party Liar. I like to talk, and I’m at home in politics or in the city.
7 Write a full physical description of yourself. You might want to consider factors such as: height, weight, race, hair and eye color, style of dress, and any tattoos, scars, or distinguishing marks. Well, I’m tall-ish, about six feet even. I’m pretty handsome for a half-Kald, but then again, I’m half-human, too (also hence my predicament). I’ve got green eyes and black hair, but I imagine my eyes will go red when I’m angry. I’ve got lean muscles, and I’m not very strong. I tend to favor nice clothes, but on the road, I’ve just been wearing a leather vest and pants with some hiking boots.
8 To which social class do you belong? The one where I’m put into a prison camp because I’m a political liability.
9 Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses? Not to my knowledge, but I really don’t appreciate mushrooms.
10 Are you right- or left-handed? Right-handed.
11 What does your voice sound like? Anything I want, actually. Natively, it kind of sounds rough, like a Kald’s.
12 What words and/or phrases do you use very frequently? Nothing yet, but I’m working on a witty catch-phrase.
13 What do you have in your pockets? A knife, some trail rations, and some lint. As a person, I’m not very exciting.
14 Do you have any quirks, strange mannerisms, annoying habits, or other defining characteristics? I’m half-Kald in a party that is trying to put an end to the progress of the Kaldan Empire. Needless to say, I’m not very high on the popularity list. I don’t have any annoying habits, but Nihm has this one where she bites me. Bites. Hard.
Part 2: Growing Up
15 How would you describe your childhood in general? I was pretty much stuffed in a closet until I was old enough to be sent to a prison camp so that my Kaldan father could continue his political career in peace. As part-human, I’m a shame to my father’s entire house, and he made that perfectly clear in my youth.
16 What is your earliest memory? My father, shaking his head disapprovingly. His voice, letting me know that I’ll never live up to his expectations, and that he’ll always hate me for killing his mistress.
17 How much schooling have you had? Nothing, but I’m not uneducated. Everything I have, I picked up either on the road or in prison. So, nothing formal.
18 Did you enjoy school? Hah! Double hah!
19 Where did you learn most of your skills and other abilities? On the road, and in the prison/death camp. Pretty exciting stuff, right? But seriously, I learned on the fly what I needed to do to survive, and then I learned what I wanted. It’s kept me alive, so I must be doing something right.
20 While growing up, did you have any role models? If so, describe them. My role model growing up was the sunflower just outside the window of the closet I was stuffed in. At least it had its freedom.
21 While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family? I sincerely doubt that any of them know I exist at all. If I have any more family.
22 As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Free, and alive.
23 As a child, what were your favorite activities? While there was sunlight, I used to count how many loops were in the carpet, or trace images on the wall. I also learned how to pick a lock with a sliver of wood…
24 As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display? Determined. Otherwise, I had no personality as a kid. It wasn’t until I was sent to the prison camp that I actually began to find out who I was.
25 As a child, were you popular? Who were your friends, and what were they like? I was pretty popular with the rats that tunneled through the wall, but otherwise, I really had no friends in that closet.
26 When and with whom was your first kiss? Still waiting on that.
27 Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity? Yeah, still a virgin- not that I advertise that. For some reason, it seems like virginity is treated like a colossal joke!
28 If you are a supernatural being (i.e. mage, werewolf, vampire), tell the story of how you became what you are or first learned of your own abilities. If you are just a normal human, describe any influences in your past that led you to do the things you do today. Being shoved into a closet was only the beginning. My life was truly forged in that prison camp. The only reason I exist as I do is because of it…
Part 3: Past Influences
29 What do you consider the most important event of your life so far? Other than being born, I suppose being thrown into Delver’s Dale was pretty important. It gave me the chance to learn and grow, despite the constant threat of death and starvation. I’ve learned how to hold my own, how to hit where it hurts, and how to keep my mouth shut and my ears open.
30 Who has had the most influence on you? An inmate at Delver’s Dale named Noface (or No Face, depending on who you ask). Noface had an unfortunate “accident” that melted all the skin off his face, as well as his eyes and tongue. He learned how to catch food and drink, and how to get information from someone. Noface knew more than he ever let on.
31 What do you consider your greatest achievement? Escaping Delver’s Dale. I’m my own man, now, and no one can take that away from me. Will not take that away from me.
32 What is your greatest regret? Being born, I suppose. It’s caused so much trouble for me and whatever family I’ve got.
33 What is the most evil thing you have ever done? So far? I’ve just stolen food to keep myself fed in the Dale. That’s about it…for now.
34 Do you have a criminal record of any kind? Of course. I’m pretty sure I’m a wanted man- especially when my father finds out I’ve escaped the Dale. Whatever criminal record I’ve got, it’s fabricated. Who knows? Maybe I’ll actually live up to the legend…
35 When was the time you were the most frightened? Living in that closet in my father’s house. I thought I was going to die. At the Dale, I had a fighting chance. I didn’t fear prison, just that godsdamned closet!
36 What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you? Nihm put one of her horns in my ass cheek. No, actually, being caught with my pants down as a grass dragon attacked the poison ivy right behind me. That’s the one.
37 If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why? I’d be born to a different family.
38 What is your best memory? Taking that first breath of fresh air after Delver’s Dale burnt to the ground. The first thoughts of freedom- and the payback to come.
39 What is your worst memory? Living in that closet, eating rats and whatever garbage was thrown under the door for me. Looking back, that was the worst time of my whole life.
Part 4: Beliefs And Opinions
40 Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic? I’d like to think I’m an optimist, especially since I’ve got a new lease on life. Anything can happen now, and I’m going to make sure of it!
41 What is your greatest fear? I don’t know. Being stuck in the Dale for years was pretty much the only thing I was afraid of. Now? I can’t really say. I’m not entirely fearless, but I imagine my fears will be made manifest soon enough.
42 What are your religious views? I’ve no use for religion; no one does. The gods are gone from our world, and I’m not sure what happened to them.
43 What are your political views? Screw politics. I hope I never have to go through it, but I’m pretty sure that, eventually, that’s where my interests will lie.
44 What are your views on sex? I’ll let you know when it happens!
45 Are you able to kill? Under what circumstances do you find killing to be acceptable or unacceptable? I’ll kill someone who gets in my way, but I really don’t like doing it. I won’t just kill a man for cutting in line- but if it’s my life or his, yes, I’ll do it.
46 In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any human being could do? Take a life for the sheer pleasure of doing it.
47 Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love? No, not really. I won’t say that prison has hardened me, but it has made me a hard person to get to know.
48 What do you believe makes a successful life? Living life the way you want.
49 How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)? I like to guard my feelings, but I am honest whenever the opportunity rises.
50 Do you have any biases or prejudices? My father hid me away, much like the Kaldan Empire is doing to anyone who isn’t them.
51 Is there anything you absolutely refuse to do under any circumstances? Why do you refuse to do it? I…don’t know. Rape, I think. I couldn’t do that to another person. Otherwise, I’m not sure…
52 Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)? I don’t know. I haven’t really come across anything like that. I really hope I find something like that in my life. Maybe someday.
Part 5: Relationships With Others
53 In general, how do you treat others (politely, rudely, by keeping them at a distance, etc.)? Does your treatment of them change depending on how well you know them, and if so, how? I treat people with respect until the prove that they don’t want it. I’m not sure how I would treat my friends- I don’t really have any.
54 Who is the most important person in your life, and why? As self-centered as it may sound, me. I’m pretty much at the center of my universe, and when I die, it’ll all be over.
55 Who is the person you respect the most, and why? No one, really. Well, no one that I don’t have to respect, anyway. Apparently, I’ve been conscripted into some sort of ragtag army, so there are people I have to respect.
56 Who are your friends? Do you have a best friend? Describe these people. I don’t have any friends at the moment. I work with some people, but they mostly hate me because I’m a half-kald- the people we’re trying to bring down. They’re not my friends, though.
57 Do you have a spouse or significant other? If so, describe this person. I don’t have anyone like that in my life; and I don’t think I’ll ever have the time.
58 Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened. No. I’m not even sure what love is, or if it even exist.
59 What do you look for in a potential lover? I’m not sure! I want her to be nice, but tough. Someone I can trust and someone I can lean on.
60 How close are you to your family? Not close enough to harm them. Not yet.
61 Have you started your own family? If so, describe them. If not, do you want to? Why or why not? No, I don’t have my own family. I won’t have the time, between getting myself almost killed by my own party members, and facing down the Kald Empire.
62 Who would you turn to if you were in desperate need of help? No one. So far, I’ve got no one but myself. One day, perhaps.
63 Do you trust anyone to protect you? Who, and why? No. At this point, I can only trust myself.
64 If you died or went missing, who would miss you? No one. But I can think of at least one person who’d be pretty ecstatic.
65 Who is the person you despise the most, and why? My father. He locked me away; and one day, I’ll do the same to him!
66 Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict? I want to avoid conflict if I can, but in a war like this, how can I? Especially if I’m supposed to be the leader of our band of misfits.
67 Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations? Yes, because I’m good at it. Put me in a forest, though, and I’m as good as dead!
68 Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not? I do, because I’m just good at interacting with people in general. I’m good with them, and I’ve got the patience for them.
69 Do you care what others think of you? A little bit. I don’t want people to hate me, but sometimes, it just can’t be helped.
Part 6: Likes And Dislikes
70 What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? Not being kept in a prison is my favorite hobby so far. I might take up coin collecting later, though.
71 What is your most treasured possession? My freedom.
72 What is your favorite color? Black, if it’s considered a color. Red, maybe orange.
73 What is your favorite food? I don’t know. Anything with cheese I guess.
74 What, if anything, do you like to read? Anything and everything. I always like knowledge. It’s power, after all.
75 What is your idea of good entertainment (consider music, movies, art, etc.)? Not having to listen to torture all the time. I don’t know, truth be told. I’m just now learning what it means to truly be alive.
76 Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit? Nope. I hear it’s good, but I don’t want to be an addict if I can help it.
77 How do you spend a typical Saturday night? I haven’t had one yet.
78 What makes you laugh? I haven’t laughed in a long time. I’ll have to try it.
79 What, if anything, shocks or offends you? Taking a life for pleasure is pretty offensive. I couldn’t like someone who did any of that.
80 What would you do if you had insomnia and had to find something to do to amuse yourself? I’d practice talking. It’s what I’m good at for a reason, you know. I like to give great speeches to myself, just for fun.
81 How do you deal with stress? I internalize it, and channel it into whatever I’m trying to do at the moment.
82 Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan? It’s good to have a plan, but a plan rarely survives contact with the enemy- or so Verman says.
83 What are your pet peeves? I don’t have any peeves, really. Well, other than getting a horn stuck in my butt cheek. That peeved me off pretty good.
Part 7: Self Images And Etc.
84 Describe the routine of a normal day for you. How do you feel when this routine is disrupted? I try not to have routines; they get in the way of my work!
85 What is your greatest strength as a person? I like to talk, and it’s served me well.
86 What is your greatest weakness? Standing toe-to-toe in combat. I’d probably get creamed in a straight fight.
87 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be beefier, maybe more durable. And maybe handsomer, if that were possible.
88 Are you generally introverted or extroverted? Both! I care about myself and others, but I don’t spend all my time gazing at my navel.
89 Are you generally organized or messy? Organized. Messy never does anything good for anyone!
90 Name three things you consider yourself to be very good at, and three things you consider yourself to be very bad at. Well, I’m good at talking and learning and…oh crap, I’m not good at a third thing- oh, sneaking! And bad at? Fighting, obviously. Um, I’m not a very good dancer, and I’m probably not good at math, either.
91 Do you like yourself? Eh, I’m all right.
92 What are your reasons for being an adventurer (or doing the strange and heroic things that RPG characters do)? Are your real reasons for doing this different than the ones you tell people in public? (If so, detail both sets of reasons…) I’m doing this because someone high up in the food chain wants the Kalden Empire to suffer, someone put me in charge of the effort to do it…and I’ve got no love for them, either.
93 What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime? I’d just like to find someplace that I can just live free. Maybe alone, maybe with people…who knows?
94 Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If I’m not dead, still fighting the Kald with those merry band of misfits.
95 If you could choose, how would you want to die? Of old age, under a pile of sexy women.
96 If you knew you were going to die in 24 hours, name three things you would do in the time you had left. Run around all crazy-like until I lost my energy, and then I’d probably weep and be in denial for the rest of it. I’d like to think I’d accomplish something in the time I had left, but I know myself all too well.
97 What is the one thing for which you would most like to be remembered after your death? My hair. I have really great hair!
98 What three words best describe your personality? Sincere, snide, reticent.
99 What three words would others probably use to describe you? Arsehole, arrogant, stuck-up.
100 If you could, what advice would you, the player, give to your character? (You might even want to speak as if he or she were sitting right here in front of you, and use proper tone so he or she might heed your advice…) “Just be patient, and don’t throw your life away. You’ve only got one shot, make it count!”
No, Jareth isn’t my real name, nor is it any of the first five aliases that I’ve used before my capture. Kald “justice” has caught up to me, and I’m a prisoner of Delver’s Dale.
Or at least, I was, until those new prisoners freed us all, giving everyone a second chance.
I’m not going to waste it.