23
May
2012

Creating a New RP Character: Tove

Several friends of mine from Earthen Ring are going to be playing Guild Wars 2 together. My “main” character is going to be Tove, a Norn Ranger. I decided to not recycle any of my old character concepts and start from scratch.

Starting from scratch is HARD, guys.

Since I’m new to Guild Wars lore, I’m going to play it safe and make Tove a fairly “typical” Norn. She also has to have leadership traits, as I’m going to taking charge of the RP guild we’ll be forming. The character that’s emerging so far is a boisterous lover of adventure. She’s a storyteller as well as a ranger, so I plan for her making exagerated retellings of their adventures “a thing”.

On the way to work today, I realized that Tove–as I’ve been playing her in forum RP–reminds me of someone.

Well. An archtype is an archtype, I suppose. VIKING, HO.

…also I stopped to stare at the picture and lost my train of thought. I’d bone ALL of the Avengers, guys. All of them. I…okay, I need to find where my ideas went. Hold on. Okay. Let’s move on. As long as I don’t glance up at the photo, I’m fine.

There’s nothing wrong with playing around with archtypes!  I love archtypes! The trick is to give them depth, and perhaps a twist. In this case, Tove’s storytelling provides a unique addition, as does…her family!

Tove is often seen in the company of her younger brother, a surprisingly slight Norn–he is, in fact, a good bit shorter than his sister, and better known for his wits than his strength. Together they’ve embraced the Wolfish ideal of teamwork and strength in numbers–nice groundwork for a guild leader.  I still have to work out some details of the brother/sister relationship with my friend, but I see a lot of good-natured teasing in Tove’s future. I’m really excited about having someone else play a family memeber–it’s an idea I’ve often wanted to persue, but I never had the chance before.

In additon to her brother, there’s also her wolf companion, who will definitely have a personality of his own.

The scary thing about starting a new character is not knowing if they’ll stick–a problem in this case, when I’ll have the guild to deal with. Still, I’m fairly confident that my beer loving, head smashing, jovial ranger will provide plenty of entertainment.

One amusing note: she’s already been referred to as “masculine” by someone else in passing. I almost wish it had been said aloud, because she would have merely clapped her hands to her chest and said “I dare you to show me a man with tits like these!”

I have no good way to end this post, so have another picture.

I'd bone all of the Avengers, but Thor would be first.  Mmm.