Children of Aya Moving
Malcadian "Cade" Sardonis Alecsal
The travelling Ayul bard
Name: Malcadian Sardonis Alecsal – Cade for short
Height/Weight: 5’ 10" / 148 lbs.
Hometown: Sanguine City
Instrument: Violin (nicknamed Dorabella)
Physical Notes: Very handsome, charming smile, obviously comes from wealth. Kind of lanky but moves with a fluid gait.
1. What is your full name? Do you have a nickname?
My full name is Malcadian Sardonis Alecsal. That’s rather ostentatious though so everyone calls me Cade. I just use my full name if I need to pull rank.
2. How old are you? When is your birthday?
I am 26 years old and I was born in January, on the 2nd.
3. Where were you born? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Sanguine City, but now I am travelling to Jan’nasche.
4. Who are/were your parents? (Names, occupations, personalities, etc.)
My father Arkonathis is a wealthy Ul importer of gems that my mother, an Ayan named Tabitha, forms into the finest jewelry on the continent, if I do say so myself. Father is rather stern and quiet, preferring to surround himself in his business and the book work behind it. Mother is more of a social butterfly, she’s the one that pushes the product and makes sure it sells. I know quite well by now that their marriage was one for convenience, not love.
5. Do you have any siblings? What are/were they like?
My older brother Silvio will inherit the business from father and is every bit his son – stern and constantly frowning it seems. My sister Destinia is looking to be wed off to some poor rich fool and make herself as rich as mother did. Frankly I think I’m the only sensible one of the lot.
6. What is/was your occupation?
I am a bard.
7. How tall are you? How much do you weigh?
As of now i’m 5’ 10" and about…148? Maybe 149 pounds.
8. What color is your hair? What color are your eyes?
Blonde and blue.
9. What is your race/species?
10. To which social class do you belong?
Upper class – dreadful lot they are too.
11. Do you consider yourself to be attractive? Do others?
I think I’m quite the looker – I’ve had my share of fair maiden (and gentlemen) admirers. Looks aren’t everything though.
12. What is your style of dress?
A simple shirt and vest combo suits me fine with some nice breeches and boots to match. I keep finery and travel clothes with me too though. I also keep my hair tied back.
13. Do you have any scars? Tattoos? Birthmarks? Other unique physical features?
None that I can think of…I keep very good care of myself.
14. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?
I’m not about to take anyone down in a feat of strength, but i’m a healthy man.
15. Are you right- or left-handed?
16. What does your voice sound like?
Smooth as a velvet ribbon, as one young lady was apt to tell me. That was after a bit of wine though…
17. What kind of vocabulary do you use?
I speak a bit too…bard-ly sometimes, but I try to keep it toned down. I can also speak some Ul.
18. List three quirks or other defining characteristics.
I’ve been told I’m an excellent dancer, I dislike cats greatly, and I would like to travel the whole of Astaire.
19. How often do you bathe? Do you wear perfumes? Do you even need to bathe?
I bathe as regularly as possible, and occasionally I will wear cologne if it is a particularly special occasion or important performance.
20. What kind of facial expression do you commonly wear (dour glare, wry smile, etc)?
A handsome one.
21. Do you use body language? How?
I’ve been told I gesticulate a lot.
22. Do you have a commonly used saying?
At your service.
23. What is your earliest memory?
Mother reading me a story by the fireside while she was still pregnant with Destinia. I remember being cross because her stomach was too large and I couldn’t sit on her lap.
24. How much schooling have you had? Did you enjoy it?
I was privately tutored much of my life, and I found it quite dull. I would have preferred being out with my peers.
25. Where did you learn most of your knowledge and skill?
My skill I owe to my two musical teachers – Madame Flannery taught me violin skills and Dame Clarise gave me voice training. Knowledge I think comes best with experience in life.
26. How would you describe your childhood in general?
I grew up in the lap of luxury. Bored, admittedly, and a little lonely, but I really can’t complain.
27. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a while I wanted to be a teacher but I fell in love with music, as father would take us to the theater often. I think it was mostly to make mother happy, she loved any occasion where she could be seen by the rest of high class society. Those trips to the theater made me realize I wanted an artistic career.
28. When and with whom was your first kiss?
A young woman when I was 16 and I was being taught how to ball room dance with others of my age and station. We snuck off behind a statue and shares a few kisses until the teacher caught on and scolded us.
29. Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity?
I am not and it really isn’t your business. Suffice it to say it was with a young woman, we had a marvelous time, but nothing more came of it.
30. Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor? Does that affect you?
Not really. We’re known in the city and to other jewelers in Astaire but I wouldn’t say notorious.
31. What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
Mastering the violin and performing my first concert. That applause was, I think, the first truth in my life. Nobility is all lies and trickery, but music brings the truth from people.
32. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting the courage to break from my rank and take the road less travelled, so to speak.
33. What is your greatest regret?
Being a little shit when I was growing up. It took me a long time until I understood my priveledges and the pitfalls of my position. Until I lost Dorabella.
34. What is the most embarrassing or shameful thing ever to happen to you?
There was one particular dance where I’d had a bit too much and cursed out the son of an Ul duke…that was a mess. Mother had to do damage control for months after.
35. Do you have any secrets? If so, what are they?
What a silly question.
36. What is the most evil thing you have ever done?
Not really sure. I don’t think of myself as an evil-doer.
37. When was the time you were the most frightened?
When those reports came in with the Jan’nasche refugees…the horror in their eyes was enough to chill me to the bone.
38. Have you ever traveled outside of your country? If so, to where?
Nono, I’ve no intent upon leaving Astaire, it’s quite big enough.
39. What is your alignment?
I try to do good.
40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?
Optimism is the first step to happiness in my opinion.
41. Do you believe in a god? If so, which one and why?
42. Do you believe in an afterlife?
I like to think we don’t just rot in the ground after death.
43. What is your greatest fear?
Becoming my father.
44. What makes you angry? Sad? Happy? Why?
Angry – How much of an ass most people become once they have money.
Sad – Thinking about what could have been with Dorabella.
Happy – Playing for children.
45. Do you think people are basically good or basically evil?
Everyone has the capacity for both equally. It is our decisions and our environment which shapes us.
46. What are your views on politics?
More lies and trickery.
47. What are your views on gambling, lying, theft, and killing?
Gambling is fine, and lying has it’s place. Theft is fine so long as you need it and the person you’re stealing from isn’t poor or anything. Killing is right out though.
48. How far will you go to defend your beliefs?
To the brink and back again!
49. How much do you value money?
I know it has it’s place. But I also know it makes people into asses.
50. In your opinion, what is the most evil thing any person/thing could do?
Killing for fun. Enjoying the suffering of others.
51. Do you believe in self-sacrifice for the greater good/evil?
Yes, though no one should be hasty in throwing their life away.
52. Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and/or true love?
53. Are you superstitious?
Occasionally – mostly the old theater traditions and whatnot.
54. How much do you respect the beliefs and opinions of others?
So long as they respect mine I see no problem.
55. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings?
I try to be honest but sometimes a man doesn’t want to be so vulnerable.
56. Do you have any biases or prejudices?
Only against the rich.
DEALING WITH OTHERS
57. Who is the most important person in your life/un-life, and why?
Hm…that’s a tough one. Dame Clarise and I correspond often and she seems to understand my feelings better than anyone, so I would say her.
58. Who is the person you respect the most? Despise the most? Why?
I respect all artists for following their hearts, and despise the politicians for not doing the same.
59. Do you have a significant other? Who? Why?
Not as of yet, but i’m always looking for a special someone.
60. Do you have a lot of friends? Who is your best friend?
I’m afraid I’ve very few friends, if any.
61. How do you relate to members of the same race? Class? Sex?
I try not to judge based on such things, though I generally don’t get along well with others of my class.
62. How do you relate to members of a different race? Class? Sex?
63. Have you ever been in love? If so, describe what happened.
Dorabella…yes, I was in love once, with the daughter of a poor baker. Dorabella was a vision, and her kindness towards others despite her own situations is what showed me the truth of my class. I changed for her…but my parents forbade it, going so far as to give Dorabella’s father enough money to leave town and start up elsewhere. Maybe someday I will find Dorabella again…
64. What do you look for in a potential lover?
A good smile. Nice posture. Kindness, even if they don’t like to show it. Confidence. Playfulness is nice too.
65. How close are you to your family?
Not very. I love them but we’re of a different mindset.
66. Do you want a marriage, family, and/or children?
A marriage would be wonderful, someday. Perhaps when the world settles I’ll find a nice lady or gentleman.
67. Do you tend to argue with people, or avoid conflict?
I tend to make people agree with me through wordsmithery.
68. Are you a listener or a talker?
Both are important skills for a bard.
69. How long does it usually take for you to trust others?
I’m rather trusting, but don’t take me for a fool. I’ve met all sorts and I know of sleight of hand.
70. Do you hold grudges?
I don’t see the point. Why prolongue misery?
71. Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?
I enjoy being the leader, but I won’t try it if I know I’m unqualified.
72. Do you like interacting with large groups of people?
Yes, very much.
73. How well do you express yourself?
I am an artist, my life is expression.
74. How quickly do you judge others?
Again, I try not to judge.
75. Do you care what others think of you?
Yes, but only to nullify false rumors set about myself.
76. Do you have any enemies? How or why are they your enemy?
Not really. Only those that try to harm others.
77. What is your favorite pastime? Color? Food? Possession?
Playing my violin Dorabella. Red. The soup and sandwiches from my favorite restaurant in the city. Dorabella.
78. What are your preferences in arts and/or entertainment?
I love hearing a good, full orchestra the best.
79. Do you smoke, drink, go whoring, or use drugs? Why or why not?
Nono, I try to keep myself from such things, outside of a few drinks now and then. The last time I let loose I woke up in the stable loft with three other men, in the buff, and we were all covered in paint for some odd reason…
80. How do you spend a typical Saturday night?
Playing for the locals. Charming a few attractive individuals. Maybe getting lucky.
81. What is your most cherished fantasy?
What do you mean by fantasy I wonder? You dirty thing you. If we are talking about that kind of fantasy I’ll say only two words: riding crop.
82. How long is your attention span?
I can hold my attention on even the most mundane speaker…or at least fake it.
83. Do you laugh a lot? What do you find funny?
I do, and I enjoy a good prank or some drunk folly – preferably at someone else’s expense but…
84. Is there anything that shocks or offends you? If so, what?
The callousness of the upper class.
85. How do you deal with stress?
I sing or play Dorabella.
86. How much athletic ability do you have? Artistic?
Athletic? Well I can run for a bit, that’s about the extent of my athletic prowess. But as art goes, I am a master.
87. Do you like animals? Do you like children?
I like children and some animals. Birds preferably.
88. Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?
89. Do you have a pet? If so, what is his/her name? Species? Fur color? Etc…
We had some purebred hounds back home – a duo named by my brother and I. Both long haired and long-snouted beasts owned almost exclusively by the rich. The silver-blond my brother named Lightning and the brown I named Bean…I was six at the time, alright?
90. What is your greatest strength as a person? Weakness?
My strength lies in m ability to charm and cheer others. Weakness? I’m not the strongest or toughest person. A small gale can blow me clean to the next town.
91. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to be a bit more powerful – better strength and constitution.
92. Are you generally introverted or extroverted?
93. Do you like yourself?
94. Do you have a daily routine? How do you feel if your day is interrupted?
Usually I get up, have breakfast, wash, check Dorabella, then go about my day. At the end of the day if I haven’t played yet I’ll get some practice in with her. Interruptions are part of life, you have to bend with them.
95. What goal do you most want to accomplish in the next six months? Your lifetime?
Go to Jan’nasche, aid the people however I can. After that if I like the town or find someone special I may settle in there or I’ll go back to wandering.
96. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Alive, in love, and as handsome as ever.
97. If you could choose, how would you want to die?
Death from oversexing.
98. What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for after your death?
Making everyone in my path smile.
99. What three words would you use to best describe your personality?
Playful, elegant, artistic.
100. What would you risk your life for?
Someone I loved.