- 1 Basic Information
- 2 Combat & Weapons
- 3 History
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Rumors
- 6 Visuals
- 7 RP Hooks
- 8 OOC Notes
Tahla’ra Molkot (Pronunciation: Ta-luh-rah), Tahla'ra's origins lie deep within the hooded boughs of the Black Shroud, like many Keepers before him. Unlike most keepers, though, he tends to prefer the vibrancy and life of the inner city, spending most of his time amongst the shops, homes and transportation systems of Gridania and Limsa Lominsa, and is a frequent barfly around many of the establishments in the latter city. He is confirmed to have spent several years in the mountains of Coerthas, though refuses to make substantial comment on his activities during this period. Finding a home amongst the sailors of Limsa Lominsa- where strength and skill is respected above all else, he volunteered for service with the Maelstrom, and ascended to the rank of Chief Storm Sergeant by the time of his twenty-fourth name day. Oddly, he left the Maelstrom under mysterious circumstances to pursue adventurer's work, though his current posting - the 81st Foreign Levy- has still left him tied to the organization in some respects.
Tahla’ra stands unusually tall for a Miqo’te Keeper, being at equal height with many Midlander Hyur-folk. His body is supremely athletic and thoroughly muscled, but also scarred and pitted from a life of battle. Several prominent marks run along his back, stretching from shoulder to hip, indicative of an attack from a large animal of some sort. His hair is neatly shorn, though he laments the bangs that refuse to cooperate with the rest. His eyes are a deep, glacial blue, and his hair is naturally streaked with white despite his insistence upon dying it blue on occassion. Oddly, for a Miqo'te, he bears no tattoos or other tribal markings.
Swift. Refined. Precise. Tahla’ra’s preference for the spear and lance is not simply a choice of weapon, it is a symbol of his personality; unyielding, flashy and bold, but also inflexible and prideful. He tends to keep his true thoughts to himself, disguising his reserved nature with polite, friendly and affable chatter, though he has no qualms with revealing his sharp academic mind with intelligent conversation and debate on a diverse array of subjects.
Fine food & restaurants
Academia & Artistry
Corruption & Incompetent Leadership
Spoiled or Wasted Food
Pointless Clutter & Messiness
Inquisitiveness - His curiosity is without bounds, encouraging him to actively seek out new information. He is willing to spend the time it takes to perform adequate research regarding a topic that interests him, and present his findings accordingly when required.
Panache - His social graces and skills are refined and erudite, he is often charming and affable to almost everyone he meets. He moves and fights with a sense of style and fluidity all his own.
Focus - His discipline and work ethic are formidable indeed. His personal exercise routine has been described as nothing short of brutal, and he has maintained it since well before his Maelstrom days.
Physical Conditioning - Tahla'ra's self-imposed exercise regimen has left him in good physical condition. He is strong, healthy and enduring like any other athlete thanks to his hours of hard work and discipline. He has been known to arm-wrestle veteran Roegadyn marauders and put up a good challenge, sometimes even proving victorious on his best days.
Agility - Tahla’s ability to move is that of an athletic, healthy Moon Keeper male, though his Dragoon abilities enhance this with high vertical leaps.
Obsession His single-minded dedication to his goals can easily spiral into all-consuming mania if allowed to go unchecked. It is not unknown to find him pursuing an objective to the point of physical and mental trauma if not curtailed by an outside force, and sometimes not even then.
Insularity His reserved nature often makes it difficult for him to interact beyond shallow, surface-level banter with other people. Moving beyond his ‘shield’ is difficult, even with those who consider themselves close to him. He frequently disguises his insecurity with the appearance of refined manners, often reaching unpleasant-snob levels of posh.
Life of an Outsider His strange diurnal lifestyle, sunkissed skin, preference for loud, bustling cities and untraditional mode of speech and bearing has not endeared him to many of the Miqo’te that live a more traditionalist lifestyle in the Black Shroud. More than one has refused to associate with him, labeling him an "unclean, clanless misfit."
Magical Ineptitude Whether by lack of aptitude or lack of interest, Tahla’ra has no advanced magical skill whatsoever, and has not shown any inclination towards improving himself in this area. All available evidence suggests that he just doesn't have the aptitude for magic.
Abysmal Cooking Skills Every attempt Tahla'ra has ever made to create something edible using a recipe more complex than a sandwich's has resulted in someone- usually himself- sustaining disfiguring injury. Tahla'ra has literally boiled the skin off of his own arms making soup. Just don't do it.
Lethal Green Thumb Your plants will die if you ask him to take care of them, mostly out of sheer horror at the prospect.
Pompous, Arrogant Arse For all his attempts to be the perfect gentleman, Tahla'ra can sometimes take it too far. His skill and good fortune are genuine, but so is the arrogance, preachiness and general sense of superiority common to men his age. He means well, but he can be a right arrogant dick sometimes. Possibly a defense mechanism.
Inferiority Superiority Complex/Showoff Due to being the only non-magical member of his family, Tahla'ra has always felt as though he must continually prove himself to be their equal, leading him to desire approval, attention and respect from just about everyone he meets as a substitute for the people whose accolades he truly seeks. He tends to try and earn this by putting his talents on display in an attempt to appear confident and in control, a person to be admired. Ironically, this often drives people away instead.
This is a list of the items that CHARACTER currently is keeping on THEIR person. Feel free to use this information if it comes up logically in the course of RP, such as pickpocketing, a search, etc.
Titanium Lance - Ishgardian Style: A simple, yet effective lance. Polished white at the tip, with a strong staff and a black leather grip in the middle of the haft.
Plate & mail with face mask - Painted black to inhibit rust: A simple suit of armor purchased soon after Tahla'ra's discharge from the Maelstrom.
Soul of the Dragoon: a soul crystal containing the skills, memories and stories of past Dragoons. This one is shaped like an egg, and pulses with life and heat whenever touched.
Sketchbook/Travel journal & Quill with ink: Tahla'ra can frequently be seen drawing in its pages.
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COMBAT & WEAPONRY
First learning to wield the lance out of a desire to emulate- and then outdo- the Woodwailers, he has been equipped with one nearly all his life. His combat style is a blend of traditional lance work- fighting in a shield formation, aiming towards weak points in an enemy’s defenses, attacking from chocoback during a charge, etc- and staff fighting, often twirling the weapon in a complex series of twists and arcs to both confuse and concuss an opponent with the haft, or delivery slashing damage dependent upon his particular choice of polearm at the time.
Tahla’ra’s current favorite is a simple Ishgardian-styled thrusting lance with a white titanium head, though he also owns at least one other weapon in the form of a nameless Doman naginata.
In military life, the unexpected often happens- usually when one doesn’t want it to- so it made sense to Tahla’ra to learn how to wield something besides the lance with at least basic proficiency. Given that he resides in the home city of the famed Marauders Guild, it only seemed right to pick this as his secondary weapon.
Tahla'ra studies pugilism underneath the powerful fist of L'sia Bennet, honing is skills as a hand to hand fighter and incorporating several martial arts tactics and strategies into his general fighting style.
Tahla'ra has been accepted as a student of archery by R'miah Tosh. Though he is new to the use of such weapons, he has dedicated himself to learning everything he can from his new teacher.
Onuma Ahntifi has agreed to teach Tahla'ra the use of blades, focusing his education on the greatsword and wielding a longsword in conjunction with a shield. As a consequence, Tahla'ra is becoming more familiar with the use of heavier armor so that he can protect himself better while using such weapons.
After receiving the Echo, Tahla'ra has developed the ability to project his aether into solid, ice-aspected constructs that he can use as weapons, as well as for other purposes.
- Ravana (10/18/2016) : Primal Glaives. Tahla'ra's first real action with the 81st came when the Company's chief mender, Noor Falma, was kidnapped by the Gnath of Loth Ast Gnath in the Dravanian Forelands. In a desperate bid to rescue their friend and ally, the 81st assaulted the compound and cut a bloody swatch through the bug-men, using a derelict tunnel that ran beneath the compound. During the course of the battle, the Primal Ravana was summoned, and the Echo-blessed members of the 81st were forced to slay him in combat. During the battle, the primal struck a serious blow against the lancer, smashing his cheek bones and leaving his face in a poor state. The 81st defeated Ravana, and Tahla'ra was examined and expected to make a full recovery with time.
Tahla’ra’s time with the 81st Foreign Levy has not been lengthy at all, though it has certainly been eventful. Participating in several social events and minor skirmishes, he has managed to avoid serious injury, and performed his duties competently.
Making friends among the 81st seems to have gone well for him, becoming acquainted with The Captain, the Lieutenants, some of the medical staff and a few members of the group’s resident stealth-operations team.
Tahla'ra has begun to worry that his attitude and self-perceived success is becoming a liability, rather than an asset. His showboating habits, inclination towards rash action and self-righteousness have left a sour taste in his mouth regarding his interaction with some of the more level-headed members of the Company. He has recently taken to reflecting on this, trying to discipline himself into stepping back, observing and listening more than he speaks and encouraging others to take their rightful turns in the spotlight.
4/14/2017 Tahla'ra has spent nearly nine moons with the Free Company, and has done a great deal in that short amount of time. From joining and then being relieved of duty with the unit's special ops team, RICO, to facing down the corpse of his deceased mother and aunt alongside his cousin Onuma in the depths of the Palace of the Dead, life has been hectic for the Miqo'te, but the challenge to survive and succeed where others would quit has only invigorated him.
|♥ Romantic Attraction – ♥ Physical Attraction – ♥ Platonic Love – $ Business – ❖ Deceased – ✔ Positive – ✖ Negative – ● Neutral – 🔃 Unsure – 🔒 Trust
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FAMILY & TRIBE
- "Oh, him? He was here almost every night, usually with some buddies from the Grand Company." -- Lominsan tavern wench.
- "A right charmer, that one. If he were an onze less innocent he’d have every girl in the city hangin’ off ‘is arm." -- Lominsan Store Clerk.
- "Mister Tawa’s always so nice to us! Won’t let none of the grownups hit us when he’s around, and he brings us hot soup and sandwiches, too!" -- Street Urchin.
- "What the man deserves is a court-martial, and then a good, solid blade across the neck. Three men, all among the best in the Maelstrom, dead, a traitor left to pirate another day and the plans for a new ship, gone! . . ." -- Unnamed, irate Maelstrom officer.
- "Tahla'ra? He is the very definition of enigma. His unusual mannerisms ever confound me, and his habitual behavior even more so. Sometimes, he even goes so far as to challenge me on my stance as everyone's guardian. Because of this I am oft as frustrated as I am flustered. D-Don't tell anyone I said that, though!" -- Onuma Ahntifi / Vylbrand
- A powerful ally, and deadly enemy. I wouldn't cross him, if I were you. He is also a very nice and wonderful friend, and deserves the best he can get. I feel like a fool after the whole fiasco with a voidmage... My loss, ultimately. -- Yoma Shiragano / Ul'Dah
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Tahla’ra’s travels have led him all across Eorzea, from the spires of Ishgard to the lowlands of Ul’dah. His service among multiple units across two cities leaves quite a lot of ways available to approach him.
- Skills: Tahla is an accomplished lancer and duelist. Expressing interest in a friendly- or not so friendly- fight is a sure way to catch his attention.
- Skills: Like all members of the Maelstrom, Tahla'ra has spent a great deal of time around pirates. Characters who are or have been privateers under the Admiral's command, or buccaneers who refuse to bow to her rule, may well have something to say about him.
- Grand Company: Tahla achieved a fairly prominent rank in the Maelstrom. It’s not impossible that his name stretched to the ears of more people than he thought.
- Culture Shock:Forest Miqo’te have often shunned Tahla for his ‘clanless ways’ and ‘unnatural color’ as a result of his diurnal way of living and lack of tribal exposure. A disgruntled forest dweller may just make such dislike apparent in all manner of ways.
ABOUT THE PLAYER
My name is Quinn, and I’m a creative writing student about to head back to school full time. I’m in my lower twenty-somethings, and interested in fantasy, sci-fi, military, romance, slice-of-life RPs in my spare time, and my hobbies include writing, reading, attempting to accurately measure ‘Valve Time’ and generally mucking about in banana and crab suits.
I have a life away from the keyboard. I am often on for several hours at a time, but I often need to be away from the game for just as long at certain points. Whether that’s to attend a meeting, do chores and errands, take care of my pets or simply take a lazy-day, please respect my time and energy levels. If I like you, I’m probably going to go out of my way to make time to RP with you anyway.
Overall, I'm pretty chill as far as guidelines go. I don't have an extensive list of 'Do's or 'Don't's or things that I personally find triggering. So chances are, you won't offend me or make me uncomfortable unless you're trying to or just being really skeevy in general. Still, for the sake of making sure everyone's on the same page here, let me make a few mentions in particular:
Perform blatantly sexual acts with you in public. Out of respect for the people around me, I simply won’t engage in pornographic writing in any way that might be considered unacceptably lewd. I will flirt- should it be in character to do so- perhaps even engage in a kiss or two, but little else.
Break the lore to suit your headcanon.Interpretation is all fine and good, but I’m not going to pretend that parts of established canon do or don’t exist where it’s inappropriate. FFXIV presents us with a rich mythology and setting, and I prefer exploring it in such a way that my characters could conceivably be a real, living, breathing part of the world around them.
Share IRL contact information, or allow OOC and IC to mix. It just doesn’t work. Don’t do it.
Fade to black with you. Should it be IC-appropriate, I am not opposed to two characters being intimate with one another in a fade-to-black scenario. Romance is a key part of Final Fantasy storytelling, and it can produce some beautiful writing when done skillfully and tastefully.
Do my best to get back to you if you try to message me while I’m away. Can’t leave an IM? Drop me a letter in the in-game mailbox.
Be your friend. I’m not interested in a long series of one-shots for the most part. I’d rather get to know you as a player, and produce multiple high-quality interactions with your characters. OOC/IC split rules apply, as well as dumping a lot of TMI onto the OOC aspects of a scene.
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