If anyone were to ask him to describe his childhood, A’lohi would use words like ‘mundane’, ‘boring’, or even ‘privileged’. Not that he’s ashamed of his past at all, but he definitely realizes that his own life story is not the most interesting thing to talk about, especially in comparison to the tales his mother could likely tell.
A’lohi Tia was born and raised in Limsa Lominsa, to an ex-pirate and a tribeswoman turned ex-adventurer from the Sagolii. His parents, having come from a much rougher lifestyle, wanted to see a better life for A’lohi than the ones they’d led. A’lohi’s father enlisted in the Maelstrom, while his mother stayed home to teach him the ways of the world. Though hunting and physical activity outside of fishing didn’t appeal to him much, A’lohi took a vested interest in his mother’s fantastic tales of adventure in the deserts of Sagolii.
It was until he was seventeen years old that A’lohi dreamed of becoming an adventurer like his mother, helping people, hunting for monsters and treasure, and the like. During a fishing trip with his father’s company, their boat was attacked by Serpent Reavers. A’lohi was separated from his father and rushed to a lifeboat with a small handful of others that were lucky enough to make it. The boat was destroyed, and A’lohi’s father, along with the others that did not survive the attack, were presumed dead.
If that had not dampened A’lohi’s thirst for adventure enough, the disaster that the calamity brought two years after had all but crushed it, and instead of leaving Limsa Lominsa for a life of adventure, he spent several years in Ul’dah, studying thaumaturgy to come back and ultimately become a gate checker of the Arcanist’s guild for the Lominsan government. It was not the kind of life he’d wanted for himself, but at least it was safe, he could make sure his mother was healthy, and he was helping people in some small way, at the very least.
A’lohi Tia is a miqo’te on the smaller side. Standing at a modest 5’2”, he definitely does not cut an imposing frame, either. A’lohi is, like his personality, soft. Thin arms and legs with just enough fat on him to lack any kind of muscle definition or protruding bones. According to some, he’s skinny enough for it to be worrisome. A’lohi’s skin is a darker shade of brown and smattered with freckles, most densely collecting around his cheeks, shoulders, thighs, and torso. Above his lip on the left side is a beauty mark, and he wears oval wireframe glasses. His hair is yellow-blonde, medium in length, and longer at the front than the back. He's often seen wearing blues and golds, usually opting for a slightly more opulent style than he actually seems able to afford. He simply enjoys dressing as if he has money.
Aspects That Stand Out:
A’lohi Tia is a young man of few words. Not because he is one of the strong and silent types, but more because he is right terrible with them. A Miqo’te that is fond of doing things ‘by the book’, which includes conversations and other social interactions. When in his element, he speaks confidently and fluently, otherwise, he has the tendency to stutter and fidget. Though he greatly enjoys the company of others, his tendency to bury his nose into a book in favor of looking smarter than he feels he is will often send people looking in another direction.
Being generally soft-hearted and polite, A’lohi is what most people would call a doormat. He prefers to help people of his own volition, but seeing as most intimidate him too much for him to say ‘no’, anyway, his will when it comes to others is very weak.
Aside from his ineptitude with people, if needed, he’s actually quite excellent at reading them from a logical perspective. Since he often has trouble catching every word that comes out of someone’s mouth, he pays much more attention to body language and physical tells, allowing him to know when someone is lying or hiding something...provided they're not at an incredible actor.