"Sure an’ y’don’t want t’do that."
|Nameday||7th Sun of the 5th Astral Moon|
Demographical / Physical
Character Name: Aryk Rhaal
Nicknames, if any: “Stormy” – coined by Mina Keatley, the only person known to use it.
Race & Subgroup: Hyur Highlander
Age (or human approximate): 28
Nameday: 7th Sun of the 5th Astral Moon
Hair: Reddish-brown, somewhat shaggy
Skin: Lightly tanned
Fashion Style: Utilitarian. Aryk is almost always seen either in armor or in long pants, boots, and a vest with many pockets.
Other Appearance Details: Owing to his constant training and hard, physical work, Aryk is very well-muscled. His skin tone is generally pale, but due to the amount of time he spends outdoors he maintains a near-universal tan.
Psychological / Mental
Morality / Alignment: Lawful Good – Aryk seeks to affect positive change from within the system, though he will seek to work outside, though not against, the law if he believes it absolutely necessary.
Guardian Deity: Rhalgr
Attitude: Generally upbeat and positive. Though somewhat disillusioned with the current order of things in Eorzea he believes the good in them and in people in general outweighs the bad.
Positive Traits: Aryk is genuine, friendly, and helpful towards almost everyone. This is not his only side, however, and if he feels that someone has crossed the line or is working against the good of Ul’dah and its people, he is capable of a terrible rage and ferocity. He is extremely protective of those he cares about, which tends to include everyone who hasn’t yet proven themselves an enemy.
Negative Traits: He has a tendency to believe the best of an individual until they prove otherwise, which can lead him into awkward situations. While not exactly shy, he’s usually reserved around people he’s just met and can come off as stiff or humorless until he’s more comfortable with someone.
Quirks: A discernable accent borne of his time in Ala Mhigo as well as growing up on the streets of Ul’dah. Very rarely blushes – if he blushes at all you can be sure most people would be bright red – and some, a certain young lady in particular, seem to have taken this as a challenge. He’s also particular about his armor, preferring to wear matching sets, or at least pieces that aren’t too terribly mismatched – he claims this is to better influence allies and foes alike.
In-Character Job: Sergeant in the Immortal Flames, assigned to the Operations Division of the Red Wings under Commander Erik Mynhier and Lieutenant Riven Aire. Also a volunteer trainer for the Gladiators’ Guild and a Free Paladin in the service of Ul’dah.
Professional Skills: Most of Aryk’s skills revolve around his time serving in the Gladiators’ Guild and the Immortal Flames. He is a competent front-line fighter, having served in multiple campaigns and skirmishes. He truly enjoys teaching less seasoned soldiers, and shines in a training role. More recently, he has discovered a knack for spotting inconsistencies in paperwork and, while not something he necessarily enjoys, he’s come to appreciate it as a powerful tool in rooting out corruption among Ul’dah’s service branches.
Amateur Skills / Hobbies: His amateur skills are fairly limited, having been in training with the Gladiators’ Guild from his pre-teen years on, but he is capable of basic cooking and other food preparation and he has had basic training in wilderness survival as part of his military service. As for hobbies, he enjoys gambling and drinking – within reason – with his fellow soldiers, reading, the occasional night out for flavor, and can often be found doing small carvings of buildings and architecture during downtime. He’s also quite a fan of music and can even be caught singing from time to time when by himself, though he’d be the first to tell you he’s not very good at it.
Likes / Wants: Aryk wants very little beyond what he already has. His greatest desire for himself is a place of his own, even a small apartment, where he could entertain guests and go to relax outside of the regimentation of the barracks. He likes taking trips away from the heat of Ul’dah which, even though he has lived there for years, he still finds oppressive.
Dislikes / Avoids: Mismatched armor. How are you supposed to inspire fear in your enemies and confidence in your allies if you go into battle dressed like a buffoon? Biting insects. Do you have any idea how hard it is to scratch inside a full suit of armor?
Location of Home, if any: Red Wings Barracks, The Goblet, Ul’dah
Place of Birth: Ala Mhigo