Orphaniel is a young child, if a bit precocious. He is not "an adult in a child's body", in spite of the number of years he has been alive. Heavy/dark themes may be RPed around or concerning him. ERP is not acceptable around him. Thank you.
Orphaniel is also semi-independent. As long as he has a roof over his head and access to food or to a cook, he does not need a babysitter. This is for those who are concerned about him being a burden.
"Orphaniel Bunansa" is a child Lalafell who stays a child and doesn't age due to having been an alchemist's guinea pig for an elixir of unaging. He has been around for over twenty-five years, but he is physically and mentally somewhere between two and five years old. According to my RPed narration, "even Lalafell can't tell how old they are at that age-- unless they were keeping track-- since Lalafell grow so much more slowly than other races."
Orphaniel's intellectual development is also stunted by the elixir. However, since he has been made to work hard as a street ward and as a house servant all these years, he has mildly-developed language skills and has developed many different work skills.
In the future, with the use of aether and stoneskin-- he has the potential to participate in battle with moderate conjury and with mild effectiveness in the Way of the Fist. (He has none of these fighting skills at first, and will have to learn them across his character arc.)
Orphaniel is a rich character with an eventful history. About twenty-five years before the in-character introduction, an alchemist in Limsa Lominsa was seeking to create an elixir of eternal unaging so he could live in his prime forever. He kidnapped several young orphans to use as guinea pigs so he could quickly observe results, and eventually the elixir was successful. Orphaniel was one of the orphans, and so he and the others don't age. The alchemist sold the children off to various homes and owners-- as that was the most useful course of action for him-- and he ran off. [There is no sexual abuse implied. I keep my RP clean.] The whole incident is known among traffickers and scholars; but so far, no one knows where the alchemist went. Orphaniel's last two owners kept him as a possible link to tracking the alchemist, as a possible tool to reverse-engineer the elixir, or as a way to observe any negative side effects of the elixir.
No one knows Orphaniel's real name, age, or family. His name was given to him by his first owner-- a thief with the last name of "Bunansa"-- who named the child "Orphaniel" as a cruel joke. Orphaniel would later be called by the thief's last name. Orphaniel has worked for several masters-- first in Limsa Lominsa and later in The Goblet-- before eventually escaping. In Limsa he lived on the street or in the wilderness, where he learned to panhandle, pickpocket, housebreak, play flute and harp, camp, trap, gather, and cook. When he was sold into The Goblet, he lived with wealthy lords in large estates, where he refined his cooking and musical skills and learned to keep house, serve, greet, and behave as in high society.
Orphaniel has lived through abuse and "abandonment" many times. Some of Orphaniel's owners were very cruel and they would punish him harshly. His latest owner, "Master Atoya" as Orphaniel called him, was particularly harsh. For example, Atoya had been attempting to force Orphaniel to learn to write; but Orphaniel could not write acceptably due to his underdeveloped coordination. Atoya would beat him for his failure until Atoya eventually gave up.
Orphaniel's introductory RP has him hiding from Atoya at a strange FC in The Goblet. Orphaniel had been suffering from clinical depression and existential issues, and he lost the energy and motivation to work. Because of this, he began hiding instead of working, and Atoya soon found out. Atoya proceeded to beat Orphaniel nearly to death. After spending a few days in Atoya's infirmary, Orphaniel was told he would be put back under his service. But Orphaniel felt he wouldn't recover from his emotional state soon enough to prevent another beating, and-- fearing for his life-- he ran. Atoya has Brass Blades hired and stationed in The Goblet so they could find and return Orphaniel.
Orphaniel is very clearly a child. He is a bit shorter than an adult Lalafell and notably smaller in frame. He has a very fair complexion and a sweet but intelligent-looking face. He has medium blonde hair which is somewhat unkempt. Orphaniel likes to make his own clothing and loves to dress up. He has clothing for many occasions-- casual, work, or formal. He almost always dyes them his favorite color-- sky blue. Orphaniel is very easy to pick out from a crowd.
Orphaniel has underdeveloped coordination and strength. Because of this, he may struggle to do tasks he enjoys such as cooking and crafting. However, he often makes up for his trouble with clever problem-solving, such as making wooden lids for teacups when he carries them. He climbs and descends stairs one step at a time and often asks for help with many things.
Aspects that stand out:
Orphaniel is sweet and helpful, and childlike in most of his personality. He is neutral good-- following the rules unless he deems them harmful. He loves to share new experiences with others, and he can serve and entertain others with various skills while doing so. He loves to be outside and he loves nature, animals, and camping. He likes to play, whether through exploring, hands-on observation, games, singing, or pretend play with others or with toys.
Orphaniel is overly trusting of people who do not appear intimidating to him, and he doesn't hold grudges.
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