■ RACE & CLAN... Miqo'te. Mixed Heritage (Sun/Moon).
■ NAMEDAY... 10th Sun of the 6th Umbral Moon.
■ GENDER... Male.
■ AGE... Twenty Nine [Time Bubble] || Thirty Three [Non-Time Bubble].
■ ORIENTATION... Pansexual. Polyamorous.
■ MARITAL STATUS...Open Relationship.
■ RESIDENCE... Ul'dah
■ OCCUPATION... Mercenary.
■ PATRON DEITY... Rhalgr the Destroyer.
■ HEIGHT... Roughly 5 fulms 10 ilms.
■ WEIGHT... 187 ponz.
Medium-Heavy Roleplayer from the Pacific Timezone (PST). I generally RP in public channels (/say, /yell, /em), but also sometimes use /whisper for certain narrative elements. I'm willing to switch to RPing in /party for the comfort of others. When it comes to Combat, I'm comfortable with freeform, /random (even though the RNG gods hate me), talking things out beforehand to decide who would realistically win, or just about anything else.
When it comes to RP Romance - RP romance is awesome, but it is not the main focus of my RP and I tend to get uncomfortable if I feel like someone is RPing with me specifically to try and ensnare Tiergan into a relationship. This isn't to say I won't engage in any - just that I prefer diversity to my RP experiences and an attempt at triggering romance may not lead anywhere if I feel it doesn't make sense narratively or wouldn't make for an interesting story. I'm also the type of person that really enjoys romantic tension and romantic feelings as a source of conflict for a story over RP Romance where everything is perfect flawless fluff 100% of the time. TL;DR - RP Romance is great, but you may not get what you're hoping for if you try to romance Tiergan.
There must be a clear separation of IC and OOC at all times. How Tiergan feels about your character does not reflect how I feel about you. How Tiergan lives his life does not reflect upon how I live mine. If your character is in love with Tiergan and you start making demands of me OOC or begin treating me like I'm your lover -- I will bail out of the RP so quickly you'll wonder if it even actually happened.
In current times, the miqo'te's fighting style has changed with his changing priorities. Though he still mainly relies on speed and aggression to carve his way to victory, the mercenary is now often seen carrying either a shield or a greatsword and tends to engage in battles from a more cautious, defense-minded approach - especially when fighting alongside others. He is heavily armored, with a mix of plate, chain, leather, and cloth covering up most of his body (and subsequently, most of his scars.) Casting his shield to the side is often a sign that the miqo'te has, in a sense, shifted back to his old ways and intends to seek blood in any way he can regardless of any damage to himself. His greatest weakness is fighting ranged combatants that are able to keep him from closing the distance. He especially loathes fighting spell-casters of any kind and often rushes to get in close as soon as possible when facing one.
Despite being born in one of the poorer sections of the city, Tiergan's memories of his life in Ala Mhigo were mainly happy ones. His parents worked diligently to keep the family fed, comfortable, and content, shielding their children from much of the more violent and unpleasant events occurring within the nation. His aunt and uncle lived nearby, allowing a rambunctious trio to form that consisted of Tiergan, Lurial, and his elder cousin Vailyx. Vailyx was both the unofficial leader and troublemaker of the trifecta, often plunging the three into wild shenanigans while Lurial cleverly devised ways to help them evade being caught and punished afterwards. At the time, Tiergan was an excitable kit waving around a wooden sword as he trailed after his elder sister and cousin, eager to engage in whatever trouble Vailyx cooked up next - and bursting into tears whenever they were caught or in some form of trouble Lurial could not think her way out of.
His time playing in the streets with his sister and cousin were cut short as Ala Mhigo's King of Ruin grew more and more unhinged, killing off both wealthy and peasant alike in his madness. Though Tiergan and Lurial did not completely understand what was happening at the time, the solemn expressions on their parents' faces spoke volumes in how tense, dangerous, and unpredictable the world outside their front door was becoming.
Tiergan was less than ten years old when the Garlean Empire finally struck, sundering the once proud nation. His parents were slain trying to defend their home and he was separated from his older sister, Lurial, when slavers captured him along with several other Ala Mhigan refugees fleeing from the region. Sold to a shrewd and wealthy merchant, Tiergan spent the next four years burrowing in mines and quarries, performing hard labour along with many other child-workers who had been bought for the same purpose. With each year that passed, the youngling grew more angry, vicious, and aggressive - making him difficult to control and risky to keep. His memories of life before the quarries were beginning to fade, but he still recalled the kind voice of his mother, the warm strength of his father, and the sister he'd been torn away from when the madness began.
When he eventually came of age, Tiergan was moved into the adult slave pens, drowning in a world of ruthless dominance, sadistic aggression, and pitiless savagery. There, an unusual hierarchy was established where the strongest slave - designated as the "Alpha" - received special privileges and treatment in exchange for keeping all of the other slaves in line. The Alpha status was signified by a single red band around the upper arm and other slaves could fight the reigning Alpha with hopes of defeating them and taking their place. Savagely clawing his way to the top, Tiergan reached Alpha status within a year. There, he embraced luxuries and pleasures he'd previously been denied, freedoms he'd never truly known. With each day that passed, the more the miqo'te gloried in his new role, paying the price with the suffering of others.
In desperation to regain his position, Tiergan clashed with Zaius often, fighting with the other male over and over, until eventually a frenzied, tumultuous relationship developed. Gradually, the abuse Tiergan faced at the hands of others vanished as he fell under Zaius' protection. Even Omen's men hesitated to bring Tiergan any harm, his bond with Zaius swinging wildly between enemy, friend, and lover. Tiergan's emotions fell into conflict, his sense of pride making it difficult for Tiergan to see Zaius as anything other then a hated enemy or rival to be defeated... while Zaius' tendency to protect and defend him made it hard for Tiergan not to feel a little appreciation and even fondness for the older miqo'te. As the years passed, Zaius became both his most hated opponent and most valued, trusted confidant. Zaius knew him better than any other, and having a 'friend' that he could quietly rely on, someone who always had his back -- even if it came at a price -- was an experience that shifted Tiergan's perceptions.
It wasn't until sudden rioting erupted amongst the slaves and one of the walls to the pens exploded that Tiergan was eventually able to escape. With countless other slaves fighting each other and pouring out of the opening, Tiergan and many others were able to flee Omen's control. Tiergan later learned it was all engineered by his sister who had at last tracked her sibling down to the Ul'dahn Bloodsands and had been setting plans in motion for years to orchestrate his liberation. The gladiator-slave was finally free.
Few good things have ever come out of deep emotional attachments for Tiergan. His history is bloody and violent, and his relationships were often unhealthy. It’s reached the point where the mere thought of someone falling in love with him is terrifying - and the thought of him loving someone back even more so. While in very specific situations he is comfortable being intimate with both men and women he trusts on a casual basis, the idea of pursuing something more triggers a deeply rooted fear of hurting others and being hurt in return. This, along a fear of being confined and controlled from his time as a slave, makes him an extremely challenging man to romance as he generally responds with heavy discomfort or even panic if pressed to draw into a relationship more serious than he is prepared for.
The one most defining romance of his life is his relationship with Zaius Rhal'seer. The other miqo'te is larger, stronger, and potentially mad, but Tiergan returns to Zaius again and again, knowing he has extremely little chance of hurting the powerful, hulking Keeper both physically and emotionally. While their relationship has taken many different forms over the many cycles they've known each other - Tiergan acknowledges that Zaius knows him far better than anyone else. The two of them have agreed to an open relationship that allows them to take on other lovers and on occasion, they've even had the same lover at the same time (much to Tiergan's great chagrin.)
In a potential lover, Tiergan values honesty, straightforwardness, bravery, determination, and compassion. Like most miqo'te, he is polyamorous and is deeply resistant to the idea of being forced into a monogamous relationship as he has been this way all of his life. He does not abide by Sun Seeker or Moon Keeper mating traditions as he did not grow up with them. With how complicated his life often becomes, he appreciates those who are who they present themselves to be, say what they truly mean, and do exactly what they say they will do without hesitation. Such people grant him a sense of calm, and he takes solace in the stability they offer in a chaotic, constantly changing world. Another part of the miqo'te's mind also gains a thrill out of those who can fight or hold their own against him - whether it be through physical or mental prowess. Tiergan never flirts and rarely initiates, often getting flustered when teased. An individual would have to approach Tiergan in a specific way to get around his many defenses, and reach out to him in a way that wouldn't cause alarm.
- ■ Immortal Flames Free Brigade
- ■ Ul'dah Adventurer's Guild
- ■ Aeon Free Company
- ■ Astral Agents
- ■ A gladiator or anyone affiliated with the gladiator's guild might would recognise Tiergan a fellow gladiator who was successful on the Bloodsands. He was known for wielding a sword and a steel, clawed gauntlet when fighting and wore a decorative collar on his neck. It was assumed it was simply for show and not something more sinister.
- ■ Anyone with ties to the Ul'dahn criminal underground might have seen Tiergan fighting in illegal combat pits. If they frequented them often enough or had deep enough ties, they would also know he was a gladiator-slave.
- ■ If your character has really REALLY strong ties to the Ul'dahn criminal underground - they would know he was owned by "Omen."
- ■ Fellow mercenaries may have worked with Tiergan at one point or another - though he may have gone under the name V'Rahn Ashir. They might also recognise Tiergan as a mercenary that outright refused any contracts that might jeaprodize or harm Little Ala Mhigo.
- ■ Ala Mhigans, Ala Mhigan refugees, and people living or working in Little Ala Mhigo.
- ■ Fellow slaves - anyone who was enslaved shortly after the Garlean Empire struck down Ala Mhigo, was a child-laborer, or was a slave may have connections to Tiergan.
- Father: V'rahn Nunh (deceased) - Seeker of the Sun - Formerly a Tia that had grown tired with his life in his tribe. V'rahn was a charming, gregarious, and often ridiculous mage who felt confined by the rules and traditions of his tribe and eventually left to forge a path of his own. The scarlet haired male ended up in Ala Mhigo where he met his mate, Siha. He took on the last name 'Nunh' after his children were born as a cheeky way of showing he now had a 'tribe'.
- Mother: Siha Ashir (deceased) - Keeper of the Moon - Elegant, beautiful, and frighteningly strong, Siha was considered a 'warrior-queen' amongst her people and was next in line to be matriarch of her clan. Betrayal from a rival huntress forced her from this path however, and she traveled to Gyr Albania alone to recover, initially planning on returning to reclaim her birthright and exact revenge only to stay in Ala Mhigo after falling in love with V'rahn. They were both slain during the Fall of Ala Mhigo.
- Sister: Lurial Vashir - Lurah Rahn. Tiergan's sister who is older than him by a year. Even as a child, Lurial was the more observant, patient, and calculating of the two siblings. As an adult, she works as an information broker, while actually being something of a handler for various fighters - offering them missions to slowly rid Ul'dah of corruption in exchange for coin, items, or favors. Both Tiergan and Lurial were given more Hyuran names to help them fit in more easily amongst the mostly Hyuran population of Ala Mhigo. Their last name is a combination of Siha's family name and Rahn's tribe.
- Aunt: V'ira Tarja (deceased) - Seeker of the Sun - V'rahn's fiery sister. She left their tribe alongside V'rahn, eager to experience the world outside of its confines, and traveled with him to Ala Mhigo. Escaped with her family to La Noscea when Ala Mhigo fell. Killed during the Calamity.
- Uncle: C'aseen the Poet (deceased) - Seeker of the Sun - A monk in the ranks of the Fists of Rhalgr who yearned for unmatched power in order to defend his way of life unopposed. He fell madly in love with V'ira and would spend nights singing ballads to her, not realising she was fighting feelings for him. Eventually they would come together and sire a red-haired boy who V'ira named Vailyx. Escaped with his family to La Noscea when Ala Mhigo fell. Killed fighting at the Battle of Carteneau.
- Cousin: Vailyx the Swifttail (MIA) - Seeker of the Sun - As children, Vailyx, Tiergan, and Lurial were a cheerful, rambunctious trio that were constantly playing together and occasionally getting into all manner of trouble whenever Vailyx came up with a clever plan. As he was the oldest of the group, Vailyx often was protective of his younger siblings and young Tiergan looked up to Vailyx deeply, seeing him as both his best friend and role model. The young miqo'te attempted to emulate his older cousin in any way he could. Tiergan has not seen Vailyx since he was a child, and was unaware that Vailyx survived the Fall of Ala Mhigo until recently. He still holds onto the hope that Vailyx may still yet be alive, though part of him knows he likely perished at the Battle of Carteneau with his father.
- Cousin: Caen Jabari - Seeker of the Sun - A sprightly, acrobatic youth without any memory of his past. Tiergan was initially unaware of Caen's existence as the youth was born long after Tiergan was enslaved. The former-gladiator was later overjoyed to learn that he not only had another surviving relative, but that Caen was the younger brother to Vailyx. He's is now determined to protect Caen as he believes Vailyx would and to give the boy the family Caen has been missing for five long years. Currently, the youth has been missing for several moons, throwing both Tiergan and Lurial into chaos until it was discovered the boy had been taken and sold into slavery - a fate Tiergan couldn't possibly have imagined for his only remaining cousin.
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♥ Romantic Attraction – ♥ Physical Attraction – ♥ Platonic Love – ✔ Business – 💔 Emotional Conflict – ● Positive – ● Negative – ● Neutral – ≈ Unsure
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- ■ Other Characters: Lurial Vashir, Leilani Leilai, Furious Storm, Jirandai Olkund, Bartu Bolir