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bcuz i saw someone else doing it and wanted to be cool.

progress:
08 September 2016: Started.
09 September 2016: Minor text fixes.
11 September 2016: More minor text fixes, finished appearance section.
19 September 2016: Finished Speech and Mental & emotional sections. Started Relationships.
20 September 2016: Started Daily life.
22 November 2016: Minor edits, continued Relationships.
08 March 2017: More edits, continued Relationships.
09 May 2017: More work on relationships.
19 May 2017: Mostly finished!


Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character's height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy?
He's shorter than average for a blood elf male--standing 5'6" 5'8" (THANKS KAE) at the top of his skull, though his ears add another 4-6" to his height--and muscled like a wrestler, compact and powerful. If it weren't for the fact he's otherwise elven in feature, most elves would pin him as a human halfbreed from his build alone.

2. How old is he?
Prior to his death, Lark was in his mid-200s--roughly equivalent to late 20s, early 30s in a human lifespan. He's been undead for eight years, which is comparatively long for a "species" meant to be disposable.

3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch?
He is a champion sloucher and hunches his shoulders to make himself appear smaller, to boot. He typically carries his ears down and backed a little, which is a kinesic signal of unease, discomfort, or wariness.

4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities?
He dead. This is surprisingly not an impediment to normal functioning on Azeroth.

Unfortunately, Lark's the result of a botched resurrection. The necromancer responsible for his reanimation didn't bother to correctly set the spellwork that actually makes a dead body function, instead relying on the fact a soul bound back into a body typically has enough magic in it to force a semblance of life on the decaying meat. For a ghoul or a very freshly dead corpse, this would have been sufficient, but as Lark was several weeks dead of hanging by the time the Scourge got to him, the results were not good. His brain had decayed considerably and he suffered from partial cortical blindness as a result of it.

The rot didn't stop on reanimation, either, and for the first couple of years of his undeath he was at constant threat of mental dissolution as the remainder of his brain turned into plague slime. Significant magical and alchemical effort went into stabilizing the situation, with the consequence that the plague slime is now doing the thinking for him.

At present, he's functioning about as well as can be expected for one of the undead--better than the living in some ways, worse in others. He's completely blind, having lost his eyes along the way, and his somesthetic senses (across all modalities except proprioception) are very poor. Like all death knights, he suffers from constant pain unless he's killed something recently, and is vulnerable to holy magic.

5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid?
When he's uncomfortable, which is a lot of the time, he skulks from place to place, avoiding exposure or drawing notice to himself. He can also be cautious to the point of hesitance when introduced to a new location, due to his blindness.

Otherwise, he moves with more power than grace. He's ferociously strong and still knows that on some level, even if he acts like he's smaller and weaker than he is.

6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror?
Prior to his death, he was classically handsome in the elven mold, and quite popular because of it. He still has the bone structure and the body after death, and his face has mercifully not suffered much abuse (other than the missing eyes), but he's also a rotting assemblage of carrion and that's not very attractive.

He has not seen himself in a mirror since his reanimation, due to worsening blindness, but he assumes he's absolutely hideous and that people are horrified by him even if they're too polite to say it.

7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred?
Bruisey blue-grey and mottled where blood pooled in his extremities after death.

He has a number of scars and stitched-together wounds.

8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style.
Pale gray, mid-back length, long bangs, surprisingly soft and fluffy for an undead monstrosity. If he's being conscientious and trying to dress up, he'll plait it into a single braid with his bangs pulled back. For combat, it's clubbed and tucked under a helmet. Otherwise he leaves it in wild disarray, with a perpetual army of feathery cowlicks going every which direction.

9. What color are his eyes?
He doesn't have any.

Previously, a filmy necromantic blue.

10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features?
His teeth are sharpened, giving him a mouthful of razors that would make a shark jealous. He has visible ligature marks around his neck concomitant with a death by hanging, and the vertebrae of his neck are obviously misaligned. His ears are very tattered.

His back, neck, and upper arms are covered in runic brands from the Scourge language of the dead. Four in particular have significant meaning: The three across his shoulder blades read Loyalty, Obedience, and Discipline, while the death rune on the back of his neck is/was a keyed to a spell meant to kill him. They pulse faintly with light.

Somebody unfamiliar with his species (Azerothian elf, subsp. sin'dorei) would also note that he has exceedingly long, pointed ears and eyebrows that are almost more like whiskers.

11. What are his chief tension centers?
Shoulders, midback.

12. What is the character's wardrobe like? Casual, dressy, utilitarian? Bright colors, pastels, neutrals? Is it varied, or does he have six of the same suit?
Mostly, his wardrobe is armor. If he could, he'd be in that armor full-time when not around his few friends and family. Practically, he can just about manage this because Azeroth is a dangerous place and, also, most people don't expect death knights to hang out in their civvies like normal people.

His collection of clothing for when he's out of the armor is eclectic: A couple of well-preserved dress uniforms for the various military orders he's served in, a lot of comfortable if unremarkable pairs of slacks and well-tailored shirts, and a number of very pretty dresses.

13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them?
Despite his on-again, off-again disdain for his noble heritage and the trappings thereof, Lark has retained an appreciation for comfortable clothing he looks good in. So even if it's a little (or a lot) rumpled or blood-stained or damaged from his adventuring lifestyle, it wears well.

14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences?
See above about armor vs civvies. The armor IS his on-the-job outfit.

15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando?
85% boxers, 15% adorable lacy silk underwear.


Speech
1. What does this character's voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse?
Low tenor to baritone range, with a necromantic echo to it.

2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate?
He has two vocal modes without a lot of range between them: A low, evenly paced monotone lacking much inflection or affect, and an excessively emotional, obviously overacted delivery. He gets a lot louder doing the second one.

3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics?
He has an obvious Thalassian accent in any of his second languages (Common, Scourge, Orcish). He tends to drop his personal pronouns when speaking about himself, with consequent restructuring of his sentences so he can use "I" and "me" as little as possible. The degree to which he does it varies with his comfort level and level of depersonalization--higher stress situations around people he dislikes or thinks dislike him result in more dropped pronouns and choppier sentences.

When he's more comfortable, he becomes a veritable social chameleon and will tend to mimic the diction and vocabulary of his interlocutors.

4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency?
He speaks Thalassian, Orcish, and the Scourge language of the dead with complete fluency, though he periodically forgets words in Orcish. He still speaks Common passably and could get back to full fluency with a moderate amount of practice. He has a surprising amount of knowledge of the Vrykul and Nerubian languages as well, and can muddle along in Darnassian due to its similarity to Thalassian.

5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations?
He'll substitute words from Scourge or Thalassian when he doesn't know a technical or esoteric term in another language. Also, see above for comments on his social mimicry. He won't ever go full-dialect, but he will borrow words and grammatical constructions to sound more like the people he's talking to.

6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words?
He's really got to stop and think if he wants to convey his meaning correctly. He tends to talk around the subject when he's babbling off the cuff, and often gets distracted into tangents if he doesn't slow down and consider what he's trying to say.

7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change?
He can be quite eloquent, especially when he's impassioned, although brain damage and working in a non-native language both tend to rob him of words and breadth of expression.


Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart?
He's no genius, but he's not the idiot he pretends he is, either. He's learned a lot over the years and has an extensive memory for things he's passionate about--that's the book smarts, as it were, and a Thalassian classical education helps there--but he's also a combat veteran of nearly a century and has had a lot of lifetime to encounter and handle all manner of dangerous situations. He's also frighteningly intuitive about other people's emotions and knows a lot about how people tick and how to manipulate them--when he admits as much to himself, which isn't often. It's not an ability he likes having.

The crimp in all this is that his memory and cognition are damaged by undeath, and he can't always apply what he's learned because he can't recall or implement it in a useful way. Thus he often exhibits an impulsiveness and lack of foresight for consequences that are out of step with his "actual" level of intelligence.

2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate?
When it comes to deciding on a plan of action, he does better if he's not given time to think about what's going on--that way he can't psych himself out or fall into choice paralysis. Otherwise, he tends to benefit from having a lot of time to think things through backward and forward; it prevents him from making dumb snap decisions or locking into an emotional response that's inappropriate to the situation.

3. Describe the character's thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical?
Intuitive as hell, though he can bend logic into service of an emotional argument when he needs to. Being undead has made him brutally practical in practice, even though he's an idealist at heart. He suffers a lot from being unable to reconcile his ideals of how he should be with the very disappointing reality of who he is, though over time it's been an impetus to change for the better.

4. What kind of education has the character had?
A classical Thalassian education befitting one of Quel'thalas' lesser nobility, a body of knowledge that covers a broad spectrum of topics from history to theology to mathematics to natural and magical sciences. He received additional education in military history, strategy, tactics, and the sciences and philosophy of war, appropriate to an officer of the king's army.

5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about?
He's good at killing things and eating them.

He also understands a frightening amount about microbiology, albeit filtered through the very weird lens of internal experience with the biofilm that makes up his brain. He has a lot of practical, hands-on knowledge of pathology that comes from infecting people with horrible diseases in order to kill them. There is, however, always more to learn in the area and he is always up for investigating some new kind of disease, whether it's bacterial or parasitical or genetic in origin (though the Azerothian understanding of genetic disease is probably not very good).

By trade, he's taken up blacksmithing and mining since his death, and can turn out serviceable goods. His decorative work is crap, though. He's blind, after all.

And he likes flowers and is a veritable dictionary of Thalassian floriography.

6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert?
Born a natural extrovert, now more of an introvert due to accumulated trauma and low self-regard. People don't want to be around rotting corpses so he won't inflict himself on them.

7. Describe the character's temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven?
He (tries to) present as gruff, sarcastic, no-nonsense, and emotionally together. (He spent a couple of years being actively awful to people so that any low opinion they developed of him was directly due to his own actions. He stopped self-sabotaging that way some time ago, but the underlying mental issues that made him do it have not been resolved.) Around friends, he's congenial, (overly) affectionate, easily amused--and very, very moody, since he invests a lot of his emotions in how the people around him are feeling.

He tries not to let other people in on the fact he is on a constant emotional roller-coaster, because it's a sign of weakness and appearing weak is a dangerous thing to do when you were initiated into undeath by monsters who recycle their weak members for parts. Also, he can't express his emotions normally--either he gives little sign of what he's experiencing or he overacts it, and the latter takes a lot of energy.

8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic?
Depends entirely on his comfort level prior to being presented with the new person or situation. If he's relaxed and on a relatively even emotional keel, he can be as polite as he's capable of being and even passing sociable. Under high-stress situations where he's feeling good, like active combat where he gets to KILL THINGS, he's disturbingly friendly and treats anybody who's not overtly hostile as his new best buddy.

He forms first impressions of people very quickly and often acts on his snap judgments in incorrect or inappropriate ways, only to later regret it.

9. Is he more likely to act, or to react?
React. He's lazy.

10. Which is his default: fight or flight?
Fight. Murder all the things!

11. Describe the character's sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks?
Maintaining even a vestige of sanity as a death knight requires a certain awful sense of humor. Lark has this in spades. Sometimes he feels bad about it; the rest of the time he's swapping dead baby jokes or volunteering awful solutions to problems like overcrowded graveyards.

He's also capable of cutting sarcasm, but only levels it against total strangers. He can't be cruel to his friends because they're rare and precious and he's afraid he'll drive them off if he's too boisterous.

12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them?
A psychologist would likely pin him with some kind of anxiety spectrum disorder, major depression, and something like avoidant personality disorder. He's also incredibly codependent if he doesn't police himself.

He mostly deals with these by hating himself for being weak and ignoring them, because he's a healthy and well-adjusted walking corpse.

13. What moments in this character's life have defined him as a person?
1. His father's early death.
2. The Scourge siege of Silvermoon and the destruction of the Sunwell.
3. The desperate campaign of the blood elves to Northrend and Outland to save their people.
4. The capture of M'uru and the formation of the blood knights.
5. The Scryers' defection to the naaru, and A'dal's reassurance (to Lark) that things would work out the way the Light intended if Lark returned to the Sunfuries.
6. His capture, trial, and detainment as a traitor, and his mother's refusal to save him from his death sentence.
7. His resurrection as a death knight and the failed attack on Light's Hope Chapel.
8. Meeting Gravewalker Gie.

14. What does he fear?
He'll say that he isn't actually capable of fearing anything. That isn't strictly true; he simply doesn't have any kind of adrenaline-driven fear response to things that should be frightening, mostly as a consequence of being dead and brain-damaged. When he has time to think about things, he's quite capable of being afraid of them--but then promptly reverts to idiotic fearlessness when actually placed in the situations he's afraid will happen, with one major exception. (And that is a direct threat of having his mind stolen from him.)

Loosely ranked, he's afraid of being totally abandoned, of failing those depending on him, of having his volition and identity erased or co-opted, and of becoming a complete amoral sociopath like his mother.

(He is also terrified of heights because he is not very good at not falling off of things. He always survives the falls--sort of--but it hurts and it sucks and there's this stretch of terrible helplessness while he's falling that horrifies him. Riding on anything that can fly is an ordeal, with a few exceptions for creatures he's very familiar with.)

15. What are his hopes or aspirations?
Near-term, he'd like to stick around with his mind relatively intact. He wants the Legion defeated, and to keep the remainder of his friends and family alive and happy.

Long-term, he desires a change in how the living relate to the undead. (And the undead relate to the truly dead.) It's probably impossible for the living to be in total carefree accord with their undead neighbors, but he'd at least like the hostility and thinly veiled distrust from both sides to be replaced with tolerance.

Extremely long-term and/or when he dies for good, he'd like the Light to take him back. This may be impossible from a metaphysical standpoint but damned if he won't try.

16. What is something he doesn't want anyone to find out about him?
The level of actual sexual attraction he feels toward his own mother.

Also, that he's a squishy fluffy marshmallow under the rotting, toothy exterior. Everyone already knows about that second one though because he's so terrible at hiding it.


Relationships
1. Describe this character's relationship with his parents.
In a word, difficult.

His father died when he was twelve, which was barely long enough for Lark to form a meaningful relationship with the man. Iolan Dawnherald was the very model of the better kind of Thalassian nobility: cultured, even-handed, kind, just, and beloved of all under his care. He lived the Dawnherald motto--"Duty before self"--and epitomized their ideal of selfless service to the crown. (At least, that's what Lark remembers, having never had time to know his father as a fallible man, rather than a half-divine figure who loved and watched over him.)

Lark's mother, Dionaea Dawnherald (nee Sunwatcher), kept her distance from her young son until after her husband's death, when--conveniently--he was old enough to be a person she could manipulate, rather than a whining, hungry annoyance. She saw him as a miniature male extension of herself, to be flattered and spoiled and remolded into a perfect partner. (Being completely amoral herself, she saw nothing wrong with an incestuous relationship with her own child, and simply expected she could induce the rest of Silvermoon's nobility to accept this by force of personality alone.) For most of his life, Lark adored her too, because she showered him with calculated affection and indulged his devotion to House Dawnherald so long as he realized she was its rightful head.

Perhaps he was somewhat aware that some of what she said and did wasn't normal or appropriate for a mother relating to her son, and he was more than a little frightened of her temper when it reared its head. But above everything else, Lark was a dutiful son, and dutiful sons love their parents, so he loved her. He would, in fact, likely have played right into her plans for him (and all the awful things those entailed) if it hadn't been for his military service keeping him out of her clutches once he'd reached his majority.

She didn't realize how fatal a mistake it was to actually let him join the service until he returned from Outland as an accused traitor and got himself sentenced to death for helping Kael'thas' forces steal M'uru. This brought unfathomable shame on House Dawnherald--and worse, on her personally--and she informed him of it in no uncertain terms while demanding he commit an honorable suicide before he could be hung. (She also took the occasion to tell him that she'd killed his father.) She disowned him when he refused.

Even though he no longer legally had a right to it, he kept his family name for the first year or so of his undeath and did everything in his power to bring opprobrium on his House and his mother. Though he's given that up now, his feelings about her are complicated and bitter to say the least.

2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like?
He has one much older (illegitimate) half-brother who stepped in as his moral compass after his father died. They were very close up until Lark's death, and Benden/Netalion still regrets that he wasn't there to stay Lark's execution. Since reuniting in Northrend, they've resumed their affectionate relationship, albeit a little awkwardly since Lark temporarily forgot his brother even existed.

Netalion asked to be raised into undeath as a death knight so he'd be able to look after Lark as long as he could and Lark wouldn't end up facing eternity alone. He's that kind of guy.

3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can't stand?
He's all but grooming his younger cousin Tryice--who's from a cadet branch of the Dawnherald family--to take over as heir in his stead. This may require killing his mother to clear the way.

He adores the kid, even if he's not really good at expressing it.

While he was with Krenyn, his relationship with his in-laws, as it were, was exceptionally strained. Krenyn's twin brother Jarrel considered him largely responsible for "corrupting" Krenyn (even though that's logically impossible), and treated him with all the veiled animus a commoner can have for the nobility. Jarrel's wife Lytalia, who is also a death knight, has always considered Lark a volatile liability to the Ebon Blade that's bound to need killing at any moment. Although since he managed not to flip out and kill anyone important to the Ebon Blade for all the time he and Krenyn were together, her feelings about him have softened somewhat. And, while Jarrel's not-so-secretly delighted to see Lark mostly out of his brother's life, Lytalia's kept up contact with him.

And then there's this asshole. Lark doesn't hate people so much anymore but Tresilian exasperates the hell out of him. Why is he so infuriatingly attractive while having such a wretched personality???

4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them?
He's had several of these, though over the years he's lost contact with most of them. The only one still around is Kae (see below).

He also regards the Ebon Blade as an extended family. He might not like them very much, but he does love them, in his own way.

5. Who is/was the character's best friend? How did they meet?
Kael'ash Amberwind (aka Al'arien Dawnstrike). They ran into each other not long after the Ebon Blade broke free of the Scourge; it was a particularly inauspicious meeting that ended violently. Subsequent encounters went better, and they became fast friends as well as occasional lovers. This was helped along by the fact Kae was one of the few remaining living Sunfuries that Lark knew of.

6. Does he have other close friends?
He has a few among the Ebon Blade, and one or two outside it.

7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people?
If he isn't playing big tough death knight, Lark's gregarious by nature. Unfortunately, his line of work--and the fact he's undead--means he doesn't often get much of an opportunity not to be in the work persona.

And, most of the close friends that he made during the campaign against the Scourge are dead or missing now, and he feels the loss so keenly he's reluctant to start over with new friends to lose. Between this and his self-inflicted social anxiety, his approach to new people is a weird mix of overt friendliness and timidity.

8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends?
Anyone he befriends more than casually can consider themselves part of his family, so: both.

9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once?
He is, at this point in his undeath, single once more. He might-as-well-have-been-married to his former commander, Krenyn Bloodflame, but that relationship has since cooled to an amicable-enough friendship.

He wasn't married at any time during his life, feeling that his wandering heart made him ill-suited to the kind of exclusive, monogamous marriage he idealized as correct.

10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse?
He and Kae are best friends with benefits, though now that Kae's married, Lark's sense of honor will not allow him to indulge in those benefits. Until he gets the okay from Kae's wife, anyhow.

11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest?
His first crush was Caravon Sunfell, one of his childhood tutors. Things rapidly got awkward between them, which ended in Sunfell's dismissal when Lark's mother found out.

He's trying very hard NOT to develop any kind of romantic feelings for a certain paladin he knows. This will probably fail miserably.[*]

Kae's wife Aislyn is also incredibly gorgeous and apparently open to the idea of a threesome with him which he still hasn't wrapped his mind around but that's awfully distracting!

12. What does he look for in a romantic partner?
He'll admit to humor, intelligence, curiosity, and tolerance for his weird quirks in either sex. (He's also got a thing for redheads.) A smokin' hot body and proficiency in combat are also pluses (with many additional pluses for muscular members of either sex). He prefers his male partners be taller than he is, though that's not a hard and fast line--he and Kae are of a height.

He also selects for individuals who have some kind of driving moral ambition. Not necessarily paragons of virtue, but people who're making an effort--like he is--to follow an exterior standard and be better than they are.

13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any?
He has at least two children that he knows of, both illegitimate, and suspects that there's several more out there due to his own indiscretion. (It's both better and worse than he fears: He only has three living children; most of his other by-blows perished during the Scourge assault on Silvermoon, or in events after. Some of them undoubtedly were raised into undeath.) One of these, a son, is married with a child of his own, making Lark a grandfather (unbeknownst to him).

He has no relationship to speak of with any of his children. This is part-deliberate and part-negligence: While he was grossly irresponsible in his sexual adventures when he was younger (something his mother actually encouraged him in), he was also half-consciously aware that any child of his he acknowledged or legitimized might end up used against him (again, by his mother). Pretending they didn't exist--while discreetly sending support to the mothers of those he knew about--was the only way he could think of to keep them safe. (While also not tying him down; he knows absolutely there was an element of selfishness in his decision, though he's inclined to overstate it now and completely ignore his other reasons for what he did.)

He regrets all of this keenly now, but doesn't even know where to begin on fixing what he's done. It's terrible not to have a father, but even more terrible to have a father who's an undead monstrosity. At least, that's how his reasoning goes.

Being gifted with an overabundance of parental (some would snidely say "maternal") feelings, he has over the years adopted a number of raptor hatchlings that he basically treats as his children. This isn't as crazy-cat-lady as it seems--Azerothian raptors are as intelligent as any of the humanoid races, though they're much less technological.

14. Does he have any rivals or enemies?
No rivals that he'd recognize as such. There's undoubtedly people who hate him and want him to suffer, but the feeling isn't mutual.

He does have enemies a-plenty. Mostly whatever the enemy-of-the-moment is for the rest of Azeroth. It's demons right now, but in the past it was the sha, the Twilight's Hammer, the Scourge...

15. What is the character's sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale?
In terms of purely physical attraction, a 3; he's as bisexual as they come about who he'll sleep with.

In actual practice, closer to a 4.5. He's had more opportunities for sexual liaisons with other men, and frankly it's often easier to pursue casual sex with them for any number of reasons. In addition, he's always been more attracted to men as long-term partners; he can number the women he'd've seriously considered settling down with on one hand, where he's had numerous long-term relationships with men and his two longest-running lovers to date were both male.

16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him?
He likes sex. A lot. It's fun and satisfies his need to connect to other people in ways little else can.

He could get along without it, but much prefers to be having it as often as possible. And while he thinks he could manage a deep loving relationship with someone without having sex with them--as he's an outlier in the sex-drive department for a death knight, this is something he thinks about frequently--practically, that would be a lot harder on him than he believes.

17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits?
He's a stroppy submissive in the bedroom. He loves being dominated, but makes whoever's doing it really work for the privilege, and he likes it even better if he ends up tied up or roughed up in the process. Being undead, he's got a tolerance for pain the likes of which would kill the living with shock, but it comes at the cost of other physical sensations--so he needs sex to hurt a little (or a lot) for it to be really good. Basically anything his partner's comfortable with doing to him goes in the realm of pain, as long as it doesn't involve the Light.

You can name just about any kink and he's likely to have tried it once. Including, post-undeath, the fatal ones, since they aren't any longer--though he doesn't go in for permanent self-mutilation.

He is also a champion cuddler.


Beliefs
1. Do you know your character's astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type?
If he'd been born on Earth, he'd be a Cancer. This description of typical Cancer traits is quite fitting.

2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life?
Like many high and blood elves, Lark was raised in the Church of the Light but still has a strong pagan streak to him. He still swears by the Fire, the Sun, and the Phoenix God, even if he rationalizes this by seeing them as different manifestations of the Light.

His relationship with the Light is a difficult one, not merely because it's actually antithetical to him as one of the undead. He turned his back on it shortly before his death, rejecting it entirely and losing his abilities as a paladin. (He is aware that if he hadn't done this, it's possible he would not have been raised into undeath to begin with. It's not foolproof protection--there's any number of former paladins among the Ebon Blade--but it might have saved him.) Now he'd very much like to be back in its good graces, but his own fear and feelings of unworthiness are keeping him from making a real attempt to reach out to it.

He's afraid of what he might have to do if he prays to it and receives an actual, clear answer.

3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it?
Yes, though his moral code is more than a little rough around the edges. Having an inherent need to cause suffering to other living beings in order to avoid pain and madness himself comes into conflict with most ideas of morality revolving around minimizing harm to others.

His father and older brother are largely responsible for instilling in him his initial sense of morality and duty. Over the years he's honed that moral sense through study and thought--though it went into temporary abeyance while he was Scourge, and for a year or two after. Even now that he's begun working his way back to something like the firmly held moral beliefs he had as a knight of Silvermoon, they're tainted by the cruel pragmatism of the Scourge and the awful necessities of being undead.

Consequently--and allowing for the fact he's a fallible person, on top of being among the damned--he still screws up quite frequently, letting his desires or his selfishness get ahead of his morality.


4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent?
Tolerant and curious, for the most part. High elven culture was particularly ecumenical where it wasn't outright secular, and Lark likes to learn about other people.


5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them?
Like many elves, he regards most trolls with a measure of contempt and dislike. The majority of his time in military service--prior to the Second and Third Wars--was spent fighting against the Amani trolls, and he lost more than one friend to their raids.

He knows intellectually that the Darkspear and Revantusks he's allied with as a nominal member of the Horde aren't the same as the Amani (any more than he's a night elf), but it's hard for him to reconcile that with how thoroughly a soldier of Quel'thalas learned to despise the trolls.

Nevertheless, in individual cases, he's befriended trolls and could be brought around to the idea they're not on the whole bad. He just hasn't had a reason to make that leap yet.

He also carries around a lot of the usual elven stereotypes of the other races of Azeroth, especially those he hasn't had much interaction with.


Daily Life
1. What is the character's financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt?
Comfortable. It's not hard for wandering adventurers on Azeroth to accumulate a lot of money if they're even a little bit thrifty, and since Lark doesn't need to pay for most of the amenities the living need, he's piled up a tidy heap of treasure over the years.

2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him?
Death knights are social pariahs in most Azerothian societies and Lark's no exception. Most of the living regard him with suspicion and distaste, a symbol of the horrors the Lich King inflicted on the world.

He's also low in the Ebon Blade's pecking order, owing in part to his indiscretion and instability (as well as a refusal to totally embrace his killer instinct). While, as a knight-captain of the Blade, he could command a troop of his fellow knights, he shirks any attempt made to give him responsibility over others. This lack of ambition is also a mark against him.

Given he was minor nobility and very popular in life, one would think this would be a rather shocking change for him. And it would be, sort of, except that he spent the first year or so of his undeath deliberately engineering his own abasement. Now he's resigned to living with what he did to himself.

3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others?
He's got "living" quarters on Acherus where he keeps most of his stuff, like the majority of death knights. It isn't really home, though; since the dissolution of his relationship with Krenyn he hasn't had anywhere to call home.

4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on?
Gifts for his raptor "kids," his vast and ridiculous collection of pets, things to bribe his geists with, weird food, nice dresses...

5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else?
He is a Knight of the Ebon Blade first and foremost, and an adventurer/troubleshooter/hired blade second. He's good enough to make a comfortable living doing it. Since these are really the only things (he feels) he can do as one of the undead, it doesn't matter whether or not he enjoys it.

6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time?
He doesn't really have copious amounts of free time--what time's not assigned to various Ebon Blade duties or freelance work is devoted to his various projects. Some of these include his work with refining the plagues that make up the Blight, chasing after (and fretting over) his few friends, learning the funeral traditions of other cultures and using them to refine his own necromantic rituals, and hunting down rare reagents required for necromancy and fleshcrafting.

Any genuinely free time he gets, he usually spends napping, or as close to it as the dead can get.

7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods?
The unholy Blight that makes up a good half of his body mass is constantly ravenous, and if he doesn't feed it, it starts eating what's left of him. So he eats. A lot. More when he's been wounded or had to expend a lot of the Blight. He will eat literally anything that won't poison, incinerate, or explode him or his Blight.

Primarily his diet amounts to "anything he can loot off the corpses of what he's killed". Sometimes he even bothers to cook it.


Associations
Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite:

1. Color? Grey.
2. Smell? Lilies.
3. Time of day? Dawn.
4. Season? Winter.
5. Book?
6. Music?
7. Place?
8. Substance?
9. Plant? Larkspur (of course).
10. Animal? Moth.



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