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I love the theme tumblrs that I follow (most of which are book blogs) and suddenly in the midst of all these pictures of books, or talks of writing, or a discussion of a book series, or how diversity in books is important BAM! there’s fandom stuff.

Like Orphan Black or OITNB or Doctor Who or the Avengers movies or Pacific Rim or Harry Potter movieverse.  Just out of the blue this stuff comes up.  And I half to remind myself that the blog isn’t just a random generating blog, that there’s person back there doing the blogging, and they also like stuff.  And they will share the stuff they like and get excited over the stuff they like.

And that kinda makes me happy.

…plus dragons.  Dragons also make me happy.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

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Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

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iTunes iBook store

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The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
medievalpoc:

ktempest:

anikamyerspalm:

anikamyerspalm:

More from the Oh-So-You-Like-Game-of-Thrones-files:
This is David Anthony Durham. He’s another black American writer who is hitting it right now in the fantasy genre.
He’s two books into what he’s called the Acacia trilogy. It’s about politics, assassination, sibling rivalry, sex, slavery, magic — oh, and a dragon. Both books, Acacia: The War with the Mein and The Other Lands, are extra boss.
Durham first came to my attention with an earlier book, Pride of Carthage, which is a a historical novel about Hannibal Barca (yes, that Hannibal), with whom I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. 
The Sacred Band, the third book in the Acacia series, should be out later this year.

I posted this in 2011.
I’m not sure why, but it’s been been reposted/liked more than 100 times within the past three or four days.
IIRC, it was one of three or four posts I wrote that week highlighting fantasy work by living POC. In addition to Durham, I also fangirled work by writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl and Nalo Hopkinson in those posts, so please check those authors out, too!

Might have been reblogged cuz David just did a workshop with Nisi and myself (among others) last week. Just as an update, the third book in the trilogy has been out for a while and now David is working on another historical. Can’t wait :)

I’ve recommended Acacia before, and probably will again!

See, this is why I like Tumblr.
Y’all are gonna make me buy more books, and I’m okay with that.

medievalpoc:

ktempest:

anikamyerspalm:

anikamyerspalm:

More from the Oh-So-You-Like-Game-of-Thrones-files:

This is David Anthony Durham. He’s another black American writer who is hitting it right now in the fantasy genre.

He’s two books into what he’s called the Acacia trilogy. It’s about politics, assassination, sibling rivalry, sex, slavery, magic — oh, and a dragon. Both books, Acacia: The War with the Mein and The Other Lands, are extra boss.

Durham first came to my attention with an earlier book, Pride of Carthage, which is a a historical novel about Hannibal Barca (yes, that Hannibal), with whom I’ve been obsessed since I was a kid. 

The Sacred Band, the third book in the Acacia series, should be out later this year.

I posted this in 2011.

I’m not sure why, but it’s been been reposted/liked more than 100 times within the past three or four days.

IIRC, it was one of three or four posts I wrote that week highlighting fantasy work by living POC. In addition to Durham, I also fangirled work by writers such as N.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl and Nalo Hopkinson in those posts, so please check those authors out, too!

Might have been reblogged cuz David just did a workshop with Nisi and myself (among others) last week. Just as an update, the third book in the trilogy has been out for a while and now David is working on another historical. Can’t wait :)

I’ve recommended Acacia before, and probably will again!

See, this is why I like Tumblr.

Y’all are gonna make me buy more books, and I’m okay with that.

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On my reading list

I am presently reading The Goblin Market: Into the Green by Jennifer Melzer.

Once I’m finished, I’ll post a review.

Of note: all the books I’ve read this year have been on my Kindle.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider: Prologue

talesofsixgunsorcery:

The original draft as it was originally posted, made easy in a pdf download.  Make sure you have a pdf viewer on your device to view the pdf properly.

Black Mask & Pale Rider: The Prologue

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The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider by Tim Holtorf is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.
Based on a work at http://taholtorf.wordpress.com/bmamppr/the-series/.
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Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

That new blog smell!

talesofsixgunsorcery:

It’s that new blog smell.  Smells fresh, smells brand spankin’ new.

This tumblog will be dedicated to all the things I’m writing in the world of Black Mask & Pale Rider, hence forth known as Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery.  This is a writing blog.  Here, images done by myself and Clarissa Renee Hummel (who did all of the artwork for the original publication of The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider), along with original drafts of the work and poetry will be posted.  New information will be posted as well, as it’s made available.

Welcome to the blog!  Take a seat by the fire in one of the comfy chairs, take down a book, curl up and read, and join in an adventure.

Just letting the evening crowd in on it.  Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery (formerly Black Mask & Pale Rider) now has it’s own home.  Artwork, stories, character bios, poetry and more will be made available on this tumblog, along with any news regarding the writing process for the new series.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

talesofsixgunsorcery:

Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

Lulu.com

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
It’s May! Which means…

…shameless self promotion!

From time to time I’ll post up information about the first book I’ve written, called theAdventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

Elven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider isn’t the only book I’ve written, Canyons of Steel is also available.  Here’s a quick synopsis.

What happens when an old gun hand makes a decision to turn his life around and set a new course? In Canyons of Steel, Johnathon Tiberius Walker makes the choice of turning his back on the underground military of the Red Hand and try to make right his own sins. All because he wants his daughter to live in a better world than he does.

Both my first book, Black Mask & Pale Rider, and my second book, Canyons of Steel, are available for purchase online through many different online book sellers.

Lulu.com (where both books were published)

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.ca (price not listed and currently out of stock)

  1. Canyons of Steel

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

At present, I am working on a science fiction adventure called Rocket Fox.  If things go as planned, it should cover nine books in total.

Differences in mature content

There’s a major difference perceived in what is called mature content.  Content not suitable for a certain age group.  I can speak to this with some measure of expertise due to the fact I’ve received comments on my book, The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.

The book follows the adventures of two elven women through the Union and the Confederacy during the height of the American Civil War.  They face all kinds of obstacles, such as the way they are treated due to their elven heritage, and even face many monsters that take the forms of a vampire, a lich, zombies, the Devil’s Rider, and even oppressive gunslingers who want to force their own form of law on a town.  As they’re doing that, they are chased by a Union captain and his men on direct orders from the President that they be arrested for their crimes of banditry.

Throughout the book the two elves, Shani Wennemein and Pania Alow, fight various different creatures and people, slipping in and out of trouble.  They travel from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Shreveport, Louisiana to Thief River Fall, Minnesota.  Right away in the book I make it known that Pania is a lesbian.  I even wrote a scene with Pania engaged in post sex cuddling with the mistress of a brothel.  There was no description of sex, just the after glow (which was interrupted because Pania had to help Shani kill a lich).  Even Shani got a bit of play when she realized the brothel had “boy whores” (one scene has Shani leaving a bedroom grinning and saying aloud “rode hard, put ‘way wet” and just mentioned that the young man was soundly sleeping in a disheveled bed).

Throughout the book, Shani and Pania also take the lives of several monsters (and a few gunslingers).  It’s mentioned they’ve both killed (though, arguing many of those were in self defense).  Pania uses her rapier tip against the throat of a brigand to extract information, pushing the blade into his neck to keep him still.  Shani has a high noon gun fight with the gunslinger Dorval, putting several bullets into his chest and through his head.  They killed a vampire (twice), sent the Devil’s Rider back to hell, destroyed a lich, been in a massive gunfight with the aforementioned Union cavalryman and his men, shot and destroyed zombies, and Shani ended the life of a plantation owner by shooting him square between the eyes.

Of all the comments I’ve had about the book where people raised concerns, they focused on the aspects of sexuality.  They complained about Pania’s outspoken and openness, how she wasn’t one to hide the fact she was a lesbian.  They were concerned the wrong impression might be introduced when Shani has sex (though, never described, merely assumed) with a male prostitute.  There was concern that the fact Shani and Pania sleeping in the same bed would be taken the wrong way (when, they were both sleeping, and neither one engaged in a sexual act, though Pania did tease Shani a bit).

There was no mention of the two men Shani killed, no mention of Pania’s use of a rapier to extract information, no mention of the violent acts that the two elven gunslingers performed.  The focus was entirely on their sexuality.  On the fact that Pania was a lesbian, and that Shani might dare enjoy sex.  One is an act that gives two people (when consensual) a great deal of pleasure (when done right), the other is an extremely violent act that ended lives.  Yet, the complaints I received were all about the scenes of sex (which were never described, they were always implied).

One email I received even said that they would petition their library to ban the book (W00T! My book got a bannin’!) primarily for scenes which contained sex.

That’s very telling about our society, how we’re more accepting of violence than we are of sex.  Kill a person, that’s fine.  But have two people engaged in sex, even if it’s showing that they had sex and not describing the act in detail, well that’s just wrong.

I’d rather have people feel comfortable about the book when there are points when the characters have sex.  Not to be titillated, but to feel safe and to know that the characters were safe and enjoying themselves.  I’d rather have violence viewed in the way that sex is currently viewed in media.  Where violence is frowned upon, but sex, consensual sex, is fine.

Another round of shameless self promotion

timholtorf:

I haven’t done this in a while, so here goes!

From time to time I’ll post up information about the first book I’ve written, called the Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

bmprfront-smallElven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider isn’t the only book I’ve written, Canyons of Steel is also available.  Here’s a quick synopsis.

5.83x8.26_Front_EN-smallWhat happens when an old gun hand makes a decision to turn his life around and set a new course? In Canyons of Steel, Johnathon Tiberius Walker makes the choice of turning his back on the underground military of the Red Hand and try to make right his own sins. All because he wants his daughter to live in a better world than he does.

Both my first book, Black Mask & Pale Rider, and my second book, Canyons of Steel, are available for purchase online through many different online book sellers.

Lulu.com (where both books were published)

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.ca (price not listed and currently out of stock)

  1. Canyons of Steel

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

I’ve also written a sci fi novel (not published, but available for download) called Rocket Fox: Flight of the Nighthawk.  Here’s the synopsis:

Vulpinia Prime.  A utopian paradise on the edge of the Lupine Sector of Space.  The third planet of the Vulpine Star System, her inhabitants take to heart their age old adage that they are meant to protect the sector from any and all threats.  For many, it is an honour to be chosen at the many Academies of science, engineering, mathematics and even the famed military colleges that dot the planet.  Rarely has there been a serious threat which the Royal Vulpine Armada has had need to deal with.  But Article 16 of the Space Exploration Charter is there for a reason.  And for many of the cadets at the Chattingham Academy, they are soon going to find out why.

I haven’t done this in a couple of months, so here’s a reminder of the original fiction I’ve written, two of which are published and can be purchased.

Character biography of Pania Alow, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).
Full Name: Pania Alow
Nickname:Pale Rider (she`s not fond of this term, due to the fact it has Biblical connotations. Also, it was picked up by dime store novelists who are all “nothin’ but a bunch o’ emptyheaded plikes who wouldna know a good book from the shite they put ta paper. Nothin’ but a latcheeco would try an’ say they were a writer when they produce such lies buncrana lighthouse.”)

Age: 130


Gender: female


Date of Birth: 623 (Second Age of the Elves), Tenth month of the Moon, First of the Season of Autumn, Twelveth day of Octor


Ethnicity: Celtic Irish, European


Occupation: Herald, skald, bard, songstress, story teller


Hair color/style: blond, often held in curls, has the left side of her head shaved.


Eye color: Green


Accent (if any): thick Irish accent (there are many who say that it’s so thick, and so full of slang, that they often have to have her repeat what she said, this is not when she tells stories or sings).


Height: 5’4”


Weight: 105 pounds


Tattoos: a very long and intricate tattoo along her right arm that tells the story of the elves retreating from Earth to their own world at the time of the Crusades.


Piercings: left ear has six piercings which are connected with chains and loops, right ear has a modest heart earring stud.


Birthmarks: none


Disfigurements: none


Scars: none, but if she had one, she’d definitely have a story to tell about it.

Fashion Sense

How do they usually dress? Soft cotton or leather leggings, often dyed a dark red, thigh high leather boots with a small heal, dyed black, a white cotton poet’s shirt, auburn corset with ties in the front, a long, auburn cloak that hangs from her shoulders with gold embroidered trim, black leather gauntlets that cover her forearms and have intricate beadwork and embroidering (these were given to Pania when she was born by Uni Wennemein, Shani’s mother), a wide brimmed hat with a white feather.


What do they wear to sleep? At home, or at an inn, she will sleep in a large, soft bed; when travelling, if she has to sleep at a camp site, she has a bed roll she carries with her that is stowed with other sundries on her horse.  Usually, she sleeps naked.


Do they wear jewelry? Along with the piercings, she has a small necklace which has a silver book and a silver musical note, she also has three modest rings that she wears.


Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? “Why when I can just wear somethin’ diff’rent each day?”


How would they look as the opposite sex? “They’re boys, o’ that there is no doubt.”


What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Pania likes mild perfumes, a hint of a fragrance that isn’t overpowering, but something that will draw attention to her. She has a morning ritual of rising early, bathing with lilac scented soap in bath water she sprinkles rose petals in.


Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? It’s quite accurate. Most she her as a showman, wanting attention drawn to her, and that suits her fine as she is a herald and a damn good one at that.


Favourites, habits, likes and dislikes: She enjoys writing, singing, and telling stories. She’s also an accomplished swordsman having trained with a rapier since a very young age. She has no time for those who would heckle and bicker.


What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? When not travelling or adventuring, she often is writing down her thoughts in a leather bound journal.


Favourite colour: “There’s so many, it’s hard ta choose. What say, I like them all.”

Favourites

What are some of their pet peeves? Pania does not like those who would twist history. She often searches out the truth of stories and has been known to argue accurate history for hours on end, often times managing to change the attitude and thoughts of stories that were told.


What sort of gifts do they like? Pania enjoys anything frilly, pretty, and colourful. She treasures jewelry, books, and music sheets.


What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, often she sings when she wakes.


Favorite weather? Season? Summer, with a light breeze just to cool down the air.


Where do they like to spend their time? Pania often will stop at taverns and inns, just to listen to the townsfolk talk about their day, tell stories and jokes, listen to songs, and shares her own if asked to.


Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Pania is vegetarian, so she likes light food, juices, or tea. Her favourite drink that she has once a month is a finely aged scotch whiskey.


Do they have any pets? Do they want any? No pets, but she has a familiar. A wood pixie named Verit who accompanies her as she travels and helps her when she writes. Verit sometimes gets in trouble, and Verit is more than willing to help Pania spring a lock or disable a trap if called upon.


What relaxes them? Warm bed, good book, enjoyable music, good sex.


Do they have any bad habits? Pania has been accused of talking too much. She does not see this as a bad habit.

Resources and abilities:

Where did they learn their abilities? Pania is a graduate of the Academy of the Arts and Magic in Brockton. There, she continued to hone her skills as a singer, a story teller and a writer.


If they have an income, where does it come from? Pania is often paid in tribute for her stories and songs, and many invite her to fancy parties to regale the guests in an interesting tale or two.


Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Pania lives in a comfortable house with a large library on the main floor, sleeping areas on the second floor, a sitting area in the back yard, and a welcoming front yard that she keeps neat and tidy. She purchased the house from an old skald who was going off to live the remaining years of his life in Turtle Island. All are welcome to her home, as long as they are polite and gracious. If they come with threatening advances, Pania shows first a stern voice and a good warning, and then she displays just how good she is with a rapier.


Do they speak more than one language? Pania is well versed in all the Celtic languages (Irish, Scottish, Welsh), Prussian, Norwegian, common elven language, English, and has recently learned Lakota and Iroquois.

Relationships and history:

What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Pania is the middle child of a small family, all heralds and skalds. Her older brother, Mandrel, competes with Pania a lot when it comes to telling stories. At times, the two would have a story telling dual, where one would start the story, the second would continue, and it would go back and forth until the story’s end, each part becoming more dramatic. Pania always wanted to have a fairy tale relationship, because she says she got to see that very type of relationship with her parents. It seemed as they grew older, Karl and Titianna grew more and more in love, and even doted on their children more and more. Pania’s youngest sister is Pylia, who was born mute. This has not stopped Pylia from learning and watching Pania when she plays her musical instruments or writes in her journals. Sometimes, Pania would sit Pylia in her lap and tell her a story as she wrote in down.


What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Pania was very much a young girl who wanted to be a princess. As she grew, she found it was much more interesting to be the prince who saved the princess. Her favourite toy growing up was a small top that she’d spin and it would play a musical tune. She’d often wind up the top and spin it and dance as the top spun. Her playmates were Shani, Wren, and Villith growing up. Along with Mandrel, Sywyn and Waien, whom she often accused of being “ruffians who drew great pleasure from teasin’ an’ pokin’ fun at their younger sisters”.


What did they want to be when they grew up? Pania always wanted to be a herald. Or a prince. Or an adventurer. It changed from day to day, but remained constant in those three things.

Sex and Romance:

What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Pania is a lesbian. She’s never questioned this. She’s always thought the touch of a woman was always more wonderful to feel.


When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “If it were any o’ yer business, then I’d tell ye. But fer now, sod off.”


What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “It has somethin’ ta do with candle light an’ feathers.”


Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Intense tickling.”


What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “That would be tellin’.”


Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “That would also be tellin’.”

Character biography of Pania Alow, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).

Full Name: Pania Alow

Nickname:Pale Rider (she`s not fond of this term, due to the fact it has Biblical connotations. Also, it was picked up by dime store novelists who are all “nothin’ but a bunch o’ emptyheaded plikes who wouldna know a good book from the shite they put ta paper. Nothin’ but a latcheeco would try an’ say they were a writer when they produce such lies buncrana lighthouse.”)

  1. Age: 130

  2. Gender: female

  3. Date of Birth: 623 (Second Age of the Elves), Tenth month of the Moon, First of the Season of Autumn, Twelveth day of Octor

  4. Ethnicity: Celtic Irish, European

  5. Occupation: Herald, skald, bard, songstress, story teller

  6. Hair color/style: blond, often held in curls, has the left side of her head shaved.

  7. Eye color: Green

  8. Accent (if any): thick Irish accent (there are many who say that it’s so thick, and so full of slang, that they often have to have her repeat what she said, this is not when she tells stories or sings).

  9. Height: 5’4”

  10. Weight: 105 pounds

  11. Tattoos: a very long and intricate tattoo along her right arm that tells the story of the elves retreating from Earth to their own world at the time of the Crusades.

  12. Piercings: left ear has six piercings which are connected with chains and loops, right ear has a modest heart earring stud.

  13. Birthmarks: none

  14. Disfigurements: none

  15. Scars: none, but if she had one, she’d definitely have a story to tell about it.

Fashion Sense

  1. How do they usually dress? Soft cotton or leather leggings, often dyed a dark red, thigh high leather boots with a small heal, dyed black, a white cotton poet’s shirt, auburn corset with ties in the front, a long, auburn cloak that hangs from her shoulders with gold embroidered trim, black leather gauntlets that cover her forearms and have intricate beadwork and embroidering (these were given to Pania when she was born by Uni Wennemein, Shani’s mother), a wide brimmed hat with a white feather.

  2. What do they wear to sleep? At home, or at an inn, she will sleep in a large, soft bed; when travelling, if she has to sleep at a camp site, she has a bed roll she carries with her that is stowed with other sundries on her horse.  Usually, she sleeps naked.

  3. Do they wear jewelry? Along with the piercings, she has a small necklace which has a silver book and a silver musical note, she also has three modest rings that she wears.

  4. Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? “Why when I can just wear somethin’ diff’rent each day?”

  5. How would they look as the opposite sex? “They’re boys, o’ that there is no doubt.”

  6. What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Pania likes mild perfumes, a hint of a fragrance that isn’t overpowering, but something that will draw attention to her. She has a morning ritual of rising early, bathing with lilac scented soap in bath water she sprinkles rose petals in.

  7. Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? It’s quite accurate. Most she her as a showman, wanting attention drawn to her, and that suits her fine as she is a herald and a damn good one at that.

  8. Favourites, habits, likes and dislikes: She enjoys writing, singing, and telling stories. She’s also an accomplished swordsman having trained with a rapier since a very young age. She has no time for those who would heckle and bicker.

  9. What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? When not travelling or adventuring, she often is writing down her thoughts in a leather bound journal.

  10. Favourite colour: “There’s so many, it’s hard ta choose. What say, I like them all.”

Favourites

  1. What are some of their pet peeves? Pania does not like those who would twist history. She often searches out the truth of stories and has been known to argue accurate history for hours on end, often times managing to change the attitude and thoughts of stories that were told.

  2. What sort of gifts do they like? Pania enjoys anything frilly, pretty, and colourful. She treasures jewelry, books, and music sheets.

  3. What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, often she sings when she wakes.

  4. Favorite weather? Season? Summer, with a light breeze just to cool down the air.

  5. Where do they like to spend their time? Pania often will stop at taverns and inns, just to listen to the townsfolk talk about their day, tell stories and jokes, listen to songs, and shares her own if asked to.

  6. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Pania is vegetarian, so she likes light food, juices, or tea. Her favourite drink that she has once a month is a finely aged scotch whiskey.

  7. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? No pets, but she has a familiar. A wood pixie named Verit who accompanies her as she travels and helps her when she writes. Verit sometimes gets in trouble, and Verit is more than willing to help Pania spring a lock or disable a trap if called upon.

  8. What relaxes them? Warm bed, good book, enjoyable music, good sex.

  9. Do they have any bad habits? Pania has been accused of talking too much. She does not see this as a bad habit.

Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Pania is a graduate of the Academy of the Arts and Magic in Brockton. There, she continued to hone her skills as a singer, a story teller and a writer.

  2. If they have an income, where does it come from? Pania is often paid in tribute for her stories and songs, and many invite her to fancy parties to regale the guests in an interesting tale or two.

  3. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Pania lives in a comfortable house with a large library on the main floor, sleeping areas on the second floor, a sitting area in the back yard, and a welcoming front yard that she keeps neat and tidy. She purchased the house from an old skald who was going off to live the remaining years of his life in Turtle Island. All are welcome to her home, as long as they are polite and gracious. If they come with threatening advances, Pania shows first a stern voice and a good warning, and then she displays just how good she is with a rapier.

  4. Do they speak more than one language? Pania is well versed in all the Celtic languages (Irish, Scottish, Welsh), Prussian, Norwegian, common elven language, English, and has recently learned Lakota and Iroquois.

Relationships and history:

  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Pania is the middle child of a small family, all heralds and skalds. Her older brother, Mandrel, competes with Pania a lot when it comes to telling stories. At times, the two would have a story telling dual, where one would start the story, the second would continue, and it would go back and forth until the story’s end, each part becoming more dramatic. Pania always wanted to have a fairy tale relationship, because she says she got to see that very type of relationship with her parents. It seemed as they grew older, Karl and Titianna grew more and more in love, and even doted on their children more and more. Pania’s youngest sister is Pylia, who was born mute. This has not stopped Pylia from learning and watching Pania when she plays her musical instruments or writes in her journals. Sometimes, Pania would sit Pylia in her lap and tell her a story as she wrote in down.

  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Pania was very much a young girl who wanted to be a princess. As she grew, she found it was much more interesting to be the prince who saved the princess. Her favourite toy growing up was a small top that she’d spin and it would play a musical tune. She’d often wind up the top and spin it and dance as the top spun. Her playmates were Shani, Wren, and Villith growing up. Along with Mandrel, Sywyn and Waien, whom she often accused of being “ruffians who drew great pleasure from teasin’ an’ pokin’ fun at their younger sisters”.

  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Pania always wanted to be a herald. Or a prince. Or an adventurer. It changed from day to day, but remained constant in those three things.

Sex and Romance:

  1. What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Pania is a lesbian. She’s never questioned this. She’s always thought the touch of a woman was always more wonderful to feel.

  2. When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “If it were any o’ yer business, then I’d tell ye. But fer now, sod off.”

  3. What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “It has somethin’ ta do with candle light an’ feathers.”

  4. Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Intense tickling.”

  5. What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “That would be tellin’.”

  6. Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “That would also be tellin’.”

Shani Wennemein and Pania Alow from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, as illustrated by me.