starcrunch Posted July 4, 2011 Report Share Posted July 4, 2011 Who is Aiden Winters? Aiden is a 12 year old boy bound for the Academagia that has had a different past than many of his peers (pretty much all my male characters are called Aiden). This will chart his adventures via a series of written documents not all of which are written by Aiden and some of which he doesn't know about. From an in game perspective Aiden's character creation stats look like follows: +1 Intelligence (Aiden is a smart boy) Astrology: The Comet (Probably won't have much bearing on the story unless he gets into Astrology, which isn't decided yet) Omen: Shattered Mirrors (Probably will get a mention later in the story, principally by other actors) Family: Sky Pirates (Features heavily throughout; especially defines early social situation) Family: The Secret Heritage (This thread starts off immediately! Slightly different lead in...) History: Artisans of Skill (Not strongly featured/parents are knowledgeable of enchantment and this is present early, though probably not agian) History: Descended from Heroes (his grandfather is said hero; important to some early background documents and something Aiden is going to find out later) History: Descended from Traitors (his father is regarded as a traitor; important to early social interactions extension of pirate; C) Station: Wealthy (his grandfather is a very,very rich man and serves as Master of the Mint for the King of Auncesay) Prodigy: Center of Attention (Aiden is fairly social, and has the kind of background that makes him hard to ignore!) Prodigy: Spiritual (this will have bearing on how Aiden's voice works, it's why he's more thoughtful; Also will have bearing with how he faces external adversity) Apprenticeship: Spy (not sure about this one; I cut the one oblique reference to this; may reappear later but probably not by Aiden's hand; purpose is different than background) Inheritance: Mysterious Package (Featured; Sword of Godina) Friendships: Actually Bitter Hatred (Haven't decided yet; maybe an extension of pirate dislike since the part of the story this has to be in already has a lot of stuff planned; Joanna is the student!) College: ???? (to be updated once the relevant text is written as I don't want to give it a way) Classes: ???? (to be updated once the relevant text is written as I don't want to give away how Aiden chooses his classes as he's going to write about this) A word on a couple of backgrounds not taken: Auncish isn't taken as he's only recently been in Auncesay and grew up everywhere. His Father is clearly Auncish and his mothers family is descended from the people of Monteon though she grew up in Auncesay. Finally it should be noted that he doesn't have Secrets and Silence and this will play a role in our story eventually. Ground Rules I can guarantee reloading will be used extensively to build his clique early as I've got a list of characters I want in that clique (not Emilia P. for once) and they tend to clique early. His overall development path will be to master class room skills then social skills (befriend, beguile, gossip, bully and society), other magic skills, and finally things he thinks are cool (mostly things that would be described as "worldly"). Duel will be learned if needed, but Aiden isn't a vendetta type of kid. The high bully skills are needed to make him resistant to bullies and has to do with how the spiritual trait works for him (not that he won't throw a punch if it come to that). Plus I expect his wit to become a bit more cutting as the year progresses. Aiden is not religious and accidental gains to piety in particular will be reloaded. Aiden will not reload detentions as I expect he'll skip liberally and be in a lot of places he shouldn't be, and the story I want to tell has those elements built in. I'll take liberties with events, sometime more than just timing. Most of this will have to do with exploring Aiden's relationships and past and if I see a way to do that I plan to take it (I've got special plans for Carmine's adventure and one other undisclosed adventure). It'll all be PG but he is more worldly than most 12 year olds as he's actually seen much of the world and not all of it good. Aiden isn't shocked (or amused) by cursing and while it won't feature in this writing I think it fair to say there isn't a curse in at least half a dozen common languages that Aiden doesn't know and from time to time say. I plan on making two or three updates per week. I've written 4 pre-school entries and plan on having 3 more for the first day (one of which is written). After that it'll usually be 2-4 entries a week depending on what happens. As of writing this I'm about 6 weeks into the game. Fonts matter a little bit. Lucida Sans is formal writing while Comic Sans represents informal script. When it appears Times New Roman will be used for typeset printed text (mostly newspaper articles). First Entries: Before School Starts These 4 entries cover part of Aidens background and character creation. The documents consist of an excerpt from Aiden's admission packet, two entries in Aiden's sketch book (he'll get a journal but early on Aiden uses his sketch book where he makes really bad art!), and a letter from Aiden's paternal grandfather to Matain Leith who will play several roles in this story beyond being a professor. Excerpt: Aiden Winters’ Personal Statement for Academagia Admissions Packet [Nine paragraphs] I know I have to write about this, since it can hardly escape the notice of the Review Committee that I’m the son of Sebastian and Glorfina Winters, and it will interest the Committee to know that I am estranged from my parents and have been living with my paternal grandfather in the court of the king of Auncesay. I have no intention of joining my parent’s enterprise, and will endeavor to follow in my noble grandfather’s footsteps and serve the realm of Auncesay and Empire with distinction and honor. Since my arrival in Auncesay I’ve been tutored extensively in the ways of the court as well as basic formal writing and speaking so that I’m not behind my peers. I’ve also taken a few lessons from my grandfather in Glamour and Revision magic as well as learning about various herbs and plants that have use in the art of apothecary. I learn quickly and already I feel like my writing has advanced greatly since joining the Auncish court. I know that I have a very unusual background, but if you grant me this one opportunity and take a risk on me I’ll be the best mage of my generation. [one more paragraph] A note in Aiden's Sketchbook: Undated [Around the time of writing his admission’s statement]. I threw up. I couldn’t help myself. He forced me to write it and while I get it… I really do, it makes me sick to think about. It’s one thing to tell a lie to cover up some petty crime I’ve done, like breaking a window (success!) or painting a sail with swear words when I was eight (busted...), but it’s another to lie about my family. To pretend that I hate my mom and dad… I don’t… I can’t. But I said we’re “estranged” (Grandfathers’ word not mine!) and he proofread and made corrections and then I recopied the essay. I know what it all means but it’s not my words. Did I just sellout my family for a dream? I really do want to go to the Academagia – It’s the one thing my Mom, Dad, Grandfather, and I all agree on. Also the bit about not wanting to be a pirate is true - I don’t want to be a pirate, and I don’t have what it takes to kill… I know I’m going to meet a lot of people who will see my parents only as murders and the things the crew sometimes do to women… It’s horrible, and Mom stops it as soon as she knows but, well I don’t think that’s any consolation to them. [a reddish brown stain] Ugg, I bit my lip and swore and nobody was around to yell at me, but the chambermaid blushed. I know we’ve done some bad things, this has never been hidden from me, but I think they’ve been good parents. They’ve taught me to read, write, and do sums. They’ve shown me magic and how to hold a knife. I can take sightings and find our location on maps. I don’t know, it never seemed too important when I was on the Ecstasy, but something that my Mom told me many times is stuck in my head: “Aiden, only you can decide if you’re the hero of your story or just a spectator. Always remember to be Aiden first and foremost.” I think today I failed. I think I’ve been failing since I got here… [in a tighter script just below the entry is an addendum.] Grandfather: he’s so well respected, a hero to the realm, a consummate duelist who was once champion to the king, but at his heart he’s rotten. He doesn’t understand me or what to do with me. I’m expected to play at this charade of respectability so I can learn about politics, but I can’t trust him. He’s cold, and while I think he wants what he thinks is best for me, what I want never enters into it. I know I’ve impressed him but he doesn’t ever show it. I’m not sure I don’t pity him. Letter: Garrard Winters – Court Wizard to the King of Auncesay to Matain Leith; Method of delivery unknown Matain Leith, I hope this letter finds you well. As you’re no doubt aware my only grandson, Aiden, has been accepted into the University and will soon be making his way to Mineta. When I took him from Sebastian and that whore he calls his wife, I had feared the boy would be irrevocably damaged by his time on the Ecstasy (what my unfortunate son now calls his ship). No doubt he is damaged to some extent and knows things about how the world works that no boy of 12 should know, but he’s also proven to be exceptionally intelligent and possesses a calm certainty in his actions and judgments that are unusual in one so young. Lastly it appears my son has not wholly neglected his duties as a parent and taught the boy to read and write with some fluency. Do not coddle the boy or scare him with stories, but as you know I am a man with many enemies and Sebastian’s betrayal hardly helps on this front. I’m concerned that some of them may move against the boy with my blade being slower than it was when we were young men. Even if my name still gives my enemies pause, I’m many leagues from my grandson and there are people that will try to exploit that. Would you be so kind to look in on the boy when he arrives and make sure he has acceptable accommodations until term starts? It pains me to ask this, but if you could use some of your subtlety and charm to steer him away from Arnaz, it would be very much appreciated as Sixt has some unsavory friends. Try to steer him into house Vernin or Godina. Giovanni is extremely political, but he’s a solid well-grounded politician and whether Aiden likes it or not politics will be part of his life so I prefer he learn from a master. Leo Massioti is a solid man who keeps his head down, and he won’t use Aiden as a bargaining chip in political machinations. If Aiden does join Godina, if you could be kind as to try to get Giovanni to serve as the boy’s informal tutor, it would be very much appreciated. Finally there is a last matter I would have you see to; I need you to ensure Aiden goes to see Old Euneycia. You suspect the reason, and no doubt disapprove, but I won’t have my grandson left to face his terror alone, that would be a recipe for ruin and not just his own. A final word of caution, Aiden isn’t precisely thrilled to be a Winters or to be my grandson and he resents me for having taken him from his parents. It was necessary and you would be better served by not mentioning our friendship to him, because if he sees you as Garrard Winters’ confidante rather than Matain Leith he’ll resent you too. Your Friend in Perpetuity, Garrard Alegian Winters, Court Wizard of Auncesay and Master of the Mint A note in Aiden's Sketchbook: Undated [Around the time of his departure from Auncesay]. I got a package! It came wrapped in a long tube and bore the post seals of half a dozen cities. It came sealed in a thick cow hide wrapped around the tube and covered with a sealing glyph. I grabbed a pin and pricked my finger and touched the blood to the sealing glyph and the cow hide dissolved into nothing! Unbelievably cool! I opened the tube, prying the tight fitting wooden lid out and out slid a sword and a note. A real sword with a leather grip and a hilt of silver and ivory strengthened orthography. Aiden, I know you’re going to the Academagia and I wanted you to have this sword. Your grandfather gave this sword to me when I went to the Academagia, and it’s been in our family for generations. I could never bring myself to use it after I left school and I’ve only set eyes on it twice in all the years since those tumultuous (do you know this word? It means confused and disorderly) days, but it should be yours. -Dad I was torn between hiding this from my Grandfather or showing it to him. Ultimately I decided to hide the sword and its scabbard (again wrought of silver and ivory) in the bottom of my trunk. I know it was my Grandfather’s once but it’s a link to my Dad and I can’t risk it being taken from me. I’m going to try to write them, but it’s hard since they move around so much. If only I had some way of knowing where they're at now... I leave for Mineta tomorrow morning. The first part of my journey will be on the warship King’s Hind. I’m sure it won’t be anything like the Ecstasy but it’ll feel good to fly before the wind again. It’s the best feeling in the world to have the wind three points off my back and the sun in my face. If I could bottle that happiness I’d be richest (and happiest!) boy in the world. Editorial Notes: In the first entry Aiden mentions a Review Committee, this is possibly a liberty taken with the admissions process, but will be important later... The sealing glyph mentioned in the last sketchbook entry is magic Aiden is very familiar with and he's seen his parents use it for corresponding to their allies. So while it probably would seem shocking to us, the idea of pricking his finger and using blood to unlock a sealing glyph is second nature to Aiden and not worthy of much mention. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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