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Rakuno trading in the Brave Legion guild hall

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All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 17: What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?

My carpentry shop is pretty bare. It only contains my woodworking tables plus the tools I use for my trade on one corner. On another I keep my tinkering table for when I have some free time and want to do something to relax. I also have a desk nearby to write down orders, receipts, make annotations for my tinkering hobby or to put down anything else that is don't want to forget.

I try to keep the whole place clean both for the sake of the clients and because it is the right thing to do. The exception is my desk which tends to be rather messy with annotations, working orders and whatever else paper I had in hand and needed a place to put at. Other small stuff end up there too until I figure where I want to place it. That can take days. For outsiders this can look like a lack of organization but I can always find what I am looking for. Granted, it is not super fast like someone that is very organized but it works for me.

Now if you want to annoy me a good way to do that is to try to organize my desk. Even if you come with the perfect organization system and explain it to me, it will actually take me more time to find all my things. Plus it will go back to being messy in a pretty short time anyway. Like I said, it is not perfect, nor even pretty, but it works for me.

Rakuno in front of the house portals in the Deus Ex Arcana guild hall

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 16: Are there any blood relatives that your character is particularly close with, besides the immediate ones? Cousins, Uncles, Grandfathers, Aunts, et cetera. Are there any others that your character practically considers a blood relative?

Not really. When I was a kid I always thought everybody in my family was just content with their lives. That was something I never understood and pretty much the reason I joined a gang. In retrospect, I think they were all trying to get by, day by day. Life is hard, after all, and life in Freeport is even harder.

After I left Freeport I never formed any strong bonds with anyone. Friends and acquaintances, sure. But not anyone I'd think as family. I don't know if that is just part of my personality now or if it is just the life I chose that doesn't allow me much time for socialization. Perhaps this is something I should think about more.

Rakuno sitting on some crates in Atonica during the night

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 15: Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?

I am definitely a night owl. Always was. The only time I wasn't was when I was training to be a monk. The workday at the monk temple in Qeynos starts really early so I had to adapt to that. Of course, after I was done with the training and went back to live on my own I just went back to old habits as far as sleep time went.

I don't know why I prefer the night. I guess it might be just the quietness of it all, makes it nice to work, more tranquil. That and no risk of having to deal with any annoying door to door salesman trying to sell a copy of the Norrathian encyclopedia!

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Rakuno waving near the griffon station in the Great Divide

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 14: How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

Having fur I usually have more tolerance to cold temperatures than most races. On the other side of the coin, I usually have more trouble with heat. When I have to deal with extreme temperatures I try to focus as much as I can, control my chi in a way that the temperatures won't bring me down. It is the only way I can get through places like Lavastorm without fainting after five steps or going completely naked.

There was this one time where I had to infiltrate some bad guys. My contact was able to put an illusion so I looked like one of the dwarves that worked for them. I don't know if this was part of the illusion or just some psychological thing but I actually felt like I didn't have fur. It felt cold even though I was wearing clothes proper for the freezing temperatures. Honestly, after that I experience, I really have no idea how you furless people can go through life without wearing heavier clothes. I guess you just are used to the cold.

Rakuno doing some tinkering in the Deus Ex Arcana Guild Hall

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 12: How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?

If by technology you mean tinkering then I consider myself pretty proficient with it. It all started when I saw a gnome selling some cheap tinkered toys on the street. It picked my interest so I bought some, brought them home then I disassembled and assembled them back. I kept doing that until I could do it without thinking. Some days later I went to buy more of his toys, ones that looked a bit more complex. Once more I went through the process of taking them apart to see how they worked and putting them back together. That went on until I knew exactly how all of his toys worked.

My next step was to move to actual schematics. First the ones sold at the Butcherblock Docks. Another gnome acquaintance suggested that I started there as the schematics were more simple. One by one I bought the schematics and mastered them. Then I moved on to Gnomeland Security Headquarters where they sell more the more advanced ones. You can guess what happened next. After all that I can probably even invent my own tinkered machines now. But I don't have much free time for that so I am just happy to buy schematics from other people's inventions and play with those.

Rakuno flying over the Antonica sea

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 11: Is there an animal you equate with your character?

... ... Are you serious? Is this some kind of joke because of my race? It isn't? You really meant it then? Ok... Uh... I never really thought about that. Let me think.... Hmmm.... I guess I would equate myself to an Ox. You see, the ox is a hard worker. They help the farmer with a lot of heavy work but never complain, never ask for a day off or care about holidays. They just do their work and in return all they ask is food and a safe place to live.

Similarly, I try to work hard to become better at my carpentry and martial arts. I also don't need much to be happy. Just some warm food, a roof over my head and some clean clothes. Might not be much to other people but it is enough for me.

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Rakuno training by the garden in front of the monk temple

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 10: Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.

After I left Freeport I was lost. I was scared, didn't have no idea where I could go or who to trust. Fortunately I found a place called Haven. It is a place where people who got exiled from their home cities can go and find a new path in life for themselves. The only request is that their location to not be revealed so I can't tell you more than that. I stayed in there trying to figure what to do with my life. I was still very scared that the Dreadnaughts would come after me to finish their job so no decision felt right to me and I knew I couldn't hide in Haven forever. It  was then that I heard about the monks in Qeynos. Tales of how they could break stones with their bare fists, catch arrows with their own hands and even heal themselves. They also helped anyone in need and even accepted disciples if they were worthy. I didn't believe all of the stories but if there was even a small chance of some of it being true then, I thought, perhaps I could defend myself from the Dreadnaughts. I could be truly safe.

...continue reading "[ARPil] Day 10 of 30 – To become a better person"

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Tisharrah prepared to fight

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

P.S.: Screenshot provided by Tisharrah herself, so if the quality is better than my usual that is why. :p

Question 9: Who does your character trust?

There aren't many people I trust nowadays. But there is someone I'd like to talk about. Her name is Tisharrah, she is a kerran mystic that helped me a lot during my earlier days of adventuring. And no, I am not drunk enough to confuse the races. Her race was indeed, kerran, the cat-like people. And no I am not making this up either.

Anyway, back when I was thinking seriously about adventuring. I had been a monk for a while then and I  thought adventuring would be a good way to see more of the world as well as help people at the same time. I wasn't all that confident in my ability on dealing with whatever dangers lay ahead though so after much thinking I figured out that maybe there might be someone else with similar intentions that wouldn't mind traveling together. Fortunately I was in a guild so I just asked around and eventually found out Tisharrah. An outsider would probably think that our first concern was our races but in truth, I don't think either of us even cared about that. All we knew was that we both wanted to go traveling around to see what the world had to offer, maybe do something to make the world a better place too while at that.

At first it was awkward. We were both pretty good at fighting and solving problems as individuals. But as a team we had a long way to go. We persisted though. Eventually we got so good we started working like a well-oiled clockwork machine. Every time something tried to attack me, she would put one of her mystical barriers so they couldn't hurt me. And if somehow they were able to pass through it she would heal me making the wound close faster than I could blink. From my part, I tried to do the punching and keep their attention on me.

We both grew as adventurers during those months, saw many places that we probably wouldn't have been able to if we traveled alone and had some pretty fun times doing it. Then one day I figured it has been too long since I left my house and my carpentry shop so I decided to go back to Qeynos least people think those places abandoned. So we parted ways, but still kept in touch through the guild. Then we both left the guild each for different reasons. We still kept some contact, even went on some adventures together but it was all very sporadic. Now that I think about it, we haven't talked with each other in a very long time. I wonder what she is up to nowadays...

Rakuno sitting at the library of Brave Legion's guildhall

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 8: Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?

Favorites, huh? I only had ice cream once. It was giving me by a gnome, it was chocolate flavored and had this weird metallic taste to it. After I ate it he pulled out a notepad from his pocket, started to write something while muttering something about subject and some body not turning outside out.

For color, it would be grey. No story attached to it. Flower... I am not much of a flower person, so I will just pick rose. They have a nice fragrance and I like their shapes.

Favorite song....  Hmm... There was this one I heard a girl singing by a lake once. For some reason it stuck with me ever since. It goes something like this...

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Rakuno threatening an ogre

This post is part of The 30 Days or ARPil event created by Pizza Maid of Pizzamaid.moe. You can find more information about it in here and the 30 questions here. If you are interested on seeing who is participating on the event, there is a block to the right with all blogs that are part of it too. Let me know if I forgot someone or put someone in there by mistake. 🙂

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. From this point on it will be him doing all the talk!

Question 7: Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?

After leaving Freeport I spent many years regretting my years in the gang. I did too many bad things there, so bad that I often wished I had the power to go back in time and do everything differently. Then I started to think: if I never did any of that would I ever leave Freeport? Maybe I would become something worse, like a thief. Or an assassin. Or even join the Freeport militia which isn't all that much better than those.

Or maybe I could have end up in a life that wasn't so bad. Maybe I could have become a bar owner somewhere, paying protection money to the local thugs. Or a shop owner, never asking my sources where the products came from, just passing it along for some profit. But then what would happen to all the people who I helped as a monk. Would someone else have stepped to help them? Would they have just found a way to overcome  their problems without external help? Or would events just get worse for them?

So perhaps it is a good thing we can't change our pasts. Because there isn't any guarantee things would have turned for the better. And isn't just our lives that would be affected either but the lives of everyone we had contact with. The best we can do then is to learn from the past, try to not to repeat our mistakes and work towards a better future.