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Rakuno meditating with The Hand of Serenity behind him

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 6: Describe your character’s happiest memory.

Hmm... Happiest memory... I think my happiest memory is from when I finally obtained the Hand of Serenity and became a true monk. I know this sounds confusing so let me explain.

You probably heard that the basic philosophy of monks is to try to find inner peace. The main way we try to achieve this is through meditation. We also train our bodies since a health mind starts with a health body. But I never got that feeling of peace. There was always this turmoil inside of me, a burning desire for justice, a drive to make things right in the world. And no matter how much I meditated or trained I was never able to quell those feelings. So I never considered myself a true monk.

Now, there was a weapon that was meant to teach the meaning of tranquility, called The Hand of Serenity. Yes, I know, that doesn't looks like it make much sense but there is a good story behind that explains it. Telling the story would take all night though,  so suffice to say, it is a very special weapon for us monks and legend says that it contains a small portion of the power of Quellious, goddess of tranquility. During my adventures I heard about The Hand of Serenity and decided to seek it out. It  wasn't easy, there were several trials to pass, trials that tested my mind, my body and my determination. Eventually I was able to acquire it and the  first time I touched it I felt true peace. For the first time in my life, I felt that the world would be alright, that it would be a good place to everybody, without fights. That probably won't happen during my lifetime or the lifetime of the next norrathian generation or the one after it. But it would happen some day. And that thought brought me peace.

Rakuno sitting beside a female ratonga

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 5: What’s your character’s ranking on the Kinsey Scale?

The what-now scale? Is that some new gnome scale? Because they are the only ones I know who need to come up with a new unit of measurement every other day. It is not? What is it then? Oh... I see. Well, that is an easy question to answer. I am into women.

Now if you are wondering about race that is also easy to answer. Ratonga women, of course. Not that I have anything against females of other races. I am pretty sure they are cute... for someone else. For me a woman has to have fur, a tail, a cute nose, the right smell and not have legs taller than me. It is simple as that.

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Rakuno posing for a picture

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 4: How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?

I am not vain. I mean, I comb my fur and wear clean clothes. Gotta do at least that when dealing with clients looking for some carpentry commission. Besides that all I care about is that the clothes are comfortable. The only time you will see me wearing any fancy clothing is in special occasions like someone's wedding, a holiday party or if the queen becomes crazy enough that she thinks she has to summon me for a meeting.

As for attractiveness I am just an average looking ratonga. I mean, I never had trouble getting dates. But I also never had girls jumping at me, trying to get a piece of good ol' Rakuno. The closest I ever got to that was this crazy half-elf girl who hugs me every time she sees me. But she does that to every ratonga she meets. Some crazy talk about it being "Hug a Ratonga Day". And according to her every day is "Hug a Ratonga Day". Like I said, crazy. Plus she is a half-elf! She doesn't count!

Rakuno feigning death

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 2: Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?

I have a few scars in different parts of my body. No good story with any of them though, they are just the result of a life of adventurer, something that anyone who has chosen this life would have. But I did say I would explain how I lost my eye and you did buy me another drink. So it will have to count as a scar.

It happened while I was still living in Freeport, part of a gang. One day me and some other guys got so drunk that we decided to go cause  some trouble in town. We thought it would be fun and we had nothing better to do either. So off we went in the night shouting curses to all the big names of Freeport, breaking windows, even got the time to paint in a wall what we really thought about Lucan D'Lere. Then there was this lone guy coming down the street. We decided to just beat him up and rob him for no other good reason than we could. We did that and heard the guards coming, someone probably finally called  them after all the ruckus we made. So we scrambled.

One day after that our boss called an emergency meeting. When I arrived at our usual spot there were 3 members of the Dreadnaughts by the boss' side. Now, if you never heard about the Dreadnaughts let me explain. They are a group of brawlers in Freeport. The biggest and meaniest one. Their philosophy of life can be boiled down to "Hit the other party as hard as you can and don't stop until they stop moving". Although most of the Dreadnaughts wouldn't stop even at that. Oh, they are also sanctioned by the Overlord himself. I heard their leader answers directly to Lucan D'Lere too. So, as you can imagine they aren't the kind of people you want to cross unless you have a death wish.

Anyway, at first I thought they heard about us, that they wanted to make us part of their organization. That was what the meeting was going to be about. As my boss started to talk I realized how wrong I was. Turns out that guy we beat the other night was the little brother of one of the Dreadnaughts there. They wanted to know who did it and if the gang just showed who was the guilty party the rest of them would be spared. If not then everybody would die. You can imagine there wasn't much of a feeling of loyalty going at that moment. So everybody just pointed at us and we were brought in front of these Dreadnaught guys. One of them, a human, looked at us and asked "Any of you have any last words?". None of us said anything. I don't know if it was out of fear, resignation or what. We just stood there in silence. Then the guy said "Thought so. Well, if it is any consolation to you, I lied before." then he smiled the most evil smile I've ever seem. "We are actually going to kill everyone in here. I just wanted to know who attacked my brother so I could kill them personally."

Well, if nobody wanted to fight these guys before out of loyalty, survival certainly did change their minds pretty quick. It  was to no avail though. Those guys were like monsters attacking little children. In just a few minutes everybody of the gang was dead. I only survived because I played dead. Still lost my eye though. And as soon as the coast was clear I made my way out of Freeport. Never looked back.

Most of the families of members of the gang also fled the city as soon as they heard about it. That includes my family too. Those who could not flee pretended they didn't know anything about the gang. Everybody was afraid that the Dreadnaughts might come back and kill more people just because they had some connection to us. From what I hear, they never did though. I guess they were content with the bloodbath they caused.

Now I usually like to finish this story by saying there are two lessons from this. Number 1: never join a gang or any no-good group. If you do, you will be lucky to get out of that life with losing just one eye. Number 2: Be careful with who you pick a fight with. It is not just your life in the line. It is the life of your family, your friends and everybody else you care about. There are just some very evil people in this world who will be happy to take their revenge on them.

Rakuno sitting in front of the monk temple in Qeynos

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 2: What is your character’s most prominent features?

My most prominent features? You mean, besides being a ratonga in Qeynos? Alright, maybe being a ratonga in this city isn't such a big deal anymore since the queen gave her blessings for the entire race to just move in and become citizens. Something about correcting an historical mistake or something. I don't care much about politics so I don't really know what that  was all about. And it is not like I mind it either, I mean, Qeynos is a good city and any ratonga with right mind will end moving here anyway. Plus it makes less people give stare at me when I cross the street.

Uh... What was the question again? Oh, yeah, my most prominent features. After people get over the fact I am a ratonga then they get curious about my eye-patch. It is one of those things that when you lose a part of your body people wonder how that happened. Of course, people don't go outright asking that right away. At least not the polite kind of people. Most try to get to know a bit about yourself first then try to ask about it in a tactful manner. I never mind telling the story about that though. I figure there might be a lesson to someone in there, specially if they are kids. Although lately I decided to use an eye-glass instead. They can be uncomfortable but at least it makes it easier when I need to use my goggles to tinker something up.

You want to know how I lost my eye? Well, keep buying me drinks and I will tell you.

Rakuno arguing with his father

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.

All my answers  will be about my character Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2.

Question 1: Describe your character’s relationship with their mother or their father, or both. Was it good? Bad? Were they spoiled rotten, ignored? Do they still get along now, or no?

During Rakuno's childhood his relationship with his parents was pretty normal. No major conflicts or drama between his immediate family.

The problems started when he became a teenager and decided to join one of the local gangs. His parents, specially his father, were against it. Not because they were saints, nobody who chooses to live in Freeport is, but because it just  wasn't smart way to get ahead in life. If it were pickpocketing, conning someone or some other activity that would benefit him and not attract much attention it would be one thing. But joining a gang, they argued, would be the fastest way for Rakuno to either get killed, in prison or worse.

Rakuno refused to listen to any of their arguments. He thought his parents were being cowards. That all those terrible things they told would happen to him only happened to those who were too weak or too dumb. Something that Rakuno clearly wasn't. And even if he did get killed it would still be better than to live an entire meek life under the thumb of the Overlord.

There were many heated arguments about this. Many evenings where Rakuno just stormed off the house to go spent the night in who-knows-where.

It was only when tragedy struck that Rakuno realized how right his parents were. I will leave the details of that event to a future post. Suffice to say that it obligated Rakuno to flee from Freeport to Qeynos.

During the years following his exile, Rakuno lost contact with his family. He did try to find out their fate, once he had a more established life in his new home, but to this day there has been no information about their whereabouts. All he knows is that his family fled pretty much as soon as they heard about what happened to him. He still keeps searching though even if all he can say to them is "Please, forgive me. I was wrong."

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Rakuno pondering

Recently I found about an event that is going to happen through April, called The 30 Days of ARPil. It was created by Pizza Maid of the PizzaMaid.moe blog. The basic idea of the event is that during April we'll answer a question, one per day, of a character we created for a video-game. It can be any game of your choice, be it a MMO or a single-player game.  If you want to participate too you can find more information about the event here and the 30 questions here.

Myself, I shall be writing about Rakuno, my ratonga monk in Everquest 2. I will put an [ARPil] tag on the beginning of every post for this event so if you don't like it you can safely skip it. I will also see about putting a special blogroll for participants of the event during the month of April on the sidebar to the right so people can check what others have been writing too. 🙂

Hm. I have the impression there was something more that I wanted to say about this event but I forgot... If I remember it I will edit this post later!