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Rakuno cringing

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Question 20: Does your character have any irrational fears?

Not anymore, no. What I mean by that, and I know this is starting to sound repetitive, is that after I fled Freeport I was really afraid of the Dreadnaughts. So much that any sudden noise would make me jump on edge, trying to find what the source of it. If I saw any member of a race traditionally aligned with Freeport I would think they were spies for the Dreadnaughts. Even sleep wouldn't bring me rest as I would wake several times at night with the certainty that they broke into my house and would drag me to Freeport for a public execution.

It too me many years of meditation to get over those fears and now I can live a normal life. Well, as normal as anyone that travels around the world facing all kinds of danger can have in any case.

Oh, and by that I don't meant to imply I don't get scared anymore. I still do. The gods know how many horrible things are in Norrath. The difference is that now I don't let my fears rule over my life. I try to face them directly so I can keep moving forward.

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Rakuno flying over the Antonica sea

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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 19: What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?

For the longest time my preferred means of travel was on foot. I know it sounds unconventional considering the different horses, beasts and what-else people use for mounts these days but I always felt there was something honest and good about wandering around on your own two feet.

Then I started to explore around the Great Divide, I helped some people there that rewarded me with a gryphon. At first I wasn't sure about flying around with it. I mean, it wouldn't be anything all that new, I flew on gryphons before but it was to travel long distances. Plus those gryphons were trained to follow a specific route, no matter what the rider tried to do. My gryphon though was trained to follow its riders commands, from the brief lessons I got there was a lot of similarities to ride it just like a ground mount but quite a few differences too. I pondered for a bit to just keep going on foot but there were some places in there that could only be reached by flying. So I hoped on the gryphon and went on for my first flight... It was one of the most wonderful sensations in my life. There is just a certain freedom, a certain beauty in flying around, even if it is on top of an animal, that just can't be described in words. Now whenever I can I just fly everywhere.

As for the gryphon, I eventually retired him by leaving him in a safe place where he is being taken good care of. I switched to a Winged Bovoch, one of those creatures created by Bristlebane. Yes, I know it looks like weird cross between a raptor and a cow with wings. Yes, I know this is some kind of weird joke by Bristlebane and I'd probably should expect some prank any time now. But for some reason the little guy caught my interest enough to buy her during one of Bristlebane Days and since then she has been my faithful steed. Something I can't see changing any time soon.

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Rakuno cooking in the Deus Ex Arcana 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 18: Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)

I am a terrible cook. I tried to learn it once but never got very far with it. I just know enough so I don't have to eat soup every day. I wouldn't call what I make good though. It is just edible. Still better than starving to death.

As for my favorite recipe, it is probably Bangers and Mush. They are easy to make and provide a lot of energy to get you through the day. It is so easy that I think you can just find the ingredients anywhere. At least I think you can find eggs and sausage pretty much anywhere. The way Norrath is, it is quite possible there is some weird plane where it is impossible for those to exist.

Rakuno trading in the Brave Legion guild hall

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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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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.

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Rakuno having a nice night of sleep

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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 13:  What does your character’s bed look like when he/she wakes up? Are the covers off on one side of the bed, are they all curled around a pillow, sprawled everywhere? In what position might they sleep?

That is a lot of questions about sleep. I don't think anybody ever got that interested on how I rest during the night. Alright... So let's see... My bed looks pretty messy when I wake up. The covers always look like they were kicked during the night. I don't know why though because I sleep pretty peacefully. If I had constant nightmares that would be understandable but I haven't have those in a long  time.

The way I wake up tend to be just  the way I went to sleep, on my side. Granted, it is not always the same side I tried to sleep in. It is just usually that way. Maybe that is why my covers are always away from me when I wake up, I keep moving from side to side in my sleep and they just slip off or something. Now I wonder if there is a way to tinker something to record it and watch it later. You really made me curious about it!

Rakuno doing some tinkering in the Deus Ex Arcana 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 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

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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 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.