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Rett Kjorhild
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« on: April 23, 2013, 03:01:14 AM »

Name: Rett Kjorhild
Gender: Male
Age: 45
Race: Human
Tribe: Avennorian
Occupation: Healer
Height: 1 Ped, 2 Fores, 3 Nailsbreadths
Weight: 1 Pygge, 5 Hebs
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Light Brown and Grey
Title: Street Sawbones

Overview:

On the East Side of the city of Marcogg, there lives a lone healer, a man strange in many ways but still loved by his neighbours... Rett Kjorhild, a skilled curer, walking up and down the streets in his long leather coat, always opening the door of his small house to the wounded and sick.

Physical Appearance:

Rett is a man of rather average height and figure. His hair is short and unkempt, gradually growing grey, originally light brown. He also sports a goatee. Nevertheless, the most significant thing about his face is left eye, pale and terrifying. He always moves slowly, with a slight limp. Yet, there is something elegant in the way he walks.

Clothing:

Rett's favourite colours are black, dark brown and grey. At least you would think so because of the clothing he wears. He never leaves his house without his long leather coat which, for most people that know him, somehow became a part of who he is. Under it, he wears a simple linen doublet and leather trousers. His boots come to half of his calves and are also made of black leather. And tied around his neck, there is usually a black wool scarf. When he visits a patient, he has a black leather bag around his arm.

Personality:

Rett Kjorhild is a serious man. He rarely smiles and speaks only when he feels he has to. He may seem cold and distant at the first glance but in fact, he is a very caring, altruistic and selfless person. He believes his goal in life is to help people and he tries his best to do so. People can place confidence in him which he never betrays even when it means that he has to wake up and work in the middle of the night. People generally like Rett Kjorhild but still, many feel tense when he's around. Perhaps it is because of his pale eye, because of his silence and stone face... and maybe because of the ways he ravens on his food and stares at food of others. Maybe it's because they feel that something is rotten about his sexuality. Rett is a necrophiliac and he naturally keeps it a secret. While he never brings his desires into effect, it makes him suffer inside and returns to him in his dreams.

Rett is proud of his Avennorian heritage. However, he strongly dislikes Avennorian nobility and wealthy merchants as he believes that they are responsible for other people being poor.

Strengths:

Healer - Rett is extraordinarily skilled and experienced in treating cuts and slashes of various degrees as well as most of diseases with known cure. Although he is always determined to do his best, he is no magician and is usually unable to rescue a person suffering from a fatal wound or illness.

Self-Healing - He posseses the knowledge and fortitude to heal his own wounds.

Herbalist - Rett's knowledge of Santharian herbs is very good both theoretically and practically. It means that besides herbs that can cure, Rett also knows a lot about herbs that can harm or even kill. However, he tends not to use this knowledge.

Literate - Rett can read and write without any trouble.

Street Sawbones - Rett is well known on the streets of Marcogg as a man who will help those in need as he barters his skills for various services with those who could not afford the attention of a healer otherwise. Thus, he is seen as an ally of lower-class citizens of Marcogg and is owed a great number of favours. The denizens of the street will come in a time of need, they watch over his house and will never betray his confidence.

Weaknesses:

Hunger - Rett suffers anxiety at the thought of not eating. He carries food with him wherever he goes and at nights, he keeps something to eat close to his bed. In his spare moments, he eats almost constantly. When he sleeps, he often dreams about foods he likes and then wakes hungry. He is easily irritated and nervous when he has no food of his own, even if he isn't hungry at the moment. Quite often, he stares lustily at food of others, everywhere.

Evil Eye - Rett's left eye is pale and cataracted. He's had this deformity since he was born. The eye functions almost normally (the vision is deranged only very slightly) but it often becomes a source of fear as it makes Rett look rather dreadful. In rare occassions, this can also be an advantage of sorts.

Limp - Rett has a slight limp. Thus, he walks a little slower than most people. When he walks for too long in a row, his leg begins to hurt strongly. He is unable to run, jump and so on.

Necrophilia - Rett has frequent fantasies about having sex with deceased young women and men. It terrifies him and he tries to make these fantasies disappear. Yet, they are still there. Moreover, there is nothing else that can give him sexual pleasure. Once, he persuaded a prostitute to pretend being dead but it didn't work for him. A mere thought of having an intercourse with a corpse makes him very excited... but also very scared of himself.

Anxiety - There are multiple possible causes of Rett suffering of anxiety, depression and occasional panic attacks. Whatever the case, this is a deep wound in Rett's soul, however calm and cold he may appear.

History:

Rett was born in the same house he lives in now, on the East Side of Marcogg. His father Hannvard was a healer and it seemed that there were very many healers, physicians and surgeons among their ancestors. Rett's mother Srigrun died a couple of moments after he was born. Due to his inborn deformities, Rett's peers didn't really like him when he was a child. To be more accurate, he was regularly chased and bullied. Having no siblings, Rett spent most of his time either alone or with his father who was an introverted man suffering from severe melancholy. Hannvard began to teach Rett the basics of his trade very early as it was very important for him to make Rett a member of this long line of Kjorhilds who dedicated their lives to healing people.

At the age of 14, Rett became a full-time apprentice of his father. At this point he was also confronted with the reality of many people not able to pay for their treatment and yet in desperate need of it. Hannvard was always very stark and provided his care only to those who could afford it. Rett had been always very humble and obedient and this was the first reason of his rebellion against Hannvard and the first source of conflicts between father and son. As a teenager, Rett also got used to loneliness and since that time, his best friends have been the street cats whom he began to invent fancy names.

However, it was also the time when Rett became quite popular among neighbours in need. He never developed what could be called true friendship with any of them but they started to deeply respect him as a caring person. Hannvard was calling him naïve and overly idealisic while, on the other hand, Rett found his father cynical and greedy.

When Rett was 21, he was supposed to get married and establish a family. Absolutely indifferent to girls and women, Rett began to feel under pressure and stressed. And although he argued with his father about how normal he was, he himself felt that there was something curious about his lack of romantic and sexual drives. Three years later, his twisted sexuality became apparent to him for the first time. Since then, he has suffered of severe anxiety, depression and a strange eating disorder which, in turn, has made him even more anxious and scared of his own body and soul.

Even though his relationship with Hannvard was more than complicated at that time, he was given the responsibility of running the office when Hannvard retired. Rett was 27 and being in charge slightly boosted his self-respect and confidence. He began to experiment with new herbs and to try new ways of examining and treating wounds and diseases without asking his father first. Pretty soon, inhabitants of East Marcogg have found out that Rett Kjorhild hasn't been only a helpful and selfless person but also a skilled and efficient healer.

Due to usual trades and inclinations of people who live on the East Side and have come to Rett to ask him for help, he practically became a member of the underworld, a pal of rogues, bums and strumpets. He has never asked any questions when taking care of their injuries.  He was 30. From time to time, he begant to spend some time with his criminal neighbours, visiting underground pubs and drinking ale with outlaws who, again, have treated him with great respect and gratitude but there was never anything more in it. Rett has wandered around the streets of Marcogg, offering his skills to anyone that has needed it, occasionally making a little money through it, going out of the city to gather herbs from time to time and fostering the cats.

Hannvard died when Rett was 39. Although their relationship was rather tense and there was a lot of arguments between them, it hurt Rett a lot.

Belongings:

The most significant possesion of Rett Kjorhild is the house. It's very small, it serves as Rett's home as well as his office and it has belonged to his family for centuries.

Other important things include a couple of books dedicated to medicine, and Rett's leather bag in which is always enough of ormelin and totit oil for cleaning wounds, yahrle ointment and bandages, odea moss, both miyu bean salves and whole miyu beans.

Rett never carries weapons and isn't able to use any.

Familiars:

Rett provides food and shelter to three cats that spend most of the time on the streets of Marcogg, are quite indifferent to Rett himself but nevertheless always return to his house. For Rett, they are of major importance. He gave them names that somehow add a little bit of creepiness to the whole thing.

Name: Earl of March
Gender: Male
Age: 3
Race: Barn Cat
Eye Colour: Green
Hair Colour: Black

Name: Lady Violet
Gender: Female
Age: 5
Race: Barn Cat / Avenor Cat
Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Tan (with a touch of rose and gold)

Name: The Butler
Gender: Male
Age: 6
Race: Avenor Cat
Eye Colour: Yellow
Hair Colour: Ash and Silver
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 07:32:52 PM »

Hi, Rett, and welcome to Santharia. I know your CD is not yet ready for comments, but I just wanted to pop in and check which of the two threads you've posted you're going to use. The CD here seems more complete, so please make further revisions using the "Modify" button rather than by posting a new thread. It makes things easier for everyone.

Other than that, welcome. I hope you have a great time here, and when you've done some more work on your CD - which looks promising - someone'll be in to take a look.

All the best,

Leif.
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 08:23:14 PM »

Hello Leif!
Thank you for your message, fellow Avennorian. :)
Yes, this is the CD I'm working on and frankly, I'm not aware of making two threads (I'm sorry for it anyway). Once, the system logged me off before I saved the modifications and it seems that after logging in again, it lead me to a new thread instead of the original one.
I'm just starting to write the History which seems as the most difficult part to me.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 09:36:30 PM »

Absolutely no problem, Rett. Be proud of your heritage, and have fun with your History.
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2013, 05:43:16 AM »

So... I think I'm ready for some comments. Thank you all.  :)
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2013, 07:46:23 PM »

I... don't have many comments. Well done, this is a very interesting character.

If you're aware that you won't be able to play in many stories, except the ones located in Marcogg, then I can give this a first approval.

Unless of course you can find a reason for him to travel away from his home, in which case you'll be able to join more stories :)
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013, 07:54:49 PM »

Hi!

Thank you for your comment! Yeah, I've thought about this and my idea so far was that Rett perhaps would be willing to join the Santharian War because - even though he would have to abandon "his people" and cats - it would mean helping to stop an eminent danger. And his skills can be definitely helpful. I'll have to think about it more. And in worst case, I'll be prepared until something happens in Marcogg.  :)
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2013, 07:42:38 PM »

Which Santharian War are we talking about? Did a war start when I wasn't looking?
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013, 08:28:41 PM »

Oh, I'm sorry... it's the Fourth Sarvonian War I had in mind.
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2013, 02:57:55 PM »

That... makes sense. I'm not part of that story so it wasn't the first thing to leap to my mind ;)

One of my colleagues will be along shortly to give you a second approval!
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2013, 03:03:54 PM »

I love this character. A healer with his own demons. It's wonderfully written and not a long novel either! I hereby give you thy second approval and will title 'im and move him down to the archives. Congrats, and welcome to Santharia! :)
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