Valan Nonesuch

THE COMPENDIUMIST VALAN NONESUCH
(DAN RENWICK)


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'm not a huge fan of biographies (mostly to avoid putting information on the internet). I've "joined" Santharia three times over the course of four years. Tells you something about the site. An abridged "Santharian Biography" then.

Valan

It's Valan, or is it?

Takashi Logan (2005): I joined the RP Board after finding a link through the forums of a game company called Spiderweb. The character I created was a half-elven assassin with a dislike of blood. Yes. I was n00b. I some how meandered over to the Dev Forum, produced a grand total of one entry, whereupon I ragequit.

Niccoli Faust (2006-2007): I joined the RP Board (again) started to write a character and forgot about it some how until after the site change. Joined the Dev Board (again) produced a grand total of one entry (again) where upon I decided that I didn't like this whole "organization" business and went and did something else. Those who fail history are indeed, doomed to repeat it.

John Smith (2008): Brief abortive attempt to get back onto the RP Board. Attempted to make the most uninteresting character in history. Failed miserably.

Valan Nonesuch (2009-Present): I joined the RP Board (again). Joined the Dev Board (again). Spent five or six months operating under the guise of a complete newbie (again). Trying to reconcile all the stuff you already know with the fact that you're masquerading as a neophyte requires a great deal of duplicity and I don't recommend anyone trying it. Ever. Apparently I'm now some sort of diabolical thinking engine?


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Gender
Male
Date of Birth
14th of December 1991
Profession
Student
Languages
English (native), French (apparently)
Location
Greater Toronto Area
Nationality Canada Canadian
E-Mail
Messengers None specified
Website
None
Favourite Authors
J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Iain M. Banks, Issac Asimov, Neil Gaiman
Favourite Books
"Player of Games", "Night Watch", "The Hobbit", "Wizard's First Rule", "Caves of Steel", "Foundation", "Good Omens"
Favourite Music
Don't listen to much music I'm afraid.
Favourite Games
"Neverwinter Nights", "Guild Wars", "Fallout", "Alpha Protocol", "Geneforge", "Avernum", RPGs with a worthwhile story and a decent gameplay system. Because number crunching munchkin-ery is fun.
Favourite Movies
"Lord of the Rings" (in all its iterations), "The Dark Knight", "Chain Reaction", "Patch Adams", "Dead Snow", "28 Days Later" and pretty much every zombie movie ever directed by George A. Romero.
Favourite TV Shows "Fringe", "Firefly", "Doctor Who"
Hobbies Games of all sorts, writing, photomanipulation.
Santharian Focus
Master of the Santharian Armoury; Unconfirmed Thinking Engine.
Joining Date
April 3rd 2009, also August 15th 2006 and February 8th 2005... (see Biography)

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The Best of the Rest Award

The Best of Miscellaneous Entry Award 2011
Winning Entry: "The Longstriding Condition"

When a young or not so young hobbit is overcome by the not-so-hobbitlike desire to travel far from his or her shire and see what is out there around the Disc, they have one Master Valan Nonesuch to thank. Prior to travelling overseas to the islands of R'unor, this aged, bearded and (some say) cantankorous member of the Compendium spent time studying the hobbits and their way of life. In this entry, Valan, one half of the Miscellaneous Forum Moderators, brings to light his creativity for all things 'miscellaneous' and 'mundane', but yet necessary to add depth, colour and everydayness to the disc of Caelereth. Congratulations Master Nonesuch for an entry that is entertaining, and useful in rping on the RPG boards, as well as one which adds colour and depth to the hobbit race.

The Best of the Rest Award

The Best of Religion & Mythology Award 2011
Winning Entry: "The Hobbit Folk Hero Gaffer Klas ('Klas Whitebear')"

It would appear that Valan Nonesuch has 'the wisdom of Whitebeard' for the gift he has given us this year in his entry on the halfling patron, Gaffer Klas. This entry, full of colour, wolves and parties, ties in nicely with what we have on site already about the halflings and he has also written two stories about this halfling patron. I hope that Valan has 'Hearthfire's heart' and gives us many more stories of Gaffer Klas, Mian Longfellow, Dalireen and others of the Blessedvales.

 Nominations

Places 2009 - The Yanth River, Magic 2009 - Earth Spells - Level 3: Delirium, Masterwork 2010 - The Ruins of Cort'Mangar, Religion & Mythology 2010 - The Hobbit Folk Hero Mian Longfellow, Story 2011 - Klas and the Bear, Poetry 2011 - Iron and Battle, People 2011 - The False Healer Maccân of Klinsor, Places 2011 - The Magical City of Ximax


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 Date of last edit 11th Rising Sun 1670 a.S.

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