This. This was a gem. It’s a random list of questions for your characters to help you get in touch with them.. I love stuff like this, and I’m in the mood to procrastinate, and I was talking about Joie the other day, so why not?
(P.s. My Joie and Alli’s Joie are NOT the same character. Just FYI)
(P.P.s. I tried to do this about just Joie, but there’s really no separating her from her brother, so…)
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?
With Joie and her brother Sivere, I’m really not sure who their original mother and father were. I’m not even sure they’re actual blood relatives. But currently, they have a psuedo child relationship with Evelyn and Faust, the leaders/owners of Cirque du Vols. It’s also a bit more more complicated than that, as the four of them share a magical bond headed by Evelyn. They are her …serpents to call? More or less? But Faust takes good care of the circus, and Evelyn has a very vested interest in keeping Joie and Sive in good condition.
I think they’re happy? It’s hard to tell- Joie is unnaturally upbeat, and Sivere never smiles if he can avoid it.
2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?
Their coloration, for sure. Joie is strikingly pale- not albino, but white hair, pale skin with those blue undertones, icy blue eyes. She is also incredibly short, especially compared to Sivere.
Sive is less striking in color than Joie, but he is alarmingly tall, and very thin, in that way that only serious aerialists can be.
3.) Name one scar your character has, and tell us where it came from. If they don’t have any, is there a reason?
…as far as I can tell, the pair of them are physically perfect. If you have a gift for reading auras, however, you will see a “scar” on their essences, from where they have cut away pieces of themselves as needed.
They take their service of the Lady Eve very, very seriously.
4.) How vain is your character? Do they find themselves attractive?
HA! Sivere is the epitome of “I take myself too seriously”. Joie is a bizarre mix of naivete and sexual suggestion. It’s almost like she doesn’t understand what she’s doing – but she really does. It’s just that she simply cannot take anything seriously, so her advances are more playful than they should be, I think.
Neither one of them is particularly vain, exactly, but they take great pride in their costumes/performances. I’m not sure they would know who they are without them though.
5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE?
Joie and Sive sort of defy the KINSEY scale. As servents of an avatar of Lust, who they would have been without those ties is long forgotten. Sexual preference isn’t really a thing for those two. Gender isn’t even considered when feeding, and see above for Joie’s other sexual type encounters.
6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.
Again, their memories and emotions are kinda jacked up… Let’s see…
Joie’s happiest memory is whatever thought she just had. She always in a state of almost pure joy. That being said, some of her fondest moments are when she can make Sivere smile, or has caught him doing something sentimental.
Sivere’s happiest memory- oh, well, that was surprising. Sive’s happiest memory was when the Lady Eve brought his sister back to life. He pledged himself to her service with his very next breath, and has been completely devoted to Evelyn ever since. Huh. That was interesting. I had no idea Joie had ever died. Well then. The things you learn.
7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?
As far as I can tell, they successfully have. They were reborn when they came into the service of the Lady Eve. Everything after that has been complete devotion to her and hers, and they serve with pure adoration and fulfillment.
Though Sive apparently very much regrets ever teaching Jean to fire juggle. That has been nothing but a source of mayhem.
Joie informs me that Sive is actually quite pleased to have a talented fire juggling partner and pupil. Listen to no lies her brother tells.
8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?
Joie: Lemon ice with blackberries, anything vibrant really, whatever tune is on her lips, Jasmine
Sivere: Black Walnut praline, vermilion, whatever tune is on Joie’s lips, white lotus
9.) Who does your character trust?
Each other. Faust and Eve. Their troupe. In that order.
10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.
I’d say gaining near immortality when they pledged themselves to Eve pretty drastically changed the course of their lives. 😛
11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?
Serpents. They are both serpent shapeshifters. Joie also reminds me of swans, and Sive reminds me of Grumpy Cat.
12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?
Sivere has kept up with the times- as the “leader” of the troupe, he is the one that organizes everything- from permits to train schedules to whatever else it is he might do.
Still uses a blackberry though. It’s time to catch up dude.
Joie would never finish any letter she sat down to write, if she were to even bother. She is a petal adrift on the breeze.
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?
Depending on the night, Joie will either be curled around Sivere, or coiled on someone’s chest in serpent form. Occasionally they will both sleep in serpent form on pillows in Lady Eve’s tent, but often the two of them enjoy bedding down out under the stars. There are plenty of troupe mates to snuggle up with if she gets cold.
Sive sleeps on his back, limbs straight, unmoving. Like a damned corpse. Creepy.
14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?
As serpents, they are more sensitive to environmental changes than some, but Sivere has the gift of calling fire, so it is usually not a problem.
15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?
As the circus doesn’t being their performances until sundown, most of the troupe is night owl by default. However, Sive is one of the earliest risers of the performers, usually only beaten by Jean, who almost always wakes with the sun.
Joie usually gets sleepy before Sive, and is very perky in the morning, so in her own way, she is a morning bird, I’d say.
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?
Most of the troupe is extremely close. Joie, Sivere, Faust and Evelyn are closest, as the core of the troupe, but they are all like family.
17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?
Sive keeps everything in his life tidy, and does his best to enforce that tidiness on the rest of the troupe. Joie is very likely to wander off and do something else in mid-thought, and so leaves chaos in her wake.
18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)
Most of the performing troupe do not cook. The shapeshifting horse herd that accompanies them tends to handle all the domestic stuff. This is partially because a good deal of the performing troupe do not need to eat as humans do, so that does tend to diminish their interest in such things.
However, Joie loves cakes. She can’t bake them, but she is quite happy to decorate them. And then eat them.
19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?
Typically, the troupe will walk, unless they are traveling a great, great distance. Then they might take the train, and the horse herd makes it’s way over the course of the days the troupe is set up and performing. Occasionally, the non-horses will be invited to ride the herd, but this is only in the most extreme situations, as it is quite rude to ride a horse shapeshifter. Conversely, it is a great honor to be offered a ride on one. The troupe and herd co-exist peacefully because the troupe respects that. Part of the herd’s “keep”, however, does involve pulling the circus wagons. It’s an easy to keep the younger members tired and out of trouble.
20.) Does your character have any irrational fears?
Joie will occasionally wake from horrific nightmares, but I do not know what of. Neither of them have volunteered, and I won’t ask until I need to know.
21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be?
Ah, this one is cheating. In the show, Joie represents the moon and Sivere the sun, so undoubtedly those would be involved somehow.
22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?
Anywhere the Lady Eve asked of them.
23.) Is your character superstitious?
Not any more so than the rest of the troupe. Little things like “Break a Leg” instead of “Good Luck”, that sort of thing.
24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?
Again, not something that really comes into play with these two. …In a weird way, each other, honestly.
25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?
Both of them are well-calloused from performance and practice, and both take very good care of their hands, as their lives depend on them. Joie’s hands are small and slender, with delicate almond shaped nails, Sivere’s are a bit more corded, very long of finger and very strong, with fan or square shaped nails, I can’t quite tell.
26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.
Joie: Cake! Teasing Sive. The feathered one that made me think of swans earlier. Chai tea. Spring! Winter Solstice.
Sive: Stew. Picking on the troupe when they can’t tell. The orange/red jumpsuit with the yellow, orange, and red stripes that extend off the suit into fluttering strips. Coffee. Autumn. Winter Solstice.
27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.
I cannot. I am sorry. If someone REALLY wants to know, comment and I’ll go find out, but I’ve really spent way too much time on this thing already 😛
28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?
Joie: Magical Realism 😛
Sive: How-to manuals
29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne?
Both of them have that certain dry muskiness that all serpent kin do. Joie likes to wear flowers when she can, so she’ll often smell of those. Sive will occasionally smell singed, and his musk is slightly spicier than Joie, but I think that’s just a male serpent thing. They also both tend to smell of the incense of Lady Eve’s wagon or tent.
30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself.
Dearest Joie and Sivere,
Thank you for allowing me the insight into the Cirque, the Lady Eve, and serpent magic that you have so graciously given. You are actually two of the more cooperative characters that I have, and I hope you are as happy as you seem. I will do my best to ensure you get the happy endings you deserve. You have served so long, and you have done it well. I will reward you as best I can.
Joie, look after Sive. You know just how much he needs you.
Sive, learn to let go sometimes. Yes, everyone needs you, but they need the real you, not who you think you have to be. Just be.
Joie, put that pastry down, you’ll spoil your dinner.
Take care you two, much love.
P.s. Don’t worry about Jean, he’s going to be just fine.