Character Questionnaire: Jean

I was going through all my old drafts, trying to get things up on the blog again. This is… this is ancient. I don’t know why I didn’t just finish it and post it.

…bad author, no cookie.


While I haven’t been doing much writing, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing at all. Cait and I have been plugging away at Cirque du Vols, so in keeping with that, here is Jonquil aka Jean.

This. This was a gem. It’s a random list of questions for your characters to help you get in touch with them..

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?

Jean has two fathers – the mortal who “made” him and the priest who raised him. Jean barely knew the man who made him- a frustrated young poet who found love in a field one day (the field Jean would later be born in). If you asked him who is father was, that would be Father Luc. Luc taught him how to read and write, to wear clothes, to learn about the world in as many ways as he could, and to keep people from taking advantage of him. Together, they pieced together who and what Jean is, though it’s still a bit of a mystery. But Jean knows he is “fey” and born of the earth, and that’s good enough for him. He loved Father Luc dearly and his passing cause Jean to mourn deeply.

(and no, the Jean Luc thing was not on purpose, but I kinda wish it was)

2.) What are your characters most prominent physical features?

Jean’s physical form is something he makes out of the earth around him, so his features are a little exaggerated. His ears and nose are too large for his head, ears sticking out slightly and nose somewhat bulbous, but not too terribly so. His hair is light and downy like dandelion fluff, and he is built a bit like a scarecrow.

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

Jean does not have any scars, because he does perceive himself as having any scars. At any given point, his body is less than a week old, at least in literal terms. Appearance wise he’s a healthy young adult.

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

Jean doesn’t put too much thought into his human body, and the thought he did put into it when first constructing it was a little misguided. He wanted to look like everyone else, be human and flawed and average. Instead, he wound up looking a bit like a caricature, IMHO.

5.) What’s your character’s ranking on the KINSEY SCALE? 

This utterly does not apply to Jean. He is not asexual exactly, but his brain doesn’t necessarily to the “I want to have sex with that.” His body gets the hang of it, and the magic helps him along, but… well, sex for Jean is not the same as sex for the rest of us. Fey are funny like that.

6.) Describe your character’s happiest memory.

Currently, it is the night Miri first sang to his flowers. If Cait has her way, that will simply be one of many.

7.) Is there one event or happening your character would like to erase from their past? Why?

Yes. It pains him to know he caused so much sorrow, before learning to better control who and what he is. If he could save the village that first took him in from that, he most certainly would, in a heartbeat. Just because he sprung from the earth with a fully formed body doesn’t mean he had a mind to match.

8.) Day of Favorites! What’s your character’s favorite ice cream flavor? Color? Song? Flower?

Butter pecan, with a drizzle of honey. Anything Miri sings. …*falls over laughing*

9.) Who does your character trust?

Sonota and Rhapsody. All of his troupe, really. Leem. Miri. Me, which is a bad idea.

10.) Can you define a turning point in your character’s life? Multiples are acceptable.

The death of Father Luc. Meeting Lady Eve. Meeting Miri.

11.) Is there an animal you equate with your character?

Bird. Jean reminds me very much of a bird.

12.) How is your character with technology? Super savvy, or way behind the times? Letters or email?

…I have no idea. I know he can read and write, but he never has any cause to…

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?

Green. Dewy.

14.) How does your character react to temperature changes such as extreme heat and cold?

A hard frost makes him sleepy and sluggish, but his physical body doesn’t care for temperature changes one way or another.

15.) Is your character an early morning bird or a night owl?

Early bird, for sure.

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? 

Rhap and Son, for sure.

17.) What’s your character’s desk/workspace look like? Are they neat or messy?

Jean keeps his props in very good condition, as all the member of the Cirque (supposedly) do.

18.) Is your character a good cook? What’s their favorite recipe, whether they’re good or not? (Microwave mac-and-cheese applies.)

…he is a good eater, does that count? He grows the most lovely apples…

19.) What’s your character’s preferred means of travel?


20.) Does your character have any irrational fears? 

Not that I know of, but I’m sure he does. Jean just doesn’t wear his darker thoughts near the surface, if he can help it.

21.) What would your character’s CUTIE MARK be?

A Jonquil, naturally.

22.) If your character could time travel, where would they go?

Nowhere, probably. Or, if anywhere, to watch his loved ones grow up.

23.) Is your character superstitious? 

Not that either of us are aware of.

24.) What might your character’s ideal romantic partner be?

Miri. A honey bee.

25.) Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Long, dexterous fingers. Carefully trimmed down nails, to keep them out of the way. Noticeably calloused, which I think is rather odd, but if I had to guess, he probably patterned them after Father Luc’s hands, and the Father was a gardener and a hard worker.

26.) Second day of favorites! Favorite comfort food, favorite vice, favorite outfit, favorite hot drink, favorite time of year, and favorite holiday.

Any fresh, hot pastries. ….laying around all day cloud gazing is not a vice, Jean. He most definitely prefers his harlequin get up. Cafe miel (coffee with honey). Spring. Easter.

27.) Pick two songs that describe your character at two different points of their life, and explain why you chose them.

Stuck in the middle with you, because- oh come on! Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right? Seriously.

My girl, because apparently I like bad puns and heavy handed metaphors. 😛

28.) If your character’s life was a genre, what would it be?

Pastoral poetry.

29.) How does your character smell? Do they wear perfume or cologne? 

Like damp earth and fresh grass.

30.) And finally: Write a letter to your character, from yourself. 

Dear Jean,

Never change. You are wonderful just the way you are. She loves you for it.




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