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Brand new character here, so these ten facts are more of a developing exercise than the revelation of heretofore unknown nuggets of information.
Name: Ralf Fichte
1. He learned to tie his own shoelaces and tie (to wear to church on Sundays) before he learned to read.
2. Ralf was a huge, fat baby. He weighed 12 pounds at birth, and his mother was in labor for almost 40 hours.
3. For the first eight years of his life, he flat-out refused to set foot in any sort of Jewish-owned shop or business. The bogeyman tales of a less-than-helpful nursemaid had him convinced that the Jews would kidnap him and use his blood in satanic rituals.
4. Before his dramatic encounter with the Zaira, woman who is now his wife, he had a casual courtship with a girl who lived in his neighborhood in Freiburg. They were both blond and boring and got along reasonably well, and it was generally assumed that they would get married when Ralf came back from the war.
5. He proposed to Zaira six or seven times before she agreed to marry him. Previously, they had been living together but not sleeping together, and Ralf was obsessively careful about taking all possible steps to preserve her modesty in spite of their close quarters. Even now, Zaira is the only person he's ever slept with.
6. The only thing that irritates him more than wasting time is having his time wasted by other people's incompetence.
7. In his teaching job, he was more effective as a disciplinarian than an educator. He's hit or spanked students on countless occasions, and the first thing he does in a noisy or unruly classroom is single out a few random students and sent them to stand in various corners with their faces turned towards the wall. By the time he left the mission school where we worked, the kids would fall dead silent the instant he stepped into the room.
8. He doesn't like his wife's cooking at all. He has a terrible craving for German food, but between African ingredients and an Armenian cook, it's been rather hard to come by. Likewise, he never spent time in the kitchen during his youth, and thus knows nothing of how to prepare the recipes he wants.
9. While training as a military officer, he came perilously close to fighting a duel with an unruly Bavarian.
10. His favorite sporting activities are hunting, skiing, and horseback riding. He had a brief stint in a very ritzy tennis club in Cape Town before deciding his money would be better spent elsewhere.

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Furthermore may I present Mrs. Gail Brighton-O'Brien.

1. Part of the reason she married Thom was because he and her late brother, George, were very close, almost as close as she and George were. Their being both being so close to him was a comfort, though she was positive they each knew a slightly different George.
2. Gail was a sickly child from the time she was born up until she was about ten, often spending many days out of the week in bed. Nowadays, she hates being sick and when she does fall ill, she tries her absolute best to pretend nothing's wrong, even though that has caused her to stay sick for longer periods of time, and once she collapsed and terrified her children, who thought she had died.
3. She can ride a bicycle like a demon, though she will flat out deny it to anyone who brings it up.
4. Gail is not the youngest Brighton child, nor is she the only daughter: when she was still a small girl, her mother gave birth to twin girls. One was stillborn, and the other baby died within the first day. Everyone in the household was distraught, and forbidden to speak of the babies. After a time, many forgot the twin girls were ever even conceived.
5. She never lost her faith in God. She simply never believed.
6. When she is tired, angry, sick, or simply not thinking about it, Gail will revert back to the superstitious habits practiced in the home of her youth. She will knock wood, throw salt when it spills, and scold the help if they let a screen door slam within her earshot.
7. Statues and all sorts of taxidermied critters were plentiful in her childhood home, and from a young age they've unnerved her. The way they always seem to be staring, and possibly judging her.
8. Her feet are a size nine. She hates them, thinks her large feet are her most unattractive feature. She's actually jealous of her daughters' own, smaller feet.
9. She absolutely hates the O'Brien family home, the one that's been in Thom's family going back almost one hundred and fifty years. She can't stand the damn thing, and she is privately convinced the house hates her right back.
10. Only one of her children belongs to her husband, Thom. The other two are products of brief affairs with two of his older brothers.

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Hmm. . .revival!

Since apparently he's my new favorite. . .again.


Åke Kivelä

1. He's actually fairly sickly. He's never had particularly good health - he's terribly prone to catching colds and various illnesses (his mother was rather similar in that respect). Despite this, it's something not a lot of people really know or think about, since he tends to act so lively, and is almost always moving.

2. So yes, this one is technically kind of cheating. It's mentioned in a certain thread rather explicitly, but said thread is in Swedish, so...I'm counting it! Åke dated his high school/gymnasiet teacher. Of course, he was of age, and no longer in school when they officially started to date, but...courtship still rather started when Åke was in his last year. Her name was Katarina and he loved her terribly. Still, it was doomed to fail when she couldn't get past the fact that he had been her student and she broke it off, leaving Åke heartbroken. She later married another man, which was in part why Åke left Finland.

3. This one needs a bit of historical background. During the 1900s - particularly the 20s and 30s - there was a somewhat heated debate about the status of Finnish language in Finland. At that point, it had only recently gained similar status to Swedish, despite that 80% of the population spoke Finnish as their native language. Still, the debate was waged between two factions of the Swedish elite - the Fennomen and the Svecomen. The Fennomen wanted to promote Finnish, changing their own last names, adopting the Finnish language, and so on, while the Svecomens opposed them on just about every point. At the same time, nationalism was all the rage in Europe, and it was the same in Finland.

Now, Åke's family was an interesting one, in that his mother, Laila, was a Fenno-swede, while his father, Tahvo, was a Finnish-speaking Finn. His father had served in the army and became terribly patriotic concerning Finnish, despite that he was not one of the Swedish elite. It reached such levels that he forbade his wife and children from speaking Swedish. Åke's two brothers, who looked up primarily to their father, did not mind this, but for Åke, his sister Marika, and Laila, it was not as simple. They of course knew Finnish, but Swedish was their preferred language, the one they were more comfortable with. Still, Marika and Laila switched to Finnish due to strained relations with Tahvo.

Åke, however, did not. He wholeheartedly refused to do so, and never again spoke in Finnish to his father, outside of a few slipped 'isä's (isä - father). This of course led to rather...strained relations with his father, to the point where they are estranged. (Yay, long explanation just to say that last line. :roll: )

4. Can switch easily between Swedish and Finnish. English was his next-learned language, followed closely by German. He occasionally keeps a journal, the only organized thing that he manages to keep up with, and nearly every entry is in a different language.

5. In 1922, he took part in the 14th World Congress of Esperanto (Universala Kongreso de Esperanto) in Helsinki. He's rather fluent in it, though he hasn't bothered to keep up with it, due to lack of having others to speak to in it. Occasionally, he picks up a grammar book and looks it over again.

6. He hates teaching with a passion. When he first arrived in New York, once he'd recovered from his illness, he took up tutoring to get some amount of money so he didn't starve - during that time, a rather strong hatred grew up for teaching the younger generation (13 and below). There was one girl in particular that he eventually refused to tutor, partially as he was afraid he'd stab her with her work-pencil.

7. Cheating for the same reason as #2 was... Anyway. He once fell into the Aurajoki/Aura å in April. The Aura would be the river that runs through Turku/Åbo, and in April it's cold enough to kill in a matter of minutes if you fall in. They actually do find...ah...dead people in it every year. <.< (Found one a few weeks ago, or so I'm told.) He was rescued by his friend and colleague, Johannes.

8. Has actually fainted before simply because he got so caught up in his work that he didn't eat.

9. He once got lost and wandered into a male brothel in Chicago. It was an...interesting experience.

10. Prefers classical/folk songs to jazz.


Some of those were a bit weak, but. . .eh. XD So yes, there's Åke. Hope something or another surprised you about him. ^^

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Seeing as this fellow is brand new, these are more construction than revelation, but I present nonetheless the facts of Denmark Vesey Jones:

1. Typically Denmark hates drawing attention to himself, but deep down inside, he loves having a strange name.
2. The majority of his assets are invested in the stock market. It's what allowed him to make his fortune obscenely quickly in the last few years, but at the same time, when the stock market crashes in 1929 and he loses everything, he will probably end up getting a room in a high rise hotel and leaving through the window.
3. He's lived in New York City but, contrary to his claims, was definitely not born there.
4. He has an 18-year-old black servant named Phyllis, who he hires to do housework and prepare his dinners. She may or may not have a bit of a crush on him and he may or may not have gotten that impression from the way she acts around him and it may or may not make him super uncomfortable but he hasn't the heart to dismiss her because she's never said or done anything even remotely out of line.
5. Denmark was a popular officer, and the Great War probably changed his character for the better. It toughened him without scarring him. He's changed a lot since coming home.
6. The failure of a long-term relationship was what prompted him to come to St. Louis, and he's still recovering from the pain. Denmark wants to get married as soon as possible (which accounts for his not particularly selective string of recent dates), not just because he's getting old and people are asking questions, although that's certainly a factor. Most of all, he hates sleeping, eating, and living alone.
7. His father was also a soldier, and planned to improve his sons' reflexes by punching them randomly and with no warning from the age of 13 on. It's for your own good~
8. He wears a bandage on his left wrist, though it can rarely be seen because of his long sleeves.
9. He began writing Rupert-Brooke-inspired poetry just before and then during the War as a coping mechanism of sorts, working entirely within formalized free verse. Then he discovered Langston Hughes after recently meeting him in person and has been sort of maybe imitating his style ever since. Denmark doesn't write very often, but he is pretty good, and got a couple of poems published in a literary magazine under a pseudonym a year ago.
10. Denmark is apparently prone to abusive relationships, and has more than one psychotic ex out there. Actually, one of them got convicted for arson when she.........mayormaynothavetriedtoburndownhislastapartmentandhehopesshehasn'tfoundoutwherehelivesnowyet.

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Can I just take a moment to reiterate that he is my favorite thing ever?

. . . .no, but actually.

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Aw thanks I am glad! Your praise makes Denmark uncomfortable, but he accepts it chivalrously anyhow. <3

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Hah you pack so much stuff into your characters that makes me envious, Fotecp! Brilliant stuff, I especially laughed at the notion of being punched at random, even though that is a completely horrible thing for him to have done to the poor child. He really does seem to have terrible luck with his relationships.

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I just remembered this whilst procrastinating. It must be revived!

Fitz and Gene

1. Fitz’s father, Harold, was a Baptist preacher. Fitz learned from a young age to play hymns in ragtime. Her father’s horrified reaction is the only reason she kept taking piano lessons for so long.
2. Harold always regarded Gene with suspicious hostility, especially since Gene grew up Catholic. To gain his prospective father-in-law’s approval, he not only publicly converted, but attended a lot of Baptist sermons. Harold married them in the end, but not without throwing some passive-aggressive jibes into the ceremony.
3. Had she been born into another time, Fitz would have been a successful scientist, but she didn’t grow up with the money or the ambition to fight her way to college. Instead, she uses her self-taught knowledge to fill her books and stories with glorious technobabble.
4. Green Bay, Gene’s hometown, was carved up according to ethnic boundaries. On account of his Polish mother, Gene was lumped in with the other Poles, in spite of the fact that he can’t speak the language. Since he wasn’t good at schoolwork and he was terrible at Polish, he was generally considered an imbecile—a reputation Gene made up for by beating up a lot of kids. He hates it when people talk in foreign languages around him. It still gives him the feeling that he’s being mocked.
5. As a teenager, he maaaaaay have been part of a street gang. Since meeting Fitz, Gene has become less violent, but more alcoholic. It's a bit of a mess.
6. Gene is the only person Fitz has ever kissed.
7. Gene didn’t have his first encounter with a man until he was sixteen, although he’d already had several sordid, unsatisfying relationships with girls. He was so mortified by the whole thing that he managed to make himself physically sick. Ray, who he was travelling with at the time, figured it must be food poisoning.
8. Despite having agreed that their marriage would be based on platonic friendship, Gene initially thought that Fitz would have his children. On their wedding night, she quickly corrected the assumption. This came as a relief to both parties.
9. Fitz was not only the first openly atheistic resident of Gardner, Kansas—she was also its first suffragist. At the age of fifteen, she made a bunch of signs and fliers, intending to post them around the town. Before she could, however, Harold found and burned them all.
10. Gene and Fitz have only ever fought over kids and religion.

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Ahh god... I might do another one of these now XD Curse you, Fotecp!

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Ooh, this looks interesting....

I think I'll just start with Maple and Will, but I might go back to other characters as well.

1. Despite speakeasies being the only illegal activity Maple approves of(she even supports the idea), she herself doesn’t drink. (she is unaware of the fact Will does drink)
2. Will’s first kiss was when she was five years old. Which she replied to by shoving the boy into a mud puddle. He later became her first boyfriend when she they were fourteen.
3. Maple was the one who first suggested to leave San Francisco after their father’s death. Will wanted to stay and try and make things work there.
4. The small mirror Will keeps is something she will never get rid of, despite it being cracked. There is no sentimental value to it, she just, ironically, considers it a lucky item.
5. The longest Will and Maple have stayed in one place is three months, in New York City. They thought they would finally make a home there, but had to leave after Will nearly got killed running with a group of thieves there.
6. Will once convinced Maple that the abandoned building they took shelter in in one city was haunted. Maple refused to sleep there and after two days, they had to find a new place.
7. The first time Will dressed as a boy was actually while they were still in San Francisco, about a month after their father died. She borrowed the clothing from her then-boyfriend and used the disguise to sneak away from the going-away ‘party’ that neighbors were throwing for Maple and Will.
8. Despite being awkward in social situations now, Maple was actually very popular in high school. Also, despite not dating since eighteen, Maple has actually had more boyfriends than Will’s had. (Maple’s had four different boyfriends, Will has had two)
9. Both girls have a small phobia of life-like statues, for reasons unknown. When in a room with them, the girls will try and make sure they’re in a spot where the statues are not in their line of sight.
10. If alcohol had never been outlawed and their father had kept his job, Maple would have grown up with lots of encouragement to improve her singing and would have become a professional. Will, without finding her love of adventures during their travels, would have instead found a love baking and opened a bakery.

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JacobGrey wrote:
Curse you, Fotecp!
my thoughts exactly

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