Beautiful People is a monthly blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Every month they pose 10 questions for writers to answer about their writing and give readers the opportunity to learn more about the writer’s characters.
This month’s Beautiful People topic (describing a character’s appearance) threw me off a little. I was hoping to cover another supporting character from my WIP The Keeper’s Curse, but when Cait and Sky revealed their questions, I couldn’t think of anyone right away. But there’s always a certain protagonist from the novella I’m planning to write when TKC’s with beta-readers…
1. Give a brief overview of Nomaro’s looks. (Include a photo, if you want!)
How about a collage that gives an impression of what Nomaro looks like? That’s better than a photo, right? 😉
Now, to describe him: Nomaro is a 28-year-old male winged Feiri. He has ice blue eyes and shoulder-length, brown-streaked black hair. He also bears a few facial scars from his time as an assassin and spy.
2. Share a snippet that involves description of Nomaro’s appearance.
Well, I can’t quote from the novella, since I haven’t written it yet. But during TKC, the protagonist Eva recalls Nomaro (her former mentor) a few times. Here’s an instance where she remembers their first meeting:
“Gidion snuck in archery lessons with me after school. The rest I learned from a former Councilor. He refused to teach me at first.” Memories of the night I met Nomaro returned, and I slowed my strides. His scarred face, his ice-blue eyes peering out from under his black-and-brown hair – the look in them penetrated me, scraping me to the bone for the truth I had refused to share. “But I think he saw something in me, something he thought he could change. And he did. I wouldn’t be what I am now if he hadn’t.”
3. What is the first thing people might notice about Nomaro?
Nomaro doesn’t like to draw attention to himself, so he’d do whatever he can to not be noticed. That said, the first thing people notice about him is his eyes. They’re not friendly blues, but ones that penetrate, just as the TKC snippet implies. They’re so cold and bright that most people miss his facial scars until they do a double-take.
4. What are Nomaro’s unique features (e.g., freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars)?
I mentioned in #1 and #2 that Nomaro’s face is scarred. His largest and most striking scar looks like a crescent moon, starting from his forehead and curving down to his jaw, nearly clipping the corner of his right eye. He also has scars on his left cheek and chin, and several more along his body; and the top of his left ear is missing.
Hey, killing and spying on people is messy work. Nomaro couldn’t get away unscathed every time. 😉
5. How tall is Nomaro? What is his build (stocky, slender, petite, etc.)?
Nomaro stands about 6 feet tall, which is tall for a Feiri man. (An average Feiri man’s height is 5 feet, 5 or 6 inches.) He also has a lean build, so he’s neither too slender nor super-bulked in muscle.
6. What is Nomaro’s posture like? How does he usually carry himself?
Nomaro doesn’t relax easily in public, and it’s apparent in his posture. He walks stiffly, sometimes with his shoulders hunched, arms folded over his chest, and head down. He also uses a lot of “closed” body language: arms or legs crossed, facing to the side instead of straight at someone, sidelong glances, etc. The only times he’s not so tense is when he’s hunting, working, or doing anything active and/or alone.
7. Nomaro has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine or expectations). What is he wearing? How does he look?
Nothing fancy. Nomaro is fine with a simple shirt, pair of trousers, and boots. But he prefers black or dark-colored clothing. You won’t find anything light-colored or flashy in his wardrobe. Also, if he’s occupied with something, he’ll tie his hair back in a ponytail. But when he’s finished, he’ll leave his hair loose. As for how he looks… it’s hard to say. He keeps his face so expressionless that you don’t know what he’s thinking or feeling unless he shares it.
Chances are, though, if it’s a “lazy day” for Nomaro, you probably won’t see him because (as I said in #3) he doesn’t like drawing attention to himself.
8. Does Nomaro wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Does he have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered his trademark?
Maybe leather strips or string for tying back his hair? Apart from that, Nomaro doesn’t have any accessories. He’s learned to live with very little, and values tools and practical items over fashion. He did have a pendant once that a former lover had given him. It was made of silver and looked like a circle from afar, but was actually two birds in flight, connected at the tail and beak. But when Nomaro and his lover broke up, he threw the pendant out a window.
What would be Nomaro’s fashion trademark? His black clothing and black cape, which he wears every day.
9. Has Nomaro ever been bullied or shamed because of his looks? Explain.
Nomaro wasn’t bullied when he was a boy, mostly because of his imposing height. (When you’re taller than the other kids, they tend to be wary of you… or am I wrong in thinking that?) He gets some strange stares nowadays because of his facial scars, but he’s usually the one who intimidates other people – and not because he does so on purpose.
10. Is Nomaro happy with how he looks? If he could change anything about his appearance, what would it be?
Nomaro’s relationship with his looks is… distant, I guess? He cares about exercising and eating well, but not so much about what people think of him or his appearance. If anything, he’s not a fan of his facial scars. He considers the scars on his body as “badges of pride.” Plus, he doesn’t see them when he’s dressed, whereas he’d have to completely cover his face and head to avoid seeing those scars. But, in Nomaro’s opinion, there’s nothing he can do about how he looks now, so people will have to live with it, just as he does.
That wraps up this month’s Beautiful People. What do you think of Nomaro now that you know more about him? Do you have any other questions for/about him?