Random forest-y avatar. Just felt like making an avatar, and forest is the theme I thought of. I doubt anyone will use it, but please give credit somewhere if you do, and let me know.
1 of 500 Hello WorldPebbles rolled down to collect at the base of the hill. Not a soul stirred above it, save for the coarse yellow grass as the field of blades bent in the hot summer wind. High in the air, birds called to one another, some proud and regal, their lesser fellows nattering and indignant.
A fist pounded through the flat earth, sending up a spray of topsoil and grass. It was followed by a hairy head and a rich curse. As he grappled his way out of the hole, widening it as he went, Goshul cursed as only a dwarf could. He was broad-shouldered, even for a dwarf, and splinters of wood stuck in his dark hair like clumps of dirt in a bowl of peppercorns.
Free of the hole, he stood with his feet apart and grimaced at the air. It was humid and smelled of spices. "Another bloody cave-in," he muttered, then spat mud out of his teeth. "Come on out o' there, you great ugly girl."
Another dwarf, considerably smaller and
Desert Dogma Chapter 4Chapter Four: Neighbours and the Work Day
It was remarkably easy for Mercy to settle in as far as the dormitory was concerned. Walter had been right about it being unencumbered by rules and procedure. She had run into a nurse on her way to start her shift, and after introducing herself as Elizabeth, the nurse had shown her to a room that saw little use.
The reason for this, Mercy soon found, was that it was in the approximate middle of the house, and therefore not closer to either the back door or the front. This would have robbed its occupants of valuable lie-in time. However, this was no detriment in her eyes.
There were two beds stacked one atop the other, with barely enough room for the bottom sleeper to sit up and rub the sleep out of her eyes. Two somewhat identical, battered lockers stood opposite the beds. After stuffing her things inside the empty one and applying the padlock, she slipped the key into her pocket
Urd Conrad Beyond 101Full name: Sigurd Conrad
Other names: Urd; Chief
Physical/Mental Gender: Urd is a man's man. Too busy to care on his own merit, but with his father's ideas ingrained in his head.
Cultural Heritage: Nebraska.
Parentage: Gail Conrad, home-maker; Peter Conrad, salesman
Prosperity: Urd takes care of his family as much as his father lets him. He's well off on his own.
Height: Although he gives the illusion of height in his mannerisms, Urd is a little shorter than David. (5'9")
Build: Sort of like a carrot. He has broad-ish shoulders, but narrower hips and small feet.
Skin-tone: Ashy, with dark bags under his eyes. In part due to his lifestyle, but also due to his basic genetic code, poor sod.
Eyes: Dark black, narrow and intense
Hair: Somewhat floppy, a little greasy from being pushed out of his face all the time.
Nose: Hawkish and long.
Mouth: Angular and sharp, prominent canines
Ears: It's tempting to say "just ears".&
Erika Sullivan Beyond 101Full name: Erika Irene Sullivan
Other names: Frogstar
Physical/Mental Gender: Inescapably female on all points. Some of this has to do with how she's perceived, and some of it is just her.
Cultural Heritage: Dutch-Irish, Haitian Creole
-Parents: Paul Sullivan, pudgy copywriter; Kate Sullivan, kindergarten teacher (deceased)
-Siblings: Raoul, plodding student, 19; Mitchell, game designer, 27
Prosperity: Middle class. Mitchell started working at a young age, and his contributions to the family budget improved the state of living for all of them.
Build: Visibly pear-shaped. She has smaller shoulders and not much in the way of cleavage, but big hips.
Skin-tone: In the spectrum of her siblings, Erika is the darkest, and sometimes jokes that her parents adopted her.
Eyes: Slightly droopy and round, light brown, long lashes
Hair: Medium brown with blonde highlights, boyish baby dreads
Nose: Wide, complementing he
Aurelia Naehring Beyond 101Full name: Aurelia Naehring
Other names: née Chen
Physical/Mental Gender: Aurelia is a bit complicated. She's physically a girl, but has spent most of her life as "one of the guys". So she feels 50% male, 50% female. The female half is mostly physical, but she likes sappy television programmes (but not films) and wears make-up. The male half is very sporty and daring.
Cultural Heritage: Her father is half-Chinese, and her mother's side of the family weighs in as Belgian, Native-American, and Russian. To quote Audrey Hepburn, if she were a dog, she'd be a heck of a mess.
-Parents: George Chen, hairstylist; Marie Chen, homemaker
-Siblings: Older brother Niu Chen, police officer, 30, married to Sally Chen, homemaker, 32
-Other: NiecesCosette, age 3 and Mapiya, 2 months
Prosperity: Middle class and quite content. Aurelia loved Niu's toys and clothes, so hand-me-downs were never a problem.
David Wyatt Beyond 101Full name: David Elmo Wyatt
Other names: Not one for nicknames, our David.
Physical/Mental Gender: Guy/Guy. In this matter, as with many others, he's fairly straightforward.
Cultural Heritage: East coast US plus UK pick-and-mix
Parentage: Elmo David Wyatt, an unimaginative copywriter; Lucy Wyatt, an unimaginative elementary school nurse
Prosperity: Lower middle class and oddly proud of it.
Build: To coin a phrase, aggressively average. He's no slouch, but he's not exactly a body builder.
Skin-tone: Ruddy browna mixture of tanned and sunburnt at all times.
Eyes: Hazel, thick eyebrows, round, with premature crow's feet from smiling too much.
Hair: Long layers in front, cut shorter from the ears back, dark brown
Nose: Wide, nostrils flare when he's annoyed
Mouth: Big lips, crooked teeth
Ears: Stick out, sensitive about their impressive size
Scars/other markings: Old pimple scars on forehead and chin, constantly renewed w