Art of Characters: Best Friend

Stori Tori is doing another Art of Characters challenge.

Best friends is actually a hard one for me. For most of my life, I haven’t had a “best friend” and it seems to have carried over to my characters. Rolf and Ivy are best friends, but they’re both main characters so I don’t think they count.

It took me a while to find a best friend, but here’s Qwalm. He’s a Torf hunter and one of the few people Krys counts as a friend.

He can look scary, but he’s a decent guy.

He comes from a barren planet called Locostwa, which is shared by another species, the Gorkam.

The Questions:

1.) What does your character’s eye, skin, and hair color tell about him/her?
His feathers are much darker than the average Torf. This makes him a bit of an oddity. (Think of seeing a guy with black hair in a community of blonds.)

2.) What does your character’s hairstyle tell about him/her?
His feathers are well-kept. When he’s angry, they stand on end, and when he’s afraid, they flatten against his body.

3.) What does your character’s default outfit tell about him/her?
His only outfit is a gun belt and a strap for his rifle. Perhaps he’d carry a pack with useful supplies in them, but being a Torf, he never wears clothes. Torfs are used to cold weather and don’t need clothes.

4.) Does he/she have an object(s) he/she carries around a lot?
A rifle, and perhaps pistol.

5.) Does he/she have any particular scars or birthmarks?
He’s got no visible scars, though he may have a few under his feathers. He is a hunter, after all.

6.) Does he/she have any piercings or tattoos?
No. He doesn’t really have any places to pierce.

7.) How does he/she carry themselves? Shoulders back? Eye contact? Eyes down? Slumped shoulders?
He walks with his head held high and shoulders up. After all, he’s a hunter and they’re supposed to be respected.

8.) What is his/her default expression? Smiling? Frowning? Solemn?
Serious. Generally he’s got an upright posture.

9.) Does he/she wear make-up or face paint?
No. In the pictures, it may look like he’s got dark eye shadow, but that’s actually feathers around his eyes, which are common on Torfs since they need to be able to keep dirt from getting in their eyes.

10.) Does his/her physical appearance change at any time? For example: If they have a power do their eyes glow or hair turn blue?
Just fluffing up when angry or flattening feathers when frightened. It would make him look bigger or smaller.

Bonus: After meeting the main character did the best friend change his/her appearance?
No. She’s just the Human kid in the group, after all. What would be the reason for changing?


About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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