Name and age?
David Israel Crown, aged 27.
Nickname – given by whom, and how?
Called Daffy by his family. Received the codename "Merlin" after he was taken under Doctor Zabat's wing.
What is most noticeable about your character’s appearance/physical presence? How does he or she feel about it?
Daffy is severely scarred. If he is being Daffy, the most noticeable parts would be his face, which is riddled with burn scars and missing flesh. When he is being Merlin, he hides his face with a mask, which is just as striking, but uncovers his prosthetic arm, which he usually hides with long sleeves and gloves. Yeah, he likes being a bit melodramatic.
Describe his or her voice, verbal ticks, pet phrases etc.
A surprisingly normal-sounding voice, but it's somewhat tainted by the fact that one side of his mouth doesn't actively join in the speaking (the right side of his face is most severely scarred, and scar tissue is not very elastic).
Describe a gesture your character makes.
Daffy likes to cock his head in various directions, though usually either upward or to one side. As Merlin, he's somewhat likely to wax theatrical and stand with a menacing stance.
Where does he or she now live? Describe the city, town or village, the house itself. Be very specific. It doesn’t have to be in Canada. Any feelings about this place?
Canada? No, of course not Canada! Daffy, along with the rest of his team, live in the place known as The Crow's Nest - really an island just across the mainland of the fictional country they reside in. The island acts as base for their operations, but most importantly, it acts as a haven for their discriminated kind - a ghetto, if you will.
Has s/he lived elsewhere? What does s/he remember of these places?
He lived in the Farnean mainland before, and of course he remembers those times. Living with his father in the brick building they call home, watching as a boy how the elder Crown toiled and fretted over felt and ribbon alike. He remembered his days as an apprentice hatter, before the incident happened and he became disfigured.
What part of her home is her favourite? Least favourite? Why. Describe, using specific details.
His, not her. His favourite part of The Crow's Nest has got to be the training areas, specifically the part where large, metal ledges zig-zagged haphazardly across a wide space. He also liked the clock tower - especially the inside of the tower. His least favourite part had to be the subaquatic parts; he held a childhood memory of nearly drowning, and deep bodies of water inevitably remind him of it (though he prefers to excuse himself by saying he fears his prosthetic arm would short-circuit).
What does your character’s bedroom/sleeping place look like? (lots of detail please)
Detail, detail. I can't describe everything in detail, not when even I know every single nook of the place! That said, Daffy's quarters was a fairly small room on the second floor of the West Wing. It had a bed on one end, a small window above it which curtains were almost never opened, a small wardrobe, a rug on the cold floor, a table and mirror, and a hat stand with various hats from his past. The decorations were sparse, and it looked almost as if it were a child's room in an orphanage, if it wasn't for the shaving razors and lack of toys.
What does he or she wear to sleep in?
A nightie, what else?
What does your character dream of at night?
Various things, mostly nonsensical. Things such as throwing tin pots at paper cranes of doom, those sorts of things.
Who are/were her parents? Rest of family? What does she feel for them?
His, he. Daffy's mother, Grace, died when he was young from consumption. His father, Stephen (apparently no-one realised how redundant Stephen Crown was, as a name), was a hatter by trade, and indulged himself by making various whimsical hats to distract himself from thinking of his dead wife. Daffy didn't hold many memories of his mother, but he still writes to and visits his father. The elder Crown is getting a bit demented lately, anxious in social situations and preferring solitude, but Daffy knew that most dedicated hatters do. He does try his best to keep his father company, and Stephen in return tries to oblige his son.
Class, ethnic group, religious background?
Class, middle. Ethnic group, Caucasian. Religious background, Protestant. Genetic status, Born Other.
Who does s/he love, or has s/he loved? Or what. Detail.
For all his life, Daffy had never indulged himself in romance. He doesn't think any woman would want a husband without an arm or a face. That said, he puts his affections instead on his family: his father, and also his brother-in-all-but-blood.
Who loves him or her?
So far, it seems like Daffy is right; no woman in her right mind would want him. However, one can never speak of the future. Perhaps he, like the Phantom, must only wait for his Christine...
Married/ in relationship/single? Give names and specifics.
Single, and darkly humorous of the fact that he'd most likely die a bachelor.
How does your character feel about sex/intimacy? What sexual relationship(s) is he or she involved in?
Being the typical Victorian gentleman, he abhors premarital or extramarital relationships. And by those standards, he remains celibate.
Exactly what does your character do to make a living (or in the case of a child, what do his/ her parents do; or in the case of independent wealth, how does he or she pass the time?)? How much does s/he earn? Feelings about work? What is the best part of the job, the worst?
He used to be a hatter, as previously mentioned. Now that he is contained in The Crow's Nest, he lives on governmental sustenance, though he does "tasks" for them and Doctor Zabat in return. Most of these "tasks" involve investigating and dealing with the more unobliging of Others, sometimes even to the point of fighting and detaining them; from a modern point of view, one might say his job is a superhero.
Who or what does/he fear?
Robert Sinclair, and for good reason. Sinclair was the reason he became disfigured - an attack by the man which he deflected from his family hit him instead, and Sinclair would have killed him if it were not for some quick thinking and an emergency show of his magnetism. Also, Sinclair is still on the run after escaping another near-imprisonment.
What about his or her life would he or she change if s/he could?
Most likely his physical appearance, back to the face he had before his disfigurement.
Does the character have a hobby? Secret passion? (Can be something ordinary like soccer playing or yoga classes or mountain biking or sewing or fixing up old trucks - or an unusual interest like some Greek poet from the third century, or collecting spiders, or walking the tightrope…
He still hats from time to time, although he admittedly isn't very good at it. He also has a fondness for clocks and clockwork, which led him into a friendship with the local inventor Edwards and his protege, Miss Vang.
What would be his or her favourite smell ( why)?
Apple pies, which is one of the few things that remind him of his mother. Mostly because his father never mentioned apple pies without saying how his late wife baked the very best of them.
What kind of shoes does he or she wear, (e.g. furry slippers or gumboot or trainers… new or old, style, what colour, fitting properly or too tight or too loose, nice and clean or old and smelly)? Describe exactly.
As Daffy, he wears the usual sort of formal shoe, in black or brown leather, though admittedly the shoes were a bit worn. As Merlin he wears black boot-like shoes, not that you could see them much.
Favourite meal? Attitude to food?
He'll eat pretty much anything that is food. Not a big eater, just not picky.
His Merlin suit, consisting of clothes entirely in black with garish hints of yellow, and especially the mask it entails.
What is the worst thing that could happen to him or her right now?
Losing his father and/or his "brother". Daffy, bless his soul, would rather die than have them die.
What vehicles does your character use/own? (for example: bike, skateboard, truck, yacht, stroller, canoe, spaceship, battered pickup, etc.. please be as exact as possible). What are his/her feelings towards it/them. What kind of journeys does he or she make?
What's this whole thing about being detailed? What if I don't want to be detailed, or if I actually can't? Well, strictly speaking, Daffy doesn't own any vehicles on his own.
What is his or her most treasured possession?
He doesn't treasure anything in particular.
What illnesses has he or she suffered, if any?
Nothing spectacular, just the usual flu and the like. Unless injury counts, in which case he lost his entire right arm and part of his right face.
What’s his/her philosophy of life? For example’ You’ve got to look after Number 1’ or ‘Never say die’ or ‘Don’t ask for reasons.” What are his or her most strongly held beliefs?
Carpe diem. "Seize the day". He doesn't always live by it, though, because his definition of "seize" isn't always the same as other people's. He does hold strong to his morals.
What does he or she feel guilty about?
Having to leave his father, living alone in that cold house in the city, and only being able to visit very sparsely while his father is slowly growing more and more demented.
Biggest mistake ever made?
He always thinks he could've dealt with the Robert Sinclair incident better. Daffy has a million other ways he could've saved his family without being directly exposed as an Other, but all in all he knows the past cannot be changed.
Best thing he/she ever did?
Ridding the world of Robert Sinclair. Oh, he doesn't know it yet - it's yet to happen in the story - but he will be involved in Sinclair's eventual capture.
What, right now, does your character want most of all? His or her deepest desire – a glass of water, to get out of her marriage, a new pair of shoes, peace and quiet…
A normal life, where he could be in hiding again, living like another peaceful civilian with his family.
Glossary of La Reinaisms
Aheheh: onomatopoeia for a chuckle, esp. a mischievous one
Hurm: onomatopoeia for thinking; a standard reply when all else fails
Spam: an all-purpose word