Introduction Who are you? Sum yourself up in one sentence.
Put simply, I'm the one with the sharp axe who never falls flat. Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, or nom de plume?
I can't say that I do, no. Aside from Crescendo, of course. What is your full birth name?
Edward Rhodes. I'm assuming you know to keep that to yourself. Where do you live?
Er... I live in the Theatre District... With my parents... How old are you? What year were you born (if applicable)?
Twenty-two years, and ninety-two, in that order. Physical Traits What is your gender? If not applicable, please explain.
Male. I'm going to guess that's a formality, or something. How would you describe your heritage?
Well, my mother's American, and my father's British. Dad moved to Seattle early on in his life, though. How tall are you?
Five-eleven, I think. It's been a while since I last checked... What is your body type?
Normal humans don't become heroes sitting around on the couch, that's for sure. Do you have any particular weaknesses, such as allergies or physical disabilities?
None that I can really think of off the top of my head... How do you carry yourself? Are you graceful, or heavy on your feet? Can you be stealthy, do you walk with confidence?
I walk with the grace of a three-four time signature, and when I need to, I know exactly where to place a few sixteenth-note-triplets. Describe your skin, eye, and hair color.
Describe them? Okay. My skin is pale as a full summer moon, my eyes like wilted leaves, My hair like the shell of a molting cicada, hiding among the trees. How do you wear your hair, if applicable? Do you have facial hair?
I get it cut if it starts getting in my eyes, but otherwise I just don't pay much attention to it. Do you consider yourself attractive? Do others?
Eh. I consider my music attractive. Never really thought about myself, though. Do you have any scars, tattoos, piercings, or birthmarks?
Nope. Tattoos are a liability to secret identities. Do you resemble anyone famous?
Famous? No clue. I don't look like any musicians I know of, and that's really the extent of my knowledge of famous people. Do you have a dominant hand?
I'm a lefty. I play right-handed though. The extra dexterity's good for fretting. What kind of clothing do you wear?
Outside of my costume, just whatever is comfy or looks nice. Do you wear makeup?
I don't really do hair metal. What is your vocal range? Is your voice distinctive in some way?
I don't like my voice very much. It's a shame, all this musical talent, and I can't sing.
Do you have any distinctive habits, nervous tics, or mannerisms? Where did they come from, and what causes them? Do other people notice and remark on these habits? Do they annoy you or other people?
Occasionally I tend to stray a little far from tonic. Oh, and the metaphors... History Where do you come from?
I was born in Seattle, but I consider Freedom City my hometown. Have you made any major moves, or do you live in your hometown?
When I was five, I moved to Freedom City, but I don't remember that very well... Do you feel loyal to your country of citizenship? Do you consider yourself patriotic? How do you feel about the government of your country?
There's a reason they write so many songs about the U.S.A. How do you feel about the place you come from?
Seattle? I don't remember it too well, but I hear it's up there with Memphis for good music. I'd argue it's better then Memphis, especially for the kinds of music I usually like. Where is your home town? What was/is it like?
Well, have a look around, and you tell me. Growing up, were most of the people you knew similar to you, or were you somehow a minority? How did that affect you?
I grew up in the Theatre District once I moved here, so I was generally around other artsy-types all my life. I'd say it helped a bit. Is there something you've always been really good at or really bad at? How has that affected your life?
Music. I took to it like a rock beat to a four-four time signature. Were there any traumatic experiences in your early years (death of a family member, abandonment, orphaned at an early age)?
Surprisingly, no. I hear it's usually the case with heroes, but no, I had a pretty good life. Briefly describe a defining moment in your childhood and how it influenced your life.
Well, there was this one time I went to my first concert when I was about eight. It was when I decided that I wanted to spend my life with music. What stupid things did you do when you were younger?
Heh. I remember when I learned that amps weren't waterproof. Not even the nice ones... Where did you go to school? How much school did you have, and did you enjoy it?
What, you mean college? I never went. I was going to, but then I decided to be a hero instead. Do you have any mementos of your childhood? What are they, and why did you keep them? If you have none, why not?
I still have my first guitar hanging on a wall in my room. I got it when I was eight, a day or two after that concert. When did you decide to become a hero? Why? Did anyone influence you one way or another in the decision?
When I was about eighteen. I did it because I was bored, at least that was the reason when I started my training. Eventually my parents insisted I get a job or move out, so that spurred me to train even harder. Is the reason you give people for becoming a hero different than your real reason? If so, why?
Nope. That's pretty much it. Do you have any deep, dark secrets in the past that may come back to haunt you?
Not really, no. Secret identity aside, I'm like an open chord. Do you represent yourself as being different from who you really are? Why?
Again, not really. I'm a huge music nerd, both in and out of costume. If you do have these secrets, what do you fear would happen if the truth became known? How far would you go to protect those secrets?
Well, if you mean the secret identity, I really don't want to have to deal with my parents being held hostage or something... Do you have any sort of criminal record? If so, is it public knowledge?
Nope. No criminal record. Family What are your biological parents' names?
My mother and father are Sara and Daniel Rhodes, respectively. Were you raised by them? If not, please explain and describe who raised you.
Yep. I'd say they did a pretty good job. What was their standing in the community? What did/do they do for a living?
Mom teaches at the university over at the North End. Dad was in a band back in Seattle, but now he's a session musician. Where are your parents now?
Right now? Well, mom's definitely in a class, and I think dad said something about a gig this morning... Did your family stay in one area or move around a lot?
Once we got to Freedom, we didn't move very much. How did you get along with their parents? How do you get along with them now (if applicable).
They don't exactly like my choice of occupation, but they tolerate me enough. How do your parents view you now, or how would they?
Like I said, they love me, not the biggest fan of my hero work. Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what are their names? Describe your relationship with them.
Nope, I was an only child. What was your birth order in the family?
Only child, like I said. Where are your siblings now (if applicable)? Do they have families of their own? What do they do?
Still not applicable, sorry. Do you stay in touch with them or have you become estranged?
Again? Nope, still not applicable. Do you love or hate one member of the family in particular?
Nope, I love them equally for putting up with me. Is any member of the family special to you in any way (perhaps, as a confidant, mentor, or arch-rival)?
Well, if I HAD to play favorites, my dad's pretty cool. I wish I could be in a band, but it seems I'm more cut out for solo work. Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)? If so, please explain.
As much as I'd hate to admit it, I'd say I'm the black sheep. They think my hero work is dangerous. Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor? If so, please explain, including how it has affected your life.
Not that I can think of. I don't exactly have my family history at the ready. Do you have a partner and children currently? If so, please describe them.
Nope. Still single, still living with my parents. If you do not have a partner or children, do you want them someday? How firm are you in your opinion on this, and what might change your mind?
Er... Sure? I haven't really thought about it much, I've been so busy with my music and my hero-ing... What type of person would be your ideal mate?
Well, they'd have to be able to put up with me, first of all. I'm told the metaphors start to grate after a while. From there, they'd have to like music... I haven't thought about it much, like I said. Relationships Do you have any close friends? If so, please describe them, and how you came to be close to them.
Well, the first that comes to mind is Roger. He makes a living building stage props. I met him through my dad, and he helped design my axe and costume. Do you have a best friend? If so, how did they become your best friend? How close are you to your best friend? If you were to go missing, who would worry about you? Have you lost any loves? If so, how did it happen, and what did you do? Do you have any bitter enemies? If so, please describe them and their history with you. If you have enemies, how do you think they might attempt to work against you in the future? What is the worst thing someone has done to you? Where do your loyalties lie? In what order? Who or what do you trust the most? Why? Who or what do you despise? Why? What qualities do you admire most in other people? Are these qualities you possess? What qualities do you hate most in other people? Do you have any of those qualities? Do you have a secret identity? If so, who knows it? Do you hide it from people who are close to you? Why? Do you work well on teams and in groups? Are you a leader or a follower? Are you on a super team? If so, how do you get along with your comrades? Do you trust them, or do you have secrets from them?
Are you a member of any church, fraternal organization, club, committee, political party, or other group? How much time do you spend on that? Personality & Beliefs Who are your heroes? Did you ever become disillusioned with former heroes or idols? If so, why and what were the circumstances? Do you like being a hero? If so, what is the most rewarding part? If not, what makes you keep doing it? Is there anything that would make you give up hero work, or even switch sides? What are your short term goals (what would you like to be doing within a year)? What are your long term goals (what would you like to be doing twenty years from now)? What is your greatest fear? Why? What do you do when something triggers this fear? Is there anything you would give you life for? How do you feel about money and material wealth? Do you desire it or disdain it? Are you miserly with what you have, or do you like to share? Is it a mark of success, or a means to an end? How do you generally treat others? Are you a trusting person? Has your trust ever been abused? Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)? Do you have a lot of self-confidence? How do you act around attractive, available members of your preferred sex? What are your most annoying habits? Do you feel contempt for any general category of people? Who are they, and why? What is your favorite food? Do you prefer any particular type of food? Do you take the time to enjoy your food, or do you eat as fast as you can? What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)? What is your favorite treat (dessert)? Are there any specific foodstuffs that you find disgusting or refuse to eat? What is your favorite color? Are there any colors you dislike? What sort of music do you like? Is there any that you hate? If you have a favorite scent, what is it? Do you have a favorite animal? What is your most treasured possession? Why? Do you enjoy "roughing it", or do you prefer your creature comforts? Is there a job or a task you would absolutely refuse to do? Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? If so, how do your beliefs affect your life?How important is it to you? Was your faith influenced or molded by anyone special? If you belong to a religious organization, how often do you attend? Do you have a specific place of worship, or friends within the organization? How much do you agree with the beliefs of your organization? Could you kill? Have you killed? What circumstances led to you forming that conviction, or taking that action? Are there circumstances under which you believe it is permissible to kill? What are they? How would you react to watching someone kill another person? Would your reaction be different if the killer was a friend or an enemy of yours? How would you react if something important was stolen from you? How would you react to public humiliation? How would you react if a good friend or relative were purposely or accidentally killed? Has it happened to you? What do you consider to be the worst crime someone could commit and why? If your life were to end in 24 hours, what five things would you do in those remaining hours? Career & Training Do you have any special training in your hero skills? If so, where and how did you get it? Who taught you the most about your heroing abilities? What was your relationship with that person? Do you have any particularly unusual skills? How did you acquire them? Do you do something besides hero work for a living? Have you ever done anything else, or do you plan to? What is your preferred combat style? Have you ever received any awards or honours? What skill areas would you like most to improve in? Is there anything you can't do that you wish desperately you could? How do you act around people who are more skilled than you in areas you'd like to improve? Are you jealous, or do you try and learn? Lifestyle & Hobbies What is a normal day for you? How do you feel when something interrupts this routine? Do you have any hobbies, or interests outside hero work? What are they, and where did you pick them up? What do you do for fun? Do you have a costume? What does it look like? How do you normally dress when not in costume? What do you wear to bed most nights? Do you wear any special jewelry? What is it, and what does it look like? Do you have a special place where you keep your valuables? What's your preferred means of local travel? How about long distance? Miscellaneous Have you ever made a will, or tried to make arrangements for your death? What provisions did you make? If your features were to be destroyed beyond recognition, is there any other way of identifying your body? What would you like to be remembered for after your death? Do you believe you pose a threat to the public? Why or why not? What do you perceive as your greatest strength? What do you perceive as your greatest weakness? As a player, if you could, what advice would you give your character? Speak as if he/she were sitting right here in front of you. Use proper tone so they might heed your advice...