Monday, May 14, 2012

Elsewhere: C'ren (Part 1)

C'ren the dragon rider
My readers have already complained that C'ren is a stupid name. As a matter of fact, when I decided to do my research some time ago, I realized that C'ren is actually a common (I think I found about two other Pernese fan-made characters with the same name) Pernese masculine name (another Sue point for C'ren of One Less Lonely Gurl!), and is therefore, not stupid. The guy on the left is actually my interpretation of a fan-made character from this antiquated Geocities website where Anne McCaffrey fans would roleplay and live out their fantasies of living in the world of Dragonriders of Pern, a sci-fi/fantasy book that McCaffrey wrote. (Coincidentally, my trollfic was labeled as sci-fi/fantasy. Hey, I didn't know about this book until then!)

The name C'ren is actually commonly pronounced as See-ran (as with this character), and a dramatic reading of my fic by some British chick who happens to be a fanfic reviewer pronounced it as such. C'ren of One Less Lonely Gurl, however, is pronounced as Karen as a pun on Plankton's computer's name.

Now, for a character profile. Also, I will test if this character is a Gary Stu. (Most likely, he's not. The character rules actually state that no Mary Sues and Gary Stus are allowed.)

Disclaimer: Since I don't actually know much about Pernese culture provided that I haven't really read any of the books, this profile might be inaccurate. Nevertheless, this is the most wholesome character profile in this blog so far amidst all the Sue Profiles that are really just as offensive as the characters themselves.

Basic Statistics

Name: C'ren (Ciren, but changed to C'ren after impressing a bronze dragon named Clorenth)
Age: 31 (born on 5.15.1256)
Nationality: Pernese
Socioeconomic Level as a child: (what is the socioeconomic level of a fisherman in Pern?)
Socioeconomic Level as an adult: (probably ditto)
Hometown: Ista Weyr
Current Residence: Mirror Lake Weyr
Occupation: Wingleader of the Second Wing/Bronzerider/Fishercrafter
Income: (what are the incomes of these occupations?)
Talents/Skills: fishing, physical strength, judgement of character, intelligence, sense of humor
Salary: (same for income)
Birth order: probably an only child
Siblings (describe relationship): ?
Spouse (describe relationship): none
Children (describe relationship): none
Grandparents (describe relationship): ?
Grandchildren (describe relationship): none
Significant Others (describe relationship): none
Relationship skills: he's an exceptional judge of character, has a sense of humor, can have a temper, but he's generally friendly

Physical Characteristics:

Height: 5'11
Weight: slender
Race: Pernese human
Eye Color: piercing blue
Hair Color: white-blond
Glasses or contact lenses? neither
Skin color: tan, weathered but even
Shape of Face: ? (But I drew him with a somewhat rectangular face with a pointed chin)
Distinguishing features: eyes, scars
How does he/she dress? however a Pernese fisherman dresses? (I just made up the brown fur coat and the blue tunic)
Mannerisms: quiet, pushes himself too hard
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.) none, I guess?
Health: great; he's physically fit (although he sometimes pushes himself to the detriment of this)
Hobbies: fishing
Favorite Sayings
: ?
Speech patterns
: ?
Disabilities: none, I guess, except when he gets wounds...
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): whatever the style of a Pernese fisherman is..
Greatest flaw: temper, has a tendency to push himself too hard
Best quality: phenomenal judge of character

Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background: Fishercraft Hall, journeyman; Weyrlinghood graduate
Intelligence Level: intelligent
Any Mental Illnesses? none; he looks sane to me...
Learning Experiences: many from his apprenticeship
Character's short-term goals in life: move to Mirror Lake
Character's long-term goals in life: push people to their potentials
How does Character see himself/herself? he doesn't throw rank around, so he must be quite modest
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others? ...but he expects obedience immediately when giving orders
How self-confident is the character? just right; not arrogant and is willing to ask questions
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? both
What would most embarrass this character? No idea.

Emotional Characteristics

-strengths: physically fit, fair, judge of character, patient, thoughtful, kind, intelligent, has a sense of humor, friendly
-weaknesses: has a temper, tends to push himself too far
Introvert or Extrovert? extrovert, based on his friendly demeanor
How does the character deal with anger? brawling
With sadness? bawling? (nah, that was just a pun on the word 'brawling')
With conflict? brawling
With change? depends what the change is
With loss? depends what the loss is
What does the character want out of life? go to Mirror Lake, where the culture is 'better'
What would the character like to change in his/her life? the fact that he wasn't in Mirror Lake?
What motivates this character? the seas
What frightens this character? he comes across as a brave man...
What makes this character happy? being at the sea
Is the character judgmental of others? well, he's a good judge of character...
Is the character generous or stingy? generous
Is the character generally polite or rude? polite

Spiritual Characteristics

Does the character believe in God? (is there a god in Pernese culture?)
What are the character's spiritual beliefs? ?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life? ?
If so, what role does it play? ?

How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.): fan-made character
Scene where character first appears: year 1256

Relationships with other characters:
1. Coranile: father
2. Meerlarla: mother
3. Clorenth: bronze dragon; quickly developed a bond with C'ren, worries about him sometimes due to his tendency to overexert
4. Storm: blue firelizard, messenger, lounges on top of Clorenth

How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began: he lived a better life after requesting for a transfer to Mirror Lake

Additional Notes on This Character:
Gary Stu Score: 40 (note: I used a different litmus test because the one I used for my previous Sue profiles is apparently 'under construction.' At this score, he's already  borderline-Stu, but then again, I might have taken the test inaccurately because I did not create him, and I don't know the personality of the one who created him. Add that to the fact that I don't really know much about Pernese culture, but I did my best to answer as accurately as I can.)
Source: (I already linked to it in the post intro.)

P.S. I'm sorry, Anne McCaffrey, for unintentionally ruining your fandom by accidentally using a common Pernese name as the moniker of a Mary Sue in a Spongebob trollfic!

P.S.S.On another note, I think I just made C'ren (the dragon rider, not C'ren Bieber) look like Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. (I actually intended him to look like Basch, who seems to match the given physical description of C'ren, but I failed horribly.) Another apology to the original creator if s/he hates Nickelback.

(Warning: scrolling ahead might make you want to punch the screen if you hate Nickelback, as I think most of you do. Anyway, I have nothing against Nickelback, nor do I love them like a hardcore fan.)

Fun fact: this picture is actually from a website about the douchebags of music.)
 Really, he kinda looks like C'ren, right?

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