SMH gang and when they start celebrating Christmas
Jack: December 1st. But he does all his holiday shopping throughout the year; if he sees something he thinks someone (Bitty) will like, he buys it and keeps it on the top closet shelf. Things are starting to fall off the shelf.
Bitty: After Thanksgiving weekend. He’s honestly irritated that Thanksgiving doesn’t get the respect it deserves. “It’s called THANKSgiving and you’re gonna give Thanks for this lovely autumnal centerpiece that complements the menu I’ve planned!” Also the Bittles have a tradition of putting up the tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Shitty: Honestly this kid is all over the place with every single holiday. He has a “Fourth of July Garland” and saves cherry-bombs for Thanksgiving and puts up ghosts around the house over Christmas and justifies it by saying it’s from A Christmas Carol.
Lardo: Holidays happen, Lardo isn’t that fussed about them tbh. She goes along with everyone’s shenanigans but she doesn’t really have any strong feelings about Christmas.
Chowder: Approximately mid-November. Not *right* after Halloween but he can’t help getting excited about Christmas before Thanksgiving is over. Especially because it gets cold in MA. Hot Cocoa season = Christmas for Chowder. He loves all the snuggly parts of the Christmas season best.
Ransom: Black Friday. Dude is all about making a day of Black Friday and getting all the best deals. Once he’s done his holiday shopping he’s fully in the Christmas mood. He likes Thanksgiving but it’s not a priority.
Holster: The very second Halloween is over it’s time for Christmas. Bitty is taking down the Halloween decorations and Holster is putting up paper snowflakes and wearing a reindeer antlers. (sidenote: yes, Holster & his mom are Jewish, and yes Holster celebrates Hannukah. But he also loves secular Christmas.)
Nursey: Whenever he hears a song from Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on the radio. Playing in a store doesn’t count, it has to be on the radio. It’s like the first snow for him. Holster finds out and calls in to every radio station requesting “All I Want for Christmas is You” on November 3rd. He doesn’t actually get a station to agree until November 10th.
Dex: The first snow after Thanksgiving. It can’t really be Christmas until it snows, and preferably that snow should stick. If that means no carols until December 15th, so be it. He also likes to remind everyone that it’s the twelve days of Christmas, and that the first day of Christmas is December 25th and it extends *after* that, not before. Before Christmas is Advent, which is supposed to be a time of preparation and reflection. “And I can’t reflect with you singing ‘All I want for Christmas is You’, Nursey!!!”
Bonus HC: Lardo films a video of Chowder, Nursey, Holster, Ransom, and Bitty lip-synching to “All I Want for Christmas is You” wearing ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s interspersed with pictures of various NHL butts, including Jack’s. And maybe Dex’s as well. Shitty cries.
This right here was the character development/chemistry I was craving. Oharano looks so lonely trying not to associate with the other players. Thankfully Gion’s warm-hearted and inquisitive personality chip away at his stiff exterior to help him open up and learn that he can share his burdens with his teammates so that he doesn’t have to do them alone.
Germany (Ludwig Beilschmidt)
- He’ll just knock em out and bring em home to kidnap them.
- When they’re at his place, he’ll chain them to his bed. He wants them to at least be comfortable. However he gags them too.
- When they wake up and begin to panic, he’ll just sit by their bed and carefully stroke their cheeks/hair and wipe away any tears
- He’s super patient and will wait for them to warm up to him.
- Seriously though this guy has literally no intentions to harm them.
- He feeds them, gives them water and even lets them use the restroom- he stays right outside the door though.
- He’s also very gullible. Fake warming up to him, and he’ll let them have free roam.
- When he finds you however, his promise to not harm them may just break… but after a day or so he’ll go back to being his normal self, however he remains much more cautious.
- He doesn’t do anything sexual, though. Not really even physical. Mostly psychological.
- They probably will develop stockholm syndrome.
Yo, this is really long, and far from complete. If anyone has suggestions/ideas, I want them. If anything feels wrong or inaccurate I’d love to hear about it!
Vox Machina lives in a shitty off campus house together which they lovingly named the house Grayskull keep. It’s called that because of the building disgusting grey siding, and the landlord’s insistence that they intensively decorate on Halloween. It’s cute, they have a chore wheel (one that no one ever follows, so Keyleth or Pike always end up cleaning).
Percy is pursuing a BFA in Metals, and a BS in mechanical engineering. He was originally just an engineering major, and while it was challenging, he felt like he wasn’t allowed to be creative. He took an introduction to metals class as his art requirement, and shit he was hooked. Percy makes everything from jewelry, to small trinkets, to huge sculptures. He really likes to strike a balance balance between science and art in all of his work. Most of the time you can find him in the metal’s studio, working late into the night, or at the local garage where he works part time on the weekends as one of the mechanics (he uses his paycheck to pay for Vex’s motorcycle insurance). All of Percy’s family died in a tragic fire except for his little sister Cassandra and himself. The Fire Marshall deemed that the fire that killed most of his family was an accident, but he believes that the Briarwoods were the cause for some odd reason.With some of his hefty inheritance left to him by his parents, Percy bought Grayskull Keep, and he is the rest of Vox Machina’s landlord (although he has Vex to handle paying the bills and such, she’s so much better with money it than he is). Half the reason Percy looked for housemates was because he couldn’t live in such a large house alone anymore.
Grog went to college on a football scholarship, but has to drop out of school his sopomore year because his grades were horrible. Seriously, who let the dyslexic kid who hates reading declare English as his major? Before he dropped out he was part of a fraternity. During a night out drinking, Grog stopped his cousin Kevdak, the president of the Frat, from beating up an old bartender who had tried to cut Kevdak off for the night. This pissed Kevdak off enough that he kicked Grog out of the fraternity. Turns out that the man, Wilhelm, owned the bar. He offered Grog a job as a bouncer at The Dawnflower, and offered to set him up with a new place to stay. Grog is a boxer, and trains at the gym called The Braving Grounds. He’s the reigning champ The Crucible, a fight club that operates in the Braving Grounds’ basement.
Pike is a pre-med major. She works at her grandfather’s bar as a waitress part time. She is often gone because she volunteers at local hospitals and nursing homes. With the little free time she has Pike spends it hanging out with her roommates, going out on bar crawls, watching MMA fights on the TV with her best friend Grog, going to temple with her grandpa, and studying. So. Much. Studying. But it’s okay, Pike wants to help people, and being a doctor is the best way to do it. She hopes to be able to work as a surgeon in an OR one day. All them blood and guts yes, please. She had to take a semester off due to a mental break down. She went off to New York City, and got a job working on a cruise ship. The SS Blindspot traveled all around during her six month stint as a deckhand. She’s now back to Emon University now and feeling better than ever.
Vax dropped out of college in his and Vex’s freshman year. This is okay, it happens. College really isn’t for everyone, but like Syldor would ever be okay with that. Vax now works full time at the Clasp Cafe as a barista to pay his share of the rent, because Dad sure as shit isn’t anymore. He really doesn’t like his co-workers at all, so he’s trying to get his paramedic certification so that he doesn’t have to work at the Clasp anymore. His real passion and interest is tattooing, and he is an apprentice at a local tattoo parlor, the Raven’s Nest. His mentor, Queenie, is a bit of a cryptic bitch sometimes, but he really is learning a lot. Vax has told Keyleth he is in love with her, and while she hasn’t fully reciprocated yet, they have a bit of a relationship happening. It’s weird and confusing and they really need to talk about it soon, but for now he’s happy. Also, Vax does parkour.
Vex has always been very good with money, as a child she helped their mother plan budgets for the week and clip coupons so they could stay afloat. She’s an accounting major, and loves crunching numbers. She’s also a vegetarian, and the treasurer of the animal rights club. She has a massive mutt named Trinket, and he gets dog hair literally everywhere. She adopted him as a puppy, when she found him on the side of the road, malnourished, next to his dead mother. She nursed Trinket back to health, and honestly if Vex didn’t take him along on all of her hikes, he would be getting fat. She has a motorcycle she nicknamed broomstick, which she got by “borrowing” it one day from a friend of vox machina, and she simply never gave it back. Honestly, Gern isn’t over it still, but he did just buy a new car, so hopefully he’ll forgive and forget soon. Percy fixed Vex’s motorcycle to be a little safer for free because he was so nervous it would fall apart on he. He added a sidecar so Trinket could ride with her too. Her father may pay for her tuition, food, and rent, but she had no way of paying for her motorcycle insurance. That is, until Percy proposed that she handle collecting rent, taking care of all the bills, and the buying of all the mutually needed items (such as groceries and cleaning supplies) for the household. In exchange for her services, Percy would handle her insurance. Most weekends you can find Vex going on hikes in the local mountains and forests with her dog (and occasionally Keyleth or other members of Vox Machina), going to parties/bar and getting trashed with her friends, getting a free tattoo from her brother so he can practice his craft, and doing the grocery shopping and other tasks for all of Grayskull. She can also be found sitting in the metal studio doing homework while keeping Percy company.
Keyleth is an environmental engineering major who just wants to make the world a cleaner, more energy efficient place. She is vegan, of course. Keyleth is surprisingly an active member of the campus community, despite being socially awkward. She’s part of the recycling club, the animal rights club, and a few other advocacy/environmental groups on campus. She was raised in a hippy colony in the middle of nowhere, so while college isn’t all that different, it’s still a culture shock sometimes. Keyleth is attending the college on a big scholarship, since hippies don’t have all that much money. It comes from Aramente Inc, an environmental engineering firm. It also guarantees Keyleth a leadership position in their activism division after she graduates. However, she is required to travel to other universities and give talks on the organization and what it does while she is in school. Being socially awkward and terribly shy, she is understandably very nervous about this. Keyleth also is constantly on the frontlines of protests, and begs whoever has a car (it used to be Tibs before he moved, now it’s Vex) to take her to the bus/train station so she can get to the city/location for a new sit in or other important thing. Vox Machina joins her on occasion. She and Vax are kind of sort of dating? She might be in love just a little bit? It’s pretty weird what they have going on. She likes to go on hikes often, whether alone or with Vex she doesn’t care. She just enjoys being in nature. Her favorite moments are when she makes a bonfire in grayskull keep’s yard, and everyone comes outside and shares a few drinks and laughs. They all make s’mores and enjoy one another’s company. She loves working in the garden behind the house, and constantly brings in fresh vegetables to cook with.
Scanlan never wanted to go to college, but his mom’s dying wish was for him to go. And while he knew he could make his dreams of being a musician/actor/all around celebrity come true without the help of a degree, he wanted to make his mother happy before she died. So now he’s at Emon and is pursuing a dual degree in Music and Theater. He’s constantly performing in starring roles in school productions, and performing at the local open mic nights around town. At these open mic nights he performs either musical acts or stand up comedy. His favorite classes are usually improv based, and he loves making silly songs based off of major hit songs, except he replaces the words with relevant things or his friends names. He’s quite the lady’s man, and when not performing anywhere he’s hitting up the bars and hitting on the ladies. He used to claim he was hopelessly in love with their beautiful pre-med major, but he stopped with the whole failing to imagine her complexly thing. He’s starting to get to know Pike, truly and honestly. He’s changed a lot recently. It helps that he just found out he’s going to be a dad. While Scanlan and his baby mama are never going to be together, they are on decent terms. Scanlan still wants to be a part of his future daughter’s life, and is trying his hardest to get his act together.
Tiberius was an undeclared freshman, who was forced to transfer to a school closer to his home by his family. This forced transfer happened after he totaled his car nicknamed the flying carpet. Tibs and Vox Machina still keep in touch sometimes.
The Slayers take apartment building. The symbol on the buildings sign is a red dragon getting stabbed by a valiant knight. Everyone thinks that it’s really ugly. Plus, the university’s mascot is a dragon, so that’s a little fucked up.
The Slayer’s Take Apartment building’s landlady’s name is Vanessa. And she is really scary. Her husband Murtin is the building’s caretaker.
Zahra and Lilith are cousins and roommates. They have a third roommate name Kashaw. Zahra is close friends with all of Vox Machina, and best friends with Vex. Kash and Zahra are very close. Most would guess that they’re dating, but they’re more akin to siblings than anything else. Both Zahra and Lilith are pagans. Zahra is an Astronomy major. Lilith is a pre-med major and wants to work in a morgue one day.
Kash is a philosophy-psychology double major on a pre-med track. He’s going to be a doctor because that’s what his family expects of him, and well he doesn’t have any other ideas, plus he would be a pretty decent psychologist. Most people think he doesn’t give a shit, but that’s really just a persona. Kash gets along with certain members of Vox Machina than others. He has a pretty big crush on Keyleth, but backs off as soon as he notices the thing Vax and Keyleth have going on. He was pretty depressed in high school, and isn’t afraid of hiding his scars. He isn’t afraid to tell others his story, because he hopes it’ll help others if they know they’re not alone.
Lyra lives in the slayers take too, with her roommate Aldor. Seeing as her uncle is a very rich man, Lyra doesn’t have to live with a roommate at all, or even at a cheap place like the Slayers Take. She likes it there, and she really likes Aldor. Lyra is a library science major. Aldor is on the football team, and a physical therapy major (maybe).
Thorbir lives at the slayer’s take, and is a single father with his young daughter. Thorbir is one of the cops in town.
the amount of times he pulled Tiberius over for speeding before he crashed the flying carpet was a little ridiculous.
he might look like an asshole, but he’s actually one of the good cops.
Osysa lives in the slayers take as well, and is a shut in. She does however pay her rent on time, somehow. Few have ever seen her face, but she’s great with advice. She has a boyfriend on the other side of the country.
The school they go to is called Emon University, in a small liberal town called Tal’Dorei. The University’s logo is a bright red dragon.
Allura and Kima are both professors at the school. As are Seeker Assum and the rest of the council.
Uriel is the President of the University.
Dr. Dranzel is the owner and proprietor of a bar that frequently has live music. Scanlan performs there regularly. Dr. Dranzel is also is a theater professor at the university. (although I am not sure on this point yet).
Gilmore owns the best coffee shop in town. Literally the best. The decor is homey with just the right flair for the eccentric- think kind of like the cafe in friends but with a bit more psychedelic decor. He has the best community nights, an open mic night every Thursday, and board game days every other Sunday afternoon. The best thing about Gilmore’s is the man himself, and the amazing company he provides his guests. Gilmore claims that it’s those low college prices that keep the customers coming back (it’s not really as cheap as he thinks, trust me the Clasp sells cheaper shit). The coffee made by Sherri is fantastic, although barista always in a shit mood. The entirety of vox machina are regulars, and they’ve gotten literally everyone they know to go to Gilmore’s. Sherri has the biggest crush on Scanlan.
Gern owns a candle shop that Zahra and Lilith frequent. He claims that each candle will change the mood of those inhaling the scent. He’s very passionate about candles. His employes are always half asleep because they inhale too many scents on a daily basis.
Karen is the owner of the garage that Percy works at. She knows he doesn’t need the paycheck, but he’s pretty damn good at his job, so she allows him to work part time. Karen does a lot of specialty jobs (if you’ve ever seen pimp my ride–she kind of is like that, except less flashy). She loves repairing old cars and making them look brand new again.
Wilhelm owns The Dawnflower, a local bar, with some of the best home-brewed moonshine ever, Sarenrae’s Grace. The recipe has been in the Trickfoot family since prohibition, it’s terrible but it’ll get you drunk in minutes.
The Clasp Cafe, has the cheapest coffee in town, therefore it’s really busy. But that being said, it’s not really that great of coffee. Vax hates working there because of how busy it gets, and while Gilmore would hire him in a heartbeat, he doesn’t want to made his relationship with the man even more awkward than it already is. Vax works with Garthok usuallly. He’s a pretty chill guy and is your friendly neighborhood drug dealer. His distributer is the owner of the Clasp, so in reality all of the people who work at the clasp sell drugs out the back, but Garthok is the guy who know’s his stuff the best. He doesn’t deal in anything too heavy. He sells pot mostly, a few hallucinogenic substances, but other than that not much. You go up to him during his shift and ask for the mean green special to get the good stuff.
The Braving Grounds is a boxing gym run by Earthbreaker Groon. Groon is Grog’s boxing coach, and believes if grog tried, he could potentially become an MMA fighter. Grog recently defeated his rival, a man named Kern, in the Crucible, the local fight club located underneath the Braving Grounds. Another person of note from the Crucible is a woman named the Siren (she lives at the Slayers Take Apartments and works at a club called the Velvet Cabaret). Grog has a slight crush on
Shale is one of Grog’s aunts. She shows up from time to time and gives out crazy old lady advice, and cooks Vox Machina some weird recipe that has been in the family for generations thankyouverymuch.
After Kevdak graduated, his little brother Zanror took over as president of Grog’s former frat. Zanror and Grog are on decent enough terms, although they do not see each other often.
Syldor took the twins into his custody after their mother died in a work accident when they were ten. Syldor had no idea of the twin’s existence until that point, and was a really shit father. He took hands off parenting to a new level. He was always away on business trips and typically ignored them when he was home. The pair really don’t get along with their father, and constantly fight with him over the phone. They are very close with their half sister, who just turned 5, and they are on decent terms with their step-mother.
Delilah and Sylas Briarwood became the remaining de Rolo siblings foster parents and were absolutely horrible to them.
Percy and the rest of Vox Machina are fighting to get Cassandra out of the couple’s custody and into grayskull keep. Percy is over the age of 18 after all, and is should be Cassandra’s legal chargeThe judge is in the Briarwood’s pocket, and deems a college house’s atmosphere too dangerous for a young child (despite the fact that Cassandra is already in high school). Percy offers to move to another home, away from the university, yet the judge still denies custody.
Artist’s comment: This was mostly a warm-up, before I start seriously painting on something else. I actually just wanted to challenge me to do a small painting with one of those 5-color pallettes floating around here on tumblr. It ended up with me trying out the watercolor brush tools of my program. I quite liked the outcome. So here it is. Worktime: approx. 15 minutes
Me: Okay. Tablet is on the verge of death. The new cord won’t arrive until Tuesday. We need to at least get the linework done for the page. Brain: Yeah but… what if we drew Nino real tiny in the corner instead.