Day 2: Physical Status
Briefly describe your character’s physical appearance. Are they able-bodied or disabled? Are they comfortable with their looks/body, or did they wish their body was different? Do they have any significant scars? How fit are they?
For the Inquisitor: What is their experience with the Anchor? If/when they lose their hand, how does that go? How do they handle it afterwards?
Amara is tall for an elf, but still shorter than most humans. She is lean and rather muscular from her rigorous training. She sometimes wishes she was taller or more imposing physically because she absolutely hates how some people look at her as if she was dainty and weak by default of being an elven woman. On the other hand she sees the advantage of looking weaker than she is – even though she doesn’t like it very much it is still a useful tool sometimes. She is deceptively strong, both in physical fights and in her constitution. She spent a lot of time in taverns and can drink most people under the table without severe consequences for herself.
She has numerous scars all over he body. She keeps them well hidden and is mostly uncomfortable with anyone else seeing them. They remind her of things she’d rather forget. The only exceptions are the scars on her lip that she can’t really hide and the one on her throat that is sometimes visible. She has an elaborate made up bar fight story she tells when people insist asking about those.
Besides her vallaslin she has several tattoos. Two snakes going around her upper arms, over her shoulders and coming to rest on her collarbones, a stylised dragon going down almost her entire spine, a mixture of thorns and roses ranking around the inside of her thighs and a small writing on the inside of her right wrist saying “Mala suledin nadas” (Now you must endure). Most of her tattoos are carefully crafted to cover up scars. (They are well done so that at a first glance you don’t realise there is scar tissue at all.) There is also a branding on her lower back that she keeps hidden as well.
When she looses her hand and lower arm she is mostly practical about it. She mourns it and is angry about having to relearn a lot of things. Mostly she is furious that she can no longer fight with a bow. She explores all options she can find to get a somewhat working replacement, dwarven mechanics and magic combined. With Dagna’s help and a lot of input from some contacts they made over the years she later gets a prosthetic arm that even gives her a few advantages. She still has to retire the bow because her aim stays off no matter how hard she practices but her new arm comes with a secret compartment for poison and backup knives thanks to Dagna’s foresight and after a while of coming to terms with the situation Amara starts to see the advantages.
About a year after she finally gave up on her bow Varric gifted her a small crossbow that she carries sort of like a side arm ever since.
Lyssa is mostly your average elf – shorter and leaner than most humans. She never knew luxury before Skyhold and it shows in her physique: she is deceptively slim but strong and wiry. She loves being outside and more accidentally than by training keeps up her strength and stamina. Her body is actually one of the few things about herself she is comfortable with.
Being someone who loves to venture outside, she has several small scars – the most noticeable ones those in her face upon lip and next to her eye. If asked, she tells a story about misjudging the stability of a rock as she climbed it and there actually was such an accident that left her with two or three scars – those in her face not among them.
The Anchor is at first really bothering her. The magic imbued in it actually interferes with her own magic and it takes a while for her to get used to it which frustrates her to no end.
The loss of her hand is very hard for her and only afterwards does she realize how much she unconsciously did with her left arm and how much she needs it. Especially the handling of a staff is nearly impossible for her until she finally realizes that the staff itself is only an extension of her will. She makes it a point to train to extend her will without it and becomes rather adapt at using her magic without a staff. She still does use some which are manufactured to be handled with only one hand. It’s then that she can completely accept it.