Here's Perarre, from The Lost Book of Anggird, to tell you a little about herself:
1. What is your full name? Is there anything significant about your name?
My name is Perarre Tabrano. There's nothing significant about it; it's just a regular Essan name.
2. How old are you?
I am 22 years old.
3. Tell us about your family. What do you like and not like about them?
the youngest of ten children. My father died several years ago, and my
mother Malia still runs the Golden Hare, our family's inn, in Madena, a
small farming village in Essa Province. I don't get along well with my
mother, but that's at least as much my fault as hers. I was not an easy
child, and by the time I came along I think she was tired. I'm very
close to my oldest sister, Samale, and she's really been more of a
mother to me. Her husband, Luka, is an amazing man, and they have seven
children. If anyone was meant to have a lot of children, it's them.
4. Who was your first kiss, and what did you think of it?
first kiss that counts was a boy not long after I came to the
University of Vorunne City when I was 13. I'm afraid I don't remember
his name, but I certainly liked it, better than I thought I would.
5. What is your occupation?
am a translator of ancient, middle, and modern Vorunic and Lazivanic
languages. I'm also a Reader, which means I'm able to read thoughts and
emotions left behind on objects by people who handled them previously.
This is a very useful skill for a translator, as you can probably
imagine, especially if the document I'm translating is an original and
not a copy. Being able to tell what the original author meant, what he
was thinking and how he felt as he was writing, makes my translations a
lot more accurate and meaningful.
Right now, I'm finishing up
the second year of a three-year Assistantship, which is a program that
graduates of the University can enter to gain further skills in their
fields and to get good references from Masters and Professors on their
dossiers, which gives you a big advantage in getting future employment.
After I complete my Assistantship, I hope to be able to get a position
with the Foreign Service, preferably one where I'll actually be posted
in a foreign country. I want to travel to as many places and see as many
different things as I can, the more exotic the better.
In fact, as soon as we're done here I'm supposed to meet with Professor Rossony - yes, that Professor Rossony
- to interview for a position as a translator for him. I've heard he's a
sanctimonious prig and almost impossible to get along with, but a good
reference from him will totally make my whole career. Keep your fingers crossed for me to get the job!
6. What are your best and worst qualities?
smart, I'm a hard worker, and I take pride in my work. I've got a good
sense of humor, and I'm friendly. As for my worst qualities, I tend to
react emotionally instead of thinking things through, which has gotten
me into more than a little trouble in the past. I've done some pretty
stupid things because of that. Also, I chew my fingernails when I'm
concentrating, and I'm not very good at being neat and tidy, and
sometimes I'm kind of a smart-mouth.
7. What quality do you value most in a romantic partner?
not looking for anything permanent, and I had enough of people trying
to make decisions for me and control my life before I came to the
University. So I'd like a man who's willing to let me be myself and be
independent, who won't try to tie me down. He needs to have a good sense
of humor. Looks aren't as important, but I do prefer men who have
something unique about their appearance. Beautiful eyes and a good
strong nose especially catch my attention.
And - am I allowed to
say this? - I like a good time in bed with a man who doesn't have to
be skilled as long as he's enthusiastic and we're both having fun. It's
been a while since I've found anyone who interests me, though. Which
is probably just as well; I've had a few close calls with that kind of
thing, with guys who weren't as nice as I thought they were and with
being afraid I was pregnant. So for now, I'm just concentrating on my
8. What is your favorite thing to do?
love to read, and I love good food (that is, anything but what they
serve in the Assistants' dining hall!), and I really enjoy my work.
9. What is your greatest fear?
something will happen to force me to leave the University and go home
and live the life there that my parents expected me to. Especially if it
involves marrying him. Ugh.
10. What is your most treasured possession?