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Author Topic: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust  (Read 2365 times)

some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:05:47 AM »


FARRAN FALKENRATH
THIRTY-FOUR | GARRISON REGIMENT | SHIGANSHINA DISTRICT
LOGICAL | DUTIFUL | STUBBORN

‹ FRIENDS ›
There was a time, in his youth and earlier career, when Farran was something of a wild one, the sort to hit the tavern first and be the very last to leave.  Life was big and beautiful and he was afraid to miss a single moment; ‘no’ simply didn’t exist in his vocabulary.  This phase fizzled out by his mid-twenties, a little while after his first heartbreak, and in the present he drinks in a brooding, measured sort of way.  Anyone who has known him any decent length of time will likely have witnessed this change occurring over a number of years.  As a person, Farran is thoughtful, meticulous, dutiful and unyielding, and he harbours both a fascination and flare for engineering and mechanics.  He likely has a fairly wide circle of acquaintances, featuring other soldiers and civilians alike, as well as a smaller group of close confidantes.

‹ ENEMIES ›
His own dreadful misfortune.  Really though, Farran is too old (if not in years, then in spirit) to bear petty grudges.  There will be people he simply doesn’t like, or can’t gel with, and he will avoid their company as much as possible.  He despises those who shirk their responsibilities, or refuse to help themselves, but he isn’t the type to start fights.

‹ ROMANCE ›
Farran is very much family-orientated and he likes the ladies, even if he isn’t the luckiest when it comes to matters of the heart.  In Year 844, he marries a seamstress named Lana, and their son, Fritz, is born in the autumn of Year 845.  I’d be open to possible romances set before this marriage or, you know, after.  Because Farran and his picture-perfect family live in Utopia, where he is stationed.  After this devastation, he is a broken man, and it will take quite some time for him to open his heart again.  I would like him to find love again.

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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 02:13:47 AM »
I can offer Anka and Pixis. They would at least know each other a little bit I think.

I think he and Anka would at least get along if not be actual friends. Both are hard workers and dedicated to the Garrison.

Pixis knows all. Pixis sees all. He would at least know a little bit about Farran and has enough life experience he could find something to chat with about to him.  He is also always willing to listen to others ideas no matter their station.

I'm open to almost anything!
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 03:37:46 AM »
Ahh, thank you for offering up your lovelies, QuietCelt! <3

Naturally, I would love to have threads with both Anka and Pixis, please and thank you. :)

I agree, Anka and Farran should get along rather well!  They are both dedicated, hard-working soldiers.  I know my fellow is stationed in Utopia but, given Anka's role, perhaps he is required to bring her some sort of paperwork from the units in the north?

Omnipresent Pixis for the win! :D

Farran is very much into engineering and design, so it's possible he will surface from time to time to request that Pixis authorise the release of more materials, to be assigned to his workshop.  It could form the premise of a thread, which might lead to an interesting conversation - I have no doubt the Commander has a good eye for faces and knows a little something about everyone!  Farran is from a military family, most of whom seem to have chosen to serve in the Garrison, so the name Falkenrath may ring some bells.
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 03:43:36 AM »
I think that all works.

Anka likes anyone who turns in their paperwork on time!

That makes sense. Pixis is old enough to have been a youngin with maybe a few of Farran's older relatives. The name sounding familiar could for sure work.

Also, Pixis lost his first wife and a child many years ago. If I understood the bio correctly, it seems like that is something that happened/will happen to Farran. So that is something that could come up eventually.
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 01:04:43 PM »
Aww, yay! <3  I imagine Farran would make every effort to be fastidious and to submit paperwork promptly.  He might even apologise for the state of some of the soldiers' handwriting - though I bet Anka is talented at deciphering scrawl!  Any preference on who kicks off this thread, or when it should be set?

Ooh yes, Pixis is bound to have trained with a Falkenrath or two, or had them in his wider circle at some point!  Plus at least two Falkenrath Garrison soldiers die in Shiganshina, their death notices will be kicking about somewhere. 

Oh.  Oh my.  Quiet, that would be such a heartbreaking interaction and I would love to see it happen!  And you know, it would be immensely therapeutic for Farran to have someone to talk to - especially someone he admires (I doubt there is much support for bereft soldiers).  Right now, the plan is for Farran to lose his wife and child during the Assault on Utopia.  Being a good soldier boy, he won't get drawn into looking for his family in the chaos, instead he will be following his orders and hopefully working to open the inner gate (I'm going to check that Draco and Senia are cool with this).  His wife's body will eventually be retrieved and identified but his son is little more than a toddler, so I think he will simply disappear, his fate unknown. 

Once the Utopia event wraps up, I would be super keen to start this.  Pixis knows the bitter sting of loss and he has managed to survive it, his words will carry a lot of weight. <3
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2018, 02:14:10 PM »
Anka can read most people's writing. There could always be someone that she is like, "Are they new? This is a new chicken scratch." Farran may have to help her translate. And be ordered to order his underling to use their nice handwriting from now on lol.

Yeah. Pixis knows what it's like to have the people dearest to him and he knows what its like to move on and live your life again. It's a process but the dead are the dead and life is for the living. Love is not a finite thing.

If you want to start the Anka/Farran thread when you have the time, that would be great. Maybe just before Utopia might be a good idea. Pixis can wander into the office like, "Young Falkenrath! Nice to see you!" And get to chatting about families and such.
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 07:14:36 PM »
That is too perfect, Farran will be sure to pass along the message. XD

Ahh, dear Pixis is a wise man, and I’m sure Farran will find solace in his advice when the time comes!

Of course, I’d be happy to start us off!  I’ll get something up as soon as I can, I’m looking forward to it. <3
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2019, 04:54:02 PM »
My attention perked up at the sight of 'engineering and mechanics'! I can offer Mercedes and by association, the rest of her family.

Although she's not there yet, I can see Mercedes and Farran getting along well. Two of her uncles and her grandfather were in the Garrison prior to their untimely and suspicious demise, so it's possible the uncles were in a graduating class or two above Farran. Likewise, with the engineering/mechanics interest and with Farran's grandfather being a blacksmith, it's possible he would have come into contact with 'Cee's grandmother, Julia, at some point. All in all, I can see the families having known one another in some way despite Julia and Mercedes living currently in Krolva (the uncles and grandfather probably would have done at least a tour or two at Shiganshina). The fact that they've both experienced tragedy is a bonus. Mercedes herself would likely gravitate toward, well, his gravitas and how seriously he takes his job.
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2019, 08:21:56 PM »
► Farran and Mercedes

I live for these kinds of connections!

Yes, yes, yes to links between Farran and the Carello clan! It would be fantastic if he knew one or both of Mercedes' uncles, from their training days and/or through military service. Even if they aren't close, I'm sure they would have recognised one another to see at the very least. And Julia. Yes. I'm going to be dreadfully vague here, but there's a chance that, in future, Farran's life will be at risk and he'll have some artillery blueprints that he needs to hide. Depending on his relationship with Julia, and how much trust there is between them, perhaps he commits these documents into her care? That's a pretty heavy plot I realise, and still far enough away that a lot can change between now and then, but it seems like a possibility I should mention.

I wonder if there's a way to bring these two together. There's an internship event, with cadets working for two weeks with their preferred regiment. Farran is already mentoring Kieran, but I could check with Lou if she would be happy for Mercedes to join them as well? Assuming Mercedes would be interning with the Garrison, of course? Or perhaps it would be simpler if he was a guest lecturer for the Mechanics and Engineering class? Or even a past thread, if he is working with Julia in some way? Sorry, these are very scattered suggestions!

A total aside, but the art you had commissioned for Mercedes is beautiful, I love the style! :D
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2019, 11:21:30 PM »
Me too!

We've discussed a bit of this, but depending on what kind of person Farran tends to remember, he'd likely remember 'Cee's uncle Valentin, the eldest Carello brother, for his general all-round exemplary attitude and performance, or Alejandro, the third Carello brother, for his mischief (and I headcanon he told some pretty good jokes that are still in use today, even if people can't remember where they came from). Alejandro would have been a class or two above, while Valentin maybe two or three. As far as utilizing Julia later, go for it! I'm all for being involved in heavy plot points.

'Cee would definitely intern at the Garrison since it fits her current plan. Depending on what Quiet thinks, I imagined she'd end up with Rico but Farran is another possibility. We can figure it out! A guest lecture is a good fall-back, as well as the other plotty stuff we talked about earlier today.  ;)

(And thank you RE the art -- Dana Rune is quite the talent. 'Cee's hair isn't obviously curly here, which is the only part I miss, but you get the right impression from the pose/expression!)
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2019, 03:35:18 PM »
► Farran and Mercedes

Lovely!  Farran was a bit of a wild child in his youth (hard to imagine, given how he's grown up so steady and sensible) but he takes the military seriously.  Honestly, I could see him recalling Alejandro from his training days (even if they weren't personally acquainted, that mischief surely got the Carello boy noticed, and Farran would have approved of his lightheartedness) and perhaps Valentin from his time in service.  The Falkenraths are very much a Garrison family, and Farran would have a lot of time and respect for impeccable, hard-working soldiers.

And super, I'm excited for future plots!  Though Farran could potentially - inadvertently - be a harbinger of misfortune.  This is definitely something for us to chat about on Discord once we see how Utopia plays out. ;)

I know we've been talking about it on Discord, and we're going the intern route.  I'm looking forward to it!  I'll reply to your DM soon, I just wanted to respond here as well, even just to clarify the connections between Farran and 'Cee's uncles.

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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2020, 07:13:04 PM »
Did I mention that I am firmly in the Farran Fanclub? haha <3 I of course am here to offer you my latest ones! Though this may look like a lot, there's absolutely no pressure to take up any of them!

Miranda & Farran
Mostly putting this here because she may have taught him at some point, depending on Math, and I imagine she would have recognized his engineering talent. So really this is just a footnote for a past thread if you ever want to explore that, unless there's a Garrison-defenses-related reason for them to meet again in the present. (She's also the type to keep up with 'her kids'.)

Siegfried & Farran
Both Shiganshina natives, for one, though a bit of an age difference means they likely wouldn't have trained together. I mostly bring him up for Falkenrath Plot Reasons, since he's becoming more and more of a pawn in larger workings and I'm sure he would have been appraised of movers and shakers like Farran by...

Saul & Farran
Another Plot Reasons mention. Although Saul is not a 'believer' like the other Wallists, he does share the same 'common enemy', of which the Garrison and someone like Farran would be one. Saul is very high-profile and mobile so it's likely they would have met before in the course of his travels. Saul is also ex-Garrison and retains a close, familiar eye on its proceedings and changes, so someone talented like Farran would stick out to him.

Tamsin & Farran
Also a fellow Shiganshina native, and they graduated in the same class as it turns out! They're also similar in that they began as bright young things and were gradually tempered over the years, while still retaining that sense of duty. I wonder if they may have kept in touch over the years and occasionally meet for a drink to reflect on how much they've changed since their cadet days? She likely would have admired him for his stronger academic skills compared to hers as well.
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2020, 10:05:53 PM »
Aww, I'm very happy to hear that! There's a lot of potential in all of these interactions, I'm thrilled. Thanks for hitting up Farran's plotter! <3

► Miranda and Farran

I haven't double-checked the maths either but it certainly seems feasible to me that Miranda would have taught Farran - it would be wonderful if she did! I'd love it if they kept in touch too. Farran may come by to give the occasional guest lecture to cadets, so I imagine that would give them a chance to catch up, or perhaps when the Training Corps are stationed in Utopia. Back in the day, it could even be that Miranda advised him on some of the ways his mathematical mind could be best applied in the Garrison? I know she excels at calculations too, so perhaps she even encouraged him or looked over some of his early works/formulae? Just some ideas, I really am flexible!

► Siegfried and Farran

Oooh. Well now. I certainly feel that these two fit into the Wider Plot. This may be one to hash out on Discord, if you're happy with that? I know I keep promising to deliver on musings for future plots, and it really will come! This will be another shiny facet of that I'm sure and, more selfishly, it hopefully gives me a chance to thread with the wonderful Siegfried. I really do love his character and how he has been shaped by the events of his life. He means well.

► Saul and Farran

For someone who really just wants a peaceful life, Farran has a funny habit of making enemies.  I would love for Saul to be aware of him, as he's sure to be, given his keen eye and Farran's contributions to engineering within the Garrison. Another one to muse over, perhaps, but there is oodles of potential here I feel. Wider Plot shenanigans are afoot!

► Tamsin and Farran

Oooh, marvellous! I'm wondering whether they would have even met before they became cadets, back in Shiganshina. Either way, I'd love for them to have this long, shared history and I can absolutely see them meeting up for the occasional drink and catch-up. I'm already thinking of how they will have slowly, steadily changed as people over the years, given they've both experienced immense loss. Definitely something for them to reflect on, and I know Farran will have deep wells of respect for that irrefutable 'lightness' of Tamsin's, in her ability to keep going and focus on the present. Another possibility, if it takes your fancy, is that Farran could have helped Tamsin with numeracy or literacy during their training, but I realise that requires a degree of trust and openness and it's entirely up to you whether they would have had such a bond at that time. I would also be open to the possibility that these two had a romantic connection at some point - it could be something to add extra layers to their kinship over the years - but there's zero pressure, if you'd prefer things to have always been entirely platonic then that works splendidly too. :)
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2020, 11:00:18 PM »
Miranda and Farran
A catch-up thread sounds delightful! Either a guest lecture situation, or (purely because I haven't written anything for that location transfer yet) a visit when the Training Corps first transfer to Utopia could work, and as you know I'm always up for threads set in the past, too. Whichever you prefer! I can see Farran having excelled far beyond Miranda's level at this point, and that she'd be very proud of him.

Siegfried and Farran
Yeah...haha this does strike me as a very Discord conversation, whenever you're ready! I'm so glad you like him, though. He's certainly grown on me since I first created him.

Saul and Farran
Yep, content to keep this on the backburner for now!

Tamsin and Farran
Gosh Farran really is gonna feature highly in this eventual memoir of hers at this rate, haha! I love the idea that Farran helped her out a bit during the cadet days -- she likely would have been a bit more defensive back then so she may not have allowed much (probably towards the end when she realized if she didn't pick things up she would fail and not graduate, haha). To that end, I just had a cute image of one of the things he'd do is pop-quiz her by way of greeting, haha. And of course a past romantic connection would be adorable, I'm game!
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Re: some turn to diamonds while others turn to rust
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2020, 11:31:58 AM »
► Miranda and Farran

I’m more than happy for us to go with Utopia, if you’d prefer!  Do you think Miranda would seek Farran out, or is it more likely that he would turn up at the Training Corps barracks?  I can go with either option, honestly.  And it makes me so very happy to hear Miranda is proud of him, he does his best. <3  Shall we do a past thread as well, or am I being too greedy?  You’re very patient with me and my glacial pace – I’m hoping to pick up speed soon!

► Siegfried and Farran & Saul and Farran

More to come in due course, then.  I look forward to it. ;)

► Tamsin and Farran

I dream a dream that someday Tamsin will get to write her memoir unaided, and that someday Farran will maybe get to read it.  If you’re game, I would love some past threads with these two, during their time in the Training Corps.  We can throw them into aptitude tests, or simply go the tutoring route, or do both.  I love the image of Farran greeting Tamsin by way of a pop-quiz, I’m afraid that has to happen, haha (sorry Tamsin).  And I’m thrilled you’re game for a past romantic connection!  I’m hoping to reply to your DM shortly so I’ll toss some thoughts on this in my next message and we can brainstorm.  Thread-wise, do you have any preference where we start with these guys?
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