Archive for August, 2009

Sabin de Lasartesse

August 29, 2009

This is the character backstory for upcoming D&D adventures.  Sabin is a human fighter with a swordfighting leaning.

Sabin de Lasartesse was born to a family of great importance.  Or rather, it had been a family of great importance.  As generations had passed the family had been slowly stripped of title and wealth.  While still well off, the __ clan was far from its glory days.

Still, Gene de Lasartesse was able to to teach his five sons the family tradition of sword fighting.  Thrown in duel after duel with his brothers, Sabin was forced to either excel in his training or suffer humiliating defeat.  This high pressure training worked and soon he was matching his brothers’ skills with the blade. Even though they competed against one another everyday the brothers grew close.

So it was that Noah de Lasartesse got into a dispute with a neighbor and when words failed to satisfy they drew blades and dueled.  Noah fell to the neighbor’s blade and an enraged Sabin stepped in to avenge his brother.  Sabin struck a fatal blow, sending his enemy to his death.  However, Sabin had broken the local law and was forced to flee.

His only hope is to achieve such success that he raises his family’s status back to where it belongs.  With his home at his back he looks for that one golden opportunity.  If he helps people along the way, all the better.

Appearance: Sabin has blue eyes and dirty-blond hair about mid length that he ties back.  He keeps his beard and mustache well-trimmed.  He wears decent clothes and is embarassed when something is out of order.  He’s 6′ 2″ and is lean and fairly muscular.  All of his gear bears his family crest.
Traits: Sabin is brave and tries his best to be an honorable human being.  He tries to emulate all the heroes he read and heard about as a kid.  He is a true friend given a chance.
Disadvantages: Sabin definitely can have a temper when it comes to button issues.  Some examples: Family, Honor, his Intelligence.  He also isn’t exceptionally intelligent.

Appearance: Sabin has blue eyes and dirty-blond hair about mid length that he ties back.  He keeps his beard and mustache well-trimmed.  He wears decent clothes and is embarassed when something is out of order.  He’s 6′ 2″ and is lean and fairly muscular.  All of his gear bears his family crest.

Traits: Sabin is brave and tries his best to be an honorable human being.  He tries to emulate all the heroes he read and heard about as a kid.  He is a true friend given a chance.

Disadvantages: Sabin definitely can have a temper when it comes to button issues.  Some examples: Family, Honor, his Intelligence.  He also isn’t exceptionally intelligent.

All 50 States

August 7, 2009
A friend of mine, Eric, went through the 50 states to count how many he’d officially visited.  The rules seem to be that you have to be there for longer than an hour and not just driving through or flying over.  So it kind of has to be a state that you’ve actually done something in.  So here’s that list.
Arizona – My uncle used to live in Tuscon where we visited.  Beyond that, my family used to climb mountains outside of Phoenix.
California – I went on a trip to San Francisco with my dad once.  I remember getting an ear infection but really loving the sights, especially Alcatraz.
Colorado – I’ve been to Boulder several times on trips to visit property my parents owned or co-owned. My memory is
Connecticut – I briefly visited Storr, Connecticut in order to interview for admission to University of Connecticut.
Delaware – My family used to visit an Aunt Jane in Delaware which is where I got my first cat and my first Game Boy.
Florida – I’ve been to Disney World once or twice and also one trip with my brother and my dad to the Florida Keys.
Georgia – I’ve visited family in Macon and seen ancestral haunts in Washington, Georgia.
Illinois – I visited Chicago for another interview to get into
Maryland – I lived here for my first 18 years of life.
Massachusetts – I have attended a wedding outside of Boston and a wedding in Nantucket.
Michigan – I took a road trip up to Detroit and then further up to Mackinaw Island.
New Hampshire – There was a lake we went to here when I was a kid.
New Jersey – I went to Rutgers in New Brunswick and I currently live in Sussex.
New York – Countless visits to New York City and one visit to Buffalo.
North Carolina – Yeah, I’ve driven through NC a lot but I’ve slept here a lot too.
Ohio – Many visits to Barberton to visit relatives and one visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Pennsylvania – I lived in Pennsylvania for a few months, I attended summer camp in Greeley, I attended Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh and I’ve visited Philadelphia a lot.
South Carolina – I’ve visited my grandmother in Columbia during all of my life.
Vermont – We used to visit Woodstock on vacation and I toured with the circus up there.
Virginia – I took multiple field trips into Virginia.
Washington, DC – Too many trips to count but most noteable were: Playing cards on the national mall, dropping a car off in D.C. for the recent inauguration and attending a writing conference.
West Virginia – I lived and worked in West Virginia for close to a month.
Which brings the total to 22, I believe.

A friend of mine, Eric, went through the 50 states to count how many he’d officially visited.  The rules seem to be that you have to be there for longer than an hour and not just driving through or flying over.  So it kind of has to be a state that you’ve actually done something in.  So here’s that list.

Arizona – My uncle used to live in Tuscon where we visited.  Beyond that, my family used to climb mountains outside of Phoenix.

California – I went on a trip to San Francisco with my dad once.  I remember getting an ear infection but really loving the sights, especially Alcatraz.

Colorado – I’ve been to Boulder several times on trips to visit property my parents owned or co-owned. My memory is

Connecticut – I briefly visited Storr, Connecticut in order to interview for admission to University of Connecticut.

Delaware – My family used to visit an Aunt Jane in Delaware which is where I got my first cat and my first Game Boy.

Florida – I’ve been to Disney World once or twice and also one trip with my brother and my dad to the Florida Keys.

Georgia – I’ve visited family in Macon and seen ancestral haunts in Washington, Georgia.

Illinois – I visited Chicago for another interview to get into

Maryland – I lived here for my first 18 years of life.

Massachusetts – I have attended a wedding outside of Boston and a wedding in Nantucket.

Michigan – I took a road trip up to Detroit and then further up to Mackinaw Island.

New Hampshire – There was a lake we went to here when I was a kid.

New Jersey – I went to Rutgers in New Brunswick and I currently live in Sussex.

New York – Countless visits to New York City and one visit to Buffalo.

North Carolina – Yeah, I’ve driven through NC a lot but I’ve slept here a lot too.

Ohio – Many visits to Barberton to visit relatives and one visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Pennsylvania – I lived in Pennsylvania for a few months, I attended summer camp in Greeley, I attended Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh and I’ve visited Philadelphia a lot.

South Carolina – I’ve visited my grandmother in Columbia during all of my life.

Vermont – We used to visit Woodstock on vacation and I toured with the circus up there.

Virginia – I took multiple field trips into Virginia.

Washington, DC – Too many trips to count but most noteable were: Playing cards on the national mall, dropping a car off in D.C. for the recent inauguration and attending a writing conference.

West Virginia – I lived and worked in West Virginia for close to a month.

Which brings the total to 22, I believe.


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