Name Ciprian Cravan Cendrars
|Hair Color||Light brown|
|Physical Description||Of average height, Ciprian is lean for his size, with something of the flushed complexion and gaunt look of a man who drinks to much and eats too little. His hair, while short, is frequently unkempt, in contrast to immaculately trimmed goatee that, along with a pair of spectacles and sharp nose, lend character to his face. His clothing blends the stylish dandy and the outré Bohemian - expensive and wild but in shabby condition.|
|Skills & Abilities||Writing (excellent), oratory and wit (excellent), savoir faire (good), fast talk (good), obscure knowledge (good), languages (good, possessing at least a smattering of most of Terra's major tongues), holding his liquor (good), drawing/sketching (fair), fisticuffs (fair), scrounging (fair), guns (minimal), banking and finance (minimal) and forgery (minimal)
|Body Modifications||Extensive tattooing on chest, back and upper arms|
|Equipment & Gadgets||Portable typewriter, steam-mechanical audio recording device, pistol, half-full (or half-empty) bottle of absinthe|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Ciprian is a lively bon vivant drawn to the novel, the exciting, the unconvential and just plain weird. His enthusiasm tends to be contagious and he makes friends easily. His gregarious, pleasure-seeking demeanor conceal a keen, perceptive mind and voracious appetite for learning. Ciprian's temperament is mercurial, however, and his extroverted enthusiasm alternates with periods of melancholy and introspection.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Ciprian's enthusiasm, sociability and wit make him a welcome, if unconventionial, addition to almost any social event. This, combined with his language skills, mean that Ciprian is capable of getting along with almost anyone for at least a night. Whether written or verbally, he communicates well and is an entertaining storyteller. A stong mind and solid education are also assets, all the more so because they are not always readily apparent. Moody fits of depression are his most potent liability, often thwarting him on the verge of some great triumph. There is also no doubt that he drinks too much and parties too often - he usually manages to keep it under control, but not always.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Literature, art, meeting new people, alcohol, carousing|
|Personal History||Ciprian hails from the Second Gaulish Republic and is a resident of the Commune of Montmartre, a semi-autonomous community of artists, writers, revolutionaries and Bohemians located within the Gaulish capital city. A good, though not brilliant writer, he ekes out a modest living as a journalist, along with the occasional poem, short story or review. Most of his income, however, is squandered on drink, carousing and clothing. Growing jaded, even in Montmartre, and seeking the opportunity that will make his name, Ciprian has convinced a contact at the newspaper Montmartre du Monde to accept a series of travellogues/dispatches from him as he travels the world.|
|Family||Henri, father: stuffy merchant banker who disapproves of his son's unconventional lifestyle and career.
Marie, mother: deceased
Henri Jr, elder brother: works in the family firm. He has always had great affection for his younger brother and, while not understanding Ciprian's choices, tries to be supportive. It is largely due to Henri Jr's influence that Cirpian has not been formally disowned.
Madeline, younger sister: if anything, Madeline's distaste for her brother is even greater than her fathers's, viewing Ciprian as a major social embarrassment and reacting to even the mere mention of his name with visible disgust.
|Image Credits||Wikipedia Commons|
|Steamhawke Wiki Page||Ciprian's wiki page|