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@Estibien

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❆ First Impressions

♜ VISUAL:
The first thing to take note about Estinien is that he stands at 6'6, and is around 240lbs (solid muscle). He's a pretty big dude, height wise, as well as physique. He's trained obsessively for 20 years, and so he's a pretty solid.

However, when he isn't in his armor, he actually has fairly soft features. Honestly, he kinda looks like a princess. Don't be fooled, however, for all he might have more feminine features, he is a man who has seen many battles, and has notable scarring on his body. RARELY WILL SOMEONE SEE IT THOUGH he doesn't make a habit of disrobing often, especially around people.
♜ FASHION:
Honestly, majority of the time he wears his drachen mail. He rarely takes this off, or wears more casual clothes.
♜ DEMEANOUR:
Estinien is very stoic for the most part, he often stands off to the side and away from people, keeping to himself. He's anti-social, and cold, as well as fairly grumpy. However, he does tend to be a bit sassy at times, and will say scathing or humorous one liners here and there. But for the most part, he's honestly just kind of a prick, especially on the surface.

Under it all, he's a decent enough dude, and can be caring... he just lacks a lot of social skills, because in lieu of them, he focused on his combat prowess. He's definitely a rough dude, and an acquired taste to say the least.
♜ AURAL:
Estinien speaks with an English accent, and his voice is rather deep and growly. Especially when he's angry.

Here's his typical speaking voice.

Here's a good example of his more growly tone.
♜ OLFACTORY:
HAA... well ok, so Estinien comes from a world that isn't exactly advanced enough to the point that some of people's biggest worries are whether or not they put deodorant on. It's high fantasy! With warriors and monsters and well, odor is probably the least of a lot of people's concerns. Least of all Estinien's. That isn't to say he never bathes, but it isn't a high priority, so he's likely a bit musky tbh. Besides, it's not like wearing some sort of fragrance is gonna help him kill dragons!

So he smells natural, to put it lightly. And likely of dried blood. He seems to not really care to clean off his armor, and he kills quite a lot of dragons, sooo...

IF YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE MANGRIT, THAT'S NOT HIS PROBLEM.
♜ MENTAL INFORMATION:
He has no mental shields of supernatural make, however he has a ridiculously strong will. To the point that an elder wyrm, which is basically a god-dragon, couldn't take control of him till Estinien was holding both his eyes (dragons power/souls reside in their eyes, don't ask me), was drenched in Nidhogg's blood, thus being corrupted, and finally let his guard down for a second. Even with all that influence over him which should have allowed this immortal god-like being to be able to snag Estinien, who is a mere mortal, he was able to stave it all off until he accidentally let his guard down.

He did lose to Nidhogg a lot easier due to his rage getting the better of him, but he seemed to be able to strengthen his resolve since then. Even when he was finally possessed by Nidhogg (and for a while at that), he was never fully consumed, and was able to keep himself somewhat aware. He also eventually broke free of Nidhogg's grasp, and could subdue him. SO, NEEDLESS TO SAY, Estinien has ridiculous willpower, and that probably offers him some protection.
♜ MAGICAL INFORMATION:
He carries around the eye of Nidhogg, which is pretty much a hugely powerful magical artifact. It grants him half of Nidhogg's strength, and some magical powers (like Dragons Fire Dive, where he descents upon an enemy with his lance and fire just kinda explodes around him and on the enemy). So, he basically has this huge magical beacon of HEY HERE BE FOUL MAGICS!!! Cuz it's absolutely filled with putrid dark rancor too, and threatens to corrupt those not strong enough to repel it's grasp.


❆ OOC

♜ BACKTAGGING:
I am always down for backtagging! BACKTAG ME INTO FOREVER.
♜ FOURTHWALLING:
I rather avoid fourthwalling.
♜ THREADHOPPING:
I am fine with this! Unless it seems like an important thread, and doing such would be inappropriate.
♜ OFFENSIVE SUBJECTS:
None really!

❆ IC

♜ PHYSICAL AFFECTION:
I am fine with this, however, Estinien is not the touchy feely type! He is a huge loner, and just isn't interested, or used to, physical affection. Or any affection. So, depending on how close he is with your character, he will either ask them to cease touching him, silently remove them from him, or he might actually hit them. Also, flirting will get you no where unless you've already gotten somewhere with him.
♜ PHYSICAL VIOLENCE:
PLEASE FIGHT ESTINIEN. He will totally fight back, and I am okay with him being injured or even killed, but the latter, and how gravely the former will be, always needs to be discussed before hand!
♜ RELATIONSHIPS:
I AM SHIPPING TRASH, but I never ship at the cost of characterization. So I am totally fine with something developing naturally, but Estinien is shipping hard mode, cuz he's SO focused on his goals, relationships are just... so far out of his scope, it's kinda sad.
♜ MIND CONTROL/TELEPATHY/ETC:
Your character can try, but as stated above his will power is godly and even a nigh-godly being that was thousands of years old could only take control of him under very specific circumstances. He's been trained and molded in a way to keep absolutely control over his mind and body, and even when he IS controlled, he can wrestle himself out of it eventually. So, good luck! However, telepathy or mindreading will likely be a thing that can get through, so just ask me first!


❆ Warnings

♜ FIRST THING:
Estinien is a hella violent dude, he's also vitriolic as hell! If you're not okay with this, or would avoid anything of this sort, then Estinien might not be for you! Seriously, here's an example of his diplomatic approach (skip to 1:14 for it). He just isn't a very pleasant man.
♜ SECOND THING:
I am gonna REITERATE that he is a negative CR champion, and if you think you're gonna come in and fix him with your character, or think MAYBE THEY WILL BECOME FRIENDS, chances are it won't happen. He is stubborn as hell and infuriating. So, do us both a favor, expect things to go sour, because it's rare that it will go positively.

Seriously, he's a huge jackass! I am not opposed to positive CR, I'm just more so saying it's rare indeed that he will get something that's not at least slightly negative. He's not a very well adjusted man, and he's not exactly the most sensitive dude either. Stubborn as a mule, and lacking a lot of empathy.


❆ KINKS
Right here!

And just a note, these are ICly done, there are things I am def ok RPing that he otherwise wouldn't be interested in, so if there's something not on the list, just hit me up and ask!
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The Basics
Canon: Final Fantasy XIV
Character Name: Estinien Wyrmblood
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Player Name: Zorn
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Character Details
Canon Point: Post 3.3 (On his way to Azys Lla)
Species: Elezen
Timeline of Important Events in Canon History:
I'M SORRY, THERE'S SO MUCH IN THIS CANON THAT'S IMPORTANT, SHAKES MY FIRST AT FINAL FANTASY...

  • At age 12 his home village was razed to the ground by Nidhogg (a really old and powerful dragon); his family killed. Subsequently, he was then adopted by the Azure Dragoon of that time.
  • From Age 12 and beyond he trained to become the Azure Dragoon, to pick up the mantle of his adopted father and mentor, but particularly so he could have his revenge against dragonkind.
  • Age 20~ he gets enlisted into the Temple Knights as a dragoon (not to be confused with the Order of the Knight's Dragoon).
  • Age 22 his squadron sets out to kill a dragon that was attacking a village, his entire squad dies to its fires but he and one other survives. Despite being worse for wear, he tracks the beast down, having injured it in the battle and a convenient trail of blood was left behind in its retreat. He then finds and accosts the beast, but nearly dies if not for his co-survivor stepping in and allowing him the distraction he needed to fell the creature. His first friendship is made this day.
  • Age 25~ he becomes the Azure Dragoon.
  • Age 27 the calamity happens, the second moon of Eorzea explodes, releasing a Primal Bahamut (a giant god dragon) who then lays waste to the land, destroying many parts to it, and even causing the weather to change drastically. Coerthas; which was once a very green, foresty area, is not blanketed in snow and ice indefinitely.
  • 5 years after the calamity, thus age 32, he steals the eye of nidhogg from the Holy See, which is a national treasure of Ishgard, and is heavily guarded at all times. His father and mentor gets the Warrior of Light to attempt to track him down, seeing as they are an aspiring dragoon. Through meetings and conflict, it is gleamed that Estinien senses the awakening of Nidhogg once more, and wishes to use himself as bait with the eye in order to draw the fury from Ishgard. So, he then assists in training the WoL since two Azure Dragoons (the eye having taken to the WoL as well as Estinien, a first ever event of such) would likely best Nidhogg. In the meantime, Nidhogg gives Estinien knowledge of Alberic's (his adoptive father) failure in protecting Estinien's home village Ferndale, and thus in his rage—and with Nidhogg's meddling—he attempts to take Alberic's life. The WoL doesn't allow it, and through desperation he calls upon Nidhogg to give him the power to slay his equal, as well as Alberic. As he becomes consumed by Nidhogg's essence (thus turning half his blood into dragon's blood), the WoL calls upon Haldrath (the first azure dragoon), and attacks Estinien, banishing Nidhogg's foul presence from him. Estinien flees.
  • Months later, the WoL is called upon to help protect Ishgard from a Heretic's attack upon the city, Estinien and the WoL meet once again, but on friendlier terms, and Estinien explains he no longer needs to rely on the eye to use Nidhogg's powers, his blood is now half dragon's blood, but he is in full control of his senses.
  • Some time passes and the WoL is an honored guest in House Fortemps, but Nidhogg aims to lay an assault on Ishgard once more, with the intent to raze it to the ground once and for all. Estinien overhears the WoL and his group speaking about trying to parley with the dragon, and Estinien offers to come along. CUE LIFE CHANGING JOURNEY. They meet up with the heretic leader Ysayle aka Lady Iceheart, who was at fault for the first attack, but due to guilt she wishes to assist in this parley, so that both man and dragon might know peace.
  • Eventually they make it to Hraesvelgr, find out the truth behind the Dragonsong war, and thus Nidhogg cannot be reasoned with. WoL and Estinien set out to the aery to take down Nidhogg. They succeed, and the WoL gets an echo flashback that further explains the truth behind the 1000 year war, but raises another question about the eye since Nidhogg had lost both of his, yet had one. They return to Hraesvelgr who then explains he gave Nidhogg an eye so that he could carry out his revenge, as well as not die.
  • They return to Ishgard while it's being attacked by heretics, but are able to dispel the fighting with the help of Ysayle.
  • Explaining the truth behind the war, Aymeric (Lord Commander of the Temple Knights) decides to confront his father (the archbishop) of the lies propagated by the church, and thus gets imprisoned.
  • Everyone then organizes a siege of the Holy See and rescues Aymeric, but not without the cost of one of their own: Lord Haurchefant, a son of House Fortemps, and dear friend of the WoL, dies protecting the WoL from a sneak attack from one of the Archbishop's men.
  • After a botched attempt to get the key to Azys Lla, which the Archbishop was heading to, the WoL, Estinien, and others make an aether battering ram out of the Eye of Nidhogg, and make it to the Allagan city after breaking it's force field with such.
  • However this leads to the Garlean Empire being able to come in, and after a risky pursuit, and the sacrifice of Ysayle, they escape the Empire's battle ship, and land safely in the floating city.
  • After exploring the landmass and turning on the teleporters littering it, Estinien and company stay behind to fight off the garlean forces as the WoL pursues the Archbishop.
  • With the defeat of the archbishop and his men (all of whom turned into primals aka god-like beings), Estinien shows up and takes both eyes of Nidhogg. In a moment's reprieve, he lets his guard down for a second, and Nidhogg's spirit that still lingers takes hold and possess Estinien's form. Turning him into Nidhogg.
  • For an undefined amount of time, Estinien and thus Nidhogg are missing while Ishgard goes through drastic social changes regarding the truth of the war.
  • During a peace conference with the dragons, Nidhogg shows up, still wearing Estinien like a man suit and attacks the dragon ambassador, before claiming that the children of Ishgard will not escape his wrath nor his vengeance. He then flies away.
  • Nidhogg then leads a final assault on Ishgard, where he is confronted by his brood brother Hraesvelgr and the WoL. After Hraesvelgr's defeat, he is then challenged by the WoL to whom Hraesvelgr has gifted his eye to. He is then defeated, and Estinien regains control of himself enough to beg for the WoL to kill him, and thus kill Nidhogg. Instead, the eyes get ripped from his body, and Nidhogg is thus killed, losing his physical vessel once more.
  • Estinien gets nursed back to health, resigns as Azure Dragoon, and then leaves Ishgard without a word to anyone, his current whereabouts unknown.
    Personality:
    Estinien hails from the Holy See of Ishgard, which is a nation filled with people as cold as the winter that has engulfed it. With the nation suffering a thousand year war of extinction against sentient dragons, there has been little reason for Ishgardians to be hopeful, happy, or warm. Not only to outsiders, but even to each other. Estinien encompasses this very well, and his is a story that tends to be pretty typical for Ishgardians; especially for those who find themselves training to become Dragoons. Having suffered his hometown being razed to the ground by Nidhogg and his horde twenty years ago, and thus enduring what horrors that bore with it, he ended up growing into a very distant and cold person.

    Ishgardian society hardly helps admonish this, particularly when they often take in specifically orphans of war to be dragoons in order to weaponize their trauma against dragons. There's no therapy in Ishgard, only nurturing hatred and psychological scars to further give them an edge against their mortal foes, and Estinien was no exception to this. He, of course, didn't help himself either, and let his hatred and thirst for vengeance fuel him through the years to eventually become the Azure Dragoon: the mightiest warrior of Ishgard so chosen by the Eye of Nidhogg.

    The Eye of Nidhogg being the literal eye of their greatest foe: an ancient wyrm that has been laying siege on Ishgard for a thousand years. His eye had been plucked from his head at the beginning of the war. Thus becoming a national treasure, but also one of Ishgard's greatest war assets, due to the advantage it gave them by wielding half his power, as well as the Azure Dragoon being linked with his emotions/thoughts/etc. (The more you know!)

    However, at the start, Estinien was a bit of a lone wolf, he was taken in by the previous Azure Dragoon after his hometown was destroyed. He was tending to his family's laughably small flock of sheep at the time, thus he was spared the fate the rest of the villages suffered, and was the sole survivor due to nothing short of luck. Alberic, his adopted father, then trained him from an early age in the ways of the dragoon. Helping him foster his skill, and while he tried to gainsay Estinien's obsession with getting vengeance, Estinien still stayed the course. However, as Estinien remarks far later in story, it was through Alberic's admonishment and others he grew close to, that his obsession didn't completely consume him. Just, mostly did.

    In his time in the temple knights, before he became the Azure Dragoon, he was seen as a surly, dedicated soldier who favored battle and training than he did social interaction. He made no friends for a good while within it, and the only friend he did make was more because they pursued him than the other way around. Even after that, he didn't seek friendships, nor did he make any more till the events of Heavensward. Perhaps because he saw most socializing as unnecessary distractions to his true goal—one that may very well cost him his life. So such relationships weren't exactly important to him. They didn't help him in his pursuit for vengeance, so they were of little value to him.

    When the Warrior of Light first meets Estinien (assuming they did the dragoon storyline), he is a fugitive of Ishgard because he's taken the Eye of Nidhogg from the church, when it's not supposed to leave. Ever. Estinien, while loyal to Ishgard, still does things his way, even if it might guarantee him some repercussions. As it turns out, he was not simply taking the eye for the sake of it, but he had sensed that Nidhogg was awakening after a twenty year nap (he had to sleep off his wounds that Alberic had given him back in Ferndale) and aimed to draw Nidhogg's attention away from Ishgard.

    He had hoped to use himself as bait, so that he might do battle with the great wyrm, and thus have the chance to slay him where Ishgard might not suffer the battle. Needless to say, Estinien has some good intentions, but he is extremely reckless in them, and has little self preservation if it means it might guarantee him his vengeance, and also Ishgard's safety.

    However, as the dragoon storyline progressed, Nidhogg had shared with Estinien what had happened in Ferndale, and how because of Alberic's inability to slay Nidhogg when he had the chance (due to his bond with Nidhogg through the eye, thus being overwhelmed with Nidhogg's emotions and nearly being taken over because of it) it lead to Ferndale's destruction. This was not pleasant news for the vengeance starved Estinien, who then took his rage and set it upon Alberic. In his moment of manipulated weakness, he called upon Nidhogg for his power so that he may slay his adoptive father, he became no more than a thrall to Nidhogg's and his own rage.

    The WoL was having none of it though, and through a travailing battle, Estinien was defeated, and the essence of Nidhogg banished from him. He retreated from the scene quickly after that. However, this whole conflict between Alberic and Estinine never gets remarked upon again, and so we as players have no idea if Estinien forgave Alberic, or if he is still mad at him for his inability to save his small village. Thanks SE, you're a gem. I go with the latter, seeing as Estinien is pretty bullheaded about this stuff when it concerns his family.

    Even with that conclusion, Estinien still carries the Eye, and the Holy See seems fine to let him be; after all he is their finest champion and he is indeed using the Eye for their benefit. So, it would seem even his fugitive charges have been dropped. Honestly, by the time Heavensward rolls around, it would appears the Holy See is just accepting of Estinien's Do What He Wants attitude. They probably just learned to accept it, particularly when he tended to spurn any invitation to political events he was expected to go to. So much they just stopped bothering to invite him. There is no changing Estinien for the most part, he is stubborn and set in his ways. That is, unless something specifically thought provoking challenges him in ways he cannot deny.

    During the events of Heavensward, such an event occurred, however. With the threat of Nidhogg and his hoard making an assault on Ishgard, Estinien grouped up with the Warrior of Light and Alphinaud in an attempt to contact the heretic leader Iceheart: their aim was to parley with the dragons through her connections. Estinien knew that if Nidhogg aimed a full assault on Ishgard, he would likely be the victory of such a battle. With such a reality weighing on him, he was willing to go along, because if the parley failed, then he could likely down Nidhogg with the warrior of light's aid and they would conveniently already be there. This, of course, didn't stop him from sassing Ysayle despite her willingness to help them, and bickering beliefs with her all along the way. Because he's kind of a petty child, even when his nation is in danger.

    Through their travels, and through more and more piling evidence pointing at the fact that maybe the Holy See's ways of how events transpired a thousand years ago were not as factual as they would have their people believed, Estinien started to question his beliefs. His resolve started to chip a bit, and he was becoming more willing to accept that his faith was flawed—but his loyalty was till to Ishgard, even if the church has sewn lies into their faith and teachings. The people of Ishgard was who he would protect, to who he was loyal. Not the church, which says a lot about Estinien. While a man of faith, he had little for the church itself, and he actually knew well how flawed the men of Ishgard were (once making a comment that if every man's thought was made known, that Ishgard would not last a bell), but that did not mean they deserved to be damned to death by dragon's fire.

    Not only did his beliefs change with his traveling, so too did his demeanor in ways: he opened up, even playfully teased Alphinaud (in likeness to that of a teenage boy teasing their little brother for having feelings), and made friendships. Even with his disputes with Ysayle, he still eventually forged some respect for her, seeing her as he put it "a worthy woman". However, even with his camaraderie with the others, his true goal remained ever present and unwavering. Even when he did kill Nidhogg, after learning the truth behind the motivations of the Dragonsong war, he felt little joy in accomplishing his life-long goal. It was a bittersweet victory, but it served its purpose to protect Ishgard from its would-be destruction.

    Ultimately, beyond vengeance, duty is the most important thing to Estinien. His dedication to such was greatly shown when he was possessed by Nidhogg's eyes (long story, but basically both eyes were found, Estinien held both like a smarty, and got his body jacked by dragon satan and went MIA for a good long while). Nidhogg waged an assault on Ishgard, using Estinien's body as a vessel, but through the combined effort of Hraesvelgr (Nidhogg's brood brother and mortal sympathizer) and the WoL, Nidhogg was defeated, though scarcely dead. Estinien was able to regain control of himself long enough to subdue Nidhogg and beg for the WoL to kill him—thus Nidhogg would be truly defeated with his sacrifice. His shounen sacrifice got denied, but regardless it showed just how willing he was to let himself die for the sake of Ishgard.

    All in all, Estinien is duty-bound, aggressive, but a good dude. He may undermine authority if it would serve his duty better, or be better for the people, even if it means it might get him in trouble (he usually gets out of it anyways). He is highly a chaotic neutral type of character, but with more of a leaning towards good, than evil. He will be heroic and generally do the right thing, but entirely under his terms and any naysayers be damned. He carries himself as very prickly and with little patience, but he does have a good nature about him under it all, he just isn't good with socializing (or likes it very much). Nevertheless, Estinien still has the potential to be far worse than he is, and can teeter a bit in alignment depending on the influence of those around him. He can be rash, and quick to anger, and absolutely rude, but he means to do well, just in his own way.
    Abilities, Magic and Supernatural Skills/Afflictions:
    Dragoon Skills
  • Jump: As all dragoons who are part of the Order of the Knight's Dragoon, Estinien can jump extremely far (35 yards is the in game number give on the skill, but in cutscenes he seems to be able to jump further.)
  • Spearmanship: Dragoons are taught to be very proficient with polearms, so that they may pierce the hides of dragons that swords tend to break upon. They are quick and nimble with these weapons, and they combine their use with jumping to commit devastating blows to the otherwise immortal beings.
  • Inhuman Strength: As not only a dragoon, but being an Eorzea who all seem capable of greater feats of strength than average humans upon training themselves, Estinien is absolutely ridiculously strong. Dragoons are trained to be able to crush dragon skulls with their landing, and have to be strong enough to pierce the hide of nigh impenetrable dragons scale. On top of that, he has half dragon's blood which further enhances his own strength, reflexes, and senses.
    Dragon Blood Abilities
  • Dragon Empathy: Because of Estinien being chosen by the eye, he first garnered an ability to sense dragons and their emotions, however it was far more attuned to Nidhogg specifically. However, once Nidhogg had possessed him (the first time), half of his blood became that of a dragon's, and so he no longer needed to rely on the eye for such things. His attunement being stronger that he could more or less hear Nidhogg's thoughts, and thusly could more accurately gleam from dragons their feelings as well.
  • Dragonfire Dive: Calling upon the powers of Nidhogg, and those he's garnered from his tainted blood, Estinien can conjure dragon's fire to erupt as he descends upon an opponent. It explodes upon impact, hurting everyone around him, and also scorching the place he lands with lasting fire (a feature unique to his use of it).
  • Dragonsong Dive: A devastating attack that can only be used under very particular circumstances (particularly ones of great duress), and requires the additional aetherical assistance of others. "Unleashing the power of the dragon within, the dragoon leaps upon the enemy with primal savagery. The aether expended with this attack burns with a fierce light, appearing as nothing less than a colossal, cerulean wyrm descending from the heavens." (From the lorebook)
  • Gierskogul: This attack more or less acts as a serpentine blast of unaspected aether, following a similar principle that dragons employ to lace their breath with arcane destruction. Typically, one has to be under the effect of blood of the dragon, but seeing as Estinien's blood is half dragon's blood (the WoL does not have dragon's blood in their veins at all and has to rely on the eye fully), and he used it while being possessed by Nidhogg himself, it's something he has access to using.
  • Dragon Transformation: Although he'll never willingly do this, but if Estinien were give into his dragon's blood, he could potentially turn into a dragon. Being far past the ritualistic requirements of such, and having been forced turned into Nidhogg himself, this is certainly something that could happen, but he'll never allow it. ALL THE SAME, IT'S THERE.

    Dragon & Magical Element
    Elemental Alignment:
      Shadow - With Estinien's more aggressive nature, and little qualms with doing morally grey things in order to progress with his own goals, it's a suitable element for him and his dragon. He has no issue with killing, or stealing, if it means his goals will be realized. Taking shadier means to complete whatever needs to be done. He doesn't fear dirtying his hands if it assists him in his goals.
      Fire - Estinien greatly relied on fire as an element at his disposal while fighting, using dragon's fire in his assault against dragons. Hence he has a greater familiarity with it, and it also suits his fiery temper. He has a tendency to be pretty destructive in his reactions, and explosive with his anger besides. It's rather easy to describe Estinien's personality like that of a wild fire: unpredictable, destructive, and typically raging. He is not easy to contain, or control, and has no problem burning any who would get too close, or cross him.
      Wind - Dragoons are not unfamiliar with the winds and air, seeing as they jump through the sky with a similar ease to winged beasts, and are trained for aerial combat against dragons. But beyond this, Estinien is very much a wayward soul, one who does not let others bind him, and is often disappearing without a trace or word. Not unlike the wind itself.


    Dragon: He will be taking after Nidhogg, who for all intense and purposes, is basically a dragon form of Estinien. Or rather, Estinien is an elezen form of Nidhogg, either way the cyclical nature of revenge crafted both into the angry, vengeful masses they are, and so it's only natural that the dragon that's bonded to Estinien's soul takes on a similar form to the one he so bonded his soul to once before.

    As such, the egg will be roughly twice the size of an ostrich's egg, with red and black mixed across its shell. Once hatched, he will be rather small of course, with four legs and two wings (despite the artist's depiction, Nidhogg only has 2 wings that then split into different segments, but are part of the same wing). Horns adorn his face, with spikes down his spine, and eventually spikes will form along the ridges of his wings, and curled horn-like spikes along his sides as well. Eventually, he will come to look like this. Topping out at the giant size for dragons. For size comparison.

    He will be a carnivore, will be able to fly, while also be able to be ridden. His hide, while looking leathery more than scaley in some parts, will still be hard and durable like one would expect from ordinary dragon scales. Upon touch, it will feel like scales, even if visually it does not look as such.
    Personality traits inherited from Character Bond:
  • Stubbornness
  • Aggressiveness
  • Unwavering Loyalty

    Writing Samples
    First Sample:
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    Second Sample:
    Estinien is far more familiar with dragon eggs than he cares to admit. Not caring for them, mind, but he had traveled through Nidhogg's brooding ground, laid waste to his spawn as he made his way to his prize: Nidhogg himself. Baby dragon, adult dragon, it mattered not, he killed them all the same. Had he the chance, he too would have destroyed the eggs before more of the foul beasts could even begin their horrible existence.

    Staring at the smooth surface of the egg before him, a swirl of black and red upon its surface, he hates the nauseating feeling it gives him to recall that time. There's both a mix of disgust and somewhat guilt for what went on. He had achieved his vengeance, and yet he felt no comfort for it, and even after Nidhogg had come back, used him as a meat puppet, he still felt no joy at his passing. Mindlessly, his hand ghosts over the shell, gently rubbing over it as his thoughts reflect on the past as they were wont to do—but the next instant, he recoils as he feels the egg shake, a crack forming down the surface, before more spiderweb their way from it.

    Silently he watches, a familiar rush of adrenaline washing over him, not unlike the rush he'd feel fighting a wyrm. However, he remains calm, watching curiously more than not, as the tiny dragon slowly breaks out of its egg. Small horns serving to pretty apart the pieces, till finally he can finally press his face outside of his egg. Estinien's throat tightened as he stared at the newly hatched reptile—while small and scarcely a danger, the likeness to Nidhogg was uncanny. A swirl of emotions fills Estinien, his mind swamped with thoughts going far more quickly than he cares to keep up with as he continues to silently watch as this dragon haphazardly attempts to escape its egg.

    He almost leaves it, turns on his heel and walks straight out. However, something compels him to stay, and as the mini-Nidhogg tries and fails to wiggle free of the hole in his egg—one foreleg through, while the other stuck inside—Estinien finally moves. With deft hands, he assists in breaking apart the egg, careful to not hurt the newborn, but he stops in his ministrations when the wyrmling rests his head against Estinien's hand. Swallowing thickly, Estinien looks to the wyrm, his face like a stone mask of stoicism, while the wyrm's own speaks of little more than adoration.

    He did not sign up for this, he did not ask to be part of dragon raising, and even less did he ask for this mock Nidhogg whelp. O' Halone, why can he not rest...
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    PLAYER INFORMATION
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    CHARACTER INFORMATION
    Name: Estinien Wyrmblood
    Canon: Final Fantasy XIV
    Age: 32
    Suitability:
    To be frank, Estinien would hate every bit of this world. He's used to fantasy and magic and all that sort of hocus-pocus, but not quite to it being sex related. Being a man who has dedicated himself to his duty, and literally nothing else, he's not exactly the most sexually involved. If at all. However, he'll treat people pretty similar to if this wasn't some sexy magical paradise, merely because he's a grumpy sourpuss and wouldn't like being brought here regardless.

    Eventually he'd likely warm up depending on CR, but at least at the start he'd be pretty revolted, and would avoid shacking up with anyone as long as he could.
    Species: Elezen (with half dragon blood, so half dragon??)
    Canon Point: Right before The Aery.
    World/Setting: N/A
    History: Boom
    Personality:
    Estinien hails from the Holy See of Ishgard, which is a nation filled with people as cold as the winter that has engulfed it. With the nation suffering a thousand year war of extinction against sentient dragons, there has been little reason for Ishgardians to be hopeful, happy, or warm. Not only to outsiders, but even to each other. Estinien encompasses this very well, and his is a story that tends to be pretty typical for Ishgardians; especially for those who find themselves training to become Dragoons. Having suffered his hometown being razed to the ground by Nidhogg and his horde twenty years ago, and thus enduring what horrors that bore with it, he ended up growing into a very distant and cold person.

    Ishgardian society hardly helps admonish this, particularly when they often take in specifically orphans of war to be dragoons in order to weaponize their trauma against dragons. There's no therapy in Ishgard, only nurturing hatred and psychological scars to further give them an edge against their mortal foes, and Estinien was no exception to this. He, of course, didn't help himself either, and let his hatred and thirst for vengeance fuel him through the years to eventually become the Azure Dragoon: the mightiest warrior of Ishgard so chosen by the Eye of Nidhogg.

    The Eye of Nidhogg being the literal eye of their greatest foe: an ancient wyrm that has been laying siege on Ishgard for a thousand years. His eye had been plucked from his head at the beginning of the war. Thus becoming a national treasure, but also one of Ishgard's greatest war assets. Mainly due to the advantage it gave them by wielding half his power, as well as the Azure Dragoon being linked with his emotions/thoughts/etc. (The more you know!)

    However, at the start, Estinien was a bit of a lone wolf, he was taken in by the previous Azure Dragoon after his hometown was destroyed. Tending to his family's laughably small flock of sheep at the time, thus he was spared the fate the rest of the villagers suffered, making him the sole survivor due to nothing short of luck. Alberic, his adopted father, then trained him from an early age in the ways of the dragoon. Helping him foster his skill, and while he tried to gainsay Estinien's obsession with getting vengeance, Estinien still stayed the course. However, as Estinien remarks far later in story, it was through Alberic's admonishment and others he grew close to, that his obsession didn't completely consume him. Just, mostly did.

    In his time in the temple knights, before he became the Azure Dragoon, he was seen as a surly, dedicated soldier who favored battle and training than he did social interaction. He made no friends for a good while within it, and the only friend he did make was more because they pursued him than the other way around. Even after that, he didn't seek friendships, nor did he make any more till the events of Heavensward. Perhaps because he saw most socializing as unnecessary distractions to his true goal—one that may very well cost him his life. So such relationships weren't exactly important to him. They didn't help him in his pursuit for vengeance, so they were of little value to him.

    When the Warrior of Light first meets Estinien (assuming they did the dragoon storyline), he is a fugitive of Ishgard because he's taken the Eye of Nidhogg from the church, when it's not supposed to leave. Ever. Estinien, while loyal to Ishgard, still does things his way, even if it might guarantee him some repercussions. As it turns out, he was not simply taking the eye for the sake of it, but he had sensed that Nidhogg was awakening after a twenty year nap (he had to sleep off his wounds that Alberic had given him back in Ferndale) and aimed to draw Nidhogg's attention away from Ishgard.

    He had hoped to use himself as bait, so that he might do battle with the great wyrm, and thus have the chance to slay him where Ishgard might not suffer the battle. Needless to say, Estinien has some good intentions, but he is extremely reckless in them, and has little self preservation if it means it might guarantee him his vengeance, and also Ishgard's safety.

    However, as the dragoon storyline progressed, Nidhogg had shared with Estinien what had happened in Ferndale, and how because of Alberic's inability to slay Nidhogg when he had the chance (due to his bond with Nidhogg through the eye, thus being overwhelmed with Nidhogg's emotions and nearly being taken over because of it) it lead to Ferndale's destruction. This was not pleasant news for the vengeance starved Estinien, who then took his rage and set it upon Alberic. In his moment of manipulated weakness, he called upon Nidhogg for his power so that he may slay his adoptive father, he became no more than a thrall to Nidhogg's and his own rage.

    The WoL was having none of it though, and through a travailing battle, Estinien was defeated, and the essence of Nidhogg banished from him. He retreated from the scene quickly after that. However, this whole conflict between Alberic and Estinine never gets remarked upon again, and so we as players have no idea if Estinien forgave Alberic, or if he is still mad at him for his inability to save his small village. Thanks SE, you're a gem. I go with the latter, seeing as Estinien is pretty bullheaded about this stuff when it concerns his family.

    Even with that conclusion, Estinien still carries the Eye, and the Holy See seems fine to let him be; after all he is their finest champion and he is indeed using the Eye for their benefit. So, it would seem even his fugitive charges have been dropped. Honestly, by the time Heavensward rolls around, it would appears the Holy See is just accepting of Estinien's Do What He Wants attitude. They probably just learned to accept it, particularly when he tended to spurn any invitation to political events he was expected to go to. So much they just stopped bothering to invite him. There is no changing Estinien for the most part, he is stubborn and set in his ways. That is, unless something specifically thought provoking challenges him in ways he cannot deny.

    During the events of Heavensward, such an event occurred, however. With the threat of Nidhogg and his hoard making an assault on Ishgard, Estinien grouped up with the Warrior of Light and Alphinaud in an attempt to contact the heretic leader Iceheart: their aim was to parley with the dragons through her connections. Estinien knew that if Nidhogg aimed a full assault on Ishgard, he would likely be the victor of such a battle. With such a reality weighing on him, he was willing to go along, because if the parley failed, then he could likely down Nidhogg with the warrior of light's aid and they would conveniently already be there. This, of course, didn't stop him from sassing Ysayle despite her willingness to help them, and bickering beliefs with her all along the way. Because he's kind of a petty child, even when his nation is in danger.

    Through their travels, and through more and more piling evidence pointing at the fact that maybe the Holy See's ways of how events transpired a thousand years ago were not as factual as they would have their people believed, Estinien started to question his beliefs. His resolve started to chip a bit, and he was becoming more willing to accept that his faith was flawed—but his loyalty was till to Ishgard, even if the church has sewn lies into their faith and teachings. The people of Ishgard was who he would protect, to who he was loyal. Not the church, which says a lot about Estinien. While a man of faith, he had little for the church itself, and he actually knew well how flawed the men of Ishgard were (once making a comment that if every man's thought was made known, that Ishgard would not last a bell), but that did not mean they deserved to be damned to death by dragon's fire.

    Not only did his beliefs change with his traveling, so too did his demeanor in ways: he opened up, even playfully teased Alphinaud (in likeness to that of a teenage boy teasing their little brother for having feelings), and made friendships. Even with his disputes with Ysayle, he still eventually forged some respect for her, seeing her as he put it "a worthy woman". However, even with his camaraderie with the others, his true goal remained ever present and unwavering. Even when he did kill Nidhogg, after learning the truth behind the motivations of the Dragonsong war, he felt little joy in accomplishing his life-long goal. It was a bittersweet victory, but it served its purpose to protect Ishgard from its would-be destruction.

    Ultimately, beyond vengeance, duty is the most important thing to Estinien. His dedication to such was greatly shown when he was possessed by Nidhogg's eyes (long story, but basically both eyes were found, Estinien held both like a smarty, and got his body jacked by dragon satan and went MIA for a good long while). Nidhogg waged an assault on Ishgard, using Estinien's body as a vessel, but through the combined effort of Hraesvelgr (Nidhogg's brood brother and mortal sympathizer) and the WoL, Nidhogg's shade was defeated, though scarcely dead. Estinien was able to regain control of himself long enough to subdue Nidhogg and beg for the WoL to kill him—thus Nidhogg would be truly defeated with his sacrifice. His shounen sacrifice got denied, but regardless it showed just how willing he was to let himself die for the sake of Ishgard.

    All in all, Estinien is duty-bound, aggressive, but a good dude. He may undermine authority if it would serve his duty better, or be better for the people, even if it means it might get him in trouble (he usually gets out of it anyways). He is highly a chaotic neutral type of character, but with more of a leaning towards good, than evil. He will be heroic and generally do the right thing, but entirely under his terms and any naysayers be damned. He carries himself as very prickly and with little patience, but he does have a good nature about him under it all, he just isn't good with socializing (or likes it very much). Nevertheless, Estinien still has the potential to be far worse than he is, and can teeter a bit in alignment depending on the influence of those around him. He can be rash, and quick to anger, and absolutely rude, but he means to do well, just in his own way.

    Abilities/Weaknesses:
    Racial abilities
    -Improved sight: Elezen have great vision, much better than that of a human's. It's along the lines of a bird of prey's vision, than a normal person.

    -Improved hearing: Elezen have large ears which allow them to hear much more than those of rounded ears. They can pick up sounds far beyond human capabilities, but surprisingly they're not the race with the top hearing from their world.

    -Longevity: Elezen live longer than all the six races, so while they max out at around 120 years, Elezen live longer. How much longer? WHO KNOWS they keep being very goddamn vague about this, but apparently they can be OLD AS BALLS.

    -Inhuman Strength: As not only a dragoon, but being an Eorzea who all seem capable of greater feats of strength than average humans upon training themselves, Estinien is absolutely ridiculously strong. Dragoons are trained to be able to crush dragon skulls with their landing, and have to be strong enough to pierce the hide of nigh impenetrable dragons scale. On top of that, he has half dragon's blood which further enhances his own strength, reflexes, and senses.


    Dragoon/Lancer Skills
    -Blood for Blood: Eorzeans all have aetherial properties to them, which is a fancy word for MAGIC. Even those who do not weave spells can manipulate it in ways to improve themselves, or manipulate themselves. One such abilities allows Estinien to become more susceptible to damage, while greatly increasing his own strength.

    -Ring of Thorns: Estinien can make non-aspected whirls of damaging aether erupt from his lance, doing damage to anyone in close proximity. He basically poledances on his lance, and the aether does the rest. Wish I were kidding.

    -Doom Spike: Similarly to Ring of Thorns, Estinien can slam his lance down into the ground at an angle, causing a blade of Aether to shoot off in a line, hurting anything in its path.

    -Chaos Thrust/Phlebotomize: Using Aether to imbue his attacks, he can leave someone to suffer continually over time. It more or less racks them with pain, but likely isn't enough to kill someone on it's own.

    -Jump: As all dragoons who are part of the Order of the Knight's Dragoon, Estinien can jump extremely far (35 yards is the in game number give on the skill, but in cutscenes he seems to be able to jump further.)
    Spearmanship: Dragoons are taught to be very proficient with polearms, so that they may pierce the hides of dragons that swords tend to break upon. They are quick and nimble with these weapons, and they combine their use with jumping to commit devastating blows to the otherwise immortal beings.

    Dragon Blood Abilities
    -Dragon Empathy: Because of Estinien being chosen by the eye, he first garnered an ability to sense dragons and their emotions, however it was far more attuned to Nidhogg specifically. However, once Nidhogg had possessed him (the first time), half of his blood became that of a dragon's, and so he no longer needed to rely on the eye for such things. His attunement being stronger that he could more or less hear Nidhogg's thoughts, and thusly could more accurately gleam from dragons their feelings as well.

    -Dragonfire Dive: Calling upon the powers of Nidhogg, and those he's garnered from his tainted blood, Estinien can conjure dragon's fire to erupt as he descends upon an opponent. It explodes upon impact, hurting everyone around him, and also scorching the place he lands with lasting fire (a feature unique to his use of it).

    -Dragonsong Dive: A devastating attack that can only be used under very particular circumstances (particularly ones of great duress), and requires the additional aetherical assistance of others. "Unleashing the power of the dragon within, the dragoon leaps upon the enemy with primal savagery. The aether expended with this attack burns with a fierce light, appearing as nothing less than a colossal, cerulean wyrm descending from the heavens." (From the lorebook)

    -Gierskogul: This attack more or less acts as a serpentine blast of unaspected aether, following a similar principle that dragons employ to lace their breath with arcane destruction. Typically, one has to be under the effect of blood of the dragon, but seeing as Estinien's blood is half dragon's blood (the WoL does not have dragon's blood in their veins at all and has to rely on the eye fully), and he used it while being possessed by Nidhogg himself, it's something he has access to using.

    -Dragon Transformation: Although he'll never willingly do this, but if Estinien were give into his dragon's blood, he could potentially turn into a dragon. Being far past the ritualistic requirements of such, and having been forced turned into Nidhogg himself, this is certainly something that could happen, but he'll never allow it. ALL THE SAME, IT'S THERE.

    -Nidhogg's eye: When Estinien has the Eye of Nidhogg, he can manipulate it for various purposes. He knows how to use it to form an impenetrable shield, as well as focus its aether to make a blade that can pierce some of the strongest shields. And while he doesn't need to anymore since his own blood is half of Nidhogg's, he can tap into the power of the eye to enhance himself further. He seems to be able to do a lot with the eye in general, even being able to knock a giant dragon out of the sky by causing it immense pain through it's use.

    Weaknesses
    Estinien's main weaknesses fall to his emotions, while he has an iron will and was able to resist a god-like dragon from mind controlling him for years (like seriously non-stop guard being up), when he does lose out to his emotions, that's when he's able to be taken down. Or he just makes plain senseless decisions. He's a bit of a hot head, and has little patience, and part of that is because he suffers from PTSD. He's far from emotionally stable, and that makes him pretty susceptible at times. He's also a huge failure when it comes to socializing, he's more or less sacrificed everything that would make him a functioning person in normal society to become a dragon killing weapon.


    RP Samples: Sample One!

    [This was a lot to take in, to say the least. Estinien knew not what to make of it, beyond the fact that the inhabitants were clearly a bunch of shameless harlots. Had they no dignity? No pride? Well, they seemed to pride themselves on their endless debauchery, that much was plain.

    While Estinien found countless reasons to be clad in his armor, this situation gave him an even greater one. Dressed head to toe in the blackened mythril and dragon bone, only his lower half of his face and a little bit of his arms were visible. The worst part of this all was the woman who dared to claim to be the mistress of this debased domain. Scarcely clad like the rest, Estinien found it increasingly difficult to even consider such a person a ruler. Ishgardians were a flawed people, and while their own lechery lead to bastards being born between classes, they at least pretended to act with some measure of class.

    With the meeting over, and Estinien being brought to the room he was so graciously offered for the night, he had to reflect on his options. While he did not think surviving outside of the castle would be a hassle for him, chances were if he were to return to Eorzea the means would less than likely be beyond the castle. He would have to play along, as much as his dignity would allow, till he could find a way back.

    He had suffered worse things than debauchery, but he could not help but find himself thinking that the fangs and claws of dragons gnashing at him, fire lacing their attacks, more appealing than the endless naked bodies that filled this perverse castle. Let alone dealing with the mistress, but he'd make due. He would not crumble. He had to get back to Eorzea.]

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