Harlequin, Huntress and Calamity Jane! Tsu gets a RP sister…Sue

26 Aug


I had an idea to create a RP hunter for the kin’s, The Council of the Secret Fire new RP group, ‘Fellowship of the Secret Fire.” …wife permitting I will join them when it goes live next Wednesday!

OK to create a character from this…my starting point being: that this hunter likes to hunt [sic!] rabbits!

Race: Elf, Hobbit or Man?

Hobbit, er no thx (I think you either are or are not a hobbit liker and I am of the latter persuasion!)

Elf was tempted but after reading some great elf RP guides, the best: ANDARNES v3.0. I became put off by the obvious restrictions to where they could RP (some areas are difficult to explain why an Elf would be there and most importantly of all they are not exactly big drinkers!)

So Man it is!

Sex? [Eh up!]…No Male or Female?

Weird how inspiration plays out, my kin leader, Moondog, called me Sue the other day and I at first was a bit miffed as my kin name is Tsu…but hell that is my own fault so I decided that I would try and incorporate ‘Sue’ into this RP char…so I think female is the best option.

Name: amazing how long you can contemplate this one…


Anglo saxon: Sunngifu which meant “sun gift” from the Old English elements ‘sunne’ – sun and ‘giefu’

(Medieval Scandinavian: Sunniva, as in St. Sunniva, Irish heiress and relatives flees to Norwegian Island, upsets local Vikings by stealing sheep…er not clever…prays to God for savior…a landslide blocks relatives and her in a cave to protect them from the heathens…they all die in cave! Er ok….)

Ended up with Sunngiffu as Sunngifu was taken 😦

From where?

Dale…land of Bard, famous Archer, did contemplate it…in fact what put me off was the timeline, am unsure of how long ago that was…

Rohan, horse lord, er where is my horse…NO!

Gondor…er too stoney…sounds like Condor…no.

Bree…ok a local …I can do that…er not too close or I will have to be visiting home all the time…even better Archet…It burns down, the bandits can kill off the family, maybe I have a younger/older brother(s) a Captain who was away at the time…. I can RP the whole family!

Archet burns down during introduction…not so good but bandits have been in the area for some time. Parents were attacked and killed by bandits…something like that. – Rich girl living wild…CLICHÉ CLICHÉ CLICHÉ…well have a couple of days yet to sort out back story…

This is playing into ideas I have formed while researching this RP bio…wow the write up of the research of the bio is actually warping the bio!



Lets introduce the characters of Commedia dell’arte:

‘Commedia dell’arte (Italian pronunciation: [komˈmɛːdja delˈlarte]) is a form of theater characterized by masked “types” which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actress andimprovised performances based on sketches or scenarios. The closest translation of the name is “comedy of craft”; it is shortened from commedia dell’arte all’improvviso, or “comedy of the craft of improvisation”.’

Sound like RP!

‘Commedia dell’arte has three main stock roles: servant, master, and innamorati (lovers), and the characters themselves are often referred to as “masks”, which, according to John Rudlin, cannot be separated from the character. In other words the characteristics of the character and the characteristics of the mask are the same. The servants or the clowns are referred to as the Zanni and include characters such as Arlecchino, Brighella and Pedrolino. Some of the better known commedia dell’arte characters are Arlecchino (also known as Harlequin), Pierrot and Pierrette, Pantalone, Il Dottore, Brighella, Il Capitano, Colombina, the Innamorati, Pedrolino, Pulcinella, Sandrone, Scaramuccia (also known as Scaramouche), il Somardino, La Signora, and Tartaglia.’

Now Harlequin… derived from Old English: Herla cyning, (Anglo Saxon link to name :))

‘Although this word used to be closely associated with the Italian commedia dell’arte, an improvised burlesque that flourished in the 16th-18th centuries (see above :)), English took it back from Old French Herlequin, where it had come to mean “a demon”. Old French had acquired it earlier from English Herleking, a word that came from Old English Herla cyning “Herla the king”. Herla was a mythical figure associated with the early Anglo-Saxon god, Woden.’

…leader of the Wild Hunt…

I can steal that!

My Hunter can be part of any wild hunt, a bit of a demon… has a dark side…has a harlequin like personality.


Picture inspiration: Deco figurines, these figurines are based on Diana or Artemis

‘In Roman mythology, Diana (lt. “heavenly” or “divine”) was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and birthing, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis.’

This gave me the idea to check out other huntress deities, there are quite a few. I especially liked Mielikki – Finnish goddess of the Forests but I felt she ended up being too much a protector of the flaura and fauna… Me likey the name!

This goddess side would maybe calm down the harlequin side and give more balance.


….not the real life American frontierswoman, but the fictional Doris Day version…

Er yeah. Doris Day…er I am just thinking of spicing up Sungiffu’s narrative with some choice quips from good old narrative…

‘Look at these! Silk, pure silk! I’ll bet her mother spun ’em!’

‘Make mine sarsparilly!’

‘Excitement? Why, I got more arrows in the back of that coach than a porcupine has got stickers!’

‘I got a strange feelin’ somebody’s bein’ hustled.’

I found the full script for more inspiration…

Build: slight, Hair: ashy, Eyes: bright green (well as bright as I could get them – no glow in the dark eyes…pity :(), Scars: none as yet

Biography: There are lots of links of how to do this and there are 2 schools of thought:

1: full background and story

2: details and description that add depth/character that the standard LOTRO imagery lacks…

I like the latter best but will still flesh out a backstory for myself…more thinking:



A small figure, just about ascertainable that it is a woman under the mismatched pelts…

Furs of indistinguishable origin which are patched together with leather armour…overall effect is a ‘Harlequin’ like blur of fur.

Piercing Green eyes peer out from under hood

A bit ramshackle and scruffy, in need of a wash… but not too smelly!

A large white rabbit’s foot swings from her neck on a simple silver chain.

Daggers compete for space with dead rabbits attached by leather twine to her belt.

She moves agilely, almost as if dancing.


Simple Bree lass who like hunting rabbit…

Likes the simple life of hunting, also like to eat and drink…living off the land…

Hyperactive and a little loopy, she like to dance and party and is a little wild!

Bit of an anarchist, a wildling, a member of the wild hunt, she lives to hunt.

COSMETICS: need the shared wardrobe…serendipitous, is included in this week’s LOTRO store sale 🙂

ROLE PLAY: 2 guides I liked:

Thread on Bio’s

Blackwarden’s Guide to Finding RP

Must remember: Try to walk, talk back to NPC’s…and it is even possible to RP solo!


One Response to “Harlequin, Huntress and Calamity Jane! Tsu gets a RP sister…Sue”


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