Justin”The Wolf” Mactíre Sept 27, 2012 20:47:42 GMT -5
Post by canislupus on Sept 27, 2012 20:47:42 GMT -5
: Justin is six feet one inch tall and weighs a lean 190lbs. His life in the wilds and in the towns and cities that border them has left him lean and very strong. The wilds after all do not abide the weak or the ill prepared for long. His physical features are considered by many to be quite attractive, although he deems himself of average appearance. His eyes are a deep icy blue that are quick to smile at the slightest opportunity, but they also miss nothing. He wears his black hair at a medium length. Besides the molted green of the ranger cloak Justin can often be seen wearing clothing that blend into the woodland environment that he is so fond of. His weapons consist of the ranger longbow with a high draw weight to match his strength, a long knife and a hand axe with a six and a half inch hawk blade and an eighteen inch oak wood handle. Both the brass cross hilt of the long knife and the handle of the hand axe are engraved with a wolfs head. These are held at his side on a finely tooled leather belt that he made himself. On this belt are a series of pouches that contain various herbs and spices useful for both cooking and healing.Personality:
Justin has a kind heart with a friendly nature and a smile that is infectious and reaches all the way to his eyes. He has been known to walk into a bar and buy the whole bar a drink or two and by the end of the night he would end up knowing most of the people in there by their first name. This has made him particularly good at gleaning information from local taverns that would normally be tight lipped around people that they don't know. He is fiercely loyal to his friends and often goes to great lengths to help them, a trait passed down to him by his father. He can’t stand bullies or those in power looking down on those without and this attitude as well as his spurning of a few high placed women’s affections has left him with a tenuous relationship in certain large townships. He is a fierce and ruthless fighter. He once waged a one man, plus his dog and horse of course, battle against a gang that robbed and beat one of his friends with in an inch of her life and sent those that survived running with tales of a ranger with a half wolf demon as a companion. That is how he got the nick name of wolf. He treats all with a kind of casual respect something that he believes is essential rather one is a king or a farmer. He also tends to joke and smile a lot and he loves making people laugh, because all to often he encounters them when they are scared, frightened or injured in the wilds.History:
Justin’s childhood was a happy one. Although, most wouldn’t exactly call it normal. He lived with his father, Julian Mactíre , and mother ,Rose Mactíre, in a small cabin in the wilds. Both of his parents were former rangers. Both lead countless raids along the frontiers against bandits and also against wargals. His mother was raised in a noble family and how she came to become an ranger and then to fall in love and marry one of them is a story too long to go into here. His father was the son of a hunter and tanner and was raised in the wild ,so he quite naturally fell into the role of the ranger. His parents passed down the skills that they had picked up after years of first surviving and then thriving in both battle and in the wilds. His father taught him the bow, gathering of wild foods and herbs for healing. He also taught Justin how to hunt game and the art of blending in with the wild and existing with it. This was a skill that his father was renowned in the Rangers for so much so in fact that his nickname within that band was The Ghost. His father and mother both had great talents as a healers and bother were also a well respected local healers and he trained Justin in this skill from the time that he could first grind herbs into powder. His father also taught Justin to respect nature and the bounty that it provides. This is why after killing an animal Justin can often be heard softly thanking the animal for its sacrifice and assuring it that none of it will go to waste. His mother taught him the skills of the castle; the art of fine manners and the subtle guile and political intrigue that plague castle noble life. She also taught him how to use the unique weapons that he carries, which she was very skilled in using. The benefit of having the hand axe was that the blade shape allowed the trapping of the opponent’s weapon, which left him vulnerable to the slashing and stabbing of the long knife. His family also trained sheepdogs for the local sheep shepherd in exchange for wool; this is where his half wolf companion Lupercus comes from. His family also raised a small heard of horses for the local lord’s scouts and huntsmen.Additional Information:
His ranger horse is named Moon and he is very close to him sharing the almost familial bond that is common between a ranger and his mount. His horse is also great friends with his other half wolf companion Lupercus as well. Both animals have saved the other’s life and Justin’s as well.
Additional Skills: Justin is excellent tracker of man or beast. He can glean copious amounts of information from the sign left on the trail. This includes: weight, health, direction, and other information.
He is also a skilled herbalist and healer and can take care of most injuries in the wild and on the field of battle. Only the most severe injuries are beyond his ability to give the patient a fighting chance.
He also has the skill to make very fine leather goods as his father and the father’s father could as well. He sells these goods at market and uses the funds to help war orphans and fund his wanderings.
Ranger Horse: Moon is a Arabian that has saved Justin's life with his incredible stamina more times than he can remember. His names come from a round birthmark that looks like a hunter's moon.
Weapons note: His hand axe is supposed to be a tomahawk, but there are not exact matches to this weapon in the timeline of the story, so the hand axe description was as close as I could get.