Beautiful People: Nylf the Slightly Handsome

So, I had trouble choosing a character for Beautiful People this time. Probably because it was external beauty or lack thereof, that it focuses on this month. I’ve already done most of the characters that are that significant. So I thought I’d do the character who goes by Nylf, despite the fact his looks aren’t that important.

As I begun, I realized I’ve never done Aydel, my heroine and that it would work well for her, but the character development is good for Nylf. Even though it’s mostly externals, He’s a very important character, but sometimes a little awkward to explain. This way I don’t need to worry about keeping secrets.


Give a brief overview of their looks. 

Straight dirt coloured hair, it’s short to begin with but he doesn’t really cut it over the course of the book. He does keep it tidy and shave though. Quite pale skin, though it is reddened by sun and wind, greenish-brown eyes. He has a open, friendly, teasing look about him. And he’s young, early twenties.

Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.

Skin and hair contrast ought to be higher.

‘As they came into sight, their voices died away. Probably realizing there was a chance they could be heard. They weren’t dressed in the usual soldier uniforms but soft forest colours instead. One was tall with hair slightly darker than hers in stark contrast to his pale face. Even paler than Leisa’s. 


What is the first thing people might notice about them?

That’s he’s very quiet and good at blending in. And that they should have seen him before. Other than the fact he’s rather good at sneaking up and vanishing, it would probably be his height and his easy way of standing. And probably the hair/skin contrast.

What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)

He’s actually pretty ordinary. No scars in places that are regularly visible, His ears do stick out a little though and he’s got common, random skin imperfections.

How tall are they? What is their build?

Pretty tall, a little over 6′. He’s got a long distance runner’s build.(’cause he actually is a long distance runner) So not overly muscular.

What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?

He tends to stand in a lazy yet controlled manner. He walks and runs quite purposefully unless he doesn’t want to be seen in which case he kind of slinks along quietly.

Your character has been seen on a β€œlazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?

He’d actually kind of look rather like that picture, slightly dishevelled. Clothes would be shirt, trousers and possibly a vest and/or wide belt. It depends on exactly how lazy he’s feeling and who is around.

Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?

He always has a knife or two about him and a small leather satchel. A rope hung from his belt or over his shoulder is common.

Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!

No. Because of his manners and actions, yes, but not his looks.

Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?

Perhaps he’d like to be more handsome. But also more ordinary. Being pale with dark hair can stand out at times. And if you could change his appearance more dramatically, he could be a completely different person. That could be useful, since a few too many people know him.

And that is that.

6 Comments

  1. Aw I'm sorry you got the impression that the BP questions were about "external beauty or lack thereof" because it's actually just about character description. πŸ™‚ So it doesn't matter what your character looks like, we just thought it'd be great to develop it!

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading about Nylf! And I think it's awesome how he blends/runs/disappears. πŸ˜€ He sounds like a really fun character to write!

  2. Nylf sounds like a really cool character, Anna!

  3. I wasn't talking about Beautiful People in general, just the fact that this months one was on appearance.

  4. Well, he's certainly very interesting to write. He has a rather unorthodox way of looking at the world.

  5. Nylf sounds and looks cool. ^ ^ Appearance can tell a lot about a character. πŸ™‚

    I did Beautiful People too: http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2016/08/beautiful-people-appearance-edition.html

  6. It certainly can. But we look on the outside, and God (and the writer) sees directly to the heart. I think these questions don;t get quite as deep into that which is actually perfect for writing publicly.
    If I'd been keeping up with my blog reading I would have already read yours. πŸ™‚

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