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The Cage
• 11/1/2013

Qian

This is to discuss the character Qian.
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• 11/2/2013

Is it weird that I thought his dad (Sha-Mo I think) was cool? Somehow he gave off that he was a good leader and bender in that brief scene to me

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• 11/2/2013
Same. He kind of had that Hakoda feel you know?
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• 11/2/2013

That's exactly what I thought!

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• 11/3/2013

Based on our early sketches of our characters, what does Qian think of the rest of the group?

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• 11/3/2013

He'd get along with Dong Guo. Qian's the more serious one so they'd probably have a complementary friendship. One makes the other loosen up the other makes the one take things more seriously. He'd get along with your character (not sure if he's still named Sheng) because of his background. Qian's curious about other cultures so it'd be interesting for him to meet a waterbender and not just that but a member of the almost totally secret Foggy Swamp Tribe. He's a scholar above almost anything so he'd be fascinated and eager to learn about your character. He'd be scared of Rabten at first with the chi-blocking thing. Then, he'd find out he's a self-defense practicing pacifist and be more at ease. He would take some issue with Rabten's drinking and try to warn against it. But, would eventually give up. He might even stand up for Rabten against people that think he's not smart because he drinks. And he'd definitely be afraid of Empress's character. Poison? Yeah, very scary. He'd act around her like Ty Lee acted around Azula. Never wanting to be on her bad side, but instead of incessant compliments, he'd just try to avoid her at all costs. Not easy to do when in a group with the person. Lu Zhi wuld probably intimidate Qian. He'd respect his authority and probably try to hard to impress and show his respect for the government official. Qian's one of those types of people that really value positions of power and don't like to break rules or step out of line. Maybe, over the course of our story, that will change

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• 11/3/2013

Haha. Cool!! Seeing My character has a tough attitude and willingness to do...some weird stuff, Qian might be a little freaked out by my character, lol.

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• 11/3/2013

Even more things to study! XD

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• 11/3/2013
I really like the idea of him not breaking rules and it keeping it civil.
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• 11/3/2013

Thanks. He's a serious student and slight borderline kiss-up so I thought it would fit

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• 11/3/2013

I think Qian should have a reason for his eagerness to please. Maybe, as a kid, he had low self-esteem and didn't think he was good at a lot of things. Then, he found an interest in music. His parents took him to a performance and he decided he wanted to be like the people on stage. He was signed up for music lessons and excelled quickly. For the first time, he felt like he had worth and his teacher treated him like the son he always wanted, butnever had. Loving the attention and validation, Qian practiced everyday to impress the teacher with his progress. He threw himself so much into music that his studies suffered even more than they did already. His parents made it clear that if he failed at his other subjects, he wouldn't be able to study music like those people he admired and they would stop his lessons. Then, he became obsessed with making people proud. First his parents, then his music teacher who had become like a second father, and lastly himself. He started getting tutored and spending hours improving his weaknesses while sharpening his main strength. He became good then, eventually, great at both. He focused so much on math, science, literature, and his innovative earthbending lessons that music began to take a back seat. He spent less and less time discovering new instruments and perfecting his old standbys. His parents didn't notice that he was slowly turning into a shell of himself and increasingly unhappy over time. His visits to his music teacher, at one time almost daily, diminished to just once a month. During one significant visit, his teacher asked him if he was happy. Qian said he didn't know which meant 'no'. He had worked so hard to get ready for BSSU, that he forgot why he wanted to go in the first place. Even worse, his teacher became very sick and was soon close to dying. Since he had no children, he left everything to Qian and his dying wish was that Qian fulfill his dream to pursue music and not lose himself by trying so hard to please others. So far, he's given the man half of his wish and is back in love with music. But, he still worries about being inadequate and tries getting on everyone's good side to feel like he has worth. He feels like a failure because he craves approval from everyone. Unlike when he was little, he wants his music teacher's approval above everyone else's. And, ironically, because of that extreme need he wouldn't have gotten it from the man if he were still alive

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