Meet the Annas – Anais Acantonat

Art by @arcanagoat on Twitter

Anais Acantonat is a level 7 Grave Cleric of Bendis of the Moonbow, a demigoddess of Kitavru, the Goddess of Time, Death, and Dreams.

Anais is a High Elf, and very very tiny – only 4’10” tall, and about 80 lbs. She has chocolate brown hair that is heavily streaked with silver, and bright green eyes. She seems fairly sturdy, for being both tiny and extremely thin.

Her gear is all black and dark-iridescent and navy, and it’s in really good condition. It also was, at one point, expensive. She has pretty navy on black lace details on her heavy skirts and her sleeves, and though she is wearing armor it all has the look of having been purchased or designed for her. Across her chest is a bandolier that holds a series of holstered handbells of various sizes, and she has at least one heavy, midnight colored cloak that easily would cover two or three of her, that she uses to blend into the shadows. Her hands are clean, with short fingernails, but look as though she is familiar with work, despite the fineness of her gear.

She carries an dark metal shield on her back, and a damascus-steel mace at her side, but she doesn’t seem the type who would be much use in combat.

Anais will occasionally blank out of conversations, only to chime back in with something totally out of left field – though usually it’s relevant, so maybe she WAS listening? She also is known to make prophesies, though their accuracy is still to be determined.

Divination is a big part of her character, which she does using either direct contact with the Moon, or through a moon-quartz pendulum. She keeps a journal which is full of notes and doodles (and prophesies), and she regularly writes letters to her aging father, to whom she is deeply devoted.

From a character standpoint I’m trying to shoot the gap between Luna Lovegood, Jester Lavorre, and Caduceus Clay – definitely Pastel Goth. She’s adorable, sweet as pie, and an absolute space cadet. Anais Acantonat means “Little Anna In-Between” in Middle-French, and hopefully she’ll live up to her name.

Dusting Things Off for D&D

Thanks to a bunch of inspiration from my friends who play D&D, I’m going to be doing more posting here about the D&D stuff I’m doing. I’m in three campaigns right now, and all of them are VERY interesting, and very different.

We just started up the Pan Flute campaign again, and I have a new campaign called Gathering Storm that I’m playing with some new friends I met through my WoW Classic guild, so I should have plenty to talk about, especially since Korvosa is still going strong.

There are two new Annas to introduce – Anais and Aine – and I’ll be working on getting them their character pages here. As well, Anais is a journal writer and a letter writer, so I’m hoping to post her in character stuff here as well. It may be photos – since I kind of want it to feel hand-written (and doodled).

So keep an eye on this space, as well as https://panflutecampaign.blogspot.com – where Fuzz is going to be doing IC journal entries for the campaign as well. If there are other blogs that come about, or things to share, I’ll make sure there are links to them!

First Game Post-Mortem

Monday night, from around 8 (I had some trouble finding the place, oops) until around 12:30, I got to hang with the new D&D table and see what that would be like. In reality, I only got to meet one new person – J I’d met before (we’ve been on a few dates), but K is their usual DM but taking a break, so he joined me as a player. J2 (yes, in a group of four players, we have two guys with the same name) had a flat tire and wasn’t able to make it last-minute.

So we spent a few hours shooting the shit, getting to know each other and nerding out together, which was fun and encouraging. I love being around other nerds, because nerds unabashedly, unashamedly LOVE things. (Sometimes this leads to gatekeeping, but these nerds are not like that, and gatekeeping can suck it.) We nerded out about D&D, about druidry and paganism, about the Astros. It was all around a good time.

And then we sat down and rolled some dice. K’s character was a bit of a douchebag, but Annie Mae took him right in stride and – quite frankly – saved him from being a victim of human trafficking, so she figures someday he’ll at least give her some credit. Being an urban ranger is fun too – all sneaky in back alleys and pass without a trace to get away from the bad guys.

Overall, it was grand fun, and I look forward to next week’s continuation.

Things I did notice – this is both an alcohol and a 420 friendly table, which is 100% new to me. I’ve played D&D slightly tipsy, but never with drunk or high people, and it did change the timbre of the game slightly. Not in a bad way, and in fact, it slowed the game down a little, which meant I had more time to think (and meant my quick thinking got us out of some scrapes). Nobody was pushy or anything, and they were all super polite (and due to both politeness and good ventilation I did not go home smelling of cigarettes or MJ).

The table is gorgeous and hand-made – but currently lives in an un-airconditioned garage. They have lights, full music and sound, everything you’d ever want to play D&D… just no A/C. So my planned outfit, which included a pashmina headwrap made of black wool and silk, was a little too warm. Thankfully the night was pretty mild – only about 85 outside – and they have fans running so there’s good circulation.

I will hopefully meet J2 on Monday, but so far the two guys I have met are super excited to have me there – which is flattering. I’m an experienced player, but I’m nothing compared to the folks who stream professionally. Still, I felt warmly welcomed, encouraged to roleplay and take risks with my character, and rewarded for rolling well and thinking quickly.

So yeah. I’m happy with how this turned out. I’m thankful for Critical Role, which brought me to this group, and which has given me so much to learn as a player and even inspired me to think about sitting behind the DM screen sometime in the future.

Here’s hoping things continue to go well.

Gay Tieflings are the Best Kind

In Which Anvari Zarthus, Warlock of the Undying Light, makes doe eyes at her new girlfriend, Leyl Tyranas, Trickster Paladin of the Goddess of Song and Secrets. Anvari and Leyl have thus far kept their relationship a secret from the other players. For how long that lasts, your guess is as good as mine. Personally, I highly doubt it’s going to survive whatever the end of the current campaign arc is bringing, which includes a giant Met-like Gala onboard a new ship in the City of Fangs.

Art by Jenn St. Onge