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Ivan

But I thought I liked this kind of stuff!

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Kanzi

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Definitely not mine, don't know who made it though.
If the maker wants me to take it off, I'll do so without causing trouble.

Personality

Ivan is an odd fellow. Not only does he talk with his bird, he also has a split personality. At times he's a somewhat clumsy, funny and tolerant guy, at others he's... Not fun to be around. Well, perhaps if you have an odd liking to being mistreated, but most people wouldn't like to be around him when he's like this. This is why there are differing stories about him. Some people think he's the menacing pirate captain, raiding trading routes, other people say he's a friendly elf, looking after people that didn't fit in society. But as long as his parrot is around, Ivan will be nice.

Equipment

Elven legacy: Ivan, son of an elven woman, is gifted with a couple of elven traits. Like the pointy ears, the slow aging and that certain grace elves carry themselves with. Despite Ivan's clumsy personality, he's certainly not clumsy when it comes to moving around. Able to maneuver through any area with lots of plants and wood animals without much effort. It also gives him a natural advantage at using bows, being recon and recognizing herbs. Ivan also has better sight in the dark. These are just a few examples.

Drow bequest: Ivan, son of a drow man, is gifted with a couple of drow traits. Some are very alike to the elven ones, seeing that both races have quite a few things in common, but there are also other traits. For example, Ivan is also talented with not only bows, but also with daggers and short swords, throwing weapons too. He's fast and can maneuver through rocky and cold areas without much effort. Not only can he make potion to enhance himself, he can also find and use plants to create poisons and toxins. These are just a few examples.

So begins...

Ivan's Story

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Ivan entered the bar, casually pushing the door out of the way before he began his easy stride towards the counter. Apart from the scar on his face, everyone that looked at him would notice the bird on his shoulder. It looked like some kind of parrot, but thanks to its extraordinary appearance, it could very well be a bird from a country far across the ocean.

However, half way towards the counter, the elf reached for the bird. But it was already too late. The bird had spotted something and had decided to check it out, not caring about what Ivan did or thought. Ivan was most displeased. Now he had to follow the thing to wherever it flew. Luckily for the male, it wasn't all that far. He found his pet next to a miniature bed, with a tiny person in it. Batting away the bird's beak before it could do any harm, Ivan leaned forward to inspect the bed.

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Ivan wasn't really one to be careful. So after a quick observation of the bed and the carvings, he poked his finger against the silken drapery. "Hello?" he asked, tilting his head and leaning a bit closer. The bird mimicked his movements, letting out an odd sound. Was it just doing what Ivan did or did it really realize what was going on? Ivan didn't seem to mind it, though, not for now.

"Somehow there?" he asked, his voice just a whisper, but considering his closeness it was enough to make it feel like a gust to Lily. Not on purpose, of course not. How could Ivan now there was a tiny living girl in the bed?

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Ivan couldn't help laughing a bit, backing off a bit right after. The bird did the same. "I'm going to take that as a yes. Sorry to scare you, though!" he whispered, picking his pet up and placing it on his shoulder, just in case. However, now Ivan found himself without words. Sure, he had seen stranger things in his life, but a tiny person wasn't exactly something he saw daily either.

"Doesn't look like a safe place to sleep, y'know?" he asked, a casual tone easily slipping into his voice. Today was one of Ivan's good days.

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Ivan barely noticed Lily's flush. Not that it'd affect his actions if he hadn't gotten sight of it. "Oh, I see. Of course, for you it's a normal sized bed!" he realized, out loud, which was probably not the most considerate thing to do. Anyway, Ivan's smile should make up for it. "Luckily you can hide pretty well, if it wasn't for my bird, I wouldn't have noticed neither you or the bed." Ivan laughed again, still not realizing that Lily could be offended. Ivan was used to hang out with harsher people. And on bad days, he was the rudest of them all.

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Ivan smiled at Lily and nodded. "Of course, I'll wait," he responded, ignoring the bird that also nodded. It just kept mimicking him. Ivan didn't seem bugged at all to talk or interact with such a small person. It was a nice change, to be honest. This little girl could very well be the most innocent looking person he had ever met. Not that such a thing was all that difficult, considering Ivan hang around in taverns with not-so civilized people.

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Ivan handed the girl the pot, not knowing what it was for, but Ivan had learned he shouldn't ask about everything. "Here you go," he whispered, afraid that it'd hurt Lily's ears if he spoke on his normal volume. "So what does a girl like you do in a bar like this?" he asked, just trying to not have to listen to an awkward silence. And so that the bird wouldn't bug him for attention.

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Ivan rose both his brows. "You dance? That's pretty awesome," Ivan muttered, his head turned away slightly. He didn't want to embarrasses either Lily or himself by watching. "Well, I think this city is called Wing City, and this bar is Gambit's Bar, if I read the name correctly," Ivan informed her, a smile on his face.

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Ivan laughed at the girl's cheerfulness, nodding. "Yes, it certainly is. Just arrived here, but it seems like an interesting town," Ivan agreed and showed another smile. "So what was your old home like?" he asked curiously, tugging a chair close and sitting down. Ivan hadn't been all that thirsty, so he didn't bother to order anything. He had no idea how to anyway.

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Ivan sighed, turning a bit to look at Lily again. "You were that young when she died?" Ivan shook his head a bit. "That's sad, sorry to hear that," Ivan mumbled. He hadn't had much of a youth either, but Ivan didn't mind it. He had pushed it away to a darker side of his personality, one that only showed itself once in a while. "But it seems like you managed quite well."

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Ivan nodded and flashed another smile. "Luckily she started teaching you at a young age," he replied and scratched the bird's head for a moment. "Too bad you didn't hear any stories about your father, though. I'm sure those would've been very valuable," Ivan said and nodded again. Everything had value, everything could be bought and everything was for sale, that was what Ivan thought and by those rules he lived. That's what happens when you grow up surrounded by pirates.

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Ivan looked at his bird and smiled. "Yeah, it's still a bird, but it won't do anything I tell it not to do," he assured the little person. "But if it ever does anything you don't like, just tell me and I'll make sure it won't happen again," he added and patted the bird on the head again. It was his best friend, in a way.

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Ivan walked through the slums. Though, it seemed more like he waddled. Gosh, Ivan was dizzy. "Over the sea~" he sang quietly, the big bird on his shoulder repeating what Ivan had sang. Suddenly, Ivan stood still, almost tripping face-forward but he managed to stay standing thanks to a hand that reached out for a wall. "Who's that?" he asked his bird. The bird tilted his head. "Why do I even keep you around?" Bad move.

The bird began to peck at Ivan's head, flapping its wings. "Stop it!" Ivan begged, without success.

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"Of course he doesn't like me!" Ivan almost yelled, pushing the bird away with both hands. Only to get feathers bat against his face, talons scratching his shoulders. "Go away!" Eventually, the bird got bored and as the feathers floated to the ground more and more of Ivan's now damaged face showed. There were quite a few scratches showing on his face, but luckily none of them was bleeding too bad. "Stupid bird," he muttered and shook his head a bit, wiping the blood off with his sleeve.

The bird had seated itself on a nearby rooftop, quite close to Toshya to be exact. However, it didn't seem to have noticed the female. Ivan certainly hadn't. The man eyed Mama for a moment, raising a brow. "And what're ya calling me a child for?"

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The bird tilted its head to look at Toshya. According to how Ivan treated it, you'd say that it understood what people said. But that wasn't completely right. Because it knew Ivan so good, it could tell what Ivan meant by other things than his words. But Toshya was a new person, so it had absolutely no idea what she had said. The biscuit was very much appreciated though and the bird started to peck at the crumbs.

Ivan frowned at the lady. "Well, I'm not!" he replied stubbornly and he crossed his arms over his chest. "Although, I've never met my parents, so I might be wrong," he added as an afterthought, shrugging it off right after the words had left his mouth.

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The bird puffed out his feathers at Toshya's remark. It seemed to agree with her completely and then some. Ivan rolled his eyes and let out a sigh. Great, the bird's ego got boosted again. "Yeah, it should know where it belongs," he replied and motioned for the bird to come over. Although it seemed odd for the bird to comply, it did. Perhaps behind all the fighting and 'arguing', there was some form of respect between the two.

Settling itself on Ivan's shoulder, the bird tilted its head again, looking at Smiles for a moment. Just like Ivan was doing. "Mister, what are you doing?" Ivan asked, not feeling at that comfortable at the... Studying of his person.

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Ivan nodded at Toshya. "Yes, yes he is. Even though it'll argue me on that one." And as if it had been planned, Ivan's ear got pecked. "No this again!" Luckily the bird listened this time. "And it's just a bird, you know," Ivan added, perhaps to get back at the creature. But it wasn't just a bird. The bird kept him from turning into his other him, to say so. It kept him nice, in a way.

Ivan seemed to frown a it as the Doctor summed up quite a few of his traits. The guy could tell so much about him by just his looks? Not that the man had said anything that had offended Ivan though. But still, this man had to be much smarter than creepy. Which said a lot.

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Ivan shrugged. "Perhaps it will, after it's done with tearing up my face and arms," Ivan replied, not even trying to figure out how many times he had been nearly ripped apart for no reason. Yes, the bird was a champion in pirate-captain-pet-fights. They really had to find a better name for those fights, though. "A name?" Ivan asked in return to Toshya's question. "Why would it need a name? It knows when it gets addressed. Gosh, it eavesdrops on everything anyway!" Ivan replied, glaring at the bird. Which was whistling quite innocently.

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Ivan thought about it for a moment. "A nickname?" Ivan bit his lip and frowned for a moment. "Well, the chef of the last ship I was on called it 'that blasted beast'," Ivan mentioned with a shrug. The bird nodded its head quite enthusiastically at that comment. It remembered the chef. Fun times. For the bird. "I was just carrying my sorry ass through town," the man answered.

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"And this bird is different, because I can talk. And the bird can't," Ivan added as an afterthought. It sounded logical to Ivan.

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Ivan laughed a bit and shook his head. "No, there are no nice nicknames on a ship," he responded, laughing a bit as he recalled all the name calling he had heard. The bird puffed out its feathers again when it noticed Toshya's giggle. It also seemed to enjoy the petting. It was quite easy to figure out that Ivan didn't do it that often. "Would I?" Ivan asked, tilting his head. "The people that would've know it wouldn't have been able to tell anyone else. Thus, I'd have lost my name, because I couldn't tell anyone what it would be." Ivan smiled, curious to see how long she'd be able to test his stubbornness. "But, I can now. My name is Ivan."

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Ivan nearly burst out in laughter. "My dear?" he repeated, biting his lip to keep from laughing. "Sorry, never had my person addressed with that before," he added and scratched the back of his head a bit. "And people would give me names, but none of them would be my real name," Ivan replied, a smirk tugging at his lips. "Nice to meet you, Marigold. And I'd say it'd be even worse for a girl here," he said, before both he and the bird puffed out their chests. "Besides, we can take care of ourselves, be it in the dark or not."

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Ivan frowned at Toshya. "I'm actually the only reason why he hasn't ended up as dinner one one of our trips," he explained, because he knew the bird would've said that, if it could talk. Ivan eyed the flat for a moment. It didn't seem all that safe for the average standard, but Ivan had seen far worse. At the mentioning of biscuit, the bird flew off quickly, entering the building. Probably raiding the biscuits. "Well, it seems like it has decided, we'll stay," Ivan said and flashed her a smile. Although Ivan didn't know of his split personality, he did know he forgot things quite quickly if the bird wasn't around. So Ivan tried to stay close.

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Ivan followed Toshya inside, glancing at his bird that was now pecking at the crumbs in the bowl. It seemed quite occupied for the moment, but Ivan knew it heard everything that was going on. "Don't worry, I've lived half my life on ships, so this is what I'm used to," Ivan replied and flashed her a smile. "I guess I'll sleep on the chair," Ivan mentioned quite absentmindedly as he noticed that there was only one mattress.

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Ivan tilted his head a bit. "Not testing my politeness, are you?" he asked, a brow risen. Sleeping on a mattress did sound nicer than sleeping on a chair though. But Ivan was aware of the fact that men should be as 'knightly' as possible around women. Even though it sounded quite ridiculous to Ivan, he guessed it couldn't hurt to be nice.

"Yes, yes I am," Ivan replied, a smile tugging at his lips. "I'll keep all the bragging to myself though, but if this had been a tavern..." he said jokingly, even laughing a bit before he looked back at her. "And you? A girl of the slums?" he asked, a mocking tone to his voice, though it could very well be a teasing one. The difference was quite small for pirates.

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Ivan frowned a bit. He couldn't believe anyone hadn't seen the ocean. To him, it sounded the same as when someone would tell anyone they hadn't seen the sun. "You haven't?" he asked, tilting his head. Even the bird had stopped eating for a moment. "Well, once we run out of things to talk about, I'll entertain you with my completely not-exaggerated stories," Ivan promised and he sat down on the mattress. "Hm, well, you seem to have everything you need though, not much more than that, but you've gotten this far," Ivan responded, smiling a bit.