Leonardo da Vinci Nov 16, 2012 0:55:12 GMT -6
Post by LEONARDO DA VINCI on Nov 16, 2012 0:55:12 GMT -6
CBox Name: Jax
How long have you rped?: Almost 13 years, with 7 to 8 years of staffing. Holy cow, I'm old!
Notes: Boom, Baby!Name: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (AUDITION)
Birth Date: April 15, 1452, Old Style
Origin: Vinci, ItalyHeight: 5 feet, 8 inches
Weight: 140 lbs.
Leonardo dresses as an artists (a relatively popular one, too) would dress. His colors tend to stick in shades of reds and blues. His favorite article of clothing is his red har, a favorite article that survived many events. Historians have cited him as being: “"outstanding physical beauty", "infinite grace", "great strength and generosity",
:Secrets: Leonardo holds many secrets, some he desires to keep from others on purpose, and others because he just stumbled into something accidentally. He tries to keep his connection to the Brotherhood on the down low, considering than he will no loner be able help.
Likes: Machines, Fruit and Cheese, Inventing, Painting, Sketching (personal quiet time)
Dislikes: Ignorance, Meat, Violence, Destruction of Art (no matter the content)
Habits: When relaxed, he holds his hands in front of him, fingers pointed down, thumbs up, tips touching so that his hands form an almost diamond shape. It looks a like like the Assassins' emblem inverted. He is eccentric and excitable.
Hobbies: Sketching, which of his “free” time is spent doing, inventing, reading, painting, etc.
Phobia: Fears losing his ability to create
Personality:Leonardo is a decidingly optimistic and upbeat man. He never looses and opportunity to show his good will and keen eye for the world around him. He was a vegetarian by choice, as well as a pacifist. Within Leonardo's lifetime, his extraordinary powers of invention, his "outstanding physical beauty", "infinite grace", "great strength and generosity", "regal spirit and tremendous breadth of mind" as described by Vasari. As such, he drew the attention of others, painting himself an intriguing figure that people wanted to be around.
Leonardo's mind was one that was always acting in motion. He was insatiably curious, and easily distracted. Occasionally, he could be forgetful, not out of cruelty, but oat of a general flightiness of memory. Also, despite his excitement, he is an eternal procrastinor.
Despite the fact that historians today see Leonardo as one of the best minds to ever exist, da Vinci in his own time believed that everything he did would effect the world very little. He was more than modest when it came to his works, never really seeing himself as anyone that would ever matter to anything.
Most historians agree that Leonardo was homosexual, or at preferred the company of men over women. Indeed, he was close to very few women, none of worth mentioning at this point in his storyline.Character Weapon: Intellect
Character Accessories: Workshop, tools
Character Strengths: Genius, Inventor
Character Weaknesses:Pacifist, No Combat SkillsCharacter Connections:
Ezio Auditore da Firenze, lifelong friendship
Character History (300 words at least):
Leonardo was born in 1452 out of wedlock in Vinci, a town outside of Florence, Italy, to a Florentine notary named Piero da Vinci, and a local woman named Caterina. He spent most of his early childhood in nearby rural Tuscany, so as to spare his father the embarrassment of a scandal.
However, young Leonardo's innate artistic prowess was obvious to his elders even then, and when he turned fourteen he was returned to Florence, apprenticed to the workshop of renowned painter Andrea del Verrocchio; while there, he is said to have collaborated with the Verrocchio on his masterpiece, Baptism of Christ.
At age 20, Leonardo was titled a master by the Guild of Saint Luke, and opened his first workshop in Florence, where he continued to collaborate with his old master. During his time there, he also befriended the Auditore family, who he sold most of his paintings to.
In 1476, Leonardo met Ezio Auditore when the latter accompanied his mother to pick up some paintings from Leonardo’s workshop. The two conversed inside the workshop of the artist, talking about Leonardo's paintings, and what else he could do aside from painting.
However, Ezio remarked to his mother that Leonardo would not come that far, seeing that he was incapable of even keeping his workplace tidy. Ezio's mother, however, was very confident of Leonardo's future, complimenting him multiple times on his talent and telling him he should have more faith in himself.
Soon after their conversation, the three headed back to the Palazzo Auditore, Ezio and Leonardo carrying one box each, filled with paintings to hang on the walls. Again, Ezio commented on Leonardo's seeming incapability, but he soon felt he was wrong about the so-called "fledgling artist" as they arrived at the Palazzo, noting that Leonardo was one to respect. This encounter sparked the lifelong friendship between the two young men.
After the execution of Giovanni, Federico, and Petruccio Auditore, Leonardo met Ezio once again, greeting him with a brotherly embrace. He was then requested by Ezio to repair the Hidden Blade he had inherited from his father. Leonardo was immediately fascinated by its sophisticated and advanced design, as it, despite its old age, was way ahead of even their time.
At first, Leonardo had no idea how to repair it, but soon discovered that the page of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's Codex that Ezio had included with the weapon could be decrypted, and used as a manual. It took Leonardo some hours to decode the page, and finish the repairs to the Hidden Blade.
Leonardo woke up Ezio, who had fallen asleep in the meantime, and handed the weapon over to him. Leonardo claimed that Ezio's ring finger had to be removed, because "the blade is designed to ensure the commitment of whoever wields it."
This was only for his own amusement however, as he only made to cut off Ezio's finger, before simply embedding the cleaver into the table next to Ezio's hand. Assuring the other that he was only "having fun," Leonardo explained that the blade had been modified so that the removal of the finger was no longer necessary.
Immediately after this, a Florentine guard showed up at Leonardo's workshop. Leonardo quickly told Ezio to stay hidden in his workshop, while he opened the door for the guard, keeping him outside. The guard knew that Leonardo had been in contact with Ezio, and as Leonardo tried to act ignorant of the Assassin, the guard threw him to the ground and started kicking him several times in order to extract Ezio's whereabouts.
Ezio promptly sneaked up behind the guard and tested out his newly acquired weapon on him. Afterwards, Ezio brought the body inside the workshop upon Leonardo's request, hiding it among the bodies that were used for the artist's anatomical research.
Leonardo and Ezio didn't meet again until 1478, when Ezio visited him with another Codex page attained from his uncle Mario Auditore. He deciphered the page, as Ezio practiced several new assassination techniques in Leonardo's yard with straw dummies, which had been set up by one of Leonardo's students, Vincenzo.
Afterwards, Leonardo constructed a second Hidden Blade for his friend's disposal. Shortly after practicing with it, Ezio inquired about Francesco de' Pazzi, which prompted Leonardo to discreetly tell him that he needed to seek out La Volpe. Leonardo assured Ezio that "the Fox" had eyes everywhere, that he saw everything, though no one ever saw him.
Leonardo advised Ezio to find him at the Mercato Vecchio, and reminded him to be careful. After this, Leonardo only met Ezio to periodically decipher new Codex pages.
After Ezio put an end to the Pazzi Conspiracy, he visited Leonardo once more, who had been deeply worried about his friend after seeing the recent "madness" going on in Florence. He was soon cheered up by yet another Codex page, which Ezio had received from Lorenzo de' Medici.
Leonardo was astonished by the new blade design, as it had been developed to allow the wielder to inject poison into their enemies for a more subtle kill, without weakening its structure. Leonardo finished manufacturing the design rather quickly, telling Ezio that if he ran out of poison, he should visit a doctor. This confused Ezio, but Leonardo explained that the same substances that could cure could kill in higher doses.
In 1480, Leonardo received a commission from a Venetian noble, who graciously offered to transport the artist to Venice, as well as provide him with a workshop there.
As he travelled to the ship bound for Venice, Leonardo once again met Ezio in the Appennine Mountains. The artist was faced with the problem of a broken wagon wheel and, lacking the means to fix it himself, was relieved to be able to ask Ezio to lift the carriage. Ezio noticed the contraption inside the wagon as he did and questioned him it, prompting the first conversation in which Leonardo mentioned his Flying Machine.
Leonardo admitted that he had not yet told anyone about it, but said that he could keep the idea to himself any longer. Ezio, amused by Leonardo’s device, offered to drive the wagon for them both. As they set off for Romagna, Leonardo curiously commented that he had not even told him where he was going.
During the trip, the wagon was attacked by the soldiers of Rodrigo Borgia, threatening their lives all the way through the mountains. Ezio held them off by steering the wagon into the horses of the soldiers, and dodging the burning arrows the soldiers had started shooting at them.
Throughout the ordeal, Leonardo was safely hidden inside the wagon, but as they reached the end of the trail, Ezio handed control of the carriage back to him. The Assassin then jumped off, staying behind to deal with the soldiers so Leonardo could get to Romagna safely.
The two met up at the docks in Romagna, where they were scheduled to set sail for Venice, after Ezio went through an ordeal involving Caterina Sforza.
Upon their arrival in Venice, Leonardo and Ezio were given a tour of the city by a baggage handler named Alvise da Vilandino, as they headed towards his new workshop. During the tour, the three stopped at the market of Venice, where a few guards started harassing a stall owner under the command of Emilio Barbarigo. Alvise hurriedly advised them to follow him elsewhere.
As Leonardo walked past a store, he found a wooden puppet that resembled the human body and its proportions, but had no money on him to buy it. He asked Ezio if he could lend some money, however, at that moment, a female thief bumped into him and stole his wallet.
Alvise again guided them onward, near the Palazzo della Seta. The three saw the harassed stall owner walk up to the guards at the entrance of the Palazzo to demand compensation, but the guards only arrested him for "disrupting commerce."
As they arrived at his workshop, Ezio informed Leonardo that he needed to visit the Palazzo, at which Leonardo invited him to come over whenever he had more time, or if he needed another Codex page decrypted. He and Ezio then parted ways with an affectionate embrace.
Sample Post(At least 250-300 words minimum):
Leonardo was positive that he was going to go blind one day with the intensity that he used to survey anything that required script, sculpt, or discovery. His excitement found him, almost literally, nose to parchment with the encrypted page that had been brought to him, along with the broken, though quite ingenious, bracer hiding a blade in its depths. He nearly outright cackled to himself, as he went back and forth, from his own notes, the codex page, and back to the bracer and hidden blade, flitting like a bee would flit from one flower to the next.
The only thing that surfaced Leonardo from his thoughts and musings was the sudden change in the cadence and timber of Ezio's breathing. Casting his eyes up at the other man, he found that he had actually fallen asleep, perched up in the chair. For a moment, he considered shaking the man awake, and teasing him for his lack of interest in something so brilliantly intellectual, but decided against it. He had a feeling Ezio had a rough few days behind him, and had earned himself the nap. Besides, this just meat that he could take the opportunity to tug on his pigtails some other time. He did find himself adjusting his position at the table, finding a place better to occasionally look up, and catch the what sure to be fleeting look of peace on Ezio's face.
Shaking his head, with a grin, with the moment to peer at Ezio the only thing that gave his pause to his fervor, he returned to work. It was a matter of hours, and he would admit to slowing down some time in the middle to allow his tired friend more time to slumber, but he was finished, ready to present the product to Ezio. On the way around the table, he caught sight of his tool table, and, more specifically, a thick bladed knife used to break particularly harsh pieces of metal. It was a scheme hatched by the devil of his brain, but, squashing the mischievous smile from his features, he picked up the blade, and roused his friend...
“...The blade is designed to ensure the commitment of whoever wields it.”Your Creed(Templar, assassin, biased, etc?): Neutral
Time(Past or present?): Past
Choose Your Creed: Insieme per la vittoria!
Occupation: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.