an inventory of belongings for my
sweet babu character, Ethan Olson.
this story takes place in a sort of alternate history future. It’s set in north america, a thousand years after 200 years from now. It’s a kind of a low-tech post apocalyptic type thing, but set long after the real “post apocalyptic” type stuff has passed. I used the fall of rome, leading into the dark ages and then the middle ages in europe, as my guide. So, there’s a lot of visual styles, themes, and social institutions that you see in the middle ages. They’re mixed with american things, but mostly kind of old american things. I just did what was cool and exciting to me. predictably, it’s specifically set in what is currently the state of Minnesota.
the characters are just some old rp/personal characters who are very dear to me, as well as some new ones that i never used for anything else. :)The guy you see drawn up there is the main character. Ethan is the second son of a farmer, and is pledged to become a monk, which is something that is pretty commonly done in this story. he’s 15-ish here. i don’t really know what else to say, so i’ll just get to talking about the things he owns.
- A.) a sweater!
- B.) a necklace with charms. this is a time in which doctors are kind of suspect, relying on random guesswork and the stars. you really are just as safe relying on charms to keep your health as you are visiting a doctor. ethan has a coin, a metal fish, and a stick of coral. (if we’re being realistic he couldn’t really afford this, but it looks great with his design. h-hahahaha.)
- C.) glasses, made by a monk. the nose pieces are bent wire with tiny pieces of cloth wrapped around them. these glasses are ethan’s treasure, and he’s in deep shit if they break!
- D.) knitting needles. everyone needs a hobby!
- E.) pants. hand-me-downs from his older brother. the cuffs are really gross so he rolls them in summer or puts them in his boots in winter.
- F.) leggings style pants. these are here purely because i’m a huge fucking nerd and this is the type of pants they had in the middle ages. (hence why a pair of pants is called a PAIR of pants! WOAH.) in this story’s universe, this style of pants hasn’t really been that common since ethan’s dad was a kid. they are not very cool. he sort of hates these pants, but hates wasting things even more. i like giving my characters clothing they loathe and are embarrassed by. they can only be worn with a long tunic. on the bright side, the hems of these ones aren’t nasty and they’re nice in summer. just don’t do any headstands.
- G.) a money purse. it more often has a needle and thread in it, though. gosh, that embroidered star pattern is mighty familiar…
- H.) a blue shirt with wooden buttons on the sleeves. the necks on all these shirts are wide because the fabric isn’t stretchy and you have to be able to get them over your head.
- I.) a white shirt
- J.) Hoo boy, this is going to take some explanation! this is the leather case that contains his ear stretching kit. why the fuck does he need an ear stretching kit, you say? wee-ee-eel, in this story, monks have stretched ears with gages rather than tonsures. frankly, this is because i hate drawing tonsures and think gages look awesome. but it works, don’t you think? you don’t become a monk unless you’re REALLY committed, and this process is a symbol of that commitment. and it marks you as a man of god in a way you can’t hide. you get your ears pierced, and are presented with this kit, when you purchase your commission to become a monk.
- K.) the gospels. ethan is technically supposed to be going to school to at least become literate before he becomes a monk, but he isn’t really doing that because he’s farming and, well, the nearby town doesn’t really have a school building or even a teacher. he can drag his way through a book, though, which is more than you can say for most people. his latin is shit, though. it would be nice if that was gold on the book, but of course it’s just brass.
- L.) a rosary with wooden beads. Christianity is this strange muddled mix of all the different denominations, that varies a little depending on what region of the continent you are in.
- M.) winter boots! lined with wool, and tied with red string. people in ethan’s region LOVE red thread. if they can use red thread on anything, they will.
- N.) a knit hat!
- O.) there’s not a whole lot to say about socks.
- P.) Braes, a fancy word for linen underwear. every guy, no matter how much money he has, wears these. on the whole, it’s not a very attractive type of underwear.
- Q.) undecorated leather shoes. ojibwe style.
i drew the seam in the wrong place, though. bought at the easter market/feast well over year ago, and will last a long time! those lines are not cut flaps, but rather pointless stitches i added to help the drawing flow better. (well, i’m not sure if this is cultural appropriation or not, and if it is i won’t do it. my thoughts were that certain ojibwe towns are taking advantage of the population’s newfound ability to actually buy things from other people.)
everything ethan owns is a light color because dark colors tend to look more expensive and it fits his personality better.