Thayer by durandir

Oh look! Ancient art of mine!

So it occurred to me this morning that today is Thayer Atner’s birthday.

My Inquisitor Thayer Trevelyan in the Hawkquisition series is an attempt at a DA remake of this guy. Thayer Atner was one of the characters I created (and wrote along with about a dozen people) for the Terra Group project, a Star Wars (Rogue/Wraith Squadron) fanfic series back in my Usenet days.

December 1st (of 2000, I think?) was the day I posted the first story with Thayer appearing in it, so I decided it was his birthday. I still occasionally celebrate it. So this year I am celebrating with fun facts about the Thayers in this Tumblr post!

Fun Facts about Thayer Atner:

  • Prince of Mendellia, a small country in the Galapagos
  • Only child but his best friend Kirret is like a little sister and is married to his other best friend Reth
  • Fighter pilot (TIEs and X-wings of course. Terra Group was a Star Wars/real world crossover in which Rogue & Wraith Squadron pilots were working with a group of, well, self-insert characters from Terra i.e. Earth.)
  • Brightest eyes ever (attempted to demonstrate that in the art, but yeah, it’s easier in fiction to just say how bright his eyes are, right?)
  • Reference pic for my drawing(s? there may have been more) of Thayer was of Cary Elwes as Westley/Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride 🙂
  • Very much a “people person”
  • Performed some highly impassioned rants in the fics (he’s such an idealist)
  • Descended from pirates and the original Queen of Mendellia, i.e. whatever tribe was living there before the pirates
  • Works with Terra Group (that’d be the self-insert characters) to defeat his uncle Eugor Atner, who usurped the throne from Thayer’s father, Enad Atner. (We joked about Thayer = Hamlet…) (Hint: Mendellian names can be read backwards.)
  • His mother, Llessur, is French
  • My self-insert character, ahem, literally fell in love with and married this guy and is the Queen of Mendellia now.
  • I swear that was not the plan when I created the character. Literally fell in love with.
  • My sewing ability, unlike my knitting ability, is negligible. So I got my mom to sew me a cosplay Queen of Mendellia dress and wore it to DragonCon one year with friends from Terra Group (the writers, not the self-insert characters, ha!)
  • Friends then spotted a random stranger at DragonCon who sort of resembled my drawing of Thayer and took a picture of me with him. I have no idea where that picture ended up, but…
  • The dress is based on this picture (eheu, my ancient art…):
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Fun Facts about Thayer Trevelyan:

  • Fifth Trevelyan child; spoiled and cheeky kid growing up with two elder brothers and two elder sisters
  • Romances Josephine because, ahem, she is similar to me in many ways and did I mention Thayer the first romanced fictionalized-me?
  • Every bit as charming as Thayer Atner, but probably not as bright-eyed, because DAI character creator…I did try for the eyes though.
  • Very much a “people person”
  • Not quite as ranty as Thayer Atner; Trevelyan’s a daggers rogue, a bit sarcastic, an utter tease.
  • Is probably the best of my inquisitors at Inquisiting. I mean, he’s a born politician. (So was the Atner prince, not just literally but in that they’re both really good leaders)
  • For both of them their leadership style – which mainly involves knowing everyone under their command/leadership well enough to ask after their family and little things like that, inspiring people to follow them – is largely inspired by my dad, who is a pastor and an incredible shepherd of his flock.

In conclusion: Since Thayer Trevelyan is supposed to be a remake of Thayer Atner anyway, I’m declaring December 1st his birthday also! Happy birthday (both) Thayer(s)!

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