30 Days of Character Development: Day 25

The Prompt: Describe your character’s hands. Are they small, long, calloused, smooth, stubby?

Toriah’s hands are actually a bit larger than one might expect from an elf lady. Her palms are big and squarish; her fingers are adequate— neither particularly long nor stubby. There’s a smoothed over bump along the side of her middle finger where she’s used to resting arrows as she nocks and draws them on her bow. A similar bump is on her right ring finger where her pen usually rests if she gets a chance to write. Her bow hand has a ridge of hardened, worn-over callouses along where her fingers meet the palm. Another callous sits right at the ridge of her thumb’s first knuckle, a bit beneath the tip, where it always rubs up against the bowstring; similar ones are on her first and middle finger tips for the same reason.

Hers are not the long, elegant hands of artists. They were meant to do hard work and, in Toriah’s case, wield weapons of war. They’re blunt, built for strength and rigor; the finesse and dexterity of fine archery came from many years of practice, training, and meditation. She’ll only let her nails grow a short length before cutting them back down. Nails are only a nuisance to her. The closest she gets to pampering her hands is making sure they aren’t dirty, bleeding, or chapped— the bare minimum to keep them working.

The lines that crisscross her palms are many. Her mother, whose palms only contain the usual lines, once told her that having so many lines meant she had a very active imagination. It certainly explains her mastery of creative traps and combat ruses.

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About Toriah the Mom

Mom, quasi-librarian, gamer, writer
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2 Responses to 30 Days of Character Development: Day 25

  1. AmerPriest says:

    Aww thats so cute. Congrats on your little angel there! Baby’s hand are so fragile, so delicate, so soft, so cute! thanks for sharing this! =)

    • Thanks! My mom has stories about the nurse telling her about my big hands after the C-section and she wasn’t allowed to hold me just yet. But a baby’s hands are definitely cute— guess it makes it that more of a marvel when they grow up to do amazing things like marksmanship in Toriah’s case!

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