All The Time, Fully: 25 Points
A Quadraplegic character has lost the use of his arms and legs for some reason (usually an accident of some kind). The character cannot move anything other than his head of his own accord without assistance. He cannot move on the ground without using a wheelchair or being carried.
A Quadraplegic character is normally incontenent. In addition, his total care is left up to other people: he cannot bathe himself, feed himself, or dress himself. The character automatically suffers the effects of having No Arms and No Legs, and is usually incontenent as well. The player should decide whether the character can still breathe on his own.
Very Common, Strong: 20 Points
A character with this Psych Limit falls deeply in love easily, after only a short period of time. This is not an instantaneous phenomena; the character must date or otherwise associate with the object of his affections before falling in love. The difference being that a character who is Quick To Fall In Love does so after, say, two weeks of dating, whereas a "normal" character might require six to eight.
Once in love, the character acts as if he has the Loves (Other Character) disadvantage (for no points). In order to resist falling in love, or to "break out of it" after he has fallen in love, the character must make an Ego roll; even then, the experience should be handled through roleplaying, rather than resolved by a simple die roll.
Common, Strong: 15 Points
A character who is Quick To Resent quickly comes to hate people who, in the character's opinion, treat the character badly. Whether or not these feelings are justified, the character almost feels that certain specific people are out to get him, so he will return the favor.
In order to avoid acting in this manner, the character must make a successful Ego roll.
This Psych Limit works well with Loner, Prone to Violence, and Moody.
Common, Strong: 15 Points
Common, Total: 20 Points
A character who is Quiet And Withdrawn is easy to overlook; he rarely speaks to others and when he does it is only to answer or ask a direct question. He prefers to be alone, and avoids being the center of attention. This is not the same thing as being Shy or being a Loner. The character can function in the public eye, and can easily associate with others should circumstances warrant. But once the circumstances are over, the character fades back into the woodwork.
At Common, Moderate the character can force himself not to act in this way if necessary. At Common, Strong the character can only do so if he makes an Ego roll. At Common, Total he cannot do so except under the most extreme of circumstances.
This Psych Limit works well with Shy and Loner.
1 Point Each
Originally used in the GURPS game system, Quirks are little, one-point disadvantages that are intended to add a touch of color to a character. They are basically Psych Limits that aren't worth points because they have almost no long-term affect on the character.
For example, Always Wears A New York Yankees Baseball Cap When In His Civilian Identity or Always Says 'Great Googaly Moogaly' When Surprised Or Troubled would be good Quirks. The best thing about Quirks is that they don't have to be enforced that much. (If the character ditches his Yankees ballcap because he's going to a formal party in a tuxedo, that's fine.)
For GM's familiar with GURPS and Quirks, I highly recommend allowing them into Champions, too. They're fun, as long as you don't let them get too goofy, and they are a great way to pick up one or two disadvantage points that you might need to balance your character.
It is advised, however, that the GM put some limits on how Quirks may be purchased. The most common ways are:
òLimiting the character to five points of Quirks total. (The character may take less than five.)
òRequiring that the character take five points of Quirks, no more no less.
òCraves red meat
òReally likes Ice cream
òUses fork and knife only with his left hand
òLives on Italian food.
òThinks that any restaurant that you can't wear jeans to isn't worth visiting
òDoesn't drink alcohol
òEthnic diet or religious diet.. Try eating stink fish some time, it can be more than a quirk, and a person who does eat "eskimo" food, can smell different.
òOnly loves one type of food. Such as Pizza and Beer.
òWon't drink booze, but will usually taste any *unknown* substance
òPrefers to eat out every meal
òHates chinese food
òdoesnt like fish
òAlways eats when working, always carry snacks (" This lock is darn tricky- here, I've got it!");
òonly drinks tea
òsucks on lemon-flavored candy; offers some to people upon meeting.
òalways carries an apple
òalways <gulps> beer.
òLikes to suck back a pint of warm lard nightly.
òLooks for worms in all fruit.
òWon't eat red vegetables.
òWon't use artificial sweetener
òCan't eat Bavarian cream pie without saying "Mmmmmm Mmmmmm San Antone"!
òForms dirty words in his alphabet soup.
òEats potato-chip sandwiches (on white bread, yet).
òCuts her dessert in half and pours pepper on one half so she won't eat it all.
òWill wait for a booth at a restaurant rather than sit at a table or counter.
òLikes garlic and puts it in everything.
òDrinks beer with an egg in it
òEats porridge for every meal.
òHates to eat porridge
òDislikes Strong Liquor
òFond of Drink
òLikes to taste new types of food
òEats only rabbit
òRefuses to use his left hand when he eats
òLike to sleep late
òSleeps in the nude
òSleeps in flannel pajamas
òNeeds soft music in background to get to sleep quickly (probably TL6+)
òLikes to sleep
òWakes at night to check on his equipment/horses/car/starship engines
òAlways sleep with the windows wide open (bad in a horror campaign!).
òSleeps with a teddy bear
òSleeps a lot
òNeeds milk and honey before sleeping
òNeeds a story before sleeping
òHe has nightmares (related to a phobia/mental disadvantages/recent shock)
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òCollects baseball cards
òCollects teeth/claws/lock of hair/dna sample from slain opponents.
òCollects a weapon from defeated opponents.
òCollects [fill in the blank].
òCollects Royal Assassins, up to 13 so far.
òKeeps a collection of "war trophies" from his/her conquests.
òAlways wears something red [or other color] (a common quirk)
òNever wears anything red [or other color] (another common quirk)
òAlways wears boots
òWears only name brand (expensive) apparel
òShe wear trousers (medieval character)
òCan never find clothes that fit just right
òWears red socks with everything
òWears only gold (or silver or turquoise...) jewelry
òAlways wears a watch
òOnly wears rock band t-shirts
òCan't figure out what color clothing matches
òAlways wears boots
òAlways wears thigh-length boots
òAlways wears shorts, especially in Winter
òAlways wears funny hats - jester hats, cat-in-the-hat hats, pith helmets etc.
òLikes to dress like people half his/her age - "It's hip"
òAlways wears two different colored socks, and type..
òAlways wear his "lucky" jacket (or she wears her lucky jacket).
òAlways wear a hat, never leaves without it (the Indiana Jones syndrom)
òWear prop glasses, but has 20/20 visions;
òAlways wear cheap clothes/ill-fitting suits/overalls (fun with Status or Wealthy)
òAlways wears as little clothing as possible
òAlways wear tattered clothes (even when he has money for good clothes)
òAlways wear expensive clothes (even when he doesn't really have money for it)
òAlways worried about latest fashions
òAlways wears shirts that reveal buff stomach
òDresses in suits
òHates it when *someone else* wears black
òCan't stand to wear "frilly" clothes.
òRefuses to wear anything "name brand"
òDresses two decades out of style
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òFan of the Chicago Bulls (another example)
òFan of Jenny Longitude, the Holovid Star (used in a Space campaign)
òThinks college football is the most important sport. Roll tide! (that's me!)
òNever misses an epsiode of "Friends".
òAlways relates things to TV shows, movies, books, or songs.(Pick one or two.)
òQuotes song lyrics (especialy of a particular cult band.)
òFascinated by end-of-the-world novels
òHas a favorite tv/radio show
òRoots for the predators on nature programs
òLoves the violin.
òA REAL BIG _Village People_ fan
òTrivia student of pop culture
òLoves the Ballet, and traditional dance, but hates to admit it
òGets up early to watch saturday morning cartoons
òLoves to Listen to Music
Money and shopping
òGreatly enjoys free perks (one of my bosses)
òDislikes malls and avoids them whenever possible
òCarries a $100 bill for emergencies (name withheld to protect the individual)
òPrefers small bills
òCarefully checks bills and/or coins for counterfits
òLoves garage sales
òThinks twenty coppers is better than a silver piece any day (for low IQ characters)
òThinks 7 or 8 pennies is better than a dime any day (for low IQ characters)
òPrefers to work for room and board, cause he never misses a meal, but he often misses money...
òWon't carry pennies; will toss them away in streets if he can't spend them
òAlways has to stop and shop, no matter the circumstances. (male or female).
òCarry wad of cash and counts it in public (for Wealthy+ characters);
òHates carrying pennies and will happily toss them in the street.
(Anything that makes the character easy to identify in a police line-up is worth a quirk point)
òNoticeable Tattoo of [fill in blank] on [fill in body part]
òNoticeable scar on [fill in body part]
òNoticeable burn scar on [fill in body part]
òPierced [fill in body part] (only allowed if noticeable and uncommon for the character's culture)
òHair dyed [fill in unusual or un-natural color]
òExtremely hairy arms
òLooks just like [fill in name of celebrity]
òHis feet are incredibly bad-smelling
òHas allergies. Alot of sneezing on dry days in spring-fall. [To give more depth, give strong allergic reactions to the common nasty ones like nuts, bee stings, strawberries, MSG, cow's milk, etc.]
òAllergic to cats (others)
òGaseous (and no, that doesn't mean transparent or foggy).
òAlways gets a sunburn
òSneezes extra loud
òFoams at the mouth when excited/angry
òThrives in cold weather, hates warm weather. Comfortable in T-shirt and shorts in mid-50s weather; starts sweating when the temperature goes above 75.
òLarge beard and proud of it;
òIncessently cracks knuckles
(If the campaign will involve active use of vehicles, vehicle quirks make sense)
òBumper sticker that says [fill in blank]
òUnique vehicle decorations [give details]
òWon't drive faster than 40 miles per hour
òWon't ride in German cars (concentration camp survivor)
òWill not ride in anything Japanese (or non-american, or non-japanese,or what ever)
òPrefers to steal German cars over all others
òAccent [specify type of accent; Note that some accents could cause a social stigma disadvantage in some settings]
òSometimes speaks of self in 3rd person.
òMutters poetry under his breath
òSays "Thwap" when he fires his bow.
òUses big words to impress listeners
òDoesn't talk much; uses short simple words when he does talk.
òTalks very softly, especially when involved in major arguments
òNever uses contractions
òCalls everyone (males and females) "babe"
òRepeatedly states "see, you really get it." when conversing with someone.
òSays "see I always knew this would happen" whenever something weird happens.
òSays "Oh, crap, it's gone south on me." when something bad happens.
òIn conversation, if a word has slipped his mind, he'll stop and think _and not give up_ until he finally recalls the right word.
òPuts hand on your hand/arm/shoulder/leg when talking.
òDistracted easily during conversation.
òOften seems to go out of his way to answer the exact question that was asked of him instead what the questioner obviously meant
òCalls everyone "Darling"-- even close friends
òTells "stories" with no point or conclusion
òArgues points with people who agree with him
òUses lingo coined in books in regular speech (ie "embleer","horrorshow", "grok")
òUses the word "psychic" instead of psychological
òIs fond of malapropisms, or cannot help making them (e.g. psychotic for psychic)
òDrones when she talks
òHates quiet pauses in conversations
òHesitates before speaking; always considers his words first
òNervous laugh before talking
òAlways laughs at his own jokes
òTells dirty jokes, even when not appropriate
òMakes goofy tv references for every ocassion
òStutters when excited
òPoor vocabulary, spelling, & grammar
òMakes derogatory comments about people who aren't there
òVoices gets higher when he/she drinks.
òTalks to inantimate objects
òspeaks without an accent
òconstantly interrupts others
òspeaks with poetic flair
òGrunts for "yes", snarls for "no", shrugs for "maybe";
òTalks to himself;
òTalks of objects as if they were people;
òEnds every sentence with the word "dude"
òAlways gives the vaguest possible answer to questions
òAlways speaks at far to high a volume
òConversations always turns to cats
òNever speaks unless spoken to
òAlways answers a question with a question
òAlways complains, starting with "when I was young..."
òAlways talks about his/her lost love
òConstantly tells jokes that aren't funny
òCalls all women mother
ò'erm..'s a lot
òAlways speaks about [adj]ness of things (I know a guy who talks about the deadness of stones in a game of go, the buggedness of programs, beautifulness, and whatever else you can think of)
òAlways answers a question with another.
òTells children stories about the "Children Hawk."
òTells people: "I'll learn ya!"
òUses the word "weasel" in conversation far too often.
òRhymes peoples' names: "Well, hello there, Arthur-barthur! Saw Geno-jalapeno the other day, you know."
òCalls anyone yonger than himself "sonny" or "my girl" (best for elderly characters)
òAlways talk of "the good old days" (ditto)
òAlways opens conversation on a new subject with the same phrase ("Funny, I don't know how I got to think of this, but ..")
òSwears at the least opportunity - like when he grabs in the wrong pocket for his wallet etc.
òTags -[noun] onto the end of all sentences, i.e.: "thats a rodger, rodger", "come in, bob, rodger" or "I'd like coffe with that, rodger² (works well in fantasy games as well) ie: "I'm from the OhClanahan clan, ahan", "I'll have an ale, ahan", "Watch it, or I'll swat ya with my shileighle, ahan"
òSays "hoo hoo hoo" if poked in the stomach
òSays "Thwap" when he fires his bow.
òhumms heigh-ho heigh-ho whenever he has nothing to say
òAvoids Small Talk
òMutters to himself in Latin
òLikes to spell things backwards to see how they sound
òAlways sarcastic; never says a serious word unless he has to
òSays "no kind of respect" too much
òWill not work after sunset on Friday. (Seventh day adventists for one example.)
òFrequently quotes scripture.
òTithes regulary. (10% of all income might be more than a quirk in some campaigns!)
òInsists on a prayer before every meal. (Not a good quirk if the standard in the society.)
òDoesn't drink alcohol (for religious reasons.)
òCarry bible and hipflask in coat pocket;
òBelieves the Assassins' Guild is a religious organization.
òAttempts to turn every discussion into a religious argument
òRarely passes a mirror without checking his/her hair
òScratches his nose
òAlways drumming on things
òFiddles with glasses when talking.
òStrokes head when thinking.
òSmiles nervously when pausing in a conversation.
òRolls eyes when bored or annoyed.
òStretches every time after standing, lifting something, during casual conversation, etc.
òAbsently bounces leg while sitting.
òContantly cracks knuckles, back, and/or joints.
òCombs hand through hair often, especially when nervous.
òBites finger nails
òGratuitously pats other people's necks
òNosepicker (odious personal habit - more points?)
òAlways smooths the wrinkles out of what he/she's wearing
òConstantly tapping fingers or feet
òCalls home all the time to check in
òGrips genitals when nervous
òFidgets with glasses when speaking.
òSmiles and pats his head durring lectures
òAlways drums a ruythm with fingers/hands on table/knees/thighs.
òLikes to twiddle his hair
òIs constantly chewing gum.
òAlways carries a water bottle/flask, but hardly ever drinks from it
òLikes to make arcane references
òAlways saying something like "You know, I'm gonna quit this job any day now," but never does
òHugs all his friends.
òChases dogs with electrical appliances.
òAlways has a book under arm or in pocket.
òCarefully opens packages and saves wrapping paper (this is probably rather common in fantasy worlds).
ò*Always* carries an umbrella
òAlways remembers everyone's birthday
òIn spare time, whittles wood/carves small bones;
òBums people for small change, even if there is no real need;
òCarries yo-yo and practices elaborate tricks/juggles/does coin tricks;
òAffects a consumptive cough.
òAlways looks around in a certain particular way.
òFollows orders in letter, not in spirit.
òCarry a pack of sundry medications for heartburn, stomachache and headaches, and always complain of those selfsame afflictions;
òAlways doublechecks everything;
òPessimist - always assume nothing will work;
òAlways looks around and gawks like a tourist, even in well known places;
òWon't go out without an elaborate hairdo;
òRefuses to let anyone walk behind him/her if possible
òLikes to tie nooses in ropes.
òCan't stop "improving" on a good thing until it becomes a full-blown disaster: "Yeah, three times the speed of light is OK, I guess, but let me bypass the flummery controller......"
òHas to critique everything: "I'd say the battle was a dubious success. Though Rodin fought at nearly his full ability, Shila and Walt seemed to be holding back, possibly doubting their own abilities."
òWrites his name/initials/mark as grafitti everywhere. (mostly harmless, but probably a -15 point disad for a member of the Status
òLaughs to himself at intervals, for no apparant reason.
òAlways identifies himself as "a student", though it's 15 years since he dropped out of university.
òAlways treats members of the opposite sex with courtesy
òSharpens his knife, counting each stroke, for hours.
òDances about falled foes.
òLikes to yell "Splat" when assailants hit the ground
òUsually very happy, smiles a lot
òSquints a lot
òListens to traveler's tales at every opportunity (this explains his approach to PC group)
òTries to impress the local girls
òInspects and comments on horse shoes and other blacksmith work (his father was a blacksmith)
òEnjoys books - Lingers in libraries or book stores
òAlways tries to climb things. (buildings, trees, signs, lampposts, etc.)
òThinks Friday the 13th is his lucky day (that's the day his concentration camp was liberated)
òBelieves in astrology
òBelieves all animals can talk to each other
Mild Mental Disadvantages (Phobias, Manias, Delusions, Ineptitudes, etc.)
òThinks he is a great strategist
òIneptitude for strategy (in the same character)
òThinks mules are faster than horses
òFears to suffocate
òCan never remember names
òAnnoyed that he's losing his hair.
òLets women walk all over him.
òLoathes confrontation and will do anything to avoid it
òThinks New Year's is on the 4th of July
òHates leaving the house (not a very good one for most PCs)
òTries to make everyone fall in love with her
òWants everyone to be his friend; tries too hard
òSees the world in a negative light
òWorries about making her boyfriend jealous by just saying "Hi" to another guy
òRefers to his black cat as "a matching accessory" at least twice an evening.
ò_Everything's_ a joke
òTakes him/herself very seriously
òHas trouble saying "no"
òThinks he/she can sing
òSings to himself, but can't actually sing, and doesn't know the words
òInsists on discussing things he doesn't know about
òRelates every new experience back to childhood ones, whether or not it's appropriate
òConcerned about going bald
òTakes everything personally
òCan never remember own age
òCan't spell for sh*t
òReads and quotes Dr. Seuss
òFasciated by the Unnatural
òSecretive about Past
òConvinced that cars are "people" too and can talk. They are usually just to shy to respond.
òConsiders himself a ladies man (rarely true, however)
òHolds a grudge
òFancies himself a forgery expert (its untrue)
òBecomes obsessed with whatever mission he is on.
òBelieves magic is the supreme power.
òBelieves purple rays emanate from his eyes.
òBelieves the Soul resides in human blood!
òCouldn't care less about politics.
òDoesn't take no for an answer.
òDrawn to the moon.
òFancies himself a lord.
òHas a certain obsession with spores.
òLikes to torture people.
òLikes to watch torture.
òLusts for an Elvish maiden.
òObeys all orders unquestioningly.
òObsessed with cavalry tactics.
òPoisons small animals.
òPractices puches and kicks on hanging meat.
òPretentiously spiritual about his sword.
òRespects the Undead!
òSensitive about the appearance of his beard.
òWill not turn his back on a boiling pot.
òMentally types out thoughts with his toes.
òPut things in his pockets and forget them ("What's this? My lunch from last tuesday? So that's where it went!")
òShy with Women
òSuspicious of Men
òMildly fanatical about whatever he happens to be doing.
òSomewhat afraid of windows.
òSuspicious of Women
òThinks He's Lucky
òMessing with angels makes you tired, got to rest and pray a bit.
òAsks angels not to drop victims onto houses
òMild fear of dogs
òThinks beer is inherently magical
òVery Mild Pyromania
òCurious about new insects
òHowls at the moon
òMagalomania with inferiority complex, everyone's a god, and they're all better than you
òhates! petty bickering
òThinks he can speak spanish; he can't
òThinks he has a pet wolf (he's not invisible, he's right there!!)
òIs fanatically racist, but won't admit it
òSees Elvis at the gas station at least twice a day
Goals and Self-Improvement
òWants to learn to read
òWishes he could become more zen-like.
òWants to be a pimp someday
òWants to become a bartender someday
òPlans to return home after proving himself
òWants to earn the respect of his [high school, swordsmanship, etc.] teacher
òWants to get enough money to retire comfortably
òWants to find and marry a man who is her equal with a sword
òWants to find and marry a woman who is healthy, beautiful, smart and faithful.
òNames her/his weapons.
òCalls his halberd "Hal"
òRed fletching is his trademark
òDoesn't like fine weapons. (Sells it if he gets one.)
òConceals minimum of x knifes/guns/small weapons on his person; carries them at all times.
òCollects weapons of fallen foes.
òHas memorized the statistics for most 20th century guns.
òWants to handle new weapons that he sees.
òPrefers to use a crowbar as his weapon of choice. (The character was named "Thud".)
Miscellaneous (no categories -- yet)
òListens to organ music on the stereo while he/she vacuums the house
òLoves the sea and the ships
òWalks very fast (a 4'10 tall 150 lbs character)
òPrefers the Pru to the Hancock. (For you fellow Bostonians)
òSpends most of his work day frittering away time on the Net.
òEnjoys being left alone (gotta have common quirks too! :-)
òEnjoys thunderstorms, and finds them quite relaxing.
òIs consistently two to three hours late anyway
òWalks with an unusually quick pace. Once, after breaking his toe,
òdiscovered that he could _hobble_ faster than most people walked.
òRefuses to delete the body of long posts when replying
òEasily confused by game rules
òMakes up characters who can't work with the party
òCan't say no to players who make up characters that can't work with the party
òTalk to people in other states or countries via the internet more than to people he sees face-to-face
òWon't see movies that were entirely plotted out in the preview, unless they're not going to be really plot-heavy anyway
òPerfectly groomed nails
òCalm under pressure
òHas a unexplained dislike for a particular organization. Not quite a prejudice, just not-explained.
òI can run down a list, but, I might dup something..
òLikes building elaborate dwellings underground via earth spells :)
òLikes to help underdogs
òLoves Potions and unknown liquids in flasks
òAlternately Callous then Tender
òLikes the cold
òLikes to befriend children
òLikes to play matchmaker
òLoves doing yard work
òPrefers moonless nights
òThinks americans are lazy dogs
òLoves heights but cant climb
òBelieves he is smarter than the average bear
òPrefers to be called by last name
òLikes to pretend to be lost
òLikes to sneak up on people
òLikes to be a mount for others when in tiger form
òLikes to associate with mages .... the sillier the better
òAlways trying to set up his own private deal
òResents being confused with Michaelites
òTries to determine origins via accents
òConsiders horses superior to commoners
òAlways sucks on this huge smokepipe and use it to point at things;
òCarries extraneous amount of ID on his person - old credit cards, library cards, fan club cards...
òOften tries to open "push" door by pulling, and vice-versa;
òSmiles when angry or annoyed (a great characterization);
òAlways quotes some obscure personnage (great if you run off at the mouth when you roleplay).
òAlways, always exceedingly polite and formal in all dealings and situation ("I'm afraid you will have to remove yourself from the premisse, sir, for if not I will threaten you with bodily harm.");
òHas this huge watch; always check what time is it;
òSmokes only particularly foul cigars, or drinks only this one brand of cheap whisky - and enjoys it;
òLikes to smoke a pipe.
òOnly wears black (or other color) clothes
òLikes to run a little, instead of walk normally
òAlways carries ground glass.
òAlways goes for leg shots: likes to watch 'em limp!
òAlways wears heavy armour.
òAspires to be eternally young.
òCarries a sap, knife and garotte he has no skill with.
òHas little use for honour codes.
òMakes small-talk with foes in battle.
òMatter-of-fact about everything.
òSmiles like a goon all of the time.
òStares obsessively at hooks and spikes.
òTakes a good sniff of his boot from time to time.
òLikes signing name
òWon't travel without going to the bathroom first
òThinks that New Year's falls on July 4th.
òSmokes cigarettes backwards (lit part resting on tongue).
òEXTREMELY brand name conscious.
òActively hates fads.
òMorbid sense of humor.
òQuo police force in a time travel campaign)
òFickle about his health - always worrying wether he has dressed warm enough etc.
òEnjoys sent of own armpit.
òHis shield is solid red.
òFond of cats
òLikes to punch things
òEnjoys eye shots
òCombat should always be at 10 yards or more
òUncomfortable around humans
òTries to intimidate people (default skill 5)
òHates being small
òCrafts small trinkets for the ladies in town
òIrritated by children
òDislike of magic
òAlways uses Illusion Disguise; likes to look flashy
òLikes to cast spells drunk
òWill try any drug that isn't likely to kill him
òTrademark: black 'D' symbol
òThe Ice Man Cometh (character is an Ice Mage)
ò"Revenge is a dish best served - Frozen!"
òWears all white, black top hat, round black buttons
òInsists only his biscuit process is correct. ;)
òRefuses to use chairs when told to sit down
òNames parts of the female anatomy after (fill in the blank)
òListens to music no one likes just to be annoying
òFond of flowers and small, furry aminuls (works best for Og, the berserk giant)