What Does Your Hero Smell Like?

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  1. FifthView

    FifthView Istari

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    I found this site via a link on Lynn Flewelling's Facebook page (author of the Nightrunner series.)

    What does your hero smell like?

    A bit of random fun.

    But I have to say it's helped me to nail down a couple names for a m/m romance novel I'm planning to start soon. The two MCs:

    "nutmeg and passion"

    "swords and heat"
     
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  2. Nimue

    Nimue Dark Lord

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    Oh my god, Lothar apparently smells like goose down and integrity. The funny thing is that he might smell like integrity, if that was ...a thing you could smell. As for the goose down, maybe I'll have to put him in a puffy jacket for the rest of his scenes. Love it.
     
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  3. skip.knox

    skip.knox Staff Moderator

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    OK. One of my heroes is half elf. She smells like forest and energy. What? Even better, my secondary hero is a gnome. She smells like football and envy.

    Both my heroes are still rolling on the floor. Not entirely sure if they're laughing or gagging.
     
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  4. pmmg

    pmmg Scribal Lord

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    I got Volcano and Scotland for my main hero, and Volcano and Moonlight for my main Heroine. Not really what I would imagine, but I see if I can work that into the story somewhere--though I am not sure how Scotland would apply...I don't think there is a Scotland on my map.
     
  5. DragonOfTheAerie

    DragonOfTheAerie Istari

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    Soap and Meaning. O_O She smells...meaningful?

    Right now, she definitely smells like NEITHER of those things.
     
  6. FifthView

    FifthView Istari

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    I see the various results as being emblematic rather than necessarily literal smells, so integrity works. But some of the literal smells could be worked into the story also if they fit.

    I actually fell into a hole when trying to settle on the name I'd use for one of my MCs, a kind of obsessive-compulsive punching of keys as I varied spelling and tried out new names until I found something that somewhat "fit." But this forced me to consider many possibilities. The name I'd settled on beforehand now looks wrong, and I'm glad I worked through my initial qualms with the ideas I'd originally had for the name. So even if random, it was fun to use as a spur to thought.

    Edit:

    I actually came up with the two above by using a given name + family name combination. If I go with first names only, I get, respectively:

    "board rooms and defiance"

    "thunderstorms and hunger"

    These actually fit the two characters, the first especially because he's from a family of wealthy merchants but is a much younger son who has run wild before the story starts, complicating things for his family.
     
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  7. Banten

    Banten Dark Lord

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    Thin Mints and integrity.

    Truly the things that come to my mind when I imagine a drug-manufacturing pragmatist.
     
  8. Insolent Lad

    Insolent Lad Lore Master

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    Cinnamon and the desert, it says...but in that Hito is Polynesian, I suspect he smells more of coconut oil.
     
  9. La Volpe

    La Volpe Mystagogue

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    Ha, quite hilarious.

    Kovik, my rogue soldier is: Wool and midnight. Not sure about the wool bit, but the midnight is pretty accurate, I guess.
     
  10. Tom

    Tom Istari

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    Tomrin smells like rain and Paris, apparently. If he existed in our world I suppose I could see him as a cafe-lurking Parisian who watches the rain while moodily swirling his mug of coffee.

    For fun I decided to type in my secondary protagonists too. Miekkhal's scent is linen and fate (what does fate smell like?), and Aeyu's is...pepperoni and greed?? Okay...?
     
  11. DragonOfTheAerie

    DragonOfTheAerie Istari

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    You guys got cool/melodramatic stuff that could actually be construed to have relevance and I got "soap and meaning." Not fair. :(
     
  12. DragonOfTheAerie

    DragonOfTheAerie Istari

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    I tried it for another of my protags and got "oatmeal and hope." Hope? I guess. Oatmeal? Uhh.

    I guess this is my fault, since I tend to pick stupid names for my characters.
     
  13. DragonOfTheAerie

    DragonOfTheAerie Istari

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    So I typed in my OWN name...and got...Brie and subtlety.

    I...Subtlety is NOT one of my virtues...
     
  14. FifthView

    FifthView Istari

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    Ah...but DragonOfTheAerie is "moss and secrecy" :D (I've noticed however that actually putting spaces in changes it, so....)
     
  15. La Volpe

    La Volpe Mystagogue

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    La Volpe apparently smells like "leather and conviction".
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Banten

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    Banten smells like... Blackberries and Lust


    Well I guess I just discovered a whole new side of myself. Can't say I'm displeased.
     
  17. DragonOfTheAerie

    DragonOfTheAerie Istari

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    Hmm, I like moss lol
     
  18. DragonOfTheAerie

    DragonOfTheAerie Istari

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    Ha! That one's a good one.
     
  19. valiant12

    valiant12 Mystagogue

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    I typed in my family name and apparently I smell like cotton and mastery.
     
  20. Banten

    Banten Dark Lord

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    ...I think your family might have a dark, dark history.
     
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