Meet Reefe Fervar

Character profile: Reefe Fervar

Reefe was born with a great natural intelligence. He breezed through school and college with minimal effort, never having to work particularly hard to achieve success. He could have been top of his class if he had put in more effort, but knowing he could be above average without even trying, he spent more time talking to girls than he did reading books. He joined the government academy with high hopes of achieving political power. He had the grades to do so, which combined with his good looks and charm made him believe that just as in school, he could breeze through working life right to the top without even trying. He graduated from the academy and landed his first governmental entry position, but instead of putting in the extra work, he spent his time partying, drinking and sleeping around. After a few years, he was still in the same entry level position and only just clinging onto that. He had the opportunity for a promotion a while back, but missed the interview because he was drunkenly stumbling out of a girl’s apartment when he was supposed to be attending. As the years began to speed by him, he found himself getting nowhere in his career and he began to drink more and more, spending almost every night in bars trying to pick up women. His looks began to fade, so his success rate with the ladies reduced and when he decided he wanted to settle down with someone, he found that anyone he was interested in didn’t feel the same way because of his alcoholism and lack of success in his career. His confidence began to diminish, he made bad decisions at work and soon he was moved out of his department into an out of sight administration role, while his old friends and classmates progressed through the ranks.

The time he spent socialising and meeting lots of people did however develop his liberal side, he is very open minded and despite his lack of self-confidence, can still openly talk to strangers – after he has had a drink anyway. He relies on alcohol to give himself the confidence that he has lost since his youth.

He sometimes stutters, he pauses over his responses while he considers what to say. He doesn’t deal well with confrontation and usually bows down to pressure. His internal monologue is usually where he is lambasting himself for making a mistake or saying the wrong thing.

The location in which he resides for this story, is the Starship Bliss, where he is taking a holiday from his home planet Semper Nova. Bliss is a cruise ship, designed to take passengers as far away from the planet as possible so that they can forget their normal lives. A great deal of partying takes place and the ships have a reputation for being full of sex, drugs and alcohol. He is travelling alone.

He wears smart, but cheap clothing. It’s clear that he is trying to make the most of himself by wearing formal clothes such as shirt and suit, but also clear that due to his failings he can’t afford to spend too much money on his attire. He carries his government ID and secure communicator on him at all times, He is around 6ft tall, dark brown almost black hair grown a little too long for the fashion, with grey streaks on the sides. He has green eyes, is fairly slim but certainly not in shape, with a little extra weight around the middle as a result if his drinking. He is still regarded as good looking, although the increasing number of wrinkles and the bags under his eyes reinforce his tired and lacklustre persona.

He naturally gravitates towards woman and as such he continues to be flirtatious in his demeanour towards them. He is wary of men as he is continually comparing himself to them, feeling inadequate to most of them makes him defensive/submissive in his demeanour towards them. He becomes more cocky when he’s had a drink, which can lead him into trouble.

He still believes deep down that he is capable of achieving something, but he’s stuck in a rut and can’t work out how to get out of it.

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  1. I really like this character profile of Reefe Fervar!

    However due to the fact that I had just finished reading “The Lost Weekend”, which is a book written in the 1930’s about a very self-destructive, hard-core alcoholic’s tale about a very long weekend dedicated to copious amounts of drinking, and his pawning and stealing and borrowing money to pay for all of the drinking, I was not as sympathetic as I would have normally felt towards Reefe. That book creeped me out too much!

    But I think you have given yourself a lot of material to work with in just this brief character profile and I am impressed! Good job!

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    1. Ooh I like the sound of that book. Kind of makes me think of that Nicholas Cage film Leaving Las Vegas. Written in the 30s though would make it much more intriguing.
      I’m glad you like the character profile – He’s not as bad as this makes out to be honest and he develops considerably even during the opening chapter with the help of a strong woman. The weaknesses, booze, women, feelings of inadequacy etc. show themselves throughout the novel and are things that he needs to overcome to progress the story on, but mainly they are devices for narratives that give a glimpse of not only his history, but the history of the universe that the story is set in. If that makes any sense..

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      1. No, that makes perfect sense. We are all the products of our environments, our universes. If you and I had grown up in the 14th century, for example, the fear of the Bubonic Plague, or actually becoming infected with it, would have a drastic and very negative impression on our lives, emotionally and physically.

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      2. Check that book out because according to a good friend of mine who is an alcoholism and drug abuse counselor, that book is a really good description of the mind-set and the physical and emotional agonies an alcoholic in the later stages of that disease can go through. Yikes!

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          1. Oh yes, I think it will be to the both of you. It creeped me out! My family on both sides have a few alcoholics; my father was a high-functioning one, but this book really shows you, with nothing held back, how alcoholics function and think and react, especially in the last desperate stages of the disease. There was a B & W movie made out of that book, with the same name, that starred Ray Milland, and it was said to be a very good movie. I have yet to watch it but one of these days I hopefully will get to do so.

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