First-born son of Sven and Kara; younger brother to Arissa
Yari was first told of his parents’ role in the war of the gods very early in his life by some dwarven family friends. It was these same dwarves, Kalistar and Valdosta, who gave Yari his second name: Hastae. They told him it meant, “Of the Spear,” in Dwarven. Apparently, Yari’s father had been a mighty warrior, fighting the forces of darkness with a fragment of Odin’s own spear, Gungnir.
The news had shocked the young boy. Sven had only ever been seen as Musician and Father to his son, and the knowledge that he was also once Odin’s Chosen shattered Yari’s world view. Yari decided to take his father’s name as his own, then and there, making it his third and last name. He also privately set out to make his father proud by becoming a priest of the god he once served.
After twelve years of life, Jarl Hastae, known as Yari to his friends and family, stands at four-feet-four-inches tall and weighs about 65 pounds. Even his younger siblings harass him for his short stature. While his father, Sven, is a giant of a man, Yari isn’t embarrassed to proudly stand next to his dad as the first-born son of Odin’s Chosen.
Unlike Sven’s blonde hair, Yari’s head is covered in a mess of dark brown. Father and son do, however, share the same unfortunate cowlicks that serve to make every day a ‘bad hair day’. Also, like his father, Yari has piercingly blue eyes that seem to cut through everything and stare into others’ souls. This would be unnerving, if it weren’t for the perpetual smile the boy wears.
Their father spends most of his free time with his children. Between self-defense training and music lessons, Yari and his siblings are not wont for fatherly attention. It is largely because of this that Yari places family above absolutely any other concern. Nevertheless, the small boy feels disconnected from his dad in a way he cannot properly define. It is this feeling that drives him forward to become the best person, and the best priest of Odin he possibly can become.
TRAITS Yari is a peacemaker. He is perpetually optimistic, and naturally sees the good in just about everything. Also, he almost always finds common ground with people, no matter their situations, empathizing with them and striving ever to share the peace he feels in his heart.
IDEAL Yari will fight to help anyone he perceives to be in earnest need, no matter his own personal cost. It takes a lot to deceive him, but those who try will still likely be given help, if of a different kind than they wanted.
BOND While not being stupid about it, Yari will lay down his life without hesitation to protect the lives of his Family and friends. To Yari, Family is the single most important thing in all the realms; and, since friends basically are Family, they too need to be served and protected.
FLAWS Whenever Yari tries to lie, he unconsciously fiddles with the wooden flute at his side that his father gave him. He is extremely uncomfortable deceiving people, though he will try occasionally if he feels the need is great enough. Nevertheless, secrets bother him, and he has been known from-time-to-time to accidentally let slip an awkward secret at just the wrong moment.
MISCELLANEOUS Birthday: 02 June 1197, five minutes after his twin sister, Arissa.
Yari is proficient with both shield and spear, learning from his mother and father respectively. He is also dedicated to helping others, like his mother; and, he seems to be a natural with the flute, like his father. Perhaps also taking after both of his parents, he is uniquely hard to lie to, and very persuasive when he needs to be.
His favorite color is blue. His favorite drink is hot chocolate. His favorite food is chicken – the larger the chicken, the better. He has no idea why these things are; they’re just Things. His favorite animal is a cat; he knows why this is, but doesn’t talk openly about it.