Things that one would notice if interacting with Viktor.
Fell free to remind me of them if you are playing a fellow PC
in our campaign.
Greeting: Viktor's handshake is very physical.
He clasps the forearm of those he shakes hands with, gripping
firmly, but not squeezing hard. He generally uses this
form of greeting regardless of gender. Bowing to courtly
ladies is something he is learning to do. When greeting
the Prince, he will generally stand at a distance and cast his
gaze slightly lower than usual, about 30 degrees from horizontal.
He will greet the Prince by bowing his head very slightly and
firmly clapping his clenched right fist to his left breast.
It is unclear if this is intended to show a warrior's respect
or mock the court proceedings. Thus far, it has amused
the court too greatly to be viewed poorly.
Personal space: Whether unconsciously or not,
Viktor does not respect personal space very well. It is
unclear if it is out of disrespect or a different upbringing
than most. He does not press up against people or push
them around, but sometimes he stands uncomfortably close to
people when conversing with them. Otherwise, he often
stands at an appropriate distance for sword fighting, especially
when confronted by strangers.
Hygiene: Viktor does not smell clean or dirty.
His clothes and skin typically have a light layer of fresh dirt
on them, but neither are grimy or filthy. He exhibits
no concern about getting dirty. For court, he actually
shaves most of his beard off and cleans him self up [see
"The Faces of Viktor Stahlschmidt" page].
Talking: Viktor tends to be blunt and speak in
terms of a hunter. When hunting of kine is discussed his
concerns are more focused on avoiding "depletion of the stock"
and maintaining "balance with the environment."
Gaze: Viktor does not look people in the eye
when he talks to them. Actually, it is uncertain at any
time that he is actually paying attention to anyone talking
to him. He tends to focus his vision about fifteen degrees
below horizontal, essentially looking at the chest of someone
if he is standing at a normal distance for conversation.
When his eyes are visible, they seem to be engaged in a "thousand
yard stare" not unlike that seen with veterans of protracted
wars, especially those that involve close-in fighting and excessive
use of ambush tactics. He casts his gaze lower when addressing
the Prince, about 30 degrees below horizontal. He tends
to track motion constantly, which may be distracting for those
talking to him.