Hi! I'm Ilmarinen, a professional artisan with a focus on leatherwork, but I also do illustration (digital and traditional), writing, 3D printing, copper electroplating, and bone/horn/antler carving. My studio name is A Thousand Rasps, from the Icelandic saying Þúsundþjalasmiður, meaning "smith of a thousand rasps" or "jack of all trades."
I'm interested in well-thought-out low fantasy settings, all kinds of art, mythology, weight training, and world building. I have a BS in computer science and still enjoy coding. I'm queer and prefer gender neutral pronouns. Also, I'm married to a cool guy.
Like everyone and their mother, I'm writing a novel series. Mine is fantasy and called the Heartseeker Trilogy. All three books are drafted, but I'm currently focused on finishing the first one, Swordsworn. (And I'm probably slacking. If you're reading this, you have permission to yell at me. )
I love to talk about music and am eager to share recommendations. I like folk metal (especially unique stuff--I've grown very picky about the usual "Viking heathen" stuff since there's so much out there), black metal, stoner metal, NWOTHM, dungeon synth, new retro wave, medieval folk and neofolk, and all manners of throat singing.
Some bands I like
Wolfmare, Rotting Christ, Primordial, Goblin Hovel, Pagan Altar, Skyclad, Tengger Cavalry, Trollfest, The Sword, Candlemass, Finntroll, Bathory, Arany Zoltán, Steeleye Span, Wolgemut, Corvus Corax, Merlin, Fief, Borg, Ulk
I mostly RP realistic low fantasy but I'll venture into high fantasy and Renaissance settings as well. I would love to get back into Star Trek-ish scifi. I generally dislike "slice of life" and modern settings. If you like my characters or just want to chat, drop me a line! I'm also a site moderator, and I'm more than happy to help with any RPR-related questions and concerns.
Heimdall is an amazing person and one of my close friends. Be they chose to be a raging dragon, or an old uncle to a certain viking, they are really amazing. c: Overall, an awesome person. - SemiRealism
Heim has always felt like the older sibling that I can and have looked-up to. They're really creative and you can rely on them. I have known Heim for years and participated in the communities they've made, their art is stunning, their leatherwork is something to dream of -- I am in awe of Heim on a regular basis. Thank you dragunn. Hurrr (That's dragon for 'i adore you') Helpful Great sense of humor - Cass
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