I am on Gladden, but am really interested in roleplaying a lot more. I do tend to be a loner in some regards, however. I am not a "cruncher" or "grinder" whatever the term is. But I do attempt to complete tasks (actually, every single task!), and am not sure that's fun for everyone. Also, I like to mine and if I happen to run across tree limbs, chop them up.
Would I be a good roleplayer?
My biography is three paragraphs long, and I borrow a lot from Iron Crown Enterprise's "Middle-Earth Roleplaying" Arnor Book. My character is distantly related to a noble Cardolani house. Without going into three paragraphs, my distant ancestor was a widow of a brother to a (MERP fictious) King of Cardolan. Both died childless. I state that under Cardolani law, this ancestor held her title in her own right, she was Ernil (Princess) of (MERP fictious) Dol Calastir. She went on to marry four times, and was widowed each time.
My character, Calimendil Calastir, wants to restore the glory that was Cardolan. He views all People as his kin, regardless of race, color, or national origin (this is important).
Cal feels very strongly about "his people." Since the options at start were "Man from the Bree-Lands", and Cardolan is (yet) no more, and the game starts in Bree, that was the option I chose. I'd rather be blond, though. Over the many centuries of the Third Age, it's quite possible my ancestors would have intermarried with a blond Northman. But I didn't think of that.
So, I did wonder about roleplaying. My best friend, whom I sometimes play with, told me not to join a roleplaying server though.
Oh, Cal has his own ideas about the (wondrous, and good) quality of the White Council, including the Lord Saruman. This is because of the (fictious MERP) history of Arnor and Cardolan.
After the King of Cardolan died childless (sorry, can't remember the year right off), the Kings of Gondor and Arthedain presented claims for the throne of Cardolan. At the time, these were dismissed by the Dwarves and Elves. The White Council instead crowned a distant relative of the Royal House of Cardolan.
If you recall both the film RETURN OF THE KING and book Return of the King, then you know Gandalf the White crowns Aragorn Elessar. Well, if that was so at the end of the Third Age, toward the middle of the Third Age, it would have been Saruman the White crowning (fictious MERP) King Tarcil II of Cardolan.
Little Hope there is that help should come from Gondor, but we shall see the glory of Cardolan restored!