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Sep. 14th, 2022

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Dawn of the Old Gods world: A primer

World information on "Dawn of the Old Gods".

Underlying Conceits



This is an Earth where magic has always existed and everyone has magic. There is no masquerade. No hiding of unicorns or other magical creatures. Everyone has a bit of magic that they can use. And just like some people are better athletes than others, some people are stronger magic users than others. On average people have enough magic in them to make things work. They can turn on the TV, drive cars, use computers. Science uses magic like it uses electricity. There is no real difference in most cases. A magical engineer has to take many of the same courses that an electrical engineer has to. An iPod is run on electricity and magical currents. You buy beer in cans that can automatically cool them and mugs that can keep a beverage at the desired temperature. Earth mages have helped detect and defuse earthquakes. There are tense relations with the fair folk.

Gods walk the world.

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Dec. 15th, 2010

Sunglasses

First Scene to book two, Star God Falling?

Anna passed the folders around the team's meeting table. This time they were a dull gray with bite marks in on them. One of Veena's kittens must have found them and they were all teething. Everyone took it in stride. Gray folders were usually in regards to historical figures that tended to crop up from time to time in the modern age. They didn't come very often, but they did need looking in to.

A black kitten appeared on the table near Adrian's, Anna's brother, coffee cup and looked like it was about to make a mad dash for it, but the ritual mage with pale blond hair, pale skin and icy blue eyes, plucked the kitten off the table before it could do so and put it on the floor. Theo could hear a tiny and confused meeping noise that all the kittens made before it must have ambled or teleported off.

Trever looked apologetic. The red-head tended to look apologetic most of the time these days as the kittens did belong to his familiar. A litter of six kittens; five black and one gray and all of them could teleport like their mother. Kale, Trever's identical twin, rolled his eyes and shoved another kitten off his lap, dropping it into his brother's.

"Right Anna," Rhys said, stoically ignoring the kitten in his coffee cup, "What do we have?" The crusty and bald Welsh man who looked to be in his mid forties but was really two thousand years old, folded his hands together, not having opened up his file.

She tried to turn on the computer screen, but it didn't work. After flipping the switch a few times, she gave a sigh and opened up her file, pulling out a photograph. "This is Richard Markings, from Albany New York. He's recently made the claim that he is King Arthur reborn and that Excalibur, in the British museum is his, even though Merlin hasn't been around to proclaim him such. The department -"

Rhys cut her off. "Not him."

"I'm sorry?" She asked.

"He's not Arthur."

"How do you know?" Lan, the team psychic and intern asked. Rather small for his age, with large brown eyes and a Russian accent, he'd only been with the team for less than a year but fit in quite well. Rhys would most definitely keep him on when he graduated.

"I think, as Merlin, I would know."

A bit of quiet fell over the room, disrupted only by kittens mewing and chasing each other across the table and cabinets, knocking things over and leaving coffee stains over everything.

"You were Merlin?" Adrian said finally.

"Yes, I was Merlin."

Again silence from the humans. Theo absently plucked a kitten off his head and dropped it onto the floor.

"Somehow, that really doesn't surprise me," Kale said.
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Sep. 14th, 2010

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And then bring me back to life to follow your command?

Won't you poison my coffee with a loving hand,
And then bring me back to life to follow your command?


The Player
User Name/Nick: Kippur
User LJ: kippurbird
AIM/IM: Kippurbirdy
E-mail: Kippur@mad.scientist.com
Other Characters: n/a

The Character
Character Name: Theodred “Theo” Kaylin Sammeth
Character Journal: deadmanbusiness
Canon: Death God Rising (OC)
Age: 25
From When?: Theo has to figure out how to tell his teammates that he thinks the ritual murders that they’ve been investigating may be fueling a ritual that will re-empower his father’s godly powers and are being carried out by a brother he never met and thought was ‘dead’. Or at least as dead as a god can get.

Abilities/Powers: Theo is a highly powerful necromancer. In fact he should have been god of the undead, except that the current one is still around so he wasn’t able to take their place when he turned eighteen. This has left him in a state of godly limbo. He’s not really a god. He’s not really mortal. He’s not really a demi-god. Perhaps a tougher than average mortal would be the best way to explain him. His touch of divinity is shown through his silver eyes (though they’re not really a power persay). He can see in the dark like a normal person can see in the day. Back to his necromantic powers: with his blood he can raise a zombie or skeleton easily. With a bit more blood and effort he can raise someone recently dead as another type of undead. Not something he enjoys doing because well, it takes a lot of blood. He reads as undead to most people who can sense these things, and to others he’s just sort of got a creepy aura. He can command and rebuke unintelligent undead and intelligent undead will hesitate greatly before hurting or attacking him.
Non-divine abilities are that he’s an expert thief and pick-pocket. There are very few locks that he can’t pick or disable. He’s also good with slight of hand tricks. He’s gone through FBI training and is an expert marksman with several types of firearms. He’s also very good with knives. Finally, if you want to do a hostile takeover of a business, there’s very few people better than that.

Power Limitations: In the normal realm of things, Theo is highly sensitive to daylight. He has to wear sunglasses all the time during the day or in bright rooms. He also has a tendency to be nocturnal and has a mild caffeine addiction because of needing to be awake during the day when he his body says otherwise. I imagine he wouldn’t be able to raise greater undead or any undead at all, since that seems to be the purview of the forest and the fey that reside there.

Inventory Suit jacket, jeans, button down shirt, loafers, iPhone, folder of documents relating to the case, iPad, half eaten sandwich, coffee in mug, Swiss Army Knife, silver dagger blessed by his uncle the god of the moon, bracelet from his mother also blessed by his uncle, regulation pistol in holster, wallet, keys, change, engagement ring (for himself) and a black ink pen.


Personality:

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History:

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First Person Sample: [5-10 Sentences]

There are some days I don’t think it’s worth getting out of bed. Especially when the bed contains the most beautiful girl I’ve ever known and especially when the reason why you’re getting out of bed is to sit in a meeting with a bunch of men while they walked around the subject you wanted to talk about, not wanting to commit to anything.

Yeah. Politicians suck.

Sometimes I wish they were vampires, because while they still sucked, I might be able to get them to do something. I don’t know how my father gets them to do it, but I’ve yet to figure out how.

Well, one more chance at it. Hopefully it’ll be short.

Likely it won’t.



Prose Sample: [3-5 paragraphs, 3rd Person POV]


"What do you think about Greenland?"

Theo looked up at his father from his desk. He was going over an acquisition contract for some company or another. He wasn't sure which, it was one of his father's subsidiaries that was acquiring it. "Not very green. I think it has good oil reserves." He pondered asking why his father was asking and decided against it.

His father got a thoughtful look on his face. "I wonder if I should sell it back to them."

His father owned Greenland.

Of course his father owned Greenland.

Why wouldn't he own Greenland?

Theo couldn't think of a reason. "I think their economy is a bit weak for that right now," he said.

"You're right." His father put down the old sheet of paper he was looking at and stuck it into a drawer.

With a shake of his head, Theo went back to his work.




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Aug. 11th, 2010

Well, Yeah...

Just a quick update

I'm starting to think dad needs a new hobby. He's taken to buying up all the movie rights to Ashley Carrey's movies, as opposed to just renting them, and has then sat through each and every one of them. Fortunately he hasn't made me watch them. Maya has watched a few with him, but then stopped as she didn't like him always criticizing Carrey's performances. He's even written and published a few scathing reviews of the newer ones. Of course that has gotten Maya nearly in tears, she doesn't want to hear bad things about her idol/crush.

She complained to uncle Ash, but honestly once dad has gotten his head in gear for something there really isn't anything you can do to stop him.

Teenage heartthrob he may be, Carrey is apparently quite the womanizing jerk in real life. He threw quite the fit when he didn't get nominated for an Academy Award for "Golem Love" where he played a golem who learned how to love - As the title suggests. Which set the fandom off as well. He's got quite the loyal following, I'll have to give him that. Fortunately, in my opinion, he didn't get nominated for the award despite the tantrum. Or maybe because of the tantrum.

His new movie is supposedly a serious period drama piece where he plays Ashton Clayton (heh, weird that their names are similar) the man who helped develop the town of Ashville in Ohio and saved it from being ravaged by Indians and their spirits.

I really hope Maya doesn't want me to go with her for that one.

Apr. 26th, 2010

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Not really sure why...

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7. Describe me in 3 words.
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16. Could you ever love me?
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Conversations at the Bar at the End of the Universe and other places

With one young wizard by the name of Mandrake. I don't think much of his government if they're allowing fifteen year olds into high positions.

visiting Chicago on business. Met a guy called Harry Dresden.

Chat with a dead man who isn't. Got a spectacular headache, but learned something very interesting about the Bar and the dead.

A pooka and a vampire.

Apr. 9th, 2010

thumb in mouth thinking

Family

I was thinking about my eighteenth birthday just the other day. I think it was because Alec just turned eighteen. Rhys got a hold of his birth certificate which indicated that yes, he wasn't twenty one like he said he was. We threw him a nice birthday party, which I think is the first one he's had in a long while. I know that he probably would have never thought that he'd get a car for his birthday. That was Enne's idea. I got him a practical car, Saturn hybrid, instead of a sports car. I'm not going to spend a ton of money on the kid. Adrian got him an empty spell book so he could start writing in his own spells.

That, I think was his favorite present. He really is attached to Adrian.

Veena gave him a dead mouse in his shoe. Cats.

Anyway, birthday ruminations. My own eighteenth birthday I could have died. My people, the children of the gods, take a test on their eighteenth birthday to see if they can become a god. They don't have to take the test. If they don't, they stay mortal. If they do, they could die. My father had seven siblings. All of them took the test. Only he and my uncle Ash survived. Needless to say there was a lot of pressure.

I took the test. I survived the test. I didn't become a god. The god of the undead is still around and there can't be two of them. Which means that I have a brother who is still alive and hasn't passed on into the beyond.

Father won't talk about it. Uncle Ash won't talk about it. I don't even know his name, how old he is, nothing. Just that he exists. I've lived my entire life as an only child. The idea of having a sibling fascinates me. I see Enne with Adrian and Anna and then the twins, Kale and Trever, how close they are. There are things they have, experiences they share, that even though they're all different from each other they have a bond of something.

It's like a secret society that I can never belong to. Mentions of things that aren't supposed to be brought up. Just things.

I'm jealous, I guess. And then, to have a brother with no way of finding him... makes it just worse.
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Mar. 2nd, 2010

Well, Yeah...

Why wouldn't he?

"What do you think about Greenland?"

Theo looked up at his father from his desk. He was going over an acquisition contract for some company or another. He wasn't sure which, it was one of his father's subsidiaries that was acquiring it. "Not very green. I think it has good oil reserves." He pondered asking why his father was asking and decided against it.

His father got a thoughtful look on his face. "I wonder if I should sell it back to them."

His father owned Greenland.

Of course his father owned Greenland.

Why wouldn't he own Greenland?

Theo couldn't think of a reason. "I think their economy is a bit weak for that right now," he said.

"You're right." His father put down the old sheet of paper he was looking at and stuck it into a drawer.

With a shake of his head, Theo went back to his work.
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