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PostSubject: Liam Wilder   November 17th 2016, 9:47 am

Liam Wilder


Faerykin
Male
27 Years Old

Looks
Liam is notably effeminate, dainty and clean. He has fair skin and copper-red hair, trimmed short. The curtain-cut bangs are neatly parted from his aloof, grey eyes. He looks younger than his actual age thanks to his short height (just over five feet tall), and boyish face. He doesn't even need to shave. Closer inspection shows a fully mature, agile body, built for speed and honed for combat.

Demeanor
There’s a certain cat-like quality to Liam’s behavior. He’s comfortable with heights, is light on his feet and instinctively quiet. His voice is low and flat as stagnant water, with an occasional ripple of sarcasm. He never smiles, and always acts bored or uncomfortable during conversation. This negativity and his reclusive body language tends to put people off, but it suits Liam just fine.

Dress
Neat and tasteful. One of Liam’s numerous domestic skills is sewing, so he is sure to take care of his outfits, make them last, and spend hours tailoring them to his build and taste. He typically wears dark polyester vests, collared white shirts and knee-high boots.

Equipment
Liam keeps his weapons concealed on his person at all times. He owns an M9 Beretta pistol with a 15 round chamber and 200 meter fire range, and a black boot knife with a 4-inch blade.
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Wilder   January 2nd 2018, 2:00 pm

Occupation(s)
Traveller, houseworker, laborer, cardplayer, militant, spy

Hobbies
Cryptography, homemade cleaning products, tailoring

Skills
Cleaning, cooking, foraging, sewing, crafts, tools, card games, sleight-of-hand, wilderness survival, bio-mechanics, hand-fighting, blades, guns

Languages
North American English, Canadian French

Magic
Source
Liam is a Faerykin. He was born with magic, passed down to him from his father, a Court faery lord from Sheerahame. Liam inherited a couple of magic traits, underlined below.

Abilities
He has a power which he calls "Shadowstepping" that lets him teleport through darkness and shadow. When there's no dark space in sight, Liam will invariably find one with the help of an internal sense. Both his detection and teleportation range is exactly fifty yards. He can also see in the dark, even pitch black, up to fifty feet. Light and weather fluctuate, however, so Liam's magic doesn't always help him. He can do a lot more on a dark night than he can on a cloudy day. 

Limits
His biggest limit is his own body - he only has so much energy and constant Shadowstepping exhausts him. If he's too exhausted, wounded or unable to think, then he's powerless. Not only that, Shadowstepping is picky. It won't take him through faint, unstable or moving shadows. The space has to be big enough for him to Step through. He can't take other people, or anything he's unable to physically carry. And it's always possible to keep him from Stepping. Just bind him down, or hold him with a good grip.
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Wilder   January 6th 2018, 6:13 pm

Beliefs
Liam's gypsy family was strongly superstitious, and tended to believe all gods and all faiths, any and all sources of fortune and protection. But Liam never saw the good that did. He's a survivalist, pure and simple, relying only on himself and what he can see.

Sexuality
He's asexual. When he first learned about sex, Liam thought it sounded gross and messy, and that opinion has persisted into adulthood. He's never been comfortable about intimacy in general and hates to be touched.

Likes
Cleaning
Fresh laundry
Well-cooked food
Making word codes
Eavesdropping
Secrets
Serene atmospheres
The dark
Playing cards
Tricks

Dislikes
Crowds
Getting dirty
Loud noises
Loud behavior
Clueless questions
Long conversation
Having to do everything
Being hasty
Being touched
Bright light
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Wilder   January 11th 2018, 1:33 am

Backstory


Half faery, half human, Liam is a freak and he knows it; his life is shaped by it. He's from Canada and spent his childhood traveling and learning from gypsies. He picked up all kinds of skills and cheats from them, loved them, trusted them. His biological mother died when he was too young to remember her, though his foster mother Mina remembers her as a sad and broken woman. He has no idea who his father is, only that he gets his faery magic from him.

The person who first changed Liam's life was his foster brother, Tag. The two never got along, as Tag was several years older and resented Liam for taking all of Mina's affection, but he was still his brother, teaching him things, influencing him, caring about him. It all changed when the year Liam turned 12, a deadly disease swept through the gypsies. Mina died, the camp fell to a new low and did many desperate things to get by. Less than a week after Mina's death, Tag sold Liam to a slave trafficker and Kindred vampire, Adrian.

Liam can't clearly remember that time. He has sparse, jarring memories of a dark room, hot stage lights, camera flashes, and needle injections. A week passed like this, and then one night Adrian received an unexpected, dangerous visitor. Jim Thorn was a war veteran and accomplished bounty hunter, after the slave trafficker's head. Once he'd disposed his target, Jim discovered Liam in a locked cell and rescued the boy. He got him help, gave him a home, and taught Liam everything he knew. They developed a loving, trusted bond, but it rarely showed. Both of them had stunted emotions and bad attitudes, never truly able to express affection for each other. They just knew it inherently.

As the years passed, Jim's life and his personal choices became more and more overwhelming. He was a faery's ward, and was expected to take bigger and bigger fights to the vampire blight in Canada. By the time Liam was in his twenties, he and Jim had joined efforts with other wards and had an army. Relationships got political, complicated and delicate. Secrets festered behind the scenes. Then one day, their faery patrons suddenly withdrew their magic. The wards lost their powers, the spells protecting the army at night all failed. Exposed and panicking, the army scattered, and Jim disappeared. Liam desperately searched for him, but with the vampires surging in to seal their victory, he had to flee to America. He had nothing left. Time to start over.

He tried to live in the most human-dominated region, the New York Colony. But his wild upbringing and foreign status quickly locked him in poverty and homelessness. Desperate to get by, Liam betrayed his principals and tried to rob a bank by Shadowstepping into the vault. That was how he learned there was such a thing as motion sensors. He was arrested and detained, but his stunt caught the attention of one Roy Soren, a mysterious but powerful figure in the New York government. Roy offered Liam full citizenship and a clean record, if in return, Liam signed on for secret service in the region's war tactics division. Although he'd already seen enough war, Liam had little choice but to accept the deal and take the fight to the vampires once again, this time as a covert field agent.

For the past five years he's been assigned missions on the fringes of vampire territory, mainly for surveillance, asset protection, intervention and tracking. He's almost always put on relay and courier duty, making extensive use of his night vision and supernatural mobility. It's taken time, but his efforts have greatly paid off, sabotaging many different vampire groups and causing them to lose territory and power. Because he often has control over vital information, Liam takes great care to be discrete and avoid killing. Bodies attract way too much attention. 

His life may be dangerous, secretive, and sometimes he resents being a glorified delivery boy, but Liam likes where he is now. He sees the difference he's making. He personally knows those he's helped, and intends to keep protecting them.
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Wilder   April 28th 2018, 4:22 pm

Family

Mother - Illua Wilder, deceased
Father - Unnamed, unknown
Foster mother - Mina, deceased
Foster brother - Tag, unknown

Liam never thinks about his family. The gypsies are a far-gone, irrelevant memory, and even the thought of his father makes Liam uncomfortable. He never wants to know who or exactly what his father is, because deep down he's frightened of the faerys, and what they can do.

Relationships

Mina
A warmhearted, big gypsy woman who adopted Liam after his biological mother died. She always kept Liam busy, helpful and safe. She was a meddler, a spanker, and had no patience for bratty kids, but she loved Liam. She wanted him to be a good son, better than Tag, who she felt had outgrown and disappointed her. Mina's death was hard on Liam, and he never got the time to properly mourn her.

Tag
Mina's biological son and Liam's foster brother. He's eight years older than Liam and proved a troublesome influence. He might have shown Liam all his favorite movies, took him on adventures and taught him how to break rules, but he always disliked his little brother. After Mina died, he tricked Liam and sold him into slavery, and Liam never saw the gypsies again.

Morgan
Sly old gypsy gambler who taught Liam all his card tricks and poker skills. They also loved to solve word and code puzzles together. To this day, Liam still feeds his card-playing and code-solving habits, always looking for a challenge.

Adrian
Kindred vampire who held Liam captive for a short time when he was just a kid. Because of him, Liam has a severe paranoia of getting caught alive by vampires for his faery blood.

Jim Thorn
Old war vet/bounty hunter/faery ward who rescued Liam from captivity and became his father figure. He raised him into young adulthood and taught the boy basic survival and fighting instincts. Tragically, he went missing five years ago, when his army scattered and the Canada-America border fell to vampires. Liam's kept an ear to the ground for leads, but has little hope that his mentor is still alive.

Roy Soren
The commander of the New York War Tactics Division and Liam's superior. He's a power-player and a mastermind, whose strategies have effectively kept vampires back and unable to gain territory for the last twenty years. Liam doesn't altogether trust Roy, and he certainly doesn't want to be the man's pawn forever.

Julianne "Jules" Ramone
Louisiana Singer vamp, sympathetic and good friend to humans. She's partnered up with Liam on most of his urban missions, where her Singer wiles can open a lot of doors. He'd never admit it, but Liam loves working with her and trusts her implicitly.

Diego Del Toro
Region marshal of the Mexico-Texas border, responsible for deploying NYWT troops and reporting vampire conflicts back to New York. Liam receives orders from him. They have a slightly toxic and unhelpful relationship, mostly because Diego is a bigoted asshole and Liam doesn't like to take shit from anyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Liam Wilder   April 28th 2018, 4:24 pm

Strengths

Evaluate, Act, Win
Liam is a resourceful and smart fighter, who knows his limits, and can get a quick read of even the strangest situations. He accepts and isn't shamed by loss, because he knows it can be turned into gain. This sharp and flexible line of thinking is why he's grown, survived and prevailed in a world ruled by predators.

Trying, Helping, Improving
From childhood, Liam was taught to help others and has felt pressure to do his best. This drives him to get back up when he's down. He has excellent work ethic, self-discipline, and integrity. It would take a lot to make him betray his principles. If he ever did, he has the strength to recover and learn from failure.

Bravery Defies Adversity
Liam's faerykin blood is a vampire commodity, painting a big red target on his back for predators, and he's been an outcast all his life. He has every reason to find a hole, hide and never come out. But he faces the world, even challenges it. He overcomes fear everyday, and will always risk his life to save others.

Weaknesses

Badly Behaved, and Bitter
Liam's weak social skills have often screwed him over. People confuse and upset him over little things. He's instinctively paranoid, slow to trust others, behaves poorly in large teams, and takes attitude with authority. But worst of all, Liam doesn't care that he has behavior issues, or that they can hurt his life, relationships and goals. He just accepts that he's bad with people and doesn't expect this to change.

A Fearful Dilemma
He hides it well, but Liam has a deep fear of both people and the world around him. Fear fuels his negativity, his tendency to reject new friends, his loneliness, and even his efforts to better himself and help others. He wants to fix problems and beat enemies that scare him, and he wants to do it on his own. He's yet to understand how much he needs a good friend to help him and bolster his self-worth.


Gwen John wrote:
"People are like shadows to me, and I am like a shadow."
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