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Fan Works / Send questions addressed to my characters; they will reply
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:20:09 PM »
Yeah. Do that. Only really got one atm.

RP Discussion and Planning [GRP] / G20 Prom
« on: January 04, 2017, 02:29:17 AM »
World leaders go to prom. Who's in?

Entertainment / Favourite comedians?
« on: January 03, 2017, 02:22:28 AM »
(because we don't have a board for comedians)

Tim Minchin is right at the top, but I have quite a lot of favourites tbh. Unranked list below:

David O'Doherty
Joe Lycett
Jimmy Carr
Nish Kumar
Sara Pascoe
Katherine Ryan
Tiff Stevenson
Aisling Bea
Rob Beckett
Mark Watson
Bill Bailey
Dara O'Briain
Jon Richardson
Jack Whitehall
Sarah Millican
Frankie Boyle
Alan Davies

... and many, many more (mostly on the British comedy circuit, one realises, owing mostly to the fact that I've watched all of QI, all Big Fat Quizzes and most of Mock The Week + 8 Out Of 10 Cats)

General Works / Random stuff
« on: January 03, 2017, 02:12:28 AM »
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It’s early morning; the sun has just broken the horizon. There are dark clouds in the north, but the rest of the sky is an array of pink and yellow against the light grey blanket of woolly vapour. Just to my left is a tunnel of trees, showing off their beautiful plumage of orange and red before they shed for winter. In a particularly wide oak, a great tit ruffles its wings before taking off across the hedges, presumably to find a garden with enough seeds to provide it with the thick layer of fat it will soon need to survive.
 I’m still sitting where he left me.

« on: January 03, 2017, 01:35:50 AM »
ANDRO challenged fishing ANYONE, REALLY and ANDRO picked:




And they will fight in:


Approved Profiles / Johann Sebastian Bach
« on: December 09, 2016, 02:11:37 AM »
Please feed me back

Name and Occupation
- Taken Name: Johann Sebastian Bach
- Pronunciation of the Name: As in German. An approximation: “Yo-‘hann Ze-‘bahss-tee-ahn Bah(phlegm)”
- Given Name: George Chapman
- Pronunciation of the Name: As in English. An approximation: “Jorj Chap-man”
- Character Job: Owns an indie record shop in Berlin. Organist and choir conductor at a local church. Makes choir arrangements in many different styles. Is also the conductor of a professional-level mage choir.
- Qualifications: Doctorate in musicology from Oxford University (dissertation on Bach, of course).
- Titles: His employees, and some regular customers, call him “Herr Bach” or “Organist”. He encourages both.

Character Mentality
- Character Personality: Bach is quite the musician. A virtuoso on the piano/organ/cembalo, he is also a very talented choir conductor, composer and arranger. He likes to make music a part of everything. Sometimes, a snippet of a sentence will cause him to break into song because the snippet happened to be the lyrics. Music is also his primary mode of expression; he finds it difficult to express emotion in words – the organ is a far better instrument for this than his vocabulary.
  He feels that compassion is the greatest virtue. Based hereon, he is a vegan, a queer rights advocate, and co-founder of Hollow Estate, a rather secret charity group that offers protection and support to vulnerable artists and queer people. (In fact, he’s currently hiding 3 people in the rooms beneath his record shop.)
  Bach has always been rather obsessed with the music of the original Bach, who died the same day that this Bach was born. He knows all of Wohltemperiertes Klavier (probably Bach’s most famous work) off by heart, along with many of Bach’s other works. Both of his choirs know several Bach chorales, and recordings of pretty much all Bach’s works are for sale in his record shop.
  He is not trusting of any major authority. This includes the state, the Sanctuaries, the mainstream music industry, and even the parish council. For this reason, his record shop only sells music by independent labels, and apart from Bach, only underground artists.
  Bach has some mental barriers. He doesn’t feel like he can ever express his feelings towards someone. Whenever he tries, his barriers shut him down. This is part of the reason for why he’s never had a significant other. Another reason is that he has very little faith in his own ability to be a good friend or good lover – though in all other areas, especially including musicality, leadership, ability to run a business, dress-sense, and cooking, he has excellent self-esteem.
  Bach’s morality is not founded in law, but in righteousness. If he has to steal to fund his charity, he will (while this is no longer necessary, it was something that he and many other members of Hollow Estate did in the beginning). If he has to kill a fascist in order to keep safe the people in his care (or his employees), he will.
  It’s difficult to get him riled up. He will stay outwardly calm in pretty much any non-extreme situation. In most situations, he will also feel entirely calm – or at least at ease (when conducting a particularly amazing piece, he will not be calm, but will be at ease).
- Character Likes: The original J.S. Bach, music in general, vinyl, unconditional kindness, instruments with keys, secret passageways, love.
- Character Dislikes: People who say the cembalo is just a “bad piano”; most larger record companies; politicians, especially conservatives, but also reformists; geese (because they’re vicious individuals of illegitimate birth); and the feeling you get when a conversation suddenly dies and no one can think how to revive it.
- Mental Traits: Persistent. Rather a perfectionist.

Species and Allegiance
- Species: Human
- Ethnicity: Celtic/Saxon roots
- Nationality: German (born English)
- Alignment: Chaotic good
- Allegiance: Hollow Estate
- Reasoning: Hollow Estate is a worldwide secret charity group consisting of around 150 magic-using librarians, book- and record shop owners and the like – people who love the arts and want to help struggling artists (with anything from PR to food). Bach is a founding member.

- Allies: Everyone in Hollow Estate.
- Enemies: Fascism.
- Family: Dead.
- Friends: No close friends, but several people he knows he can trust. Trusted acquaintances include his three employees, a few Hollow Estate members, and a few Sanctuary contacts.
- Significant Other: None. He’s been in love with a great many people of various genders, but has been single for all of life (apart from short flings) and is super sad about it.

Character Age and Gender
- True Age: 266
- Appearance Age: Late 20s
- Character Birthday: 28/07/1750
- Gender: Male

Character Appearance
- Skin Colour: Fairly pale, like this:

- Height: 170cm
- Weight: 58kg
- Hair Description: Dark brown curls (like Benedict Cumberbatch, but fluffier).
- Eye Description: Plain hazel, kinda doe eyes.
- Facial Details: Small, sharp nose; fairly highlighted jaw; smoothly shaven; inconsequential ears; regular, straight teeth. (Think Eddie Redmayne.)
- Physical Appearance: His body, while more lean than muscular, has to some degree been shaped by an active 20-minute-a-day self-defence routine. He is naturally thin, but his muscles, especially legs and arms, are toned (but not sinewy). A small scar where the right ear meets the jaw. A round mole on the right side of the neck half way down. A 5cm birth mark on his left foot. An 8cm vertical tattoo of the word “Wohltemperiertes” on his right hip, starting just below the belt line and reading downwards. Not particularly hairy despite only ever shaving his face, his skin is rather smooth and clean. Well-kept nails on both toes and fingers – doesn’t pick them, clips them when necessary.
- Attire: In the record shop: A tailor-made white suit with a black shirt; a (fake) blue poppy in the left coat pocket. Standard black shoes. The occasional black eyeliner.
  At his church job: Black shirt, black trousers, black shoes. The parish council won’t let him wear eyeliner. Tory individuals of illegitimate birth.
  At Hollow Estate meetings: A monochrome suit and top hat; purple, deep red, dark blue or grass green.
  At home: Jogging bottoms, a plain t-shirt (out of a selection of all six rainbow colours plus black and white) and bare feet.

Speech and Habits
- Character Voice: A smooth and pleasant tenor.
- Speech Traits: Bach will sometimes switch between English and German in the middle of a sentence. He usually doesn’t notice.
- Languages: Speaks perfect English and German. Knows enough French and Spanish to get around.
- Habits: Tee-total alcoholic.
- Mannerisms: Scratches the back of his head when frustrated – the more frustrated he is, the more vigorous the scratching.

Weapons, Equipment and Artefacts
- Large Equipment: N/A
- Small Equipment: N/A
- Weaponry: Switchblade
- Ammunition: N/A
- Pocket Items: A switchblade in a hidden pocket on the inside of his suit coat, just below his left nipple. In his left trouser pocket, his wallet; in the right, his mobile phone and his keys.
- Magical Equipment/Artefacts: N/A
- Other: An indie record shop in West Berlin (shop on ground floor, secret cellar, home on first floor).

Magical and Physical Abilities
- Magic Type: Elemental
- Specialization: Air
- Immersion Metamorphosis: Nah
- Ability Specific Info: Air: Damn good. Will probably learn to fly within the next forty years or so.
  Water: The standard stuff. Can extract moisture from the air and swim really well.
  Fire: Good enough to easily set fire to someone. Or, more commonly, to add some pizzazz to a slap.
  Earth: Nothing much.
- Magical Abilities: Uses magic for three different things.
  Combat: Can do some great long jumps and high jumps and long falls, and move at high speed. Can send someone flying quite easily. Can combine air and fire to send someone flying and burnt if necessary.
  Choir conduction: Bach has developed a subtle technique to improve the attention focus and the precision of the choir he’s conducting; small gusts of air directed very exactly at specific choir members who need to look up, or the entire choir at once to ensure a simultaneous lift or breath.
  Cataloguing: Rather than lifting stuff around, Bach levitates it with air magic. More fun, more efficient, took a hell of a long time to perfect.
- Physical Abilities: In good health; alert and fast. Switchblade to throat in less than a second. Good at dodging.
- Strengths: Competent air magic. Great confidence. Very sensible, hard to provoke.
- Weaknesses: Tends to take the part of the disadvantaged, which is impractical in a fight. Suffers from alcoholism, which some cunning individuals of illegitimate birth might misuse.
- Training: Received basic Elemental magic and physical combat training for four years in his 20s from an Irish freelance Sanctuary agent. Self-taught since then – the integration of air magic and choir conduction is entirely his own innovation.

Goals, Motivation and History
- Major Goal: To leave as much of a positive mark on the world as possible. (Because the world is awful in so many ways, and he feels the least he can do is alleviate where he can.)
- Minor Goals: To make his mage choir the best of its kind (as a virtuoso, he’s very musically ambitious). To keep safe the people currently in his cellar until they can safely leave (because in taking them in, he has made their safety his personal responsibility). To write a book on Bach (because that’s kind of his thing).
- Motivation: When times are hard, music keeps Bach from drowning.
- Bio:
The early years:
Little George Chapman was born in Canning Town on the day of the original J.S. Bach’s death, 28/07/1750, making it a highly unlikely situation for him to still be alive today. So how is he still alive? An eccentric musician adopted him. When he was almost two, while his father was in the factory and his mother was in the other factory with his eldest brothers, the musician dropped in and stole him away from his older sister.
 So that’s how George was brought up playing the cembalo. The crazy old man who stole him from his family was a fairly prominent German composer, and so the little boy was taught quite a bit about baroque music, despite the fact that that wasn’t really modern anymore.
 When his adopted father found out that he was born on the same day that Bach died, he insisted that George learn all of Wohltemperiertes Klavier. Fortunately, George was turning out to be somewhat of a virtuoso, so he’d learned it by the age of 8.
 Between the ages of 6 and 9, he played at many concerts with his adopted father.
 Then, on 14/04/1759, dad died. George, not even nine years old, was “inherited” by his adopted dad’s niece, Johanna, who also inherited a lot of the estate. She acted as a marvellous mother, caring for George as if he were her own; and also hiring a teacher to make sure George continued his music education.

University and magic
 At the age of 17, George managed to get into the University of Oxford. Johanna was heartbroken about his departure, but incredibly proud at the same time. He studied there for a total of ten years, writing a great many interesting papers on the life and works of Bach. (He also took his private teacher with him there, continuing to excel at cembalo playing, composition and conducting.)
  It was during this time that he accidentally discovered magic. In the beginning of his time at university, he picked up a habit of going for late night walks around the city. On one of these walks, a few months before his twentieth birthday, he stumbled upon a Sanctuary agent carrying out the arrest of another mage. A lot of magic was used, and George managed to stay unnoticed; so when he got home, he couldn’t help but wonder whether he might be able to learn some of that magic.
  As it turned out, he totally was. At age 22, he was able to create quite a nice little flame, a lovely little breeze, or make someone a little bit wet. Because he used these powers a little too indiscreetly, the English Sanctuary caught wind of it and sent one of their freelancers out – coincidentally the same Irishman who had accidentally taught him that magic existed.
  Their meeting led to a four-year period where the Sanctuary agent taught George about magic, the magical world, and self-defence. This also meant that George had to take a new name. Like the weirdo he was, he chose the name of his obsession, Johann Sebastian Bach. It worked just as well as any other taken name, and, because everyone knew what a weirdo he was, and how obsessed with Bach he was, non-magical people also totally accepted his name change. During the combat training, he also started carrying his switchblade.

From exile to tenure
  In August 1777, Bach had his doctorate. He also had an obsession with Bach, and a very positive view of the Sanctuary. One of these things was about to change, and it wasn’t the obsession. In November of that year, Bach was borrowing Sanctuary locales to teach some young (around his age) Audiomancers and Emoverancers about music theory and how to combine music with magic to great effect. After the lesson, as he left the building, he noticed one of the students being kicked out by an agent. Like, literally kicked. Bach, believing strongly in treating other people well, asked sternly what was going on. The agent replied without looking up from the man he was beating up: “We don’t welcome sodomites here!”
  Bach, no stranger to being sexually attracted to another man, clenched his fists and took a step forward. “Step away!” the agent warned.
  “Let him go!” Bach threatened.
  In the ensuing fight, Bach stabbed the agent in the neck, causing him great injury. In the ensuing unfair trial, he was exiled on grounds of “violence against a Sanctuary agent” and “defending unnatural sexuality”. He decided to flee to Berlin (because Leipzig would just have been too cliché) before the individuals of illegitimate birth could send him somewhere else. With him he took the man he’d stood up for on the cold November street. They became lovers and might’ve fallen in love, but tragically, the man committed suicide in late February of 1778.
  It’s worth mentioning where in Berlin Bach lived in these early years – and how he was able to support himself. When he first came to the city, he knew some German from his adopted father (and Johanna), but he was far from fluent. He did have quite a sum of money, provided by Johanna and some performances of a couple of his compositions; this money he put into buying a tiny building in the outskirts of Berlin. There was not really any space in the house for a cembalo, but he quickly got a job as cantor at a local church, which meant he could practice on their organ.
  When his lover committed suicide, however, he turned to drink, which was super unfortunate, because it a) meant that the very pious parish council wouldn’t have him in their church, let alone employed, and b) was very expensive, which resulted in him having to lose the house. He lived on the streets for six years, surviving by stealing and street performing. He also spent a few days in detention on thirty different occasions for sneaking into churches at night to play the organ.
  In December of 1784, a quite spoilt young nobleman’s daughter found him on the street, took a liking to him and took him in for Christmas. They spent a few nights together, and she secured him employment at one of the big city churches and gave him lots of money. She also helped him stay sober by employing a pious doctor with a deep hatred of booze. He fell in love with her, but never told her, because he was sure she didn’t feel the same way about him. He was entirely wrong, but he never found out. For seven years, he lived with her family as a “friend of the house”. When the old nobleman died, the daughter, being an only child, inherited the entire estate. A short while later, she and Bach fell out, and in Spring 1792 they decided it was time for him to move out. As they were still great friends, she generously gave him the place in West Berlin where he still lives. Because she thought he would enjoy it, she gave him a place that she’d had built, in which there was a secret cellar. He certainly did enjoy it.

Hollow Estate and socialist thought
  Bach hadn’t socialised much with mages since his exile from Britain, but during the 1790s, he began meeting up with a group of left-wing anti-establishment mages in a dark cellar near where he’d lived when he first came to the city. It was in these dark rooms that the idea of Hollow Estate was first conceived. The early actions of the group were on a very small scale. The very first thing they did was hide a 23-year-old violinist mage who’d been violently kicked out of a German Sanctuary training program for “bisexual tendencies”. She lived in Bach’s cellar from 1795-1802, and later became the group’s main contact in Western America when she moved to California in the mid-1800s to forget how awful Germany was.
  In 1821, his old patron/short-time lover died. This led him to begin wearing black at all times and trying to stay out of romantic flings.
  In 1834, a Hollow Estate plant in the German Sanctuary powered through a law disallowing the mistreatment of citizens for their “sexual and romantic activity and orientation”.
  In 1838-42, Bach met the Young Hegelians a few times. Their ideological standpoints resonated with him, and he followed their work until all of them were dead. In his diary (which he has kept since 1829 and writes in English), he wrote that Karl Marx was “rather a nice chap”.
  Between 1838 and 1859, Hollow Estate went from being a small Berlin thing to being an international network of giving-no-llamas-about-the-law left-wing queer radicals with a love for the arts and a dedication to keeping artists, especially queer artists and mages, safe from persecution and poverty. Meanwhile, Bach began publishing under a pseudonym so people wouldn’t start wondering how on earth he was still alive.
  In 1859 came the idea of turning Bach’s ground floor into a music shop. In the beginning, he sold sheet music (his three favourite things to sell being the original Bach, Händel, and his own stuff), books about music, and piano lessons. (He has since adapted to all the innovations of sound recording, selling vinyl, CDs, cassettes and DVDs. Since its renovation in 1947, his shop has been decidedly a record shop by the name of “Classic Berlin”.)
  In March 1883, he travelled to London for Karl Marx’s funeral. That’s the last time he’s been to a funeral without getting paid for it.

The 20th and 21st century: Fascism and stuff
  In the 1920s, the atrocities committed in the Soviet Union caused him to turn away from Marxism and towards anarchism (where he remains to this day).
  In the 1930s and early -40s, fascism was causing a bit of a muddle in Germany. During this period, Bach (and much of Hollow Estate in Germany) had his 100 square meter cellar rather full of gays, Jews and socialists. He also participated in around 75 assassinations of fascists. (Fortunately, the Sanctuary was also against the Nazis by this time, and seeing as Elemental magic doesn’t leave fingerprints… ;))
  Also, during Nazi reign, he had to sell a lot more Wagner and a lot less Mendelssohn than he would’ve liked. Entartete Kunst and all that.
  Between 1950 and 1965, Bach had a friend (he hasn’t really had one since). This friend was super nice and positive and inspired him to begin dressing as he does now. The eyeliner was added in the 80s, inspired by David Bowie. The friend disappeared on purpose in 1965, but he did it so nicely that Bach wasn’t as devastated as he could’ve been.
  In the 80s, the AIDS epidemic led to a surge in the number of people in his cellar, and he lent out one of his back rooms on the ground floor to a support group for HIV-positive people.
  In 1995, he started the mage choir that he currently rehearses with in former Sanctuary locales. (The Central European Sanctuary moved to Switzerland a long time ago; the old German Sanctuary locales were taken over by a rich, eccentric Audiomancer in 1924 (Sirenia Gulliver, former Englishwoman), and she really likes music and choirs.)
  The Central European Sanctuary being destroyed in 2010 left Bach a bit worried; not because he really had any love for the institution, but because the spiders inhabiting it now are “totalitarian blardargarks” (as written in his diary in late 2011).
  He’s been writing a book about Bach since March 2015. It’s going pretty well.
- Additional Notes: Bach is an atheist and empiricist, but he doesn’t care if other people are religious, as long as they don’t bash other people over the head with it. Including music practice and magic practice, he works roughly 80 hours a week. That just seems appropriate for him. It distracts him from the emptiness inside. :)

General Works / An Interactive Saga - Part II: Cornfield
« on: December 05, 2016, 12:47:23 PM »
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How did I get here?
The thought is the first thing that flashes through your mind as you come to, lying on your back in rough dirt. You open your eyes. Straight above you is the starry sky. All around you is corn.
You go to get up and realise that you can't feel your left arm. You sit up and lean to the right, turning your stiff neck towards your senseless arm. Nothing looks wrong with it, but the feeling doesn't seem to be returning.
You manage to move into standing position. Unfortunately, the corn is too high for you to see anything but corn. Except... There is some light on the horizon. Just a patch of reddish-orange light some way ahead. Perhaps a city? Or perhaps something more sinister?

What do you do?

Option 1: Go towards the light. You need food and water.

Option 2: Go away from the light. It scares you.

Option 3: Stay where you are and try to gather your thoughts. Maybe the feeling in your arm will come back all by itself?

New Members / dog of female orientation, I'm back
« on: December 04, 2016, 09:00:25 PM »
on popular demand

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Oh, where was I?


General Works / The Prompt-Me-Real-Good Thread
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:29:29 PM »
Hello hello! Welcome the Prompt-Me-Real-Good Thread!

First we must thank our lovely member Andro, who was the original author of this post, for his wonderful idea! Here in this thread you can suggest things for other users to write. It might get a little cluttered, so please clearly state who you're prompting.
If you wish to receive suggestions, please just make a post saying so and watch them flood in. When you want to publish something it would be very ideal to quote the post that inspired you and post the story. Larger stories and ones that would have many chapters obviously merit their own thread.

Thanks everyone, and remember to thank Andro too!


I am taking fic prompts. Prompt me anything below 1,000 words, I'll write it. Pls.

"Askadlkjadskl it" - Andro

"Nah don't llama it" - New Andro

The Archive / The Scandinavian Sanctuary
« on: October 29, 2014, 11:53:04 AM »
The Scandinavian Sanctuary
Full name: The Sanctuary of Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland and the North Sea islands.

Sanctuary Officials
Grand Mage: Magnus Brovold
Elder: Thorkild Feilstrøm
Elder: Aviana Hammerfort

Administrator: Hiatus Bergholt
Prime Detective: Andro Zeus
Head Gaoler: Kjeld Heimer
Head Artificer: Elsa Kjavik
Cleaver General: [Please provide a link]
Head of Medicine and Research: [Please provide a link]

The Elder Council
The Elder Council of the Scandinavian Sanctuary consists of two Norwegians and a Dane, much to the dismay of Swedish and Finnish mages. Further annoyance is caused by the fact that the Dane (Elder Hammerfort) has a publicly known long-standing close friendship with Grand Mage Brovold.
  Grand Mage Magnus Brovold is an experienced, reliable mage with a strong sense of justice. In any election, he has a lot of backing from a large percentage of the region’s magical population, and he is undoubtedly one of the most trusted politicians in the magical community.
  Elder Aviana Hammerfort is almost as experienced, favoured by many for her progressive politics. She and the Grand Mage are both praised for being able to work as a team despite having vastly differing political opinions and backgrounds. She and Magnus are sometimes criticised for appointing Andro Zeus, a mutual friend, to the position of Prime Detective.
  Elder Thorkild Feilstrøm, the latest elected of the Elders, is also friends with both the Prime Detective and the Grand Mage. He also has a crush on the Administrator. He is an extremely talented speaker, and thus he is valuable to the council both personally and politically. Elder Feilstrøm is also a pacifist, and as such, he is sometimes overruled by the other Elders in matters of war and harsh crackdowns on crime.
  All three are US-sceptic, but this is not shown in their public behaviour, only in some of their policies. (For example, they have always refused to share the Gaol with the Americans, and no Scandinavian prisoner has ever been handed over to the North American Sanctuary.)
  The Elder trio work together quite well, being described by Elsa Kjavik in an administration-conducted survey in 2008 as “efficient leaders, trustworthy and great to work with”.
  All in all, allegations of corruption have been relatively few, and the Elder trio is generally quite popular throughout the region under their jurisdiction.

Jobs and Missions
The Scandinavian Sanctuary employs roughly 750 agents from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and the Faeroes and Shetlands. These agents are employed for jobs mostly centering around law enforcement; spying; diplomacy; escorting prisoners or guests; transporting precious items/artifacts; overseas deployment to combat threats such as the RC, international organised crime, or rogue Ascendants; or, occasionally, war.

The Repository
The Scandinavian Repository is located in Iceland and is under the command of Head Artificer Elsa Kjavik, assisted by her husband, Ragnar Hekla. The Repository is hidden beneath Reykjavík City Library (Borgarbókasafn), where Elsa Kjavik also works as head librarian. The hard-working couple are trusted by the administration and by the public.
  The door into the Repository is found in the third cubicle from the entrance in the women’s bathroom, obstructed from view by illusionary magic. To get past the doorway, one must scan three books by running them across the door. Scanning the first book temporarily disables the illusion, and the door becomes visible. Scanning the second book unlocks the door. Once inside, scanning the third book releases, from a dispenser on the inside of door, a key fitting the doors of the elevator leading down to the Repository itself. Every day or two, Elsa chooses a new trio of books to function as “key cards”. She communicates which books to Ragnar by tapping out the ISBN numbers in a code the pair invented in the 1930s.
  The hexagonal Repository is divided into six compartments (trivial artifacts; books; low-risk weaponry; high-risk weaponry; miscellaneous; an Aetherion), each with a different passcode corresponding to the first and last five digits of the ISBN codes of each of the key card books.
  Each compartment has a different level of security; “trivial artifacts” has just a passcode, while the compartment holding the Aetherion is also protected by a fingerprint reader, a few magical barriers set up by Elsa, Grand Mage Brovold and Elder Hammerfort, and a team of six Cleavers at all times.

The Gaol
Head Gaoler Kjeld Heimer is very loyal to the Grand Mage, and to the Grand Mage only.
  The Scandinavian Sanctuary has two Gaols. One is a part of the head building in Copenhagen, and is actually quite small. This part functions more like a collection of temporary holding cells for newly-caught criminals or prisoners who have important information for the Sanctuary to extract forcefully before they’re transferred to the actual Gaol.
  Said actual Gaol is situated in Greenland, with the highest security cells buried below 3,000 feet of ice. No one has ever escaped the Gaol in Greenland. This perfect success rate has led to other Sanctuaries handing over some of their worst criminals to be incarcerated in the Scandinavian Gaol.

There are 250-300 Cleavers in the employ of the Scandinavian Sanctuary. 50 or so guard the Repository in Reykjavik, around 75 are placed in the Sanctuary HQ in Copenhagen, and the rest function as either escorts, witness protection, or extra manpower for dangerous missions.
  There is also a training center for Cleavers situated on a hidden island a mile off the western coast of Finland, a place occasionally frequented by the Cleaver General, where people are turned into Cleavers over the span of three years or so. The training center has an average output of roughly 90 Cleavers per year.

Short Description:
The headquarters of the Scandinavian Sanctuary is nestled deep in the centre of Copenhagen. It is hidden in the famed Tivoli Gardens. One enters the Sanctuary by one of the 4 turnstiles at the entrance that is directly across the street from Copenhagen Central Station. The turnstile all the way on the right is where the administrator waits, ready to take you to the actual Sanctuary, which is a sprawling labyrinthine maze of offices and other rooms that unfold directly under the theme park.
If you need a visual aid, here is a link:
  The Scandinavian Sanctuary is very spread out, with the main building being under Tivoli, but the Repository being in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Scandinavian Sanctuary also has a unique situation with the Gaol; the actual head building has a very small Gaol, which is only used temporarily. This is because Scandinavia has the actual Gaol situated in Greenland, which is super concentrated, and has a nonexistent escape rate.
  Each major country has an office akin to a “mini-Sanctuary” in their capital (So, there are central offices in Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik.) There are also tiny offices on most of the region’s islands, Fyn, Bornholm, Åland, etc. Furthermore, the Sanctuary owns a building in each city or large town (among others; Århus, Odense, Malmö, Bergen, Göteborg, Aalborg).

Long Description:
Coming soon (meaning “will hopefully turn up at some point”)

The Scandinavian Sanctuary is one of the oldest Sanctuaries in existence, the organisation itself having been around since the reign of Harald Blåtand. Its original location was Jelling, the then capital city of Denmark, but the Sanctuary headquarters have since moved city to Copenhagen; this happened in 1358.
  In the year 1003, when the Sanctuary was founded, it was called the Danish Sanctuary and only covered the area that is today known as Midtjylland. As more and more Mages began warming to the idea of organising themselves and governing each other, the Sanctuary’s influence gradually increased until, in 1215, all of Jylland, Skåne, and Denmark’s islands were under its jurisdiction. At this point, the first name change was enacted, and the Sanctuary was renamed “The Nordic Sanctuary”.
  The 1300s were a great century for Sanctuary growth. Around the beginning of the 14th century, the Nordic Sanctuary consisted of an Elder trio, a Prime Detective, a Head Gaoler, a few doctors and around eighty Sanctuary workers. There was, at this point, no Repository, as the Sanctuary had no valuable artifacts. In 1390, the Sanctuary employed three times as many people, and the HQ had been moved to Copenhagen, which was quickly becoming the richest and most influential city in the region. Furthermore, a Repository had been set up near Aabenraa, Sønderjylland, guarded by a team of four Cleavers day and night.
  In 1485, the Nordic Sanctuary merged with the Fenno-scandinavian Sanctuary, and the Scandinavian Sanctuary was created with three Danish Elders and the HQ still in Copenhagen. After a few years of the other Scandinavian countries complaining about this, a re-election was held, and the Elder council was henceforth more balanced.
  In 1590, when the Scandinavian Sanctuary had 300 employees and 120 cleavers, the Council decided it was time to pick up some islands, and Iceland was welcomed into the union along with the Faeroes and the Shetland Islands. Within twenty years, this added a good 50 employees.
  The Repository was robbed in 1684, prompting the Elders to vote unanimously on moving its whereabouts to Iceland. A mere two years later, an outbreak of high-security prisoners from the Copenhagen-based Gaol led to a relocation of the Gaol to Greenland.
  The 1700s brought scattered reforms. By 1751, a structural reform had ensured that while the Elders still made the decisions, the Sanctuary’s administration was separate from them, with an Administrator appointed ahead of a team of people whose job it was to oversee planning of visits to the Sanctuary and all kinds of missions for the agents, and see to it that everyone got paid. Furthermore, a Head of Medicine was appointed in 1732, and the early 18th century brought a drastic change of foreign policy by a nationalist Elder trio, cooling down relations with surrounding Sanctuaries and keeping the Scandinavians almost isolated for a number of years.
  In 1825, Magnus Brovold became an Elder, and it was largely through his influence that the Sanctuary became more open again towards the outside world.
  In 1877, the concept of a trusted “Head Artificer” was welcomed, and one such person was hired from within the Sanctuary to protect and administrate the Repository in Iceland.
  In 1923, the Cleaver training center in the Baltic Sea was created.
  In 1958, Aviana Hammerfort was made an Elder.
  Thorkild Feilstrøm became an Elder in 1973 at the same time as Magnus Brovold becoming Grand Mage, a position opened by the death of Magnus’ predecessor; thus, the current Elder trio was formed.
  Today, the Scandinavian Sanctuary has warm relations with all neighbour Sanctuaries, barring Russia, with whom the relations are rather chilly. Especially the relationship with the British Sanctuary is friendly, as many Scandinavian agents have been employed there and vice versa.

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Name and Occupation
- Taken Name: Alex Smith
- Pronunciation of the Name: A-licks Smith
- Given Name:  Trán Sinh Cadeo
- Pronunciation of the Name: Click “listen”
- Character Job: Alex is a professional musician.
- Titles: Dracona.

Character Mentality
- Character Personality: Alex doesn’t take bullunpleasant excrement. They’re a very determined personality, and call other people out on discriminatory remarks – something they receive a lot of. They can work under a huge amount of pressure. Their music lyrically reflects a lot of frustration about society. They don’t understand their magic, and they haven’t been found by a Sanctuary. However, Alex has read a lot of Marvel. They believe they’re a superhero, like in the comics.
- Character Likes: Music, cake, Marvel comics, giving zero llamas about what people think of them, feral goats, cheddar, kicking the Unpleasant Excrement out of bad people, singing and writing.
- Character Dislikes: Bigotry, social inequality, total douches, fat-shaming, old men hitting on them.
- Mental Traits: Intelligent, determined, focused, strong-willed, impatient.

Nationality and Allegiance
- Race and Nationality: Human, Vietnamese
- Allegiance: Neutral Good
- Reasons for Allegiance: Alex believes in not being a total arse towards others.

- Allies: N/A
- Enemies: The criminals of Birmingham. Some of her arsehole classmates. A teacher or two.
- Family: Their parents live in London.
- Friends: A few classmates.
- Significant Other: N/A

Character Age
- True Age: 18
- Appearance Age: 16-year-old boy or 20-year-old woman.
- Character Birthday: 13/12/1995

Character Appearance
- Character Skin Colour/Ethnicity: Dark-skinned, South-East Asian.
- Character Height: 162cm
- Character Weight: 75kgs
- Character Hair Colour: Dark brown hair, almost black.
- Character Hair Length/ Style: Short and spiky.
- Character Eye Colour: Caramel brown.
- Character Description: Androgynous, short, clean-skinned, wide around the midriff, large, strong thighs, large feet, long fingers.
- Character Attire: Everyday clothing: Baggy jeans and a t-shirt. A pair of sunglasses.
Superhero attire: Black trainers, a red-orange-black tracksuit with a pattern of green dragons because Askadlkjadskl spandex.

Habits and Mannerisms
- Character Voice: Low-pitched, neither feminine nor masculine.
- Speech Traits: Delivers rap-style speeches when angry.
- Languages: English, learning French.
- Habits: Picks scabs.
- Mannerisms: Turns red when they lie.

Weapons, Equipment and Artifacts
- Large Equipment: Acoustic guitar.
- Small Equipment: Pen and paper.
- Pocket Items: A Nokia phone.
- Ammunition: N/A
- Weaponry: Fists and feet.
- Magical Equipment/Artifacts: N/A
- Other: Rents a flat in Birmingham.

Magic and Abilities
- Magic: Adept/Elemental
- Specialization: Draconimancy/Air
- Immersion Metamorphosis: N/A
- Ability Specific Info: Dracona has not yet hit the Surge. Their magic is a mix between the flying and morphing aspects of Draconimancy and the air aspect of Elemental magic.
- Signature Ability: Hovering down behind a bad guy and punching them in the throat with skin-morphed hands.
- Strengths: Unexpected. Takes them out, usually. Can be followed up with some more hitting.
- Weaknesses: Not very powerful, so if they met a real Mage hurting someone, it would not end well.
- Training: Self-taught. Learned when they fell off a building.

Goals, Motivation and History
- Major Goal: Influence society with one or more popular albums and lots of powerful speeches.
- Minor Goals: To release an album, to finish A Song of Ice and Fire.
- Reasoning behind goal: They hate social injustice and want it to change.
- Motivation: Hatred towards total that additional appendages.
- Bio: His biological parents were forced to hand in six-month-old Cadeo to a Vietnamese orphanage for economic reasons. Cadeo was adopted by a London couple just three months later.
  At six, kids began bullying Cadeo for his feminine appearance. His parents reassured him nothing was wrong with him, and that the kids were jealous of his cool hair.
  At eight, Cadeo asked if he could join a Taekwondo club. His parents agreed, and people soon stopped bullying Cadeo for fear of being kicked in the face.
  At ten, Cadeo changed his name (with parental permission) to Alex Smith and began identifying as non-binary, requesting gender-neutral pronouns.
  At twelve, Alex got a fourteen-year-old girlfriend. She wanted to have sex, but when they tried, the moment Alex saw what was hiding between her legs, they ran to the bathroom, puked and decided they were definitely androsexual.
  At thirteen, Alex’s now ex-girlfriend started spreading rumours of impotency. Alex came out as androsexual in front of the entire school, effectively dispelling all rumours. (To make it easier for the kids, they just said “I’m gay.”)
  At fifteen, Alex decided to move to Birmingham. Their parents didn’t like this idea, but after another year of casual begging, they let them rent a flat in the eastern half of the city.
  Now Alex goes to a sixth-form in Birmingham with a few nice people and a lot of flatulent that additional appendages. They get good grades, despite some of the teachers not liking them. Just six months ago, they discovered their powers after falling off a roof and instinctively holding their hands out to break their fall – the hands then morphing, and a burst of air cushioning the fall. Since then, they’ve gotten a superhero costume and started fighting crime in the late hours.

- Additional Notes: Most people mentally identify Alex as a boy.

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