Name: Eric Caulfield
Date of Birth: September 8th, 1984
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Known Relatives: None
Usual Style/Clothes: Button down shirt with tie, dark jeans
Appearance: He has a wiry build, with large, veiny forearms that rival his smaller biceps. When dressed for battle, he generally wears a loose, long sleeved shirt, and underneath he wears a small, hard shoulder pad to absorb some of the impact from shouldering into someone, or running himself into a wall with his opponent. He also wears a reinforced fingerless glove on his left hand, leaving his right hand bare.
Powers (if applicable): Wields a cross with surprising authority. Has a decent knowledge of world history and a fairly significant knowledge of religious and vampire lore. He also has some ability with communications devices and brawling.
Personality: Eric is an unhappy man. His fiancee left him after his return from Europe, stating that he wasn't the same man. He has progressed from being an atheist into being an avid enemy of the Catholic Church. While he no longer believes that the Church is responsible for making up stories of vampires, he does believe that modern vampires are the result of experiments conducted by the Catholic Church during the Dark Ages. He is slightly obsessed with Scarlett and it would be difficult to guess how far he'd go to get her. Even though she irritates him constantly and part of him knows that they aren't right for each other, she is the first woman to make him feel special, and hands down the hottest woman he has ever felt he had a chance with.
Favorite Quote: "Chances are, you are always being watched. Be glad that this time it was me."
Quirks: Is obsessed with Scarlett.
Hobbies: He studies, sulks, drinks, and masturbates, or he spies on Scarlett
History: Eric was born to a rather affluent family, his father a radar engineer for Lockheed Martin, one of the primary Department of Defense contractors. He took an interest in history before long, particularly ancient myths. By the time he finished junior high he knew all of the Greek myths, and he continued on to Norse and Egyptian in high school. He attended the University of Georgia and focused on history and world religions, eventually pursuing a degree in Sociocultural Anthropology. By 24 he'd earned his Master's degree, continuing to focus on the role of religions throughout history and narrowing that to the Middle Ages. Shortly after graduation, he had a book published on the transitions from pagan cultures into modern day Catholicism. Eric was recognized by the academic community, and his publisher gave him a significant advance for his next book, in which he promised to link the Catholic Church to vampire myths.
Eric had decided his second book would focus on the myths regarding vampires, given their current presence in American pop culture, and a tour of several European and southwest Asian countries was arranged. He started in Iran, as Persian pottery was the first known record of vampiric depictions. He then went on to many other countries, discovering several other ancient tales about them. As he'd hoped, he found a significant lack of records leading up to the 12th century, when they first appeared in Hungary. Thus far his findings supported his theory that the Catholic church had revived the fears of vampires in order to gain power, and he began investigating sites of attacks and old churches, learning many of the myths surrounding his new topic. He found scrolls, paintings, stories, and vampires. The attack killed his tour guide and one other, and Eric barely survived, though many of his notes were left behind. He had to leave Hungary due to pressure from the host government after having even more of his materials confiscated, and his publisher was devastated when Eric told him he would not be writing the book as planned, though he did not give the real reason why.
He was forced to pay back some of the advance on the second book, and his second book, which remained on the topic of vampires, was not a success. Though his decision to not say that vampires were real prevented him from losing credibility, he instead was deemed guilty of publishing a book too uninteresting to discuss. He returned to the University of Georgia as a history professor at a significantly lower salary than he could have had two years ago, and met Alexis (Scarlett's Watcher) shortly after. Over the course of a relationship with Alexis, he unknowingly became an assistant Watcher to Scarlett, though he knew nothing of the goings-on for some time. It was during this time that some misread signs from Scarlett, wo whom he was very attracted, led to a bit of an obsession with her, one that was enabled due to her need for the information he had on vampires. When Alexis died a little under a year ago, Eric received a letter written before her death, explaining what the Slayer was and asking him to take over as her Watcher. Scarlett, he'd learned, had moved to Fairview, and Eric realized that this was his chance to get her back in his life. He recently arranged a job instructing at Fairview University, and has begun seeking Scarlett out, though he has yet to approach her.