Sorry if this seems a bit jumbled, especially in the background. I tried to give a synopsis of a life crammed into a few paragraphs, and well, it's not easy. I guess my writing stile lends itself to teasing out backgrounds a little at a time, over the course of pages, or even chapters.
Name: James Learmont
Sex and/or Gender: Male on both counts
Student or Teacher? Student
Appearance: He is a Tall, and slender 6'2", with short brown hair the color of old oak bark, eyes the blue of well warn denim, and the not quite pale, alabaster complexion of one who doesn't get quite enough sun. When not wearing a school uniform, he is seen in black slacks, and loose fitting, long sleeve shirts; Mostly white, occasionally blue, and rarely he even wears his favorite shirt which is the yellow of old, faded, black and white photographs. The most striking feature though is that he seems to always have some form of musical instrument with him.
Personality: At first he seems aloof, and stand offish, but this is just his "stage face", under this facade he is shy, self couscous, and unsure of his actions. In truth he has very little experience dealing with his elders on anything but the level of instructor, and student, and virtually no experience at all with pears. This in turn leads him to affect the same stiff, cool, mannerisms he uses during a performance, simply because it is the only way he knows.
Background: James was born the son, and only child of the Learmont family, one of the oldest, wealthiest, and most prominent in the nation. His ancestors where among the first settlers from England, had fought in the War of Independence, where Abolitionist, pioneers, and captions of industry. with such a grand lineage, greatness was not hoped for him, but rather it was expected of him; Though no one could have foreseen what form that greatness would take.
Declared a musical prodigy, after mastering both the flute, and violin by age six, his well meaning, but sorely ignorant, absentee parents began planning out his future from afar; Buying him a suite of musical instruments, and making arrangements for him to attend the most prestigious of prep-schools for those on a track to Julliard. By age nine every teacher he'd had confirmed James was a true musical genius, and that he in fact had mastered everything they had to teach him. With that he returned home, the teachers where replaced with a host of the finest musical tutors in the world, and a shifting array of governesses left in charge of his day to day parental needs. At twelve he began to grow tired of music, but everyone kept pushing him on. When he finally pressed the matter, it was chalked up to the rebelliousness of puberty, and twice weekly visits to a psychiatrist where added to his routine. By the time he was sixteen, not long after being told that he couldn't get his drivers license (why did he need one? after all he had a Chauffeur to take him anywhere he needed to go.), two things happened, first he began to see things, and second he began having dreams about the Girls.
Even James thought the dreams of the girls where just the sleeping imaginings of a sexually repressed teenager, even if the dreams did lack any sexual content. One girl was younger, his age; the other older perhaps in her mid to late 30's, and as time passed she would be the one he dreamed of more often. It was things he'd seen while he was awake that frightened him however, sometimes when he played he would see people, and non-people, who weren't really there; He'd heard of how, many who where called "genius" where mentally fragile, and was beginning to thing he was cracking under the constant barrage of music he'd known all his life.
On his nineteenth birthday James was to give a performance, and for once his parents would be attending, as it was his first time to play a peace of his own composition. As he took the stage, he saw them; The two girls where sitting second row center, directly behind his parents. The older one wearing a smart, cream colored business suit, the younger, a dark green turtle neck sweater, and sapphire skirt. He was shaken, but he'd long sense learned to play under any circumstances, so as the lights went down he brought the flute to his lips and began to play. As the music filled the room he began to see them; First the transparent people, in their antiquated clothes; Then the motes of multicolored light; then the larger human shaped lights; Then, at last the non-people, things that looked like human at first glance, but had claws, horns, wings, too many or few eyes, the features, or body parts of animals. He was shutting out what he saw as best he able, but at last he saw the two girls, no the to Ladies, both where wearing gowns that would make next finest thing in the room look like the choicest pickings from a bag of rags.
Finishing his set, he took his bows, then rushed off of the stage. By the time he made it to the bathroom. He was shaking uncontrollable, and the flute, still clutched in his hand clattered to the floor. As he bent to pick it up, a wave of nausea overcame him, and he barely managed to wretch into the bowl; He hated being sick, and the stomach wrenching spasms seemed to last for hours, and left him barely able to stand. After rinsing the sour, bile taste out of his mouth in the sink, he slid down the wall, and sank to the floor, still shaking.
Later, after finding him, and rushing him to a hospital, James was diagnosed as having a mild panic attack (he didn't mention what he saw for fear of being locked in a padded room), and it was decided that he would spend a year abroad at a boarding school, on a kind of working vacation, to help him relieve some of the stress he was under. And so James finds himself at this new school, depressed, miserable, questioning his sanity, and loathing the one thing he great at.
Behind the scenes: Unbeknownst to James everything he's seen is real. With his magic infused music, ghosts, angles, various fey, and other supernatural creatures are drawn to him like moths to a flame. The two "girls" from his dreams are, in fact, his many times great step grandmother, and her daughter, which is his equally many times removed great half aunt, both powerful ladies among the fey. They had been trying to give him guidance through his dreams, and when he finally had his breakdown, it was they who made arrangements to have James schooled here, so that he may master his magical abilities, and come to terms with the reality he had no choice but to see, but that the rest of the world had blinded it's self too.
Abilities: When singing or playing, he can see through any illusion, and can see supernatural beings for what they truly are. Supernatural creatures also find his music enchanting, and feel compelled to follow it to it's source and listen, though this effect can be easily shaken off, doing so leaves snippets of the song playing over, and over again in that persons head for days, driving then to distraction.
Weaknesses: Other than his music, he is strait human in a school full of super powered legends, and monsters that he doesn't even believe exist.
Other Special Characteristics: Among the supernatural community, James is quickly heading for a superstar status, similar to that enjoyed by Elvis, and The Beatles in mainstream society.
Sexual Preferences: He knows that he finds women attractive, but beyond that his lacks experience keeps him form having preferences.
Turn Ons: see above, there isn't much you couldn't at least convince him to try, if you approached him the right way.
Turn Offs: Anything involving large amounts of blood, pain, or death.