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Changeling (Elder Gruff)JOB:
Brotherly Love: Jonasís Elder Gruff brothers are constantly testing him and trying to get him to join the Summer Court for good. These tests are meant to toughen their little brother up and get him prepared to take his rightful place. It only makes things worse that they really believe they have his best interests at heart. After all they love the little guy. Jonasís human brother Nils is headed down a bad path. He hasnít crossed over to the dark side yet, but he is walking on the edge and as much as Jonas is frustrated with him he still cares and would bale his brother out even if it meant getting himself in trouble.
Sucker for a Pretty Face: A pretty face and a sob story will go a long way in getting Jonasís help. Gruffs are an honorable race and Jonas seems to have inherited that trait in spades. It does allow for him to be manipulated up to a point. Of course that honorable nature can cut both ways. If you betray Jonas he doesnít forgive easy.
My Fatherís Sword: The gigantic sword Jonas retrieved at the behest of his brothers is glamoured so that others do not pay it any attention unless it is drawn. Even still it is a symbol of the Summer Court which makes it a marker of sorts that the Winter Court would love to have in its possession. BIOGRAPHY:
Jonas grew up poor and never knew his father. His mother remarried when he was little, but she didnít make good decisions when it came to love. Jonasís step father wasnít a terrible guy, but he had a bit of a temper and little ambition and so he wasnít much of a provider. Jonasís half-brother Nils is three years younger than Jonas and has a bit of his fatherís temper, but he is family and Jonas was raised with the belief that you donít give up on family so despite their differences in personality they were close.
Jonas was always big and strong, a gift from his father that would manifest later in life than most changelings. He was also the responsible one in the family. Throughout high school Jonas worked full time giving his money to his mom to help make ends meet. The only time he took away from work was to play football. As calm and gentle as Jonas was his early years left him with a lot to be angry about. He was too young to be the man of the house, but had assumed much of that roll when his stepdad was between jobs. Football gave Jonas a way to get his anger and aggression out in a healthy way and he was very good at it. It became clear early that he had a special talent one that would assure him a scholarship to college and a shot at something more.
His parents were so happy when he was accepted to the University of Washington with a full athletic scholarship. The prouder his parents were of him the more jealous Nils became. He lashed out and rebelled and where Jonas often did the right thing Nils when out of his way to do the wrong thing. Despite his brotherís behavior the first two years at the University of Washington went well, but early in his third year he fell strangely ill. It was his first change. He thought he was hallucinating when his other brothers popped in through the nevernever to welcome him to the family. They explained to him who and what he was and who his father was. It took Jonas quite some time to come to grips with this, but his Elder Gruff brothers werenít inclined to sit around and wait for him to get his head on straight. The next day at practice they dropped six-limbed predatory feline-like beast on fey steroids in the defensive huddle to see how he would react. Jonas manage to wrangle the critter before it killed anyone, but for that weekendís game U-Dub had a long injury report written off as a particularly chippy practice.
These little ďtestsĒ meant to toughen the Gruffs ďlittle brotherĒ up became for frequent and more dangerous. His older brothers didnít leave him completely defenseless and taught him how to defend himself, but with each training the ďtestsĒ got more difficult and ended with more collateral damage. Jonas dropped out the next semester much to his mother and fatherís disappointment and his brotherís delight.
His older brotherís rejoiced and turned up their ďtrainingĒ regiment. It was one particularly vicious training that left Jonas badly beaten. As luck would have it the alley he crawled into to recover was behind the Windhaven Last Call and its lovely proprietor found him passed out near the back door. Amelia helped patch him up and recognizing what he was offered him the sanctuary of the Windhavenís accorded ground. She explained a little more of what the fae courts were and offered him a job. Jonas readily accepted the offer which has not only given him some steady income but given him a safe place away from his brothers when he needs it. Being able to converse with them without the threat of attack has helped him understand and even like some of his older brothers, when they arenít trying to kill him or get him to give up his human side to join them in the Summer Court.
Ameliaís selflessness has earned Jonasís eternal gratitude and he is overly protective of the diminutive (really who isnít compared to Jonas) bar owner. Jonas has turned out to be a talented bartender, with his calm, gentle demeanor and practical advice and has a decent reputation with most of the bars patrons and especially Amelia who he is admittedly attracted to, but has not acted on it not wanting to screw up his employment and not able to gauge her interest. So for now he is happy with his status as a bachelor as are a few of the ladies who are regulars at the Last Call.
As much as Jonas tries to remain neutral when it comes to supernatural politics, he is an honorable sort of guy and a sucker for a pretty face with a sob story or a wrong that needs righting. His brothers count on this and play on that sense of honor to goad him into reacting. Some of the other patrons of the last call have leaned on his flaws as well as the striking Charity can attest when she recruited his help rousting a Skavis vampire that was terrorizing local mortals in an underground boxing ring.
Recently he was obligated to dip further into the murky waters of Seattleís supernatural world when his brotherís asked Jonas to retrieve their fatherís sword. Their father had been missing for a year and they learned that a particularly nasty Winter Court troll had ambushed and killed their father taking the weapon as a trophy. With unexpected help from Amelia and a bargain with one of the local Wizards Jonas was able to locate and defeat the Troll and his minions, reclaiming his fatherís sword as his own. The troll Bothur escaped.Abilities:
Jonas is extremely strong and tough like his Elder Gruff brothers. He has much of their size and ability to recover from injury. He has little ability to glamor which seems to be limited to appearing as he was before his changeling genes kicked in. After extreme effort he has learned to hide the gargantuan sword that his father left for him. Jonas has been taught combat by his Elder Gruff brothers and has been forced to become adept at it through numerous ďtestsĒ they have dropped on him at unexpected times. Since failure would be dying at the hands of strange and vicious fairy beasts, it turns out Jonas has a knack for it.REPUTATION:
He is known for being a good bartender. He makes a stiff drink, is a good listener and gives down to earth, practical advice. The Summer Court loves him and sees so much potential. Ironically he is the rising star with his fey family where they destroyed his star with his mortal one. The Winter Court has gotten wind of him as well and the Trolls, who have no love for Gruffs would love to make an example of the new golden Gruff. Jonas tries to keep out of fey politics as much to keep Windhavenís neutrality as protect himself. He does however have a weakness for a pretty face and a sob story and has been drawn into more than one little adventure because of it.