Pandemonium Character Sheet
Character Name: Virgil Carter
Nature: Guru (v20)
Demeanor: Bravo (v20)
Sexuality: Heterosexual; bi-curious
Occupation: none (form. foreign US diplomatic service officer)
Education: Degree in International Law (outdated), Degree in International Relations
Wealth Level: hermit (form. upper middle class)
Languages Known: English, Chinese, Latin, Greek
Hair Color: brunette
Eye Color: red
Ethnicity: caucasian-chinese mix
Face Claim: none
Virgil stands above average for humans but is almost a giant for his true kind, the Imori. No ounce of fat is to be found on his very lean form, only lithe muscles visible beneath his bronze-colored skin. High cheekbones, a symmetric profile and narrow eyes would make him a handsome man, though his current state detracts from the overall image: his hair, brown and short, looks like a mess and is uneven as if it had been cut with a knife. The white jumpsuit also doesn't agree with him and looks ill-fitting on his form as he constantly scratches at and fiddles with it.
Lean as he is, hungry looking as he is, he evokes the image of some manner of predator, perhaps a jackal or coyote. Very evocative of that image, his eyes are a deep and angry crimson, his canines a little too prominent for comfort when he smiles. His voice is hoarse, though seemingly on the mend since his time in prison, now sounding far more pleasant than it did when he first arrived.
Virgil strongly disassociates from his former self, before the Rise and hates being reminded of it, considering his meek, rule-abiding former self weak and sheep-like. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism, perhaps his Atlantean soul is shining through, or perhaps in the wild he has found his true calling. The lack of social contacts has made him strange, but he is a firm believer in survivalism. In doing what needs to be done, even if it is cruel. He prefers his own company after being isolated for so long, but isn't shy exactly -- he tends to forget that humans need social contacts and has grown ignorant of or uncaring towards some social conventions.
He believes one should listen to their instincts and feelings and act upon them, to be true to oneself. Having never actually studied Toaism, he has nonetheless taken up his own rip-off using the tidbits he knew or had heard and crafted his own philosophy around it.
Born in Beijing on October 24th of 2008, Virgil Carter is the son of US Ambassador Winston Carter and local government employee Lin Shuang. Shortly after his birth the newly minted family moved to the US, where Virgil was raised. The war in 2019, at the time of which Virgil is 11, places great strain on the family. Despite this, they remain together. Winston, however, retires from politics, having criticized ATLAS who are now celebrated as heroes. He is a staunch supporter of Meredith Swan during her election, but remains retired. After China regains its independence, the young Virgil decides to take up diplomatic studies with intentions to connect with his place of birth and from an interest in his mother's culture. He is a studious straight-laced young man and quickly finishes his degree. At the young age of twenty, he has managed to secure a clerical position in the US embassy in Beijing. He is not involved in any of the proceedings around ATLAS, though he is shocked at the atrocity that occurred on August 2028.
He works there for four years, happy with an administrative position in the embassy, until the Rise. The wide-spread destruction destroys most of Beijing, but Virgil somehow lives through it and has to survive within the now almost lifeless desert. The survivors are few and most quickly band together into gangs and raiders. Virgil has to kill to survive.
Unable to reconcile this with his former beliefs, he cracks and turns into a recluse. The extreme circumstances awaken measure of the Imori's danger sense in him and he manages to survive like that for another four years, until he is found and collected by ATLAS.
He remained unaware that civilization had returned and assumes his parents dead.
Likes: freedom, simple pleasures, (experimenting with magic - later only), taoism
Dislikes: being reminded of who he used to be, restrictive clothes, prison, ATLAS
Strengths: clever, quick to adapt, true survivor
Weaknesses: erratic, forgetful (both will improve with continued re-socialization, but the former never quite disappear), seems unreliable at first, aloof when calm, manic when excited
Compulsion: Talks to himself when alone
On's & Off's: Since everyone has so far linked their o&o thread here, I'll do the same for now.
Real World Skills: Survivalism, free climbing, first aid, high degree of athletic ability, improvised weapon use, well-rounded education, basic psychology
Powers & Abilities
You have the ability to unweave magic patterns and may dispel active powers, provided you are powerful enough.
You may infuse a manifestation of magic you created or have taken control of with your own essence, causing it to assume a unique shape and give it the ability to act with rudimentary independence.
The ability to control fire that already exists. You can intensify, diminish and extinguish at will. You can weave and move the fire without fuel once it has been started for you, turning it into fireballs or other such blasts.
You may create illusionary images that fool the eye. If you do not maintain concentration, they will fade after about a minute, but if you do you are even able to have them move and change as you wish.