Here we go. Sadly lost the style I intended to write it in at some point into the Bio. I somehow managed to find a real photo I don't mind, so that's there. The actual character image I intended is still WIP, because it needs an edit before I can put it to use.Name:
The Grand Vizier/Rashid
Many. Fables call him 'The Vizier', some call him Ja'far, others Imhotep. It is said only his two closest daughters, whom he holds dear, know his true name. His most often used identity in the Mundie World is Rashid Harun al-Hikma, in honor of his old friend Harun al-Rashid and the House of Wisdom he built.
He was once known in the Mundie World as the Mad Monk Rasputin, over a century ago, and may have posed or actually been other legendary historical figures.Occupation: Functions in Fable Society:
Legal Consultant and Representative
Patron of the Arts
Provider of Magical Services
Functions in Mundane Society:
Political and Legal AdvisorFable:
The Grand Vizier Jafar (1001 Nights Frame Story, advising role)
Unnamed sorcerer and his brother (Aladdin, antagonistic role)
Grand Vizier (Aladdin, antagonistic role)
Duban (The tale of the vizier and the sage Duban, protagonist role)
Ja'far ibn Yahya (The Three Apples, The Tale of Attaf; protagonist role)
Koschei the Deathless (The Death of Koschei the Deathless, antagonistic role)Age:
Ancient. Currently looks in his forties most of the time, but subtly ages his appearance when he acts as an advisor.Height:
Khaled NabawySexual Orientation:
Bisexual (prefers feminine beauty, regardless of actual sex and/or gender). Polygamous.Relationship Status:
Complicated. Currently unattached romantically, but married, divorced and widowed many times over. Some famous Fables are of his descent. Most notably, Dunyazad and Scheherazade are his daughters. Abilities:Of the wise men in the court of the caliph Harun al-Rashid, praised be his name, Ja'far was the wisest, the most cunning and learned. He held many secrets and wonders. He was wise in the magics and sorceries of men, of djinn and of gods. His appearance changed as easily as the flow of a rivulet. He could be young and strong, he could be old and wrinkled, he could even be man or woman if he so desired. The spirits of the Earth heeded his call, for he knew their names, and even those of the elements. It is said he even possessed the secret of immortality and had tried to share it with his great friend, the caliph, but could not.
Archetypal Vizier: Rashid is the most prominent Fable-Advisor in existence, serving in that function in some manner for thousands of years since he was first named Imhotep. He is a polymath learned in many things, an architect (the first, according to some), engineer and physician. An alchemist, a priest, a politician, hero and villain (more so since his almost slanderous portrayal in Disney's Aladdin). Though his incarnation as Imhotep was eventually deified, he has no divinity to claim, but all that he was and is combined makes him close to becoming a fundamental archetype. It does leave him somewhat more vulnerable to fates, popular presentations and repeat patterns than others.
Sorcery: The Grand Vizier is a sorcerer of great skill and experience. His specialties are glamors, spirit magic and elemental sorcery, though his workings are not limited to such.
He has a particular facility with glamouring magic and may modify his own, which he maintains at all times despite it usually mirroring his true appearance, at a whim.
He can command lesser spirits and may speak to and implore greater ones to serve him in exchange for repayment. He can conjure flame, use earth magic to bolster himself and others, wind magic to travel in the air and water magic to heal and purify.
Immortality: Though a very popular Fable to begin with, he has gained actual immortality by locking his true heart into a secret chest, which he has hidden as described under Possessions and Resources. The process is dangerous and cannot be replicated except under very rare circumstances. He can be truly killed only by piercing that heart, though extensive damage to his body is still a great hindrance and being swallowed by the Nothing would still be his end.
He used to possess a magic ring that called a wish-granting djinn for him, but the spirit was lost to the Nothing
when he called on it to vanquish the threat. The ring on his finger is now useless.Important Possessions and Resources:
The Golden Palace - Though he had no palace or castle to bring with him, the Grand Vizier used his quickly gained wealth and own sorcery to craft himself a large and beautiful palace where he and his servants as well as his sister-daughter Sharazad live, hidden behind the closet doors of his consulting office. Within it grows a branch that was taken from the Cypress of Keshmar before they were forced to flee the Homelands.
Deep within its labyrinthine dungeons lies a vast desert, within which lies a pyramid, within which lies an actual labyrinth protected by old spirits within which lies a puzzle box within which he has hidden his true heart.
A magic working woven through the Golden Palace allows Sharazad to more easily weave her stories into reality inside its halls, within the limited framework that they have defined so as to not disturb the main building structures and its protective spells -- It holds nearly as many of those and obfuscating ones as the Fabletown office itself -- and the secret pyramid center more even than that.
Occupation: Farid's PA
Age: Mid-Thirties, exists since the dawn of Fable-Baghdad
Sexual Orientation: Humanoids. Very focused on oral since it holds special dom/sub/trust significance for her due to her ghul-ish eating habits.
Relationship Status: Maintains casual intimacy with a number of lovers.
Bio: Rashid's personal assistant, a female ghul. She is a lesser shapeshifting demon who used to terrorize the deserts and feast upon unsuspecting humans in the shape of a bestial hyena until she was captured and imprisoned. Being offered the opportunity to save herself from the Nothing if she would abandon her monstrous ways and take a civilized form, she accepted and has since served as a loyal retainer. She maintains the shape of a beautiful Arabic woman, but prefers to wear a suit while she works. She now satisfies her inhuman appetites with the occasional extra-bloody steak.
Abilities: As a demon, she can change her form to many terrifying or pleasing shapes and possesses supernatural physical attributes -- toughness, strength, speed and ferocity all well above your average Mundie. When in her true form, these increase with her size and she also gains a deadly poisonous bite.
As a PA, she can fulfill any and all duties a secretary would and also acts as a chauffeur, bodyguard and valet.
The Staff of Wadjet - A staff that can transform into an intelligent venomous cobra of variable size that understands human speech. It can serve as a guard, assassin or spy. The staff may also be used to put the weak-minded into a suggestive hypnotic state.
Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar - A sword from Persian legend, it was specifically made to be the only thing that can hurt the demon Fulad-zereh. When worn it serves as a charm against magic and the wounds it inflicts do not heal easily. It is the Grand Vizier's preferred weapon.
The Ring of Wishes - Now useless, but worn as a reminder. Once allowed to summon a djinn servant, but the powerful spirit was consumed by the Nothing.
The Cup of Jamshid - A cup filled with an elixir of immortality
, the surface of which reflects the whole world. It can be used as a tool of divination, similar to the Magic Mirror, but holds no thoughts or personality of its own.
The Sword Kladenets - The self-swinging sword from Russian legend. It will guide an unproficient wielder's movement and may leap to fight on its own on command.
The Bottled City - Stolen from a powerful dream-spirit, The Bottled City holds a preserved reflection of Baghdad in its Golden Age. If you look closely, you can almost see it moving.Weakness:
Though wise, the Grand Vizier has an innate desire for more knowledge and power that sometimes blinds him and makes him act against his better knowledge. He can be dismissive and even aggressive towards those reaching beyond their station and strongly believes in an outdated caste system.
He still longs for what he considers the golden age and has become a more bitter and resentful man for it. If past transgressions against others were incidental or part of the societal system at best, he is now primarily out for his own gain -- his pride as a vizier does not allow him to advise others badly, but if he can profit as well, he will favor such options and approaches and may simply choose not to help those he would not profit from.
His heart, if discovered.Reputation:
Steadfast and unshakable as a truly faithful and wise advisor with those who knew him as Grand Vizier or Imhotep and still good with those he encountered in his early adventures. After Baghdad, he was more bitter and was experienced as a cunning and wise but troubled and often disagreeable man.
At current, his reputation is questionable -- if approached he can be relied upon to deliver, with pretty much anything, but his ways have become callous, selfish and the favors he asks in return may be more steep than any monetary payments.Bio:Accounts of Fable-Baghdad strongly inspired by Neil Gaiman's Ramadan. Praise of characters and location within not to be taken as self-aggrandizing, it's just how these things are told.
In Fables, time does not flow as it does in the Mundie World, but surely the tale of Imhotep is one of the oldest. Born a commoner, he rose to become the chief advisor -- the Vizier -- to the Pharaoh Netjerikhet and was also the head priest of Rah, the sun god. In those days, all priests were sorcerers after a fashion and so was he, calling the flames of the sun down onto the Earth. After his death, it is said that, like the great Pharao, he became a god.
But Imhotep did not die. The tomb he had constructed was in truth a ritual chamber within which he invested himself with immortality and, thought dead, went on to journey to places that others dared not dream of.
Many adventures and wonders did he see -- tales of great love, magics great and powerful, heroes and villains and deeds so grand they would be persist forever -- but one age, one golden age and one perfect city, where the sun forever shone and the streets were full of adventure, mysteries and wonder, is where he truly was at home.
This city was the jewel, the perfect city that would forever be remembered even when it was but a pale shadow of its fabled splendor. It was Baghdad.
There, he was Ja'far ibn Yahya. He was chief advisor and trusted friend to the caliph, Harun al-Rashid, who was the greatest caliph who ever lived and with whom he had many adventures. Because the caliph was his friend, like he, Ja'far had many wives and beautiful young men to attend him and ease his worries, beautiful and gentle and beyond compare -- except when held against the harem of the caliph himself, whose wives and pretty male companions were doubly so.
He also had two daughters. Scheherazade and Dunyazad, both beautiful and beyond compare. Beautiful enough that Scheherazade became the wife of King Shaheryar, who was the king of kings and ruled all of Persia. But that is another story of stories, one in which Ja'far plays many parts and that would take a thousand and one nights to tell in full.
Far more important was the matter of a beggar, a thief and vagabond, whose name was Aladdin. The vizier in his wisdom knew of a cave that held within a wonderful oil lamp that would grant wishes. Though he himself possessed a ring of similar quality, he knew that there was great danger in such power in the wrong hands and that his hands, those of the Grand Vizier, were the best to wield it.
The cave was trapped and very dangerous. The vizier feared that even his spell of immortality might not protect him and thus he sought out someone to secure the lamp for him. Someone who would gladly risk his life in exchange for better station and wealth. He found Aladdin.
Aladdin, however, discovered the true power of the lamp -- Ja'far, cunning Ja'far, had accounted for the possibility and trapped him inside the cave rather than leave him free to roam with a wish-granting djinn at his disposal, but Aladdin used a wish to break free. He stole the daughter of Harun al-Rashid, who had been engaged to Ja'far's own son, with another and in one fell swoop named the Grand Vizier villain and betrayer.
The Golden Age of Baghdad was ended. The Vizier despaired of this and found little solace when he went to advise the kings who had married his daughters.
Thus he traveled again, alone and without his dear friend, for centuries and to the most distant parts of the world, even to a bleak place where there were no wonders or magic and where he was briefly known by the name Rasputin before he returned to more fantastic places.
was a threat he had not, could not have, foreseen. His magic proved ineffective, his djinn was swallowed and only flight remained as an option. Though loathe to be forced into action, he assisted in the grand spell to open a portal into the Mundie World -- having been there once already, his assistance was critical, but once there he declared no desire to join in the Witches' circle. He had served others loyally for long enough, now bereft of all wonder in this dreary, grey world he would be his own master.
Skilled in matters of finance, ruling and (eventually, as modern laws were strange and often senseless) law, he was one of the few to immediately start working with mundies and started to build up an entirely new fortune. He offers perfectly servicable glamors as well as advice to Fables in need of them and, instead of payment like the Witches and government demand, asks for 'friendship' and favors in return.
His assistance was instrumental in setting down the laws of Fabletown, but as a result he is intimately familiar with them -- so far, any challenges to his glamour production, which by all accounts should be illegal, were swiftly argued away on account of adhering to all proper protocols and procedures (as in part defined by him).Likes:
His two favorite daughters, Harun al-Rashid, people intelligent and sensible, people aware of their station, Homeland artifacts and wonders from past ages, having reliable servants, polygamyDislikes:
Aladdin, foolishness, lawbreakers, being questioned, the Mundie World, the Witches (for they meddle with things without truly understanding them), being trickedRelations:Name
Bigby WolfPlayed By:
El MalignoCharacter's Thoughts: "His human skin still fits ill after all these years. For now he is an instrument of justice and is due the appropriate respect, but -- as loathe as I am to quote this old cliché -- for all his well-hidden cunning and godly power, he remains an unwashed brute."Possible Connection:
Rashid was an instrumental part in creating the Compact, so law enforcement and law expert naturally have some connection -- depending on the instance, Rashid could very well serve as either accuser or defense in a court. If Bigby also does more shady spying and secret ops business to protect Fabletown as in the comics, Rashid could also be involved there -- as a sponsor, as 'off the books' arcane support or to provide planning, logistics and support. After all, they're both intent on Fabletown's continued safety and in some manner lawkeepers. There is also the matter of Bigby suspecting him, but as long as he does nothing against actual Fabletown law, Rashid sees no reason to fear the wolf.Name
Evil Queen/Alexandrai GrimhildePlayed By:
CurvyKitten Character's Thoughts:
"Long ago, I might have condemned her wicked and sought to have her replaced with a more proper ruler -- but things are different now. She is an able sorceress and an intriguing woman. While I would not name her rival, she is a point of curiosity. Certain arrangements could be made to mutual benefit.
Having connections, alchemic skill and a magical castle in which to grow herbs that mundane earth might not support, he may well be able to provide rare ingredients that she needs. As far as I can tell, she's not part of the 13th Floor, so an alliance (perhaps for the purpose of casting cloaking and protection spells to resist their efforts) might be sensible. As rich Fables, they might also have some financial interaction -- but they probably both have people for that.Name
Lustful BrideCharacter's Thoughts:
"I recall she works in a certain bookstore I eventually intend to purchase, if only for the nostalgia of its name. Other than that, we haven't spoken.
The nostalgic name has Rashid interesting in acquiring her shop, which means he could potentially become her employer.Name
"An oddity -- her abilities are unusual and almost as outlandish as her brother's. But more importantly, she has interest in and some skill with witchcraft. While mercenaries are ever second choice to loyal agents, she should prove useful.
As a patron -- while he seems to hold little respect for her brother, Gretel he is pleasant enough with and would be amendable to giving instruction on arcane matters if approached -- in exchange for future favors or services rendered, of course.Name
"… is he truly Fable? He seems more in line with this modern 'super hero' mythology -- if it wasn't for the ridiculousness of it all. Potentially useful, but best dealt with through his sister.
May also serve as a patron for Hansel's mercenary work, but prefers to deal with his sister.Name
"Hmm? Oh, yes, him. Skilled man, but it is rare that you need a hunter in Fabletown. He might make for a good agent to send after rogue Fables if necessary, but tradition dictates that these types shy away from murder -- as our good Miss Snow would know.
As the most skilled hunter in Fabletown, Rashid may have had people (possibly Faridah) approach him about purchasing rare meats.Name
Lake/Lady of the Lake/VivianPlayed By:
"A powerful spirit -- or perhaps minor goddess. She seems content in her new role, but we shall see how long it takes until she needs must follow her nature and declare another true king. Her spa is pleasant enough.
A chooser of kings and an advisor of kings, it's highly likely that, if she is older than Arthurian myth, they may have run into each other. He occasionally visits the spa.Name
El MalignoCharacter's Thoughts:
"How far the mighty can fall. He served a function similar to my own in the Arthurian cycle, could perhaps have taken my mantle if I ever was to depart from this realm, but no more. Not hardened, but broken by the Nothing -- still, he may yet prove useful.
Business associates, would buy up any magical trinkets Merlin is willing to sell. Might visit and sit with him to try and profit from his insights, but is reluctant to do so out of distaste for what he has become.Name
La Dame en NoirCharacter's Thoughts:
"A queen lioness? Interesting -- though she seems content with her current lot, I sense ambition. Perhaps it could be fostered.
None in particular occur -- Rafiki is a distinct fable of his own and would be odd to include in the Grand Vizier, so he wouldn't have advised any of the Lion Kings relevant to her. He wouldn't frequent a bar, either -- but Faridah might. Especially if she also serves food. Between glamored lion and shapeshifted ghul , they might share a fondness for raw steak.Name
Nalayani the LoyalPlayed By:
"Ah, Nalayani. One of
her aspects -- do the others even realize, I wonder? Our paths have crossed at times, over the millennia. Now … well, now I can say I am glad that at least one person works in law enforcement who knows how to conduct herself professionally.
They are both ancient and would have encountered each other before Rashid grew bitter -- since he respects her greatly, he will attempt to act more like his old self in her presence, when he can. Name
"Time is of varying consequences to Fables -- and ever more so for the Fae and thus their king. I sought out Oberon's court in my earlier days, to study their ways, to study their magics. On a later visit I saw myself, young and beardless, still there and learning. Recent times have taken the wonder of us all and now time flows for him as it does in the mundane world. It must be a terrible burden to be so limited for such a creature. Still, though he can never replace my true king, I call him friend.
Already discussed -- and mentioned above.Name
Rapunzel/Madeline AdamsPlayed By:
Bekha BooCharacter's Thoughts:
"Princesses are something we'll never be short of. Though gifted with some minor magic, she has so far failed to impress.
They may have encountered each other when he pays visit to Merlin, but other than that I don't think any real connection would fit them. Maybe Faridah frequents the place more often and is a casual acquaintance?Name
Red Riding Hood/Rosalyn HarperPlayed By:
"An odd theme in Fabletown, that all bakers and candymakers are also warriors. Though her potential is limited, her interest in magics is notable and may make her a useful agent -- especially with that luring charm she possesses. It may be prudent to provide protection to my closer employees if I am to keep her near.
If she seeks instruction and greater knowledge of magic, the Grand Vizier is pretty much the ideal tutor. His heart being locked away would not be widely known outside of a few Russian Fables who know he was Koschei (Baba Yaga would know, of course), but if there is some reasonable explanation for her to know, that's fine by me. I'm confused about the legal thing you mentioned, though -- I thought she was running a bakery? Was there some update I missed? Or did you mean the divorce from Woody? He could have acted as a consultant, especially if she had shown interest in arcane instruction before and was thus on his radar.Name
Reynard FoxPlayed By:
Garuss VakarianCharacter's Thoughts:
"A useful agent, if one remembers to treat him as he believes is his due. But only that.
Somehow, Reynard was imprisoned despite the Amnesty -- while his past deeds might have warranted it, they cannot matter anymore. Rashid would speak for his freedom.Name
"She has been my daughter for many years. It is … difficult to remember, sometimes, that she is not. Stories are a powerful thing, repeat them often enough and they become truth. None know that better than my Shahra.
A father and his daughter. Or was it elder brother and sister? The details are fuzzy sometimes, as much as Rashid occasionally needs to remind himself where his true origins lie. Still, he was ever the cerebral advisor, the builder and scientist, the magician -- and she the teller of stories, the sorceress and oracle, who thought up wonders where he would rather seek, analyze and catalogue. She has taught him much over the years upon years and so did he teach her in turn. His understanding of narrative, repetition and the power held within is owed to her as much as Oberon -- to whom of the two that makes a compliment remains a question that he has craftily avoided.Name
Snow WhitePlayed By:
"A fine leader -- her proposition of Amnesty has impressed and she continues to run the administration as effectively as it can in our situation. Unexpected, given her early history, but she has truly come into herself. Far less tiresome than the King placed above her, for that matter.
Rashid supported her Amnesty proposal and actively participated in forming the Compact. He gives a hefty yearly contribution to Fabletown and may have the occasional word of advice, if asked. He has hinted at thinking her a more suitable ruler than King Cole. Name
"The thief? I'm surprised she hasn't been caught yet. Either she steals from Fables or is a continued exposure risk in stealing from the Mundane -- both of which are major crimes and one, treason. Still, I am not actual part of the government, so she is hardly my problem. For now.
Thieves make for excellent spies, do they not? And he is rather keen on acquiring magical trinkets -- for safekeeping purposes -- so he may well be one of her major employers.Name
Woody GarlandPlayed By:
Garuss VakarianCharacter's Thoughts:
"A weak man -- he could not follow his Queen's orders, nor could he resist the lure of the bottle. We shall see if his current efforts to do so will go anywhere.
None beyond professional courtesy -- unless he wants to be on payroll to share office information or something.