Gilles Odhow (Ghillie dhu Theig)Age:
- Heart's Desire: The fae are adept at giving humans what it is that they think they want. The power is amorphous, adjusting itself to the supplicant. It might give them luck, cause someone to fall in love with them, allow them to find or gain wealth, or cause someone to fall dead. This is not really under the fae's control, but comes as a consequence of the magic and the contract. Because of course the supplicant must promise something to the fae in turn. The fae cannot lie, so the wording of the promise is very important.
- Mental Manipulation: Many fae can fool with the minds of mortals, causing them confusion or temporary memory loss, causing them to lose a sense of reality or see visions, or give them powerful emotions of pleasure, pain, lust, or anger. They can easily deceive or charm humans that do not possess a strong will.
- Child of Nature: Fae are creatures of the earth in a way mortals are not, and the world responds to them differently. They find it easy to move through difficult terrain, see no matter the light, hide in the smallest shadow, or cause the natural environment to react to them as they wish. As an Unseelie, Gilles has a particular affinity with darkness, night, and the earth.
In his human guise, Gilles is a slender, beautiful man with dark curling hair and piercing blue eyes. His mouth is almost always crinkling into a slight smile, no matter the situation or topic, and so in contrast when his face grows serious it carries an inordinate sense of command. He is always dressed well--not necessarily formally, but every article seeming well-tailored even if it is a leather jacket, or a pair of comfortable pants. He moves with a grace that is truly unearthly, as if he is only partly here in the physical world.
In his true form, Gilles is an exaggerated version of what he seems to be. His body is taller, his hair darker and uncommonly fine. His skin is unmarred, his eyes in fact nearly black. His face is less human, fine, high cheekbones beyond the normal range, ridges in his skull which suggest some sort of creature from another world. His fingers are longer, slender, and tipped with iron-like nails. Though alien looking, he exudes a sense of beauty and charm that affects most humans.Personality:
Like most of his people, Gilles is mercurial at heart, finding it in his nature to shift from one thought, one stance, one idea, one passion, or one plan to another in the blink of an eye. He in no way considers consistency a virtue, and at times may change direction simply because it amuses him the way mortals protest this.
There are those fae, the Seelie court in particular, who look somewhat kindly on mortals, but that is not how Gilles was raised. He enjoys them, but at best he will do so as a pet, and at worst as sport, or a pest. He finds their short, earnest lives amusing, and cannot get enough of how stridently they wish for the smallest things with all of their small mortal hearts. He often enjoys giving them what they want, for a price, if only because it nearly always makes them less happy than they began. Though it is also amusing to string them along and then refuse to help them. He tends to position himself as a helpful creature, with the power to fulfill a human's every wish, for a price which often seems small. It is in this way he most often interacts with the humans of New Orleans.
Mortals also amuse Gilles because they think of themselves as mighty creatures of passion, and yet they pale in this sense when it comes to the fae. The fae realm and fae blood runs with passion itself, in the brightest and darkest colors, and compared to this human emotions are only a flicker. He has the ability to allow a human to perceive a slightly expanded spectrum of pleasure, pain, passion, or heartbreak, and he enjoys doing so, particularly because a human can never be the same after that. For this reason humans are sometimes entertaining partners, and over the years he has had many dalliances with mortals, and mortals who he has brought into the fae realm, to be tormented by delight, or blissful in torture.
Despite the darkness inside of Gil, he comes across as an amused and amusing lighthearted fellow. He takes little offense and only scant interest, always with a smile on his lips and a kind or charming word to say. Even when negotiating a deal with a mortal, Gil comes across as likeable and on their side, concerned for their well-being and interested in their problems. It takes some digging to get past the surface charm.
Gilles has the standard weaknesses that fey creatures possess, including an aversion to iron, and the inability to lie. While he will talk circles around you, manipulate you, and bend his words as much as possible, he will not say an untruth. And he can be driven away by a piece of iron, kept from a door with a horseshoe, or kept out of an area with an iron fence.Backstory:
Gilles's people have inhabited the area that became New Orleans for millennium. They saw the Native American people when they first arrived in the lands, and haunted or toyed with them ever since, until the Europeans drove them away. The mound which leads to the realm Gilles calls home was there when New Orleans was settled and the city grew up around it. He remembers when the mortal world outside was nothing but empty bayou, a few human homes here and there, and he has seen all that came since.
Gilles's family is a member of what is broadly called the Unseelie Court, best understood by humans in its English form, but existing in some way across the world wherever the faerie realm touches the mortal realm. His people are tricksters, villains, and creatures of dark desires, but their mercurial nature means they may treat a mortal well simply as a whim. They have often procreated with the humans of the area, or swapped a human baby for a fae changeling. The mortals have, when need drives them, come to the fae asking for favors, though the unseelie drive a very hard bargain, and their gifts often bite back.
Gilles himself was a changeling, a fae babe placed in the cradle of an early settle of New Orleans by his father. What deal led to such a swap Gilles does not know, but he grew as a young lad in a mortal home, beginning his fascination with the mortal creatures. As an adolescent, when his nature became apparent and his sexuality emerged, he returned to the faerie realm, and has passed between the two ever since. Time passes differently within the fae realm, and so while Gilles has lived for 312 human years, his perception of the growth of New Orleans has been quite different, emerging to find it twice as large as he last saw it, or otherwise greatly changed. He enjoys the presence of so many mortals, and as time goes on spends more and more time in the mortal realm. However, he takes it with very little seriousness, considering it something odd that has popped up at his doorstep and very likely will be gone the next time he emerges. Character Ons/Offs:
Gilles experiences pleasure and passion on a level beyond the mortal spectrum, and so even the most routine act of sexuality among the fae is a thing of wonder. When it comes to humans, much of his pleasure comes from toying with them, whether their minds or their bodies. He might manipulate their mind so that they feel some bit of the pleasure he does, often making them insatiable addicts for the experience ever after. Or he might use his fae grace, stamina and centuries of skill to give them an experience which no human is meant to experience.
However, the Unseelie live in the shadows, and it is dark passions which they enjoy the most. For them pain can be pleasure, and giving pain the most pleasure of all. They enjoy commanding and controlling others as well, so any element of BDSM can be a a joy for them. There too, they can make a mortal feel true pleasure at excruciating pain, or can manipulate their minds to want what was once truly taboo to them. These elements of control, power, raw sexuality, pain, excess, and manipulation are Gilles's greatest desires.[/list]