James is the product of a prestigious English highschool, then the product of a couple of minor arts colleges, then the product of a snooty University, in that order. It was around the time of the latter that his abilities manifested, after a series of vivid and lucid dreams where he was communicating with several different beings. At first putting his night-time talks down to University lifestyle and boozing, James found he couldn't ignore certain suggestions that stayed with him for days to come. Finding himself spending more and more time in the uni library, looking at dusty tomes that he had no idea why he would normally look at, finally James gave in to his odd subconscious urges and let his innate curiosity take over, allowing himself to "go with" the ride. The ride ended for James with an obsession about Aleister Crowley
, a British freethinker, writer, and "occultist". James found himself studying the man with more passion than he felt for his degree, and his dreams began to reward him with fantastical, impossible sagas that not only took up his nights, but urged him to spend days locked in his room, studying them and picking them apart.
Finally, thinking out every possible angle, James' logic could only conclude that to complete this "journey", he had to experiment. Learning that some of the things that had happened to him in his dreams transferred over to the physical realm, and could be commanded at his behest, James had a revelation, an early life crisis that he did not know how to resolve.
So, being a young, virile male with a new found toy, unable to resolve or gain any kind of logical sense from it, he played with it. A lot.
Too much, evidently, unable to match his idol's supposed mastery in the Occult, James got burned one day by a Succubi who nearly drained his entire life force, until the Alhonan Cabal stepped in, having operatives who were attuned to James' newfound talent operating in England.
Abashed and scolded, James had learned the hard way about magic, and humbly accepted the scorn and browbeating afforded by the Cabal. However, independent as he is and not in the habit of being in debt to anyone, James swore to repay the debt in trouble and effort he caused the Cabal by working it off for them. Relocating to Alhona, James began working with the Cabal, being dogsbody to magicians far more powerful than he, who had been attuned to their craft for years. Now no longer the object of ire, and having earned meagre respect, James has been able to flex his own magical muscles once again, working his way up the ladder and even being included on some more important (if secretive) excursions and missions the Cabal has deemed worthy of their attention.
Now able to relax somewhat, James has turned his attention back to his own powers. Not forgetting the lessons he has learned, he studied hard every aspect of his craft, and took his time with minor summonings, gentle conjurations and small rituals. Hungry for knowledge, he earnestly apprenticed under some major wizards in the Cabal, swapping mentors yet still retaining the deceased Crowley as his own personal focal point of worship. Recognising his efforts, the Cabal inducted him as an equal, as in their eyes James was the perfect case of a young magician learning the hard way, and was a textbook example of how not to be inducted into the craft.
Currently James, ever curious and inquisitive, is revelling in the new knowledge given to him by the Cabal that there is a Coven of vampires and a pack of werewolves in Alhona, and has gingerly gone about contacting certain individuals, purely out of his own professional and personal interest.
He spends his time soliciting interest from either lycan or undead, relaxing in the sun, performing tricks to tourist girls, and conducting Crowley-esque rituals in his apartment.Personality:
James is curious, and powerfully independent. Whilst not being a misanthrope, he loves people, and were it not for his self-appointed "honour debt" to the Cabal, would probably have gravitated to Alhona anyway to mingle with others of his kind. He loves learning, yet becomes hostile to "rigid" authority. At times eccentric, he has taken to his new life like a fish to water, and without bringing unwanted attention to magicians in Alhona, indulges himself with certain pleasures bestowed on him by his abilities, especially if they'll help get him female attention. He is still young, after all. Even in the summer season, he usually strides about in black jeans and boots. He loves his collection of arty, pseudo-occultist t-shirts
and wears them regularly. Notes:
James noted early on that a lot of magic (or "magick", as is the Crowley term) requires carefully rehearsed rituals. Even basic spells require preparation of somekind, often a diagram or symbol. Noting the unpracticality of carrying around bags of components and brushes to scribe sigils, James had a brainwave, and went to visit a tattoo parlour. His friends thinking it a display of arty weirdness mixed with homosocial expression, James got an array of symbols tattooed over his upper body, therefore in constant readyness for most spells he would need, without the physical baggage. His chest, upper arms and respectable abs are adorned with various arcane symbols, that only another magic user would recognise for what they are.
Although James dabbles with elemental magic, his real strength lies in his passion - the occult. Studying suggestion magic, barrier-craft, charms, curses, and summonings, James is a jack-of-all-trades magician, and is still learning. However, his basic manipulation of the elements only goes as far as to be able to click a tiny flame into existence to lit his cigarettes, or drum up a gentle breeze to lift a summer skirt or two when he is bored.