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Old 03-24-2013, 01:46 AM
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Cool, I will have one character for now, possibly more.

Name: Quraza (Pronounced Kra-za) is his birth name. However he tells people to call him Spitfire, only those that have earned his trust can call him by his real name.

Age: 105

Gender: Male

Race: Wyvern - African Dragon
- Wyverns can fly at an altitude that makes it difficult for them to be spotted from the ground. Because of this they have excellent eye sight and can spot their prey from impressive heights.
- Wyverns have the ability to breath fire, however seldom do, instead they blow out hurricane force winds.
- Wyverns have a tough hide, it can deflect most weapons, mainly things made of wood, like arrows and spears. Their underside is much softer than the rest and can be penetrated with enough force.
- Wyverns, like other dragons, can perform certain magic.

Affiliation: Quraza isn't really on a side, but he would like to be able to roam the world without fear of being shot down.

Appearance: Dragon Form: Quraza is a light, muddy brown, almost dark green colour. Wyverns are the largest species of dragon, as Quraza is a fully grown adult, he is 19 feet high, 50 feet long and weighs 3071kg. He has a wingspan of 52 feet and his tail is 30 feet long, making his body, neck and head 20 feet long altogether. His tail is thick and heavy.

Wyverns only have two large back legs, with three forward pointing toes and a fourth, smaller thumb like toe which helps them grip prey. They have rather sharp talons, but prefer to use their strength and weight in a fight. His body is extremely thick as well as his legs and neck. His head is framed by long thick spikes, which run down the back of his neck and tail, along his neck they are smaller, flatter and less sharp. He has sharp teeth and light blue eyes, with a dark grey iris and black pupil. His wings are large and powerful, they have talons on the tip, which helps them to grab onto rocky ledges and mountains.

Human Form: Image. I will type up a description for it once I have time :P

Personality: Quraza is rather quiet, he tends to keep to himself, only really talking to a fellow dragon, rather than anything else. He is constantly calm and never resorts to violence, unless threatened and attacked first. He would rather everything was nice and peaceful, instead of angry and violent. He hates confrontations and tries his best to avoid them, however that will not make him a push over, he will fight back if someone tries to push him to do something he does not want to do.

He could be considered playful, as he likes to have fun with younger dragons if he comes across them, and kind-hearted, as he would always take in a stranded creature, as long as it made no indication to hurt him. He didn't like the thought of leaving an abandoned creature behind because of his own past, this includes humans, but he is more wary of them than any other creature he may come across.

History: Quraza has an impeccable memory, and remembers every single day of his life. He had been born in 1908 in Africa. Even though Wyverns were an African dragon, Quraza's parents loved to travel the world, never settling in one place. Of course the two had to stay in Africa for a few years, as that was where the egg was laid. So once it had hatched and Quraza was able to fly quite well, all three of them were up and flying all around the world. Of course, since dragons didn't want to be seen, the places they went to were limited, but the change in scenery was a nice thing, even when limited.

4 years after he was born, in 1912, Quraza and his parents had been flying over an ocean when they had witnessed a boat sinking. Quraza had always been caring from birth and had wanted to help, however his parents told had him not to, as the humans would only think he would be hurting them, so they had just left.

Six years later in 1918, Quraza and his parents were living in the mountains of Scotland. They go to leave, to move on, unaware of the war going on. As they flew over France to get to Africa, Quraza had been curious as to what had been happening in the world below, so he flew under their cover of clouds to find airplanes covering the sky. As the airplanes turned on him, thinking he could be an enemy, his father intervened, crashing into an oncoming airplane, falling to the earth below, his mother had quickly ushered him away to safety. After that they had decided to stay in Africa.

After many years of adjusting to living in one place, and countless observations of the people who live in South Africa and some surrounding countries, Quraza had picked up some of the languages, English included, but it was rather minimal. During this period his mother had taught him how to convey his thoughts to other creatures, so that him and his mother could talk to each other without alerting the nearby population. She had also taught him how to disguise himself as a human, this way they could have gotten food without being shot at.

In 1987 a group of African's had attacked the two dragons. Quraza had managed to escape while his mother had fended off the people. This had caused Quraza to find refuge in America. He had found that forests were good places to hide, while traveling from forest to forest he had found some nice caves in a Wisconsin mountain. Every now and then he had gone to Africa to get some food, but he had learned to live off almost nothing as he adjusted to life once more. During the next years he had adapted well, he had learned more of the English language and he had begun to hear of the war between the different races, he knew something was soon to happen and he had hoped he would soon be able to fly in the sky without fear of being shot down or having people hunt after him.

Weapons/Abilities:
- Telepathic Powers: Quraza is able to convey his thoughts to those close to him, it is minor and very few words get across, but it is enough to understand the dragon of few words.
- Tail: Quraza's tail is thick and heavy and he can use it to crush and swipe at enemies.
- Talons: Quraza's talons are sharp and can dig into rough hide, crushing certain things. Just by landing on an elephant he can crush the creature with brute force and his weight alone.
- Teeth: Quraza's teeth are sharp and strong and can easily rip into the rough hide of a rhino, so some metals may bend to their force.
- Wings: Quraza has large powerful wings that can kick up strong winds through take off. He can use the tough leathery skin of his wings to deflect some attacks, including fire as his skin and scales are somewhat fire proof.
- Fire: Quraza can breathe fire like a normal dragon, but it is used with limitations as their insides aren't as fireproof as an ordinary dragons.
- Air: Quraza has large, strong lungs and is able to blow out large puffs of gale force winds.
- Transformation: Quraza is able to transform into a human, it is a long and horrible process, it takes a good few hours and hurts like hell. However Quraza knows it is important for him to have some form of disguise.

Other: Quraza is neutral in this war, however he will help those that manage to find him, and convince him to join their side. He isn't as aggressive as other dragons and because of his large size he might be willing to transport the people he sides with. Non humans have a much bigger chance of befriending him than a human, but Quraza is a forgiving dragon and will help humans if they prove he can trust them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:30 AM
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I tried to make her the shortest one, but she ended up being the longest. Guess you can't remake your second oldest rp character without putting a lot into it.

Name
: Celeste
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Race: Griffin. I’m just going to shamelessly copy and paste from the Wikipedia article, because it states it the best. “The griffin is a legendary creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle; and an eagle's talons as its front feet.” Griffins age at the same rate as humans, but their lifespans tend to last from 150-200 years. Griffins are very intelligent creatures, but they are unable to speak human languages, making it difficult to show that they are more intelligent than the beasts they appear to be.
Affiliation: While she wishes that she and her kind could go out into the world without having to hide, she does not believe that this is an achievable goal, so she begrudgingly supports secrecy.

Appearance: Griffins rarely stand taller than a human, and Celeste fits that mold. Standing next to an average sized male human, Celeste’s shoulder is even with their waist and the top of her head reaches their mid chest. Her wingspan is about seven feet, her wings strong and muscular to be able to sustain her weight in the air. Her ears sits atop her head, long and pointed, covered in soft feathers. For the most part, she looks to be a standard griffin with her tawny, muscular lion torso, hind quarters, and tail. Her eagle half is a bit more distinctive because of its unusual coloration. Her talons: a glossy dark black; her feathers: stark black; her beak: guess what, black; her eyes: a pale crčme color, with reflective opal-colored flecks. What, you didn’t think those would be black, did you? On her forehead, if you can call it that, is a distinctive white mark that seems to be ingrained in her feathers. It stands out on her otherwise black feathers, a simple silvery-white circle with wavy lines appearing to radiate out from it, looking to be a stylized sun.

Although she does not know of it, and is unable to transform into it at the present time, Celeste has a human form. In human form Celeste is petite and frail, standing at five feet five inches tall. The best way to describe her features would be angelic; she has shoulder length light blond hair and pale skin. Her eyes are the same color as in her griffin form, a pale crčme color with opal flecks inside. She wears a pure white hoodie with a zipper, very dark blue jeans, and white running shoes.

Personality: Celeste’s personality is harsh, abrasive, and fierce, quite fitting given her predatory appearance. Having only recently been released into society, Celeste has difficulties with things of a social nature. She doesn’t trust anyone, always suspecting they wish to do her harm or to take advantage of her. Intensely sarcastic, she doesn’t even need her claws to rake someone raw, and if she’s forced into doing something she dislikes, the offender is most likely going to hear about it for the next century. Although recently she has been discouraged from it, Celeste is on a “quest” to find the thing that can unlock the rest of her powers. She has lost some of her fervor in finding that goal, and has begun to look for someone to befriend, but if she hears any rumor of something that may unlock her magical seal, she will at the very least be tempted to leave whomever she is befriending. Despite her harsh nature, she does not like seeing others in pain, tending to sympathize with them. She doesn’t understand how human society can let people fall through the cracks, so she tends to be compassion for individuals society has left behind, and may even help or stand up for them. Whatever it is she gets into though, whether it was a job to deliver a bunch of cupcakes or to prevent a dragon from reaching her friends until they escape, she wholehearted puts all of her effort into it, no matter what the cost. She has an intense fear of confinement, so much so that she doesn’t even like to be inside buildings for more than a few seconds. If she ever befriends anyone, she is likely to have large personality swings as she tries to determine who she really is, as her personality has always been irrelevant to survival.

History: From the moment she hatched, Celeste was marked as special, different from the other hatchlings, with her black feathers and unique mark. Her elders did not understand what it meant, so they decided to ignore her specialness, and raised her the same as the other the hatchlings. Soon, she befriended another young griffin, named Destrian, and they became inseparable playmates, the troublemakers of the flock. For the most part, their trouble was harmless, and often their elders had difficulties keeping as straight face while punishing the pair for their mischief. But, unfortunately, those who get into harmless trouble find it much easier to get into serious trouble.

One day, Destrian and Celeste wandered away while the other young ones played, wanting to explore the wide world around them, like they often did. As night fell, the pair saw something strange, a flickering light that stayed close to the ground paired with the loud noises of some strange creature. Destrian wanted to turn back, but Celeste refused to listen, and so he begrudgingly followed. Slowly, they snuck up to the light and saw that all around it there were strange, furless, featherless creatures which were making the loud noises. The two young griffins were in awe of the strange beasts, and because of this, they let their guards drop. A loud noise screeched out from behind them, causing the two younglings to jump in fright. “Hey! Look what I fou-” The strange beasts never had a chance, shrieking griffins materializing from the wilderness all around them, protecting their young. Soon, the slaughter was over.

Celeste was expecting a harsh scolding and punishment after the incident, not fully understanding the situation she and her friend had caused. Instead, she received a lecture, and by the end her head with swimming with the new knowledge she had received. She had learned that the world was mostly run by those strange, naked beasts, and that the beasts were called humans. To stay safe, she and her flock lived in a remote corner of the world that was still rather lush, called Alaska by the humans, but there was still danger if their existence was to be discovered. She fell asleep with foul thought on her brain, mostly directed towards the humans. Why shouldn’t she and her kind be able to freely roam the world if they wished, it should be their birthright! When she awoke, she awoke in a completely different world.

Blinking, her vision hazy, she awoke to a bright light. Slowly, she stumbled to her feet, and instead of soft grass beneath her feet, there was something cold and hard, like stone. As her vision cleared, all she could see was grey, like the color of fog, but darker. The floor was grey. The ceiling was high above her short little head and it was grey. There were… walls surrounding her, but the walls were not like the cave walls she had been seen before. They were like saplings made of this dark grey material, with space in between them for the harsh light to shine through. And a few bruises later, she determined they were too strong to break through. After some time, a figure was visible in the light, walking towards her, and she identified it as another one of those human things. She decided that she despised them. It walked up to the enclosure she was in, and knelt down beside it so that they were at eye level with each other. Then suddenly, the human’s body began to twist and reshape itself. Celeste stumbled back as far as she could until she was pressing against the strange saplings on the other side. She stared wide eyed and in shock at what the human had become. It was her friend, Destrian! Before she could even begin to grasp the situation, he spoke to her.

He explained to her where she was, a facility designed to observe and study creatures that had powers beyond those they were supposed to, powers that were beyond normal. He explained that he was one of those creatures, a werecat (whatever that was) who was able to shapeshift beyond his limits into whatever creature form that he wanted, who had eventually become an agent of the facility. Here, she was to be taught about humans and the world under careful supervision, although always under lock and key, because she had already threatened the veil of secrecy carefully crafted by all nonhumans. Her special abilities had already been identified and sealed, and she would most likely never be taught to use them. She would live in the facility for her whole life, unless she was able to prove herself trustworthy enough to become a field agent, like he had become. Then her friend was gone, and she was left reeling from the events that had occurred.

It happened much like Destrian said, if that was really his name. She was taught of the world and its current state under human control. She was taught of the most common mythological creatures in the world and some of the more uncommon ones as well. But she was never allowed to fly, never allowed to be free, always in transit from one cage to another and back again, to do whatever she was told. She always resisted, but she soon learned how to resist without getting herself punished, never going too far. This is how she grew up, resenting her captivity and those who had put her there, and seemingly nothing changed. But behind the scenes, something had changed. Her childhood betrayer eventually became the other to oversee the facility and its operations, and perhaps out of guilt, or perhaps just because the time was right, he gave the order for her release.

The day started like any other, being ordered around from here to there, lessons from her annoying human teacher, examinations after. There had been some strange whisperings among the staff during her examination, and it seemed to take longer than normal, but she didn’t pay any attention to it. She was walked back to her cell, like normal, but instead of stopping, she was directed by her attendant to continue walking. Surprised and suspicious, Celeste was lead to a door, and through it there was nothing but a grassy expanse. Gingerly, she tread upon it, feeling it for the first time in a good fifteen years. She wasn’t given time to enjoy the moment however, as the attendant gave her the terms of her release. A very small amount of her powers had been unlocked, enough for her to survive in urban environments without disturbing the veil. The rest of her powers were locked, but the magical seal on them would fall away if she found a specific something that would unlock them. Other than that, she was free, although she was warned that if she were to take actions to disturb secrecy, agents of the facility were likely to attempt to pursue and contain her. Then, the attendant walked back into the facility, and she was free.

Weapons/Abilities:
Note: Celeste naturally has elemental abilities related to the element of light. However, a large amount of Celeste’s special abilities have been locked by a magical seal that is impossible to forcefully remove. She was told that she needed to find something to unlock it. This is a bit of an untruth. The seal is linked to her emotions, the more she learns to trust others, and the more of her powers will be unlocked. Given her background, it’s unlikely she’ll break the seal quickly. In this list, all things that are marked with an = sign instead of a + or – sign are currently locked until further notice.

Griffin form
:
+Natural weapons. Griffins are equipped with sharp talons and beak, and her hind legs are those of a lion, so they can do some damage as well.
+Strength. Although not too much larger than a lion, griffins have immense strength, enough to carry off a horse larger than themselves if they so desired.
+Telepathy. Griffins cannot speak human languages. Celeste has the ability to make up with this with the ability of telepathy to the range of 100 feet, perhaps more if she pushes it.
+Iron will. For some unknown reason, perhaps because of their animalistic nature, a griffin’s mind is intensely difficult to psychically invade. Any psychic probes sent into Celeste’s mind, even if only to read thoughts will be instantly attacked by her own mind and she will know about the incurious immediately.
+Cat illusions. Along with telepathy, this is the only one of her special abilities currently at her disposal. Celeste can bend light to create the image of either a lion or a pure white, short-haired house cat. These are only visual illusions however, the house cat illusion easily broken if someone were to touch her physical form, which is larger than the size of the illusion. The lion illusion is a bit more difficult to break, but if someone were to feel her forequarters, they would feel feathers, and the illusion would break.
=Stronger offensive light based powers. The offensive side of her light based powers is strongest in griffin form. She can use her powers to empower her claws or to summon orbs of forceful light, perhaps a beam if she wished to. She can also empower others attacks to make them stronger with her powers. Perhaps I should include a little note on light magic. It functions quite a lot like force magic, but it is very visible and typically has more destructive raw power.
=Weaker defensive light based powers. Celeste’s light powers can also be used defensively, but in griffin form the defensive branch of her magic doesn’t work nearly as well as her offensive side does. She has the ability to create shields of force around herself and others. She can also create illusions, but these are much less convincing than illusions created in human form.
=Quick, effortless transformation. Because different aspects of her magic are stronger in different forms, Celeste cannot afford to be bogged down by a long transformation in combat. When she transforms, there is a blinding light that emanates from her, and when the light fades in about five seconds, she is in her other form. The clothes come as part of the transformation, how convenient.

Human form
: (Currently, this whole form is locked.)
=Telepathy. Even though she can now speak English perfectly well, Celeste still has the ability of telepathy to the range of 100 feet, perhaps more if she pushes it.
=Iron will. For some unknown reason, perhaps because of their animalistic nature, a griffin’s mind is intensely difficult to psychically invade, and this trait carries on to her human form. Any psychic probes sent into Celeste’s mind, even if only to read thoughts will be instantly attacked by her own mind and she will know about the incurious immediately.
=Stronger defensive light based powers. Celeste’s defensive light powers are strongest in human form. She has the ability to create shields of force around herself and others. She can also create illusions, and these illusions are strong enough where if she concentrates, she can fool all of the five senses. It takes a considerable amount of extra effort to trick any sense besides sight and sound however.
=Healing magic. In human form, Celeste has access to a branch of her magic that is completely unavailable to her in griffin form. Healing is not easy, far from instant, and quickly exhausting, but it works, and that’s what counts.
=Weaker offensive light based powers. The offensive side of her light based powers is weaker in human form. She can still do all the same things in her human form as in her griffin form, but it is much more difficult and much less effective.
=Quick, effortless transformation. Because different aspects of her magic are stronger in different forms, Celeste cannot afford to be bogged down by a long transformation in combat. When she transforms, there is a blinding light that emanates from her, and when the light fades in about five seconds, she is in her other form. The clothes come as part of the transformation, how convenient.
Other: Not much. Didn’t have time to proofread before posting, so sorry for mistakes.

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Okay...sorry this took so long, but time to get to some SUs...

CherryTomato-While most of your SU looks good, Quraza is going to have a difficult time doing much of anything if he has no way to disguise himself and join the fray, even as a neutral. I would also advise you to stay away from writing your history section in the present tense in the future.

Hay-Celeste make me wonder how easily it will be to abuse her powers...but for now, accepted.
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OK, I'll give him a disguise >.< Sorry for the tenses, English isn't my first language, but I will try and make it OK.
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Sorry, I just see it as being difficult to get anything going if he can't do much because he can't find any way to disguise himself, or seemingly have any way to get info.

English isn't your first language? Then what is? On the off chance it's French, I might be able to explain tenses to you, but I don't know that I can be much help if it isn't. XD I can see why tenses might be difficult, though.
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OK, I'll give him a disguise >.< Sorry for the tenses, English isn't my first language, but I will try and make it OK.
Holy drums, you speak better english than some of the people who have it as a first language on the internet...
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Holy drums, you speak better english than some of the people who have it as a first language on the internet...
Sabi makes a very good point. I noticed that, too.
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Changes have been made. I'm now starting to consider doing a second character. :P

As for my first language it was sort of German and Japanese. My family moved to Japan before I was born but I grew up with both languages. I'm also glad that my English is OK. I like a lot of English and American writers and a lot of context from translated books can be weird so I taught myself English so I could read the original books, but I never thought I was that good. :P
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I'll look the canges over later tonight or tomorrow.

German and Japanese? Wow, colorful combination. That's pretty cool, though! I can totally get how things just don't translate over well, but I've never thought of teaching myself a totally different language just to read books, however your English seems fantastic, with the slight problem of tenses, but for that to be the only problem I've seen so far, you're pretty good.
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I guess I like to think of myself as a book nerd. :P But thank you, I do try.
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To those who are interested, I edited Tiel and added these limitations to his egg form:
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-The pain of immortality. Phoenixes must pay a price for their immortality. Although they can never be killed because of their ability to turn into their eggs, the process of turning into their egg form causes immense pain as their physical body is transformed into magical energy while they recuperate. And for Tiel, because he is not a true phoenix, the pain of turning into a magical "egg" is multiplied tenfold. Because of this, he will only use egg form when absolutely necessary. He would rather wait years for a serious injury to heal than to quickly heal the injury by forcing a situation that causes him to go into egg form, the pain is too great to even consider it.
-Imperfect immortality. Tiel is a hybrid, and although he was lucky enough to receive the gift of immortality from his phoenix parent, this immortality is not perfect, draining his life force whenever he reverts to egg form, and it takes him weeks to recover from this drain. The simplest way to explain how it works is a tier system. Whenever he transforms into an egg, he goes down a tier, and if a certain time limit is passed without transforming into an egg, he goes up one tier. Here are the tiers:
1. Perfectly normal.
2. Inability to transform into thunderphoenix form, weakness. 3 weeks without egg form to move up one tier.
3. In ability to transform into human or thunderphoenix forms. 2 weeks without egg form to move up one tier.
4. If this stage is reached, Tiel will fade from existence. Slowly, the electrical energy will dim from inside his egg until it is nothing more than a glass orb. The only way he can be saved from fading away is if someone else donates a significant portion of their life force to stabilize him. The person must have the knowledge and ability to do such a thing though, so it is unlikely this will happen.
-Raven incompatibility. This could also be put under his raven form, but I'll put it here. Because his raven form holds absolutely no magical power, if he is forced to transform into an egg from raven form, on the tier list above, he will drop two tiers, instead of one.
It didn't quite sit right with me that he gained all the advantages of his phoenix parent with absolutely no negatives, so I added in a few disadvantages.
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Okay then, Hay.

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Two heads-ups. Firstly, I fiddled with Manus's SU a little bit - I edited his appearance section to account for changes I've made whilst drawing him, and I mentioned his accent in the 'other' section. Secondly, two new characters are coming. They are British manticores.
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OK, I've decided to make another character, I was a little iffy at first because Hay has already made a Phoenix hybrid and I didn't want to have two characters the same species as another persons character, but then I realised Hay's interpretation of a Phoenix was different to mine so, I'm gonna make her. This is currently a WIP so just reserve her please because it's late and I shall complete her another time.

Name: Freya Smith

Age: She has gone through 21 years of this cycle. In reality she is 291.

Gender: Female

Race: Stymphalian bird/Phoenix hybrid
- Because both of her parents were birds, Freya has great eyesight and can spot an enemy from miles away.
- A Stymphalian bird is a bird with a beak made of bronze and metallic feathers that they can launch at their victims.
- Being a hybrid, the only trait Freya inherited from the Stymphalian bird was the colour scheme.
- Phoenix's are immortal, this is something Freya inherited from her Phoenix parent. Phoenix's live in 30 year cycles. Every 30 years they are reborn, however after the first cycle a Phoenix will stay at the age of 30, they won't be reborn as a baby, and after the first cycle they never look beyond the age of 30, however Freya looks 21 instead of 30 and is still aging, almost like she's going through her first cycle again. They also retain all memories from previous cycles.
- Because she is only half Stymphalian bird, Freya is flesh and feathers, she is still able to launch her feathers at people, but they are not metallic and do little harm.
- Freya is able to transform into a human at will, but it requires a lot of energy. There is also a halfway stage that Freya likes to stay in, because it takes less energy to convert into a full human or back into a bird.
- When a Phoenix is reborn they keep the same form as the previous cycle, if Freya is reborn as a bird, she bursts into flames and emerges as a black bird, the black fades after a few hours, this is the best form to be reborn in. If Freya is half transformed or a fully transformed human, the process is a lot more painful. The body is burnt up inside out until there is only ashes. From these ashes Freya would emerge as a black skeleton, over a few hours muscle and flesh start to grow until she is fully human again, this process is excruciating and leaves her incredibly vulnerable, it is easy to kill her while she is like this.

Affiliation: Freya is a Monster Hunter, she's only against secrecy because it could possibly make her job easier.

Appearance: Bird Form: As a bird Freya has a wingspan of 7 feet , she weighs 14 lbs, and is 37 inches long, from beak to tail. She has a muddy brown coloured beak and silvery grey feathers. The feathers have an orange tint to them, it's more prominent on the tips of the feathers and on the underside of the wings. Her legs are the same muddy brown as her beak and her talons are a silvery grey as well. In this form her eyes are a deep orange with a black pupil.

Half Transformation: When Freya is half transformed she is 6 foot tall, and is mainly human in form. She has long light orange hair that falls around her knees, but most of the time it is tied back, which makes it fall around her waist. Her eyes are the same dark orange eyes as her bird form, her skin has a light natural tan. While transforming, Freya also transforms with clothes, while half transformed she still has clothes, but they are made of the same feathers she has as a bird, however they are attached and pulling out a feather is like pulling out a hair, it hurts. The feathers cover her upper body in a strapless tank top like fashion and carry on to cover her lower half in a shorts like fashion. While half transformed Freya still has a pair of wings, however they are much larger and she has a wingspan of 10 feet. In this form the feathers on her wings have a more prominent orange tint.

Human Form: When she is in her human form, Freya's eye colour is changed to match that of her hair, her wings are gone and she wears real detachable clothes, other then that she looks exactly the same as the half transformation stage. The clothes are normal clothes, made of real material and can be take off, she wears a black strapless tank top and dark blue denim shorts.

Personality: Freya is cold hearted to those like herself, she kills without mercy and if she has to capture someone without killing them she treats them with no respect or just ignores them. She has a true hatred to mythological creatures and will act hostile when she meets one, she will only ever act civil towards humans or a mythological creature that can spark some form of interest in her, but otherwise she is cruel and cold.

However if a human can get close to her and actually earn her trust they would find someone who secretly wants to be proven wrong, she wants to find someone that can prove that her views on mythological creatures are wrong. They would also find a stubborn and determined girl that loves fluffy things, is curious beyond belief and hates to be wrong when she thinks she's right. Her view on mythological creatures being an exception to that.

History: Freya was born as an orphan, she had no clue who her parents were and she had no clue of her true heritage, not until she was 8. Someone had broken into the children's home that she had been staying in, and she had bumped into them, not knowing who this person was, she had questioned him about what he was doing there, when he had pulled out a knife she had screamed and a blinding light was emitted. She had awoken to strange looks and even a few glares, without knowing what she was doing, Freya had produced a glowing orb to try and scare the man off, while simultaneously transforming into a bird. No one knew what had happened and when people came down because the had heard her scream, only to find a bird on the floor and no sign of the burglar, they became suspicious. They had thrown the bird out, assuming it was an ordinary bird that had gotten into the house, and Freya was dubbed as a missing person from then on.

After that she lived most of her life as a bird, not really knowing how to change back into a human. One day when she was 14 she had come across a group of travelers, unknown to her many of them were mythological creatures. While she was flying above them, trying to examine them, she unwillingly collided with another bird, and the shock of it made her transform back into a human, effectively landing on one of the travelers. The travelers, fearing that the girl could be a hunter, tried to get rid of her, they told her to go away. So Freya left, but she made sure to keep following them, hoping they could lead her to a town or village, on the way she realised that they were mythological creatures and she began to hate them, feeling like they only told her to go away because she was different, even though she wasn't, she felt like they hadn't given her a chance.

Once they had reached a village she tried to make a living by getting a job at a pub. While there she met a man that said he knew who she was. At first she was wary of the man, but after he came back with her birth certificate and a picture of her at the age of 29. He told her that he had been an old friend of her father, he told her what she was, who her parents were and that they had been killed by a were animal, who was a monster hunter. During the battle she had been injured and the man, who called himself Clive, had promised her father he would look after her. He told Freya that she had been injured badly, and that she was dying, so he risked his life to try and ensure she lived, however what had happened was she had been reborn as an egg, instead of a bird, and before she hatched Clive had been taken by some other monster hunters. Then she was born as a baby again, and while she was crying on the floor, a human had found her.

That was when Freya realised she was really 284, she left the bar and started to travel with the man, who taught her how to transform easily and how to control the light that she could project. However while they traveled Freya's hatred for mythological creatures grew, they had killed her parents, they had made her who she was, and they shunned her even though she was one of them. They had made her forget her past, they had made her forget her parents and they had ruined her life. She hated them and she knew Clive wouldn't approve. So when she was 19 she had left him while he was asleep, she had traveled to the closest city that had a weapons store and bought a standard 9mm gun. Using that she began her journey as a monster hunter, she went to special bars, looking for work, she gave out her card, she wanted her name to be known, and by the time she was 21 she had a reputation and had earned enough money to get some better, more specialized and suitable weapons.

Weapons/Abilities:
- Transformation: Freya is able to transform into a human at will, the transformation is painless, however it takes up a lot of energy and she would need to rest for a while after doing a full transformation from human to bird or vice versa, however there is a midway stage, which is easier to transform into. Freya likes to stay in the half way stage, as it is easy for her to transform into a full human or bird, depending on the situation, without using too much energy, this is also good for quick getaways.
- Light: Because a Phoenix is a fire elemental bird, Freya is able to conjure up spheres of light which she can control, these spheres produce moderate light, and some heat, however the amount of heat each sphere produces can be changed to suit the temperature around it and/or Freya's wishes. Freya is able to do this in all three forms, but when in bird form Freya is also able to change the brightness of the spheres.
- Feathers: Like her Stymphalian bird parent Freya is able to launch her feathers at enemies, this is only possible while in the half way stage and as a bird. The feathers produced are normal bird feathers and are more than harmless, however she can use them as part of an escape plan, or to confuse, blind and even scare the enemy without actually hurting them.
- Bow and Arrows: Freya has a simple recurve bow as her main weapon against most enemies. Because of her great eyesight it isn't hard for her to spot enemies from far away, especially if she has a high vantage point, because of this she likes to use long range weapons, which is why she favors the bow. Freya uses two different types of arrows, the normal arrows are steel tipped and have a poison in them, which is injected into an enemy upon breaching the skin, the poison is fast acting an leaves a normal human paralyzed for hours. Her secondary arrow type is an explosive arrow, these are highly destructive and she mainly uses them when a target is in a vehicle. These arrows are activated by a button on the side of the explosive head, once the button is pressed the arrow will explode when the front of the head comes into contact with a surface, they can be quite fragile and Freya makes sure to use them selectively.
- Ballista: Freya also carries around a BALLISTA, a bolt action sniper rifle. This weapon is mainly a night time weapon, it has a night vision sight and has much more range than her bow. The gun is also equipped with extended mags and customized silver bullets as well as a noise suppressor for added stealth. This weapon is mainly used for were creatures and most nightlife that might be a little tougher to kill then a human. Because of this it is rarely used.

Other: Even though she is a mythological creature herself, Freya can be a threat to all mythological creatures. Unless you are human, or you are able to befriend the girl quickly, she will try and kill or paralyze you so that she can earn a bit of money.
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Name: Heracles (goes by Thomas Archer).

Age: 28.

Gender: Male.

Race: Manticore. Manticores are creatures with lions' bodies, human faces, and trumpet-like voices through which they utilize magic. Depending on their ancestry, some manticores may have rams' horns, hooved hind-feet, bat-like wings, any combination thereof, or none at all. Manticores can use their magic to disguise themselves as human, but the strength of their disguise depends heavily on their magical competence.

Affiliation: Anti-secrecy, but not very actively. The people who hunt down non-humans without differentiating good and bad attract his special hatred.

Appearance:
Spoiler:

Heracles is a big manticore, built broadly and standing at about 4'7" at the shoulder. He has a pair of batlike wings; he can use them to fly, but due to his heavy weight his flights tend to be short. His body is covered with light brown fur, while his mane and beard are much darker. His eyes are brown.

Thomas Archer, Heracles’s human persona, is a big man, standing at 6’3” with a broad build. His hair is short and dark brown, with the same little spike at the front. He still has the same facial features as he does in manticore form, retaining his bushy brows, brown eyes, pointed nose, and thick beard. He tends to dress in clothes that are warm and practical and picks things out in a subdued color palate.

Personality: By nature, Heracles tends to be introverted and prickly. While he's not deliberately rude, he doesn't have a particularly great sense of tact or diplomacy. He is generally patient, but his persistent problems tend to end in him getting violent, which usually happens whenever someone is bothering him and won't leave (Achilles). He has a fairly serious outlook on life, and tends not to joke except when around those closest to him. When he is in a comfortable environment, he's surprisingly calm and gentle, but can easily be switched back into grump mode again. He is stubborn and unshakably loyal to the few who he feels merit his friendship and trust, which is why he maintains a deep and abiding hate for the group that killed Helen. He won't hesitate to fight, but the only people he would kill are the aforementioned group.

History: Heracles was born in Blackpool, England to a family favorable in both in the eyes of mortals and of his fellow mythological beings. His parents were both manticores, and his father served in the Royal Air Force before being forced to retire thanks to a crippling leg injury that occurred while he was off-duty. For the most part, he had a good upbringing. While he had few friends due to his solitary nature, his school was fairly saturated with other closet magical creatures, who for the most part were fairly accepting of their own.

In his second year of primary school, he met a scrawny, wild-eyed manticore by the name of Achilles. Achilles proved to be the bane of Heracles's existence, pulling pointless pranks and pestering the bigger boy until Heracles finally snapped. The fistfight that followed lasted for only minutes; the bruises on Achilles lasted for a week and Heracles's guilt lasted for ages. Heracles apologized for the violence, and afterward the two became nigh-inseparable friends.

Once Heracles and Achilles were attending university, they became roommates. Achilles, ever the romantic, decided that Heracles needed a girlfriend. Heracles was less than enthusiastic, but before he knew what was going on he found himself on a date with a friend of Achilles and his family - a sphinx by the name of Helen. They bonded fast, stealing time together whenever possible. Heracles found his relationship with Achilles growing just a bit more distant, but he was busy with Helen and Achilles was busy with his magical studies. They talked less, but their friendship was still a good fallback for Heracles right up until the point where the fan was hit by the crap.

A group of monster hunters discovered Heracles's, Achilles's, and Helen's true identities and attacked them in the night. The battle left Achilles wounded, Heracles emotionally crushed, and Helen a corpse that was bloodied almost beyond recognition. Heracles became embittered, withdrawing from the world and despising nearly everyone in it. He shut out Achilles, who he blamed for Helen's death on the days that he didn't blame himself. Achilles never gave up, continuously trying to regain their lost friendship until finally Heracles lashed out in violence yet again, slashing Achilles across the face and scarring him permanently. This fight had the same effect as the one that began their friendship - it drove them closer together.

Currently, he resides in Blackpool, once more rooming with Achilles, making his living by playing guitar and setting up equipment at Achilles's gigs. However, the both of them are doing a good deal less of that now that these mutilations have begun. Heracles wants to find out if the people who killed Helen are behind these killings, as well, and if they are he wants to pay them a visit so as to rip out their organs with his teeth.

Weapons:
Pocket Knife: Heracles's only weapon, which he obtained at insistence from Achilles. It's made of iron and generally doesn't get used, since Heracles prefers to fight in his natural form.

Abilities:
Lion Skills: Like other lions, Heracles is a natural hunter and fighter. He's hardy and strong with sharp senses. However, also like other lions, he does require extra rest. Due to his broad, muscular build, he is stronger than many other manticores and can generally be relied upon to win physical fights.

Mace Tail: Manticores' tails are arguably their best natural weapon. They are not dextrous enough to grip things, but between their strength and the wicked spikes that tip them, they can be used to bludgeon people pretty effectively.

Song: All manticores possess some degree of musical talent; Heracles has a moderate voice. Through his magic, he can influence the world around him - creating barriers, blasts of force, reshaping the elements, or putting people to sleep with different tunes. The spell's effect depends on tempo and volume; something big like an explosion would have to be created by a very loud sound, for instance. If he is rendered incapable of making sounds, he cannot access his magic.

Applied Song: Long ago, manticores learned to use their song to shift into a human form. This form is created by a rather weak type of shapeshifting; if the human form is disturbed (either by magic or by the manticore taking some sort of damage) it will possibly fail, depending on the strength of the song that made it. If the manticore loses consciousness, he will definitely lose control and revert back.

Other: Has a British accent, for obvious reasons.



Name: Achilles (goes by Leonard Cole).

Age: 28.

Gender: Male.

Race: Manticore. Manticores are creatures with lions' bodies, human faces, and trumpet-like voices through which they utilize magic. Depending on their ancestry, some manticores may have rams' horns, hooved hind-feet, bat-like wings, any combination thereof, or none at all. Manticores can use their magic to disguise themselves as human, but the strength of their disguise depends heavily on their magical competence.

Affiliation: Decidedly against secrecy, although Heracles tends to temper his rasher impulses.

Appearance:
Spoiler:

Achilles is a smallish manticore, standing at 4'2". His back legs resemble those of a draft horse. His body is covered with sandy-colored fur, while his mane is a rich gold color. His eyes are blue. He has four scars, like claw marks, on the bridge of his nose.

Leonard Cole, Achilles's human persona, is of average height and somewhat lean build, standing at 5'9". His hair is a rich blond color, cropped at shoulder length and kept in pristine condition – sometimes in a ponytail, sometimes left alone. His facial features are still pretty much the same, with the scars, blue eyes, large nose, and rosy cheeks carrying over to his human face, although in this form he has a line of stubble on his chin that isn’t normally there. He tends to dress in fashionable clothes, preferring to cap out whatever outfit he's wearing with a dark-gray fedora.

Personality: Achilles tends to be optimistic and extroverted. He is usually smiling, laughing, and telling jokes that are just toeing the line between what is and isn't appropriate. He's usually full of energy, which he likes to burn off through playful pranks or nights out on the town. He tends to be somewhat vain, and enjoys being the center of attention. It's very hard to get him angry, but when he's mad he will often lash out with words and claws. He's not much good with his fists or his claws, but he's very good with his song and therefore he's usually unafraid to fight. His confident, friendly nature makes him quite popular, and he is very charismatic and quick of with and tongue.

History: Achilles was born in Edinburgh, Scotland; his mother was a sphinx and his father was a manticore. When he was four years old, his mother died of a sudden illness, which prompted his father to move away from the painful memories. The two settled in the first place his father could find a good job in - Blackpool, England. There, Achilles attended a primary school where he met a fellow manticore who didn't talk much. When Achilles tried to draw him out of his shell, there was a brief fight. Afterwards, the manticore, whose name was Heracles, apologized and the two quickly became friends.

Achilles and Heracles attended the same university, where the hard-working Heracles and the party-loving Achilles both flourished. During their second year, Achilles noticed an acute lack of romance in Heracles’s direction and decided to help out his friend. He paired Heracles up with a family friend, a young sphinx named Helen. The two quickly fell for each other, which left Achilles plenty of time to study magic without feeling like a jerk for secluding himself during his magical studies.

It was these studies that enabled Achilles to survive and save Heracles's life when a group of monster hunters attacked their home. None of the hunters left alive; however, Helen was also killed in the fighting. Afterward, Achilles was guilt-ridden and struggled to make things right with Heracles. Heracles ended up resenting Achilles with his claws, slashing Achilles across the face, but afterward Heracles apologized and their shared bond recovered.

Achilles now resides in Blackpool, where he has built a name for himself locally as a talented singer. He opens for bigger bands or sings at bars for his living, while in his spare time he helps out with the anti-secrecy movement and joins Heracles in investigating the latent mutilations.

Weapons:
Enchanted Knife: Achilles keeps this on his person almost at all times. It's styled similarly to a Bowie knife, with a hilt wrapped in red leather. The blade itself is made of silver and enchanted with lots of ward-breaking magic that makes it useful for killing things like demons, monsters, and anything else that has soft, bleed-y bits.

Shotgun: A standard pump-action shotgun. It doesn't fire silver bullets, but it's very good at frightening away intruders with its recognizable noise and blowing away people who refuse to leave. Achilles keeps it near his bed for security.

Abilities:
Lion Skills: Like other lions, Achilles is a natural hunter and fighter. He's hardy and strong with sharp senses. However, also like other lions, he does require extra rest.

Mace Tail: Manticores' tails are arguably their best natural weapon. They are not dextrous enough to grip things, but between their strength and the wicked spikes that tip them, they can be used to bludgeon people pretty effectively.

Song: All manticores possess some degree of musical talent; however, Achilles's voice is among the strongest. Through his magic, he can influence the world around him - creating barriers, blasts of force, reshaping the elements, or putting people to sleep with different tunes. The spell's effect depends on tempo and volume; something big like an explosion would have to be created by a very loud sound, for instance. If he is rendered incapable of making sounds, he cannot access his magic.

Applied Song: Long ago, manticores learned to use their song to shift into a human form. This form is created by a rather weak type of shapeshifting; if the human form is disturbed (either by magic or by the manticore taking some sort of damage) it will possibly fail, depending on the strength of the song that made it. If the manticore loses consciousness, he will definitely lose control and revert back.

Other: Talks like a native Brit, but he can put on a convincing Scottish accent when he wants.

Also, Cherry, I can't help but notice that Heracles is going to want to separate Freya's head from her body. This is going to be such fun!
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