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[A Small Brown leather bound journal sits in front of you, a strange emblem that almost seems to glow on it’s own accord is on the front cover. It appears to be a triangle with a fox inside it, Flames spread about the triangle swooping up like a pare of wings, until there tips almost touch above the triangle. Inside the ink also seems to glow an off red, as if the words themselves were on fire. The words appear to be in Irish.]

After being cooped up in that lousy excuse of an airline I’ve finally made it to Freedom city! With all the Meta-Human activity here I’m bound to fit right in.

I’ve managed to procure a small apartment, it’s a dump but it will do until I can get more suitable accommodations.

Hopefully now I can begin to expand my power, I’ve recently been able to harness a small amount of Foxfire both in my human and fox forms’ but its pitiful, not even enough to scorch a cockroach. I must find a way to increase my power, how to gain access to the large Foxfire energy’s I can feel within me.

To top it off something wrong, every time I shift into my fox form, my nose goes crazy, it’s as if I’ve get terrible hay fever. I may need to seek out a mystic to see find out why. Hopefully it’s nothing to bad, some form of Foxfire cold perhaps?

I think I may go hunting tonight. Being cooped up on the plain has left me anxious and I can feel the fire within me wishing to be released, I shall have to be careful though I herd there are powerful Mystics in this city that have it in there heads to play good Samarian. Moronic fools if you ask me, sacrificing their lives for people who care nothing for them. Bah fools the lot of ’em.

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I ran into a strange man today. He seemed to have knowledge about ancient artifacts, I’m going to give him a picture of the text’s in this journal; maybe he’ll be able to help me translate it.

I have another meeting with the man tomorrow at lunch. I may also receive a job, as help for his antiquities business. Not exactly something I particularly care about, but it will get me close to a lot of magical artifacts, possible ones that may help me unlock my full power. In any case I’ll be able to keep an eye on this stranger… Jos.

Tonight Foxfire is going to head out. There’s something that’s been nagging on my mind since I arrived and its time to go find out what it is.

Tomorrow after my appointment with Jos, I should track down a local mystic. Maybe than I’ll get some answer’s to Foxfire’s problems with his nose.

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I went out tonight as Foxfire following a strange buzzing sound in my head. A few miles of the coast of Freedom City I came across an abandoned oilrig. As I boarded the so-called abandoned rig, a mysterious man, warring ancient druidic robes, confronted me. He told be his name was Legend and that this rig was some form of Villainous safe haven, battle ring, meeting place of sorts.

I entered the where I was confronted by a demon. Thankfully though another person,

Icarus I believe interrupted us, before the demon decided to tear me limb from limb.

Unfortunately the demon made some comment about meeting me again; to be honest I hope I never meet him again. As I told Icarus it’s going to take me a month to get his smell out of my nose.

While I would have liked to stay longer, but I decided I had to go, I have a meeting this afternoon with Jos for a possible job as well as help translating the first logs in this journal. We will see how it turn’s out.

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I met with Jos again today. His proposition was fare enough, however he wanted me to ‘prove’ myself by steeling an antique ring.

After staking out the librarian –The owner of the ring- I decided to simply mug her on her way to work one morning. For the most part it went well. Once I showed her some Foxfire she quickly fell submissive, and I was able to steel the ring and get away.

Unfortunately the next day the local newspaper, had an article about my little exploit.

If I’m lucky Jos won’t see it and won’t ask me about the ‘Burning hands’.

In any case I am off to see him now and I’ll find out soon enough…

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  • 5 months later...

The Meeting went well, Only minor questions were asked.

Jos seemed pleased with my work, and has asked me to help out with a delivery for his new shop. I'm to escort a container from the docks to he store. It shouldn't be to hard.

I told him I may not be able to make it, but a "Family Friend" will be there. I'm not sure if he bought it or not, But i would rather him not know about the Foxfire for the time being.

I've decided to do some scouting tonight, map out the different paths from Jos house to the docks, and were trouble is likely to happen. I doubt anything of interest is going to happen tonight, but in the city of heroes you never know...

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  • 5 months later...

August 8 2009: Sirius begins to have some disturbing dreams.

Sirius laid down in bed sleepily. Things seemed to be running smoothly for everyone, and it was expected that it would only be a few more months before the second half of the Ritual of Binding could take place. Sirius wasn’t totally convinced but he was happy to go along with it.

As he lay in bed he slowly drifted off to sleep, something seemed to feel strange, but what ever it was it could wait till morning he was so tired for some strange reason…

Before he knew it Sirius was standing in front of a fox deep inside a forest. The creature looked at him oddly before bounding away. Sirius noticed the Foxfire symbol lined the fox’s fur.

Sirius ran after the fox. He had the strangest feeling of being here before. Turning a corner Sirius came to a stop behind the fox. The Fox turned its head and gave him a wink. Suddenly the Fox burst into flames, as the flames danced around the fox’s body a tall spire of flames seemed to leap forth. The leaping flam suddenly took shape of another fox, as the flames died down.

Staring at the two foxes the other one looked at Sirius and gave a wink. Before the original fox suddenly went bounding off again. A strange compulsion came over Sirius and he began to chase after the original fox. Looking back as he ran He saw the duplicate fox lay down in mock hurt. It let out a blood chilling call of pain and than laid still whimpering.

Despite Sirius longing to return to the duplicate fox to check to see if it was ok, His leg’s wouldn’t obey and he was forced to continue following the original fox…

Sirius awoke the next day covered in sweat, looking around to get his bearings he couldn’t figure out if it had all been a dream or had it really happened?

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Sirius laid back down in bed the following night, The dream from the other day still haunted him. It had been so real; he had felt as though he had been there before. Closing his eyes Sirius suddenly found himself back in the dense forest, still chasing after the Fox…

The Fox lead Sirius through the thick underbrush this way and that, over and under, until finally the Fox stopped. It looked up at the sky; As Sirius followed the fox’s gaze he saw a magnificent bird flying towards the other fox. It’s body was ablaze is a golden glow of fire, It’s tale a full meter long.

Sirius looked on in aw of the magical creature, but all too soon it was past them and could no longer be seen through the trees. Suddenly Sirius was moving again, looking back to the ground the Fox had dashed off again and as before some unseen force pulled Sirius along with it.

After several minuets the fox came to a stop in front of a massive old tree. The Fox in a single bound leaped up onto the nearest branch, and than began leaping from branch to branch, getting higher and higher. Again the unseen force pulled at Sirius, propelling him into the air, until he and the fox were at the top of the tree.

The view was breath taking; Sirius was apparently in a large valley. Huge mountains surrounded the entire forest. Massive tree’s taller than skyscrapers dotted the landscape.

Than across the wind in the direction of the injured fox duplicate the most peaceful, un-earthly song could be heard. It echoed deep down into Sirius’s soul calming his emotions of all concern and worry

Looking back to the fox he saw the fox was digging through a large burnt out nest. As Sirius watched he spotted a single golden feather, and realized this was the nest of the Bird that flew overhead.

Suddenly a blood curdling screech filled the forest, the calming effect shattered and a sea of fear and anger barraged Sirius. A massive fiery explosion erupted from about the location of the Fox duplicate, Sirius quickly looked back to the fox in the nest, It’s head quickly glancing at the fiery explosion before diving it’s head back into the ash.

Turning back to the sight of the explosion Sirius saw a massive ball of fire shoot up into the air, than it turned and began to head straight for them, the howling screech of anger directed exactly towards Sirius and the fox…

Sirius sat up in bead gasping for air sweat covering him.

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Sirius suddenly found himself standing high in the treetops, the Fox behind him searching for something, and a massive ball of fire heading strait towards him.

Looking from one to the other Sirius wasn’t sure the fox was going to make it, but than just as Sirius was about to give up hope, the fox pulled out a single item…

Before Sirius could look at it however, the ball of fire was upon them. Sirius shielded his eyes from the brightness, when he did finally see what it was he was awe struck. Hovering in the air less than five feet away, was a massive bird, it’s body emolliated in rolling flames… It was a Phoenix!

The Fox stood its ground against the massive bird, a slight glint in its eye. Than it vanished. The world around Sirius warped and twisted until he found himself in a cave, the Fox a few feet in front of him. It turned and looked at him, than dropped the object it had stolen from the Phoenix nest.

Sirius walked over to the small object, He reached down and was amazed he could pick it up. Looking at it more closely, Sirius realized it was a small statue of a chine’s dragon… He also realized it was completely made and calved out of a single pearl…

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Sirius found himself in the dream world yet again, this time however he was no longer in the cave as he was in his last dream. Now he was in a city, a very old city, Chinese he thought.

The Fox suddenly dashed passed Sirius, dragging him along with some mystical force as before. The people in the streets all seemed to see the fox and quickly got out of it’s way, as if they worshiped, or perhaps respected the creature.

A loud screech echoed from behind, Turning to look Sirius saw the large flaming bird flying overhead. Flames trailing of its golden red feathers. It shrieked again causing the people in the street to fall to the ground in agony.

The Fox suddenly leaped up onto a roof of a nearby building, Sirius noticed the small pearl dragon hanging around the fox’s neck. It ran with incredible speed, leaping from one rooftop to the next. Despite this the Phoenix continued to advance.

The Fox Skidded to a halt, sliding around until it faced the raging bird. Flames licked at the foxes lips, than with a powerful yelp it shot a fireball out of it’s mouth at the flaming bird…

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  • 3 weeks later...

The fireball shot through the air, hitting the phoenix and knocking in to the ground. The fox turned again and began to run as the giant bird got back up and resumed its hell fury flight.

The world around Sirius suddenly shifted time seemed to speed up. The building’s around him changed the sky rotated it’s cycle ever faster and faster until suddenly it stopped. Looking around the new surrounding’s something was different, they weren’t in china anymore.

If Sirius were any judge of architecture he would guess they were now in Japan. What century he wasn’t sure but it certainly wasn’t modern Japan.

Spying the fox again Sirius was taken aback slightly at the Fox’s appearance. Although he didn’t know how much time had past since the brief battle with the phoenix, the fox now appeared slightly larger and its large bushy tail had split into two distinct tails.

The Fox was looking up into the sky; Sirius followed the Fox’s gaze to see the phoenix diving down, the moon silhouetting its fiery rage. Flames began to leap from the fox’s fur in anticipation. The Phoenix let loss a torrent of fire at the fox, the flames dancing around the fox flared brighter as they deflected the fiery assault.

Leaping up into the sky, the fox jumped near sixty feet from a sitting position as far as Sirius could tell. A large storm of flames erupted around the fox, engulfing it in a ball of fire, before it fired it off at the bird.

The Phoenix easily deflected the attack this time and countered with a blast on it’s own. The fox dodged the attacked and was about to retaliate when it noticed the surrounding area. The buildings around the two mythical creatures were on fire. People were running in all directions.

The Fox looked up to the Phoenix and yelped something, but the phoenix simply retaliated with another blast of fire, which incinerated another house. The Fox quickly turned an ran, slowing only to make sure the phoenix was following it…

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  • 3 weeks later...

*While Flicking through the Journal, Sirius find's a rather strange entry that follows*


Give a two or three word description of yourself. (Describe your character's concept.)

Magical Fox Spirit

Do you have any nicknames, street names, titles, or nom de plume?

The Ember Paw, The Fox Fire

What is your full birth name?

Sirius Vulpes

Where do you live?

Freedom City (Formally Ireland

Why do you live there?

Opportunity, fame, fortune

What do you perceive as your greatest strength?

The Fox Fire

What do you perceive as your greatest weakness?

The Inability to access my full power

Physical Traits

How old are you? (Chronological age as well as age category.)


What is your sex?


What is your race?


How tall are you?


How much do you weigh?


What is your general body type, frame, bone structure, and poise?

Scrawny, long

What is your skin colour?


What is your hair colour?


What is your hair style?

Long (shoulder length) parted down the middle

Do you have any facial hair?


What is your eye colour?


How attractive are you?

About average

What is your most distinguishing feature?

My Foxfire tattoo

Do you have any scars, tattoos, or birthmarks?

A fox Fire tattoo on my back and shoulders

What is your handedness (left/right/ambidextrous)?


Do you resemble some currently known person?


What kind of clothing do you wear?


Do you wear makeup?


What sort of vocal tone do you have?

Male Medium


Where is your homeland?


Are you aware of its history?


Are you patriotic or a social outcast?


What are your opinion of home?

It’s a place, nothing more

Where is your home town?

Duleek Ireland

Are your real reasons for becoming an adventurer different from what you tell others?


How far would you go to keep such secrets from being revealed? What would you do if the truth became known?

It’s not really that big a deal, If it becomes known it becomes known, I can live with that… I think.

What do you fear would occur if the truth became known?

Nothing, other than pesky hero’s will probably meddle in my business more.

Do you have any particularly high or low ability scores?

I’m not the strongest person, but I’m darn near the most agile.

How have these scores affected your life so far?

Not much, although being agile has dose come in handy quite often.

What about your race, growing up were you in the majority or a minority?


Did this impact your outlook in any way?


How do you feel about other races?

Don’t give it much thought.

Were there any traumatic experiences in your early years (death of a family member, abandonment, orphaned at an early age)?

My father died recently, but other than that not really.

Briefly describe a defining moment in your childhood and how it influenced your life.

When I gained the Fox fire…. It changed my life forever.

What stupid things did you do when you were younger?

Nothing to bad, other than a few minor slaps for shop lifting I never really did anything stupid… other than getting caught.

Which toys from your childhood have you kept?

None, I left in a hurry and couldn’t take trinkets

Why? What do they mean to you? If you didn't keep any, why not? What did you do to them all?

As I said, Didn’t have time or space to pack trinkets

Do you have any deep, dark secrets in the past that may come back to haunt you?


Are you who you claim to be?

I think so?

Do you have any sort of criminal record?

Just a few Shop lifting charges when I was younger

How do you view the heroes/legends of your country?

Bah, what have they ever done for me.


Who were your parents?

Gwen and Jonathan Vulpes

Were you raised by them? If not, then why didn't they and who did raise you?

They raised me

What was their standing in the community?

Outcasts, our family were treated with a bit of fear and respect.

Did your family stay in one area or move around a lot?

Mostly staid in one spot.

How did you get along with their parents?

I got on well with my father, but My mother and I have always been at odds with each other.

How would your parents describe you? Answer this in the voice of your mother, then in your father's.

Mother: Young and brash, Need’s to learn respect.

Father: Just like his mother when she was his age…

Do you have any siblings? If so how many and what were their names? How did you get along with each of your siblings?


What was your birth position in the family?

Only child

List all current knowledge of family locations, spouses, children, birth dates, schooling, and any important incidents that only you and they might remember.

None (oddly)

Do you stay in touch with them or have you become estranged?


Do you love or hate one member of the family in particular?


Is any member of the family special to you in any way (perhaps, as a confidant, mentor, or arch-rival)?

Not really

Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)?

Not that I know off.

If so, who are they and how did they "gain" the position?


Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor?

Not that I know of, Although I’m only just learning about my family history.

If so, what did this person do to become famous or infamous?


Do you try to live up to the reputation of your ancestor, try to live it down, or ignore it?

I want to be better than the former Fox Fire Holders.

Do you ever want to have a family of your own someday?

Maybe one day.

Would anything change your mind on this issue and if so, what?

If I met the right girl…

What type of person would be your ideal mate?

Fun loving, Quirky, Foxy…


Do you have any close friends? If so, who and what are they like?

Not really, Although Jos is all right… for an old guy. Than there’s that hero Grim? She was nice…

What is the history of their relationship(s) with you?

I work for him in his antiquities shop.

Do you currently have a best friend whom you would protect with your reputation or your life?


If so, who are they and what caused you to feel so close to them? What would have to happen for you to end this relationship?


Do you have any bitter enemies?

Not that I know off, although there is some one called the ‘Red bird.’ But I don’t know what here deal is.

If so, who are they, what are they like, and what is the history of their feud with you?


Have you defeated them before?


How might these enemies seek to discomfit you in the future?

Apparently she’s been hunting me all my life.. I don’t know what she may do in the future.

Which person(s) or group(s) are you most loyal to?

The Fox Grove

Who is your most trusted ally?

My mother

Who do you trust, in general?

The Fox Grove Members

Who do you despise and why?

No one in particular

Name seven things you hate in others.



Flamboyant display’s of wealth

Being English



General do-gooders

Is your image consistent?


Do you deliberately present yourself differently in different situations, and how?

Not really, Other than the basic difference between Sirius Vulpes and Ember

What would you die for?


What is the worst thing someone has done to you?

ah… trying to kill me?

What is your general reaction to an attractive member of the opposite sex who lets you know they are available?

Wolf howl… what I may be fox, but even foxes howl…

How do you get along with others of the same adventuring class?

I do Ok with other villains, even if they don’t get me.

Have you lost any loves?


How did you handle the situation (short & long term)?


Who would miss you should you go missing?

My mother

How close are you to your adventuring companions?

As close as I need to be to get what I want.

What do they not know about you?

I’m really Sirius, Not a ware fox.

Are you a member of any house, guild, organization, or church? What is your level of involvement?

The Fox Grove Druids

Personality & Beliefs

Do you, or did you, have any role models?

My Father

Do you have any heroes or idols, either contemporary or from legend?

Not really.

Did you ever become disillusioned with former heroes or idols? If so, why and what were the circumstances?

Nope, there all liars anyway.

When did you decide to become an adventurer?

When I was infused with the fox fire spirit.

Why have you chosen to risk your life as a career?

I haven’t, when thing’s get hot, I’m outa there.

What do you expect to get out of being an adventurer? What, if anything, would make you stop adventuring?

More power, fame and glory.

Do you have any dreams or ambitions? If not, why?

To master my powers to there full extent.

What are your short term goals (what would you like to be doing within a year)?

Track down this “Red Birdâ€Â

What are your long term goals (what would you like to be doing twenty years from now)?

Unlock more Power.

If these goals seem at odds with each other, or with your dreams, how do you reconcile the differences?


Do you have any great rational or irrational fears or phobias? If so, what are the origins of, or reasons behind them?

Not really… Although I don’t Like the British… I’m Irish.

How do you react when this fear manifests itself?

Usually by giving the pommy a black eye.

What are your attitudes regarding material wealth?

Money, I don’t care about… Luxury… I want.

Are you miserly with your share of the wealth, or do you spend it freely?

At the moment, I’m happy.

Do you see wealth as a mark of success, or just as a means to an end?

Little of both, mostly a means to an end.

How do you generally treat others?

Politely at first, It’s always better to ask for something first than go to the hassle of having to fight for it later.

Do you trust easily (perhaps too easily) or not?

I don’t trust anyway.

Are you introverted (shy and withdrawn) or extroverted (outgoing)?

little of both.

Are you a humble soul or blusteringly proud?

I’d say Humble…ish

What habits do you find most annoying in friends?


What are your most annoying habits?

Nothing I’m perfect… Although I keep getting told I can be rude… I don’t know what there talking about.

Is there any race, creed, alignment, religion, class, profession, political viewpoint, or the like against which you are strongly prejudiced, and why?

Roman’s… they whipped out the druids.

What is your favourite food?


What is your favourite drink?


What is your favourite treat (desert)?

Ice Creem

Do you favour a particular cuisine?


Do you savor the tastes when eating or "wolf down" your food?

I Tend to wolf thing’s down.

Do you like food mild or heavily spiced?


Are there any specific foodstuffs that you find disgusting or refuse to eat?


What are your favourite colour(s)?


Is there any colour that you dislike?


Do you have a favourite (or hated) song, type of music, or instrument?

Not Really

If you have a favourite scent, what is it?

The smell just after it rains.

What is your favourite type of animal?

Foxes… dah

Are you allergic to any kinds of animals?

Dogs… I hate dogs.

Is there anything that enrages you?

Not really

Is there anything which embarrasses you?


Do you enjoy "roughing it", or do you prefer your creature comforts?

Creature comforts all the way.

Do you have a patron deity?

No… yes… I don’t know.

Are you devout or impious?

I wouldn’t call my self devout or Impious.. bit of both maybe?

Do you actively worship and proselytize or do you simply pay lip service?

Bit of both.

What lengths would you go to defend your faith?

I would defend the druid grove to death… does that count?… ok maybe until thing’s looked like they were going south.. than I’d be outa there.

Was your faith influenced or molded by anyone special?

My mother/father.

Do you belong to a dominant church, or an independent church, cult, or sect (and is the group accepted, frowned upon, or considered heretics)?

Most would consider the Druids to be a cult.

Will you kill?

If it means’ power.

When did you decide (or learn) that you would?

Dunno, I guess I’ve always kinda known.

When do you consider it okay to kill (under what circumstances)?

When someone is in the way of my gaols.

When do you consider it wrong to kill (under what circumstances)?

Innocent bystanders… they may be in the way, but I’m not that cold.

What would you do if someone else attempted to (or successfully did) kill under your "wrong" circumstances, what would be your reaction?

what-ever not my problem.

What if it were your enemy?


What if it were your friend?


What if the opponent were not in control of their own actions (under duress, charmed, dominated, possessed)?

Don’t care

What would you do if something were stolen from you?

Hunt the perpetrator down, get it back and punish them.

What would you do if you were badly insulted publicly?

Run… than plot my revenge.

What would you do if a good friend or relative were killed by means other than natural death?

I’d hunt the murderer down… and pay them in kind.

What is the one task you would absolutely refuse to do?

Eat Tofu…

What do you consider to be the worst crime someone could commit and why?

Eating tofu… Have you tasted the stuff!

How do you feel about government (rulers) in general? Why do you feel that way?

What do I care, I’m more powerful then them.

Do you support the current government of your homeland?

Don’t care… they don’t mess with me, I don’t mess with them.

If so, how far are you willing to go to defend the government? If not, do you actively oppose it?

As I said above, don’t care… they can deal with there own mess.

What form of government do you believe is the best (democracy, monarchy, anarchy, aristocratic rule, oligarchy, matriarchy) and why?

Individuality… I’m my own person, everyone else can fend for themselves.

Do you have any unusual habits or dominant personality traits that are evident to others?

I can come across as shy… although I’m really just scheming.

If so, describe them and how you acquired them, as well as when they might be more noticeable and what causes them.

See Above.

Do you have any unusual or nervous mannerisms, such as when talking, thinking, afraid, under stress, or when embarrassed?

Not that I know off.

What is your most treasured possession?

I suppose the Fox fire journal.

If your life were to end in 24 hours, what 5 things would you do in those remaining hours?

Try and stop it form happening, nothing else matters.

Career & Training

Where and how were you educated?

Ireland public school system.

Who trained you in your adventuring class(es)?

No one, Self taught.

What was your relationship with your teacher(s)/mentor(s)?


Is this person or institution still in existence?


Were you a prize student or did you just barely pass?


Look at your skills. How did you acquire them (especially the unusual ones)?

The Fox fire spirit endowed me with above human abilities, and magic.

Have you ever done anything else for a living?

Not really. A few petty short term jobs here and there, nothing longer than a month or two.

How do you function in combat (maneuvers, weaknesses)?

Quick and agile, sneak attacking.

Have you ever received any awards or honours?


Is there anything that you don't currently know how to do that you wish you could?

Have more power…

Are you envious of others who can do such things in a good-natured way or are you sullen and morose about it?

Bit of both… I’m envious but I know one day I’ll be far more powerful.

Lifestyle & Hobbies

When not adventuring, what is your normal daily routine?

Work at the antiquities store, research more power.

How do you feel and react when this routine is interrupted for some reason?


What are your hobbies when you are not adventuring or training?

Hobbies… erm does playing foosball count?

What do you do for relaxation? What things do you do for enjoyment? What interests do you have?

TV… Running… Video games.

How do you normally dress when not in your adventuring gear?


What do you normally wear in bed at home?

Silk PJ!

What do you normally wear in bed while adventuring?

Just my Fur.

Do you wear any identifiable jewelry?


Where do you normally put your weapons, magic items, or other valuables when you are sleeping?

On the bed cabinet.

What morning or evening routines do you normally have?

Get up. Shower. Food. Ext.

Do these change when you are adventuring?

Not really.

Travel: how do you get around locally?

I travel around freedom quite a bit.

Do you have a Last Will and Testament?

should I?

What does it say?



What would you like to be remembered for after your death?

I don’t plan on dieing.

What kind of threat do you present to the public?

Huge… If I ever unlock my full power.

If your features were to be destroyed beyond recognition, is there any other way of identifying your body?

The Journal, nothing can destroy that.

As a player, if you could, what advice would you give your character? Speak as if he/she were sitting right here in front of you. Use proper tone so they might heed your advice...

Ember, you need to get out more, and stop being so obsessed with power. Don’t be afraid to try new thing’s either… Like tofu…

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