In the past, an author’s personal website was the holy grail of finding information on our most beloved writers and storytellers. From book tours to correct reading order, to a mailing address where you could send fanatical letters and wail about the death of your favorite characters. Like a brick house we built with our bare hands, they were our personal spaces, our platforms through which we reached our readers. But, with the rise of blogging and social media, the authors website is slowly fading into antiquity. Or is it? Times are constantly changing and with it comes a flux of new technology and social platforms that overwrite the old. If you’re a millennial like me you no doubt witnessed the death of MySpace and the rise of Facebook and Twitter. But, who’s to say that in ten years these popular sites will still be around? Having a Facebook “like” page and a booming twitter account are fine, but in the case that Facebook nosedives at any time in the future, having your own platform that’s controlled solely by you may be your only saving grace. I can already hear you screaming at me, “But websites are expensive! I can’t afford that!” and “I don’t know how to code a website! I can’t be in control of something I know nothing about!” Relax friends and colleagues, I’m here to provide a comprehensive guide on building a simple website that you can operate without entirely on your own. Follow along and in three simple steps, you will have your own FREE platform that no one can take from you, not even the Facebook banning police. I know we’ve all had our run in with those jerks. Here we go!
STEP ONE: Choosing a host website
There are many platforms that allow you to host your website with a custom domain name, which is what we’ll be using here so that you completely “own” your website. The host I think is the best and personally use is Tumblr.com. Tumblr is a blogging website that allows users to create their own blogs and seamlessly share content from millions of users all around the world. This both allows authors to find and interact with new and prospective fans while simultaneously keeping their blog or website fresh with new content. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you already have an email address. If not, I highly recommend Gmail for all your emailing needs. Grab your email and navigate to http://www.tumblr.com and create an account. Account creation is extremely simple. Simply enter your email address, password and select a username. I suggest creating a username that in some way correlates to what you’re trying to accomplish. AuthorJenineHadwick is perfectly fine as apposed to PrincessPonyGlitterBootyShorts. I’m serious, tumblr usernames get pretty rediculous. Now, open up a new tab and get ready for step two.
STEP TWO: Acquiring a domain name
Head over to http://www.dot.tk/. This is your domain provider. A domain provider, in a nutshell, is a computer network server where your website will be hosted 24 hours a day, seven days a week without disruption. Essentially, your personal computer, the one you’re using right now could act as a host for your website. With a few apps and minor HTML and coding knowledge, you really wouldn’t need a domain provider at all. Except for the fact that your computer isn’t turned on and connected to the internet all day every day and your internet connection probably wouldn’t have the strength to support all the people flocking to your website. Domain names usually range in price from $10 a month to over $100 a year for a .com domain. But, with the dot.tk website, you will be
provided with a .tk domain name completely free of charge. Yes, COMPLETELY free. The only catch is that you have to renew your domain name every year. But, for a free website, that doesn’t seem too daunting now does it? Head over to http://www.dot.tk and pick your domain name. Now, this will be the NAME of your website, the name through which users will find you. For example, my website is http://www.acgreenlee.com. I opted to pay for a .com domain name for personal reasons but, notice how simple the web address is. Your domain name could be anything from FamousAuthorHeather.tk to HankHillSellsPropane.tk. Just make sure it’s exactly what you want and something you won’t regret choosing later. After checking that your domain is available, proceed to the signup process.
Select Use DNS.
For the IP address slots, enter the IP from Tumblr (188.8.131.52) in both slots.
Select 12 Months from the drop down menu.
Enter the CAPTCHA.
Head back over to tumblr:
Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of your Dashboard.
Click the blog you’d like to update on the right side of the page.
Click the pencil to the right of the username section and enable “Use a custom domain.”
Enter your domain (e.g. mywebsite.tk).
Click “Test your domain.”
Correct problems if the test finds any, and click “Test your domain” until the test is successful.
If you navigate to your username.tumblr.com blog and it tells you that theres a problem, don’t panic, this is a good thing! It means tumblr is pointing correctly to your domain name and all there’s left to do is wait until all the mechanical stuff updates iteslf. Now lets move onto step three, the fun part!
STEP THREE: Customization
The thing I love most about tumblr is how easily customized it is, even if you have no knowledge of coding. After you’ve beaten your website into shape and you have your AuthorsWebsite.tk website set up and tested, head back to tumblr and go Blog Settings and Edit Theme. You can choose from a million free (and paid if you’re about that life) themes to make your website look however you want. By uploading a header image and profile picture, most themes will give you an entirely personalized website at the push of a button. For even more personalization, hit Edit HTML in your blog editor and get ready for your first, simple HTML coding lesson. Head over to any free tumblr theme code site (we’re going with http://kawaiilayouts.com just because I love them) and copy one of their free theme codes. Head back over to the Edit HTML section of your tumblr editor, select the HTML that’s already there, hit paste, update preview and TADA. Completely new website with the click of a button.
With your new website you’ll be able to truly build an authors platform independent of any social media sites personal fate. And, in the case that something happens to tumblr, there are quite literally a million different alternatives to hosting, and your domain provider dot.tk even has its own page builder if you ever want to cut your ties to a host all together. You can have your cake and eat it to by using social media in conjuncture with your personal website, extending your reach and your influence exponentially. Make them work with each other and for each other! Now that you have the foundation laid out for you, what are you still doing here? Go! Go build a website!
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Next on our list of character introductions is our spunky heroine, Victoria.
Adorable to look at, our heroine is a fiery little number with a potty-mouth and a penchant for getting her way, even if it means resorting to violence. Although she isn’t physically the strongest, she uses her enhanced mental prowess to overcome any obstacle she finds in her way. Now introducing, Victoria Bouchard, Kaizer’s Angel.
Zodiac: Virgo exists in the mind, everything is inside. To the world, Virgo presents a calm and collected exterior, but on the inside, nervous uncontrolled energy resides. They are constantly trying to figure things out, how to improve everything; analyzing and thinking. Virgo can tire itself out without even moving! Virgo has a constant drive to improve and perfect, this can lead to extreme pickiness and finickiness. They are pure, their motives are honest, never malicious and they want to accomplish something.
General information: Since she was a small child, Victoria has always had problems with her sight, a fact which often left her ostracized by her siblings and classmates. A true daddy’s girl, her only friend and confidant growing up was her father Percy Bouchard, who doted on the girl, spending a good portion of his time making sure she felt right at home. During her teenage years, Mr. Bouchard was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and spent the remainder of his life on earth in constant suffering. Victoria blamed herself. After her father’s death, she was sent to Harlan, Iowa to attend college at Viking Lake University, where she met and fell in love with Kaizer Dresden, a brilliant albeit lazy Grim Reaper. She knows his secret, to a certain extent, and he’s forever curious about the strange mental abilities she displays.
Personality Type: ISTJ – The Duty Fulfiller
Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible, and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their minds to it.
Heroine Archetype: The SPUNKY KID – Gutsy and true, she is loyal to the end. She is a favorite of many writers, and for good reason. You can’t help but root for her. She’s the girl with moxie. She’s not looking to be at the top of the heap; she just wants to be in her own little niche. She’s the team player, the one who is always ready to lend a hand.
Best strengths: Intellection, Learner, badass adorable, little miss badass, badass adorable.
Ambitions: To graduate at the top of her class and later, help find the psychopath who’s making sashimi out of all her friends and classmates.
Internal conflict: She seems composed on the outside, but inside she struggles with the potential to do great evil in the world instead of good.
External conflict: She’s self-deprecating when it comes to her love for Kaizer. She can’t help but believe that she isn’t good enough for him.
Biggest fear: Failing. Whether it’s in life or a board game. She can’t stand to lose. Being blind, losing her sight and being ineffective…these are the fears that haunt Victoria Bouchard.
Bio: Victoria was born in Norfolk Virginia. As a child she always dreamed of attending Harvard, or generally any Ivy League school, but quickly realized that her dream would be far from possible with her parent’s limited income. Victoria was cursed with poor eyesight as well as seemingly limitless mental abilities. She soaks up information like a human sponge, processes data like a super computer and can sometimes even hear the thoughts of the people around her.
We’ll continue our list of characters tomorrow with Mr. Ezra Dresden, the Grim Reaper Führer himself. The epitome of a powerful ‘badass’ he’s quite literally every woman’s wet dream. I think you’ll enjoy him~! Until next time!
Astrological sign: Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly — nor should Scorpios! Those born under this sign are dead serious in their mission to learn about others. There’s no fluff or chatter for Scorpios, either; these folks will zero in on the essential questions, gleaning the secrets that lie within. Scorpios concern themselves with beginnings and endings, and are unafraid of either; they also travel in a world that is black and white and has little use for gray. The curiosity of Scorpios is immeasurable, which may be why they are such adept investigators. These folks love to probe and know how to get to the bottom of things. The fact that they have a keen sense of intuition certainly helps.
The Scorpion symbolizes Scorpio, and that is no accident. Much like the Scorpion would rather kill itself than be killed, those born under this sign are in ultimate control of their destiny. It is life on the Scorpion’s terms, too, since these folks promote their agenda (they are quite the executives) and see to it that things go forward. Others may find this overbearing (it can be) and even self-destructive, but that’s the beauty of the Scorpio: they have tremendous regenerative powers, much like the literal Scorpion can lose its tail and promptly grow a new one. Fearless Scorpios rarely lose; they just keep on going, since they are stubborn and determined to succeed (this Scorpio trait is in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this sign). Scorpios work as hard as they do so they can someday sit back and feel satisfied with themselves. These folks are intense, passionate and filled with desire. They’re also complex and secretive, so don’t expect to get much out of them, lest they become suspicious and exit stage left. It’s best not to bet against Scorpios, either, since these folks are surprisingly resourceful.
Chinese zodiac: Occupying the 2nd position on the Chinese Zodiac, Oxen possess such character traits as dependability, strength and determination. Oxen are tolerant individuals who believe that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior; they don’t believe in taking shortcuts. They characterize those who don’t work hard as lazy individuals not worthy of respect.
Oxen are capable of trusting others and will listen to their opinions with an open mind. However, Oxen prefer making decisions that are based on their own research. Oxen favor strong, life-long alliances to casual acquaintances.
Home is where Oxen go to seek comfort, occasionally watching television or reading. They prefer the rural outdoors and spend the majority of their “home” time working in the garden or caring for the yard.
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): Single
Political Party: Republican
Police/Criminal/Legal record: Arrested once for suspected drug trafficking but released due to lack of evidence.
Social class as a child: Rich
Social class as an adult: Exceptionally rich
Birth date: 10/29/1985
Birth place: Dublin Ireland
Current residence: London England
Occupation: Triad member, CEO of Cavaletti enterprises.
Title/Rank: Triad / Triginta / XXX / 30
Talents/Skills/Powers: Too many to list.
Hometown: Dublin Ireland
First Memory: Being shoved in front of a train by his elder brother and stopping said train with physical strength alone.
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: The day he first drank blood. His father took him into London as an eight year old and cut open the wrist of a prostitute. He drank from her and instantly developed a taste for blood which became an obsession.
Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: Being inducted into the Triad at seventeen. He was given power and a position he wasn’t ready for, but assumed his role as if he were born for it. Giovanni is a natural leader and he isn’t used to being anything else.
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: Being unable to stop his father from dying and becoming one of the undead creatures who prey on humans and anything else that produces plasma.
Biggest role model and why: His father whom he loved above all else.
Backstory: Giovanni Cavaletti was born in Dublin Ireland to living vampires Niccolo and Lucretia Cavaletti. The youngest of seven children he was spoiled rotten while his siblings, who all competed to take their fathers coveted place in the Triad and ended up killing each other over it. Left to Lucio and Giovanni himself their father chose the latter to take his place as the more responsible, and more powerful, child. Lucio, in a fit of rage cut his fathers heart from his chest, rendering him one of the undead. Giovanni avenged his father’s ‘death’ by suffering his elder brother the same fate.
Posture: Straight, perfect posture.
Build: He has a swimmers build, lean but muscular.
Hair: Black, inky.
Widow’s peak: No.
Describe their smile: His smile is usually boyish or sheepish, he uses his smile to get what he wants especially from women who find his charm hard to resist.
Glasses/Contacts: He wears a pair of black frames, but only for show since he is a vampire and his sight is perfect.
Tattoos/Scars: A scorpion tattoo on his upper left shoulder.
Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Right handed
Distinguishing features: Uncanny clear blue eyes.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: He takes after his father.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Depends on the occasion. He can be very elegant but then again he can also be very lazy.
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Business suits, stylish sweaters and slacks.
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: T-Shirts and Jeans.
Jewelry and/or other accessories: Expensive watches.
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: He’s a vampire, he’s very balanced.
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: Sometimes.
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): “You’re serious about this?” She asked, her voice barely above a whisper as she looked from him to the forty or so werewolves who waited for them just beyond the window. Giovanni did the same, shrugging his shoulders before giving her a grin.
“We all have to die sometime. Why not go out in a blaze of glory?”
“You’re an idiot.” She stood, cocking her shotgun as he climbed to his feet and kicked the door open.
“Just one of the many things you love about me.”
Describe their voice: He has an English accent. Heh.
Describe their house/dwelling: Large.
Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: He’s very intelligent.
Known languages: English, Gaelic
Long-term goals/desires in life: To abdicate the Exodus division. He see’s their tactless violence as useless in keeping a society of vampires peaceful.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Find Lucio and stop him from spreading the drug venom.
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Business suits, stylish sweaters and slacks.
How self-confident is s/he?: He’s very self confident and self aware.
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: Dominant but can also be submissive for the right woman.
Describe their level of patience: He’s incredibly patient.
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: A combination of both.
Most at ease when: Alone, reading.
Ill at ease when: When in the company of werewolves and the undead.
If granted one wish, what would it be and why?: Peace among the species.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Restraint
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Gluttony
Optimist or pessimist: Optimist
Greatest fear: Being enclosed in tight spaces. He suffers from claustrophobia.
Biggest regret: Not sensing his brothers plan to kill his father and being unable to stop it.
Does this character have a deep/dark secret?: No.
Likes: Beautiful women, expensive wine, blood.
Clothing: Anything comfortable but stylish.
Place and why: His personal library. He enjoys reading.
Room in the house and why: His personal library. He enjoys reading.
Food/drink: Blood and expensive wine.
Music genre: Classical/Opera
Song and Singer/Band: Luciano Pavarotti
Movie/Tv Show/Performance: He doesn’t watch television but he enjoyed Les Miserables the stage play.
Actor/Performer: Luciano Pavarotti
Book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Historical figure: Does his father count?
Subject in school: History
Animal: The snake because nothing is expected of it yet everyone naturally fears and respects it.
Clothing: …Dresses? The man will wear anything that’s not womens clothes.
Place: The morgue.
Food/drink: Italian food. I know, it’s ironic.
Where does this character hang out?: His library.
Where is this character’s dream place to live?: A place surrounded by only nature and literature. Where petty squabbles and war can’t intrude.
Mode of transportation: His blood red Aston Martin Vanquish.
Most prized possession and why: His blood red Aston Martin Vanquish.
Describe character’s sense of morals: He’s pretty moral, he just has moments where he doesn’t care about anything other than his immediate set up. He’s fiercely loyal to those he calls his own.
Describe character’s sense of self-control: He has an incredible sense of self control. With his obsession with blood he has to less he go off and murder everyone.
Spontaneous or structured?: Both. Depends on his mood.
Instinctual or logical?: Both. Depends on his mood.
How does this character act in public?: Depends on his mood. He’s usually very cordial and an upstanding citizen because of his popularity as a well known CEO. But sometimes he has to kick someones ass. These things happen.
How does this character act in privacy?: He’s very charming, very witty.
What does this character think/feel about…:
Psychoanalysis (Describe why they act the way they do): Giovanni was spoiled as a child, he’s used to getting what he wants when he wants it, but this need for getting what he wants is circumvented by the values his parents instilled in him as a child. He was taught to never take what was unnecessary to him and to never take from the less fortunate but instead to give.
Immediate family members and their ages: Mother-245
Ethnicity and/or species of the mother: Living Vampire
Ethnicity and/or species of the father: Living Vampire
Birth order: He’s the youngest.
Any important/infamous/famous ancestors?: No.
Did this character know their birth parents?: Yes.
Are the parents still alive?: Yes.
Have the parents been separated either by choice or otherwise?: Yes.
What happened to separate the parents and why?: His father became undead.
How old was this character when this happened?: Seventeen.
What effect did it have on him/her?: He misses his father dearly.
How did the parent(s)/caretaker(s) treat him/her growing up versus now: He grew up in a very loving atmosphere other than his siblings all murdering each other.
Did/does s/he have any siblings?: Yes.
Name the siblings and their age difference to this character: Lucio is the only ‘living’ sibling he has left.
Have any of the siblings died?: Yes.
Who, why, and when?: They all murdered each other.
How has this affected the character?: It makes it difficult for him to trust so he’s constantly watching his back.
Describe his/her relationship with the sibling(s) growing up and now: They hated him, he never understood why.
Has this character ever been married?: No.
Does s/he have a family of their own now?: No.
Does s/he believe in a god/goddess?: No.
What are his/her spiritual beliefs?: He’s a vampire…
Is religion or spirituality an important part of this character’s life?: No.
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: The snake because nothing is expected of it yet everyone naturally fears and respects it.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: Fondle himself. Daily. Hourly.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: A man made river. He’s something that was created to be in a specific place that he doesn’t necessarily want to be in.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: They would probably get along.
…s/he became physically handicapped? What would they do?: Relax and enjoy early retirement.
…s/he was proposed to (if they haven’t been already)? What would they do?: Laugh. Proposing is HIS job.
…s/he had a child (if they don’t already)? What would they do and how would it affect them?: He would treat them with all the love and affection in the world.
What song best fits this character?: If I was your Vampire by Marilyn Manson
If you could compare this character to an existing character (physically or personality-wise), who would it be and why?: Gaspard Menier
Cavaletti Family History:
Niccolo Cavaletti was the grandson of Edgar Cavaletti, a living vampire who was the first member of the house of judges to successfully have a case overthrown for lack of evidence, thus exposing the botched legal system of the sanctioned five who based their verdicts on their particular like or dislike of an accused party instead of facts.
Niccolo, who followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and took the place of one of the sanctioned five fathered two children, Natalia and Elijah. The twins were expected to be excellent judges, except, Elijah had no plans of following his father into a career he deemed boring and worthless. Just after his twenty-ninth birthday he started an uprising, murdering his parents and a slew of other vampires before he and his band of two hundred were finally brought to justice. His sister Natalia escaped the carnage and sought refuge in the house of Leviticus where she eventually became the first living vampire to switch houses. She fell in love with a male Leviticus by the name of Esmond, a man exiled from his family and unable to give his last name to his new bride. Thus the Cavaletti legacy was able to continue. The two went on to give birth to three children, two girls and a son they named for her late father, Niccolo.
Niccolo Cavaletti the second went on to marry a woman named Lucretia, the daughter of a very wealthy Leviticus executioner. He fathered seven boys; Paris, Joshua, Bartholomew, Arden, Lucio, Micah and finally Giovanni. Niccolo, who was set to retire from being one of the sanctioned three who ran the house of Leviticus watched his sons fight for the right to take his place, most of them killing each other until only Lucio, the eldest of the three, Micah, who never wanted his seat of power in the first place, and Giovanni, the youngest of his seven children remained. When he decided the youngest would be the best candidate to take his place and would thus become the youngest person in history to assume a sanctioned position, his son Lucio attacked him and cut his heart from his chest, turning him into one of the undead. In a fit of rage over the death of his father, Giovanni attacked his elder brother and commit him to the same fate. Micah and Giovanni, aside from their mother Lucretia, are the last remaining heirs of the Cavaletti blood line. Micah, an eccentric painter moved to Paris some time ago, leaving his well known glass company to his then seventeen year old brother and hasn’t been heard from since, leaving the now twenty eight year old to govern the family estate on his own.
Positive Traits: Conservative, introverted, reserved, patient, punctual and inclined to be perfectionists.
Worst Traits: Obsessive, stubborn, self conscious and uptight.
Referred to as ‘farmers’ in some descriptions, Type A’s are said to be considerate of others and loyal to a fault. They can also be secretive and reluctant to share their feelings. Apparently they don’t hold their liquor well, either.
Astrological sign: Virgo
Chinese zodiac: Dragon (Born 1988)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Current status (marital/dating): …..It’s complicated.
Political Party: Democratic
Police/Criminal/Legal record: Arrested once for the suspected murder of a Vampire (Marcus of the Leviticus) Was later released.
Social class as a child: Poor
Social class as an adult: Upper middle class
Birth date: 10/02/1988
Birth place: London England
Current residence: London England
Occupation: Police officer
Title/Rank: Special Operative
Talents/Skills/Powers: She’s a witch. She’s skilled in all things magical.
First Memory: Learning from her headmaster that her foster parents died in a car crash. She was eight years old when this happened.
Most important childhood event that still affects him/her; how/why: Learning how to cast a spell. Without her magic she wouldn’t be able to fight.
Other memories/events that still affects him/her; why/how: The day she graduated from the police academy. Being an officer of the law helped shape her into the woman she is today.
Past failures s/he would be embarrassed to have people know about and why: Being unable to stop Nolan from ‘abusing’ her. Even though she’s petite she’s used to being able to take an ass whipping and deal one out just as hard, she’s viewed as a very strong person despite her size and knowing she’d been unable to stop Nolan kills her inside every single day.
Biggest role model and why: PATRICK HENRY (1736-1799)
American patriot credited with the famous line, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
He stood up for what he believed in, even at the cost of his life.
Biggest disillusions from childhood: She learned that the world isnt what it seems at a very young age.
Backstory: Adelaide and her younger sister Alicia where abandoned at birth, given to a loving foster family who doted on the witches like their own flesh and blood. Just around Adelaide’s eight birthday,after having attended ‘Charm School’ for a little over a year she was informed that her foster parents died in a car crash while on their way to visit her. Adelaide, despite the tragedy, went on to raise her sister on her own and eventually joined the police academy. Graduating top of her class she became a police officer and later an SPPO agent (Supernatural Police Protection Officer). Under this title she completed ‘Black Op’ missions for government officials and even the Queen of England herself. Some years later she met Nolan Norvakov, a werewolf who not only became her partner on the force but her lover. Nolan turned out to be working for a demon lord and had sought out the little witch to steal her soul and sell it in order to gain the power of black magic. Devastated after a tragic gang rape Adelaide shut down completely, quitting her beloved job and becoming reclusive as she awaits the demon lord who has six months before he comes to collect on the deal he made with Nolan.
Weight: 109 lbs
Widow’s peak: No.
Eyes: Sky blue
Mouth/Lips/Teeth: Pert lips, a rosy mouth and straight white teeth
Face shape: Heart shaped
Expressions: She…has them? Wtf
Describe their smile: Smug when she wants it to be, but very pretty when she’s actually smiling
Glasses/Contacts: She wears reading glasses at times because she’s slightly nearsighted.
Tatoos/Scars: No tattoos but she has a scar on her left ankle from tearing her Achilles tendon (an old track and field injury from high school) And a scar on her left hip where she was clawed by a werewolf.
Ambidextrous, left or right handed?: Left handed
Distinguishing features: She looks like a little blonde cherub, but she’s trigger happy as hell.
Who does s/he take after; mother or father?: Both. She has her mother’s face and her father’s blonde hair.
Style (Elegant, shabby, etc): Shabby
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Casual clothes.
Other outfits one might find in their wardrobe: A whole lot of wife beaters.
Jewelry and/or other accessories: She wears a ring on her right hand bearing a sapphire, her birthstone and the color of her eyes.
Weapons: Any gun she can get her hands on, she can fire. She’s very fond of the Mossberg .12 gauge pump shotgun and the .45 ruger.
Health: Generally healthy just screwed up mentally
Hygiene: Very hygienic
Physical Flaws: She’s short.
Physical Qualities: …What?
Is s/he generally balanced or clumsy?: Balanced
Describe their mannerisms/poses/movement: She’s very fluid
Describe their walk: Poised
Habits/OCDs/Obsessions: She’s obsessed with the law and everyone following it.
Speech patterns: She has a slight English accent which she tries her best to hide
Unique phrases: None
Do they curse, and if so, to what extent: She tries not to but sometimes it slips
Write a piece of dialogue that this character might say (can be between someone else): “You’re not just going to sit here and let yourself rot away Adelaide!”
“What business of it is yours Alicia?”
“You’re my sister! It’s my job to tell you when you’re being stupid and uh, newsflash stupid you’re being STUPID!”
“Stop shouting you’ll wake the neighbors.”
Describe their voice: Soft, musical
Describe their sleep patterns (light/heavy sleeper, no sleep, sleeps too often, etc): Light sleeper
Describe their eating patterns/diet (What do they eat, how do they eat, how often, are they picky, high, low, or average metabolism): She’s surprisingly not really picky.
Describe their house/dwelling: Small, well kept, lots of potted plants.
Describe their bedroom: Clean. One bed, two nightstands, a dresser and no personal memorabilia.
Describe their daily rituals: Get up, shower, eat, read, garden, go back to bed.
Psychological/Personality Attributes and Attitudes
Intelligence level: Very high. She excels in all things intellectual.
Known languages: English, German, Gaelic
Long-term goals/desires in life: Pre rape: be the best cop she can be. Post rape: to spend her last six months in solitude before she goes to hell.
Short-term goals/desires in life: Paint the kitchen.
How does s/he dress or what do they typically wear?: Casual clothes.
How self-confident is s/he?: She’s usually very self confident
How do they express themselves?: Calmly until she’s really pissed off then shes an explosion of violence
Is this character generally dominant or submissive?: She’s only ever submissive with those she truly loves.
Describe their level of patience: She doesn’t have much of it.
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?: A combination but mostly logic
Most at ease when: Alone, reading or gardening
Ill at ease when: Around werewolves.
If they could be described with one of the seven virtues, which would it be?: Justice
If they could be described with one of the seven sins, which would it be?: Wrath
Greatest fear: Being raped again or taken advantage of in anyway
Other fears/phobias: Small dark places, large groups of people including werewolves
Likes: Food, gardening, reading
Clothing: Basketball shorts
Place and why: Her bedroom, because it’s her sanctuary
Room in the house and why: …^^^^
Food/drink: Chinese food and Coke
Music genre: Dark Wave
Song and Singer/Band: Evanescence, Halestorm, Amy Lee, Lzzy Hale.
Movie/Tv Show/Performance: Casablanca
Actor/Performer: George Clooney
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Historical figure: Queen Mary of Scots
Subject in school: Mathematics
Clothing: Skirts. Anything frilly.
Place: Anywhere near a werewolf bar
Music genre: Pop
Subject in school: History
…s/he was an animal? What would they be and why?: A Cat, because a cat can never truly be ‘owned’.
…s/he were the opposite sex? What would they do?: …Beat the hell out of rapists and child abusers.
…s/he could be characterized by an object; what would they be and why?: She’d be a crumbling greek column, once a strong unmovable structure reduced to ashes.
…s/he were confronted with someone with an identical personality as themselves? What would they do?: They’d annoy the shit out of each other until they finally gave up and just got along.
…s/he became physically handicapped? What would they do?: Wait for her life to end
…s/he were placed in a new and unfamiliar environment/country/planet/etc? What would they do?: Seek out law enforcement and help them settle the chaos in their world.
…s/he was proposed to (if they haven’t been already)? What would they do?: Cry.
…s/he had a child (if they don’t already)? What would they do and how would it affect them?: She would be the most loving parent ever.
What song best fits this character?: The A Team by Ed Sheeran
If you could choose an actor/voice actor for this character, who would it be?: Gemma Ward
Living Vampire:Vampires with a pulse. They eat, sleep, and breathe just like every other living creature. They’re conceived by two living vampires and are, usually, carried to full term by the pregnant female, though there are known complications a pregnant female can face especially during birth. They grow rapidly, making problems of vampiric over-population a problem that is usually solved by strife within families and coven wide power struggles such as the uprising of 1876 when Elijah Cavaletti overthrew the judges, murdered his entire family with the exception of his sister Natalia who fled and sought refuge under the house of Leviticus.
The diet of a living vampire consists of many things, mostly human food, but they can develop an appetite for human blood. In fact, most living vampires still consume blood because for them it is tradition, a right of passage, something that is passed down from mother to daughter and father to son. Taste varies from vampire to vampire but the blood of young women seems to be a constant favorite.
Living vampires have all the perks of vampirism with none of the ill effects. So naturally, being exceptionally strong and resilient, there are only a few known ways to kill a living vampire. Beheading them reduces the body to ash, but removing the heart from the body turns them into one of the undead. Gold, blessed by a priest also does the trick if they’re infused with enough of it.
Undead (Strigoi):The Strigoi are the vicious monsters of legend that strike fear in the hearts of men all over the world. The blood drinkers, the flesh eaters who kill mercilessly. The undead are created by infecting humans with the vampire toxin, a viscid substance secreted from the fangs of the undead. Once bitten the host body tries to fight off the disease which results in the death of the human and rebirth of the undead.
The diet of a Strigoi is a simple one: flesh, blood, and sometimes even the bones of anything living will be consumed by these monsters.
Killing them is a lot simpler than killing a living vampire. Blessed gold, decapitation and disemboweling are all successful methods of killing the undead, and unlike living vampires this is the final death, there is no coming back a second time.
SPPO (Supernatural Police Protection Order):The SPPO is a government funded but privately run organization that handles supernatural crimes. They are the Anti-terrorist, Special Weapons and Tactics and even bomb squad of the supernatural world. Separated into different devisions their most prominent faction is Team Zeitgeist, an Anti-terrorist group of four who specialize in extraction, espionage and assassination. They are led by senior officers Adelaide Reagan and Elliot Cole.
Venom: Crotalus Tigris Aconitum, known better by it’s street name Venom is a super drug administered to werewolves to mimic ‘steroids’ or the ‘Human Growth Hormone’. It is highly hazardous to the health of the wolf taking it, especially in large doses. The drug contains Radium, an isotope that is highly radioactive and harmful to all living things. And like lead, the drug mimics calcium, working its way into the bones and teeth of the host body eventually causing bone cancer. The radium in Venom causes the serum to glow in the dark, and once injected into the bloodstream in large quantities or over an extended period of use, it can cause the host to glow as well. Over time, Venom users begin breaking down, their bodies failing them completely before they finally die very painful deaths.
Infected: The infected are usually humans who’ve been bitten or have injected themselves with the vampire toxin. Once infected they have less than an hour to reverse the turning process with an anti-toxin before their immune system loses the battle against the toxin and they succumb to death.
Triginta:A term used to identify the sanctioned three rulers of the house of Leviticus.
Wolfsbane: A poisonous flower that completely shuts down the central nervous system if any werewolf that comes into contact with it. It is not known to be lethal so long as the antidote is administered in a timely fashion after the injection. Bullet wounds plugged with this ammo are known to ooze a purple substance reminiscent of the flower Monkshood, a type of wolfsbane.
Silver: A precious metal that is poisonous to werewolves. It toxifies and eventually solidifies the blood making it very deadly. There is NO cure for silver poisoning.
Gold Pyrite (Fools Gold): Not particularly poisonous but a very uncomfortable experience for vampires. It slows the blood flow from the heart to the brain in living vampires, temporarily rendering them unconscious. You can tell if a vampire has been shot with fools gold because of the black entrance point and dark veins that spread over the body. Ineffective against the undead or the infected.
Gold (Holy Metal): Lethal when used against a vampire, living, undead or infected. Also particularly useful against demons.
Anti Magic Ammunition: Specifically designed to short circuit a witch’s powers making it temporarily impossible for them to cast spells.
Centum:A term used to identify the sanctioned five rulers of the house of Judges.
Order of the Triad:
JUDGES (Centum) – The lawmakers of the vampire world. They decide the who, what, when, where and why, and have the authority to pass judgement on all those who fall under their jurisdiction. The judges are run by five living vampires who govern the houses that are made up of the wise, creative and the scholarly. Those who reside under the house of judges are exceptionally intelligent and particularly gifted in all things artistic and intellectual.
LEVITICUS (Triginta) – The Leviticus are the enforcers, the police and military force of the vampire world. They carry out the orders of the judges without question and with stunning effectiveness. They are run by three living vampires who govern the houses. They are best known for their astounding mathematical and business skills. The Leviticus house the lawyers, accountants, stock brokers and CEO’s of the vampire world.
EXODUS (Decem) – Those under the exodus household are the executioners. They are chaotic and have no set ruler answering only to the judges themselves and have a hard time getting along with the Leviticus who they believe shouldn’t even exist. They are made up of the evil undead and the infected, those who prey on humanity and are only skilled in bloodshed.
Cavaletti Enterprises: A well known company that manufactures police grade armor and weaponry such as the Cavaletti A5600, the auto ammo switching handgun used by the SPPO. It started as a manufacturer of tempered glass but switched to firearms after Giovanni inherited the company from his late brother Micah Cavaletti. Since his takeover at seventeen the company has been infinitely more profitable.
They watched in horror as the body beneath the sheet rose into a sitting position, the stiff sound of cracking bones filling the room as the sheet fell away, revealing her pale corpse. For a split second she felt almost relieved that her sister was alive, but when she took a second look, she knew that the creature that sat on that table was far from one of the living. Blonde curls hung limp around her shoulders, her skin, once reddened by the sweet blush of life, now ghostly and sallow. Her eyes, once a cerulean blue, were now as black as the eyeless sockets of death himself. Alicia watched the red claw marks that covered her body swell as blood began to flow anew, the deep gashes in her abdomen knitting themselves together and finally fading into nothingness as if they’d never been there at all.
“What the hell is going on here?!” Myra shrieked, making a move for the door but stopping in her tracks as she was caught under the womans black gaze. She slid to the floor, her face contorted in complete abhorrence. Alicia’s tears had stopped, the pain of her sisters loss replaced by unadulterated fear. That thing on the gurney was not the Adelaide she knew. She watched as the woman eye her surroundings as if searching for her attackers, before finally staring down at her, those black eyes full of endless torment and suffering.
“Addy?” She heard herself say, her voice weak as she reached for her. Adelaide could only stare down as rigor mortis released her from its icy grip. “You…” She tried to speak but words were completely lost to her. She watched her sisters eyes return to their normal brilliant blue, her skin regaining its natural color as the lifeless curls returned to their bouncing state. It was almost as if she’d been completely reborn. Adelaide sighed, but whether it was in relief or frustration no one would ever know.
“I know,” She finally spoke, her voice barely over a whisper, “I died.”