Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Maxwell Garrington

Playby: Simon Bonney
Full Name: Maxwell Garrington (James Brennan)
Apparent Age: ~30
Date of Birth: December 20, 1740
Date of Death: July 13, 1768
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Place of Death: Cork, Ireland
Current Residence: Crystal Springs, California
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 200 lbs.
Occupation:  Adjunct professor; 'cleaner'
Sexual Orientation: Pansexual; nonmonogamous
Personality Points: Confident, outgoing, playful, seductive, intellectual, passionate, progressive-minded 
Voice Clip: Here! It's at least as important as a picture, to get an idea of the whole Maxwell experience.
F-List: For those interested in that kind of shit.

A Summary of Public Knowledge


Maxwell was born in Brighton, but was moved to Cork as a young boy. He identified as homosexual when he was human, and from the age of 17 until being made vampire, lived with his "husband", Cyril. 

He was made vampire by one known as Evangeline in the mid-18th century. They spent many, many years together, adopting a number of guises to pass among humanity (father/daughter, sister/brother, husband/wife, etc.).

They parted briefly in the early 20th century, but reunited after World War II and had a home built in Crystal Springs, in which Maxwell currently resides. 

In the 1980s, they spent time in West Berlin and formed a band called The Sinkillers*, which enjoyed a strong cult following, most notably appearing in the film The Sky Over Berlin**, and was lauded for their hypnotic live performancesThe band dissolved in the early 1990s, and Evangeline disappeared from his life shortly thereafter. 

He returned to the US and traveled the country for some time, recording a single album under his own name with the assistance of musicians met along the way. This enjoyed slightly more radio play in certain avenues than his work with the Sinkillers, songs appearing in the odd film or three, but carefully avoided truly mainstream recognition. 

When the matter of the Revelation arose, Maxwell embraced it whole-heartedly, as his longstanding approach had already been to make a place for himself in mainstream society, rather than hiding in the shadows among his own kind. His personal revelation was first made via forum posts and webcam through a Sinkillers fansite, followed by an article submitted to the local newspaper.  

Thereafter, fond of answering questions and relating knowledge, he traveled the country, giving talks on how vampires might integrate peacefully into human society, and fielding questions about what life was like in 18th century Europe and beyond. However, he quickly found himself frustrated by the fact that humans did not seem to understand the limited point of view one had in that time period, particularly when restricted to nighttime hours, leading him to abandon these pursuits in the space of three months.

For some time, he continued to travel the US, with no particular aim beyond gauging the success of the Revelation around the country.

His experience in lecturing eventually inspired him to pursue teaching and, after a great deal of convincing, he was taken on as an adjunct professor at the local university, leading an elective course in creative writing. This was a matter of some controversy, once a few of the school's wealthy (and quite conservative) donors got wind of these plans. He did, ultimately, acquire the job, but only under the condition that the public was made aware of his introduction into the school before the year's sign-ups were to begin.

On his first night of teaching, he made the ill-considered decision to sing for his students as they came into class, of a mind that it would make a fond first impression, considering his history in music. Instead, this decision stirred up controversy once more, for many students later related that they felt strange, manipulated and vulnerable, in those moments he was singing. His classes were put on hold for a week, and many of his students dropped out in that time.  When asked what happened, Maxwell would claim the effect to be a result of his 'condition', something over which he had no control.

Upon returning, his remaining students decided to make a formal announcement of their trust, each shaking his hand (many of them merely following the example of those before them) before sitting to take instruction. Later, some would admit to being unsettled by him in such close proximity but, in the same breath, admit it couldn't be helped; it was no fault of Professor Garrington's, who proved to be an effective teacher, if notoriously long-winded. 

Things went well for some time; he was seen drinking synthetic blood much more often than he was noted sneaking away in the company of some healthy youth, of which no proof of feeding could be produced. 

It wasn't until Russel Edgington appeared on television***, divesting that poor newsman of his spine, that things went sour for him. Public opinion of vampires took a nosedive, and persons of import who had once taken his side concerning his place in the university reconsidered their decision. By this time, substantial rumors of his feeding on students from the school, and others in town, had begun to surface, fueling the idea that his position jeopardized the safety of the student body. He was not asked to renew his contract for the following semester, something taken as a deliberate act against him for what he was. A number of former students and other allies at the school sometimes call for his return, but there has been no grand demonstration, as yet, and after two months, there remain no indications that he'll be asked to resume teaching, in spite of his popularity among his own students.

Starting last year, he has been posting advertisements around campus and on the internet offering affordable room and board in his home to students in need, with details to be discussed over the telephone or through email. He hopes that this will allow him to take an active role in assisting students who would otherwise suffer the stress and distraction of money woes and miserable employment. In his home, they would be beyond such worries, and have a quiet, peaceful environment in which to focus on their studies.

At long last, after a full year away, he has managed to convince the school board to renew his contract at the college. Once again, he teaches a twice-weekly creative writing course. Thusfar, his performance is as good as it ever was; passionate, professional and dedicated.

Maxwell has a strong internet presence, favoring the handle 'Somniloquist'. He has accounts on major social media sites, where he'll often comment about various vampire rights issues, as well as ongoing human rights concerns, and shows a staunchly liberal political lean. Posts about cooking started out sparse but have recently grown into experimental video blogging about how vampires can hope to succeed in cooking for humans. He has hopes of making a proper webseries out of it but that has yet to come to fruition.

 (Footnotes: *: A fictional equivalent of the band Crime and the City Solution. ** Literal English title of the German film Der Himmel über Berlin, AKA Wings of Desire, in which the aforementioned band appears; I figured calling it that instead would more comfortably allow for fictionalization. ***One of my few insertions of True Blood canon into the RP, a reference to a scene from S03E09, available here as of my writing this entry.)

Further Information 


 As Maxwell's profile in Crystal Springs rose, the local sheriff, Carmilla, grew frustrated with his lack of respect for her authority, and managed, at last, to corner him. Having dug around and discovered his talent for magicks, as well as his apparent concern for human well-being, she presented him with an ultimatum; work for her, or face the judgment of the state's Magister for his longstanding refusal to acknowledge the Authority.  

This proved a fairly clear choice for Maxwell, and it was in this way that he began working to clean up the messes his fellows quite like making. Magic is not a thing known to the larger human population, and it is in vampires' best interest--as well, Maxwell thinks, as that of other supernatural communities--that it remains so; his job is to help keep that secret when other vampires threaten to expose it, often unintentionally.

Hobbies/Misc. Info

-Owns a monstrously fat, orange Maine Coon mix named Felton.
- Loves the challenge of cooking.
- Continues singing and playing instruments, chiefly guitar; he's made progress in stripping the hypnotic effects from his voice and is half-heartedly considering writing new songs. For now, he plays at the Robin St. Cafe often with a band comprised, largely, of employees.
- Owns a 1960 Harley Davidson Sportster, fully restored, that has recently been put back on the road. His other car's a shitty, low-priced, dark sedan, just like about a thousand other cars in the area.
- His fashion sense speaks to nostalgic considerations from the 1980s. Underground fashion, thank heavens, was more subdued than the neon horrors of the mainstream, though his hair is sometimes rather conspicuous.
- Is intensely proud of his ass.
- Hates vampire bars, as well as human clubs with loud recorded music (loud live music is a-OK).
- Favors coffee shops and low key bars, as well as community gathering places, for food and fun.


(Which ones are true?? Oh, what's the fun in that. . .?)

- Owns an extensive collection of classic cars.
- Chains pretty young girls in his basement for blood.
- Uses his singing voice to compel strapping young men to do his bidding.
- Has been romantically involved with a mysterious man named Dean for a number of months.
- Is totally worth the risk in bed.
- Subtly compelled his students to set up. . .something. . . in their writing assignments.
- Was booted from his teaching job for attacking the Anatomy professor.
- Or maybe the biochemistry professor's suicide wasn't a suicide!
- Remember that guy they found outside the hospital last year, drained of blood? What other vampires do we know!?
- Lost his job because multiple board members threatened to pull funding if he remained.
- Has been seen lurking around town with a horrible, medieval headsman's ax.
- Saved a group of fashion students from a nest of vampires who'd been keeping them as blood dolls.
- Probably more. Who knows with him? He's just SHADY.

OOC Notes


On Setting


On a large scale, this setting/universe has its core basis in the True Blood canon. This mostly concerns the social status of vampires, and on that count, the Great Revelation occurred ~4 years prior to the current point in the story. I do keep up with the Sookie Stackhouse book series, but thusfar, when I do use canon events, it has been from the TV series canon, not the books.

On Supernatural Characters/Rules/etc.


While my core basis is in the True Blood series, as I mentioned, it is also informed by the many years I've spent role playing, and absorbing other influences. The most marked difference is the ability of vampires to use magic, of course; this goes by a Vampire: The Masquerade-style rule of consuming blood to power it, but doesn't have technical limitations on what kind of magic a vampire can or can't use. . .basically, my point of view is, I do dramatic RP. It's more like writing than it is like playing a game, and as such, "fairness" is less of a concern, for me. I write in limitations, and leave out limitations, as suits the plot. What I mean by that is, while my character in particular (and, theoretically, others) can do some pretty impressive things, he still has to fail, or otherwise hit a stopping point, not because there's a rule saying so, but because making a character too all-powerful wounds dramatic tension, conflict and so on. I think this is a logical way to pursue non-combat-oriented RP, and expect this same logic of my partners.

Since I don't actually have a huge amount of experience in non-vampire supernaturals, I'll usually default to the Sookieverse definition of a particular thing. . .if you're familiar with it, fine. If not, we can discuss. I really do prefer discussing things in detail if you intend to play any kind of non-human character, particularly a non-vampire supernatural, so we can reach an agreement on how a given character type is meant to work. . .if we don't do that, it makes things messy down the road. To be honest, the only Sookieverse definition I'm really married to is werewolves/shifters. I've already altered fairies a bit, and find Harris's interpretations of other fae creatures kind of strange, so whether those are kept or overwritten remains to be seen.

All of this said, it is not necessary to be familiar with True Blood to RP with me. It helps, but I can usually explain the important parts pretty quickly (and people with good reading comprehension probably have the gist of it by now).

On His Playby and Physical Attributes

I still need to find someone to make art of Maxwell for me. Since that's yet to happen, just try and regard the reference images as part of an old photo album that no longer represent him fully. His build isn't as skinny as Simon Bonney's, but he retains his facial features and voice. I'm sure to describe the relevant differences where appropriate. RP is a written medium, yeah?

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