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The Starcaller
Stars
IC Information
Full Name: Unknown
Deed Name: Calls the Stars to Dance
Gender: Male
Age: 8!
Breed: Lupus
Tribe: Bone Gnawers
Auspice: Theurge
Rank: Cliath
Sept Position: Gatekeeper, Bone Gnawer Elder
Pack: None
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 120lbs
Hair: Dirty Blonde
Eyes: Hazel
Nature: Sage
Demeanor: Confidant
OOC Information
Theme Song: Moody Blues - Departure
Quote: "If you don't look, you'll never know."
Status: Active PC
Player: Malkav


Personality Edit

A hyperactive loon of a Theurge that has a distressing tendency to simply show up in places he has no right to be in. Do not leave unattended with anything. This includes but is not limited to children, shiny objects, computers, sept members and food. Any and all items left in his care may find themselves subject to intense curiosity, hyperactivity, and bizarre logic, among other things. Please proceed with caution.

Sheet Edit

StarsLupus

The Starcaller on four feet

Homid Attributes:

Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Social: Charisma 3, Manipulation 3, Appearance 2
Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 4, Wits 2

Abilities:

Talents: Athletics 1, Dodge 1, Empathy 2, Expression 1, Insight 1, Primal Urge 3, Streetwise 1, Vigilance 1
Skills: Crafts 1, Performance 2, Stealth 1, Survival 2
Knowledges: Cosmology 3, Enigmas 3, Investigation 3, Linguistics 2, Occult 3, Rituals 5

Advantages:

Banality: 2?
Backgrounds: Spirit Allies 1, Fetish 1, Rites 5, Totem 1
Virtues: Conscience 5, Self Control 2, Courage 3
Rage: 2
Gnosis: 8
Willpower: 7
Renown: (Permanent/Temporary)
  • Glory: 1/some
  • Honor: 0/maybe
  • Wisdom: 5/yes
Gifts: Hare's Leap, Spirit Speech, Find the Prize, Mother's Touch, Find the Portent
Rites:
Merits: Concentration (1pt), Natural Channel (3pts)
Flaws: Curiosity (2pts), No Partial Transformations (1pt), Soft Hearted (1pt)

Specialties Edit

Crafts
Stars is by no means a master craftsman, but he's learned some of how to bodge together bits of things, primarily in the construction of ritual components.
Intelligence
While Stars may not qualify as a true genius, his problem-solving and multi-pathing capabilities far exceed those of most folks. If he gets his teeth into a problem, it isn't far wrong to say that his mind literally goes off in several directions at once in an attempt to unravel it. This can lead to astounding leaps of logic, but often leaves bystanders utterly confused.
Linguistics
English, Claw Glyphs
Perception
While usually prone to distraction and mild disorientation, when Stars gets his attention locked on something, it stays there, and burrows deep. If something, anything, is sufficiently interesting to draw his attention, Stars has a good possibility of hyperfocusing on that thing, studying it to the exclusion of all else. While this frequently reveals facets that other folks might miss, it also sometimes has the side-effect of forgetting things like sleep and food.
Rituals
Though perfectly willing and able to perform most types of rites (he dislikes punishment rites, but that's a personal thing), where the Starcaller truly excels is in his divination. He has spent so long seeing beyond and beneath the surface that there are literally times where he has to remind himself to regard the surface of things instead.

Fetish Edit

The Whole Gym Bag (Level 1, Gnosis 5)
This battered satchel holds a mass of objects up to twice the actual size of the bag. Furthermore, the bag itself, including all its contents, count as one item when it is "dedicated" to the Garou. The Gym Bag appears as a stripe of fur (representing the shoulder strap) when the Garou changes to Crinos form. It disappears completely when the character is in Hispo or Lupus form. It cannot contain complex examples of the Weaver's handiwork: namely, guns and other weapons or working technological items. By contrast, broken or nonfunctional bits of technology can easily be carried. If these conditions are not met, the bag drags to the ground and spills its contents when the Garou shifts out of Homid or Glabro form.

Advancement Edit

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Advancement History Edit

Completion Date What Type Who Explanation Slot
10/31/2009 Rite: Opened Bridge From Spirit Getting dropkicked into the role of Gatekeeper requires a few things
11/13/2009 Rite: Opened Caern From Ishmael Chavez Part of the Gatekeeper package, too
11/25/2009 Background: Allies From Local Spirits Stars realizes that not even he can be everywhere at once, and since he's not only Gatekeeper but the only Bone Gnawer in the city, he started recruiting local spirits to help him keep watch.
3/13/2010 Fetish Creation From Self Starcaller sat down to make a fetish that will allow the user to ping him wherever he is, like a spiritual pager. 1
4/12/2010 Knowledge: Enigmas 1 To Rena Akana Due to Nick spreading word about Rena's visions, Stars has undertaken to teach the kin some control and also how to try and understand what she experiences. 2
Red denotes a +learn; Green denotes a +teach; Gray denotes a retconned +lteach.

History Edit

Not all wolves are born in the wild. Some are kept in the cities for breeding, some as pets, others as curiosities for the strange, two-legged folk that live there. One such wolf was born in a zoo in early 2002. His ancestors had been zoo-wolves for nearly three generations, though some would say that's hardly a prestigious claim. And for all he was the runt of his litter, the pup seemed to be making up for his size in sheer exuberance, bounding around the enclosure and trying to find every nook and cranny he could possibly fit inside. And a few that he couldn't, much to the amusement of the zoo employees and the annoyance of his mother. They're still not sure how he managed to get stuck up in that tree.

As he grew older, the wolf was moved to his own enclosure, then later to another zoo altogether, this one in the human territory called "North Carolina." By this time he was a little over a year old, fully grown to his mind, though he still had a bit of the gangling hyperactivity of a pup. But this place was new! New smells! New sounds! New two-legged things! New places to get stuck in!

However, it was not fated to last. The wolf-child was garou, born of wolf. Somewhere back before they had been captured for display to humanity, his ancestors had entered the ranks of the Kinfolk, though exactly when this happened is, by the very nature of wolves, fuzzy. It was at least five breedings back, though. Maybe longer. Not many of Gaia's warriors came from this line of wolves, and little notice was taken when a few of their number were taken to this human thing called a zoo.

He had grown increasingly restless as he passed the eve of his second year. Twitchy, snapping at people that he had known and trusted for months, jumping at things that weren't there. Many of the zoo personnel were mystified, but a few began to wonder if perhaps there were more to this wolf than most. You see, several of the workers at that zoo were also kin to the wolf-shifters, though of a different sort than those that had birthed him. Some were even shifters themselves. And so one night, as Luna was just starting to peek around the shadow that hides her face and the wolf wondered why he wasn't asleep, he spotted something in his enclosure, something moving. He didn't know what this odd little creature was, but it intrigued him, so he chased it. It led him this way and that, but finally dove into a crevice that was not quite large enough for the lupine that dove in after it. Frustration gave way to consternation, and then panic as the wolf discovered that not only could he not move forward, he was too firmly wedged to wriggle free. And something broke loose within him. Something... wondrous.

The confusion and panic of his First Change would have probably destroyed more than just his enclosure had not those local shifters been quick acting. Luckily, the Change caught him long after the zoo had closed for the night. Brought down without serious injury, the fledgling garou was taken from the zoo, the kin there spreading a story of illness to cover his disappearance, and a tarp to cover the wreckage of his sleeping area. Sad, they said, the poor thing passed on, carried away by the disease. It was only a little stretching of the truth, after all.

It took time, once he was removed to the security of the local Bawn, but the wolf-child began to learn the strange new ways of this strange new world. Walking on two legs, speaking this thing called "English," wearing clothes... Luckily, he took to the lessons with gusto, practically ecstatic for all the new things to learn, his mind hungry for everything it could get. It seemed a part of his basic personality, this hunger and joy for knowledge. He was the sort of cub that would take something apart merely to see what was inside, and gleefully do his best to reassemble the poor thing when he was done. And though he was intelligent, almost dangerously so at times (somebody should have explained that locks are a request for privacy, not a challenging new toy), some things continued to elude him, and probably always would. Humans are a strange folk, after all, and their language is an odd one as well. One of his many cubnames stemmed from that, being Brilliant Idiot (the others tended towards things like Spaz and Unable-to-Keep-Fingers-to-Self). Once it was ascertained that he was a Theurge, and he was made to sit still long enough, his lessons also began to cover the rituals and traditions of the garou people, and their interactions with the spirit world. Such a wondrous place, the Velvet Shadow surrounding this Caern of the Changing Leaves...

Finally, it was time for his Rite of Passage. A simple Rite, though by no means an easy one, was devised for the young lupus, designed to test his dedication, his ability to see a task through to the end. After all, a garou that would leave his tasks at the first distraction was not worthy of Gaia's blessings. A fetish had been lost within the Umbra in ages past, not stolen but simply lost. None knew of its location, though many knew of it. The spear of a great garou hunter, cast in battle and not retrieved. The sept had grown complacent and distracted from the battle against the Wyrm, turning inwards with petty jealousies and infighting. They needed a symbol to bring them back together to face the true Enemy. It would be the wolf-child's task to bring them this symbol, to prove that he could reach beyond the whim of the moment to something greater.

He dove into the Velvet Shadow with a smile and a laugh, as always, eager to begin, eager to try. Success was not thought of, nor failure. The quest itself caught his heart and spirit, dragged him on. But he quickly discovered finding his prize was more than a simple task of turning over rocks and checking in holes. He would need aid. He thought to ask a local spirit or three, to enlist their assistance in his search. But none seemed to know, or care. Disappointed, though hardly disheartened, the fledgling Theurge decided to try a new track.

He hadn't been taught how to do this. Wasn't even sure if it could be done. But that had never stopped, or even slowed him before. Those same little spirits he had asked before were again approached, not to search, but to watch and be sure he was not struck down as he attempted his new idea, for the Umbra is a wild and dangerous place. As the little spirits stood watch and Luna drifted overhead, he began to dance, to call his need to the watching stars above. And, as the night waned, he was answered.

He did not know the spirit that came to join his dance, the spectral woman of light. But he did not hesitate in asking her to join him, a laughing invitation born of wonder and joy at this new development. Only as the dance ended and the sun threatened to peek above the horizon did the spirit speak of his request. She would help him seek his goal, and himself, for she was Starlight, and journeys of discovery were her breath and life. The wolf-child slept through the day, gathering his strength and his resolve. As night fell once more, he looked to the sky, and saw a star gleaming there, bright and clear and lovely. He began to walk.

The journey was not easy, nor short. He would have to weather hunger, exhaustion, danger and misdirection along his path. But he never gave up hope, never even considered laying down his task and returning in defeat. Not out of pride, but out of delight in the search, in the journey itself! Indeed, when he crested a rise late one night and saw the spear lying amid the stones, gleaming in the light of the stars and Luna, it was almost a shock. The prize had been reached. He had found it! Exuberant thanks were sung up to his guiding star, a dance full of delight and joy telling her of his happiness, his pleasure at her company through his ordeal. And then, prize in hand, he set off for home. And though the spear was received joyously and as intended upon his return, it soon fell into the grip of the power-hungry, turned into yet another pawn. Luckily, such things were outside the world of the new Cliath.

He finally had a name, a True name, with which to call himself; Calls-the-Stars-to-Dance, for his exuberance and untainted joy at the wonders of the world as well as the events of his Rite. Though he never did really decide on a human name for himself... Maybe he forgot.

His city birth combined with the cub's innate tendency to rummage through everything within reach conspired to land him squarely within the Bone Gnawer tribe, there being relatively few Glasswalkers in his home sept, and none that took an interest in the cub's training. But this was fine with Stars. The Gnawers knew so many fascinating ways into places, so many fascinating places! And they found the neatest things... The exuberant lupus ended up declaring nearly all the Gnawers in the city his friends (whether they wanted him to or not) and knew them all by scent, sight, and sound, the tight little community of back-alley shifters becoming more than mere compatriots to his mind. They were family.

He's not really sure how it happened (maybe he fell asleep in a baggage rack or something), but one day Stars found himself on a freight train heading west. This was simply the beginning of the new Cliath's fascination with yet another aspect of the human world: trains. Indeed, for the next year or two the Theurge didn't even stop to ask for residence at the caerns he blew through, following the train lines in a joyous whirl of discovery. He paused only twice along that route, once during the flooding and riots in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and once because he got distracted by this marvelous thing he saw one of the local homids carrying around, called an Em Pee Three Player. But that latter pause didn't last so long, and he was back on the trains again within a month.

The Starcaller's journey was not a quiet one, often landing him in all sorts of interesting trouble. Once while within the Penumbra of the Great Plains he spotted one of the great, old tornado-spirits that made the place their home, and for some reason (not even he really knows why) had the brilliant idea to try flying a kite in said spirit. It took exception and chased him halfway across the Plains before deciding he'd learned his lesson. Other episodes were less amusing. In Missouri, he had the misfortune of awakening a nest of Banes within the city through dint of being too curious for his own good. They chased him through the Shadow, the Theurge managing to survive and prolong the chase long enough for the rest of the sept to set up an ambush, and was then summarily Scorned for nearly violating the Caern with his carelessness. In time, he was able to give penance, and the whole experience taught him many things. Indeed, it has been theorized that if a punishment rite exists (short of Satire), the Starcaller has experienced it at least once.

Four years of service to Gaia (and surviving his own curiosity) eventually brought him to Washington and the Sept of the Quiet Sun, where he met Rommy Akana. They packed together for a time, the Theurge doing what he could to help the pack in their battles against the Spirals, though his assistance tended more towards advice and counsel than strength in combat. But as the members of the pack fell, one by one, the survivors began to question themselves and their purpose. Their original totem, an incarna of the East Wind, was abandoned in favor of Bear. The Starcaller wasn't entirely happy with this choice, but was willing to go along with it if it would help the remaining members of his pack come to terms with themselves. In the end, however, little came of it, Tenacity's totem spirit going missing within the Umbra for some unknown reason not long after they had shifted their allegiance. In the quest to find the spirit, the pack began to fragment further, their own inner demons taking strength within the Umbra, and it was with sadness that the Starcaller watched them, one by one, leave to pursue their own agendas, abandoning the quest. To this day, he continues to wander the Umbra, searching for... something. Just what he's looking for, perhaps not even he knows, but his search has taken him far and wide. Around the earthly world, and far, far into the Umbral Realms.

Time passes strangely, deep in the Umbra. The Sept of the Stars knew he was coming long before he arrived in the Aetherial Realm, though they paid no particular mind to him. Just another Theurge out exploring, though this one bolder than most. Not many Cliath dared this deep into the Shadow, after all. Much less sought audience with Ruatma the Shadowed One. Much less left said audience with a smile, a laugh, and a new Gift. Just what the lupe gave the Incarna of Uranus in exchange is not known, but it is agreed it must have been something worthwhile...

And now, following songs and winds that have never touched mortal ears, the Caller of Stars finds himself in Crystal Springs, heeding a call that may not yet have been given.

Astrological Information Edit

StarsNatalChart

The Starcaller's Birthchart

  • Birthday: February 17, 2002
  • Birth Time: 7:21am
  • Locations: Tucson, AZ
Sun in Aquarius
You get bored with the status quo and are generally open to new things and ideas. An individualist and a free spirit, your friends are quite important to you as long as they do not try to tie you down by making too many emotional demands on you. Your thoughts are offbeat and you're a bit eccentric, but not always very changeable. As a matter of fact, you can be quite stubborn at times. Very fair-minded when dealing with large groups or broad issues, you are not always emotionally sensitive to the needs of individuals. Extremely objective, with good powers of observation, you would be qualified to study technical and complicated subjects, like science, computers or maybe even astrology.
Moon in Aries
High-spirited and courageous, you are a fighter when your emotions are aroused. The degree of force and drive that you can bring to any effort sometimes surprises others. You have hair-trigger reactions to specific stimuli and tend to "let it all hang out." You sometimes act before you think and do things on the spur of the moment, and that sometimes gets you into trouble. Your moods change quickly -- you have quite a temper, but you don't hold grudges. Very independent, with an extremely strong and forceful personality, you are known for being impulsive, careless, reckless, foolhardy, rash and daring.
Pisces Ascendant
Very sensitive to your surroundings, other people's feelings become your feelings. Try to avoid negative people because your tendency to empathize with them will make you negative also. An idealist, you must believe in something beyond your normal everyday existence. A dreamer, you like to escape to a world of your own creation. As such, you are known for the vividness of your imagination and should try to share your inner visions with others. Very self-sacrificial by nature, beware of others becoming overly dependent on you or vice versa. Allow yourself to live for yourself once in a while -- you deserve it. Don't be so envious of those who are more aggressive than you -- your gentle charity and true humility are indeed wonderful gifts. on the tenth house cusp (MIDHEAVEN).

Logs Edit

6/17/2009
Stars finds Rommy, startles a bear, and is fed breakfast, all at the same place. Log
7/01/2009
The Starcaller bounces off a recently rescued cub. Log
7/02/2009
Explorations in the city find something interesting. And the Glasswalker Don having some difficulty. Log
Further exploring ends up with Stars tripping over a Kin. Log
7/05/2009
A pair of noisy girls in the woods get treated to an irritated Theurge. Log
7/06/2009
The Starcaller tracks down that interesting girl from earlier, and learns she's even more interesting than he thought. Log
A little conference is called on the subject of Nick's dreams. Stars adds his $0.02. Log
7/10/2009
Stars helps coax a newly Firsted cub through some of her first changes. Log
7/12/2009
Stars gets called in to help heal a gunshot Kin. Almost forgets his purse. Log
7/23/2009
A commotion in the Umbra draws in the resident Theurge, who gets more than he bargained for. Log
7/24/2009
A Theurge wakes up someplace other than where he went to sleep, is found by an odd young woman. Both end up rather confused by the incident. Log
7/25/2009
At his wits end, Stars does the only thing with the chunk of fetish that he can think of. He creates a warding for it. Log
8/01/2009
Stars takes a moment to spaz out at Rommy over apparently having been declared Gatekeeper, Gnawer Elder and booted into a Fostern challenge. (Log missing)
9/01/2009
The Starcaller wanders by Grey Inc at random, and discovers a visitor from the past. Log
9/03/2009
Stars pokes his nose into the problem that is Nick. Log
9/07/2009
Desmond and Stars finally sit on Nick and deal with that damn Wyrmthing in his chest. Log
9/18/2009
Stars trips through the Gauntlet into Branwen's Freehold. Log
10/26/2009
Stars finally decides to deal with this fetish business once and for all. And it actually works! Log
11/08/2009
Oh hey, it's a kin! Log
11/12/2009
Investigating a new cub, handing off a fixed fetish, and shoving Nick back through the Gauntlet when he gets stuck. All in a day's work. Log
11/24/2009
Stars makes a few lives a little more interesting for a bit. Log
11/29/2009
Just out for a walk in the park, the Starcaller finds a fellow seeker of hidden things. Log
1/06/2010
Dropping in for brekkist brings a few surprises. Log
1/07/2010
Stars finds out about Nick's latest bout of getting mangled, heals him. Again. Log
1/30/2010
A bit of play in the snow, and then Stars gets adopted by a reporter. Log
2/07/2010
A bit of breakfast, and a reporter gets adopted by Stars. Log
3/30/2010
Having heard about her from Nick, Stars goes and pays a visit to a kin suffering from vision. Log
4/02/2010
Rena's lessons begin. Log
10/31/2010
A little chat between a Theurge and another kin that's starting to learn a bit about seeing beyond. Log

Friends and Acquaintances Edit

Branwen Wilde
...wings? Fae? Her territory has a thin Gauntlet. Almost too thin, especially in certain directions. Dreams leak through...
Danielle West
Another cub! Excellent.
David Green
Only having met the Ragabash in passing, Stars already regards his sense of humor as atrocious.
Desmond Richter
A hyena! Didn't know they came in that flavor. Stars has corroborated with Desmond several times in Umbral matters, though not always intentionally on either of their parts.
Heather Akana
Stars has known this girl since she was a cub, and didn't think twice about tripping over here in the woods of Crystal Springs. Largely because he was a smidge distracted at the time.
Jocelyn Reynard-Wellington
She's curious! Yay! Hope that trouble she mentioned gets worked out alright...
Kennedy Parker
A kin that Stars startled by accident as he was tracking something odd through the Umbra of Grey Incorporated. He likes her, though he doesn't know her that well.
Louise Marquette
A non-kin Kin. But if she can swing it and pull her weight, she's welcome to the Tribe, all the same.
Nicholas Grey
Stars worries about the Glasswalker elder. Running from his future, getting infested with bane-talens, Tainted... The man's going to just explode someday, and Stars is pretty sure he'll be the one stuck cleaning up the mess.
Olivia
Excitable. Poor thing, didn't mean to startle her like that.
Rena Akana
Interesting girl, to be taken by the Sight when her sight has been taken from her.
Rommy Akana
An old friend and former pack-alpha. Stars was surprised, though pleased, to find him. Though somewhat perturbed by getting dropkicked into a Fostern challenge. Hmpf!
Rosalind Jaffe
A very strange young lady that Stars found rather by accident. He's pretty sure he didn't fall asleep inside her closet... Stone and vines and fog and time. Shadows and whispers...
Sidney Blake
He looks and doesn't see. Wonder if he's always that flat...
Wyatt Everett
A Stargazer? Here? Huh! And a cub, no less!

Relevant Quotes Edit

Bertrand Russell
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
Albert Einstein
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty... Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.
Rene Descartes
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

Miscellaneous Edit

Starcaller's Playlist
A constant work in progress

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