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May. 8th, 2014 12:20 am
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OOC Information;
Name; Ans
Personal Journal; ans99
Contact; kindaxscary on plurk, AIM, and at gmail
Other Characters; n/a


IC Information;
Character Name; Hal Yorke
Canon; Being Human (UK) http://beinghuman.wikia.com/wiki/Being_Human_Wiki
Canon Point; Post-series
Age; Approximately 524 years old

House; Hel. Being a bloodthirsty vampire for much of his life, Hal has definitely not only been close to death but has usually been the cause. Though he has a chance for a new start in Asgard, he lives in daily regret of the things he has done and is saddled with guilt that will stay with him the rest of his life.

Power; Shadow Control

Personality; For most of the series, Hal appeared to be a stuffy, obsessive-compulsive prat averse to interacting with others, women in particular. It's important to note that this was only one side of his personality, and more importantly, the side he clung to because the other one terrified him.

Hal described his own personality as cyclic, confessing to Leo that since becoming a vampire he had undergone periods of extreme sadism and periods of relative kindness. The final episode of series 5 supports the theory that it was becoming a vampire that caused this schism: after he became human, he remarked that he was neither 'good Hal' nor 'bad Hal' but “both.” The situation seems akin to multiple personality disorder; although Hal could remember what he'd done as Lord Harry, he switched between personalities as if he was being possessed, and often implied the switch was a complete replacement, like “night following day.” In other words, he couldn't be good 'Hal' and 'bad Hal' at the same time, but each side must take turns. The Hal Yorke of this last half-century resolved to remain kind as long as possible, though he always feared the return of his darker side (what the other vampires called 'Lord Harry') and saw it as inevitable.

What kept Hal kind? He had to renounce blood entirely, because in the Being Human series drinking blood is treated more as an addiction than a requirement for vampires. Any return to blood would result in Hal craving it and running the risk of reverting to his vampiric personality. So to keep his mind off blood, he and Leo devised a series of rituals and routines to keep Hal busy-- and therefore, in his own words, sane. One of the most important rituals for him was to set up a box of dominoes, but then take it down piece by piece instead of knocking the chain down. Not only did it occupy his time, but it taught him to control his desire.

The training with Leo activated some sort of obsessive-compulsive disorder in Hal, expanding his rituals into a requirement for order and stability of all kinds. This included cleanliness, routine, and creature comforts such as 'central heading, carpets and Radio 4'. He scheduled his activities hour to hour and couldn't abide by disorganization, even going so far as to order eggs by size and turn all the matchsticks in a box to face the same way. Routine and organization was extremely calming to him and something he turned to in moments of stress.

Hal was a vampire for at least 500 years, which not only made him an Old One but also an irrepressible dork. Spending the last 55 or so years with Leo and Pearl in a barber shop hadn't really gotten him much more up-to-date with the ways of the world. Hal still prefers more refined activities and entertainment, such as listening to Bach, taking dates to museums, and playing the lute. One noted exception is his love for Motown, probably due to Leo's influence. In general Hal is happily clueless when it comes to modern politics and technology.

You can imagine Hal's quirks don't make him a lot of friends. Don't worry; he prefers it that way. Staying away from people was another method he employed to make sure he stayed on the straight and narrow. If he didn't get close to humans he couldn't attack them. When he does interact with people he tends to be socially awkward and almost timid, as if he's trying to get out of the conversation as quickly as possible. This is especially true for women, because Hal hasn't had the best history with them. As a child he was raised by prostitutes and never knew who his parents were. When he became a vampire he tended to take a misogynistic approach to women, seducing them and then killing them. When he's first introduced in the series, it's clear Hal hasn't had a date in a very long time. He was only really able to have relationships with female ghosts such as Alex and Lady Mary because he could no longer hurt them. Even still, he was deceptive and manipulative, stringing Lady Mary along with the idea that she had kept him dry for much longer than he actually was.

As 'Lord Harry' he was a formidable force. Most vampires were afraid of him, even the Old Ones. He wasn't just vicious but actively sadistic, interested in breaking the spirit of others and forcing them to be as cruel and broken as he was. For example, after turning his lawyer Cutler, he 'mentored' him by forcing him to drink his own wife's blood and then revealing her dead body to him directly afterward. The potential for him to revert to his old ways was there even after Leo's help; at one point in the series we see an alternate future where Hal became “quite literally, their poster boy” for the vampire coup and apparently has become just as terrifying as ever.

It can be argued, though, that Lord Harry wasn't always cruel, and in some ways was a more complete person than Hal allowed himself to be. His attitude in the flashbacks when dealing with Lady Catherine and the Devil, as well as in the final episode of series 5, was more of a snarky, self-absorbed realist than a complete monster. He proposed a truce with the werewolves, and even gave Tom a glimmer of hope about his fantasy of becoming human, telling him he was already there by virtue of trying. He was less fussy about a mess. He even sang and danced freely, as opposed to Hal's shame whenever he was caught doing so. But he was not one for self-sacrifice, and ultimately didn't seem to form strong attachments to anyone. For example he refused, twice, to stick his own neck out to destroy the Devil in a ceremony, instead opting to use the blood of one of his minions. He didn't appear to lie as a rule, enjoying inflicting brutal truths on others instead and remaining unapologetic for what he really was. Like most other vampires, he considered his status considerably higher than that of humans and werewolves.

Leo made the mistake of telling Hal all vampires are inherently afraid of death. But Hal chose to be a vampire because his entire life he'd been alone and driftless, and he felt he should strive for a greater destiny rather than simply die. His human life made him bitter enough to reason that he deserved more, even at the expense of others. Aside from his nasty turns as Lord Harry, Hal's language is often haughty and he considers himself more intelligent and refined than others around him. Part of this is holdover from being an Old One, a high-ranking vampire, but part of this also stems from inherent insecurity and a need to prove himself more than just a bastard child of prostitutes.

Hal is not afraid of dying so much as abandonment. It is important to remember that based on his series prequel short, Hal approached Leo. He spent time with the werewolf and seemed to find his opinion important. This is because Hal was hoping someone could find worth in him, as well as the ability to be saved. He would not be able to give himself a fresh start on his own; he needed the confidence and love of another to gain the courage and resolve. We saw this pattern begin again when Hal acquired new flatmates: he openly considered Tom to be his new Leo, and we can see how devastated he is at the thought Annie, and later Alex, has lost confidence in him. It is hinted that the alternate future where Hal becomes Lord Harry again occurred in a timeline where Hal never met Annie and Tom, thus lacking the support and influence of his new friends. When Alex refused to believe in him and Tom became an enemy near the end of Series 5, Hal reverted to his Lord Harry personality almost immediately, telling Alex there was “no point” if she thought him incapable of change.

We don't get to see much of the 'human' Hal at the end of the series, but his statement that he is "neither and both" his 'good' and 'bad' sides implies that he's been balanced out personality-wise. Now that he doesn't have to worry about Lord Harry coming back, or his addiction to blood, Hal is free to explore the kind of person he really wants to be. He's more relaxed, more approachable, less inclined to panic over disorder or dirt. At the same time old habits die hard, so he still highly prefers order, cleanliness, and routine. His memories have not gone anywhere either; Hal still carries a great deal of guilt and regret over his bloody past. The fear that he may lose control and hurt others is still paramount in his mind.

Samples;
Network Sample;

[The transmission begins with a series of rustling, fiddling sounds punctuated by soft, inaudible cursing, and at one point a quiet admonition to someone:]

Tsss! Don't-- I've got it!

[And then a quiet throat clearing.]


Hello. My name is Hal Yorke. This may seem an odd request, but does anyone know where I might acquire a Victrola in this city? I realize we have access to more recent technology, but I find the sound to be... hmm. Warmer, I suppose.

I'll be needing records as well. Double points if they're Motown, but I'll take anything at this point.

[There's an awkward pause, and then:]

Thank you for your time.

Log Sample; http://assguardians.dreamwidth.org/49007.html?thread=24760431#cmt24760431
routinemercy: (asylum)
She's meddlesome and irritating, brash and far too forward. And he nearly killed her. That's more than reason enough to stay away from Allison. And if he needs a visual reminder, all Hal needs to do is look at Alex, living something that can't quite be considered life. Unseen by so many, stripped of so much. Allison could just as easily have joined her ranks the other night - or worse yet, those of Cutler.

This and more Hal tells himself, over and over, drilling it in during his press-ups. And again while he's tidying his already pristine room. And again while attempting to get through even one round of dominoes.

(He still hasn't been able to complete one before dashing it apart in frustration, digging through his suitcase until he finds the flask and pouring from the bag he 'borrowed' from the Clinic. Somehow managing not to spill a drop despite his shaking hands. And then, having failed again, beginning his routine anew.)

And at the center of it all is Allison, Allison, Allison. The girl who's managed to get under his skin. The girl who cuts herself open and yet pities him, points out his loneliness as a shame rather than a necessity. But just as he was somebody else that night, so was she. And for a moment, they glimpsed each other's demons. The stories they'd never tell by the light of day.

So what do they do now?

[This is a companion narrative to That a Tangent Has Occurred for [personal profile] godelsolution, set in [community profile] boomtown.]
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Player's Name: Ans
Are you over 16? Yup
Characters Played Here: N/A

Character: Hal Yorke
Series/Canon: Being Human (BBC)
From When? Just after series 5 episode 3 (Pie and Prejudice!)

History: http://beinghuman.wikia.com/wiki/Hal_Yorke

Personality:

Most of the time, Hal appears to be a stuffy, obsessive-compulsive prat who is averse to interacting with others, women in particular. It's important to note that this is only one side of his personality, and more importantly, the side he clings to because the other one terrifies him.

Hal describes his own personality as cyclic, confessing to Leo that since becoming a vampire he has undergone periods of extreme sadism and periods of relative kindness. The final episode of series 5 supports the theory that it was becoming a vampire that caused this schism: after he becomes human, he remarks that he is neither 'good Hal' nor 'bad Hal' but “both.” The situation seems akin to multiple personality disorder; although Hal does remember what he's done as Lord Harry, he switches between personalities as if he's being possessed, and often implies the switch is a complete replacement, like “night following day.” In other words, he can't be good 'Hal' and 'bad Hal' at the same time, but each side must take turns. The Hal Yorke of the last half-century has resolved to remain kind as long as possible, though he always fears the return of his darker side (what the other vampires call 'Lord Harry') and sees it as inevitable.

What keeps Hal kind? He's had to renounce blood entirely, because in the Being Human series drinking blood is treated more as an addiction than a requirement for vampires. Any return to blood will result in Hal craving it and running the risk of reverting to his vampiric personality. So to keep his mind off blood, he and Leo devised a series of rituals and routines to keep Hal busy-- and therefore, in his own words, sane. One of the most important rituals for him is to set up a box of dominoes, but then take it down piece by piece instead of knocking the chain down. Not only does it occupy his time, but it teaches him to control his desire.

Whether it's because of the training with Leo, or something that's just always been present in his personality, Hal seems to have expanded his rituals into a nigh-obsessive-compulsive requirement for order and stability of all kinds, including cleanliness, routine, and creature comforts such as 'central heading, carpets and Radio 4'. He schedules his activities hour to hour and can't abide by disorganization, even going so far as to order eggs by size and turn all the matchsticks in a box to face the same way.

Hal has been a vampire for at least 500 years, which not only makes him an Old One but also an irrepressible dork. Spending the last 55 or so years with Leo and Pearl in a barber shop hasn't really gotten him much more up-to-date with the ways of the world. Hal prefers more refined activities and entertainment, such as listening to Bach, taking dates to museums, and playing the lute. One noted exception is his love for Motown, probably due to Leo's influence. In general Hal is happily clueless when it comes to modern politics and technology.

You can imagine Hal's quirks don't make him a lot of friends. Don't worry; he prefers it that way. Staying away from people is another method he employs to make sure he stays on the straight and narrow. If he doesn't get close to humans he can't attack them. When he does interact with people he tends to be socially awkward and almost timid, as if he's trying to get out of the conversation as quickly as possible. This is especially true for women, because Hal hasn't had the best history with them. As a child he was raised by prostitutes and never knew who his parents were. When he became a vampire he tended to take a misogynistic approach to women, seducing them and then killing them. Now that he makes a habit of avoiding temptation, they pose a serious threat to him. When he's first introduced, it's clear Hal hasn't had a date in a very long time.

As 'Lord Harry' he was a formidable force. Most vampires were afraid of him, even the Old Ones. He wasn't just vicious but actively sadistic, interested in breaking the spirit of others and forcing them to be as cruel and broken as he was. For example, after turning his lawyer Cutler, he 'mentored' him by forcing him to drink his own wife's blood and then revealing her dead body to him directly afterward. The potential for him to revert to his old ways is there even after Leo's help; at one point we see an alternate future where Hal became “quite literally, their poster boy” for the vampire coup and apparently has become just as terrifying as ever.

It can be argued, though, that Lord Harry isn't always cruel, and in some ways is a more complete person than Hal allows himself to be. His attitude in the flashbacks when dealing with Lady Catherine and the Devil, as well as in the final episode of series 5, is more of a snarky, self-absorbed realist than a complete monster. He proposes a truce with the werewolves, and even gives Tom a glimmer of hope about his fantasy of becoming human, telling him he's already there by virtue of trying. He's less fussy about a mess. He even sings and dances freely, as opposed to Hal's shame whenever he's caught doing so. But he is not one for self-sacrifice, and ultimately doesn't seem to form strong attachments to anyone. For example he refuses, twice, to stick his own neck out to destroy the Devil in a ceremony, instead opting to use the blood of one of his minions. He doesn't appear to lie as a rule, enjoying inflicting brutal truths on others instead and remaining unapologetic for what he really is. Like most other vampires, he considers his status considerably higher than that of humans and werewolves.

Leo makes the mistake of telling Hal all vampires are inherently afraid of death. But Hal chose to be a vampire because his entire life he'd been alone and driftless, and he felt he should strive for a greater destiny rather than simply die. His human life made him bitter enough to reason that he deserved more, even at the expense of others. Aside from his nasty turns as Lord Harry, Hal's language is often haughty and he considers himself more intelligent and refined than others around him. Part of this is holdover from being an Old One, a high-ranking vampire, but part of this also stems from inherent insecurity and a need to prove himself.

Hal is not afraid of dying so much as abandonment. It is important to remember that based on the prequel, Hal approached Leo. He spent time with the werewolf and seemed to find his opinion important. This is because Hal was hoping someone could find worth in him, as well as the ability to be saved. He would not be able to give himself a fresh start on his own; he needed the confidence and love of another to gain the courage and resolve. We see this pattern begin again when Hal acquires new flatmates: he openly considers Tom as his new Leo, and we can see how devastated he is at the thought Annie might lose confidence in him in “A Spectre Calls”. It is hinted that the alternate future where Hal becomes Lord Harry again occurred in a timeline where Hal never met Annie and Tom, thus lacking the support and influence of his new friends. When Alex refuses to believe in him and Tom becomes an enemy near the end of Series 5, Hal reverts to his Lord Harry personality almost immediately, telling Alex there is “no point” if she thinks him incapable of change.

Why do you think your character would work in this setting? Hal needs constant work in order to stay dry. Boomtown would definitely provide this. In addition, the community is small and on the outskirts of civilization, which keeps him out of a larger population and thus less likely to go on a rampage and become the Poster Boy for all Vampire-kind. He considers it a sort of monastery-like arrangement, self-imposed isolation as a form of meditation. The conditions might be more rustic than he's used to nowadays, but he's survived worse during the Renaissance and Victorian eras. Now as for what Hal can offer Boomtown, how about 500+ years of life experience? He's in a unique position to have personally witnessed and contributed to five centuries of progressive civilization-building. He's also highly organized and has managerial experience!

Inventory: What items is your character bringing with them into the game? Box of dominoes, small collection of poetry books, one of Tom's stakes

Samples:

Third-Person Sample:

http://maisondeportes.dreamwidth.org/261791.html?thread=14347935

First-Person Sample:

http://dear-mun.dreamwidth.org/5674947.html
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[OOC]

Backtagging: Always okay
Threadjacking: Ask first, but usually fine
Fourthwalling: Yeah, that'd be kind of funny

[IC]

Hugging this character: Awkward, but he probably won't bite you for it
Kissing this character: He'll definitely pull away from that
Flirting with this character: If you are in for awkward times, but he may run and hide
Fighting with this character: Again, he will try to avoid fights as much as possible but if provoked he's pretty formidable
Injuring this character: I'm all for this. He'll, of course, not be. In any case, obviously ask first
Killing this character: Let's chat, new best friend!
Using telepathy/mind reading abilities on this character: Ask first, but I'm happy to plot whatever

Helpful Info:

Fears:

Losing control of himself, chaos and disorder, dirt, inconvenience, abandonment

Weaknesses:

Much like an alcoholic, you could say Hal's addicted to blood. He doesn't like being around it because it tempts him to revert to the monster he was. Even hearing someone's heartbeat is enough to unnerve him. Drinking blood causes him to lose himself. Kia-Ora and other sugary drinks are similar in that they make him hyper and manic.

He's also dreadful at social interactions, mainly because he'd rather keep himself away from people to protect them and himself, but also because he's a bit of a prat. Pretty women were his main predilection when he was bloodthirsty so he's especially scared of prolonged interaction with them.

He's obsessive compulsive, brought on by his need for control over his environment and himself, and his time with Leo has instilled in him all sorts of little rituals including the extreme need for order and cleanliness. A dirty room will undo him unless he's able to tidy it up. He'll get stuck doing minute tasks until they're done perfectly. All the labels on the catsup bottles have to be facing the same way. And so on.

A stake to the heart will kill him, though because he's an Old One crosses, sunlight and the like don't affect him as they might younger vampires. Werewolf blood is like acid to a vampire, being extremely toxic and leaving burns wherever it touches skin.

Though it hasn't really been tested in canon, I'm going with he's not old enough to be able to walk into homes or private rooms uninvited. The only vampires we've seen do this in the show are either at least 1,000 years old or face severe physical damage.

Mundane Strengths/Abilities:
Hal's hobbies include embroidery, origami, and playing the piano and the lute. He's also got 500-ish years of life experience and the corresponding historical knowledge.

Sensitivity/Magical Ability:
Vampires from Hal's canon can see, speak to, and even be physically affected and touched by ghosts. In addition, they have extraordinary hearing and smell, able to actually hear the pulse of blood inside human veins and sniff out werewolves in human form. Vampires aren't required to eat or drink anything, including blood; it is more of an addictive substance to them that it is possible, but painful, to abstain from. Vampires cannot be photographed, captured on film, or seen in mirrors. They are able to heal quickly and completely from anything short of extreme injury or a staking. They have superhuman strength and endurance.

Reverse-permissions:

Hal is a vampire, and though he is struggling to get over his bloodthirst, sometimes he may... lapse a little. Please let me know your feelings on the following:

-Biting your character (Please specify if a) your char can be bitten; and b) how severe it can be. Vampire bites can range anywhere from a simple nick to complete drainage of blood. And as an added bonus option, siring!)

-Killing your character

-Re-arranging your character's sock drawer

-Entering a room your character lives in (Keep in mind he will have to be invited in to any private living quarters. Technical public spaces they are just bunking in would be exempt. So let me know if your character's sleeping area would canonically be off-limits and thus require invitation from your character for Hal to enter.)

Portes App

Jan. 6th, 2013 02:37 am
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Player's Name: Ans
Contact info: kindaxscary on plurk, kindaxscary at gmail
DW: ans99

Character: Hal Yorke
Canon: Being Human
Version: UK
Canon Point: post-series 4
Age: 500-ish years give or take
Gender: Male

History:
http://beinghuman.wikia.com/wiki/Hal_Yorke

Personality:

Most of the time, Hal appears to be a stuffy, obsessive-compulsive prat who is averse to interacting with others, women in particular. It's important to note that this is only one side of his personality, and more importantly, the side he clings to because the other one terrifies him.

Hal describes his own personality as cyclic, confessing to Leo that since becoming a vampire he has undergone periods of extreme sadism and periods of relative kindness. The Hal Yorke of the last half-century has resolved to remain kind as long as possible, though he always fears the return of his darker side (what the other vampires call 'Lord Harry') and sees it as inevitable.

What keeps Hal kind? He's had to renounce blood entirely, because in the Being Human series drinking blood is treated more as an addiction than a requirement for vampires. Any return to blood will result in Hal craving it and running the risk of reverting to his vampiric personality. So to keep his mind off blood, he and Leo devised a series of rituals and routines to keep Hal busy-- and therefore, in his own words, sane. One of the most important rituals for him is to set up a box of dominoes, but then take it down piece by piece instead of knocking the chain down. Not only does it occupy his time, but it teaches him to control his desire.

Whether it's because of the training with Leo, or something that's just always been present in his personality, Hal seems to have expanded his rituals into a nigh-obsessive-compulsive requirement for order and stability of all kinds, including cleanliness, routine, and creature comforts such as 'central heading, carpets and Radio 4'. He schedules his activities hour to hour and can't abide by disorganization, even going so far as to order eggs by size and turn all the matchsticks in a box to face the same way.

Hal has been a vampire for at least 500 years, which not only makes him an Old One but also an irrepressible dork. Spending the last 55 or so years with Leo and Pearl in a barber shop hasn't really gotten him much more up-to-date with the ways of the world. Hal prefers more refined activities and entertainment, such as listening to Bach, taking dates to museums, and playing the lute. One noted exception is his love for Motown, probably due to Leo's influence. In general Hal is happily clueless when it comes to modern politics and technology.

You can imagine Hal's quirks don't make him a lot of friends. Don't worry; he prefers it that way. Staying away from people is another method he employs to make sure he stays on the straight and narrow. If he doesn't get close to humans he can't attack them. When he does interact with people he tends to be socially awkward and almost timid, as if he's trying to get out of the conversation as quickly as possible. This is especially true for women, because Hal hasn't had the best history with them. As a child he was raised by prostitutes and never knew who his parents were. When he became a vampire he tended to take a misogynistic approach to women, seducing them and then killing them. Now that he makes a habit of avoiding temptation, they pose a serious threat to him. When he's first introduced, it's clear Hal hasn't had a date in a very long time.

As 'Lord Harry' he was a formidable force. Most vampires were afraid of him, even the Old Ones. He wasn't just vicious but actively sadistic, interested in breaking the spirit of others and forcing them to be as cruel and broken as he was. For example, after turning his lawyer Cutler, he 'mentored' him by forcing him to drink his own wife's blood and then revealing her dead body to him directly afterward. The potential for him to revert to his old ways is there even after Leo's help; at one point we see an alternate future where Hal became “quite literally, their poster boy” for the vampire coup and apparently has become just as terrifying as ever.

Leo makes the mistake of telling Hal all vampires are inherently afraid of death. But Hal chose to be a vampire because his entire life he'd been alone and driftless, and he felt he should strive for a greater destiny rather than simply die. His human life made him bitter enough to reason that he deserved more, even at the expense of others. Aside from his nasty turns as Lord Harry, Hal's language is often haughty and he considers himself more intelligent and refined than others around him. Part of this is holdover from being an Old One, a high-ranking vampire, but part of this also stems from inherent insecurity and a need to prove himself.

Hal is not afraid of dying so much as abandonment. It is important to remember that based on the prequel, Hal approached Leo. He spent time with the werewolf and seemed to find his opinion important. This is because Hal was hoping someone could find worth in him, as well as the ability to be saved. He would not be able to give himself a fresh start on his own; he needed the confidence and love of another to gain the courage and resolve. We see this pattern begin again when Hal acquires new flatmates: he openly considers Tom as his new Leo, and we can see how devastated he is at the thought Annie might lose confidence in him in “A Spectre Calls”. It is hinted that the alternate future where Hal becomes Lord Harry again occurred in a timeline where Hal never met Annie and Tom, thus lacking the support and influence of his new friends.

Fears:

Losing control of himself, chaos and disorder, dirt, inconvenience, abandonment

Weaknesses:

Much like an alcoholic, you could say Hal's addicted to blood. He doesn't like being around it because it tempts him to revert to the monster he was. Even hearing someone's heartbeat is enough to unnerve him. Drinking blood causes him to lose himself, and apparently Kia-Ora has similar effects.

He's also dreadful at social interactions, mainly because he'd rather keep himself away from people to protect them and himself, but also because he's a bit of a prat. Pretty women were his main predilection when he was bloodthirsty so he's especially scared of prolonged interaction with them.

He's obsessive compulsive, brought on by his need for control over his environment and himself, and his time with Leo has instilled in him all sorts of little rituals including the extreme need for order and cleanliness. A dirty room will undo him unless he's able to tidy it up. He'll get stuck doing minute tasks until they're done perfectly. All the labels on the catsup bottles have to be facing the same way. And so on.

A stake to the heart will kill him, though because he's an Old One crosses, sunlight and the like don't affect him as they might younger vampires. Werewolf blood is like acid to a vampire, being extremely toxic and leaving burns wherever it touches skin.

Though it hasn't really been tested in canon, I'm going with he's not old enough to be able to walk into homes or private rooms uninvited. The only vampires we've seen do this in the show are either at least 1,000 years old or face severe physical damage. However, because of the nature of the House I will only have this apply to rooms that are claimed by players (with the mods' permission of course). That way if someone's bunking in the Library Hal won't necessarily be barred.

Mundane Strengths/Abilities:
Hal's hobbies include embroidery, origami, and playing the piano and the lute. He's also got 500-ish years of life experience and the corresponding historical knowledge.

Sensitivity/Magical Ability:
Vampires from Hal's canon can see, speak to, and even be physically affected and touched by ghosts. In addition, they have extraordinary hearing and smell, able to actually hear the pulse of blood inside human veins and sniff out werewolves in human form. Vampires aren't required to eat or drink anything, including blood; it is more of an addictive substance to them that it is possible, but painful, to abstain from. Vampires cannot be photographed, captured on film, or seen in mirrors. They are able to heal quickly and completely from anything short of extreme injury or a staking. They have superhuman strength and endurance.

Supply List:
Box of dominoes

Game Transfers: N/A

Sample RP post:

Hal arrives on his knees.

It's almost funny, in a way. Not so much a continuation of his punishment as an elevation to an entirely new level. At home, he was-- to excuse the pun-- safe as houses. Being confined to a chair, kept away from the outside world, while inside a war raged on. But he was safe. He could even sleep in a seated position for a little while after he adjusted. It wasn't comfortable, but nothing about this was meant to be comfortable.

He doesn't feel the shift, exactly, when he's brought to the house. It's more that he recognizes a change has occurred. The air is still, colder. The room, darker. And he's no longer bound, now that's the important thing. Hal looks down at his hands, half-expecting to find blood on them already. Of course they're clean, shaking. What those hands are capable of frightens him more than anything, more than being suddenly whisked away to an unfamiliar place. Living with a ghost has given him experience with that, at least. Who else could have brought him here?

“Alex?” His throat is raw, all that bloody screaming he must have done at her during one of his weaker moments. What comes out is barely a whisper. “Tom?” They couldn't have abandoned him, not now.

Somehow he gets to his feet, one hand dipping into his pocket of its own accord, turning the domino inside over and over between his fingers. He'll just survey the room, then, and try to ignore the gnawing realization he's probably on his own here. Hal can't help but approve of the décor; it's just the sort of thing he remembers enjoying nearly a century ago. He'd bring women to nearly every other room in the house, to bed them and drain them dry, but the study... the study was all his.

His fingers tighten painfully around the domino, and he decides maybe it's best to take his mind off the past. Hopefully whoever else is here will appreciate a bit of tidying up.

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