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Matthias Vanderhugh

The meek bookworm who sought to save his sister.

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a character in “The Mortalis Conclavis”, as played by Fubsy


Name: Matthias Vanderhugh

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Appearance: With slumping shoulders and messy hair, Matthias isn't the type to care much for his looks. Tall at around 6'4", he seems smaller thanks to his constant slouch. His constant habit of ruffling his nest long, chestnut hair does little to tidy his appearance, making him seem a bit sloppier if anything. Matthias has a light spray of freckles and dark circles beneath his eyes. His thick eyebrows are constantly furrowed into an expression of someone thinking deeply heightened by his expressive hazel eyes. He favors oversized sweaters and old jeans, and occasionally wears a pair of glasses as he's a tad shortsighted.

Personality: A bookish young man, Matthias is a meek individual who favors the company of books than people. He's friendly, if awkward, and cares more for the happiness of other's than his own. He's trusting to a fault and tries to see the good in people, but this has led to him being seen as a doormat and get frequently walked over. Despite this, he holds grudges against slights made against his family and friends, and can be surprisingly sly when the occasion arises. Matthias holds a bad habit of daydreaming, tending to ramble when lost in his thoughts.

History: Born in 1998, Matthias was raised with his little sister, June, in a little farm. His parents seemingly always gone for work, the two were brought up by their grandparents. Their childhood was humble, but pleasant. Fond memories consisted of helping around the lot, taking care of the animals and tending to the garden. Though life was calm, it was a monotonous cycle that lapsed on throughout the years.
Matthias got his love for reading from his grandfather, who was an avid collector of books and was more than happy to share his collection. Reading became Matthias little escape from his day to day life. He often snuck away inbetween chores to secret hiding spots, though he was always caught.
However, this peaceful living didn't last. When the two were older, June was diagnosed with cancer. It was a sudden shock to all the family. With this diagnoses, the siblings returned to living in the city with their parents so that June could receive the proper treatment. June assured Matthias that everything would be alright, and he believed her. At first. As the months passed and June got ever sicker, he began to believe her less and less. Throughout it all, Matthias read. He read novels, and memoirs, and even medical texts as if he could find the cure.
But the answer came from more surprising sources. Manera appeared before Matthias one night at the hospital, promising a proper life for June. One without the worry of sickness or pain or the constant beeps of machinery surrounding her. And Matthias accepted without a second of hesitation.
It was called a miracle when the doctors arrived and discovered June seemingly healthy. How or why, they couldn't find out. But Matthias knew. Eventually, June was released and, aside from the occasional visit to the doctor, everything had mostly returned to normal.
And so, the longest, shortest year of Matthias' life passed, until he awoke in the House of Dreams.

Your animal form: The Barn Owl. Pale and silent, the barn owl prefers hiding in quiet places whilst flying over in wide, open areas. They have a unique, disclike face and large dark eyes, with a distinct sounding call. The owl is a symbol of wisdom and ancient knowledge--a fit for someone so keen on reading. They're known to be silent fliers, with eyes that can see through the dark, sharp hearing that can track prey, and strong talons for attacking. However, owls are prone to being frightened very easily.

Any other skills: Matthias is knowledgeable on history, and knows theoretical information on medicine. Doing anything medical, however, is another thing in general. He's a fast learner, and surprisingly strong from his time on the farm.

So begins...

Matthias Vanderhugh's Story

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One year. It had been one year. 365 days, 52 weeks, 8760 hours. Each meticulously counted by Matthias. He knew it was ridiculous to count. That those imaginary tally marks wouldn't anything to lengthen the time with his sister. But Matthias counted nonetheless. Each day, week, hour a constant reminder of what he promised, and what he had managed to save.

"Hey, Matty? You okay there?"

Matthias jumped in surprise as the lighthearted voice cut through his thoughts and his stormy eyes lifted from the pages of his book. "Huh? Oh, um, yeah. I'm great, why?"

"You've been reading the same page for the last ten minutes, you dingus." June reclined in the couch next to him, her crooked smile illuminated by the dim glow of her phone. Despite her jovial tone, concern shone clear in her own eyes. June ran a hand through her short, brown hair and poked Matthias with a socked foot. "Seriously, what's up? Did your favorite character die again? Crazy plot twist? Sudden realization of how much of a nerd you are?"

Matthias returned her smile, though his seemed seemed to fluctuate towards a grimace. "No, no, and I figured that out a long time ago." He rose from his spot on the couch and ruffled his sister's hair, despite her groan of protest. "Just tired, is all." It was the truth. Sort of. He didn't want to lie to June. Anyone but her. Matthias wanted to tell her everything. The goddess, the deal, all of it. But how could he? Would she even believe him? He wouldn't even have believed himself if it weren't for the fact that his sister was still walking around. All Matthias could do was give a quiet sigh, and utter a soft, "Love you," before climbing up the stairs to his room.

When Matthias plopped into his bed, sleep hit him like a train. His mind faded to the lull of a dreamless static. For a moment, at least. When he opened his eyes, his bedroom was gone. The leak prone plaster of his ceiling was replaced instead by a brilliant light. The walls, his shelves, his window -- all of it torn away in favor of a room filled with other individuals in similar beds. Matthias blinked fast. He wished he could say he wanted to rise up and look around. Instead, fear seized up in his chest, followed by that childlike desire to duck under the covers as if that protect him or take him back to June. Either way, Matthias remained in bed, paralyzed and utterly confused.

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Meretha was living happiest times of her life. She had a wonderful man in his life, a man she was going to marry. A man that was a deep asleep next to her in bed. However she couldn't get sleep. It must have been a year soon. She wasn't exactly sure of the date or time but she knew that it must be close. Meretha watched her soon-to-be husband almost in tears. Why? Why she had agreed to that offer. Had she really been so desperate for love? So desperate that she was only able to enjoy it for a year and now she would have to leave?

Her feelings were a mess. She was happy and sad, wanting to wake him up and tell him that she would have to leave. But how could she crush his feelings for her. Their whole relationship had been a lie. Organized by a goddness. She shook her head. Even if she told him she would sound like crazy. She kept watching him, eventually laying her head on his chest and listened his heart beat. It was a strong, calming sound. Her eyes started to close and she fell asleep.

She opened her eyes, a bright light blinding her for a second. What was going on? Morning sun never shone into their bed, their windows faced other way. It took for a while to her eyes adjust, only to find herself from a strange room. She sat up in the bed to see several beds, people laying all around her. Her first thought being "Some of them wear really weird clothes." At first she thought she was still dreaming but then what was more likely to be a truth, hit her. It had been a year that night.