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Brass Vatidor

Shapeshifter. Light twin to Whistle Vatidor, Musical Arts instructor at the Erutino Colonists Academy.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, originally authored by RolePlayGateway, as played by Sick Puppy

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Brass, despite his occupation as a simple teacher to a wide variety of ages and grade levels, is geared up like a 21st century Earth metal-head. Like his sister he dresses in mostly black, except for a mixture of such along with violet in his hair. His eyes themselves are a sparkling violet as well. He usually has a smile, although a rough past has left him with only a shadow of the usual Light over-excitedness and glee; he is often mistaken for a Dark for this reason. He almost always wears the same black vest and matching pants, with long forearm cuffs held on by a belt at each end.

He is moderately tall, standing at 5'11", and is quite skinny, not needing muscle for much considering his occupation; although he could of course change his own anatomy if he wished, he prefers the extra mask of innocence a battle unprepared for combat provides. He and his twin sister are one hundred and twenty four years old.

Personality

Brass is borderline flamboyant, being a Light and a music instructor; he speaks lightly and is quite innocently cheerful at most points. One could easily come to the conclusion that he is homosexual or bisexual; but he is quite straight. He simply hasn't found that "one" yet; even though many gorgeous Dark's seem to proposition him often mistaking him as one of their fellows, and every last one has been surprised to learn he is a Light... except for the ones who check his files out of interest or simply know from a professionality standpoint; headmasters and such.

He is an extremely natural and skilled musician, and is fluent with the instruments of hundreds of different civilizations including Earth's; especially as he was named after a family of Human instruments. Doubtless, he has taken an intrest in the Trumpet and several other related brass instruments and plays them primarly amongst all of the other tools in his arsenal. He is also fond of string instruments, being fluent in Viola, Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Guitar, Lute, and many others of similar breeds.

At a personality standpoint, he is quite obliviously flirtacious, seing sexual teasing as a part of normal friendships as he is quite simply not familiar with the processes of mating. All he knows is that it makes girls blush, so why not? He is very kind, putting others before himself (especially students) but he always makes sure that there is enough scraps for himself at the end of the day, being terrified of letting himself completely into the care of another (more on that in the history section). The only one he truly trusts with his wellbeing is, of course, his Dark; but even she has her problems, so for the most part Brass has lived independantly with only quick and frequent checkups from his dear sister. She is often watching him without him even knowing.

He is already a few decades beyond the average death age for the Shifter race, and he is strangely not yet mated; mostly because he is loyal to the way's of their race and no-one would ever want to marry his sister. Although, he doesn't see her as a burden in that respect; rather he is grateful for the life she provides for him. As a Royal Guard, she makes a very pompous paycheck and much of that pays for Brass' quite wealthy borderline-noble lifestyle. He has had a few fledging relationships but nothing has ever turned out serious; even sometimes under the guise of being a Dark just to see what would change. In this way he is extremely light-hearted when it comes to playing around with the sacred rules of their race, and he doesn't think much of tradition... just of his music, and his feelings.

Equipment

None. He is not a fighter.

History

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Brass was the second twin of the third twinset from the first litter of their parents Treble and Bass, who had made a quite lucrative deal with an illegal Research and Development sect to sell all of their children over for the sake of enslaving them for military research. Upon birth, he was tattooed with his Dark twin's symbol, a Whistle, and the number Seven. The two were rushed away to a hidden research facility where they were nursed and kept locked up for the sake of being live military-research guinea-pigs.

Despite all of the cultural taboo's involved, the Light twins were used just as much as the Darks. Although, unlike his sister, combat technology wasn't tested on him; instead, he was simply used as a psychological test subject for things like child-behaviour observation and instinct mapping. Eventually this advanced onto different shots and chemicals being tested on him to see if they would affect his behaviour. Some worked favourably, some drove him to the brink of insanity... his mind was a scientific playground for the first ten years of his life. For the most part, he only found sanity in the brief recesses they were allowed where he could find comfort in his sister, Whistle, and some of his Light friends.

At the age of ten, all experiments were ceased on him to prevent accidental death... as his own death would of course take down his now much more valuable sister. As they neared a breakthrough on the telekinetics technology they were testing on her, they kept Brass mostly locked up to keep the girl, who was now worth unbeliveable wealth to them, safe. He was barely allowed recess, and was only allowed to see his sister on regular visits. However, since he was used to this segregation by now, he hardly had objection.

This neglection went on until he was fifteen when Whistle had finally snapped and began slaughtering all of the on-site personell. Whistle, Brass and the rest of the children being locked away there were rescued by Royal Guard member Blade Ulenna during the chaos, and the children stayed in the castle until they could be sent to foster homes. Once all of them were filtered out, Whistle and Brass were the only two that remained under Royal care, as Whistle had begged to be taken on as part of the Royal Guard. When she was accepted to be an apprentice to Commander Blade, Brass was temporarily assigned to a Light compound where he was treated well and sent to mental therapy to put his mind on track. Bringing him to normal sanity took five years of intensive psychotherapy.

Eventually, as Whistle had become part of the full guard by their age 25, the big Elite paychecks started coming in and Brass was able to quickly afford an excellent home in the Erutino capital city. He spent a lot of time alone, experimenting with different musical instruments and finding quite a natural talent for them. By age thirty four, he was going through the Colonists Academy to major as a musician... and by age forty seven, he was a virtuoso and had started teaching.

He is now one hundred and twenty four years of age, and while the scars of his childhood remain, he has long since set them aside and has become... as "normal" as one can get after that treatment. He lives happily in the Erutino capital to this day, nearly living as richly as a political noble with the very thick allowance he is granted by his sister.


SHAPESHIFTER SOCIETY

Education
It is generally held that the Dark, as the stronger, more protective, and also more sedate 'leader' of the two is to provide physically for the weaker more excitable Light twin, thought the Light twin often acts almost as a caregiver to the Dark, cooking, cleaning and generally seeing to the Darks more emotional needs. In this way the two balance each other, and really do not understand how to live without the other.

Thus, the Dark Academy of a sector is never more than a half mile away from the Light Academy, and though separate dorms are available, and encouraged, during these years, it is not uncommon to find Light twins making their way to the Dark's room at night, as Lights do not like being left alone.

However, in the event a Dark takes a Warrior job, or a Traveler job, there are dorms available for the Light half of the twinset. This is provided so the Dark twin may never need to worry of the safety of his/her light twin as the Light Compounds and Light Dorms are some of the heaviest guarded places in a Shapeshifter world/colony.

Each shapeshifter is required to take ten years of Basic Education at an Academy and past that will take an apprenticeship to learn a job field if not going in one of the Academy fields.

There are of course as many fields of education in their culture as there are in their culture. However there are several distinct fields that use the Academy system rather than the standard mentorship system used after Basic Education. These fields are as follows:

Medical
Healers are an integral part of any society, but especially the accident prone Shapeshifters one. This field is almost exclusively dominated by Lights, though there is the occasional Dark working with his/her Light twin out of devotion. It takes 10 years to master.

Warrior
Warriors are integral to any society, but especially one that is as large and rambunctious as Shapeshifters. Each colony and settlement has a large percentage of warriors to ensure the Laws are followed. This is an exclusively Dark field, with one exception in the form of Hope. She is obviously a fairly recent exception and is never actually used in this field. This class includes everything from the Queen's Elite Guard to the common guardsman on the street. It takes from 5-20 years to master, depending on job field.

Traveler
Travelers are the dimensional explorers of the shapeshifter society and the vanguard of the colonization efforts. It is there job to locate suitable worlds that already have a society set up so that Shapeshifters may infiltrate and slowly overwhelm the native inhabitants by sheer numbers. Though they have their own special Compound in Erutino, the Homeworld of Shapeshifter society, most Travelers rarely even settle in a place for more than two weeks. These are mostly Darks as well. Only after having completed the Warrior Academy can a Shifter go on to become a Traveler. It takes 20 years to master.

Colonists
These shifters are trained to blend in in a variety of worlds with a large variety of different tech levels and environments. Often the world they will travel to is picked at the start of their education, so that they may become highly familiar with their world. Both Lights and Darks enter into the field, often as pairs, and many times after being mated as well. It is the largest Academy and the easiest to enter. The government encourages as many shifters as possible to go there, to the point where it is the only Academy in which you get paid to go. However, because it wouldn't do for shapeshifter to stick out on their new world, they are often limited to the birthing cycle of whatever the dominant species is in that world. It takes ten years to master.

Other fields, are often populated heavily by Lights as many Darks go off the the Warrior class. The Lights however are happy to support their Darks, knowing that each has it's place in society.

Government
The Shapeshifter society is a monarchy, with and elected not inherited Noble class, though the Royal family does inherit to the eldest Light. The Queen of Shapeshifters is always the Light of the eldest surviving twinset at the previous Queen's death.

Religion
Shapeshifters have a full pantheon of twenty Goddesses, though religion plays a small role in their lifestyles. Still, they do observe a Holy Day on each equinox and solstice, along with a Feast Day for each Goddess.

List of Goddesses

♪ Hinthu - Goddess of light. With Sarllah, she is the mother of Yudh, the sun; Othugli, the moon; and Eiateila, the dawn.
♪ Asihkan - Goddess of intellect and the axis of heaven around which the constellations revolved. Patron Goddess of Light twins.
♪ Shamotulsyne - Goddess of memory and remembrance, and mother of the arts and creative thought.
♪ Sarsail - Goddess of the Earth-encircling river Sarsail, the font of all the Earth's fresh-water.
♪ Urlo - Wife of Sarsail, and the mother of the rivers, springs, streams, fountains and clouds.
♪ Sarllah - Goddess of sight and the shining light of the clear blue sky. She is the mate of Hinthu, and mother of Yudh, Othugli and Eiateila.
♪ Skrona - Goddess of divine law and order. Patron Goddess of Dark twins.
♪ Yshane - Goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars.
♪ Matepha - Goddess of stars and planets, and the art of astrology.
♪ Eiateila - Goddess of the dawn.
♪ Kelabha - Goddess of afterthought and the mother of excuses.
♪ Pharaoi - Goddess of the mastery of the seas.
♪ Yudh - Goddess of the sun and guardian of oaths.
♪ Aurnotho - Goddess of renown, fame and infamy, and wife of Nareho.
♪ Pholo - Goddess of air and wind and the hunter's skill of stalking prey.
♪ Phate - Goddess of violent anger, rash action.
♪ Kiathot - Goddess of good counsel, advise, planning, cunning, craftiness and wisdom.
♪ Bostaua - Goddess of destruction and warcraft.
♪ Lona - Goddess of forethought and crafty counsel, and creator of Shapeshifters.
♪ Othugli - Goddess of the moon.

Technology level
Shapeshifters have found a way to combine technology with their magic and have space-age technology with the ability to colonize and cross lightyears in short amounts of time. However, they have never seen the point of robots, so have a very small robot population.

They do have Implants used with Travelers exclusively that allow the Travelers to understand and speak in any language as long as the implant is functioning. electricity of any level can knock it out though ambient electricity and static electricity often only destroy the ability to speak and understand a handful of languages. These implants are self repairing and planted onto the brain itself, where it proceeds to integrate with the brain on it's own.


On Lights and Darks

Birth
Shapeshifters are never born without a twin. These twins are separated into half, with one named the Dark and the other named the Light. This distinguishment is established solely by birth order. During the birthing process the Dark is birthed first, but the Light is grasping the Dark by the heel as s/he is born.

They are raised together for the first twenty years of their life, before being put in formal education in separate, but always close by, Academies.

It is rare that just one twinset will be born. Shapeshifter produce in litters of up to eight kits or four twinsets. Hope was more in a litter of two twinsets, herself and Snow, and her 'brothers' the Light twin Rain, and the Dark twin Thunder.

Hope's mother, a flighty woman named Feather, gave birth to 747 twinsets before her death in her 98th year of living having given birth from age 23 to age 98, though she died shortly after her last litter was born do to a shifting accident involving a goose form and a hunter. Hope has never met all of her many, many siblings, and doesn't actually know who they may be outside of her own litter.

RELATIONSHIPS

Between Light and Dark

The Light very much is taught that the needs of the Dark go before the needs of the Light, while the Dark is taught the opposite is true. This means that each is highly concerned that the other's needs are well met and so always strives, not for themselves, but for their twin.

A Light will follow her Dark to the end of the Earths if need be, and often follows her Dark's commands without a seconds thought, knowing that her Dark would never order anything that could cause a Light harm. She will back away from any relationship her Dark even vaguely hints at disapproving of.

A Dark on the other hand, often will go out of her way to fulfill any wish of her Light, especially the little reasonable ones. She will defend the Light from all the harder parts of life and cushion her life's journey to the best of her ability, refusing to allow the Light's hand to go to anyone who can not defend the Light well form life's hardships.

Friendships
In this, the Light often has a great deal of control, as Dark's tend to be withdrawn creatures. The outgoing Light will cheerfully make friends with Light and Dark alike, dragging her Dark behind her with an unmitigated glee. The only stopping force in this would be a subtle glance, or a word from her Dark which may slow her down or stop her completely, though never for long.

Family
Shapeshifter families are not close at all, with the only bond normally being one of blood to the sheer size. While yearmates and littermates may know eachother well enough to jump to each others defense, mostly close family bonds are only formed between the littermates of a season, with a more cousinly bond to the other yearmates.

Romance
A Light may seek younger than her Dark would like, but she will not do more than glance at, smile happily, and perhaps make lighthearted conversation unless her Dark allows her too. Often, due to the over-protectiveness of Darks, a Light will have never even kissed until she settles in on her final and normally only relationship. This has led to a very persistent myth among Lights that no one thinks to dispel: A Light can only be with one person their entire lifetime.

Mating
Mating is the permanent marriage bond between to shapeshifters. It allows each to maintain a supernaturally level of awareness with each other, always aware of how the other is doing physical and emotionally as well as establishing a telepathic bond between the two. Light's consider this highly sacred, and while Darks appreciate it highly, they don't take the same religious view of the act of mating as Light do, though they tend to agree strongly on the ceremony of mating.

Shapeshifters mate only in pairs, twinset marrying twinset. Because of Hope and Snow's unique situation however, Hope long ago resolved to marry a non-shapeshifter without a twin, as she hadn't found her twin. Now that she has, that may or may not change, depending on her twin almost entirely.

Death
An all too common problem, this species has an average lifespan of 95, despite being capable of living well until their 3,000s. Unfortunately, due to the mating bond and the twinbond, the death of just one Shapeshifter takes down their twin, their mate, and often their twin's mate as well.

So begins...

Brass Vatidor's Story

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Brass Vatidor wandered into the bar for his very first time, taking in the surroundings half in awe and half in forced caution. His sister told him enough about the place, but as long as he was stuck on Terra there was no use sitting around doing nothing and waiting for Commander Blade to get back...

He tried his best not to make eye contact with any of the patrons as he strode across the bar floor slowly at first as he chose a destination. Finally set upon the bar counter itself, he picked up his pace until he found an empty and secluded bar stool. Then, he tried to get the attention of any nearby bartender.

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Brass Vatidor practically jumped as the stranger approached him. More startling yet, was that she seemed to know his name already! "Uhm, yes! Yes I am... uhm... have we... met before?" ehe asked clumsily, having nearly fell off his stool as he spun it around to face Hope.

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Brass Vatidor suddenly understood. A black Ops' implant meant she worked with the Royal Guard... so she could be trusted! Good! "Oh, so you know about my sister too? It's a pleasure to meet you then." he definitely seemed less timid now that he had some reassurance she wasn't some sort of assassin out for his sister's life. It wouldn't have been the first attempt...

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Brass Vatidor nodded confidently Blade! He knew Blade quite well indeed. "So you're THE Hope Anona?" He said almost in awe. "If half of the things my sister said about what you're trying to accomplish are true, then it is a great pleasure to meet you!"

Her return question was met with another nod, equally sure. "oh, of course I'm safe." He pointed up into the rafters where a rugged, darkly clad girl was sitting and watching like a hawk... but he didn't point long, thinking it better to not tell everyone in the bar where his sister was hiding.

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Brass Vatidor nodded briskly. "Understood, say no more." He took the shove off as a note of caution for her cover, so he treated it as such.

"Say, I heard you guys were convicted for kidnapping the Queen. Which doesn't make any sense to me because of Blade.... not even Whistle really konw's what's going on. Mind filling me in?"

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Brass Vatidor thumped his fist against his chest as though accepting a sacred duty. "You got it. I'll spread the word as much as I can. I -knew- there was something fishy about that news story..."

Then his smile turned to a devilish grin and he leaned in to whisper to her. "What's this about Blade and Queen Wing being together?"

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Brass Vatidor chuckled. "That's adorable! I always thought him and... Winnie would make a great couple. You should see how serious he gets every time she would call him up to the throne room. Before recently he almost never showed up in her presence without his full Ceremonial uniform on!" he said with a hushed laugh.

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Brass Vatidor laughed aloud, nodding quickly and enjoying the gossip session immensely. "I'm deadly serious. If you ever bring it up to him, I swear it's the only thing that will make him blush... but don't tell him I told you! He'd choke me out for sure."

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Brass Vatidor shook his head in pity for the couple. "Three hundred years of tension will do that. I think they earned their moment together after so long. He was hitting on her just as hard when he saved me and Whistle over a century ago."

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Brass Vatidor laid back in his seat as far as he could without falling right out of it, eyes to the roof as he daydreamed the possibility. "Blade the First Dark. I still can't even see it happening. Blade and politics is like mixing peanut butter and ketchup."

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Brass Vatidor glances into Gambits. he wore a simple vest and black skinny jeans which he found comfortableas he walked in his purpley blue hair stayed dead still thanks to some expensive hair products. He wore bracelets on each hand of awooden or leather texture and his face and body looked to be carved by angels.

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He glanced over at the girl with ever redding cheeks before giving her a warm soft smile.
whisky please
he said to the bartender before paying his money and sitting at an empty table.

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Reddening*

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He laughed at the genuine goddess remark. Before sipping his drink and licking his lips.

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What's this about a genuine goddess?
he asked possibly interested?

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Notices the girl looking at her but only in his peripheral vision so she didn't see him looking back
not another one
he says rubbing his neck guiltily.

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Him:*

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were you talking to me hun?
He said friendly as he went to retake his seat.

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sorry I'm not sure I caught that.
he turned to look at the pygmy
and what do they do exactly?

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No thank you maybe next time he said. I don't agree with enslavement sorry.

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Walks out of gambits.

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He rushe over on his way out to help up the previously trapped...well goddess he supposed.
miss are you okay
he asked concerned in his usual friendly tone.

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No, just the floor nut you can apologise to that later... I have to run mow but ill catch up soon
he kissed her hand before leaving.

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could always try dancing
brass said as stepped up flamboyantly to the bar
I've always enjoyed it
He felt easy and comfortable talking to strangers. His white vest covered little if next to nothing of his muscular arms.
names brass
he said offering the woman a menu to choose a drink from.

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He may have gotten to know people fairly easily, but he wasn't a fighter, he generally didn't need to.
Two whiskeys please
he asked the barman before offering up the cash. Brass sat on his stool next to the woman
is there something you would like to talk about?
he asked offering her her drink his large frame arching slightly towards her, and his make up ridden eyes only on that beautiful,but sullen face.