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Maximilian Griffis

"No matter where I go it always ends in the same place... emptiness."

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a character in “The Riders' Ascension”, as played by TheFlag

Description

Name: Maximilian Griffis

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Position: Dragon Rider

Species: Human

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Description / Appearance:
Maximilian is a slender figure, he has a lean build and looks relatively thin almost to the point of looking skeletal, his body seems devoid of fat due to his fast metabolism. Surprisingly though Maximilian is quite solid in his physique, he possesses some muscle but it's a more subtle aspect in his look. Maximilian stands at 5'11" and weighs roughly around 152lbs. Maximilian's skin is clear and a drab olive which is a lighter shade covers his skin, he appears a darker pale which is very smooth and clear, no markings apart from a few blemishes around his body.

Maximilian's facial features are stern and quite gaunt, his cheeks are shallow giving his cheekbones a thin appearance this also molds the rest of his face, making his chin thin but still rather large which in turn makes his mouth appear small. Maximilian's mouth is thin and pursed into a constant frown or grin, the lips themselves are rather puffed out and thick. Maximilian's nose is narrow and thin, it goes alone in a straight line and then ends, comparable to a slide, the nostrils are thin and meet the rest of his nose completely giving Maximilian a small triangle-shaped of a nose. Maximilian's facial features together are narrow and defined, this makes him appear aloof and very serious and sometimes even sinister. Maximilian's hair is thick, the strands and hairs themselves stick together and branch off into individual paths, this makes it very unmanageable but it's also smooth and quite soft. The color of Maximilian's hair is a dark auburn like color. Its usual style is brushed back in a almost regal fashion. The last noticeable facial feature, is of course Maximilian's eyes, they're a light hazel color, they are very soft and focused.

Personality:
Maximilian despite his relative youth is quite lax, he doesn't really seem to care about things and instead of being fiery and passionate he is both apathetic and cynical almost to a terminal degree. All he can focus on is the glumness of the world, how cruel people can be towards each other this has contributed to his jaded view of the world. In short he feels tired of the world. Maximilian possesses a calm, relaxed, practical demeanor, he plans ahead and looks at things pragmatically and bluntly, he doesn't try to sugarcoat things making him realistic about situations. Maximilian has a low sense of self-worth, he views himself simply as one insignificant man, one grain of sand in an ocean, he constantly doubts himself and puts himself down, despite this he has got a little narcissistic streak. Easily irritable, Maximilian has quite a temper and he loses it quite easily, he hides it well however but occasionally it slips through.

Underneath Maximilian's neurotic traits is a good person, despite being jaded he hates the sites of hopeless injustice and will occasionally rise up and lend a helping hand to people in need. Maximilian is generally cold and reserved when addressing others, he does so bluntly and only provides as much information as necessary; when talking to people he is familiar with he loosens up a little, letting more emotion fill his body. Maximilian is also sarcastic, he packs quite a wit and generally back-sasses others, his sense of humor is quite dark and literal, others would find it disturbing due to its warped nature. When it comes to the people Maximilian cares for, he is loyal to a absolute and defends them with a viscous ruthlessness, when it comes to his foes he is ruthless to a fault.

Short History:
Maximilian had an idealistic life from most people's perspectives, he was born into an aristocratic family and was a single-child. He got everything he wanted so long as he behaved, kept his mouth shut and did as his family commanded. Throughout his life he followed his families wishes, he studied history, trained in combat and was regarded as a prodigy. He had no say in his life whatsoever, he was in a cage, a pretty cage but a cage nevertheless. At the age of 17 he left, deciding to finally take control of his own life, the skills his family gave him helped; swordsmanship, a higher education and a very nice sword. Needless to say he did horribly at first, he had the commonsense of a firefly, eventually he adapted and began thriving in the darker areas of the world. For the first time in his life he felt... content.

Power:

Photokinesis: The manipulation of light. This is a relatively new ability and is still quite weak. Despite training it only triggers in stressful events.

Weapon of Choice:

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Dragon / Rider: Fraener

Other:
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So begins...

Maximilian Griffis's Story

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Character Portrait: Maximilian Griffis Character Portrait: Fraener

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Sunlight trickled through the window pane somehow managing to pierce Maximilian's closed eyelids. Maximilian stirred for a moment, turning on his side, he let out a deep yawn and his eyes reluctantly opened. Although his eyes had opened he still remained in a sleepy stupor, he felt relaxed, no worries, no nothing and he wanted to enjoy it just a moment longer. Minutes passed as his consciousness became increasingly more aware and awake. Maximilian pushed himself off the edge of his bed, his legs touched the floor.

Maximilian's eyes drifted around the room half-heartedly examining it: it wasn't much, it was a modest room, the floor was made of cheap wood and stains of previous occupants' messes were splattered around, the bed he laid on was simply a hay-stuffed bag on a wooden frame although there was a nice woolen quilt, a desk with a small mirror sat opposite the bed but apart from that it was quite empty but it fulfilled its purpose all the same. Leaning forward he pushed himself off the bed walking towards the desk, he examined himself in the mirror; his hair bedraggled was an absolute mess but apart from that he looked refreshed.

Clothes were sprawled on the floor, his clothes specifically; he picked up the white tunic off the floor sliding into it, next was his linen trousers, they were a malt green yet very soft almost silk, next was his coat, it was a leather duster, he slid into it and began doing up the buttons, lastly he picked up his pair of leather boots which sat next to his bed. One brief look in his mirror followed by a simple nod and he was off. He made sure to grab his sword which lay in its scabbard, attaching it to his belt.

The door to his room creaked open and he stepped out, a long staircase stretched down in a straight line. He walked down the flight of stairs and into the bar that lay beneath his room, he avoided contact with the innkeeper, he still had the room for another night; not that he was going to stay again, he was going to continue wandering, he thought about asking for some money back but one gaze over the innkeeper told him he was greedy and that his it'd be a waste of time. A sigh escaped his lips and he walked towards the exit.

The air was cold and crisp despite the sun hanging heavy in the air, the people of Anchor were busy at work, living their simple lives, How futile... Maximilian thought before continuing to head north. The environment began to change, the small path had evolved into a small trail and trees surrounded him, he had entered a lush forest. Maximilian's hand drifted towards his sword, though beautiful he had heard the forest was bandit-country from the innkeeper. Though he undoubtedly viewed himself better than a common bandit it was best to be prepared.

Venturing deeper into the forest all signs of civilization had disappeared by now, he had long forgotten about bandits, he was in too deep, bandits usually attacked close to villages where a safe income of villagers and merchants passed through, he on the other hand had stepped off the path and was just walking north through the overgrowth.

In the distance a small hut appeared, Maximilian paused for a second uncertain, a hut out in the middle of nowhere how... ominous. He heard some ruffling behind him, he turned immediately, drawing his blade gracefully from the scabbard and in a slicing motion held it beneath his hips. A man appeared before him... his eyes adjusted; no not a man, it had the body of a human but its head was of a deer, Maximilian backed up generally startled, never had he seen such a creature, the creature said nothing but slowly walked towards him. It held a crude sword in its hand and it raised it silently... it gurgled a ear piercing shriek and lunging towards him.

In an instant Maximilian pistoned his sword up deflecting the lunge skillfully, the creature stumbled back; it fought with no skill but it was fierce and had no regard for its life. Maximilian swung his blade at the undefended side as his opponent stumbled back, it connected slicing into the beast's flesh, it screamed loudly and thrashed, Maximilian continued furthering the blade into the beast's gut. It grabbed Maximilian's other wrist in a death lock, it was then Maximilian noticed it had claws, his eyes widened as they dug into his wrist going as deep as the tendons, Maximilian gasped but held the blade firm. It took a few seconds but it slumped over dead finally releasing Maximilian's wrist, which now was bleeding profusely. He held it for a second before wincing in pain.

It was the beast dead on the floor that caught his attention, he crouched down ignoring the pain in his wrist for a second. It lay there dead, he examined its neck to find a small searing between the beast's human body and animal head. Perhaps it was a shaman of nature? Maximilian's mind mused, he had read about rituals of the sort but he never fathomed something like this, he picked up the beast's discarded sword, it was rusted and old of no value. The whole event felt mysterious, was it protecting that hut? Curiosity beckoned him as he stepped away from the beast and towards the hut.

As he entered the dark shack he began looking around. There were books lined up, small titles of a language he could not understand, some woodland creatures also lay at the desk, dead. Then he turned and directly at the corner of the room it sat, a large green stone, it was surrounded by two small obelisks and was decorated with plants and berries, it seemed like a... shrine. Maximilian approached, the stone radiated some energy, he could tell just from looking at it that this wasn't an ordinary stone. Who was the shrine too? Maximilian thought absentmindedly, Maximilian's hand reached out and gently brushed the stone, it felt smooth... maybe it held value and was rare. That was just as much incentive Maximilian needed to take the stone with him.

Just as he was preparing to lift the stone from its place he heard a crack and a large jagged crack mark appeared over the stone, something was rearing its way out of the egg, Maximilian recoiled in surprise. He held out his still unsheathed sword, his other hand held the creature's blade, but it was too painful to move it. The stone continued to crack and a green head reared through the cracks. Its an egg, Maximilian observed dumbfounded, he focused on the creature, now free of its shell two small wings reared behind it. "It can't be..." Maximilian said aloud, it was a dragon obviously but they had all died out. Forever lost to the world.

The dragon's red eyes caught Maximilian's gaze, he stood in a calm bewilderment. A few anxious seconds passed then he felt a presence enter his mind. Hello. The greeting was accompanied by a nod from the dragon, I'm your dragon! It called happily. Maximilian stood there his gaze wide a look of confusion covered on his face.

"You can't be a dragon..." Maximilian spoke simply and in a matter-of-factly tone, "There are no dragons... they're extinct."

The dragon looked confused and then spoke again more sure of itself Your my rider and my only rider, so I must be a dragon.

Maximilian shook his head, still confused but more curious now, "Rider... you mean like in the stories?" His tone was amused as he continued look at the small dragon beneath him. The sheer ludicrousness of this situation felt unreal.

I've never read the stories, but your my rider as I am your dragon. The small voice beamed in his head, politely and somewhat excited.

Maximilian still couldn't grasp the situation but the dragon's words rung true. He did feel connected to this dragon, it was strange and Maximilian didn't like it but he also felt more... complete? He couldn't put his finger on it. Staggering back Maximilian felt a little lightheaded, he breathed deeply before locking eyes with the dragon again. "Okay then..." He took a breath, stumbling for something to say Maximilian then said randomly "What's your name then?"

The dragon bowed its head in some sort of courtesy before announcing proudly, I am Fraener.

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Character Portrait: Maximilian Griffis Character Portrait: Fraener

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It took a second for the newly dubbed Fraener to hop off the shrine where his cracked egg sat, he bounded towards Maximilian. The world seemed to spin in a surreal haze for Maximilian and he had trouble comprehending it, just thirty minutes ago he was making his way through the forest travelling north, lo and behold he had spotted a hut and now this... it was all too much. He felt a nudge and noticed Fraener was nudging his ankle, Maximilian looked down his gaze meeting Fraener's eyes, I told you my name, what's yours? Fraener inquired timidly.

Maximilian paused before stumbling, "Uh... I'm Maximilian." He had only noticed he still had his sword raised, it was also covered in the beast-man's blood, using his sleeve he wiped it with his other hand, doing so reminded him of the injury he had sustained and he winced; the wound had stopped bleeding but it still hurt. After he wiped the blade clean he twirled it in his good hand before sliding it back into the scabbard. All the more Fraener watched curiously, he couldn't help but notice the wound on Maximilian wrist.

Are you alright? Your hand looks injured Fraener spoke softly, worry was evident in his voice.

Maximilian raised an eyebrow before shaking his head, "No it's completely fine, don't worry about it."

The dragon seemingly pouted, But it's bleeding! He then shook his head, Can't you do anything about it?

"Yeah... now if you'd be quiet and let me do it." Maximilian leaned forward hushing Fraener. He bent one knee and adopted a crouched position, he put the beast-man's sword on the ground and rolled up a blood encrusted sleeve. Using his other hand he pulled out a small pouch while Fraener watched intently. Opening the small pouch he delicately dipped two fingers in before pulling them out, a grey mud covered his two finger tips. Letting out a sigh Maximilian brought his mud-covered fingertips to his injured wrist, he began gently massaging the mud onto his injury. The pain was sharp and Maximilian couldn't help but gasp.

What are you doing? Fraener said breathlessly as Maximilian continued massaging the mud into his injury.

"Well... I think I'm preventing chance for an infection." Maximilian noted coldly, he had never tried this mud before but the alchemist he bought it from endorsed it vigorously. The burning sensation on his wrist indeed told him it was having some affect, it hurt but it wasn't too hard to bear. Picking up the beast-man's sword off the floor again he stood up, he had only noticed it but the iron was cold, perhaps the blade wasn't so useless after all.

The sound of thunder echoed in the distance and rain began to hit the roof of the hut, Fraener glanced around uncertain. Maximilian rolled his eyes and sighed, Great... stay here in the witch's house or whatever the hell that thing was... or brave the storm and look for shelter Maximilian's thoughts echoed.

Witch's house? Fraener asked innocently much to Maximilian's surprise, Where exactly are we anyway? The young dragon asked.

Maximilian's eyes widened, his thoughts didn't seem that private anymore. "In the middle of nowhere... lets leave it at that." Pausing he then continued "I don't like this place..." He cast an eye over Fraener, he looked small, to small to walk, Maximilian offered his shoulder and the dragon climbed up perching itself there. Maximilian found an unspoken partnership was formed, although he strongly wanted to leave and say this never happened he couldn't. The two just assumed they'd be traveling together and that was that, there was no need to bring it up.

The pair left the small hut, the beast-man's corpse still visible in the overgrowth, rain softly pelting the pair then they began walking vaguely north. Trudging through the forest, deeper and deeper felt strangely quiet except for Fraener occasionally trying to spark a conversation there wasn't really much noise. The rain continued heavily, Maximilian felt soaked, he stopped when he saw a small opening in the rocks, a small but visible cave. Even though it was still morning, it'd be a nice resting place to wait while the rain stopped.

Fraener hopped from the perch on Maximilian's shoulder and onto the ground of the cave, Maximilian was doubled trying to start a fire. It didn't work, no matter how long he rubbed the twigs together, finally he turned to Fraener "Can't dragons breathe fire or something?" He whined obviously annoyed at his lack of success.

Thrusting his neck forward Fraener shook his head , No, not until we reach maturation anyway He circled the makeshift fireplace in a curious awe. Falling over defeated Maximilian sighed, sitting here cold would have to do he supposed. He watched Fraener circle the cave, So curious about the world Maximilian thought. Turning from Fraener he set his gaze outside the cave and sighed at the continuous rain.