The human equivilent to the 1940's cereal box decoder ring--but for the supernatural
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Phase One: Rufus was born in Tucson, AZ to a couple of workaholics. Having two parents that were blissfully in love with their professions, and having no other siblings of his own, Rufus quickly became a desert rat. And rats need friends, too. So, Rufus took to finding some. He called them ‘cactus fairies’. Of course, the were really fairies of the Summer Court. But, c’mon, the kid was, like, eight. What the heck did he know at that age?
Invoke: When feeling lonely or depressed.
Compel: When a conflict between the mortal and supernatural forces him to ‘choose sides’.
Phase Two: Being the skinny, crazy kid in high school doesn’t bode much better in high school than it does in elementary school. But Rufus has always had a talent for tongue. His quick wit and flattering tongue was so good at getting himself out of a bully face-punch, that he quickly be came the ‘defender’ of the nerds. Verbal defender, but defender nonetheless.
Aspect: Born Mediator
Invoke: When feeling physically threatened
Compel: Usually when sandwiched between two angry people, larger than himself
Phase Three: They say that great leaders are born and not chosen. But, when you attempt to rush for the Delta Iota Epsilon house in college, then you really do get chosen. And when you’re chosen, you only get one shot at initiation. The good news is that Rufus made a great case for himself to the fanged elders of the coven. The bad news is that his roommate Edward, did not. It was an easy 4.0, though…
Invoke: When offered to speak before a feudal or royal establishment
Compel: When forced to speak before a feudal or royal establishment
Phase Four: Budget cuts can affect even the supernatural. After working many years as an intermediary between Delta Iota Epsilon and the campus police, the university was forced to lay off some staff. An opportunity opened up for a psychologist in the TX public defender’s office, and Rufus just couldn’t refuse. His first assessment? A college student who’s charged with growing something ‘magical’ in his dorm room. The challenge? He really is growing something magical in his dorm room. Now, it’s up to Rufus to get this guy off the hook without making it look like (a) there’s magic involved and (b) without getting this student sent to jail and ( c) without making his new boss look like a jackass.
Aspect: I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means
Invoke: When working on behalf of the Wyrd who cannot defend themselves
Compel: When it’s ‘defend’ or ‘jail’
Phase Five: Do you ever get the feeling that you’re not quite getting your message across? Such was the case with a deputy guarding one Ignacio “Iggy” Popadopalous. Apparently, the deputy couldn’t fathom why someone in the adjacent cell mysteriously dropped dead after spending five minutes next to Iggy. Try as he might to convince the officer of the obvious, he only succeeded in making himself look like a loon.
Aspect: Look there! No…THERE!
Invoke: When Rufus wants to convince another mortal that there’s really a supernatural being RIGHT THERE.
Compel: When someone’s safety depends on them seeing that there’s really a supernatural being RIGHT THERE.