Character Introduction: Owen Grady

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Ghost and Darkness: Scientist

 

Name: Owen Grady

Turn Date: 1863 AD

Sire: Robert Muldoon

Mate: No Mate

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Owen Grady grew up in London, raised by his mother and grandfather. He heard stories of his father, who had left the family for Africa. He entered into the British Military like his father and grandfather, but after seeing only a portion of battles he knew it wasn’t his place.

After his mother died, soon followed by his grandfather, he set out to Africa to find his father, Robert Muldoon.

He wasn’t impressed.

Though he understood why he stayed in Africa. He fell in love with the land, the animals, the people. It didn’t take long for him to figure out about the Vampire, especially as he had seen and heard rumors when he had visited the West Country about Arthur and his Knights.

He wasn’t expecting to be Turned, but one of the Clayton’s lions lashed out and he was in the wrong place.

Muldoon didn’t give him much of a choice.

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Image: Chris Pratt

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Sylum Inspiration: The Meridius Tree

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The Meridius Tree

This tree is the symbol of the Meridii Family.

The names of the Meridii and their Mates are carved into the trunk.

It is very important to Nicolaus, and has been showcased readily through the Sylum stories.

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Happy Memorial Day

JFK_Memorial-DayTo the men and woman who have given their lives for their country – Thank you.

And a special thank you to those soldiers who do not always walk on two legs.

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Coffee House Friday

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It’s been a loonngg week.  Stressful in some areas.

What do you do to relax after a long day? Get rid of the stress?

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Sylum 10th Anniversary: Q&A

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Q: Franklin and Bash is a comedy series about two unconventional lawyers and their shenanigans to win their cases. If they ever met Harvey Specter how do you think he would react?  The duo would probably be the kind of lawyers Tony Stark would appreciate considering they have no qualms with throwing parties in their house like frat boys, and the next day put on a stand someone that will start a striptease!

A: Harvey Specter would kill them, dump their bodies in the river and then go have lunch at his favorite steakhouse.  Actually let me rephrase that – he would hire someone to kill them, dump their bodies in the river, while he had lunch at his favorite steakhouse.  Probably try to get them to take out Gil while he was at it.

And honestly no, they wouldn’t be the type of lawyers Tony Stark would appreciate.  When it would come to lawyers who work for him or his company he’s going to have someone who would shred anyone for thinking of suing him or his company.   That by the time he got done with them, they would be a whimpering mass of goo on the floor.  Someone like Harvey Specter … matter of fact he is Tony Stark’s lawyer.

Q: Is there going to be more on The Losers / Rizzoli and Isles/ The Vatician? I.e. More back story?

A: Yes.  There is more story in the works for this particular storyline.  The first main story in it, is to see how Jane, Maura and Joey got together and how it all ties into Joey’s connection to Kiernan and the MacManus’.  After that their will be stories to explore Jane dealing with her past life, and how Cougar and Ernesto fit into their lives.

 

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Character Introduction: Aveline de Grandpré

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Name: Aveline de Grandpré

Turn Date: 1776 AD

Sire: Nicolaus Valerius Meridius

Mate: No Mate

(Dilios Note: any of the assassins listed their history is not known by others – very few even know what they look like)

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Aveline was born in New Orleans on 20 June 1747 to Philippe de Grandpré and his African placée bride, Jeanne. Granted freedom along with her mother at birth, Aveline grew up in a caring and considerate environment, protected by her father’s wealth and influence within the city. However, when her father’s business began to suffer, he married Madeleine de L’Isle, the daughter of one of his investors, in 1752.

While this act put a strain on the relationship between her parents, both Aveline and her mother Jeanne were permitted to stay at the de Grandpré mansion, with Madeleine becoming responsible for the young girl’s education.

Aveline’s carefree life as a youth was cut short two years later, when Jeanne inexplicably vanished, leaving a void in the girl’s life. Despite the fact that Madeleine quickly adopted the role of doting stepmother, Aveline continued to be troubled by the loss of her mother. As a result, she frequently had nightmares about the events surrounding Jeanne’s disappearance.

Simultaneously, Aveline’s feelings and observations regarding the prevailing contrasts present within her city eventually spurred her into action. In 1759, she attempted to free a slave, but was caught in the act and set upon by sailors employed by the slave’s owner. Thanks to an intervention from Nicolaus Meridius,  Aveline and the slave managed to escape unharmed. Deciding her commitment to freedom and justice was beyond compare, Nicolaus took Aveline under his wing.

Following a few months of intense training, Aveline would act as Nicolaus agent in New Orleans, using her skills to help people in need and rid Louisiana of the Templars.

Her first assignment under Nico, was to locate and find Shay Patrick Cormac, who had come to New Orleans specific to have a safe haven for Templars. They discovered that Shay was working with Governor d’Abbadie, who was determined to keep the city and providence under French Templar control.

Between the two of them, they removed the Templar influence.

She discovered his nature when, she found him with Warrick. Upset at first, at hypocrisy she was seeing, she confronted him, only to find herself faced with the Vampire. He explained who he was, and that the man she saw was Warrick, his Mate.

Seeing great potential in her, Nicolaus knew that she would need further training. In 1769 he sent her to Masyaf, along with a letter and trinket for Dastan and Altair.

Aveline proved her skills by taking on novices being trained. Altair taking Nicolaus word, set out to train her.

She learned much in Masyaf, became fast friends with Tamara.

It was her work, that established a network of woman assassins.

Aveline returned to New Orleans in 1775, and discovered Nicolaus was in New York. She traveled up to the city, to find him.

It was here she met Connor Kenway, and worked with him in dealing with Templars roaming the Eastern Seaboard.

She found Nicolaus in 1776, commanding troops. Impressed by his skills as an Assassin, a General, and the fact he had a black Mate, she requested he Turn her.

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(Dilios Note: Remember these are all my notes – nothing is true everything is permitted.  So what you see may not be what you know)

 

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Sylum Inspiration: Assassins Creed

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Assassins Creed

The series as infiltrated the Sylum Universe.  If paid close attention you can see the references, characters, and influences that it has through out the Universe.  Now I know not everyone plays video games and wondering ‘who are these guys?’ – well in typical Sylum – who they are in the AC world vs Sylum world varies.  If you’re curious on the series and do have gaming consuls I do suggest you get them – they are tons of fun.  If you don’t – there are a series of books by Oliver Bowden.

As stated the characters have invaded Sylum.  Some not quite in the way you would think – others exactly.  You’ve been introduced to Ezio and Altair.   There has been hints towards Edward Kenway.   Connor Kenway lurks but can be seen.  Aveline you’ll be meeting very soon.  Arno … if you haven’t figured that one out yet – I suggest reading Going Home and watch the AC Unity Trailer.

Now each of the ‘Assassins’ have their own symbols – these will be seen and used through out Sylum to identify our guys.


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Altair

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Ezio

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Edward Kenway

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Connor Kenway

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Arno

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Nikolai

wait..who? *smirks*

The only hint you get he’s Russian …

*come closer*

… might want to read Michael Westen series

*shifty look*

And the newest ….

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Coffee House Friday

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So plans for the weekend?

Cleaning? Sleeping? Working?

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Sylum 10th Anniversary: Q&A

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Q: Shogun Clan covers a large area, I assume a great part of the Asia continent, but the clan itself is not particularly large. With  future stories and with the revamping of sylum wiki will there be more character from that part of the world introduced?

A: With the reconstruction of the wiki, it’s let us again weed out characters that weren’t working and putting in new ones that make more sense for the area and Clan.  Shogun itself will likely never be very large, just by the dynamic of the Clan and it’s structure.  Though as we’ve revamped (No pun intended *smirks*) we’ve brought in more substantial characters that you will start to see interact more with the Sylum Universe in whole.  We’re basically starting to show how all the Clans work, with in themselves and within the larger Vampire Community.

Also as we develop the bios, storylines and ideas do emerge from them, giving us ideas to fit them into either larger works in process or their own stories.  Actually I personally have at least 3-4 stories that will predominantly by Shogun stories.

Q: Still from the vid coming soon I also noted the presence of Victor Henricksen when will we see him, now that Balthazar bit the dust, which Rogue is going to come up and torment the Winchester family?  I got to say from supernatural world my favorites female characters were Bela Talbot and on the later seasons Charlie Bradbury.

A: Yes at some point Victor Henricksen will enter into Sylum.  As there is already a 3rd Winchester story in the early stages of development, I can’t tell you exactly when he will show up.  As for a new Rogue will you’ll just have to wait and see on that one.  I will say there is a very very low chance any other ‘Supernatural’ characters will be showing up in Sylum.

Q: There is a new movie hitting the theaters Kingsman the Secret Service, is awesome, with a modern day round table spies. We have Merlin, Galahad, Arthur (Michael Caine) and Lancelot. Best of all we have amazing actions scenes with Colin Firth, would Camelot clan have a hand in its creation?

A: Kingsman storyline won’t be entering Sylum.  The concept doesn’t work, mainly because we already have the Merlin, Galahad, Arthur and Lancelot – and they are all busy running Clans and working on the Council.

As for the ‘spy network’ idea.

The Vampire Council has a Network of Spies ran by Lamont, these work throughout all the Clans.  Every Clan Leader has their own network of spies, hunters and the such that let them know what’s going on in their territory.

Extra Question:

Q: How much do you head desk and how do you and the others communicate and get things hashed out with the “Bobs”?

A: We have hired The Negotiator (aka General Kenobi) he’s been working with them to hash out storyline and intro to new characters.  At the moment there’s been indepth conversations with Raptors and rumors have it that Alien is in discussion over new characters to be introduced.

 

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Character Introduction: Jane Rizzoli

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Name: Jane Rizzoli

Turn Date: 2010 AD

Sire: Maura Isles

Mates: Maura Isles & Joe Grant

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Jane Rizzoli is a Boston detective working for the Boston Police Department’s Homicide Unit. From an Italian American family, Jane is brash, brilliant, and often prickly but also a confident and independent woman. She is the tomboy daughter of an overprotective mother. She is extremely competitive, especially with her little brother, Frankie, who is often caught in her shadow. Jane can tackle a perp like a linebacker. She rarely lets her guard down with anyone, except her best friend, Maura Isles.

As a child, she was slightly chubby, earning her the nickname “Roly-Poly Rizzoli”. Joey Grant has always been a friend of the family and childhood Rival. He had disappeared from her life just after high school, then showed up as her boss in the police department. Only for him to be transferred to Homeland Security. She wasn’t sure how she felt about it, but knew they both had their own lives.

Raised in the blue-collar Boston suburb of Revere, Jane has fought long and hard to win the respect of her colleagues, but it is her relationship with her equally stubborn mother, Angela Rizzoli, that sometimes proves to be her biggest headache.

During her time on the force, she had a traumatic experience at the hands at a serial killer known as “The Surgeon”, Charles Hoyt. While trying to rescue one of his victims, she was taken by surprise from behind and almost became a victim herself. She has matching scars in the center of her palms where Hoyt stabbed her with scalpels, keeping her pinned to the ground. Her original partner Vince Korsak saved her life, and Jane survived the brutal, near-death attack by Hoyt. Although she put Hoyt behind bars, she is still haunted by him.

Over the years Jane worked with Maura, she always respected and though rarely admitted loved the other woman. It wasn’t until Hoyt tried to kill her a second time, that Maura sat her down to tell her the truth about herself.

Jane shocked walked away from her friend. Not able to talk to her mother, knowing how she felt about ‘alternate lifestyles’ she wandered the streets until she found herself at her old Parish. She walked into to see Joey kneeling in front of the altar. She didn’t tell him what brought her there, but when she left she knew her answer.

She went home to Maura.

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Image: Angie Harmon

 

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Sylum Inspiration: Mandarin Oriental – Miami

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Mandarin Oriental: Miami

This hotel made its debut in the release of the 10th Anniversary of Kiss of Death.

In the Sylum Universe – Mandarin Oriental is owned by Speed.  His penthouse is on the top floor, where he explains the world of Vampires to his team.

It will heavily showcased in Bonding and future Sylum stories – keep an eye out for it in the Michael Westen series.

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Coffee House Friday

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It’s May!

Summer is approaching!  In some areas faster than others!  Any plans for the upcoming summer?

Or is it more winter for where you’re located.

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Throwback Thursday: DIEGO LEÓN MONTOYA SÁNCHEZ

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Diego León Montoya Sánchez

 

I’ve always loved Zorro.  So when Sylum was being built he was one of the first ones add.  He was also one of the first ones killed.  There are people who still haven’t forgiven me for that.

Ahh but do not worry – there will be more from Zorro.

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Sylum 10th Anniversary: Q&A

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Q: When Imhotep is captured initially he asks about Dean’s necklace? was that ever explained and if so, in which story.  Sorry if this is incorrect recollection, definitely remember scene, just not sure who asked.  Haven’t read that since it first came out.

A: It hasn’t been fully explained yet.  The Amulet Dean wears is unique in many aspects and it’s history will start to unfold as the stories progress.  Let’s just say – no matter when, where, or incarnation – Dean has had that Amulet.

Q: Hansel and Gretel: witch hunters movie, would they be feasible in this universe since there is already a Gretel and a Hansel in the clans? Hansel is played by Jeremy Renner so he could just be the past or a period of life of one of the existing characters like Wilhelm Bradtenschtein.  And Gretel of the movie is played by Gemma Arterton, she exists in the clans as Tamina from Prince of Persia.

A: First off, as you stated, there is already a Hansel and Gretel in Sylum.  Hansel is the 2nd in Command of Weisheit Clan and Gretel his Mate.   As for Wilhelm and Tamina… yes we actually have background history for them to Hunt together.  And the inside joke is the fact they’ve introduced themselves as Hansel and Gretel – much to the dismay of the real pair.

Q: In the vid coming soon I saw some shots from the Star Trek reboot how soon will they be introduced to sylum ‘verse and will there be a crossover with the Star Wars? I refuse to choose a camp as I love them both, more yummy this way

A: Since Sylum Inspiration is May the Fourth Be With you – figured this was a good question to answer.  The Star Trek characters will arrive in Sylum in later storyline.  As we’ve seen Star Wars has already shown up to a degree.  As typical Sylum – we have a tendency to take characters, ideas, plotlines toss them all into a blender and hit puree.   So it’s never quite how you think it is or will be.  Just to tease … at some point Kirk will met Obi-Wan.  That’s all I’m saying about that!

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Character Introduction: Malik

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Name: Malik

Turn Date: 2130 BC

Sire: Akhmenrah

Mate: No Mate

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Malik was a Medjai from birth. He trained to be a warrior, then surpassed the training and became the elite, those that served under Pharaoh. He took to Ahkmenrah instantly. He liked the kid, not so much with his brother.

So when Kahmunrah tried to kill Akhmenrah, Malik got between the two taking the knife met for his charge. He was devastated that despite his best efforts Ahkmenrah was mortally wounded and had to be Turned.

When his Pharaoh came to him days later with a request, he couldn’t say no.

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Image: Cas Anvar

 

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