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hhi phantom. i searched through everything and i still can't find anything on this, which is weird because i had a really strong feeling that this has been asked before. oh well. anyways, do any of your characters believe in ghosts or supernatural beings? (either related or unrelated to any faith) and would any of them actually seek to communicate with them or summon such entities? or do things like 'ghost hunting'.
There was once an ask that involved the Grimms and Fantomes and Abstrials and Phanlockes who are all these interlocking families who have a lot to do with the paranormal, especially ghosts, but I don’t recall if there was ever a specific ask on that. And if that was the specific ask, it was like one of the first CSS questions I ever answered, so you know, it’s been awhile and I’m fine with answering again.
Quite a few of my characters have belief in ghosts and supernatural beings. Some of the most prominent are those families I mentioned above.
The Fantome family, which is just down to just Celdiere and her younger brother Arcaterxes, in particular are surrounded by the supernatural. They live in a haunted house, their uncles are vampires (one of which lives with them), there are ghosts and doppelgangers and werewolves and demons somehow involved in their property and even though they don’t always know what the supernatural things are, they’ve seen enough to believe that these things do exist and aren’t some hoax or coincidence.
Then there’s the above mentioned vampire uncles who are the last of the Abstrial line, Anon and Mercutious. They actually haven’t seen much of the paranormal happenings in the Fantome house, but being supernatural themselves has given them a belief that other supernatural things can exist as well. I should note that Mercutious is entertaining the idea that maybe what they are is caused by something scientific and not something unexplainable.
Then there’s the Phanlockes (cousins of the Fantomes), who have all died out now. There were five generations, the only before mentioned characters of this family being Obsidian and Jayce, of individuals who were involved with the supernatural. Two of which were monster hunters and three who were paranormal investigators.
And last but not least of these interwoven families is the last of the Grimms, Montague. Montague’s just a teen, currently homeless, and has the ability to see spirits and ghosts. I’m mentioning him because he is apart of this family, but I should note that he doesn’t actually believe in the supernatural and is under the assumption that he’s just crazy.
Some other characters include:
Davide, who believed in demons enough to summon Jesse at the least.
Isabeau, who not only attempted to bind Jesse to her, but also had a… knack, you could say, to find demons and to manipulate them. In her last years she became paranoid and thought that there were spirits surrounding her everywhere she went.
Saint George, who had a bad run-in with some kind of demon and now fights the supernatural for the SAFETY OF HUMANITY.
Matthias, who has the same abilities and skills as his mother. He also attempts to summon a demon for certain knowledge and he is, in fact, successful. But the situation scares (and perhaps scars) him so much that he’s wary to try it again. It should be noted that he believes in angels, demons, and ghosts- but doesn’t believe in a God.
Jesse believes that the most reasonable explanation is the most likely, but that there are often things that can’t be explained. Or might not be explained now, but will be in the future. In other words, he thinks that anything can be possible. But not that the supernatural is hiding around every corner or anything like that.
And then not related to the world that all of those above characters exist in:
Commodore Septimus believes in spirits. She thinks there’s good and bad spirits and that sometimes they walk around like people and that they have their own agendas most the time and shouldn’t be trusted.
Selidor believes in ghosts. No real reason why, he just does.
Oh, and last character of note is James/Jellybean who DOESN’T believe in ghosts or the supernatural DESPITE having the ghostly figure of Haedyn following him around in space.
Whelp that was a lot. I hope that kind of answered your question. And thanks for asking it!
hi i know it isn't sunday yet but i wanted to ask everyone this question before i forgot. HOW DO JESSE, ENVI, GARRO, SEPTIMUS, MATTHIAS, ISABEAU, SELIDOR, HELMUT, JUNUS, AND DRYTZEIN HANDLE INTIMACY WITH OTHER PEOPLE? Either romantic or just getting close to people in general. Does it embarrass them? Do they enjoy it?
p.Jesse likes romance. He likes people, he likes intimacy. Most of this you could say he reacts to with flying colors. There are a few things he doesn’t deal with as well though; he doesn’t deal with long-term relationships quite as well as short ones, he gets antsy and snappish towards a partner in such a situation. He also gets uncomfortable when people try to do certain things, like trying to pry his past out of him or such. Besides those parts, romance and intimacy are some of his favorite things in the world. yes, he enjoys it.
Envi’ere likes her relationships quick, dirty, and then out of the way. She’s socially awkward when it comes to being romantic and is often paranoid when others are flirting or trying to get close to her. There’s no way people could actually do that without ulterior motives, right? So no, doesn’t enjoy it much.
Garro deals with these things with the same elegance and grace he does with everything else in life. That is to say he’s kind of like a hammer to a glass vase when it comes to relationships. He doesn’t like people, he’s blunt, insensitive, self-focused; and although he doesn’t mind intimacy that much (no more or less than anything else he deals with), he doesn’t deal too well with it and would rather avoid it.
Commodore Septimus is a little wary of people getting close and kind of fears judgement from others- especially in a relationship. But, besides that, likes being in relationships now and again and really enjoys flirting on any occasion. Whether or not it’s appropriate.
Matthias has just entered that stage where he notices girls, but he’s a scrawny, shy, and socially shunned boy so he doesn’t have much confidence when it comes to intimacy. If someone approached him with romantic intents he’d probably be shy, flustered, and largely skeptical.
Isabeau is deeeeead.
Selidor is actually both asexual and aromantic. Intimacy and romance confuse him and although it’s not like it scares or embarrasses him or anything like that, he is confused when advances are made towards him and he does not make advances towards others.
Captain Helmut feels as though he ought to be suave and smooth but he kind of isn’t and this ends up with him trying too hard when it comes to romance. He also doesn’t have much in way of experience with such, so he’s a little eager and naive when it comes down to it.
Junus takes what he wants with no real understanding of romance. The work of getting to know him is often left completely to his partner and it’s like trying to pull a tooth with one hand and solve a Rubik’s cube with the other. He doesn’t dislike romance and intimacy, he’s just not particularly good with it and his problems with communication transfer over in bucketfuls to his relationships.
Drytzein's business is romance and intimacy, and he keeps it business. He's cold and aloof when it comes to others trying to get close to him and he more or less thinks they're idiots for trying.
Thanks for the question!
WHELP NOW I HAVE THE NAME STRAIGHT. What was Isabeau like before, then? What'd she see in Mister Nephilaim and what did he see in her? Did they have the best wedding ever? And did she make him sandwiches? (The last question is the most important).
Isabeau was a sweet, naive, wide-eyed beauty, but also managed to get herself in trouble quite a bit. If I ever wrote out her story (Which I’ve always called State of Lugubria, if I’ve ever referenced that before) then there would also be implications of both Isabeau and Matthias (through her lineage) kind of have this natural ability when it comes to summoning and binding spirits.
Anyhow, Isabeau actually runs into trouble with a gang where they believe she stole some of their property and she kind of did accidentally (this wouldn’t be as bad if getting into odd situations like this wasn’t such a normal occurrence) she can’t tell her restrictive mother about this, and she attempts to go to the police, but that ends up going poorly. She then begins looking for other sources of help.
Unlike everyone else who has a sort of binder/devil (including Matthias) relationship with p.Jesse, Isabeau basically just… stumbles upon him. And the contract they have is very loose, at best, where basically she says ‘she owes p.Jesse’ for his help instead of trading one thing for another specific thing, which everyone else seems to know is a kind of big no-no with demons but apparently Isabeau doesn’t.
Anyhow, they get into deeper shiz than just 1900’s gang wars, but they get out of it, and it’s time for p.Jesse to claim whatever he wants for his half of the trade.
Isabeau is attractive, she’s never had a strong male figure in her life, and maybe p.Jesse’s actually does want to try settling down, who knows.
But whatever the case, p.Jesse asks her hand in marriage. Isabeau, maybe because she’s inexperienced in these sort of marriages, or shallow, or whatever- well she says yes.
They don’t have THE BEST WEDDING EVER, but they enjoy it. They elope, mostly because Isabeau is so tired of her smothering mother to the point where she never wants to talk to her again. Or so she thinks at the time. Her mother may have seen p.Jesse once or twice, but not enough to know his name nor remember him.
They were happy for a bit, but a couple of the largest flaws were that Isabeau was young and thought she knew what she wanted- and p.Jesse DOES in fact have his own needs, despite the fact that he pushes these to the side for other people’s needs/wants. He also failed to see that Isabeau’s needs and wants were changing as she matured. He had also only had shorter relationships before this, and wasn’t used to the long term marriage, but one of p.Jesse’s interesting standards is that he cannot abide by cheating. They ended up feeling trapped and chained and unhappy with each other, but had a certain lack of communication to fix these problems.
And no, Isabeau did not make him sandwiches- he made he sandwiches. THIS MAY ALSO ATTRIBUTE TO THEIR RELATIONSHIP’S FAILURE.