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The Art of Transformation

Post by Henry Travers on Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:21 am

Name:
Henry Travers

Age:
38

Gender:
Male

Appearance:
Just over six feet in height, Henry is a relatively unassuming Caucasian man to the casual passerby.  He weighs in at 180 pounds with a low body fat percentage befitting a man in above average shape.  Frequent exercise has kept the man in perfect health throughout his career and he continues to utilize a certain level of scrutiny in his bodily practices, avoiding piercings and tattoos of any kind with the exception of a small sigil over his heart which protects him from demonic and spiritual possession.  His hair is a reddish brown cut to a controlled medium length and normally parted to the left side of his face.  In addition to his rather standard hairstyle, Henry has a slightly bushy mustache adorning his upper lip.  His eyes are a bit on the small side and a very light brown color.  Beneath his eyes are a few wrinkles which continue to taper down his face to pronounced creases on either side of his mouth, highlighting his strong, square jaw.

His wardrobe lacks a great deal of variety as Travers can almost always be seen wearing a two button suit with a white dress shirt.  While he has various sets in different colors, the most commonly worn ones are charcoal grey and dark brown with an accompanying tie (clip on), belt and dress shoes (more often than not all black).  In addition to his suit, Travers wears a wide collared, faded brown overcoat.  The coat has four pockets (two interior breast pockets and two at the hips) and reaches down to around Henry’s knees.  The garment has been cut and damaged many times over the years, leaving it with a great deal of repair marks which Henry secretly cherishes as a giving the coat more character.  Lastly, Henry wears relatively thick, horn rimmed glasses with black frames.  

Equipment:

Kept in a black, tactical shoulder holster, Henry makes frequent use of a matte black Glock 20 pistol.  The semiautomatic weapon is chambered for 10mm rounds with a magazine capacity of 15 rounds.  Henry normally carries two additional magazines in the pockets of his overcoat in addition to the one in the gun itself.  Two of the magazines contain blessed lead rounds which are effective enough against most threats while the third has blessed silver bullets for specialized targets.  

Spoiler:

In addition to his gun, Henry’s primary means of defense appears to be a simple wooden baseball bat.  With a dark stain finish and non-slip tape wrapping, the full length bat is actually an alchemic channeling rod.  Reinforced through supernatural means, the bat is nearly unbreakable but that is merely a secondary ability.  The true purpose of the bat is actually the transmutation of matter from solid to liquid to gas and vice-versa.  For example, by striking a brick wall with the bat, Henry can easily transmute a section into a liquid state, creating a quick escape route.  Alternatively, by striking a lake Travers could transmute a solid path of ice across the water.  

While the bat is quite powerful in its own right, it is not without limitations.  First and foremost, the bat cannot transmute sentient creatures of any kind (though it can affect plants and foliage).  Second, a swing of the bat can only cause the object to shift once molecular state at a time.  That is to say it cannot transform a solid into a gas. Third, the bat can only transmute a relatively small amount of matter per swing. Returning to the earlier example of the brick wall, a single strike of the bat would be unable to transform the entire structure into liquid, merely a small section just large enough for him to fit through. Finally, there are restrictions on the order in which objects can be transmutated. During the flash freezing of liquids a great deal of heat is released as molecular vibration slows down and likewise, during the liquification and vaporization of objects a great deal of energy is required. The bat absorbs the heat normally released as the liquid solidifies and stores it in order to allow for later liquification or vaporization. Without a "heat charge" already present, the bat is unable to liquify or vaporize anything. Similarly, if Travers attempts to solidify multiple objects in succession, the bat will combust.

Spoiler:

Backing up his small offensive arsenal, Travers carries his “bag of tricks” into the field at all times.  It is a metallic, rectangular case roughly the size of a guitar case and colored matte black.  The insides ate lines with fitted foam housing various bottles, bags and general trinkets as well as his bat.  Some of the items contained within the case are bottles of silver shavings, holy water, salt, iron shavings, a small container of gasoline, bottles of nitroglycerine and numerous talismans from various religions (including Christian rosaries) which have all been blessed by their respective clergy.  The case has been reinforced with armored plates to prevent penetration as well as absorb any unwanted shocks as well as making it entirely waterproof.  Though not explicitly held in the bag of tricks, Henry does have a pocket notebook containing exorcism chants as well as diagrams for constructing barriers and even summoning a crossroads demon.  This notebook is kept in Henry’s breast pocket.  

To travel, Henry relies on a well-kept 1951 Hudson Hornet painted dark blue with polished chrome accents and white wall tires.  The interior is beige with matching leather seats.  Rather than accept payment from a particular client several years ago, Henry instead asked the man (a talented mechanic) to refurbish the car and install a high performance racing engine (Travers was a race car fan growing up).  Outside of the mechanical alterations, Travers added in a few modifications of his own.  Specifically, through a bit of creative alchemic tinkering with the fuel tank, Travers was able to create a vehicle with an infinite fuel source as the exhaust fumes (normally expelled from the car through the tailpipe) are transmuted back into gasoline within the fuel tank allowing the car to essentially drive forever.  Second, Travers carved several binding sigils into the interior of the car’s trunk which prevent demonic entities (such as spirits, demons and vampires) from escaping it.  This makes it a highly effective, if temporary cell when necessary.  

Spoiler:

He uses a satellite cell phone.  

Race:
Human

Abilities:
In terms of basic physical limitations, Henry has the abilities of an average man in excellent physical shape.  While he is by no means the peak of human physical fitness, he can comfortable outrun a fair bit of the population and manipulate a respectable amount of weight.  However, Henry does his level best to make use of his fitness level and possesses a great deal of skill in boxing and general brawling should the situation call for it.  Having received his fair share of hard knocks over the years, Travers is a rather tough individual.  

Though he has no military training, Travers has taken introductory shooting courses and puts in a significant amount of time at shooting ranges as well as trap and skeet fields to hone his abilities with firearms.  Specifically, Travers is an expert shot with a pistol, able to maintain a tight bead on moving targets at close to medium ranges and even squeeze off accurate shots while running full tilt.  

Most importantly, Henry is a masterful independent exorcist and alchemist with extensive knowledge of the supernatural.  Through his training and years as an apprentice, Henry has gathered a mental encyclopedia of information regarding the weaknesses and general behavior of countless monsters and other things that go bump in the night.  While he is not an ordained priest, Travers is familiar enough with the exorcism rites of a few faiths to manage simple exorcism and similar rituals.  However, his knowledge of exorcism pales in comparison to his mastery of alchemy.  Henry can easily transmute objects into other materials through the use of alchemic circles as well as create various medicines, explosives and other useful tonics as easily as a master chemist would prepare crystal methamphetamine.  More importantly, his mastery of alchemy is what allows him to utilize his bat as a channeling rod to alter the state of matter.  In the hands of anyone else, the bat is simply a bat.  

While his knowledge and physical skills are very impressive, the factor which allows Travers to best stand out among other in his line of work is his talent for strategy.  Rarely does Henry enter a situation with a full best case, worst case and escape plan firmly established in his head.  His great sense of space and basic psychology allow him to predict the likely course of events on his hunts and alter the scenario beforehand to his own benefit, most commonly utilizing the environment to his great advantage.  When he is at his best, Travers will generally have set things in motion to ensure his success before even stepping foot into anything resembling a “danger zone”.  

Taken up as more of a hobby than anything, Henry is actually a very talented tailor responsible for patching any holes or tears in his clothing.  In addition to that, he is a respectable cook with a talent for making the most out of limited ingredients.  

Organization:

Unaffiliated

Personality:

To some, Henry Travers is a man possessed.  To others, the alchemist is machine-like in his demeanor.  To everyone who encounters him, the hunter is unflappable.  Henry Travers is a man who has quite literally looking into the jaws of death and damnation without blinking.  Regardless of what horrors he may encounter in the dark of the night, Travers can operate without fear or panic.  For a man of his experience, there are no more surprises.  Those who are easily rattled in his line of work seldom last very long, and Henry has made a career of lasting a very, very long time.  

Some hunters pursue their careers based on intense emotional encounters such as the tragic loss of a loved one in a violent attack.  Others are raised to believe that they are champions of justice or the divine.  Henry Travers is neither of those.  His incentive to hunt is based on a very simple belief; people should be allowed to live in peace.  The idea of an innocent family being torn apart by mythic beasts horrifies the alchemist but even worse is the idea of no one stepping up to prevent such an event.  He does not believe himself to be a chosen one in any regard.  Rather, he simply decided to stand up when he saw no one else who could or would.  In many ways, Travers compares himself to an exterminator.  He will never receive widespread fame or gratitude (a fact that the naturally shy Henry is perfectly fine with), he will never be wealthy (another fact that the ever frugal man readily accepts) but he is still performing a necessary service to his community at large and that is quite enough for him.  

Stemming from that professional mindset, Travers can be rather ruthless in the field.  It is not uncommon for him to use his sharp mind and great intelligence to condemn his enemies to painful, torturous or ironic ends depending on the situation.  A pragmatist out of necessity, he has no qualms with going to extremes to get his way unless his actions could cost innocent lives.  As of now that is the one line that Henry absolutely refuses to cross.  In stark contrast to his stoicism while on the job, Henry is very kind and considerate to his fellow man (the product of being raised in a good home in the suburbs).  Were he not a master monster hunter travelling the world, he could quite easily fit in as a wise and loving father on an American family sitcom.  

Rank:

Master Alchemist

Biography:

Born in Langley, Virginia, Henry Travers lived a relatively normal life.  His father was a bar tender, his mother a waitress at the local diner.  They never had a great deal of money but with thrifty spending and proper budgeting they managed to get by.  Henry enjoyed his childhood, playing baseball throughout grade school and high school with moderate success.  As the time of his graduation neared, tensions between Henry and his parents began to rise.  The younger Travers was intent on joining the military and serving his country overseas in combat but his parents would not hear of it.  They believed Henry was destined for bigger and better things than risking his live in some foreign desert and before long their fights became a nearly daily occurrence.  At the end of a particularly heated argument, Henry went so far as to leave his home in a rage and drive off to a quiet field outside of town to cool off.  Despite the onset of a rough thunderstorm, Henry’s parents went after him in their own car in an attempt to reconcile one more.  They made it about halfway across town before a passing semi-truck, partially blinded by the storm, struck their car at high speed.  When he finally decided that he was ready to go home, the 18 year old Travers stumbled upon the crash site and found himself an orphan.

As expected, Henry fell into a deep depression following the loss of his only real family.  The grief that he experienced, knowing that the last words he spoke to them were in anger haunted him day and night, driving him to find some means of making amends.  The first option was faith but Travers found no solace in prayer or reconciliation.  There was a hole within him that needed to be filled and in his desperation, he turned to alternative measures of making contact with his family through the occult.  Most routes were nothing but a waste of his time and led to nothing.  It took two long years of searching before Travers was finally able to find a legitimate text regarding the supernatural.  By this point, Henry’s quest had gone well beyond simply contacting his family.  He wanted them back completely.  Using the book as a guide, Henry returned to the lonely stretch of road where the accident had taken place and summoned a demon at the crossroads to try and barter for the return of his parents.

Without hesitation, Henry immediately offered the specter an enticing deal.  Travers would open himself to become the demon’s vessel and should he be able to maintain control of himself, his parents would be returned to him.  Should he fail, the demon would claim his soul completely at that very instant.  Confident that it could not lose such a one sided agreement, the demon agreed to the terms and launched itself at Henry only to be repelled.  Carefully undoing his shirt buttons, Henry revealed the freshly healed tattoo of an ornate sigil over his heart, a ward to protect him against demonic possession.  With the tattoo in place, the demon could not enter Travers regardless of the man’s openness to possession.  Because of that, Henry was able to maintain control over his faculties and by the letter of the agreement, the demon had lost the wager.  

Though furious, the demon was bound to hold up his end of the agreement and returned Henry’s parents to life…inside of their coffins.  Not having taken the full maliciousness of the demon into account, Travers raced to the cemetery to rescue his parents but at that point it was far too late.  What little oxygen remaining in the coffins had been used up as his parents took their first gasps for air in years and by the time Henry was able to open the coffins they had suffocated.  Everything he had spent years working towards was wasted, his only chance to revive his parents was gone.  Heartbroken, Henry sunk into a deep depression once more, briefly contemplating suicide as he numbly paged through the book that had given him the means to summon the demon in the first place.  It was in that depression, as he mused about the unfairness of his position that he came upon an idea.  How many other people had been used and abused by demons?  How many other families had been destroyed by other monsters that stalked the night?  As far as he knew, there were little to no defenses against those beasts, no one out there helping people like him.  But he had the means to change that.  He’d already found one book, there had to be others out there.  More knowledge for him to collect, more weapons for him to hone and wield against the supernatural.  

Rather than revenge or desperation, it was an honest connection to his fellow man that gave Henry Travers his purpose and path out of the darkness.  From that point onwards, Henry devoted all his time and energy to his newfound studies.  Slowly but surely he was able to compile his own personal compendium of the supernatural regarding their various habits and weaknesses.  Rituals existed to combat them and through a set of books stolen from a wealthy collector, Travers was able to unlock the secrets of alchemy as his primary line of defense.  When he began he was nothing more than another young rookie destined for an early grave but as hi developed and matured, Travers was able to silence his detractors through his continued survival.  The underground circles of legend and mystique in the United States gradually began to buzz with news of the bespectacled alchemist’s exploits.  The man who descended into a desolate mine and wiped out a hive of vampires singlehandedly.  The man who survived a pack of werewolves in the Alaskan wilderness.  The man who had gazed into a legendary Hellmouth itself and managed to seal the foul gate before it tore open a portal the size of Kansas.  Regardless of what his critics may say, the one thing that they could all agree on was that Henry Travers is a man who gets things done.


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Re: The Art of Transformation

Post by John Smith on Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:35 pm

Henry Travers wrote:Name:
Henry Travers

Age:
38

Gender:
Male

I'm suspicious of that age. 38...

Numbers killed my father wrote:Appearance:
Just over six feet in height, Henry is a relatively unassuming Caucasian man to the casual passerby.  He weighs in at 180 pounds with a low body fat percentage befitting a man in above average shape.  Frequent exercise has kept the man in perfect health throughout his career and he continues to utilize a certain level of scrutiny in his bodily practices, avoiding piercings and tattoos of any kind with the exception of a small sigil over his heart which protects him from demonic and spiritual possession.  His hair is a reddish brown cut to a controlled medium length and normally parted to the left side of his face.  In addition to his rather standard hairstyle, Henry has a slightly bushy mustache adorning his upper lip.  His eyes are a bit on the small side and a very light brown color.  Beneath his eyes are a few wrinkles which continue to taper down his face to pronounced creases on either side of his mouth, highlighting his strong, square jaw.

His wardrobe lacks a great deal of variety as Travers can almost always be seen wearing a two button suit with a white dress shirt.  While he has various sets in different colors, the most commonly worn ones are charcoal grey and dark brown with an accompanying tie (clip on), belt and dress shoes (more often than not all black).  In addition to his suit, Travers wears a wide collared, faded brown overcoat.  The coat has four pockets (two interior breast pockets and two at the hips) and reaches down to around Henry’s knees.  The garment has been cut and damaged many times over the years, leaving it with a great deal of repair marks which Henry secretly cherishes as a giving the coat more character.  Lastly, Henry wears relatively thick, horn rimmed glasses with black frames.

Sounds familiar. Can't place who it is, though.

Oliver Queen? wrote:Equipment:

Kept in a black, tactical shoulder holster, Henry makes frequent use of a matte black Glock 20 pistol.  The semiautomatic weapon is chambered for 10mm rounds with a magazine capacity of 15 rounds.  Henry normally carries two additional magazines in the pockets of his overcoat in addition to the one in the gun itself.  Two of the magazines contain blessed lead rounds which are effective enough against most threats while the third has blessed silver bullets for specialized targets.  

Spoiler:

In addition to his gun, Henry’s primary means of defense appears to be a simple wooden baseball bat.  With a dark stain finish and non-slip tape wrapping, the full length bat is actually an alchemic channeling rod.  Reinforced through supernatural means, the bat is nearly unbreakable but that is merely a secondary ability.  The true purpose of the bat is actually the transmutation of matter from solid to liquid to gas and vice-versa.  For example, by striking a brick wall with the bat, Henry can easily transmute a section into a liquid state, creating a quick escape route.  Alternatively, by striking a lake Travers could transmute a solid path of ice across the water.  While the bat is quite powerful in its own right, it is not without limitations.  First and foremost, the bat cannot transmute sentient creatures of any kind (though it can affect plants and foliage).  Second, a swing of the bat can only cause the object to shift once molecular state at a time.  That is to say it cannot transform a solid into a gas.  

Spoiler:

Backing up his small offensive arsenal, Travers carries his “bag of tricks” into the field at all times.  It is a metallic, rectangular case roughly the size of a guitar case and colored matte black.  The insides ate lines with fitted foam housing various bottles, bags and general trinkets as well as his bat.  Some of the items contained within the case are bottles of silver shavings, holy water, salt, iron shavings, a small container of gasoline, bottles of nitroglycerine and numerous talismans from various religions (including Christian rosaries) which have all been blessed by their respective clergy.  The case has been reinforced with armored plates to prevent penetration as well as absorb any unwanted shocks as well as making it entirely waterproof.  Though not explicitly held in the bag of tricks, Henry does have a pocket notebook containing exorcism chants as well as diagrams for constructing barriers and even summoning a crossroads demon.  This notebook is kept in Henry’s breast pocket.  

To travel, Henry relies on a well-kept 1951 Hudson Hornet painted dark blue with polished chrome accents and white wall tires.  The interior is beige with matching leather seats.  Rather than accept payment from a particular client several years ago, Henry instead asked the man (a talented mechanic) to refurbish the car and install a high performance racing engine (Travers was a race car fan growing up).  Outside of the mechanical alterations, Travers added in a few modifications of his own.  Specifically, through a bit of creative alchemic tinkering with the fuel tank, Travers was able to create a vehicle with an infinite fuel source as the exhaust fumes (normally expelled from the car through the tailpipe) are transmuted back into gasoline within the fuel tank allowing the car to essentially drive forever.  Second, Travers carved several binding sigils into the interior of the car’s trunk which prevent demonic entities (such as spirits, demons and vampires) from escaping it.  This makes it a highly effective, if temporary cell when necessary.  

Spoiler:

He uses a satellite cell phone.

Only thing is that I'd like some kind of weakness to the bat. Transmuting the crap out of everything you come across is kind of unfair.

No more guns wrote:Race:
Human

Abilities:
In terms of basic physical limitations, Henry has the abilities of an average man in excellent physical shape.  While he is by no means the peak of human physical fitness, he can comfortable outrun a fair bit of the population and manipulate a respectable amount of weight.  However, Henry does his level best to make use of his fitness level and possesses a great deal of skill in boxing and general brawling should the situation call for it.  Having received his fair share of hard knocks over the years, Travers is a rather tough individual.  

Though he has no military training, Travers has taken introductory shooting courses and puts in a significant amount of time at shooting ranges as well as trap and skeet fields to hone his abilities with firearms.  Specifically, Travers is an expert shot with a pistol, able to maintain a tight bead on moving targets at close to medium ranges and even squeeze off accurate shots while running full tilt.  

Most importantly, Henry is a masterful independent exorcist and alchemist with extensive knowledge of the supernatural.  Through his training and years as an apprentice, Henry has gathered a mental encyclopedia of information regarding the weaknesses and general behavior of countless monsters and other things that go bump in the night.  While he is not an ordained priest, Travers is familiar enough with the exorcism rites of a few faiths to manage simple exorcism and similar rituals.  However, his knowledge of exorcism pales in comparison to his mastery of alchemy.  Henry can easily transmute objects into other materials through the use of alchemic circles as well as create various medicines, explosives and other useful tonics as easily as a master chemist would prepare crystal methamphetamine.  More importantly, his mastery of alchemy is what allows him to utilize his bat as a channeling rod to alter the state of matter.  In the hands of anyone else, the bat is simply a bat.  

While his knowledge and physical skills are very impressive, the factor which allows Travers to best stand out among other in his line of work is his talent for strategy.  Rarely does Henry enter a situation with a full best case, worst case and escape plan firmly established in his head.  His great sense of space and basic psychology allow him to predict the likely course of events on his hunts and alter the scenario beforehand to his own benefit, most commonly utilizing the environment to his great advantage.  When he is at his best, Travers will generally have set things in motion to ensure his success before even stepping foot into anything resembling a “danger zone”.  

Taken up as more of a hobby than anything, Henry is actually a very talented tailor responsible for patching any holes or tears in his clothing.  In addition to that, he is a respectable cook with a talent for making the most out of limited ingredients.

Mentioning crystal meth with a character played by Bryan Cranston...

You... wrote:Organization:

Unaffiliated

Personality:

To some, Henry Travers is a man possessed.  To others, the alchemist is machine-like in his demeanor.  To everyone who encounters him, the hunter is unflappable.  Henry Travers is a man who has quite literally looking into the jaws of death and damnation without blinking.  Regardless of what horrors he may encounter in the dark of the night, Travers can operate without fear or panic.  For a man of his experience, there are no more surprises.  Those who are easily rattled in his line of work seldom last very long, and Henry has made a career of lasting a very, very long time.  

Some hunters pursue their careers based on intense emotional encounters such as the tragic loss of a loved one in a violent attack.  Others are raised to believe that they are champions of justice or the divine.  Henry Travers is neither of those.  His incentive to hunt is based on a very simple belief; people should be allowed to live in peace.  The idea of an innocent family being torn apart by mythic beasts horrifies the alchemist but even worse is the idea of no one stepping up to prevent such an event.  He does not believe himself to be a chosen one in any regard.  Rather, he simply decided to stand up when he saw no one else who could or would.  In many ways, Travers compares himself to an exterminator.  He will never receive widespread fame or gratitude (a fact that the naturally shy Henry is perfectly fine with), he will never be wealthy (another fact that the ever frugal man readily accepts) but he is still performing a necessary service to his community at large and that is quite enough for him.  

Stemming from that professional mindset, Travers can be rather ruthless in the field.  It is not uncommon for him to use his sharp mind and great intelligence to condemn his enemies to painful, torturous or ironic ends depending on the situation.  A pragmatist out of necessity, he has no qualms with going to extremes to get his way unless his actions could cost innocent lives.  As of now that is the one line that Henry absolutely refuses to cross.  In stark contrast to his stoicism while on the job, Henry is very kind and considerate to his fellow man (the product of being raised in a good home in the suburbs).  Were he not a master monster hunter travelling the world, he could quite easily fit in as a wise and loving father on an American family sitcom.  

Rank:

Master Alchemist

I was going to post a picture of the "SO MANY FEELINGS!" line, but no one made a picture of it. The fuck are we paying the internet for?

Cakes wrote:Biography:

Born in Langley, Virginia, Henry Travers lived a relatively normal life.  His father was a bar tender, his mother a waitress at the local diner.  They never had a great deal of money but with thrifty spending and proper budgeting they managed to get by.  Henry enjoyed his childhood, playing baseball throughout grade school and high school with moderate success.  As the time of his graduation neared, tensions between Henry and his parents began to rise.  The younger Travers was intent on joining the military and serving his country overseas in combat but his parents would not hear of it.  They believed Henry was destined for bigger and better things than risking his live in some foreign desert and before long their fights became a nearly daily occurrence.  At the end of a particularly heated argument, Henry went so far as to leave his home in a rage and drive off to a quiet field outside of town to cool off.  Despite the onset of a rough thunderstorm, Henry’s parents went after him in their own car in an attempt to reconcile one more.  They made it about halfway across town before a passing semi-truck, partially blinded by the storm, struck their car at high speed.  When he finally decided that he was ready to go home, the 18 year old Travers stumbled upon the crash site and found himself an orphan.

Why didn't he want to be a CIA agent? Wacky stuff happens around there.

Seth MacFarlane wrote:As expected, Henry fell into a deep depression following the loss of his only real family.  The grief that he experienced, knowing that the last words he spoke to them were in anger haunted him day and night, driving him to find some means of making amends.  The first option was faith but Travers found no solace in prayer or reconciliation.  There was a hole within him that needed to be filled and in his desperation, he turned to alternative measures of making contact with his family through the occult.  Most routes were nothing but a waste of his time and led to nothing.  It took two long years of searching before Travers was finally able to find a legitimate text regarding the supernatural.  By this point, Henry’s quest had gone well beyond simply contacting his family.  He wanted them back completely.  Using the book as a guide, Henry returned to the lonely stretch of road where the accident had taken place and summoned a demon at the crossroads to try and barter for the return of his parents.

Without hesitation, Henry immediately offered the specter an enticing deal.  Travers would open himself to become the demon’s vessel and should he be able to maintain control of himself, his parents would be returned to him.  Should he fail, the demon would claim his soul completely at that very instant.  Confident that it could not lose such a one sided agreement, the demon agreed to the terms and launched itself at Henry only to be repelled.  Carefully undoing his shirt buttons, Henry revealed the freshly healed tattoo of an ornate sigil over his heart, a ward to protect him against demonic possession.  With the tattoo in place, the demon could not enter Travers regardless of the man’s openness to possession.  Because of that, Henry was able to maintain control over his faculties and by the letter of the agreement, the demon had lost the wager.  

Though furious, the demon was bound to hold up his end of the agreement and returned Henry’s parents to life…inside of their coffins.  Not having taken the full maliciousness of the demon into account, Travers raced to the cemetery to rescue his parents but at that point it was far too late.  What little oxygen remaining in the coffins had been used up as his parents took their first gasps for air in years and by the time Henry was able to open the coffins they had suffocated.  Everything he had spent years working towards was wasted, his only chance to revive his parents was gone.  Heartbroken, Henry sunk into a deep depression once more, briefly contemplating suicide as he numbly paged through the book that had given him the means to summon the demon in the first place.  It was in that depression, as he mused about the unfairness of his position that he came upon an idea.  How many other people had been used and abused by demons?  How many other families had been destroyed by other monsters that stalked the night?  As far as he knew, there were little to no defenses against those beasts, no one out there helping people like him.  But he had the means to change that.  He’d already found one book, there had to be others out there.  More knowledge for him to collect, more weapons for him to hone and wield against the supernatural.



This alchemist better lose an arm here soon.

pocket watch wrote:Rather than revenge or desperation, it was an honest connection to his fellow man that gave Henry Travers his purpose and path out of the darkness.  From that point onwards, Henry devoted all his time and energy to his newfound studies.  Slowly but surely he was able to compile his own personal compendium of the supernatural regarding their various habits and weaknesses.  Rituals existed to combat them and through a set of books stolen from a wealthy collector, Travers was able to unlock the secrets of alchemy as his primary line of defense.  When he began he was nothing more than another young rookie destined for an early grave but as hi developed and matured, Travers was able to silence his detractors through his continued survival.  The underground circles of legend and mystique in the United States gradually began to buzz with news of the bespectacled alchemist’s exploits.  The man who descended into a desolate mine and wiped out a hive of vampires singlehandedly.  The man who survived a pack of werewolves in the Alaskan wilderness.  The man who had gazed into a legendary Hellmouth itself and managed to seal the foul gate before it tore open a portal the size of Kansas.  Regardless of what his critics may say, the one thing that they could all agree on was that Henry Travers is a man who gets things done.

Seems like all we need to work on is the bat. Everything else looks fun.

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Re: The Art of Transformation

Post by Father Anthony Diem on Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:06 pm

Alright two things that I will address here, Both of which may or may not be good news to you. One definitely is.

First of all I was beginning to get to thinking, and I've decided that I don't really care what kind of exorcism techniques he uses. Even if they are catholic, so long as he has a rosary or something (Which you do have nice call Wink )

Then ext is something about your bat which you could even use to your advantage. It has to do with heat.

If you were to take a liquid and turn it in to a solid, it looses heat it's molecules become slower as it looses energy. Heat = energy. Normally we don't ever notice that when water is freezing it radiates heat. That's because normally it is a slow process. When we take something liquid and turn it in to a solid really quick it releases an amazing amount of heat. (And yes, I've experienced this first hand. It was with a bag of liquid, with a metal button in the middle which you press. Due to a process of reaction in that liquid, It becomes a solid extremely fast nearly instantly actually. The bag I was using was actually a type of hand warmer. That is how much heat it releases!) So now, While obviously a hand warmer is just a little comfy bag of warmth, If you were to take something bigger, and change it in to a solid, then that would be considerably more energy that would have to come out of it. Even that hand warmer would have been uncomfortable had it been a little hotter.

The opposite is obviously true with turning things in to a liquid or gas. It would then require heat, and energy to do so. Now, I think the magicy alchemy powers would probably cover you there. Heck since this is a world of magic you could probably even say that they would be able to make that heat releasing effect null and void. But if you wanted to use this as a weakness for the bat. Offering size limitations on the things you could turn with it, unless you want to get burned of course. I would be fully willing to approve it.

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Re: The Art of Transformation

Post by Henry Travers on Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:46 pm

I've added in additional limitations on the bat.

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Re: The Art of Transformation

Post by Father Anthony Diem on Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:26 pm

Love it, love this sheet. Love the Alchemy, the character kind of sucks, Completely joking he is great! Reminds me a lot of supernatural, and I love that show too.

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Re: The Art of Transformation

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