Nate 'Aos' Earley
Passionate Wildlife Rescue Charity Founder
Aliases Aos Sí, Ace
Refresh 3 (3 +2 Advancements +1 Bonus -2 Stunts -1 Condition)
Druidic Wildlife Rescue Charity Founder; Pun-Loving Partner; Adversity Is My Friend; Everyone Deserves A Second Chance; Souls Are Our Very Inner Being
- Evocation. In game terms, you may perform any of the four basic actions with spectacular magical effects such as defending with a shield of ice or creating an advantage by shifting earth beneath the opponent’s feet. Your actions may have scale (page 182) at the GM’s discretion. If desired, push yourself to increase the spell’s effect. These benefits are cumulative: if you mark two stress boxes and both conditions, you could do a single magical action at +8, and then have +2 to all magical actions for the rest of the scene.
- Check a stress box for +1 or two boxes for +2 on any one magical action. You may check only two boxes at a time.
- Mark Exhausted to add +4 to any single magical action or to attack multiple targets magically without dividing your roll (page 190).
- Mark Burned Out to gain +2 to all magical actions for the rest of the scene or, if Exhausted is already checked, to attack multiple targets with magic without having to divide your roll.
- Thaumaturgy. You excel at ritual magic (page 168). Add +2 to the preparation roll for any ritual.
- Soulgaze. When looking someone directly in the eye for more than a few seconds, you peer into their soul and they likewise see into yours. The exchange manifests itself as a cryptic vision. Make an Intellect roll, opposed by their Intellect roll; the winner learns one concrete, useful piece of information about the other individual, or two things if they succeed with style. On a tie, each person learns something. These things can be advantages with a free invoke at the GM’s discretion.
Additional Stunts (1+2)
- Call of the Wild. Check a box of Followers to bring a minor NPC into the scene with either an aspect or a +2 bonus in something they’re skilled at (see the NPC creation rules on page 212). Check multiple boxes to grant them multiple aspects and multiple areas of competence, with a maximum of +2 in any one area. Use your fate points to invoke their aspects on your behalf.
- Soul Connection. By tapping into the pulse of the living world, Nate becomes keenly aware of the connections between all living things. He has a +2 bonus to Creating Advantages with Focus when altering the senses through this connection (including enhancing his own, and sharing senses with others).
- Useful Little Things. Your pockets are full of useful little things. Whenever you need something, you have it, provided it’s not something too unusual (like a map to Jimmy Hoffa’s body) or too large to fit in a pocket, belt pouch, or backpack. When you say you have something, the GM should be likely to agree.
Purviews. Soul (Sensing, Empathy, Manipulation, Communication), Physical and Cognitive Senses (Transmission, Amplification), Primal Metamorphosis (Partial/Full Body, Languages, Mimicry), Artificial Constructs (Animals)
Note: These are in addition to the standard ‘In Peril’, ‘Doomed’ and ‘Indebted’ Conditions, and the Spellcaster conditions ‘Exhausted’, ‘Burned Out’ and ‘The Third Eye’.
Nature’s Followers (Sticky)
This condition uses five boxes to represent your social influence within the natural world, which translates to a constant supply of local fauna, flora and elemental spirits to help you. Mark a box when you draw on your allies for this mantle’s stunts. Recover this condition by waiting (one box per session) or by spending a scene to meet with your followers and clear the track. During the meeting, however, your followers (via the GM) will inform you of a community problem necessitating your attention.
Passionate Wildlife Rescue Charity Founder
Nate runs a wildlife rescue charity, “Seattle Wildlife Rescue”, within the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The charity is largely funded by the Zoo, and partly by donors. He employs half a dozen part-time people and two other full-time staff to look after the logistics and manage contractors to retrieve and nurse animals that come in. The goal is often to release the animals back into the wild, or the Zoo if appropriate. However Nate seemed to have found himself with two inseparable wolves after their parents had been killed by the strange sea-water spirits in an incident. The two wolves now reside in an enclosure in the private parts of the Zoo, and they only let Nate inside to feed them.
Persuasive Manipulator of Souls
The essence of Nate’s magic is Soul Magic, with a focus on Human-Animal relationships. He believes that animals, too, have souls just like regular human beings, but they manifest them differently. Nate is a charming and likeable individual and has built up a decent-sized contacts to help build his charity and some other contract works for the Rainier Club. He applies his social skills into his magic practice, therefore being able to open up his inner soul essence, or connect with other animals or people’s souls, altering them to enhance senses, create connections and understanding, or even willing constructs into existence.
Pun Loving Partner
Nate speaks with pun-ctuation, and that also includes the choice of words he often pun-ders upon. Some people think it’s pun-ishment, while some others think he’s brilliant and would love to exchange jokes u-pun meeting with Nate. Nevertheless, Nate operates on this level of puns just so he can stay sane… there are a lot of worse things out there, and this is how he deals with things. Nate also has a girlfriend, Ashleigh, of two years, who is very outgoing and shares the same humour that he does, at least to some extent. Ashleigh is super outgoing, loves to chat, and takes initiative to try new things. Nate has a huge respect for her bravery.
Adversity Is My Friend
Nate loves a good challenge. One of his mottos tells a story of no pain, no growth. He believes that many things in life can be treated as lessons, and not all of them will fall naturally in your favour. Learning how to overcome these life adversities is an important part of his life, and he believes that’s how he got to running his charity thus far. There are more challenges ahead yet.
Everyone Deserves A Second Chance
Another motto of Nate’s says everyone deserves a second chance. Sometimes it is purely unlucky, or untimely, and things don’t work out. Sometimes it might even seem impossible. However, all of those things could also just be that they are not ready yet, or it just wasn’t a good time. Nate believes that given enough preparation, and the perseverance to reattempt will ultimately bring success in life.
Souls Are Our Very Inner Being
Deep down, souls are the purest register of a somebody. Someone. Everyone. Even animals, as Nate believes, have souls that are exactly like those of humans. This is the belief system that powers his magic.
Nate Earley comes from a upper-middle class of a Seattle family, whose ancestors trace to Irish and English origins. As a small kid, he believed that everyone could do the things they want to do and to do that you need the right skills and the right people. He was an avid reader, early on into tales of history, philosophy, science, and biographies of successful individuals and role models. Being a ginger head had some benefits, namely it was easier to be recognised, at least he believed, and make friends without feeling too awkward. Nate learned early on that friends and connections were really what life was about. He always went back to visit those who he knew, have met, and he often throws parties and events to meet new people.
In the present day, Nate is a likeable individual with strong instincts to do the right thing. He does that by carefully understand the needs and situations of people and attempts to find the best outcome for the situations. Often, he relies on his contacts and friends, as he knows he can’t be the best at everything. Sometimes he deliberately puts himself in difficult situations to grow. Most of the time for practical reasons, he delegates things to those who he trust.
It was a deep night. Nate heard a voice speaking to him; the edging pitch woke him up. He rolled up from his couch, touched by the silver moonlight and a shadow dropped over his face. It was a large bird, like a falcon but he wasn’t quite sure. Everything was clear to him except the silhouette of the bird remained too dark to see properly.
“Nate,” the voice called again, this time, Nate was sure that the bird was speaking. But how could that be possible? He was not sure. “Nate, we need your help.” The voice called out a couple more times, and the large bird turned and took off into the night.
Nate rolled again and jumped from his couch. He was sleeping in his casual outfit from a long day, but he felt well rested that night. He put on his shoes and head out the door. In the sky, he can sense the large bird gliding away towards a local park. He followed, questions brewing but curiosity took over. He must know what was going on.
The park was empty in the night. Judging from a nearby clock, it was way past even the night owl’s bed time. Nate found himself alone in the dimly lit grass area, surrounded by building blocks and fences. In the middle of the grass was a thick, ancient tree. To Nate’s memory, that tree never existed in the park, but yet there it is, standing, looming, full of leaves and entwining branches, softly carried away by the occasional wind.
Under the tree was the same bird, its throat slit. Blood spilt everywhere, and it looked like a quick death. There was no loss of feathers to show the signs of a struggle.
“This is a gift.” Another unfamiliar voice said as a shadow approached from behind the tree. It was a black panther, its yellow eyes fixed on Nate, teeth still stained with fresh blood.
“What- what gift? How can you do such a thing?” Nate responded. He didn’t believe the panther was speaking to him, but he didn’t believe himself replying either. He took a few steps back to maintain distance, unsure if the newcomer was a friend or foe.
“Life is uncertain,” the black panther replied, gently taking a stride forward towards Nate. It purred with a deep frequently as it spoke. “I kill to be certain.”
“And what do you want?” Nate took another step backwards. He felt a distinct metal bar behind him. His back was against the fence. “You killed my messenger, who called me for help. Now you want to kill me too?”
“I want to know,” replied the black panther, gently moving with graceful confidence. “That if you can be certain.”
“What?” Nate asked.
“You are uncertain.” replied the black panther. The panther leapt at Nate.
Nate closed his eyes and rolled to one side.
A second shadow dashed through the grass with unnatural speed, cutting the panther in mid-leap. It was also on four legs, the two shadows rolling to another side, hissing and scratching at each other.
“Go!” said the second creature, which sounds like a wolf. Nate wasn’t sure how he knew what a wolf sounded like, but his body was sure that it was a wolf who just saved his life.
Nate spun and ran towards the gate, out of the park and back to his apartment. He turned a couple of times to see if the panther or the wolf was following him, but neither of them came after him.
He reached his apartment and locked the door. His back against the wall, quickly catching a few breaths. Nate regularly visits the gym, but running for your life was on another level entirely. It was too tiring, too sudden, and … too uncertain if that really happened. Nate went to close all the windows and locked them too, just to be sure.
Only then he found another bird in his apartment, this time on his living room table. It was not a falcon, but a raven.
“You can understand us,” said the raven, who flew up towards the window counter. “You must help us.”
“Who are you?” Nate replied, not feeling strange a second time, talking to animals. He must be crazy.
“Your friend,” replied the raven, and pointed at the locked window. “I need to go.”
“Are you friend with the falcon?” Nate opened the window, never leaving his eyes on the raven before him. “And the wolf?”
“Yes,” answered the raven, who is getting ready to fly out. “But we can’t befriend everyone. Some of us have gone mad.”
“Like the panther?” Nate asked the raven.
“Like some of your friends,” replied the raven, who flew off into the night’s sky. “Don’t be afraid.”
You needed to confront John Beaumont, but knew you needed Elaine Blackwood’s help. What did you need from them? Did they help?
Elaine was one of the few people Nate could trust. Once, Nate had mistaken the conversation to be a joke and said that he would bring his girlfriend to John’s party. That was taken seriously and later Nate asked Elaine to be his pretend-girlfriend. Elaine hesitantly agreed and asked what was going on. Nate said he made a stupid promise and would buy Elaine dinner later, and the two went. This introduced Elaine to the Rainier Club and gave her connections later, and the two just faked break ups to clean up the mess.
Sometime ago, you and Abigail Thomson did a secret job or task for the Rainier Club. What did Abigail do then to earn your trust?
Nate had not met Abigail until that night. It was a rainy night and Nate was tasked to keep some guests busy. He knew the task was not easy; there were people to be occupied, who didn’t want to be occupied, so he had to come up with all kinds of reasons to keep them entertained. Meanwhile, Abigail did her work as tasked—she removed a dead body from the club’s premise in secrecy—and didn’t break a sweat. Nate had doubts at the time, but he knew the club trusted Abigail for these things, and by extension, he could trust her too.
Anni had a friend who came to you about a case, and shortly after went missing or turned up dead. Does their friend blame you or look to you for help?
Nate and Anni had a mutual acquaintance who was working on a deal with the Rainier Club and used Nate as their insider connection. However, just before the deal was going to be signed off, the person went missing. Anni, knowing that Nate had been in contact with their friend, came to Nate for questions, and by extension for his help to locate the missing person.