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Levent Kartal is a traveling merchant infamous for being a polyglot, swindler, and fanatic.
He was born the result of an amorous tryst between a merchant from Istanbul and a lady from London. Accompanied by his feline companion Wilson, he wandered throughout Eurasia before setting sail for North America and new opportunities.
His time in Nova Scotia was overshadowed by his past demons, including the manipulative Amy Sunders. He was a member of Cercatori d'Arte during the spring of 2012, and fathered puppies with Hotaru -- but when the litter died, he roamed a loner again until the winter. Captured and punished for past thievery, he was whisked overseas again (after meeting long-lost daughter Atalanta) and eventually set up shop in Beirut, where he married a former thief, Daniyah bint Khairan, and became a father to three legitimate children: Faizel, Khairan, and Naila.
However, after fathering a bastard child (Benjamin) and committing other shameful transgressions, Levent found his family abandoning him; his offspring sailed for North America at his advice, and his mate left him.
Have a character from overseas? Levent is a great Random Plot Encounter CharacterTM and quite a flexible one, too! Is your character a lover scorned? Did he swindle them, or did he trade them a useful tool or rehabilitated animal? Perhaps he pointed them out in the direction of 'Souls? We're game for friends, lovers, victims, children, and more!
Packs members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:
Blizzard Blue (#99DAEB)
Cutty Sark (#5D8384)
Levent cycles through his accessories with the exception of his characteristic head-cloth. He accessorizes mostly to show off his wares.
- Speech: Levent's voice is mid-range with a distinct Turkish accent. He speaks amiably but switches his tone at the drop of a hat. His speech is "quirky" and fast-paced, and he often interjects foreign phrases into his words.
- Scent: Desert and scrubland, musty buildings, rust and steel, earth, spice, cat, wolf, jackal.
- Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Levent talks with his hands, gesticulating wildly, and is generally very animated in movement.
- General Posture and Body Language: Levent has decidedly slouchy posture. His body language is usually submissive yet animated -- though it's almost suspiciously calm when he's alone, his gaze generally lost off in thought.
Levent is an amiable and quirky character -- memorable. His smiles are quick and easy, his speech flavored with a Turkish accent and peppered with foreign phrases and endearments. He is flirtatious and would be considered a smooth-talker if his speech wasn't so fast and unusual. He's often recalled as the funny foreigner, the peddler of various wares, and about the last one you'd consider a threat.
Worldly canines will recognize that most of what Levent presents is a front, and that he's really kind of a slimeball. Despite an extroverted and friendly nature, he is immensely private and hides parts of himself away. He's flighty and has difficulty setting down roots -- wandering both from home and from his partner's bed to look for something new. His morals are loose and his intentions shamelessly selfish. Persuasive and good at playing a simpleminded and funny man, Levent is a dangerous predator to the naive.
The only time Levent will act selflessly is when tending to an animal -- from cats to horses to exotic birds and other livestock, Levent is an animal lover and often accompanied by his own little menagerie.
A rough history with near-death experiences and religious fanatics has instilled a sense of fanaticism in him, too; while Levent usually isn't dangerous to anything but someone's wallet or innocence, there are rumors that he will do anything to obtain the gift of immortality...
Amiable, quirky, animal-loving, fraudulent, flighty, melancholy, hungry
- Species: Fondness for non-canine animals -- especially cats. Animals are "innocent" and he will go to great lengths to care for them, whether they're horses or parrots or lizards.
- Non-Luperci: Easy prey; Levent won't convert them and maintains that's their choice, but he views them as prime targets for taking advantage of and lying to them, viewing them as "simple."
- Sexuality: Unless it's clear-cut rape or sex with children, Levent is a-OK with it. A little too okay with it. Can he watch?
- Religion: Relatively open-minded, with preferential treatment toward other monotheists. Sees paganism and polytheism as the wrong way to go, but values their myths and legends; they're cute, quirky stories. He disdains atheists, but it rarely comes into play.
- Age: Levent is overprotective, nurturing, and indulgent toward young puppies until the age they're more or less self-sufficient.
- Levent was raised monotheistic, influenced by Abrahamic religions.
- His view of religion is loose and self-serving. He is as quick to disobey laws as quote scripture to prove a point. He sees religion as a way to "save himself" and believes immortality is possible.
- May: Levent is born to Süleiman Kartal and Katherine Wilcox. Not wanting to raise an illegitimate son with her high standing, Katherine immediately dumps the pup with his father.
- The next few months, Levent travels with father over trade routes, settling in various cities. His father is often away, so Levent befriends other animals and learns Low Speech.
- January: Süleiman Kartal is killed by brigands. Levent is taken in by well-meant guardians, but Levent runs away from them and lives on the streets of Istanbul. He joins street gangs to survive, but his true friends are other animals.
- March: His gang ambushes an English woman to steal her books. The others manage to escape, but the woman collars Levent -- and recognizes him as her son. She whisks him back to London.
- May: Levent slowly adjusts to life in London's rich districts. At one point, he comes across some Luperci bullies harassing a young cat, and he defends him. The cat, Wilson, soon becomes Levent's best friend.
- There is a large gap in his history here. However:
- Levent supports his mother by taking on his father's merchant trade. He stars off by helping set up and close down markets, but he's "fired" form his job after freeing some abused exotic animals from their cages.
- Katherine pulls some strings to help get Levent on the road.
- Levent goes through some milestones, such as entering his first relationship and learning skills as he travels from region to region. Wilson is at his side the entire time.
- September: Wilson is injured in Algiers. Levent deals with a shady Luperci for medicines, but the stranger drugs him. Levent falls very ill, hallucinating about demons. The stranger saves Wilson's life and his, but he also continues to feed Levent drugs and religious teachings. By the time the stranger leaves, Levent has changed.
- March: Levent travels to Athens for trade, and meets Agape Kokinos when she asks for a poison from him. Instead, Levent convinces her to cut ties with her family and come with him. They live together for a while, and Levent makes plans to propose.
- April: Levent gets completely wasted and has inebriated sex with a male relative of Agape's. There's a lot of drama, and Levent half-disappears and is half-driven-off by Agape. He has a falling-out with Wilson over his behavior, but manages to repair his relationship with the cat by swearing off alcohol. There are no such repairs to his and Agape's relationship.
- October: Levent meets Amy Sunders, who "marks" him during a night of passion. He does not understand the significance of this mark until much later. He also rescues an emaciated horse who he names Umut, but only to leave the horse with some Romani to recover.
- November: Wilson convinces Levent to leave Eurasia to escape some shadows of his old life, like Agape. They barter for passage on a ship to Barbados. Levent is traumatized by the month-long journey by sea, becoming hydrophobic.
- December: Levent trades in Barbados to gain passage to Freetown.
- January: Levent lives and trades around Freetown, exploring the area. He receives information on Nova Scotian packs from Amy.
- March: Levent arrives in Nova Scotia. He runs into Amy again but allows himself to get drunk with her. After Wilson sets him straight, Levent lingers around the secretive Salsola (getting little information on it) and then explores the city of Halifax. He also heads south near Cercatori d'Arte, meeting and comforting one member on the death of her cat, and saving another -- Hotaru -- from a cougar.
- April: Levent has a crisis about what he's doing in Nova Scotia and considers heading back to Freetown and beyond. Wilson convinces him to stay and seek out a pack before pursuing his goal. He starts to visit some of the packs, learning that Amy has joined Anathema.
- May: Levent runs into Hotaru (who he has a huge bloody crush on) and learns a little more about her pack. He eventually joins Cercatori d'Arte.
- June: Levent has sex with Hotaru while she's in heat.
- July: Hotaru reveals that she's pregnant with Levent's children. He decides that he'll take care of her and help raise them. He's spared thinking more about it, though, as Cercatori d'Arte goes on a trading voyage to the north. Notably, Levent trades with Vinatta and receives an untrained mare, Mai.
- Levent's children, Aiden and Aysun, are born. He becomes obsessed with them. Unfortunately, this makes Wilson grow distant, and so he decides to go on a trip with him to rekindle their friendship.
- Levent runs into Amy Sunders again. He tries to confront her about an attack on one of his pack mates. He tries to keep his children a secret from her, and so she damages his shoulder and lays a "curse" on what he holds dear. He manages to get back to Cercatori d'Arte, where Hotaru and Wilson take care of him.
- Aysun falls ill, and Levent attempts to spend time with her. She dies in his arms while he sleeps. Not a day after, Aiden dies from the same illness. Hotaru buries the puppies and blames their death on Levent, who in his grief leaves Cercatori d'Arte.
- September: Levent roams between Halifax and the territory surrounding Cercatori d'Arte, falling into a deep grief. He sends some prospective joiners toward Cercatori d'Arte, unable to stop thinking about the pack. When the 2012 Hurricane hits, Levent is warped into a much more desperate and dangerous creature.
- Thinking that she's killed Wilson, Levent sexually assaults a woman in Halifax. He takes Wilson and leaves, heading north, where he runs into Amy Sunders again. He has a chance to kill her but cannot, and realizes just how much he's under her control.
- Levent goes to Freetown for a few days, replenishing the goods left behind in d'Arte. He recognizes and steals Umut from a butcher, and is nearly killed for his trouble.
- Levent returns to Nova Scotia and settles in Amherst. He does travel to Cercatori d'Arte in an attempt to steal his goods, but is driven off by Leviothan Moonbreaker, who inexplicably wants to kill him.
- November: Levent is found by the Freetown butcher and captured for his thievery. Wilson, near-death, gets left behind.
- November: Levent is brought to Freetown's port and set to work. He's noted as an "indentured servant" meant to pay off his crimes instead of a slave, but it seems all the same to him, anyway. He bides his time for a chance to escape.
- December: Levent discovers that he has a daughter by Agape, Atalanta Kartal. He speaks with her and drops hints about Nova Scotia, though before Ata can come with him on his "trade journey" he is whisked away on a slave ship. Levent's dreams are plagued by the ghost of Amy Sunders, but nothing eventful happens when the ship lands in Barbados.
- January: The ship sails back to Libson, Portugal. Levent plants seeds of revolt among the other indentured servants (finding the conditioned slaves a lost cause) and the lower-pay-grade slavers. He makes use of his quick tongue and convinces a number of Luperci that they can take over the slave caravan as it begins its journey.
- February: Levent starts the revolt; it fails spectacularly. However, the commotion attracts an independent group of thieves, and the slavers' focus on punishing Lev and the others distracts them long enough to be susceptible. The thieves attack and raid the caravan, killing few but injuring many, and make off with some shiny and useful things. In the confusion, Levent escapes and begins chasing down the thieves on his gelding, Umut.
- March: The thieves decide they don't like Levent following them, and so they sneak up on him when he's resting and kidnap him. The lead brigand, a jackal-wolf hybrid named Daniyah bint Khairan, is particularly cruel to Lev when interrogating him. However, she proves to have knowledge of equine Low Speech -- and treats Umut more nicely than anyone but Lev ever has. Levent tries really really hard to not be interested in her.
- April: Eventually, the thieves begin treating Levent like a partner instead of a prisoner, though Daniyah pretends to despise him still. However, Levent's skills as a merchant and a liar are a boon to the thieves, who begin their route through the cities.
- May: The thieves stop in crowded Beirut, taking advantage of refugees from Jerusalem. Levent and Daniyah fight and then they do some other stuff.
- July: Three children are born to Levent and Daniyah: Faizel, Khairan and Naila Kartal.
- December: Levent leaves his family in Beirut (where many of the thieves began to settle, content with their lot) to trade, drawn into restless wandering.
- January: Levent spends some time in Amsterdam. Whoops.
- March: A girl from Amsterdam's red light district grabs Levent before he can leave and shoves a puppy at him. Whoops. He finds a nursemaid for the puppy but grows immensely attached to him and sticks around until the boy -- named Benjamin -- is weaned and able to travel with his father.
- July: Levent returns to Beirut -- to Daniyah and his yearling triplets. Ben is reluctantly introduced into the family, though it becomes clear that Daniyah is completely indifferent on the matter; she has no misconceptions about Levent's faithfulness. She doesn't acknowledge Benjamin as a son, but she also doesn't refuse to take care of him. His siblings approach him with varying degrees of warmth -- Faizel nurturing, Naila as indifferent as her mother, and Khairan cruel.
- Fall: Something awkward happens~
- Winter: Suffering from the social stigma of her father, Faizel expresses a desire to leave Beirut. While Levent is saddened by this, he suggests that his offspring sail to North America -- specifically telling them of eastern Canada and his tenuous connection to the packs there. They depart.