He is one of the primary instigators of the Inferni-Salsola War, and directly responsible for an event which allowed his cousin Elphaba to oust her father from both his position and their pack. In the months to follow the war's conclusion the pair would go even further in their quest for dominance and overthrow their grandmother. Together, they assumed control of Salsola.
Beyond his duties as second-in-command, O'Riley acts as a spy and gathers information on other packs and Outsiders, working in close partnership with Kamari Kaiser. Within Salsola, he serves as a hunter, frequently collaborating with members of the Ranger faction.
Eager to see his and Elphaba's rule be just as successful as the pack's "golden age", O'Riley has continued to focus on bettering Salsola despite the many questionable incidents that seem to happen along the way...
O'Riley often travels to the Stellarton Mines?, and seems strangely over-protective of such trips...
Build and Size: Large. Hides his weight well, muscular and compact.
Lupus: 105 lbs(47.6 kg) ↔ 37 in(93.9 cm)
Secui: 170 lbs(77.1 kg) ↔ 48 in(121.9 cm)
Optime: 260 lbs(117.9 kg) ↔ 6ft 10in (82 in)(208 cm)
Collection of medium and short scars from bites on left forearm.
Medium scar on outer left upper arm.
Long scar from an arrowhead on outer left thigh.
Series of scars from claws on right side of torso.
Scarring on throat, hidden by fur.
Scarring on right hand from bites.
Jewelry and Accessories: Wooden bead necklace, with singular black and white accents. When in Optime form, O'Riley often wraps a woven bandana around his head to hold his hair back.
Gear: Most commonly, O'Riley wears a leather belt to carry his bags and various styles of "utility" kilts. In poor weather he will wear a water-resistant cloak. He reluctantly wears more ornate clothing during formal events, and has several pieces of armor.
Weapons: O'Riley carries a leather sling + stones for ranged attacks, and owns but rarely uses a bow. He can regularly be seen using a sword, which is his preferred weapon.
Scent: Salsola (pine, salty, marshy), wood, fireplace/woodsmoke, lynx, horse and mule, plants and herbs. When outside of Salsola, O'Riley uses mint, sage, and smoke to disguise his scent.
Speech: O'Riley has a rough voice, due in part to injury. He speaks lowly and in a slightly monotone fashion.
Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: He got that epic de le Poer brow-scowl. Shows his teeth a lot.
General Posture and Body Language: Self-assured, relaxed, dominant, vaguely aggresive.
O'Riley strongly resembles a Tundra Wolf in coloration and build. His mostly gray two-toned pelt this is accented by tawny accents on his face, body, and tail. Silver can be found mixed in his darker fur, especially around his back, tail, and thighs. His eyes are pale purple, and a callback to his Helsi heritage. The most obvious hybridization is in his face, which has a melanistic mask.
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Highly intelligent and completely ruthless, O'Riley is a Machiavellian schemer and manipulator, confident to the point of arrogance and suspicious as to the motives of everyone around him. Despite this, he knows the value of a powerful alliance or a shared enemy, and generally tolerates his peers and subordinates. When dealing with Outsiders and "inferior" others, he puts on a false-face for as long as suits his needs, though regularly becomes explosively violent.
Non-Luperci: Ignorant barbarians who have missed their full potential. Easy targets.
Gender: Believes females naturally superior to males and puts more weight in matriarchal leadership. Suspicious of other males, views them as potential rivals.
Outsiders: The blanket term for anyone who does not belong to Salsola. O'Riley places his pack (and himself) at a higher position than the rest of the world, and devalues those who are not a part of it.
Extremely masculine females are not attractive to him.
O'Riley is strongly conservative regarding sexual behavior, believing it belongs behind closed doors. He finds public displays of affection uncomfortable and dislikes being touched.
Salsola's "cheek kiss" and (brief) handshakes are reluctantly excluded from this, though he will avoid either if possible.
Regularly smokes marijuana.
Takes psilocybin mushrooms for both ritual and casual purpose.
O'Riley socially partakes in alcohol, though it makes him mean(er). He has a high tolerance and will goad others into drinking as much (if not more) than himself.
Polytheistic: O'Riley does not worship any particular deities, though believes in spirits and gods as a concept that may or may not influence the living world. He borders on agnostic, believing more strongly in things he can see and experience (even if this is sometimes under the influence).
O'Riley is a believer in fate and destiny, and that both can be influenced.
According to Hearg Njorth lore, O'Riley is exceptionally magical.
Combat: With the benefit of several elder tutors, and a habit towards participating in hands-on training, O'Riley is more than capable when it comes to combat.
He favors fighting in his Secui and Optime forms, the latter especially when armed. His weapon of choice is a sword.
Subterfuge: Silver-tongued and capable of (more or less) concealing his identity, the art of lying and spying come easily to O'Riley.
Language: O'Riley is fluent in English, German, and Gaelic. He has a working understanding of Russian and Norwegian, but speaks both with an accent. He has some familiarity with Arabic, Spanish, and French, though only understands common words.
Animal Care: With a collection of pets and membership in a pack which practices animal husbandry, O'Riley was brought up tending a great variety of animals. He is most familiar with equines and felines.
Carpentry: Capable of simple construction. Able to build and repair structures.
Aggressive: He's mean, regularly pushing buttons and bullying those he perceives as or behavior he considers weak.
Egomaniac: Owing to his family connections and position in Salsola, as well as several incidents during his youth with corroborated his perception, O'Riley has ridiculously high opinion of himself and his abilities.
Superstitious: Though a mostly-rational person, O'Riley pays careful attention to things which he think might cause influence in his life. He makes and carries charms, avoids "bad energy", and pays attention to astrology.
Size: O'Riley is large and has trouble getting into small places. He is too heavy to ride a horse, though has previously done so. His size also requires more fuel, forcing O'Riley to consume more food than average to retain his bulk.
Elphaba Revlis and O'Riley are very close. Their shared interest in magic and involvement in some more nefarious behavior has created a twisted bond between the pair.
Igor Kotovo is a foreign-born packmate related to O'Riley -- they share a great-grandfather. When Igor and his father joined Salsola, O'Riley became his sponsor. Since then, they've worked very closely together, even if poor Igor seems to have gotten the worse end of the deal.
Grievous Eternity is O'Riley's cousin. They have known each other since childhood, and during the early part of their independence shared a home. O'Riley is the dominant figure in their relationship, however, and often reinforces the idea in subtle ways.
Kynda Helsi is his grandmother (Amma). A völva practitioner the tradition of his great-grandmother's teachings, Kynda provided many early lessons while O'Riley spent his childhood in her home. She and his gradfather (Afi) Hugleikr Silfr helped to raise him during this brief period. In adulthood, O'Riley would learn falconry from her. She gifted him his own eagle, Arnlaug.
Salvia Eternity, his grandmother (Oma), and Stannis de le Poer, his grandfather (Daideó), guided him throughout his youth and adolescence. Salvia provided the primary care to O'Riley upon his return to the Kingdom-proper, and her influence is not hard to spot.
Kamari Kaiser often works alongside O'Riley; the two have developed a secret code for communication in the field. The two have a friendly relationship and could be considered partners in the field.
Odalis and O'Riley first met when he was spying on Cour des Miracles. Her seeming inability to remember him, combined with her fall from grace, has sparked a dangerous infatuation in O'Riley. He frequently attempts to isolate and harass Odalis.
Gavroche Benoît was a loner that O'Riley met north of Salsola. The Outsider's charisma and knowledge drew the young man in, though he grew genuinely fond of the old dog. After Gavroche was killed by a coyote, O'Riley performed his funeral rites. He feels the old man's death was unfair (as he did have time to pass on everything he knew to O'Riley) and carries a grudge about this loss.
O'Riley was born in the late summer of 2016 within Salsola, to mated pair Blair Eternity and Reykja Helsi. The son of Reykja Helsi and Blair Eternity, O'Riley was sired by his "uncle", Dullahan Eternity. His birth resulted in contradictions arising against the teachings of Siv Helsi, Salsola's former-Crone and O'Riely's biological great-grandmother -- namely, that völva (like Reykja) were unable to bear sons -- though this information was largely kept secret by the other Helsi women. He and his family soon moved to Fort Preble, Salsola's trading hub in Portland. His youth was spent surrounded by his birth-mother's family, who lavished him with attention and stories of their faith and more or less allowed him to do as he pleased.
When O'Riley was around four months old, his grandmother brought him back to Salsola from Fort Preble, wanting him to be raised in Salsola-proper. He was largely isolated from the dangers of the Second Boreas Conflict, though the dangers of this were impressed upon him well enough. The war's conclusion brought new freedoms, which only continued to expand as O'Riley began shifting. Heeding his grandfather's advice, O'Riley delayed his Cueponi ceremony until the summer – when he was “ready”. His passage into adulthood brought new opportunities with it, and it did not take long for O'Riley to seize upon these.
Angered by the death of a loner he had befriended, a misunderstanding between O'Riley and a member of Inferni turned bloody and set in motion the events that would lead to the Inferni-Salsola War. O'Riley was responsible for the death of Omar de le Poer (despite framing Lokr Revlis for this act) and continued to have direct involvement in the conflict as it escalated, eventually leading the Salsolans tasked with burning down the D'Neville Mansion. The events which followed the war's conclusion were brought to a head when Elphaba Revlis ousted her father as a traitor. His exile and her rise to power provided the framework O'Riley needed to further his own ascension, which he began focusing on despite his relatively young age. O'Riley fixed his sights on information, and alongside Kamari Kaiser spent part of that winter spying in the south, confirming a rumor and learning of the ongoing Winter of Tarnished Gold. He returned from this mission with a new focus, and began taking the steps to put himself exactly where he wanted.
He and his cousin continued to scheme, and decided to act on Salsola's seventh birthday and overthrow their grandmother. To their surprise, she surrendered her position easily. O'Riley was named Erilaz and promoted to second-in-command.
War breaks out as Salsola is threatened by a group of Outsiders. While the Second Boreas Conflict rages on, O'Riley spends time with his wounded grandfather and bears witness to the internal reactions to the fighting. He is often shadowed by Nickodemus Sparhawk, whom he befriends.
The conclusion of the war solidifies O'Riley's belief in Salsola's strength. He continues to explore the pack territory and take lessons from his grandparents. When sickness passes through the land, he is kept isolated from it. Under advisement from his grandfather Stannis de le Poer, O'Riley delays his Cueponi ceremony even after he first shifts.
A newly independent O'Riley begins traveling beyond Salsola's borders. He focuses on improving his skills: riding, tracking, and combat are largely the focus. Towards the end of the month he usurps Neith Heiwa, confirming his own beliefs in his personal superiority. Outside of Salsola, he meets and befriends an old loner.
Eager to climb up the chain of Salsola's hierarchy, O'Riley makes himself more familiar with pack members. A fight between himself and an Inferni member results in a retaliatory strike from the Clan's leader against one of Salsola's Bambino. His friend and mentor Gavroche is killed by another loner, and O'Riley takes responsibility for performing his funeral. Seeing an opportunity to further her own means, Elphaba convinces her cousins of her father's disloyalty, and they agree to frame the Lord Commander for engaging in an unauthorized attack against Inferni. Things get out of hand when this random act of violence turns to murder.
the perfect party guests Elphaba organizes a beach party in September because she's that sort of person and demands her "friends" attend.
Falstaff sings a sorrowful refrain. When he finds an Inferni member trapped under collapsed rubble, O'Riley attempts to free him. Unfortunately, this triggers a frightened reaction from Virue, who attempts to defend himself. Angered by this response, O'Riley savagely attacks him.
the fell clutch of circumstance Though O'Riley crashes at his cousin's home to avoid the hulabaloo surrounding incidents with Inferni, it doesn't take long for Elpbaha to seek him out. When she confides in her relatives suspicions about her father, a wicked idea takes root.
The Inferni-Salsola War grows more violent as the days move on, though O'Riley largely acts as a scout and spy as opposed to a front-line combatant. O'Riley's mother, Reykja, remains in the Kingdom-proper while the roads are unsafe to travel and begins new lessons in magic with him. He is given a belated gift. Things become tense between O'Riley and the Lord Commander (who rightfully suspects treachery) and reach the point of physical violence.
If you want it, you take it Eager to better get back in the fray, O'Riley suggests that Kamari make use of Inferni's skull collection to satisfy the answer to her Cueponi riddle, and accompanies her east.
no more lightning, no more solace in arrears After listening in on an argument between the Boss and Lord Commander, and informing Elphaba of what he heard, O'Riley is confronted by Lokr. When he mouths off to the older man, he's given a lesson in respect.
Under orders, O'Riley leads a small group into Inferni during a massive counterattack against the Clan, tasked with burning down the D'Neville Mansion. The success of this event brings the Inferni-Salsola War to a close.
Motivated by the success of their conspiracy, O'Riley turns his attention towards his own goals. Despite protests from Reykja, he decides to return Cennétig to his mother. Their disagreement over the matter, alongside a surprising message from their family, sees the pair traveling to the Outpost early in the month. He returns alongside distant relatives, with new aspirations and a new member to sponsor -- his distant cousin, Igor.
Salsola hosts its Last Supper, during which his cousin makes a bold proclomation with his aid. Later, O'Riley travels to a loner's bar in Amherst where he hears a curious rumor. Eager to investigate, he recruits Kamari to accompany him and his mule south. They spend some time in the area while he confirms the ongoing strife within Cour des Miracles.
Salvia forbids O'Riley from horseback riding due to his size, and this leads O'Riley to an act violence. He begins learning how to drive a cart and devotes much of his time to bettering his writing. He begins collecting materials for writing and works on creating ways to better his methods for note transportation, and begins making plans for the upcoming spring.
Salsola's anniversary brings with it the open rebellion that lands O'Riley his position as second-in-command of Salsola, with his cousin newly named as Boss. O'Riley begins taking care of his grandparents' horses and training his own to pull a cart. He comes across signs of curious events occuring, and learns unpleasant news about Elphaba and Brocade.
His duties see him terribly busy. O'Riley starts making his own books. He continues training his horse, and becomes more familiar with carts and becomes curious about their construction, inspired by a project his uncle begins working on.
Confrontation between O'Riley and Elphaba leads to an argument, and he names her accuser. A return to a previous haunt results in an explosive fight that leaves O'Riley severely wounded. He is aided by Igor and Neith in returning home, though only has a few days to rest before another greusome murder soon has him active. Worried of conspiracy and on edge, O'Riley attempts to hide his injuries as news trickles in about Sapient's disbandment. As the month goes on, a recovered O'Riley resumeds his duties as an influx of arrivals from Fort Preble arrives and Salsola's numbers swell.
[M]The Rising When O'Riley returns to The Stellarton Mines?, he is attacked by Antioch de le Poer. The two endure a terrible fight before a portion of the mine collapses, killing Antioch and threatening to trap O'Riley, who manages to escape.
Inferni disbands, news Salsola learns directly. Projects begin to take shape in Salsola, which continues to see new arrivals. O'Riley stays close to Salsola to keep an eye on Elphaba, and he begins practicing carpentry with assistance from Grievous. A shocking series of deaths disrupts Salsola in the middle of the month, putting the pack on edge.
In an effort to move on from the previous month's shocking deaths, a ceremonial wedding is performed for the first time within Salsola. O'Riley participates after Kamari requests his presence. At the feast which follows, the pack celebrates the new union with overly decadent revelry. O'Riley eats and drinks and smokes a lot, and dances with several young ladies throughout the night. His fun comes to an abrupt halt when he sees Brocade and Elphaba dancing together. After a tense conversation with the Director the moment passes, though O'Riley blacks out before nights end. After waking in a precarious position, he finds himself tasked with a new job. While he prepares for this, O'Riley accepts a new Associate to Salsola's ranks.
saving face, secured in faith With help from Igor, O'Riley gets Embla and her father's corpse back to Salsola. He orders her to remain in her home, which he leaves under the watchful eyes of his cousin.
Though the murder remains unsolved, O'Riley sets his sights on new targets. He begins practicing falconry in the Helsi tradition, and becomes responsible for his own eagle. Salsola turns eight and the massive feast helps to overshadow the worries of the Family. Unfortunately things do not go as well for others.
[M]couldn't look you in the eye Sometime during the party, Odalis slips away to secretly take psilocybin mushrooms. Unfortunately, O'Riley finds her. He lures her to his home with the promise of further intoxicants. While there, he molests her -- Odalis fends him off and flees.
the whippoorwill's cry A wounded loner is found by O'Riley, who questions him. When the man reveals his purpose O'Riley becomes suspicious about his origins. Solomon, wisely, quickly abandons his camp.
[M]ice is bark of rivers and roof of the wave Khael Lykoi stumbles across O'Riley attacking a loner carrying tarot cards that previously belonged to Salsola's murdered Crone. The pair violently interrogate and execute the loner, though O'Riley asks Khael to keep the incident a secret.
The day-to-day duties of Salsola delay O'Riley's progress.