Calan Brecours

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Essentials
    2.   1.2  Images
  2.   2.  Personality
    1.   2.1  Traits
    2.   2.2  Skills
  3.   3.  Shop Inventory
  4.   4.  History
    1.   4.1  Post Log & Archives

Calan Brecours [kal’ã / ‘kælən brə’kur] (born May 27, 2016) is a member of New Caledonia. A native of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec region, Calan is the son and only child of Gertrude and Milo Brecours, prominent local traders. After being disowned by his father, Calan travelled to Nova Scotia to find a new community willing to take him on. Calan has barely worked a day in his life, and it shows - but what he lacks in fighting or hunting skills, he makes up for with a keen eye for deals and a strong sense of diplomacy. If he can talk his way into it, he’ll be there.

Overview

Basics

Heritage

NPCs

Etc.

  • Date of Birth: 27 May 2016
  • Gender: Male
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Residence: Cape Acadia
  • Mate: None
  • Languages: French, English

Pack Information

Plot Potential & OOC Assumptions

* Aear (May - June 2020)
* Distinguished (February - May 2020)
* Privileged (December 2019 - February 2020)
* Commoner (November - December 2019)
  • Characters can assume that they've heard of Calan's trading, store, or current role in organizing the new dye studio. They can also assume that he's a bit of a tomcat ;)
  • Players should not assume that they have traded goods with Calan unless they have asked first. (See Shop Inventory below)

1.  Appearance

1.1  Essentials

Basics

Lupus form: Normal (verging on tall) mixed breed, with white and yellowish-cream sable markings. His long fur makes him keen on temperate to colder climates, and he avoids heat at all possible. Bright blue eyes, soft pink nose and paw pads. The broadness of his chest and upper torso, plus the sharpness of his long, thin muzzle, implies some sort of majority sheltie background, though his dense spitz-like fur and his straight terrier-like posture show the generational offshoots. Whatever the exact mix is, he’s visibly less than 10 percent wolf. His body is lean and balanced, and he carries himself with a hell of a lot of confidence - chest puffed, hips swinging. His coat and attitude make him ill-suited for stealth. He takes this form when tasks require it of him.

Clothing/Accessories:

  • His right ear has been pierced in three places, and he most often wears a chained violet helix-lobe piercing.
  • One old, rough-spun wool cloak, designed for practicality over style. Calan wears this in the winter months.
  • One rich, violet (dyed from red cabbage) wrap with a subtle brocade. Calan wears this for special events, and fastens it with a cloak pin.

Optime form: Taking great pride in standing fully upright, with his hair neatly brushed and braided into one, chest-length braid, Calan’s a pretty boy and he knows it. He takes an obscene amount of time to groom when in this form; any odd tufts of fur are neatly trimmed to match the length of the rest of his pelt, and you could swear his chest fur is back combed for volume. He feels very comfortable going around without clothing, but will often dress up in fine attire when he’s feeling flashy. Favourite colours: deep purple and gold. Up until very recently he wore a simple gold pendant, but this was sold for his starting supplies when he was kicked off of his family homestead. Since moving to New Caledonia, he lives in this form almost exclusively.

Palette

 Najavo White (#FFDEAD)
 Half and Half (#FFFFE4)
 Off White (#FFFFED)
 Black White (#FFFFFC)
 Sinbad (#9BCED1)
 Cherub (#F9DBE0)

Distribution

  • Fur: Primarily Off White
    • Markings: Half and Half sabling, with Najavo White sabling along spine and ears
    • Underbelly: Black White
  • Eyes: Sinbad
  • Optime Hair: Najavo White
    • Nose and Paw Pads: Cherub

73 lbs (33 kg)
34 in (86 cm)


163 lbs (74 kg)
6 ft 1 in (73 in / 185 cm)

Interaction

  • Speech: High lyric, sing-song tenor, with a haughty, WASP-like tone. His inflection can make him sound quite feminine. He carries no prominent French accent in his English speech or vice versa, having grown up in a bilingual community.
  • Scent: Patchouli, mint, marsh, and often a tinge of alcohol or sex.
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: He has a tendency to play with his hair when in Optime form.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Though he may not be very tall, he makes up for with a peacock-like confidence; chest out (and often fluffed for effect), hip cocked, arms delicately crossed or hands resting at his hips. He is often touchy in a flirtatious or conspiratorial way.

1.2  Images

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2.  Personality

Personality

Spoiled: Calan is used to getting what he wants, whether from his friends, his family, or his lovers. He’s not ashamed of feeling materialistic. He draws the line at being greedy, however - he has seen how much an unstoppable hunger for more has corrupted those in his parents’ circle. In his opinion, greed only leads to bad choices. Just because Calan has a taste for the finer things in life doesn’t mean he’ll resort to stealing (or worse, begging).

Outwardly easy-going: Unafraid to be the life of the party or the punchline of a joke, Calan thinks disdainful comments are like flies - annoying, but easily swatted away. It takes effort to get under his skin, unless you’re really cruising to upset him. This free spirit might not always truly reflect his inner anxiety, but it’s a part of him all the same. Easy ways to tick him off: clinginess, pressure, insulting his mother.

Accepting of others: He couldn’t care less if you’re Luperci, non-Luperci, or you’ve got three eyeballs. Calan’s mingled them with them all, both in his younger years and since being on the road. It takes a lot to shock him.

Anxious: Having suffered from anxiety all of his life, mostly stemming from the impossibly high pressure his parents pushed on him, Calan can be terse, temperamental, selfish and snappy when under duress. His solutions for high-stress situations are to push everyone away from him, act petty and critical, and burn bridges.

Law-Abiding: Even if he procrastinates, sloughs off his duties to another, or genuinely just doesn’t seem to care, Calan’s not going to go out of his way to break rules. He just.... might fudge them to make them better work for him and his ideas, much like he did as a kid. No harm, no foul. And... yes, he may be a bit lazy too, but he’d never admit it.

Non-confrontational: If it’s not obvious by now, Calan’s not really much of a fighter. He relies on his words and his bribery to win him battles, not his hands. He’s a confident wordsmith with a silver tongue, but it’s clear from his pretty face that he‘s avoided brawling when possible. He’s got enough street sense to avoid getting himself killed (you don’t sleep around without getting in a few jealous fights here and there), but that’s about it.

Generous: Especially with his time and resources. Even if he’s not the golden boy any more, Calan‘s quick to give what he has to others around him. It’s his way of both giving and receiving love. This means, however, he has little sense of when he’s abusing the generosity of others.

Self-destructive: Picking up new lovers at a drop of a hat, drinking himself into a stupor, creating impossible standards for himself only to fail to meet them: Calan doesn’t know how to be kind to himself. This leads to him being unwilling to form deep attachments to others. He is known for quick hookups without wanting a serious relationship, and keeps his cards close to his chest.

2.1  Traits

Expression

  • Outlook: Optimistic, no matter how hard he tries not to be
  • Sociability: EXTREMELY extroverted, especially when drunk
  • Expression: He’ll be dominant or submissive - whatever you want from him, baby ;)
  • Alignment: Chaotic Good
    • Shall follow the law unless breaking the law results in more good, as laws provide a base for an orderly life to rise from
    • Shall not harm the innocent, because the innocent don't deserve anything happening to them
    • Will break any personal contract when he feels like it
    • May lie to advance himself; the entire world's full of liars, so there's no reason not to lie
    • Finds most people initially to be narrow-minded and inflexible
    • Feels guilt when he commits a wrongdoing and will seek to right his wrong
    • Will never betray a friend and enjoys having close friends
    • Considers the needs of the community in personal life
  • Tropes:

Motivations

  • To find a new home, to spend the rest of his life not working, to never settle down

Fears

  • Disapproval, drowning, overdosing

Interests

  • Likes: Sex, drugs, and alcohol ~~ And peaches (seriously)
  • Dislikes: Cheap jewelry, clingy individuals, curfews, physical labor

Biases

  • Species: Calan doesn’t understand what all the hubbub is about with all of this species hate!
  • Non-Luperci: While he prefers the company of Luperci, he won’t be offended to be in the company of non-Luperci.
  • Gender: His closest friends are often female.
  • Ability: He’s unsure how to act around those who have some sort of physical disability that requires assistance, and is often uncomfortable with the terminally ill.
  • Sexuality: Anyone and everyone, baby!
  • Age: Children and elders annoy him for vastly different reasons, so he keeps his company limited with both.

Sexuality

Openly pansexual and promiscuous, Calan is willing to try everything at least once. Sex is a physical activity between two consenting partners, and carries none of the romantic connotations it does to others. He’s an enthusiastic and communicative partner, but runs away at the first sign of commitment. His openly flirtatious style has gotten him in trouble, but he’ll never push anyone to do anything they’re uncomfortable with.

Spirituality

Calan is mostly agnostic and definitely spiritual, but could be persuaded to be more religious by the right person. He’s put very little thought into what he believes about the afterlife, other than he hopes he doesn’t have to find out soon.

Substances

While alcohol is his drug of choice - his favourite drinks are anything strong and sparkling, like a whisky fizz - he’s tried a variety of recreational drugs in the past. He’s a huge fan of party drugs and stimulants, and fine with hallucinogenics. So far he’s avoided opioids and disassociatives, worrying he’d get too easily hooked (and he’s probably right).

2.2  Skills

Strengths

  • Valuation (Accomplished): Hand Calan anything that you want to sell, and he’ll be able to give you a fair assessment of its worth. His particular interest is in jewels, but he can also inspect precious metals, fabric, clothing, rugs, and pottery. He was in the process of learning more about rarer goods (ivory, fine leathers, pearls, spices) when he left home.
  • Negotiation (Accomplished): When general apathy isn’t holding him back, Calan can be quite a convincing haggler. He’s pretty confident in his ability to sell or trade... most of the time. He mostly uses this to ‘negotiate’ with others to come back to his bed.
  • Horsemanship (Adept): Though he has no skills in horsecare or purchasing livestock, Calan knows his way around a saddle. He's capable of riding harder-to-handle horses, but isn't looking to do more wrangling than he absolutely has to, and has little desire to get dirty in the stalls.
  • Knife Skills (Basic): If you can call ‘knowing where to stab for maximum pain’ a skill.

Weaknesses

  • Laziness: His general desire to do as little as possible often aggravates those around him and leads to him getting yelled at by authority figures.
  • Stealth: If the white coat wasn’t enough, Calan’s not the best at sneaking up on people, or using subtlety to get what he wants in life.
  • Squeamish: While not afraid, seeing blood and guts makes him cringe.

3.  Shop Inventory

Shop Note

These items are available for purchase in Calan's store, and can be bought and used immediately. Players wishing to purchase any of these objects or to sell objects through the store, whether IC or OOC, should contact Nocturne by PM. This means that players should not assume that they bought something from Calan without prior approval. If there is something you would like but is not in stock, players should reach out to the New Caledonia Trading Company to receive it.


Item Ratings

  • 1 - badly damaged (structurally insecure, large holes or tears, pages missing, will require major repair before operable), or otherwise poor quality;
  • 2 - used (may have stains or deep scratches, cracked spines, may require minor repairs before use), or medium quality;
  • 3 - gently used (like new, may have small, barely noticeable cosmetic defects, requires no repair), or medium-high quality;
  • 4 - brand new, or high quality

Furniture

Object Condition Description
Antique Writing Desk 2 Large antique desk made of varnished cedar, capable of holding up to 50kg weight. Desk legs show signs of water damage, and deep scratches cover the surfce. Both drawers are fully functioning.
Old Rug (1) 2 Well-worn blue and red Persian-style rug. Evidence of sun damage throughout, and smells faintly of mothballs. Approximately 6x9 feet.
Old Rug (2) 3 Bright and vibrant red rug with tassels. Tassels show some signs of moth damage, but is otherwise in mint condition. Approximately 5x7 feet.
Old Rug (3) 2 Brown and cream Turkish-style rug. This rug has been torn and mended, but is hard to tell with the pattern. Approximately 2x5 feet.
Plastic Milk Crates (3) 3 Slightly banged up, but perfectly serviceable to hold items.

Clothing

Object Condition Description
To be updated; assume that Calan sells basic riding cloaks, water skins, backpacks, and jewelry in various levels of quality.

Books

Object Condition Description
Basic Blacksmithing: How to Master your Metal 2 A battered, well-used blue book that gives an introduction and basic instructions for blacksmithing and metalwork.
Myths of North America 2 A well-loved brown book containing fables, stories and legends originating from the land around 'Souls.

Food/Drink/Herbs

Object Condition Description
Mint, dried, 1.5 pounds 3 Dried mint, serviceable for teas or herbal treatments.
Cinnamon sticks, dried, 1 jar 4 Specialty imported cinnamon sticks of high quality - a steal at a recent Amherst trade!
Ginger root, 3oz 3 Wrapped in a tree bark envelope. Helps with nausea. Toxic in large quantities. Traded from the Plague Doctors.
Licorice oil, 5ml 3 A small glass bottle. Soothes gastrointestinal problems, heartburn, and stomach ulcers. Traded from the Plague Doctors.
Yellow dock root, 3oz 3 Wrapped in a tree bark envelope. Treats inflammation of the nasal/respiratory passages, or as a laxative. Traded from the Plague Doctors.
Ribwort plantain, 3oz 3 Wrapped in a tree bark envelope. Reduces bleeding and encourages blood clotting. Traded from the Plague Doctors.
Deer jerky, dried, 3 pounds 3 Perfectly edible jerky, ready for those making long journeys.
Rum, 12 bottles 2 Dark, sweet, and slightly cherry-flavoured. Of medium quality.
Vodka, 8 bottles 1 More like paint thinner than vodka, but it's there if you don't care about the taste - or don't care how bad your hangover might be the next day.
Whisky, 3 bottles 4 Smoky, peaty, and perfectly blended. This is top shelf whisky, and is a treat to sip.
Honey mead, 11 bottles 3 Slightly carbonated and semi-sweet, this mead was made from using local bees.
Water, 16 bottles 4 It's water. It's fresh. What else is there to say? Great for long treks.
Tallow, 2 jars 3 Whale tallow, perfect for making candles, cooking, or general lubricant.
Whale oil, 2 jars 3 Two jars of a thick amber liquid. Heavily versatile. Suitable for lighting lanterns, making soap, treating leather, etc.
Poison antidote, 1 bottle ? Non-trace; contains mild amounts of toxic plants to induce vomiting! Traded from the Plague Doctors. (Player knowledge only: yarrow, chamomile, dandelion root, wheatgrass)
Headache "pills", 10 ? Mint and ginseng root paste wrapped in wheatgrass, 1/2" in diameter. Traded from the Plague Doctors.
Plague remedy, 10 daily doses ? Serves as a stomachache remedy. Traded from the Plague Doctors. (Player knowledge only: deer flavouring, dandelion root, mint, yarrow, chamomile, ginger)
Panacea, 10 daily doses ? Serves as a stomachache remedy. Traded from the Plague Doctors. (Player knowledge only: prince's pine, sweet grass, blue spruce)

4.  History

Born the only child to an affluent family in what was once known as the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec region, Calan Brecours grew up knowing that he was the heir to his parent’s local trading company. While his parents - namely his mother - made sure to teach him the difference between right and wrong, Calan was utterly spoiled throughout his childhood. A bountiful territory and a lack of discipline at an early age meant anything was possible for the young canine, and he took advantage of this with gusto, gorging on life’s pleasures and eschewing all authority. As Calan grew older and his place in the community more important, his stern, all-business father tried to pressure him to take on more responsibility. Unwilling and unable to cope with this change, and after a lifetime of worrying that he wasn’t fit for the job, Calan dealt with this new stress by lashing out and disobeying his parents. He found partying easier than the responsibilities of valuing jewelry or negotiating deals, which often made him the talk of the town - the Brecours’ ‘spoiled brat’. His fears about messing up turned into a self-destructive realization, and his inability to handle high-pressure situations created a rift between him and his father. His family disapproved of his laissez-faire attitude, his petty attitude, his sexual freedom, and his selfishness, but his mother continued to chalk it up to young age. However, when his mother died, his father cut him off cold turkey and told him to find his own way in the world. He left his pack lands behind and meandered his way south-east, having heard rumors of a land called ‘Souls. At the very back of his mind, he still believes that, just maybe, his father will take him back, and he can actually make him and his dead mother proud.

4.1  Post Log & Archives

Part One: Searching for a New Home (Sept - Nov 2019)

Having travelled south from Quebec, Calan, alone and aware of the fast-approaching winter, travels his way east in search of somewhere to call home. He encounters various loners along his trek, but none from any packs to which he has any interest. Along the way, Calan goes on his first hunt, and equips himself with some basic training and survival supplies. After meeting the introverted and resourceful Woodsmoke, the two make plans to travel north together, aiming for a pack Woodsmoke had heard of before: New Caledonia.

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Part Two: A New Life (Nov 2019 - April 2020)

Calan arrives to New Caledonia in time for winter to hit, and begins his life in the new pack. After meeting most of his packmates - a ragtag group of wanderers and refugees, not dissimilar to himself - he works towards fulfilling his promise to King Iomair: to provide riches to their new land. Things don't go as smoothly as he planned. The new pack has little that's not a gift from the Salsolans, leaving him with equally little to sell. That, plus Calan's general inexperience on the road, lead to him exploring more profitable ways to expand New Caledonia's trade network. After a fatal river crossing that nearly ends his life, Calan decides that peddling his wares like a common merchant is not only socially humiliating - it’s genuinely dangerous. His fear of drowning now endorsed, he takes to staying closer to New Caledonia and avoiding any travel that would force him too close to water. He also starts to come up with his next ideas for what he can do instead - for what even is a trader if they’re too scared to trade?

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Part Three: A New Enterprise (April 2020 -

Realizing he needs to turn his life around, Calan goes on a hunt for his next personal project. This leads to him stumbling over the abandoned town of Haven, and a new idea forming. With the King's permission, Calan strikes forward with a proposition: a new dye studio to help increase New Caledonia's wealth and prestige. He also joins the New Caledonia Trading Company.

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