Skeleton Key

Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Basics
    2.   1.2  Miscellaneous
  2.   2.  Personality
    1.   2.1  Ideals
  3.   3.  Relationships
    1.   3.1  Family: Massacre, Addiction, Ganesa
    2.   3.2  Relations
  4.   4.  Skills and Inventory
    1.   4.1  Abilities
    2.   4.2  Inventory
  5.   5.  History
    1.   5.1  Achievements

Photo by Bob Sallinger

Skeleton Key is a dark-furred coyote. He tries so hard, but in the end, it doesn't even matter. He tends to come across as a bit of a desperate guy who's trying too hard to be tough, but in actuality, mostly just gets bullied by his sister.

He is the son of Lucilla Key and another coyote. He journeyed to 'Souls with his mother and siblings in summer 2016.






  • Date of Birth: August 12, 2015
  • Gender: Male
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Residence: None
  • Mate: None
  • Pack: Loner (8 Dec 2016-current)
  • Family: Massacre, Addiction, Ganesa
  • Birthplace: Nova Scotia
  • Species: Coyote
  • Subspecies:
    • 72.5% Plains Coyote
    • 25% Northeastern Coyote
    • 2.5% Common Gray Wolf



Former Inferni members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • Seeing Skeleton near old Inferni territories and asking about Lucilla and River
  • Skeleton can be seen traveling with his sister, Carnivore Creed.
  • Skeleton and Carnivore can be known to scavenge valuable items.
  • Skeleton and Carnivore are known to have a bad reputation among traders either for trying to scam them, steal from them, or heckle them.

1.  Appearance

1.1  Basics


  • Species: Resembles a Northeastern Coyote in his darker colouration and larger stature.
  • Fur: Thick fur, never styled
    • Optime Hair: Worn more as a mane of fur than hair, infrequently styled, sometimes braided
  • Facial Features: Long, thin nose; aristocratic features
  • Build and Size: Although sleek, not necessarily thin or emaciated like his grandfather. His thick fur makes him look larger than he really is, but owing to his Northeastern Coyote heritage, he is actually on the larger side for a coyote
    • Forms: Uses his lupus form infrequently and his secui and optime forms frequently
  • Humanization: Although Skeleton does not wear any clothing or accessories, he does tend to utilize his optime form to a great degree. He is comfortable using tools and weapons.


  • Fur:
    • Primary coat color: tobacco brown, kabul
    • Darker colour along spine: heavy metal
  • Markings:
    • Nose, above eyes, ears: cement
    • Underbelly: moon mist
  • Eyes: Raw Sienna
  • Optime Hair: heavy metal
    • Nose and Paw Pads: black


Tobacco Brown (#725742)
Heavy Metal (#2E332C)
Cement (#8E7167)
Kabul (#5F523F)
Saddle (#502E22)
Moon Mist (#DEDCD0)
Raw Sienna (#CD7C3C)

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1.2  Miscellaneous


  • Scars: Skeleton has a small scar on his left hand/ paw from a silly childhood accident. He boasts about it often even though it's not very visible


Skeleton tends not to wear any clothing, in keeping with the typical preferences of his family.


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Lupus (Preferred)

Skeleton's lupus form is lightweight, lithe, and thin. Unlike his grandfather Hybird, he does not appear to be malnourished, but it's clear that he's a full-blooded coyote. He likes being able to move quickly and quietly, so his lupus form is his preferred form.

xx lbs (xx kg)
xx in (xx cm)


In his Secui form, Skeleton bulks up considerably. He tends to rely on his Secui form when he needs a bit of muscle when he's patrolling and fighting.

xx lbs (xx kg)
xft xin (xx in / xx cm)


Skeleton still maintains his thin physique in his optime form, and although it's clear he's no couch potato, he doesn't look like a gym rat, either. He tends to use his optime form to accomplish specific tasks, and although he uses it more than his secui form, it's not his top pick.


  • Speech: very slight Canadian Maritime English accent
  • Scent: nothing in particular, past haunts, neutral lands, unclaimed loner
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: oh man what a weirdo
  • General Posture and Body Language: loose, relaxed, aggressive, twitchy


2.  Personality

 A bit of a doormat • Cowardly sidekick • Hope is scary • Can't Take Criticism

Skeleton wants to be cool, charismatic, and flirtatious, but he's just not. It's fairly easy to see through his desperate and often clumsy attempts at being cool, tough, or intimidating. It's as if he wants to be hardcore, but he's afraid or doesn't know how. The harder he tries, the more obvious it is that he's not as cool as he thinks he is and especially isn't as slick as he pretends to be. He's really just a puffed up rice cake.

Skeleton worries about being left behind, particularly by his sister, Carnivore. They've been traveling together for so long that he probably wouldn't know how to be self-sufficient. Worse, he doesn't actually like her that much and tolerates her bullying because he's afraid she'll find someone more interesting or a bigger, better doormat. If Carnivore were to leave him, he would likely resent it because he would prefer to be the one leaving her. As much as he daydreams about growing a backbone and standing up for himself, it's just not likely to happen because he's too desperate for some sliver of attention. He wants to be his own individual, but he craves validation and comfort, so the result is extreme indecision.

He grew up understanding that his grandfather was aggressively homosexual and, in his youth, thought that since he was a boy, he would be gay too. Once he got older, he began to better understand how sexuality works -- and realized that just because his grandfather was gay, it doesn't mean he has to be to -- but consequently, still grapples with the question of who he is. For anyone experienced, it's pretty obvious he's compensating, anxious, and embarrassed all at once, so his macho act might not fool anyone. On the other hand, another embarrassed virgin might take his bravado at face value.

2.1  Ideals


Anxious, dramatic, hot-headed, controlling

  • Outlook: Optimistic/pessimistic?
  • Expression: Extroverted, dominant
  • Sociability: Can be uncompromising in his views, hot-headed, lies easily, recognizes his less desirable qualities and tries to hide them when it is convenient
  • Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
    • "Will not betray a family member, unless the circumstances are dire."
    • "Is generally well liked by his community, but normally will not seek to improve the community."
    • ~"Not malicious in the liberties he takes. Will generally leave others alone, and any evil they suffer because of his actions is incidental."


  • Desire to be liked: at his core, he seeks affection, warmth, and appreciation.
  • Sense of individuality: Skeleton feels the need to assert his individuality, perhaps due to growing up with a large group of siblings and often feeling as though he is one of the many


  • Lack of recognition: Skeleton worries endlessly that he will be forgotten, but literally and figuratively. He wants to leave his mark, but he doesn't know how.
  • Mockery: one of his greatest social anxieties is that someone will make fun of him. This has happened to him before, and he has brushed it off, but he tends to forget how easy it is to deal with someone taking cheap shots at him and often worries over it more than he ought. Consequently, he tries to make himself seem too tough to joke about and puts on an air of machismo.


Skeleton is irreligious.


  • Packs: General positive understanding of Inferni, but no real sense of loyalty
  • Species: Picked up a slight anti-wolf view from his mother, but cannot properly articulate it or why he holds this small bias
  • Non-Luperci: Doesn't really care
  • Sexuality: When he was a kid, he thought he had to be gay because his grandfather was, but he is now realizing that it isn't prescribed through heritage. Is still confused on this matter.


100% confused and uncertain.


  • Likes: sparring, fighting, running, competing
  • Dislikes: --


Wants to try everything once if only to say he did it, but is worried about the consequences. Wants to try things mostly because his family would likely disapprove, but also feels this is a little juvenile, and can't determine whether his desire to try any substances is genuine interest or childish pettiness.

3.  Relationships

* Does not know this person by name.

3.1  Family: Massacre, Addiction, Ganesa

3.2  Relations

Key Relations

  • Lucilla Key is his mother. They get along reasonably well, although, Skeleton still wanted to make a name for himself and split from his mom when she decided to join Inferni. He doesn't know where Lucilla is.
  • Carnivore Creed is Skeleton's partner in crime. They support one another's bad habits and Carnivore doesn't tend to judge Skeleton for the stupid shit he does. However, as Skeleton has aged, he has increasingly been feeling like an unequal, unwitting accomplice with little say in their affairs. He grows more frustrated with Carnivore's dishonest antics with every day and is beginning to resent their relationship.
  • River Creed is Skeleton's sister. He generally liked her and found her to be of a steady temperament, unlike Carnivore. He worries about her since Inferni's disbandment.
  • Latch Key and Lock Key are Skeleton's other littermates.

Positive Relations

  • Rowtag aka BROTAG. They met in unusual circumstances and got along even though Skeleton mostly complained about his sister.
  • --

Neutral / Negative

  • --
  • --

Minor Relations

4.  Skills and Inventory

4.1  Abilities


  • Education and Learning: he learned most of what he knows from his mother and has improved on things slightly, mostly from Carnivore getting him into fights.
  • Unarmed combat (Beginner): he's able to defend himself -- just barely -- predominantly in his secui form, though he can dodge a few punches in his optime form. He prefers using his secui form for the most part and is slowly improving.
  • Skill (Master): describe skill
  • His lack of skill and lack of interest in bettering himself are his two biggest weaknesses. His mother taught him the basics and Carnivore has provided a few pointers, but for the most part, he has resigned himself to being a bit of punching bag and doesn't actively try to improve at fighting.


  • Education and Learning: Skeleton learned how to spy, track, and scavenge from his mother. Living as a loner pair with Carnivore, he's improved greatly since now, he needs to fend for himself.
  • Tracking and hunting (Journeyman): Skeleton is quite good at tracking prey on his own and excels as a partner when working as a pair. He has honed his skills over time as a loner and is always improving.
  • Scavenging (Journeyman): Living with Carnivore, he's picked up quite a bit from her. While she's certainly a better scavenger, he's trained his eye to find things that are valuable, and ultimately, tradeable.
  • Spying (Beginner): While his tracking skills are decent, he's not great at spying, mostly because he feels so guilty when he does it. It seems as though he self-sabotages when he's spying on someone, mostly because he only ever does it when Carnivore demands it.
  • Skill (Master): describe skill
  • Skeleton's guilt tends to get in the way of being an effective spy; he'll often 'accidentally' expose himself to his subject or he'll just leave and lie, pretending they got away if Carnivore asks. If he's spying on someone for his own designs, he's far more proficient at it, since he can usually justify it to himself.

4.2  Inventory


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  • Offering: what kind of stuff does your character trade?
  • Accepting: what do they want?



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5.  History

Skeleton was born to Lucilla Key during her time away from Inferni alongside a number of littermates. When his mother decided to return to Nova Scotia, Skeleton accompanied her for the journey, but they parted ways once they reached the general areas, with Skeleton and Carnivore deciding to strike out on their own and explore the lands.

5.1  Achievements


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  1. Milk and honey (Dec 08) with Cypher Blackwater
  2. I said okay. (Dec 16) with Lucilla Key
  3. no snowbird to sing (Dec 17) with Gethsemane Aika


  1. A couple times I took my eyes off the prize (Mar 12) with Conquest
  2. Before these clowns put me down in the ground (Mar 12) with Aeron Ganesa
  3. Breaking free from these chains (Mar 15) with Tierney Brádaigh
  4. dance with me? (Mar 22) with Arlen Stryder
  5. Drank alcohol for the demons (May 17) with Dreyma Moineau
  6. Blank Face, clear everything out the safe (Jul 18) with Rowtag
  7. the magazine cover's drenched in gold. (Sep 30) with Neith Heiwa
  8. I had to trash the hotel lobby (Nov 25) with Khael


  1. I pull up in a lemon, but not 'cause I ain't livin' (Jan 2) with Lithia Napier
  2. Sun sets to blood moon horizons (Jan 21) with Antioch de le Poer
  3. You can get caught up just know it and proceed accordingly (Mar 28) with Alessan Stormbringer
  4. I was playing rock paper scissors with imaginary friends (Mar 31) with Greed Lykoi
  5. The Last Winner (Apr 7) with Shaamah
  6. Know that it's no price tag when I wage war (27 Aug) with Sabina Laveau
  7. I'm laughing at the tyrants/ I'm sleeping under sirens (20 Sep) with Canary Cash
  8. Blackbird singing in the dead of night (22 Nov) with Dawn Hushhowl
  9. High and fly like a pilot/ Get more jaws than a trident (9 Dec) with River Grim


  1. running after time and I miss the sunshine (Jan) with Saut Asylum
  2. I know that apocalypse, that was where your heart is (Jan) with Dahlia de le Poer and Carnivore Creed (NPC)
  3. Tread light like broken glass, really I'm not my past (Jan) with Boone Lykoi and Carnivore Creed (NPC)
  4. I know you're empty but I think I can fill your glass (Jan) with Jamie Cortés and Carnivore Creed (NPC)
  5. I'm barely here, how I ain't present? (Jan) with Sawyer Cook and Carnivore Creed (NPC)
  6. Son of a sun, in a sunken abyss (Mar) with Evelyn Escuella and Carnivore Creed (NPC)

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