Caliban Leandros

Name: Caliban Leandros

Gender: Male

Age: 23

Fandom: Caliban Leandros Series (Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse by Rob Thurman)

Journal: notgrendel

Typist: Shar

[Caliban Leandros has been in play before, with another typist. His previous gameplay information is in gray. Current information is in black.]

Quick Biography

“Cal” of the Clan Vayash is half human-Rom and half Auphe, or as he’s derisively labeled himself—half-human, half-monster, all attitude. He is a mass of snark, dark sarcasm, angst…no, he doesn’t write in a diary…and would shoot a monster in the back without a second thought. As his brother, Niko, says: “there is no honor in battle—there is only survival.” Cal would translate that to, “What the hell…the bastard had it coming.” He is the result of a genetic experiment conducted by the Auphe in an attempt to produce a half-breed capable of traveling in time as well as space. Cal, however, can only travel from one place to another by ripping a hole in reality. This tends to bring out the Auphe in him, something that makes Jekyll and Hyde seem like a toddler’s bedtime story. While he looks all human, Cal is far from it, and he’ll always be the first and last person to tell you so. He loves his guns and he loves his brother. Screw with either and he may be the last person to tell you anything at all.

In New York, there’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares-and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, until his father found them.

After saving the world from his fiendish father’s side of the family, Cal Leandros and his stalwart half-brother settle down with new digs and a new gig-bodyguard and detective work. And in New York City, where preternatural beings stalk the streets just like normal folk, business is good.

Their latest case has them going undercover for The Kin-the werewolf Mafia. A low-level Kin boss thinks a rival is setting him up for a fall, and wants proof. The place to start is the back room of Moonshine - a gambling club for non-humans. Cal thinks it’s a simple in-and-out job. But Cal is very, very wrong…Cal and Niko are being set up themselves. Again with the battles, but something about fighting for your lives keeps the brothers close.

They aren’t exactly prospering with their preternatural detective agency. Who could have guessed that business could dry up in New York City? But now there’s a new arrival in The Big Apple. A malevolent evil with ancient powers is picking off humans like sheep, dead-set on making history with an orgy of blood and murder.

Next they're hired by the vampire Seamus to find out who has been following him—until Seamus turns up dead (or un-undead). Worse still is the return of Cal’s nightmarish family, the Auphe. The last time Cal and Niko faced them, they were almost wiped out.

We're seeing a pattern develop.

[Most of the above is shamelessly stolen from here.]

SPOILERS! Caliban was born to a Greek-Roma mother who left her Gypsy family to wander the world and ended up broken-down, poor, and alcoholic in New York, living in a trailer and telling cheap fortunes or stealing to get enough to buy booze. Periodically selling her body, she gained two sons, Niko, her firstborn, and then Caliban after a one night sojourn with a demon-like creature known as an Auphe. Thus, Caliban was born unwanted, loathed, and half-monster. Since Sophia, his mother, spent most of her time more than halfway comatose, Nik and Caliban grew up relying on and became very close, depending on each other even more than either of them perhaps realizes. Sophia repeatedly reiterated how little she loved both her sons and especially her youngest, neglecting both of them to the point of practical abuse and only occasionally taking an active role in their lives, mostly by taking the little money Niko earned. Neither Nik nor Caliban had any fondness for their mother, so after Niko got a job, they began saving for escape, buying a car when Cal was fourteen to get out of New York and away from Sophia.

However, unluckily, that night Caliban’s father decided to come out of the shadows where he’d been lurking for most of Cal’s childhood, and kidnapped Caliban, setting light to the trailer where he, Niko, and his mother lived, killing Sophia, before snatching Cal through a ‘gateway’ into Tumulus. Caliban has no memories of this time, only an emptiness so that he can hardly believe that he’d been gone at all when he tumbled back to earth two days later at Niko’s feet where he’d been waiting for him, two years to the day had passed since Caliban had seen his brother. However, after they recognized each other, they realized that they couldn’t stay still and took off wandering around the United States for four more years, until then sixteen year old Caliban was twenty years old and they came home to roost in New York again. Caliban got a job working in a bar and the brothers began the semblance of a normal life. Sometime during this period of time, Cal met a young psychic, Georgina King, who recognized him as not being human and befriended him, eventually developing into a mutual attraction that Cal refuses to acknowledge. However, soon the Auphe came back in full force, along with a shadowy shape in mirrors that Cal began to see. Soon after, the shadow came out of the mirrors, revealing itself as a male banshee or Darkling, and fused with Cal into one being.

What followed were two weeks where Cal delightedly planned to destroy the world, aiding the Auphe in their plan to go back before the dawn of humankind to rein them in and get the population in check. This was the reason Cal was ‘made’ in the first place, as his human blood was required in addition to the Auphe half in order to make the process work. He hired werewolves to go after Georgina and kill her and was absolutely remorseless. However, after nearly killing Niko and only failing because Niko knew him too well, Caliban opened a gateway to the time before humans, only to be stopped as Niko stabbed him in the stomach, nearly killing him. He was rushed to a Healer in hopes that nearly dying had driven Darkling out, but when that attempt was unsuccessful, the Healer agreed to stop Cal’s heart to spare him becoming the monster he believed he was. He died for a moment and Darkling ripped away even as the Healer restarted Cal’s heart, leaving them separate, and Cal subsequently destroyed Darkling in an act of desperation. Nearly broken, he was forced to nearly forget the memories in order to survive.

Appearance

Cal inherited his Greek-Romani mother's raven hair (Sophia Leandros), but has the pale skin of his father, an otherworldly creature, known as a "Grendel" or Auphe. He has grey eyes, and while his face is usually expressive, he tends to wear a scowl or snide grin. Technically, Cal should be 17 years old in the first book, but wherever he went when he was kidnapped by the Auphe aged him two years, making him 19. In Carpe, he is now 23.

He has several scars as a result of his fighting supernatural creatures, the worst being a white line across his stomach and one on the side of his neck.

He has a scar on a bicep that says "mom" the he pretty much hates and he keeps it covered. His body would best be described as lanky and lean. He is 5'9" but his constant slouch makes him appear shorter. His PB is Mikey Way.

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Caliban is fairly slender, with black hair and startlingly pale skin. His eyes are grey and his face is fairly open and expressive, making him not very good at lying. He has a straight, narrow nose, an oval face, and even features. He’s fairly short heightwise, lanky and more lean muscle than bulk, though he has his own sort of strength. He can appear slightly skittish and nervous, though he has a tendency toward a permanent half scowl or a slightly sardonic grin. He’s not very good at blending in with other people, even with a pronounced slouch like nearly every other young adult out there, because he’s constantly wound tight and ready to run whenever he has to. He has a few scars, the most notable being one on the side of his neck and a white line about the width of a sword on his stomach. When he’s thinking about Niko or Darkling, he has an unconscious habit of putting one arm over it almost protectively, though he’s not aware he does this. Finally, he has a tattoo on one bicep that Darkling got that says ‘Mom’, though he covers it nearly all the time, as it’s just a reminder of that few weeks.

Personality

Cal's behavior is normally brash and impolite but never selfish. In fact, he rarely thinks of himself because he considers himself a monster. He repeatedly risks his life for those he cares about, albeit a short list. He doesn't trust easily, after spending years on the run from the Auphe. His brother, Niko, has his complete and utter loyalty, which is reasonable given Niko cared for him like a father from the time he was born, and has gone to great lengths to keep him safe and fight to protect him.

He eventually grows to trust Robin Goodfellow, Georgine 'George' King (who he eventually cuts out of his life to protect) and Promise Nottinger (his brother's lover). He also began an affair with Delilah, a Kin (werewolf) alpha who views him as a fellow-predator. The arrangement seems mostly unromantic and purely sexual.

Since his kidnapping by the Auphe as a teen, he has the ability to speak their language, an extreme dislike of cold and always sleeps clutching a weapon. Since his possession by Darkling, he avoids mirrors.

While Cal sees himself as pure monster, his portrayal in the books is of a conflicted young man of intense loyalty and bravery. He hides behind a sarcasm and a slouch. Niko seems to keep him human, keeps him from descending into madness, keeps him from giving up because the Auphe are constantly trying to tear and wear him down.

The first piece of Caliban’s personality and the main driving force behind nearly everything he does is his unshakeable loyalty to and faith in his brother Niko. While Niko is the only person with whom Caliban has this kind of bond, he nonetheless has a marked tendency to be fiercely loyal to and protective of those he cares about. Caliban isn’t very talkative and even less demonstrative, and while he professes to be a loner he does have a definite need for human contact, even if he’ll never admit it.

Cal has a stubborn streak a mile and a half wide and quite a bit longer, tends to stick to his convictions with iron determination, and has a temper to match that doesn’t flare so much as simmer for a long time. When Caliban sets his mind to something, he’s rather like a Pit Bull – he’ll hold onto it with his dying breath, especially when it’s something that pisses him off. Cal tends to brood about things that bother him, for better or for worse, before eventually exploding.

The other characteristic Caliban’s noted for is his sarcasm. Cal is a smart-ass and he knows it, and is rarely without something sharp, caustic, and usually fairly nasty to say. When he stops talking, that’s when it’s worrying. Caliban can be surprisingly naïve at times, especially emotionally, and while he’d describe himself as a realist, he’s definitely a pessimist. He sees the worst in nearly everyone, and especially himself. Caliban is moodier than moody and while he’s generally practical, he can be impulsive and downright stupid when he decides to do something. Caliban doesn’t seem to take much seriously – he’s flippant and snarky in nearly every situation, especially dangerous ones – but he’s inherited a certain dangerous wildness from his father’s side of the family, and when he’s pissed off, it shows. While Cal has a reputation for laziness and certainly likes his sleep, he’s a fighter, as much as his brother.

From his time with Darkling, Cal’s picked up a few mental scars – he has an extreme phobia of mirrors and even less faith in himself than he started out with. Cal insists on being called Caliban, despite all the baggage that comes with the name, because he wants the reminder of what he is.

Superhuman Abilities

Because of his sire's heritage, he has the physical capacity to build gates, move incredibly fast, be incredibly strong, sensitivity to smell, softer-boned making him a little more flexible and is immune to the majority of diseases. The Mansion will dampen his ability to build gateways completely.

Unusual or Magical Possessions

Nothing that I can think of.

In-game canon

Cal will arrive/return to the Mansion with no memory of his previous residence, or of his connection with Sugar. Of course, once he sees her, he's not likely to mind resuming their relationship. Bits and pieces of his Carpe past might slowly return eventually - or perhaps not.

He got very weirded out by the large amounts of vampires, carried on a conversation or two with Edward Cullen and quickly fell head-over-heels in something with Molly Seagrim. That's been fun. More recently, he recalled some nasty things, hid in a corner with a pistol, had Anita Blake try to talk him out of suicide and ended up dead. And then back, much to his chagrin. :| During a crackplot, Molly was Snow Whiteified and Cal was unable to wake her, making the obvious conclusion. However, when she woke up several kisses later, Cal went to confront her about it. And kind of ended up falling into bed with her again. That's Molly for you. He's stunned by the amount of friends he's seemed to pick up, worried about the sick Anita Blake, confused by Phedre no Delaunay, and just downright weirded out by the fact that he's now met three fictional characters. Including Merlin. That was strange. Typist is a bad, bad typist and crackplotted Cal into Darkling, which was very bad. He slept with Molly and seriously screwed with her mind, was weirded out by Kushiel!Phedre, and tried to kill Anita before she shot him. He came this close to dying and probably was dead, but Anita's blood did enough to keep him alive long enough for Jaenelle to heal him. At least physically. Cal is now a total nervous wreck and even more of a pathetic little angst bunny than he was. We're keeping him away from sharp objects. Spent a long night with Phedre and Anita sitting on him, and Sugar happened upon him and proved that sex really does help with depression. It's hard to think when there is a naked girl right there, especially when you're Cal. Has gotten more or less stuck back together and continued his relationship with Sugar. Is pleased, if a little alarmed, by the arrival of Robin Goodfellow, a familiar face from home. He doesn't miss Niko anymore, since the brother arrived. This puts him rather in a state of ridiculous ecstasy. Or, it did until a revisitation of Darkling ended with killing his favoritest brother and his own death at the hands of his now official lover Sugar. Despite his wishes, various friends managed to keep him from dying again when he came back, this time intentionally. He seems fairly put together at this point, at least for now.

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