Nolan Nicholas Santora.Nickames
Blood Magic, Familiar Conjuration.Appearance Details
Nolan stands out around 5"9 with a very slim build, he doesn't seem to maintain much muscle. He has naturally wide-set shoulders and fairly long legs. His hips are rather narrow, making him seem slightly delicate. The boy is very pale, though not to an extent that one might find him sickly. His skin is nearly flawless, maintaining very few scars, though it's smattered in freckles. There is one prominent, large scar that marks the flesh on the left side of his neck, disappearing behind his ear.Personality Traits
He's conventionally attractive with a pretty proportional face, a hard jaw and a nice mouth. His eyes are set beneath low, thin brows and they're a cornflower blue in color. His hair is a glossy wheat blond and usually appears very ruffled, he tends to slick it back at times.
He most often wears very fashionable clothing, preferring to follow trends with a good eye. He doesn't stand out when it comes to clothing but he can almost always be found in a pair of old, worn, converse. He has a necklace with an old red amulet that he wears constantly as well, though he tends to keep it tucked beneath his shirt.
This boy could be considered something of an oxymoron, he's mostly friendly. He seems to have a natural love of life, often embracing the world with arms wide open. He can be a bit of a class clown at times, cracking jokes to make things less awkward and being generally disruptive. This friendly persona is what the majority of people see of him, just a happy-go-lucky type guy that lives to impress. Skills
There is another part of him that can come off as downright rude. He seems to have almost no filter, speaking thoughtlessly and without really weighing what he says. He can be argumentative and temperamental, he's quick to speak his mind and that can get him into trouble.
He's not very good with emotions, he doesn't seem to understand other people. It's hard for him to connect with them, he also doesn't open up very easily. He can't seem to talk about his own problems, if he's put on the spot, he'll almost always bow out of the conversation. It makes it hard to really know much about him.
Though this isn't to say that he isn't empathetic in his own way. He will go out of his way to make people he's close to feel better. He also has a penchant for anxiety, often a nervous wreck and he can be a bit cowardly.
- As if to amount for what he can't do, he is an intensely good incorporeal necromancer. It takes a lot of exertion before it wears him down and he is able to draw large groups of spirits forward at a time and interact with the physical world, he is also able to draw forth stronger spirits.Weaknesses
- Blood Magic, the boy has started to acquire a proficiency in blood magic.
- Taxidermy, this is a skill that his father passed down to him and he is far prouder of it than he probably should be.
- Sewing, he can sew fairly well.
- Photography, he loves to use a camera and he's quite good at it.
- Quick thinker, he's able to act quickly most of the time and he tends to gravitate to smart actions.
- Responsible, most of the time, he can be trusted to make responsible decisions if other parties will be directly affected.
- Corporeal Necromancy, try as he may, he just can't seen to do it very well.Upbringing Synopsis
- Fighting, he's particularly bad in a fist fight or any fight.
- Squeamish, despite choosing blood magic as a secondary, large quantities of blood often makes him very squeamish.
- Selective hearing, he tends to tune out things that aren't important to him and it can often end in him missing important details and being overall weaker for it.
- Pacifist to a fault, he likes to side with pacifism but that isn't always good.
- Quick temper, though he strays from fighting, his temper can be very quick and volatile.
- Curious, infinitely curious and willing to wander into danger to staunch that curiousity.
- Power driven, he has a huge insecurity about his inability to learn corporeal and it leads him to seeking out power, his ambition could easily lead him to shambles.
- Iresponsible, in regards to himself and his own well-being.
A name amongst mages that often goes unremembered is the Santora name, though it was forgotten for good reason. If one is to look far enough through their history, they would find that the Santora's are amongst some of the oldest and greatest necromancy bloodlines. A name that went into use in the depths of ancient Greece, these necromancers were polished in their art and good at both forms of it. Misc.
They had a proficiency in being proficent at both. It wasn't uncommon to hear them suggested when someone needed a necromancer and it wasn't uncommon to have them show up whenever they were needed. They were the type to dabble in the darker parts of necromancy but they were never the type to go overboard. They were amongst the most influential necromancers for years.
It all changed in the 1400s when Niklaus Santora was born.
Niklaus was like any young mage, he wanted to learn his craft and he wanted to be as good as his parents before him. It became clear very early on that he couldn't seem to learn corporeal necromancy. That struggle to learn caused him to begin to feel out casted amongst his own family. Everyone expected him to learn it but he couldn't seem to do it and this ended in a lot of teasing and putting him down for what he found to be impossible.
So, his anger grew steadily and it became a beast inside of his heart. It was a rage that gripped him and he decided that if they thought he was weak for what he could not do then he would show them that he was strong for what he could do. He became invested in drawing forward demons and malicious spirits, he became invested in all forms of forbidden magic that he could get his hands on.
And so, he spiraled.
The start of the great Santora Cult was in his name, he had made himself as powerful as he could get and that drew the attention of some other unsavory types. There were followers of different bloodlines and followers of his own bloodline as he sought a very personal war with other necromancers that he thought had slighted him. His followers were seemingly invested in all that he said and they committed terrible acts in his name.
It became evident that he had to be stopped but the only way to stop him was to kill him. His cult came crumbling down after it was infiltrated and most of his followers, and a lot of his family were caught in the crossfire. Niklaus, himself, wasn't found until much later. A frail and dying man, driven mad by forbidden magic and wearing a shining amulet upon his neck. He put up a formidable fight despite his terrible state but was soon killed, that amulet was removed from his corpse by unknown sources.
Years later, after all had seemingly been forgotten, the Santora family remained reclusive because of these events. For years, there was never another Santora with the same deficiency in their magic as Niklaus and it was taken as a sign of hope. They were actively working to make it up to their fellow mages, what they had done had been unspeakable and they didn't expect to ever be forgiven. Without another Niklaus though, maybe forgiveness was possible.
Nolan Nicholas Santora was born.
In every way, he was a Santora. Golden hair and bright eyes, a smile that was never wavering but his magic fell short in the form of corporeal necromancy. He didn't know the implications of that issue but his father did and so they pushed him harder than his sisters to try to learn what he just couldn't seem to grasp. It wasn't until he was six that his father spilled the beans in a fit of frustration.
Nolan Santora had what they liked to crudely refer to as "Niklaus Syndrome".
Nolan had always known that his sisters bypassed him in proficiency, that hadn't made him want to stop trying but in light of this new information, his dad's frustration was finally making sense to him. It sort of made him angry that his father had made this broad assumption that he would end up like Niklaus. This sparked a rebellious streak as the kid got older and the longer he went without being able to learn corporeal necromancy, the more obsessed with Niklaus he became.
He became obsessed with old texts description of his ancestor, even seeking out his diary at the age of ten. He poured over these diaries for months, empathizing with Niklaus' struggle with being taken seriously and starting to see him, unfortunately, as kind of a misunderstood anti-hero. At the age of eleven, on her deathbed, his grandmother gave him the amulet that Niklaus had died in.
Nolan took it without hesitating.
He wore it and he never took it off. It wasn't until he turned seventeen that his dad was offered a chance to get him away from Niklaus' diaries and his odd obsession. Driven by superstition and a worry that his son might head down a dark path, he was shipped off to Marchand in hopes that he'd learn corporeal necromancy.
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- Nolan can be found wearing the amulet belonging to his ancestor.