Jacob "Thorn" Madison
╚══════════════╝"My head is full of insanity, can you say the same?"
[ Age 25 | Height 6'0 | Ethnicity Mixed (half Native-American, half Hispanic) | Pronouns he/him | Weight 160 ]
APPEARANCE "I don't look that bad, do I?"
Thorn is a skater, which is easy to tell by how he dresses. He wears a brown t-shirt with the Etnies logo on the front over a black, long-sleeved t-shirt, a pair of red jeans, black skate shoes with steel toes, and a baseball cap with a giant thorn
stuck through is on each side, pointing behind him.
PSYCHOLOGY "Who, me? Yes, I'm insane."
MAIN GOAL ⫻ To help all souls still in the mortal plain to pass on.
WHAT THEY WANT OUT OF THE COVEN ⫻ Companionship that could understand the insanity in his head.
PHILOSOPHY ⫻ Everyone dies but that's not the end of the story.
SECRETS ⫻ His only secret is that one of his Alts is his younger brother.
SEXUALITY ⫻ Straight male, likes females.
FEARS ⫻ Dying in an embarrassing way, getting killed by a new Alt, or killing an innocent.
REPUTATION ⫻ He's stayed rather low-key, not wanting the spotlight. Not too many people know him, and even less know about his Alts. He wants to keep it that way.
FLAWS ⫻ He has no powers of his own and can only use the powers of his Alts while they're in control.
BACKSTORY "My home life was pretty boring."
Jacob grew up with his parents and 3 younger siblings until he was about 10. The siblings were all very different but very well behaved, except him. When he was 10, his brother, John, and sister, Jessica, twins, were 8, and the youngest sister, Jennifer, was 6. His home life had been rather boring until that point, causing him to act out more to get attention. It was during one of these fits of acting out that he unintentionally hurt his brother with a baseball bat.
When he first met Alex, he was 4, and just started talking to the strange man with red hair. His parents thought he was talking to one of his siblings but became curious and concerned when there was no reply from the siblings. They became more concerned when he mentioned things he couldn't know. Over the years, he learned how to hide his conversations with Alex, either by making sure nobody else heard him or by disguising it as talking to himself. They became best friends quickly as Alex helped him with his schoolwork.
On the day of the accident, he'd had a baseball hanging from the backing fence and was swinging his bat as hard as he could to let out his frustration. He hadn't noticed his brother behind him. He felt the smack of the bat against something out of his view and turned just in time to see his brother's nose caved in and shooting blood. He screamed for his parents, who were nearby on the playground with his other siblings. His brother didn't make it to the hospital before he died.
Jacob had always been able to see ghosts, though didn't know they were dead yet. It wasn't until he saw his brother standing beside him as he watched the ambulance drive away that he realized what happened. He had killed his brother. His parents had never really believed he could see ghosts until he began telling them things that he couldn't know, only his brother could. He'd even spoken a couple of lines of the twin-invented language that he never understood. Then he let his brother take over his body and explain other things, just to show off more of what Jacob could do.
John and Alex didn't get along at first, though that was only because of their mutual distrust of each other for Jacob's mental health. Then more ghosts came and went, causing the pair of tag-alongs to share opinions about the new intruders. Many only stayed for a short time. Others stayed for a long time. A few never left.
Over the years, more and more people began to tell him to talk to a therapist with concerns for his mental health. When he was 16, he finally gave in and talked to one, letting him know from the start exactly what was going on. The therapist, of course, didn't believe him but tried to act professional about it by asking questions. Jacob, though he was going by Thorn by this point, managed to confuse the doctor by asking about a woman by name, only to have the doctor say that was his deceased wife. He continued asking about things he had no way of knowing about, secrets only shared between the man and his wife. Then he startled the doctor by letting his brother out. The doctor then understood completely what was going on. He told him what to do to keep from losing himself to the minds of the ghosts he took on, which Jacob was happy to comply with. Some time of silence and privacy every night helped him.
When he first heard about the coven online, he laughed it off. Alex, however, had been paying attention and, with John's help, began searching them out, finding them to be real. They reported their findings to Thorn, as he'd stopped going by his birth name entirely, and suggested he meet them and join them. He's been an active member ever since.
SKILLS & TALENTS "I'm smarter than you think."
Photographic Memory ⫻ Thorn can recall a picture memory of any point of his past, usually to the tiniest detail. The only exception is with pages of a book, where the words will be blurred out.
Speed Reader ⫻ Thorn can read a novel in a quarter of the time it'd take the average person.
True Multitasking ⫻ Thorn can hold multiple conversations and tasks simultaneously.
Impeccable Balance ⫻ Thorn has the best natural balance a normal person can have.
First Aid ⫻ Thorn knows the basics of first aid to help with small injuries and, with larger, more serious injuries, can keep a person stable long enough for an ambulance to arrive.
ABSTRACTION "Yeah, dead people love me."
Vessel. Thorn can allow alternate souls, usually of dead people, to take control of his body and fight for him.ABSTRACTION DESCRIPTION ⫻
Thorn has always had the ability to speak to ghosts, and it only made sense his magic would manifest through that. He can call upon any nearby ghosts to allow him new powers as long as they're in control. Whenever a ghost is in control, his eyes will change color to the ghost's aura color and an aura of their hair can be seen over his own. Sometimes, the ghosts choose to stay in his body, though he can force control back if necessary. Each ghost can only retain control for a minute before they're automatically forced out. He currently has 13 that stay with him but only 5 have any useful abilities that Thorn can safely handle.
AURA SENSING ⫻
Alex - Having stayed with Thorn since he was 8, Alex has become his best friend. When in control, Alex can use his limited pyrokinesis.
Marie - She is the youngest ghost that has chosen to stick with Thorn. She can use the calories Thorn has stored up to run faster than sight.
Sasha - The only non-human ghost, Sasha was a cat who died protecting her kittens from a stray dog. She allows some of her cat-like traits to manifest, such as increased smell, hearing, balance, short attention span (damn red dot) and sharpening his nails into claws.
Minamoto - Being found overseas during a school trip, he ended up being the oldest ghost Thorn has ever met. Minamoto's Kamui allows for enhanced perception and the ability to slow his sight to be able to make near-impossible dodges and strikes.
Winston - He was always a geek and often bullied while he was alive, but he never let it get to him. He uses his naturally enhanced intelligence to invent and build nearly any device, as long as he has the necessary components.
Thorn can see and interact with ghosts.LIMITS ⫻
(DO NOT FILL THIS OUT, I WILL PROVIDE IT FOR YOU)WEAKNESSES ⫻
(DO NOT FILL THIS OUT, I WILL PROVIDE IT FOR YOU) [Request: Cannot discern between actual ghosts and other spiritual/undead beings.]
OTHER "Do you really want to understand my insanity?"