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Author Topic: Frederik Hjalstad  (Read 978 times)

Description: Prince. Purple Dusk to Opal. Played by Caryn.

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Frederik Hjalstad
« on: Dec 31, 17, 01:37:49 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Frederik Hjalstad
Nicknames: Fred
Age & Birthyear: 28, b. 164 AP
Race: Short-lived
Caste:  Prince
Birth Territory: Glacia, Kaeleer
Home Territory: Glacia, Kaeleer

Birthright Jewel: cut Purple Dusk
Offering Jewel: uncut Opal (rolled on and reduced from Warren Winters’ sheet)

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Play By: Alessandro Sperduti
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Personality



Personality:

Frederik is a man who came into too much responsibility too early, and with not nearly enough support. He is a loyal man who would do literally anything for his family. It has been a long time since he took a serious risk and ventured out on a limb for anything that doesn’t involve them. Frederik has never quite forgiven himself for not being superhuman enough to hold onto either brother.

He’s used to hiding his feelings and soldiering on, because anything else is an admission of weakness that will have the vultures circling. Frederik is a very private man and hates the idea of sharing his distress with others. He’s supposed to be the one that others can count on. Frederik has his own masks; those of affability and efficiency. He is content to use others as camouflage and immerse himself in his work. He has a hard time accepting blame for something, because it means he’s failed in his responsibilities and he takes those to heart- far too much, sometimes. Accepting that blame would also mean dealing with a whole host of issues and emotions that he has tried his damnedest to avoid and suppress, which he is in no hurry to do.

He has a tendency to take the path of least resistance, trying to please too many people and cause the least upset to his well-ordered life. He doesn’t want to see the ugliness beneath the glitter, because (thanks to his Craft strengths), once he does, he can’t unsee it. And he fears he can’t do anything to change it. Denial and repression are big things with him; if you don’t admit something is real, it doesn’t have the power to hurt you- right?


 Likes:
  • Stability- Frederik has had some radical changes in his life and far too little support with them. He has therefore associated change with tragedy, and prefers to avoid it.
  • Appearance- Frederik fully embraces the notion of ‘fake it ‘till you make it’. It’s been his saving grace thus far. Appearance will get you that foot in the door that sometimes no amount of true quality can earn. It’s sad, but true.
  • Music- Frederik took up the violin in childhood, before everything went wrong, and it remains one of his greatest passions. Everything Frederik cannot say with words, he excels at conveying with his music- if one has the right ear to hear it.
Dislikes:
  • Emotional exposure- Frederik would rather cut off his right hand than talk about feelings, or let on that he has any problems. That’s for the weak, and the weak don’t last long in Glacia.
  • Children- Frederik was asked to do some tasks for a Queen that no real Midnight Keeper, the usual avenue for such requests, would even touch. One of those involved the murder of a White-Jeweled witch and her little girl for some slight he never even knew the name of, under the guise of one of said Midnight Keepers. Ever since, children tend to remind him of those old sins.
  • The estrangement from his brothers- They’re all the blood they have left in the world- that should mean something. And he can’t shake the feeling that their parents would be so disappointed in them all for it.
Fears:
  • Facing his own problems- Frederik is well aware he has some issues to deal with, thanks to the brutal, analytical eye of his own Craft. He sees them all too well, and that scares the hell out of him.
  • The Summit- With the Midnight Keepers being the open secret of the Territory, Frederik has used their insignia to masquerade as one in the past for some of his dirty work. He fears their discovery of this, and their retaliation- or worse, their recruitment.
  • Ice- Frederik saw a man slip on a patch and crack his skull open once. Though a Healer repaired the physical damage, the man was never the same mentally after that, and died a scant few years later. Good luck getting Fred to ever go ice-skating.
Craft Strengths:
  • Exploiting weakness- Frederik has always excelled at zeroing in on someone’s weak points and taking advantage of them like a starving wolverine. (Though Frederik doesn’t realize it, this started early when his father practiced the skills on him and his siblings, in the name of helping them overcome their faults and go further in life.)
  • Efficiency- Likewise, Frederik’s keen eye and perfectionist tendencies have led to his polishing of any spell that will help him learn how to fight better, find the loophole he needs in a contract, or generally win at life.
Craft Weaknesses:
  • Contracts- This Craft is what bound Frederik in service to clear his family’ reputation, and even now the memory turns his stomach. Using this Craft on someone else is unthinkable for him.
  • Combat Shielding- Frederik’s normal shielding is good enough, but he’s a lover, not a fighter. He was never trained as such, nor has one of the male castes naturally inclined to such skills. It would never occur to him to employ shields in this manner.
Life Story

Family:
Mother: Gloria Hjalstad, Opal to Green witch
Father: Anton Hjalstad, Green to Sapphire Prince
Siblings:
Markus Hjalstad, Purple Dusk to Opal Prince** (26, b. 166 AP)
Warren Winters, White to Tiger Eye Warlord, 21 (b. 171 AP)

**This character's Jewels have NOT been rolled and is still potentially adoptable.

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History:
Frederik grew up in an extraordinarily Blessed family, very close and loving. And with the rest of his family all wearing Dark Jewels, he had no reason to expect anything else of his youngest and favorite brother either. But when sweet Niki returned with a White Birthright, it shook his happy family to the core. He knew enough about the Dark Religion to understand the problem- why his mother cried, why Markus distanced himself like Light Jewels were catching. But Niki had their parents to worry about the state of his soul- Fred was rather more concerned with not losing his place as adored older brother. So he carried on with Niki as he always had, determined that if he pretended nothing had changed, it would help stave off the manifestation of whatever flaw Mother Night had seen. Things didn’t have to change.

And yet, change they did. Fred was making final preparations for his Offering and life as a real adult when tragedy struck and the local Court took his parents away. The subsequent verdict of smuggling involvement stunned him possibly more than their actual deaths did. Smuggling? Not his good, Mother-loving parents! It was in that state of shock and grief that he made his Offering anyway, against the advice of the attending Priestess. But whatever else was he to do with none of the remaining Hjalstads safely blessed by the Mother? To his relief, he barely managed to stumble into the safety of the Opal. Disappointing, but enough.

Frederik had issues beyond his Offering in the wake of his parents’ deaths. Naturally grieving their loss, he was also now responsible for both of his brothers’ welfare and for salvaging the family’s reputation after being tainted with alleged smuggler involvement. He never told his brothers (he was the oldest, it was his job now), but he had to do some fast talking, outright groveling and ass-kissing (sometimes literally) to keep them all at home and together. The local Queen agreed to show clemency and overlook the risk of taint in exchange for Fred’s service in some small matters for the next five years.

Five years of constant stress, blood, sweat, and other bodily fluids, in exchange for their freedom- the nightmares and odd panic attack were a small price to pay in comparison. In the meantime, their other brother discovered Court life and the rewards a good member of the Dark Religion could bring, and Fred also had his hands full with trying to keep him corralled and remind him of the manners their parents had taught them- with little success against a Markus flush with holy spirit, entitlement and the confidence powerful friends could bring.

He never confided his problems in his brothers, both for their peace of mind and his. After all, Markus never seemed to have any problems, bending all of his energies to attaining a high Court position before he was 30. Niki seemed his usual sunny self- the one aspect of his life that Frederik didn’t have to worry about. He was a true godsend that Fred could depend on to take care of himself. And if Niki could shine so brightly and without doubts, how could Fred do any less?

But the cracks slowly but surely spread, rot settling into the spiritual wounds. The last straw was walking one day after a messy job, still shaking inside, to find Niki –sweet, innocent, well-behaved Niki- having sex with some stranger on their dining room table. Here he was, working himself to the bone, hiding screaming nightmares and nervous breakdowns, and Nikolas of all people was defiling the place of one of their family’s happiest memories. They eaten at that table, all together, had laughed and made memories that they would never get to again. And Nikolas had ruined it (or so it seemed, in the stress and hurt of the moment). It was the last straw to an already-frayed temper and Frederik hit the roof.

To this day, he still doesn’t remember everything he snarled at his beloved little brother. Just the terrible anger, the seething frustration, and the need to find an outlet for both- and Fred, tragically, had always been good at finding others’ soft sports. He didn’t truly believe a word of it, but it hurt Nikolas as Fred himself was hurting, and at the time that was all that mattered. He even gave himself a mental pat on the back for being able to restrain himself enough to avoid more than a single backhand to Niki's jaw.

Fred regretted the outburst, at least a little, within a few days. But by then Nik had disappeared and none of his inquiries got any results. Nikolas was truly in the wind. And that irritated him all over again. Fred had spent so much time busting his ass for his brother, but Nik was too damn sensitive and cowardly to stick around and fight for him in return, work on their broken family. He didn’t know what had gone wrong, or when, but something had, and he didn’t think he could fix it alone this time.

At any rate, with Nik gone, his contract in its last days, and Markus settled elsewhere, Frederik shortly found himself free as a bird for the first time in years… and utterly miserable. He drifted from place to place for the next few years, trying to push the listless feeling into the background and will himself happy again.

He did find brief periods of respite, little joys to ease his mind and heart. He found a pawn shop selling a second-rate violin and took up the childhood passion again. The turning point came when he hooked up with a band of up-and-coming musicians looking for another violin for their quartet. It was a wonderful boost for his confidence as their jobs got increasingly prestigious- but as the pressures increased, so did his tension. It only took one blow-up for his bandmates to insist he get some counseling for his issues if he wanted to remain.

Fred fumed a bit, but finally put on his big boy pants and went. It’s still early days yet, but the sessions aren’t as bad as he’d feared. Now all he has to worry about is the big wedding in Ivalo they’re been hired to play for- Lydia Kalas’s approval could make his quartet’s reputation in the Territory, or her scorn blemish it beyond repair.

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He knew the instant the world faded around him and he dropped into the Abyss that this had been a mistake. To be fair, he’d known this long before he’d accepted the blood wine from the hands of a disapproving Priestess and set his lips to the chalice. But the reality of what awaited him exceeded even his expectations. Frederik found the Purple Dusk easily enough, like a weary nag returning to the comfort of its stable at the end of a long day… only to find out that the stable was on fire.

He recoiled, the air at the Purple Dusk roiling with energy that seemed to reflect and call to the maelstrom of grief and rage within him. The cycle grew stronger with every beat of his heart in this psychically-charged atmosphere, until moving onward and downward was like trying to wade through molasses in winter. Every step brought a tug of pain to his heart and seemed to add to the weariness in his mind and body. He hadn’t slept but a couple hours a night since his parents’ horrifying arrest and execution, and every part of his heart and soul was just tired. He couldn’t see a way through the mire, and longed with every bit of himself to just give up and be allowed to curl up in his parents’ loving embrace once more- to be able to trust someone else to look after he and his brothers.

But no, that was his job now. That was the whole point of this, to prove he had the Mother’s blessing and could look after his family from now on, poor substitute though he would be. How could he leave the Abyss and confront Markus and Nikolas, knowing he’d failed them? Frederik fought onward.

It seemed like forever before his feet found the next stop on the journey, and the tingle of the Opal hit his senses like the sweetest of balms. He let the power wash over him, trying to rest a bit and gather his strength as he looked down at the tantalizing hint of Green beyond. It called to him, and he somehow knew that he could thrive there- if only he could get to it. Frederik stirred himself for one more effort-

-and woke with the rays of dawn shining into the cold stone Altar, his trembling hand grasping a rough Opal. It was both salvation… and utter disappointment. His family was now safe, but at the cost of a part of himself he could have had and would never be able to reach again.

It would have to be enough.


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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #1 on: Dec 31, 17, 01:39:37 PM »
Could I get a cut/uncut on the PD-O, please?




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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #2 on: Dec 31, 17, 01:55:33 PM »
Gotta do the shop transaction now, Caryn, as of this.

Also, there's no Frederik listed on Warren's sheet, yet. Once that's updated and the shop transaction's recorded I'll get you sorted. :)
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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #3 on: Dec 31, 17, 02:25:18 PM »
Warren's sheet is now changed, and the family roll adoption noted here .




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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #4 on: Dec 31, 17, 11:46:06 PM »
Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with a cut Purple Dusk Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Opal Jewel at your Offering.

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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #5 on: Jan 02, 18, 01:26:22 PM »
Has my approval for the Jakob and Lydia mentions.
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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #6 on: Jan 06, 18, 11:34:41 AM »
Ready for review.




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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #7 on: Jan 06, 18, 11:39:40 AM »
All Warren/Niki references good by me!  Lovely from a want ad perspective!

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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #8 on: Jan 06, 18, 12:09:45 PM »
Added to the queue.
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Re: Frederik Hjalstad
« Reply #9 on: Jan 08, 18, 08:53:49 AM »
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