Jan. 13th, 2017

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Out Of Character

Age: Over 18
Personal Journal: N/A
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In Character

Name: Will Stanton
Canon: Dark is Rising Sequence (Canon)
Canon Point: Immediately Post-Series
Sex/Gender: Male
Actual Age/Apparent Age: 13

  • Backpack 
  • Filled Water Bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sweater
  • Jeans
  • Old Sheepskin Jacket
  • Notepad and Pencil
Skills and Powers: 

“It is a burden... Make no mistake about that. Any great gift or power or talent is a burden and this more than any, and you will long to be free of it. But there is nothing to be done. If you were born with the gift, then you must serve it, and nothing in this world or out of it may stand in the way of that service, because that is why you were born and that is the Law."

Will is an Old One, a member of a race of magical beings created from one of two main polarizing magical forces of the Universe. Old Ones are of the Light and they are bound in an eternal battle against the forces of the Dark.The Light seeks to defend humanities right to free will, while the Dark seeks to enslave humanity to the darker impulses of their own minds. 

Old Ones claim to be very much like humans. They are born into human families, and live as humans do. In appearance there is no obvious difference. But in the end, they are something very different.

As an Old One, Will has access to a wide variety of powers.

  • Time Travel
    • Will is unaffected by time paradoxes.
    • Old Ones exist outside of time.  For them, all time is the present.
    • Will can walk in and out of different times as he wills, and if he walks into a new time everyone there will remember him as always having been there.
  •  Visions
    • Will sometimes has visions of other times. This happens either by walking into a space where time is overlapping or by touching an object and willing himself to see its history. 
  • Control of Time
    • Will can stop time for the people around him or put a single person outside of time for a moment. 
  • Mindspeaking
    • Will can speak into the minds of other Old Ones. He can also share mental images in this way. 
  • Memory
    • Will has an excellent memory. It is mentioned that the mind of an Old One is the safest place to leave important information, for it can never be truly forgotten.
  • Sensing
    • Will can sense the presence of other agents of the Light and Dark. He feels the Light as music and the Dark as a whirling uncomfortably disorienting feeling.
  • The Old Speech
    • All Old Ones instinctively know how to speak this language. In Will's world, all creatures of magic can speak and understand it as well. 
    • Will speaks and understands all the languages of men. 
    • Will uses the Old Speech to cast spells. Some spells can be cast with only a single word and gesture, while others are more complicated.
      • Spells to control fire and water, sea and sky.
      • Spells to use the abilities of different animals. To ride the wind like an eagle, to run like a deer and to swim like a fish.
      • Spells using the virtues of different plants and animals
      • Spells to identify and destroy the magic of the Dark
      • Spells of protection
      • Spells to use enchantment to temporarily acquire skills like horse riding and music
      • Will cannot cast spells over running water or heal using magic. It is also mentioned that there are certain things like instant transportation or seeing visions of the future that he is not capable of yet.
  • Will cannot die. Even if he becomes badly injured, he would be unable to die.  However he is not invulnerable. He is as easy to injure as any human and has no healing ability.

Human Abilities
  • Singing
  • Basic Metal Engraving

While in the library, Will will be limited in the following ways.
  • He will be unable to travel through time or to stop time
  • WIll will not be able to use any spells of destruction. 
  • WIll will not be able to use spells to control the elements.

Bookmark Description:
A plain brown leather bookmark with a quartered circle marked on it.

History and Personality:
Will first awoke to his true power and heritage on his eleventh birthday. On that day he met a man named Merriman and a woman known only as the Lady, and he learned that he was the last of the Old Ones of the Light. Will learned that he had a gift, one that the very law of the universe demanded that he serve and one that he could not refuse. And that he was bound by his very nature to fight against the Dark. They told Will that with his awakening they knew that the time of the last great battle against the Dark was drawing near. 
His first quest would be to reunite six signs of power that had been created by the Light over the ages. Over the week of Christmas Will sought out the six signs and reunited them while coming into his power and  fighting off obstacles created by the Dark.  With the signs reunited, Will called forth Herne the Hunter and the Wild Hunt to chase the Dark to the edges of the Earth. 
The next summer Will traveled to Cornwall. There he assisted Merriman and three human children in the recovery of a stolen Grail and a lost manuscript. Will and Merriman used the artifacts to decipher a coded prophecy in Ogam on the side of the Grail. 
Only a few months later Will became desperately ill with hepatitis. He lived, but at the cost of all his memories of his life as an Old One. He was left with only a few scraps of verse, instincts he couldn't understand, and the desperate knowledge that he had lost something more important than his own life. 
Will's family sent him Wales to recuperate, and he spent a few days slowly wandering the hills searching for what he had lost. There, he met a white-haired and golden-eyed boy named Bran and remembered everything. Together the two boys would embark on a quest to find a golden harp and wake the seven sleepers. By the end of the adventure Bran's heritage as the son of King Arthur was revealed. And Will acknowledged his own duty to serve Bran just as Merlin had served King Arthur. 
A year later Will returned to Wales. Along with Bran and the three children from Trewessick they fought the Dark in one last battle. They won and the Dark was cast out beyond time. But with the victory came a great cost. The great work of the Old Ones had ended and it was time for them to leave. Bran was given the choice to come live with his father, Arthur, but he chose to forget and live a mortal life. And Will's last task was to remain in the mortal world as the last watchman for his kind. 
As the Old Ones sailed away, Merriman removed all memories of the great battle and magic from everyone's minds. Only Will remembered. 
On the surface Will is an entirely normal boy from the English countryside. He is quiet, polite and cheerful, with a wry sense of humor. He can be distant and vague around people he does not know well, but Will often teases his family and friends with mock pompousness and a straight face. Will loves all the socializing and craziness that comes from being the youngest in a very large family. Although some of his other siblings complain about there being too many people in the house, Will never does. 

Will enjoys visiting his father's small Jewelry shop in Eton, where he has been learning how to engrave gold. He also loves singing in choir and going on long bikerides through the countryside to visit old churches. He has a keen interest in things like folklore and ceremonies. Will enjoys learning about languages as well, although he likes the logic and formal structure of Latin best. He reads Medieval herbal treatises for fun, and claims to be mad for anthropology.

But at the same time there is something oddly old about Will. As if he were ancient and young all at the same time. There are times when he simply knows things. When to act and what to say. He knows things about plants and animals and stars and people. He acts more like an adult than a child. For example, he has a way of avoiding fights with other boys his age by removing himself from the argument and being annoyingly reasonable. He has a way, also, of sliding into an argument and fixing a problem diplomatically without ever bringing attention to himself. There is something subtly reassuring and practical about Will. He hardly ever gets upset about anything. And he can be rather cryptic and philosophical at times. After some comments about religion, a local priest once remarked that he wasn't sure whether Will should be ordained or exorcised.

All of these oddities are caused by the fact that Will has another, much deeper, side to his character. In truth, Will belongs to a group of metaphysical beings who call themselves Old Ones of the Light. He was the last to be born and the one with the closest ties to humanity still. Although the Light is good and noble, it is not kind. It can be very cold and pragmatic. And it can be cruel, especially to it's own kind. Old Ones are concerned with the great battle against the Dark, fighting so that humans can have the chance to make their own choices. But Old Ones themselves do not have a choice about their own destiny. Once they come into their power they are bound to serve the interests of the Light. If they are required to sacrifice a few individuals for the greater good, they will do it. For Old Ones, duty comes first. Always. 

For Will, who still has ties to his human family and human emotions, the demands of being an Old One can be hard. He still feels empathy for the humans he protects, and regrets the need for sacrifices. But at the same time, the part of him that is an Old One limits his ability to to empathize with human emotions like grief. In a later book, when a friend was upset over the death of his dog, Will was only able to offer him the wisdom of an Old One. At the time Will knew that it was the wrong thing to say. That the cold pragmatism of his kind was not what his friend wanted or needed to hear. But he was unable to be human enough in that moment to be what his friend needed. Another time, Will’s mentor told him that there were parts of his abilities as an Old One he could not understand because he still thought too much like a human. 

Will always carries the knowledge of his duty as an Old One in the back of his mind. But he is also determined that his two worlds should not meet too closely. The magic and danger of his life as an Old One must not touch his human family. When an enemy from the Dark crossed his family's threshold on Christmas morning Will was outraged and would have reached for words to blast him out beyond time. And he would have done it, if his family hadn't been there. But in the end, if the Light demands that he risk or sacrifice his family and close friends, Will will do it. 

And this is Will's greatest conflict. He cares deeply for his family and friends, but a part of him is always aware that the bigger picture must come first.

Because of this conflict between his human and Old One sides, Will can sometimes behave in very different ways. One moment he may be cheerfully teasing his brothers, and the next he'll be sagely dispensing advice with the wisdom of an old man. But both sides are the same Will. He is one boy with two mindsets. There is the Old One that is Will, and there is the small boy who is Will. Both are the same. But in Will's daily life as the youngest child in the Stanton clan there is no need for the power and authority of the Old Ones. And so, that part of him that carries the ageless wisdom of his kind can sleep. And when there is need for the Old One , he can awaken once more. 

First Person/Action brackets:

[The video feed opens on a small and rather solemn boy. He is silent at first as he turns the bookmark in his fingers, inspecting the device.]

Bit of an unusual day so far, isn't it?  The whole thing has been rather strange. [He grins suddenly.] But I think its a bit marvelous as well. After all, it isn't every day one has has the chance to see such a library as this. 

It is certainly far grander than any place I ever saw back home.

[He trails off in thought for a moment.]

Ah, but I suppose I've been rude in not introducing myself. I am Will Stanton.  

Third Person/Prose:
Sample 2

Will knew better than most that the forgotten places of the world held many wonders that had been lost. He had traveled to some of them. He had walked through the Lost Land, drowned beneath the waves many centuries before his own birth, and he had stepped through the Door of the Birds. He had entered the realm of Tethys beneath the ocean, and walked through Caerleon in the days of the Romans.

But he had never seen a place such as this.

Perhaps in any other situation he would not have minded visiting such a place. Will happened to be very fond of books, and he had never seen so many in one place before. Not even in the library in London that he had once visited on a school trip.

But as it was, Will could only feel a keen sense of disappointment. Only a few minutes before he had arrived here, he had finally had hopes that the war he had been fighting ever since his eleventh birthday had finally been over.  They had won. The Dark had been cast out beyond all time. For a moment, just a moment, he had hoped to see the world as it had been meant to be, free of the influence of the Dark. Even if it meant taking up his new task as the Watchman as everything else of magic faded away. 

But if he had been sent away so soon.... 

Will knew that he would not be here if the Light had not seen a need for it. And that meant that something must have gone terribly wrong.


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