Collection of the Divine
A cop who talks to the dead and gets answers.
Calling: Homicide cop
Country of Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Strength 3, Dexterity 4, Stamina 4, Charisma 3, Manipulation 3, Appearance 1, Perception 3, Intelligence 3, Wits 3
Animal Ken 1, Athletics 2, Awareness 2, Brawl 2, Command 1, Control 1, Empathy 2, Fortitude 2, Integrity 2, Investigation 2, Larceny 1, Marksmanship 3, Medicine 1, Melee 2, Occult 2, Politics 1, Presence 1, Stealth 2
Guide 4 (spirit of Odysseus, Judge of Erebus)
Cerberus Pendent 3 (Relic)
Summoning Scroll 2
Epic Strength 1, Epic Manipulation 2, Perception 1
Blurt It Out, Overt Order, Uplifting Might, Subliminal Warning, Scent of the Divine
Night Eyes, Shadow Mask, Death Senses, Safely Interred, (Justice 1) Arete 1 (Athletics)
Intellect 2, Order 1, Valor 3, Vengeance 3
Legend 3, Legend Pool 9
Police Baton (Tonfa), Berreta/Glock, Clinch, Colt 45, Heavy Unarmed
Armor: Bulletproof Vest A0, L2, B2
(Author’s note: Sorry if this is overly long, I just like to be detailed and wanted to explain why I made some of the chracter creation decisions I did in story))
I: The Visitation: Morgan’s life was as ordinary as the child of a judge could be, at least until the day he turned 18. He made no secret of his desire to serve in the legal system, though as a police officer rather than a judge. After the celebration of his 18th birthday, his mother, who raised him alone and gave him his surname, took him the family crypt and told him to wait there. After she left back down the hill, Morgan turned and contemplated the crypt and nearby tombstones until someone behind and to his right started ruminating on what it meant to die and the mysteries of death.
When Morgan turned around, he saw a pale man standing there, smoking a cigar and wearing an expensive suit. Except there was something weird about the suit: it looked like there was a design of tormented faces that seemed to be moving. The man’s face, despite looking relatively gaunt and having a slightly mad look in his eye, was captivating, as was his voice. The man just stood there, puffing his cigar while Morgan looked his fill and then said “Hello, Son. Call me Hades.”
After this speedy introduction, Hades told his son about his heritage, about the possibility of his soon-to-emerge gifts, and about the continued existence of the old pantheons. Afterwards he told his son to return to his mother, finish with high school, and then Morgan had two options. The first was to live a relatively mortal life and continue his life as expected. Alternatively, when Morgan graduated, he could go to the Underworld to train for the next year or two before continuing with his mortal education. Morgan chose the latter option, desiring to know more about this unexpected heritage. So the fall after he graduated, his mother drove him to the entrance to the Underworld in LA, gave him an italian suit in case Charon needed bribing, and drove off, leaving Morgan to enter the underworld with just a bag of clothes and the suit.
II: Erebus: Charon did not need the bribe, having been instructed to take Morgan, and other Scions of Hades across the Styx. When they arrived, Morgan and his half-siblings faced no trouble getting past Cerberus, with one its heads even giving Morgan a friendly lick. It was in Hades’ throne room that Morgan encountered the first problem he would have during his stay: Persephone. Having studied Greek mythology before entering his father’s realm, Morgan saw this problem coming, and tried to defuse the situation early on by showing her respect. It was to no avail though and for the first season of his training, Morgan always recieved dagger-edged looks from the Queen of Erebus every time they passed by each other. Granted it was no different than the other Scions of Hades he trained with, but he still tried to make peace with her. When she returned to Olympus in spring, Morgan resolved to confront her and beg forgiveness for being evidence of Hades’ infidelity.
Morgan stood out from his half siblings for a handful of reasons. The main one was his apitude at all of Hades’ purviews, if not his power in those areas. He also showed promise in the purview area of Justice. He also did not favor their father in that he did not attract a great deal of attention when he was in the same room as his siblings. However he proved to be wise when judging those deceased souls that were sent to Erebus, and earned the favor and friendship of the spirit of Odysseus. He learned the virtues of the Dodekatheon, demonstrating a strong affinity for the ideals of Vengence and Valor, ideals that appealed to both his nature as a Judge, and his desire to be a member of the Police Force.
Eventually Persephone returned to the underworld, as she did every year. It took Morgan another half a month, mortal time, to work up the nerve to approach the daughter of Demeter. When he did and made his apology, Persephone merely stood there for a moment before commanding him to follow her. She took him to the banks of the river Lethe, the waters of which erase memory. Once they had reached the river, she had him stand roughly five feet from the edge of the shoreline…and caused the earth to bury him alive. Even worse, the waters of the Lethe were working their way towards him through the sands and pebbles of the shore. Persephone told him that she would only accept his forgiveness if he freed himself before the Lethe erased his memory, before leaving the area. He struggled in vain against the earth that imprisoned him, yet for a time he could not budge it, before a burst of energy surged through him, giving him strength beyond most mortals, and somehow altered his senses so that he could percieve things that he couldn’t before. This burst of strength, and his sharpened senses allowed him to escape his earthy confine moments before the Lethe waters reached him. This divine gift also was revealed to also have altered his mind, as from then on he always had a sense of what to say to a person to get them to spill secrets.
III Councils of Death and Divinity: After his ordeal by the Lethe, Morgan encountered little trouble from Persephone. The incident was never mentioned again, and life and afterlife went on in Erebus. There were two times where Morgan left Erebus during his training, both times with his father and half siblings. The first was a tour of the Underworld, which included visiting the realms of the Gods of the Dead from the other Pantheons, and Tartarus, the former prison of the Titans. During that tour, the Scions of Hades recieved a rundown of each pantheon’s role in the current world, as well as what was important to those pantheons. At Tartarus, they learned of their duty to oppose the Titans and to hopefully return them there. From this trip he gained an appreciation for the sacred Order of the world and its laws. The other trip out of Erebus was to Olympus to attend one of the councils of the Olympian gods, which Hades was invited to. During the council, the Scions of the Dodekatheon mixed and mingled and explored Olympus.
After the Olympian council, it was time for Morgan to return to the mortal world, along with other Scions. Only one thing was left to do: craft or earn a relic that would allow them to maintain their powers in the mortal realm. With the aid of some of the spirits of blacksmiths and jewelers, Morgan crafted a pendant in the form of Cerberus’ three heads. The eyes of one head were made of the darkest onyx, another pair out of rubies, and the third head had emerald eyes. The rest was made of darkened ivory, and was attached to a gold ring through which canvas thread was strung. Wearing the pendant, Morgan went to the exit where he found Odysseus who, impressed by by the young man during Morgan’s time spent in the Underworld, had requested that Hades let him accompany Morgan to the surface world to act as an adviser on issues of mortal and divine law, as well as dealing with the dead in some cases. So that Odysseus could remain in the mortal world, Morgan wrote a summoning scroll that opened a portal between the Mortal world and Erebus. The scroll also contained a list of the divine and mortal laws, so that he could consult them if Odysseus was busy.
IV: The Intersection of the Divine and the Mortal Law: After he returned to the mortal realm, Morgan went on to college, where he performed all of the studies requiered to enter the Police Academy. After he graduated, Morgan went on to train as a Police Officer. After he graduated, he went on to become an officer in homicide, where he put his powers to use solving crimes, earning himself a reputation as someone who held conversations with dead people. It was only his consistently high rate of identifying the correct suspects and subsequent arrests that kept him from being fired, though there were some near misses that caused him to learn police office politics in self defense. He also had several run ins with Titanspawn that he dealt with in the off hours. These hunts were triggered by the corpses that the spawn would leave behind. In those cases, after determing what made the deaths, he would then stalk and often times kill the titanspawn that commit the murder. It was not uncommon for Morgan to be injured during his hunts, so he learned enough medicene to treat the wounds he sustained, with any injury he couldn’t hide being explained with as mundane of excuses as possible.
It was when he was a year and a half into his career when his first killer got off on trial. The man was a mass murderer who, it was rumored, had eaten several of his victims. However he was also wealthy and had a crack team of lawyers, as well as ties to criminals who would do their best to kill or intimidate witnesses and destroy evidence. It had already taken the force years of bagning their heads against proverbial walls before they could gain enough evidence to implicate this guy, and while Morgan’s abilities allowed them to quickly gather enough evidence to bring the case to trial, the guy got off on a technicality. It was then that Morgan decided to act on one of his convictions, that were mortal law to fail, divine law would take over, and he would be it’s instrument. A few days later the mass murderer went missing, having stepped into his house and never came out. Eventually, someone entered the house. When that person entered the dining room they found killer dead of starvation thirst, having been tied to his chair with an abundant feast set before him. It was a while before anyone made the Tantalus connection. And Morgan still works his shift, doing his best to bring justice to all.
(Author’s Note: yeah he did it, and no, I don’t think the rest of homicide would be likely to look at it too closely, nor with subsequent ones. Still if the GM wants to use this as a hook, I’m cool)
Personality Traits and NPC Guide
(Author’s Note: The NPC stuff is just in case I can’t participate in the campaign for some reason, would hate to have all of this go to waste)
Morgan is a police officer who belives in what he does. When he deals with other people, he tends to be fairly formal, often adressing others by titles. When he encounters Gods from the Olympian Pantheon, he always addresses with a familial term as well as their title (“Lord and Uncle” for Zeus, for example). He also may address fellow Greek Scions like this as well, often refering to them merely as Cousin. In the few firefights he’s in, he usually acts to secure civilian safety. He has a habit of asking murder victims how they died, and tends to get a response due to his abilities. If he encounters any deaths that look to be the work of Titanspawn, he tries to draw attention away from the weird bits. When he gets off his shift he then starts tracking the creature, consulting with Odysseus to ensure success. If he encounters other Scions he is more than willing to help where he can, willing to provide whatever asistance he can in the war against the Titans, whther it’s information, or muscle. If his work prevents him from pursuing Titanspawn, he’ll also hand off the hunt other Scions. The one thing he won’t ever give up is his pursuit of mortal criminals. And if someone escapes mortal justice, he’ll make sure they still answer for their crimes, especially if those crimes were against the gods.