All images by the very excellent Samantha Mott, vanquisher of the Beaded Curtains of Doom, cosplayer/time-traveller extraordinaire and unapologetic slave to the music, oh ne na na ne ne na.
Key features: Black hair, black eyes.
Data: Raised in the foster system, Solace has spent most of her life struggling to hide the extent of her abnormalities from those around her. After encountering a faceless man in the streets near her group home, she runs away in search of friends, fun and an explanation for what she is. Solace is stubborn, occasionally sarcastic, adventurous, curious and, despite her innate cynicism, a little naive when it comes to people – but then, she’s also a fast learner.
Key features: Dark blue eyes, black hair.
Data: Evan is Jess’s younger brother. Friendly, mischevious and possibly more fond of a drink than is good for him, he delights in embarassing his older sister, sleeping in and orchestrating hijinks. Though loathe to put his Rarity to active use, he is nonetheless good with people and, despite his general tendency towards cheerful chaos, is steadfast, loyal, perceptive and kind.
Key features: Dark blue eyes, wavy black hair.
Data: Jess is Evan’s older sister. Sociable, inquisitve, easygoing and a natural peacemarker, she is also more like her brother in some respects than she would readily admit, particularly when it comes to her sense of humour. The backbone of the group and a considerate friend, she is especially close to Electra, and goes out of her way to make Solace feel welcome. Her foretellings of the future frequently take the form of singsong riddles.
Key features: Mismatched eyes (green/brown), reddish hair.
Rarity: Ailuranthrope / Werecat
Data: Manx is, in many ways, the most subtle member of the group. Outwardly quiet at times, he is cautious when it comes to making decisions and protective of his friends, particularly Electra. He has a wry sense of humour and an ongoing rivalry with Evan, at whose expense he enjoys making the odd joke. Self-contained and capable, his main regret in life is being unable to shapeshift into anything more menacing than an oversized housecat.
Key features: Blonde hair, grey eyes.
Rarity: Summoner / Kinesic Psychometrist
Data: Electra is shy at times, but loves being in the company of friends. The usefulness of her Rarity in keeping everyone fed has given her a strong practical streak, something she shares with Jess. Her taste in clothes runs to bright colours, particularly purples. Although she enjoys spontaneity, she can also be quiet and, like Manx, cautious, though she is paradoxically hesitant when it comes to speaking up. She is loyal, good-humoured, sensitive and wistful.
Key features: Shaven-headed, brown eyes.
Data: Harper is something of a gentle giant, easygoing and soft-spoken. He is particularly close to Paige and, to a lesser extent, Laine, the two girls with whom he nominally lives. He is extraordinarily patient with his friends, disliking conflict in all forms despite – or perhaps because of – his evident physical strength and powerful Rarity. Beneath his calm exterior lurks an emotional core, but one displayed more through gestures and consideration than words.
Key features: White-blonde hair with pink and purple streaks, hazel eyes.
Data: Paige is impish, garrulous, sharp-tongued and quick to judge. She adores Harper and has a problematic relationship with Laine, despite the fact that they live together. Fun-loving, active and an exceptionally nimble climber, Paige is also plagued by uncertainty. Like Harper, she tries to avoid conflict, but if push comes to shove, she will run away rather than try to hold her ground. Secretive at times, extroverted at others, she feels things much more deeply than she lets on.
Key features: Pale blue eyes, short black hair.
Data: Laine is the group’s only Goth. Though wry and sharp when pressed, she is also contemplative and self-sacrificing, capable of putting other people ahead of herself in times of need or backing away from unnecessary arguments. Laine is highly intelligent and, due to the combination of her Rarity and a native penchant for introspection, complex. Despite her insecurities, she remains a strong person – stronger than she realises.
Key features: Chestnut hair, green eyes.
Data: Glide is something of a mystery to his friends, as, owing to the nature of his Rarity, he is forced to spend a lot of time by himself. He particularly enjoys the company of Solace, whom he finds easy to talk to, but despite his outwardly calm, almost dreamlike appearance, he is deeply conflicted, struggling to retain control of his abilities and, through them, himself. Because of this, he is often distracted and unhappy.
Key features: White hair, silver-gold eyes.
Rarity: Vampire / Planeshifter
Data: Sharpsoft is cryptic, mysterious and just a little bit infuriating. Like Glide, his Rarity gives him the air of someone improperly anchored in the here and now. In most respects, he keeps his opinions to himself, and has the disquieting habit of vanishing at whim. It’s hard to know what to make of Sharpsoft – but if you told him that, he’d only grin. He likes it that way.