DA break? PAHAHAHAHA. The truth is I've shaken off the depression and haven't been using DA as such a crutch, and there are MONSTERS afoot, guys. Who could stay away from that?
Speaking of: Holy crap it's my first contribution to the (eventually to be renamed) "monster collab" I am co-running with ~ladydragona
Here's her character, Andy Meer
, and here's Andy in full-on monster form
I don't know the exact circumstances surrounding Marlene's contraction of lycanthropy, only that she was a single mother at the time. It was already stressful enough trying to support a seven-year-old daughter on a waitress' pay; now Marlene lived in constant fear of traumatizing her kid or accidentally ripping her to shreds (she has virtually no control over herself while in wolf form). After a few nerve-wracking months, the constant fear and paranoia brought about a nervous breakdown, and Marlene made the decision to turn her kid over to the girl's grandparents. Marlene told her mom that things were just too difficult and stressful etc. etc. without going into the wolfy details.
She went on to live for a couple more years very miserable and alone, only seeing her daughter a few times a month (Marlene's parents had gotten the idea into their heads that she was a flake and a bit psycho), constantly battling guilt and self-pity. Each month she'd take more and more extreme precautions prior to her turning, like locking herself in the basement, nailing the door shut, etc.
Then one night she stumbled across a quasi-monsterized, dazed Andy skulking around the harbor while she was on her cigarette break. Marlene was initially quite freaked out, but not to the point that someone who didn't have their own monstery problems would have been. She could see her own helplessness in Andy. She made an excuse to her boss about not feeling well, loaded Andy into her car and brought him to her house, where she coaxed him out of his demon state through trial and error and sheer maternal will.
In rehabbing Andy, Marlene had found a new sense of purpose--and taken the edge off the crushing loneliness she tended to feel these days. Now that she knew she wasn't the only one with this sort of problem, she decided to open her doors to any and all "supernaturally-afflicted" folks whose conditions had cost them jobs, family, relationships, homes, etc. It was a choice motivated in no small part by loneliness and, subconsciously, guilt for being so depressed about her own problem when there were clearly others out there who had it worse. Caring for people who have to face their "monsterism" 24/7 takes her mind off of her own problems.
She tends to treat her guests like surrogate children, regardless of age, and clings to a semblance of normalcy despite the increasingly torn-up state of her house and the fact that people who drink blood and speak in tongues are now regulars in her house. She is gracious to a fault, very empathetic and caring, but often flighty and a bit nervy. Marlene is still very new to this and is sort of making it up as she goes along; she hasn't seen the worst of what's out there and to say she is ill-prepared is a vast understatement.
Marlene has devised a sort of code that allows her to identify the nature of a person's monsterism without having to talk about it directly. She distributes playing cards to the people she meets with the following denotations:Spades-
Wildcard/"other"/thing Marlene doesn't recognize.
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ALL RIGHT KIDS, this thing is just about airborne! ~ladydragona
and I are soon to post official "MONSTER COLLAB" journal entries with more info. Everyone with a pulse is invited to make their own scary monsters and super creeps and work them into the story! YES, EVEN YOU IN THE BACK THERE. And, if you also want to make a werewolf, by all means do not feel like they have to conform to Marlene's werewolf-ism. Be original! There are probably all sorts of sub-types out there MIRITE?
READY SET GO. @w@