The Coward

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Colorado the Unfortunate

Known As

Colorado Bates
Colorado Colton
Colorado Jones
The Unicorn
Rocky Colorado
Colorado Thistle
Colorado the Unfortunate

on MUX as

The Coward

Has Been

Weyland-Yutani Project 937 Director
Cowardly Chatelaine
Half-Naked Bartender

Useless War Boy

Apparent Age


Played By

Matthew McConhaughey

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A coward is like an onion. He has layers. Could be a bully, putting up a strong front with a weak, rotten core. Could be a victim, avoiding conflict in every day life, but stand up for one shining moment. Could be hustling, wheeling and dealing to keep himself out of the line of fire, or could be hiding in his obsessions and addictions. He's hiding and fleeing from something, no matter what he's doing. Aliens? Monsters? His boss? His responsibilities? The small voice inside him that tells him the most painful truths?

OOC Note
I have neurological damage. In big scenes with a lot of text flying by, I miss things. Hell I even miss things in small scenes. If I've missed you or you need me to respond to something, please page me!

Archetype Roster Concept 

Heroes run into danger. You prefer to watch from a safe place. You survive because you always disappear when danger rears it's head, or at least you convenalwaysiently hide behind the person bigger than you.

In the Facility

Facility Persona

In the Facility, the Coward is frequently disgusted with his previous life. He doesn't know who or what he is, except someone who lets others down. Although he doesn't have the same drive to experiment with his surroundings as some other Archetypes, he keeps a sharp eye out for possibility of escape.

Things That Linger

No matter who, when, or where he is, the Coward always has a Texan drawl.

The Coward's Door

In the background, an enormous dragon battles a group of knights. In the foreground, a lanky man with curly hair crouches, cowering, behind a rock. His arms are over his head, and his cowboy hat lies at his booted feet.

The Coward's Room

The center of the Coward's room is taken up by a very large, cleverly constructed blanket fort. No ordinary blanket fort this: it's made of a dozen or so sheets in a variety of warm colors and patterns, draped over chairs and the couch where once was a bed. Fairy lights are strung throughout it, making it glow.

Within, it's cozy but not stuffy, warm but not hot. The lights of the room through the layers of colored sheets give the place an ambient glow, while the fairy lights twinkle. There seems to be a stronger light source right outside, maybe a desk lamp or something, that gives enough light to read by. Several thick blankets are on the floor and a lot of colorful pillows. Maybe there's a foam pad under all the blankets; it's mattress-soft, not like trying to sleep on the floor. A lot of thought went into this thing's construction. It's part hidden safe place for a frightened child and part decadent lair.

Memento Mori

Alien Mutation

A handsome silver vacuum flask, with a pair of cups.

Prosperity's Price

An 1891 edition of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass". It's bound in green leather, embossed with vines, and the title and page edges are gilded.


A baseball bat with deep, razor-thin cuts in the business end.


No memento mori from this story yet.

Project Icarus

No memento mori from this story yet.

Bonds of Blood

No memento mori from this story yet.

The Last Road

No memento mori from this story yet.

Help me, I've fallen on the inside
I tried to change the game
I tried to infiltrate, but now I'm losing
Men in cloaks always seem to run the show
Save me from the
Ghosts and shadows before they eat my soul

Show me mercy from the powers that be
Show me mercy from the gutless and mean
Show me mercy from the killing machines
Show me mercy, can someone rescue me?
--Muse, "Mercy"

The Coward is a tall, rangy man in his early 40s. He has sharp blue eyes, curly golden-blonde hair, and a soft-spoken Texas drawl. Usually he's wearing jeans with cowboy boots and a plain shirt. Cowboy hat is optional but often included. He's probably drunk.


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Rosemallow (Prosperity's Price)

Rosie is Colorado's horse, a tall, bay roan mare. He's taught her to go without reins, on leg, voice, and weight cues. A bombproof horse, she is patient and steady.


Excellent Jiang (Prosperity's Price)

Excellent is the daughter of a soldier who disguised herself as a man to join the Army. Her mother taught her swordplay, gun skills, and how to ride like Hell follows behind her. An unacknowledged bastard, Excellent is half Hargreave. Which Hargreave in particular sowed her, though, neither her mother nor the man himself has never told.

Excellent ran away to join the Widows. She witnessed them fighting for eighteen years before she rode off with rifle and saber to find them. Since then she's participated in breakouts, robberies, and good ol' vigilante justice. And, of course, every year she returns with the Widows to defend against the Reaping. A soldier's daughter turned outlaw can't ask for anything better.

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Excellent Jiang (Carnival)

Contortionist and Acrobat
As a child in San Francisco, Excellent trained in the art of contortion and acrobatics in the Chinese fashion. Her parents felt she should probably stay in school instead. Ugh, so old-fashioned! There was a whole world out there for Excellent to crack open and discover its pearls. So she cut her hair off, put on boy's clothes and ran away to join the circus. Excellent always loved performing, and found that carny life, while hard, suited her well. She's a flashy kinda girl, with a wild heart.

She joined the Carnival of Wonders looking for better work, and found that...things were weird. Weirder than usual. One of the things she noticed was the mentalist Ignota had six fingers. Intrigued, Excellent saw no reason not to start following him around. One night he left the carnival grounds, and she followed him. When he turned into a unicorn, she declared him her patron guardian spirit. Colorado found her adorable. Now her performances are for him. Excellent is very young, impetuous, and a show-off, all traits that serve her well as a sideshow act. Itchy and Holly consider her a little sister. To Colorado, she's the most uncomplicated of his followers.


Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz (Carnival)

Angry Mechanic
Itzhak is a Jewish man from New York. He joined the Carnival out of desperation; he needed work badly, to help support his mother and sisters. Colorado didn't take long to home in on the wound in Itzil's heart, for he has a secret: he's queer, and he hated himself with furious loathing for it. Colorado lifted that burden of hate from him. He hasn't left ever since. There's plenty of work at the Carnival, and, well, Colorado is here too. Itchy might be hopelessly in love with him. A unicorn-loving Jew, who knew?

He hates being called Itchy, which of course is why most people call him that. Itchy may have endeared himself to Colorado and the unicorn's followers with his devotion, but anybody else gets the rough side of his tongue and his sour attitude.

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Holly Majors (Carnival)

Lovely Assistant And Fortune Teller
Holly was discovered by Colorado when she came to the carnival as a townie. This was when he was attempting a faith-healing act, which went disasterously--the crowd rushed him and in a panic, he fled. A girlfriend had brought Holly hoping that she'd be picked for healing, but that didn't happen. Not during the show, anyway.

The unicorn had scented Holly's pain, both emotional and physical. She'd recently lost her pregnancy, and she'd lost her husband when her marriage disintegrated over the loss. Her hurt was eating away at her soul, and she did not recover well from the wound. She'd been lucky to survive. Her need brought the unicorn to her, after he came out of his panic. He healed her. Holly has stayed ever since, taking over the role of handler for his act, and using her knowledge of fortune-telling to supplement their income. She's learned to adapt remarkably well to carny life, although it's not the one she ever envisioned for herself. Still, she loves Colorado and stays devoted to him. Holly is apt, intelligent, and driven. She's going to save this unicorn who saved her.


Colorado Bates (Alien Mutation)

You're a genius when it comes to timing and scheming - get away with everything you possibly can, and disappear when the bill comes due. You've climbed the ladder at The Company by stealing ideas, blame-shifting, credit-taking and outright double-crossing. You'll be an excellent executive one day. Which is why being made Project Director here worries you - Project 937 is time bomb that's already blown up twice. You are NOT going to get caught holding the bag on this. You've worked far too hard screwing other people over to go down for The Company's obsession with some monster. When the shit hits the fan - and you're afraid it will, if Grey and Eisenreicht are to be believed - hang it on Thorson. Or Sterling. Or hell, both of them. You never asked for this assignment!


Colorado Colton (Prosperity's Price)

The Coltons

Colorado, as the eldest of Roger Colton's brood, had a lot to live up. All of which he failed at. Weak, ill, and bookish, he made a piss-poor ranching heir. Even all that might have been fine if the man had some steel in his spine, if he wasn't also yellow-bellied, flinching at shadows. Roger, in unveiled disgust, not so subtly started training Caleb as his heir instead. Colorado has been left to the accounting, which to be fair, he's a dab hand at.

He also cultivates an interest in the occult. More like self-preservation than interest. He's seen the awful spirits of Prosperity since he was born. Occult teachings and books have given him the ability to understand those spirits, even, sometimes, command them...but he'll never be unafraid of them. They are beyond the control of any man's hand, let alone his.

Publicly, Colorado is a widely-acknowledged failure. A nervous wreck, a basket case, and that'd be bad enough if he didn't have a little gambling habit. Known for his complete lack of ability to stand up for himself, his worrying interest in the occult, and for being passed over as the Colton heir.


Colorado Jones (Slasher)

Southwest born and bred, he grew up in - that's right! - Colorado and has moved around a bit. His family moved to Arizona in his early teens, then California for his last two years of high school. His father is military, but none of the ha9rd work and discipline rubbed off. He's a slacker at heart and always takes the path of least resistance.

College would be hard, as would most jobs, but he's young and good looking and knows his liquor, so bartending seemed the obvious, easy choice. Tending bar at the lodge is fairly easy, he gets free room and board, and there's always interesting people coming through. What's not to like?

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The Unicorn (Carnival)

Coming To America

Time was, I was healing. Time was, I was pure. Not disease nor poison nor grief could abide my touch. Barren queens came to me, and wounded princes, and little beggar children. Oh, I ran from them, but I didn’t need to do anything else. A flashing glint of my horn through the trees would heal them. Once in a while, if I felt like it, if they were properly respectful and of course very, very beautiful, I would go to them and lay my head in their laps. Their grandchildren’s grandchildren would hear that story.

I never used to care who heard my story. Why should I? I was the most beautiful creature in the world, the swiftest, the most fierce. Men had the job of admiring me and honoring me. Even the hunt in those days honored me. They would kill me if they could, but it was my fabulous self they hunted. I gave back, in the old way. I let them see me sometimes when they begged. I healed their souls with a glimpse. I gave them hope. I dwelled in the deepest forests and they knew I was there, and that was enough.

One day I was born in America. Mortals had destroyed the forests I once protected, and it turns out they didn’t like that any more than I did. When they came to the New World and they saw that the forests here were the equal of any of the old tales, and they saw that the lands were as wild as their wildest dreams, they knew I must live here. So I was born. I was different. I wasn’t seafoam and pearl no more. I was black as the huge vault of the night over the Great Plains, and my horn was rainbow fire caught in amber. I couldn’t be the same as in the old country, after all. Everything is new in America. I was still the most beautiful and swiftest and fiercest. That didn’t change. Until one day it did.

Until one day the same wicked men as turned my forests into ships and fire turned my new home into dust. They robbed the land of health and hope, and people forgot that they ever had either, or that they could have it again. Mortals didn’t think of me, when they wished in their secret hearts. They didn’t look out the windows of a train and wonder what I was doing, right then, in the forest they passed by. They didn’t try to spot me through the trees.

They forgot to hope that they could find me one day and that I could heal them. In the old country, they were just as miserable and just as sick and wounded, even more maybe...but they dreamed of me.

Now they don’t. They’ve forgotten my name.

Now I have to put on a man’s shape. I have to make them come to me again, for healing them is now the only thing that can heal me. And it’s funny. I used to love the chase and the hunt. I used to love the pleading of maidens to see my shadow just once. Now when they look at me, they hunger for something that’s not me. Now, I’m frightened. I would run if I could, run for real, run until never another mortal could ever find me again...but if I do that, I’ll die. Me, who was the meaning of immortal. Me, who might be the last of my kind.

I’ll die, and my name won’t ever be on another maiden’s lips.


Rocky Colorado (Project Icarus)

  • HR rep/ombudsman on investigative team
  • anthropologist/archaeologist on culture team (hard science to PDG's theology)
  • documentarian, assigned to culture OR investigative; think a guy with a special floating drone camera
  • scientist of some specialized kind in mining, vulcanologist?

Was trying to fuck over someone regarding a position or posting, got what he thought he wanted, then that post/job was reassigned to the Icarus.

Is now trying his damnedest to get the fuck off this rock. That's his only concern. Anything else is useless to him. He feels mildly bad about this, a little, except not really, because it was HIS TURN to have an easy assignment and well, now he's on an asteroid orbitting a black hole, so fuck you I'm out.

Suggested Quirk: Company Lackey


Colorado Thistle (Bonds of Blood)


Active Character: Slasher

You're dyin' and you're screamin' inside

Oh you're guilty way before you been tried

It's crazy but you're diggin' it

Aerosmith - Young Lust

Out of the Woods

Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you

I don't think that I can really survive

I'll never break my promise or forget my vow

But God only knows what I can do right now

Meatloaf - Paradise by the Dashboard Light

A Commercial on the Radio
(2019-03-08 • Parlor) Creepshow shows up with a new face, the radio plays an advertisement, people question what this place even is.
Cast  •   The Loner  •  The Creepshow  •  The Rogue  •  The Scholar  •  The Coward  •  The Pedagogue  •
Back To Prosperity
(2019-03-08 • Prosperity) The Coward takes the Scholar to relax after Creepshow's transfiguration.
Cast  •   The Coward  •  The Scholar  •
Skate Or Die, Part 1
(2019-03-08 • Lincoln Park Skatepark) The Coward and the Rogue try to thrash away their troubles.
Cast  •   The Rogue  •  The Coward  •
Death of an Archetype
(2019-03-08 • Pedagogue's Room) The Creepshow gets her wish.
Cast  •   The Pedagogue  •  The Creepshow  •  The Explorer  •  The Penitent  •  The Rogue  •  The Scholar  •  The Coward  •
It's Complicated, Part 2
(2019-03-05 • Creepshow's Room) The Coward and the Creepshow work on coming to an agreement.
Cast  •   The Coward  •  The Creepshow  •
Glass for The Fool
(2019-03-05 • The Facility - Parlor) A gathering in the parlour, and sudden violence!
Cast  •   The Fool  •  The Visionary  •  The Addict  •  The Coward  •  The Caregiver  •  The Capitalist  •  The Penitent  •  The Martyr  •  The Creepshow  •
How to Court a Creepshow
(2019-03-04 • The Scholar's Room) The Scholar and the Coward discuss their love life.
Cast  •   The Scholar  •  The Coward  •
It's Complicated
(2019-03-03 • Creepshow's Room) The Scholar and the Creepshow discuss their situation with the Coward. SPOILER: the Coward doesn't pass out.
Cast  •   The Scholar  •  The Coward  •  The Creepshow  •
Home on Deranged
(2019-03-03 • Anywhere Room - Eugene, OR - 1990) PDG and Coward take Rogue and Scholar to see what the boys did with Lyle's inheritance in 1990.
Cast  •   The Pedagogue  •  The Coward  •  The Rogue  •  The Scholar  •
Croissants and Considerations
(2019-03-01 • The Facility - Parlor) A meeting in the Parlor between the Addict, the Martyr, the Scholar, the Coward, and the Confidant.
Cast  •   The Coward  •  The Scholar  •  The Martyr  •  The Addict  •  The Confidant  •
Soft Surroundings
(2019-03-01 • The Coward's Blanket Fort) The Coward wakes up from the events at Beaver Lake, and the Scholar invades his room.
Cast  •   The Scholar  •  The Coward  •
Christmas Feast
(2018-12-24 • Facility Dining Room) An experiment with the dispensers leads to an evening of good food and good company.
Cast  •   The Confidant  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •  The Addict  •  The Bon-Vivant  •  The Caregiver  •  The Scholar  •  The Coward  •  The Artist  •
Theoretical Life
(2018-12-21 • Holodeck) The Coward and the Rogue spend some brotherly catch-up time, joined by the Bon-Vivant. Theories are advanced.
Cast  •   The Bon-Vivant  •  The Coward  •  The Rogue  •
And If I Recover
(2018-12-20 • Anywhere Room - Sunset Crater Volcano) The Scholar and the Coward have a conversation in a place they have and haven't been before.
Cast  •   The Scholar  •  The Coward  •
Low Places and Whiskey Spaces
(2018-12-20 • The Coward's Room) A familiar family trio work through some things. Whiskey can't make everything right, but it can sure make things animated and full of hugs.
Cast  •   The Caregiver  •  The Coward  •  The Scholar  •
Love is a Chain
(2018-12-19 • Facility- Parlor) Caregiver and Scholar have an emotional reunion. The parlor grows with more reacquaintance, but not everything is smooth sailing.
Cast  •   The Scholar  •  The Caregiver  •  The Coward  •  The Penitent  •  The Bravo  •  The Capitalist  •
Drinks and Indian Food in the Parlor
(2018-12-17 • The Facility - Parlor) A meeting in the parlor.
Cast  •   The Scholar  •  The Coward  •  The Loner  •  The Adjudicator  •  The Rogue  •
He I was Seeking
(2018-12-16 • The Facility - The Scholar's Room) The Scholar awakens in the Facility, and finds the Coward waiting for him.
Cast  •   The Coward  •  The Scholar  •
The Twilight Zone, Without The Fun
(2018-12-16 • The Facility - Parlor) The Coward, the Pedagogue, and the Creepshow talk about why the Facility sucks.
Cast  •   The Creepshow  •  The Coward  •  The Pedagogue  •