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Name

Hypnos

Also Known As

Somnus
Theodoro
Teddy

on MUX as

The Melancholic

Archetype

The Melancholic

Occupation

Apothecary

Apparent Age

40

Played By

Francois Arnaud

Faction Membership

Performers
Has-Been Hypnotist
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She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die;
xxxxxAnd Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh,
xxxxxTurning to poison while the bee-mouth sips:
Ay, in the very temple of Delight
xxxxxVeil'd Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
xxxxxxxxxxThough seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue
xxxxxCan burst Joy's grape against his palate fine;
His soul shalt taste the sadness of her might,
xxxxxAnd be among her cloudy trophies hung.

- John Keats, Ode on Melancholy

Jaded. Cynical. Tortured. Pessimistic. Or perhaps he's simply a realist.

The Melancholic sees joy, beauty, and delight as fleeting veils; ephemeral pleasures that only serve to distract from looming and inevitable sorrow. Melancholy is sovereign, and all else fades before her.

While the Melancholic might take what joy there is to be found in the moment, may appreciate what beauty there is in the world, it's at best bittersweet, and more oft than not, joy and beauty turn to ash the instant they touch his lips.

There won't be any happy endings for him; how could an ending ever be a happy thing?

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Does any of this even matter? There's a strange freedom in ennui, in knowing that none of this may be real or important in the end. It can be liberating to not hold on to sentimentality.



Role in Carnival

Coming To America

Narváez

The Narváez expedition brought the first Greek to the shores of America in 1528. Shortly after the sailor, a young man and devout Orthodox by the name of Don Theodoro, set foot on the Florida coast he fell gravely ill.

Out of fear that whatever sickness had afflicted the young sailor might spread fast as flame in the cramped confines of the vessel, Don Theodoro's comrades left him behind on the strange shores with naught but a blanket, a week's rations, a Bible, and a matchlock pistol.

Shivering and sweating as he watched his ship sail into the horizon, the young sailor spent the next week praying and waiting to die. His prayers were answered; though, not by his chosen Christian God. The young man found his thoughts turning to the gods of his ancestors, the old pantheon his grandmother had told him fables of.

And so, Don Theodoro's passing was eased by two companions who bore his likeness: Hypnos, who held the man's hand and lulled him into a gentle sleep as the sickness slew him, and Thanatos, who took his hand and led his spirit away once his quaking and trembling slowed to a halt.

While Don Theodoro died and his comrades returned home to tell the sailor's mother and young wife a comforting fiction of how the brave sailor had died aboard ship during the return voyage, those two ancient beings remained behind.

Bearing the name of that ill-fated Greek sailor that had first brought him and his twin to the shores of America, the personification of sleep walked those strange shores and was waiting, when the first settlement of five hundred Greeks settled at New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1768.

New Smyrna

In 1768, the Scottish Dr. Andrew Turnbull established the East Florida colony of New Smyrna, named after the hometown of his Greek wife. With a population of thirteen hundred, of whom five hundred were Greek immigrants, it constituted one of the largest one town settlements in North America and the largest Greek population to find its way to the New World.

After centuries of wandering the eastern coast of North America, a land devoid of the belief and believers that nourish them, Hypnos and Thanatos -- and many other mythical beings with Greek roots -- were drawn to the fledgling colony like moths to a candle.

Though the settlement was successful for its first few years of operation, harvesting a significant crop of indigo, that success didn't last for long -- a combination of illnesses, Native American raids, and mismanagement by Turnbull decimated the colony by 1783.

In the wake of a particularly deadly sleeping sickness, the six hundred surviving colonists fled and marched seventy miles north to settle in St. Augustine. Tension in the settlement had reached the breaking point, largely as a result of Turnbull and his overseers' mistreatment and abuse of the colonists, and when word reached the governor, Turnbull abandoned the settlement and retired in South Carolina.

While Hypnos and Thanatos had arrived in New Smyrna desperate, on the verge of extinction, and thoroughly withered away to a husk of what they had once been, by the time they left the colony in 1783 they were thoroughly satiated.

New Orleans

The decades following the civil war were quiet for the brothers, who spent much of that time traveling and familiarizing themselves with the fledgling United States -- and its many smallpox outbreaks, which tided the pair over until the horrors of the American Civil War.

After serving through the war as battlefield medics, Hypnos and Thanatos finally settled into New Orleans in 1865, as its growing Greek community reached its peak and finally culminated in a Greek Consulate in 1866.

Here, the pair reunited with their sister, Nemesis, and thrived for a time, until the allure of war -- and the dying -- drew them into the First World War.

First World War

Renewing their masquerade as battlefield medics, lending aid and solace to the dying and ensuring some measure of peace before an inevitably death, the Great War drew the siblings across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe: so close to the homeland of Greece for which both longed but that neither had yet seen.

As bloody as the Civil War had been, the trench warfare of the Great War dwarfed it in brutality and danger, and though the pair had nourished themselves through the comfort of the many, many casualties of the "War to End All Wars" both returned shaken. The selfless duty with which they'd seen to the dying had become a curse.

Spanish Flu

In the wake of the war, and with the advent of an illness that cost far more lives than the war itself, the twins returned to their sacred duty -- albeit with grudging cynicism and none of the dignity with which they'd once approached the task -- and put themselves to work in the sick camps that cropped up in the wake of the Spanish Flu. In one such camp, they made the acquaintance of Mèng Pó, a mysterious goddess of Chinese mythology on an oddly parallel track.

When the worst of the disease had raged across the world, the pair finally abandoned their mission and made their way to the West Coast, where they rejected their duties and turned to opium and alcohol.

Carnival of Wonders

The Hypnotist

After having been found in a San Francisco opium den and recruited to join the Carnival of Wonders by Áine in late 1931, Hypnos and Thanatos -- desperate to be empowered by belief -- reluctantly embraced new roles as performers: Hypnos as a hypnotist and Thanatos as a medium. While both thrived in their new occupations, with the god of sleep finding his way to the Big Top and the god of death finding an endless supply of grieving clientele, neither found any semblance of happiness.

Convinced that they were cursed to bring grief and misery down on the people around them, and long since having lost sight of their sacred duty to bring peace to the dying, the twins' relative success was short-lived, and by the second year of their tenure on the carnival circuit, both of their acts had diminished substantially. By the third, Thanatos mysteriously disappeared.

The Apothecary

In the year since his twin's disappearance, it's become incredibly rare for Hypnos to perform as he once had. On those scarce occasions he does schedule a show, he seldom bothers to show up, at least not in any state to perform, and instead has devoted himself to a new purpose as co-proprietor of the Carnival's apothecary -- though, it may be more accurate to call the operation an ad-hoc opium den than to dignify it with the already dubious title of apothecary.

The sizable tent, attached to the trailer he travels in between shows, is furnished and decorated with a queer mixture of styles. Lush and colorful rugs, archaic and shoddy furniture, and a mixture of genuine and authentic elements of Asian decor stand alongside blatantly inauthentic pretenses towards the so-called "Oriental decadence" to be expected of such an abode.

Convinced that, with his brother's disappearance, his own fade from existence is an inevitability, Hypnos has embraced hedonistic excess and an apathetic resignation to his supposed fate. In so doing, he has accumulated a devoted cadre of followers, believers, and patrons who either work the carnival or follow it from town to town, and who have attained an ignominious reputation for spending a great deal of time in his smoke-filled tent and for walking around with a dazed, listless, and placid gait that acutely resembles sleepwalking. Fame may have faded, but he's not without his supplicants.

Pusherman: Whatever your need, Hypnos is happy to pander to it once his price is paid. Would you like a glass of absinthe? Perhaps a splash of laudanum, or an opium-laced hookah pipe, and a good night's rest? Strange herbs imported from the East, or fungi grown in the deepest forests? Perhaps a docile human to dine on?

Has-Been: He used to work the Big Top, now he hardly leaves his tent. While much of his fall from grace was willful, he wasn't without his failings. He's well acquainted with many of the performers, as well as the vendors, and could easily be a friend, mentor, or rival to those he once worked alongside with regularity.

Mr. Sandman: Predictably, the god of sleep has a knack for helping those that ordinarily struggle with sleep to get a few hours of shut-eye, and he's usually happy to help. Not all of his regulars are addicts or worshippers, and even mythical beings sometimes seek his assistance.

Missing Twin: After spending ages at the side of his sibling, Thanatos, Hypnos often finds himself lost in his brother's absence since his disappearance nearly a year ago. He may turn to those who knew his brother well, or who may be able to help him find out what happened to the missing god of death.

Sheet

Brawn: Poor
- Lazy (Negative)

He moves with a listless and feeble disinterest suited always to a gentle touch and never to brute force. Manual labor is well outside his wheelhouse.
Finesse: Normal
+ Prestidigitation (Positive)

Though it was never his specialty, it's rare for one to become a headliner without picking up a few sleights of hand along the way.
Brains: Good
+ Penetrating (Positive)

For all that he oft is found in a soporific drug-induced daze, his mind has an uncanny ability to pierce through obfuscation and grasp underlying concepts and realities that might otherwise be shrouded in confusion or misdirection.
+ Alchemist (Positive)

He has a keen grasp on herbs and chemicals, their composition, and their myriad effects -- this is especially the case where it comes to poppies and their derivatives.
Spirit: Good
+ Apathetic (Positive)

Apathy is armor. Somewhere along the line, he just stopped caring. It's rare for something to penetrate that callous indifference.
+ Willful (Positive)

When push comes to shove, he exerts a domineering force of will; though, it's seldom he takes enough interest to be bothered.
- Hedonist (Negative)

In the face of what looks to be an inexorable fall and slow fade from existence, he's turned to immediate pleasures to, if not make him happy, at least distract him from the end of an age.

Perks and Quirks

+ Cult: Sleepwalkers

Some of his patrons, once having entered Hypnos' tent, never quite seem to get around to leaving it. Far gone from the gentle deity that lulled a dying sailor to his end, Hypnos has collected a coterie of dazed and glassy-eyed followers to do his bidding and keep him entertained as the age of wonders exhales its death rattle. Though often found in blissful, hedonistic stupor within the opulent and at times orgiastic tent, his puppets can sometimes be found wandering about the Carnival in a daze, as though sleepwalking.
+ Power: Somnolence (Minor) - Spirit

Hypnos' very presence can have a mildly soporific effect on those around him, but when coupled with intention, his words, touch, or even look can lull others into unconsciousness.
+ Power: Hypnotism (Minor) - Brains

Those who are sufficiently tired, dazed, or better yet asleep, are easily puppeted by the hypnotist, who can make the sleeping do his bidding or provide instructions for them to follow upon waking. Cannot make them harm themselves or others.
+ Power: Flight (Minor) - Finesse

Traditionally believed to have had wings at the sides of his head or his shoulders, Hypnos' feathers have been clipped since his first appearance in the New World. But, when push comes to shove, he's more than capable of growing them back and taking flight.
- Nocturnal

As though he feeds on the lethargy of those around him, Hypnos only has a semblance of liveliness at night. In the unlikely event he's dragged from his tent during the day, he's as listless, glassy-eyed, and feeble as his sleepwalking followers.
- Fortune's Fool

After centuries of traveling from plague camps to battlefields, giving solace to the dying, Hypnos and his brother long since lost track of whether they were drawn to grief or if it follows about in their wake. These days, it looks to be more of the latter.
- Too Pretty

Despite his callously apathetic, perhaps even apathetically cruel, disposition, there's a beautifully innocent, even angelic, set to the face Hypnos wears.

Over the years spent on the circuit, a multitude of personages have coalesced around Hypnos; on the occasions where they're seen outside of his tent and trailer most move listlessly, as though sleepwalking, and often have glassy eyes and distant looks that have earned them their name. Some of them are true believers. Others were simply found wanting of a purpose. Regardless of whatever brought them, they show little interest in leaving.

Whether bound to his will by choice, by coercion, or by the slavish yoke of need, the Sleepwalkers do Hypnos' bidding and tend to his needs and those of the carnival. While some are practically automatons, others retain much of their identity and sense of purpose. Some are docile, some are willful servants, and some yet struggle, but the Sleepwalkers -- and the myriad rumors that swirl around those that behave most strangely -- have become an indelible, idiosyncratic feature of the Carnival of Wonder.

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George Benson

Role: Roustabout
Age: 45
Played by: Travis Fimmel

George has never been quite the same since several hundred pounds of equipment crushed his leg months back. When he isn't hard at work, he's seldom to be found outside of the apothecary's tent where he's found solace from the pain of his lame left leg.

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Henry Hawkins

Role: Broken Private Detective / Addict
Age: 42
Played by: Henry Ian Cusick

No stranger to loss, Henry Hawkins once channeled his own grief from the loss of his family into his work, scouring the ends of the earth in search of missing persons. While that tenacity was initially a threat to the Carnival of Wonders, Henry's since found salve for his grief in opium and blissful dreams of the family he'd lost.

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David Bentham

Role: Bookkeeper
Age: 35
Played by: Peter Dinklage

One of the few among Hypnos' followers who appears relatively unchanged since taking orbit around the apothecary, David has always shared a mutual respect with his benefactor. Previously an acrobat, and then a bally, the diminutive fellow is remarkably familiar with the carnival trade and has taken to keeping books for the apothecary.

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Augusta Andreadis

Role: Bally
Age: 25
Played by: Aubrey Plaza

Perhaps the longest standing of Hypnos' followers, Augusta has been with him since his beginning on the circuit. At first, she was the voice and face drawing crowds to his performances. Now, she shills for the apothecary tent where he plies his trade.

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Anastasia Constantinides

Role: Server
Age: 20
Played by: Summer Glau

Many of the runaways that fall in with the Carnival find themselves working as roustabouts or dancing in the burlesque. While Mad Sweeney had his eye on the girl for the burlesque, Hypnos was intent on recruiting a pretty young assistant to attract the rubes to his flagging performances -- the two settled the dispute in a game of cards. Luck was on Sweeney's side, but Hypnos cheated. Now, she serves drinks for and freshens the pipes and coals of the apothecary's patrons.

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Nemesis

Justiciar

His sister's always been a stickler for the rules. Who knows what would become of Hypnos without Nemesis' self-righteous and judgmental criticisms, and the occasional threat of violence?

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Mèng Pó

Apothecarist

A kindred spirit from a mysterious continent, Hypnos and Mèng Pó were first acquainted during the Spanish Flu epidemic where both brought solace to the dying, and have since become co-proprietors of the apothecary, to which she lends the sole semblance of legitimacy and authenticity to contrast with Hypnos' self-absorbed hedonism.

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Áine

Big Top Ringmistress

When she'd found Hypnos and Thanatos, they'd been in a desperate condition, and were easily enough convinced to throw in with the Carnival. Since Thanatos' disappearance, Áine has befriended the god and found his talents to be especially useful in helping her to sleep.

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Mad Sweeney

Bally of the Burlesque

There once was a man from Blarney, who fought over a girl with a carny; they played cards for the damsel, but the carny cheated the gamble, now he's sorry, but not really sorry.

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Urania

Provocative Oracle

The seeress' hatred for traveling on Fridays is infamous. Hypnos keeps her sedated through such travails, and in return, she's offered her assistance in helping him find Thanatos, or at least determine his fate.

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La Llorona

Burlesque Performer/Whore

She helped the brothers a long, long time ago during a time of great difficulty for them. Now, Hypnos returns the favor by helping her with her sleep.

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Henry Hawkins (Carnival)

Private Detective
No stranger to loss, Henry Hawkins once channeled his own grief from the loss of his family into his work, scouring the ends of the earth in search of missing persons. While that tenacity was initially a threat to the Carnival of Wonders, Henry's since found salve for his grief in opium and blissful dreams of the family he'd lost.

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George Benson (Carnival)

Roustabout
George has never been quite the same since several hundred pounds of equipment crushed his leg months back. When he isn't hard at work, he's seldom to be found outside of the apothecary's tent where he's found solace from the pain of his lame left leg.

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David Bentham (Carnival)

Bookkeeper
One of the few among Hypnos' followers who appears relatively unchanged since taking orbit around the apothecary, David has always shared a mutual respect with his benefactor. Previously an acrobat, and then a bally, the diminutive fellow is remarkably familiar with the carnival trade and has taken to keeping books for the apothecary.

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Augusta Andreadis (Carnival)

Bally
Perhaps the longest standing of Hypnos' followers, Augusta has been with him since his beginning on the circuit. At first, she was the voice and face drawing crowds to his performances. Now, she shills for the apothecary tent where he plies his trade.

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Anastasia Constantinides (Carnival)

Server
Many of the runaways that fall in with the Carnival find themselves working as roustabouts or dancing in the burlesque. While Mad Sweeney had his eye on the girl for the burlesque, Hypnos was intent on recruiting a pretty young assistant to attract the rubes to his flagging performances -- the two settled the dispute in a game of cards. Luck was on Sweeney's side, but Hypnos cheated. Now, she serves drinks for and freshens the pipes and coals of the apothecary's patrons.

No badges for Carnival.

2019-04-29
Bearing Gifts
(2019-04-29 • Apothecary Tent) Lorraine, Urania, Low-Key, and Diamanto visit Hypnos' opium den and come bearing gifts.
Cast  •   La Llorona  •  Hypnos  •  Diamond Devil  •  Loki  •  Urania  •
2019-04-28
Indulgence and Denial
(2019-04-28 • Apothecary Tent) Nemesis visits Hypnos' den of iniquity. The pair engage in a philosophical discussion of self-indulgence and self-denial, and weigh their options and prospects for the future.
Cast  •   Hypnos  •  Nemesis  •
2019-04-25
Ghosts in the Graveyard
(2019-04-25 • Carnival Grounds - Midway) Mr. W's minions deliver a message: Management is to meet with Washington at a specified location in exchange for Mephistopheles.
Cast  •   Taema and Tilafaiga  •  Hypnos  •  Thunderbird  •  Dionysus  •  Hodr  •  Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •  Osiris  •  Urania  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Coyote  •  Sekhmet  •  Áine  •  Loki  •  Zeus  •
2019-04-18
Paradise Found
(2019-04-18 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) The group sent to town for supplies returns with dire news and a mob not far behind them.
Cast  •   Bik  •  Urania  •  The Unicorn  •  Coyote  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Manticore  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Osiris  •  Hodr  •  Hypnos  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Dashiel Hogarth  •  Ouroboras  •  Urania  •  Artemis  •  Thunderbird  •  La Llorona  •
2019-04-08
Blowing Smoke
(2019-04-08 • Apothecary Tent) In the guise of Thomas Mayne, Osiris pays a visit to Hypnos' den of iniquity with a request and finds it crowded. Lorraine grimly weighs the possibilities, Holden and Diamanto discuss marriage, and Theodoro and Elene become kissing cousins.
Cast  •   Hodr  •  Artemis  •  La Llorona  •  Osiris  •  Hypnos  •  Diamond Devil  •
2019-04-03
Twilight Revelations
(2019-04-03 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) Mephistopheles chats with the carnies about radio. Afterwards, more carnies continue the conversation.
Cast  •   Bik  •  Olivia Isaacson  •  Hypnos  •  La Llorona  •  Nike  •  Osiris  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Confidant1/Hodr  •  Áine  •  Director1/  •  Coyote (as Kit)  •  Chiva  •  Diamond Devil  •
2019-04-01
War of the Worlds
(2019-04-01 • Nowhere) A large group travels to hear The Radio's message.
Cast  •   Coyote  •  Bik  •  Manticore  •  Sekhmet  •  Hypnos  •  Áine  •  La Llorona  •  Mad Sweeney  •  The Unicorn  •  Director1/  •
2019-03-31
King of the Night Time World
(2019-03-31 • Apothecary Tent) Hypnos hosts Eve and Andrasteia in his tent to impart some news. He's then left to ponder with the fae queen before laying her out with his soporific therapy.
Cast  •   Áine (as Eve)  •  Hypnos  •  Nemesis (as Andrasteia)  •
2019-03-28
Sing me to sleep
(2019-03-28 • Apothecary Tent) Lorraine stops by the apothecary tent to get some help sleeping.
Cast  •   Nike  •  La Llorona  •  Hypnos  •  Urania  •
2019-03-26
The Children of Nyx
(2019-03-26 • Apothecary Tent) Cedric and Eve bring news of the Radio to the Children of Nyx. Now they wonder whether the Association of American Avatars know what happened to Thanatos.
Cast  •   Áine  •  Nemesis  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Hypnos  •
2019-03-21
Us of Lesser Gods
(2019-03-21 • Apothecary Tent) Eve goes to check on Hypnos after the night's show. She fondly prods him into doomsaying and partakes in his familiar brand of nightcap.
Cast  •   Áine (as Eve)  •  Hypnos  •
2019-03-16
Two Faeries Walk Into an Opium Den
(2019-03-16 • Seedy Opium Den) Toward the end of '31, Eve takes Cedric on a trip ahead of the carnival stops, to San Francisco. She seems to have a personal reason for expediting the acquisition of two particular gods.
Cast  •   Mad Sweeney (as Cedric)  •  Áine (as Eve)  •  Hypnos  •
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