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[[Optimist2{{!}}The Optimist]]



Known As

Harkaway Aerglo
Spear Thistle

on MUX as

The Optimist

Has Been

Science Mission Co-Ordinator
Gadfly Gloomcookie
Born Again Gardener

Apparent Age


Played By

William Jackson Harper

One Fine Day

When we were young we used to say

Things would be different

One fine day

The walls would crumble

Nations sing as one

We live in hope

Cause so far it hasn't come

[{{{link}}} {{{song}}}]


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'Hope' is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all." - Emily Dickinson

Neither blind nor illogical, the optimist finds a path through the darkness - while they believe in evil, they also know that good will ultimately prevail. Times can be terrible, but with work there is always light to be found. Less lonely, less stressed, for the optimist bad things can be changed with enough effort. They know that this can annoy those around them, but a little annoyance is a small price to pay for success and hope.

Archetype Roster Concept 

The world can be a better place. It has to be possible, or why even bother? You know you can pull it off, whatever it is, and things will be all right in the end.

In the Facility

Facility Persona

Not into illusions of any kind, this person prefers reality. They merely have quite the positive view on it. The accent is neutralised, as if they have come from nowhere in particular.

Things That Linger

Obsessive reader and tendency to smile as an automatic response to awkward situations - some people just always want others to be relaxed and may not have the best way of getting there.

The Optimist's Door

The figure on the door shows a standard tsunami warning sign, though in this case the human figure is not fleeing, but rather carrying a surfboard towards the wave.

Memento Mori


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.

A bit over medium height for a man, with dark skin and a shy grin. This person favours a range of colours in primaries for a series of repetitive vests - red, yellow, blue. He is never going to look anything other than enthusiastically geeky, even about his fitness routine. Some people can not manage to make anything other than 'nice nerdy boy next door' happen.


Huey Selleck (Bonds of Blood)

Movie Theatre Popcorn Slave
Huey works the aisles of the local cinema, cleaning up coke and popcorn spills and making sure the teenagers don't get to see anything they shouldn't. He does the job solely because he gets to see movies for free. Huey has a short temper and has been known to chase malcontents out into the street with his broom.

Hudoo is rumoured to know Voodoo Magic, a rumour he is happy to keep alive. The only thing Huey hates more than messy teenagers are bogus adults who get on his case for smoking the green stuff out by the bins.

Huey's been known to give homeless folks the half emptied popcorn boxes and so forth.


Sheena Sheedy (Bonds of Blood)

Awesome Highschool Dropout
Sheena dropped out of school at 15, but kept enrolling in the various battle of the bands events, with a new band every time. A bass player, she's rumoured to have had a baby, stabbed a dude who left her, been on a methadone treatment plan, and been a nun.

Sheena runs a second hand alternative fashion place and keeps insisting that she's just in it all for the music, man. However, she does admit to have hospitalised that one bouncer that one time - Sheena takes no shit from no one, lives for the music, and uses an entire can of hairspray up once a week.


SKIDMARXXX (The Last Road)

Children of War
Whatever the hell is wrong with SKIDMARXXX, it must be a doozy. He - he? Maybe? - only ever shouts his name, rather than speaking it. Shouting seems to be his thing. He came in a while back as a War Child, and seems to sleep in that weird, stinky costume of his. He's rather Ride-or-Die, but he seems to really enjoy the company of others, especially KissThisThen for some reason.

He spends a lot of his time screaming at KissThisThen, who takes it in stride. He smacked KissThisThen around a fair amount while the now-gardener was in the Children of War, and seems to feel a built guilty about it. So now he hangs out with him, yelling at him to IMPROVE HIS MOTHERFUCKING MORALE.

SKIDMARXXX apparently has replaced his teeth with bullets 'SO THAT WHEN I BITE A MOTHERFUCKER I SHOOT THEM TOO' but since he wears that mask full time, biting has to be some sort of...metaphor? Analogy?


JunkWonderful (The Last Road)

Junk Wonderful is an Organic Mechanic who works on tattooing. She has been doing designs for the last five years - and practising on War Kids who have less interest in being 'perfect'. She has more recently started doing some scarification, specialising in shaded edging work.

Junk Wonderful is clinical, specific, clear, and neutral in tone. She never uses slang, she always uses precise terminology. It helps her deal with the screaming existential terror of her likely death - contaminated, she has cancerous patches on her body.

Junk Wonderful has had some of the cancers removed here and there, and relies on some of the plant extracts KissThisThen produces in order to help them heal.


Ouroboras (Carnival)

Call it what you will - the rainbow-god of the Ashanti, Ouroboras, Jörmungandr, the creature of the Gnostic Pistis Sophia or the Kundalini serpent - many cultures have the concept of the great snake that purifies itself and the world through devouring its own shadow. An ancient alchemical concept, enough people have conceptualised, meditated, and believed in Ouroboras that his reality became a Truth.

The 17th century world view of America was of a magical land, filled literally and figuratively with gold. Conneticut itself was a hotbed of these concepts. And with those obessive alchemists came the Ouroboras, following the changes. The new obsession with chemical processes in the 18th century began to drain it of power. Yet alchemy continued - After six years of work two mortgages, several explosions, and two asphyxiations, researchers in California claimed to be able to produce the White Stone of the Philosophers. The Ouroboras was reinvigorated until 1934 when the researchers passed away, and practical alchemy vanished in a dust bowl.

The Soul of the World, with its power to move towards purity by accepting and devouring its own base nature, was strong. But the problem with essential truths that involve hope, acceptance, and self-improvement is that such things are hard and lack external reward. They are not as exciting as the rush to new gold, the creation of new sciences, nor the pleasures of the flesh. The times of the Depression make philosophy seem like a distant thing - it's hard to think about esoterica when you're starving. And gradually the great serpent has faded, twisting itself down to a restricted, controlled being. A man in a circus, attempting to devour the dark parts of himself, who remembered once encircling and purifying, destroying and recreating the world.

Pain and destruction has never stopped the Ouroboras. He will succeeed, and he will bring hope once more.

Oliver - though he often prefers 'Oh', is a contortionist at the Carnival. A rare example of the breed, he is both a front bender, and a back bender, and able to coil and curl his body with serpentine grace.

His flexibility allows him to work with the Spanish Web as a climber - contorting himself around the ropes and weaving back and forth until his partner-spinner has finished creating the complex knots and arrangements. While Oh is no master of the corde lisse, he can work with it and assist others in it. Due to his skills, Nyoka can end up in the position of assisting with machinery or other areas that require tight spaces.

The Ouroborus is an ancient alchemical beast of eternity and renewal, eating away at the old and creating the new. For the moment, when he has a few moments to himself, this one enjoys sunning himself or swimming. What he really wants to do is learn and grow, assimilating his own shadow nature, and he observes others in the Carnival to work towards this.


Harkaway Aerglo (Project Icarus)

Harkaway Aerglo is the science Mission Co-ordinator. He oversees the science side of the research mission, collects reports, and comes up with coordinated approaches to problems.

Aerglo's family has for several generations selected deliberately for intelligence as a result of the pressures of global warming. Since birth, Aerglo has been carefully adjusted for life for the corporation, at his teacher's insistence - he doesn't see his genetic contributors as parents. Being as intelligent and...carefully, precisely designed as he is, Aerglo is more or less socially inept while being brilliant.

Some of those who report to him say he is a sociopath - certainly, he maintains a peculiarly bright and optimistic view on existence no matter what he has to break to understand it.

Harkaway is a specialist in military applications, particularly shielding and engineering alternative solutions to hard vacuum, hard radiation, and vast temperature differences. If you need something to survive the unthinkable, Harkaway is your man.


Spear Thistle (Bonds of Blood)

The middle Thistle triplet, Spear Thistle adores both of his sisters with all of his PerkyGoth(tm) heart. He is brightly happy to support them in all of their endeavours no matter what the hour or weather, but in his own, seems to be a bit of a lost cause. While he works as an Intern in the Funeral home, it is something of a vague drift for him rather than a choice - he idolises his mother and father, and since THEY work there, HE works there.

It can be a bit hard to pin Spear Thistle down - he radiates optimism, as well as obsessing over whatever his latest doomed love affair or hobby is with absolute gloom. He has tried a lot of things, and while he is no good at any of them yet, he figures he has plenty of time to try more. Has been voted 'most likely to die getting into a stranger's van'.

A while ago, Spear had a Great and Gothic Romance with Cash Freeland that involved making out in graveyards. While Spear is a nice guy, he has a very weird and accepting family - he just never 'got' the problems Cash had with his. He threw all of his romance-loving heart into the whole thing, and the Dear John letter he got courtesy of Hector de la Huerta made him have one of his rare depressive episodes.

Since then, Spear has been focusing on his family - especially helping out his beloved sisters and his schooling. This year, his 'hobby' is the yearbook, but since the Student Council vetoed it being all black, he has stuck to trying to interview students about articles in it such as 'what would you like on your tombstone' and 'if you were reborn as an insect, what would you be?' and 'which Wednesday Addams quote best describes you?'. He has no idea what he is going to do next, but neither does anyone else, right?

Spear hates Hector and Cash and likes bugs and rats - he finds animals easier to deal with than people and has volunteered as a dog walker at the local shelter. He has asked out three girls to prom, and got the gentle let down from all of them, but maybe a bouquet of dead flowers and scarabs was not the way to go.

Hobby list so far: Taxidermy, Glueing Rivets On Things, writing poetry, Ouija Board reading, Tarot cards, the Year Book, making Bat Homes, Getting Stuck in Trees, Moping in Graveyards, Cursing Ex Lovers, being Mama's Special Boy, writing erotic Edward Gorey Fan Fiction.

Twilight of the Gods
(2019-11-07 • The Facility - Parlor) {{{summary}}}
Cast  •   The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •  The Gambler  •
(2019-11-06 • The Facility - Parlor) The Addict and The Gambler chat, eventually joined by The Optimist
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Gambler  •  The Optimist  •
Apples to Cider
(2019-10-28 • The Facility - Parlor) The Gambler gets several others to play Apples to Apples with her while the others reminisce about past lives and explain bits of facility history.
Cast  •   The Competitor  •  The Gambler  •  The Beast  •  The Addict  •  The Explorer  •  The Visionary  •  The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •  The Penitent  •
Solitaire and Truth or Dare
(2019-10-28 • The Facility - Parlor) Just another night in the parlor. Now with games and drama. And maybe a death?
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Gambler  •  The Martyr  •  The Crusader  •  The Optimist  •  The Explorer  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •
Lost and Found
(2019-10-27 • The Facility - Parlor) Some are lost, some are found. Absent faces make a welcome return. Dynamics evolve unexpectedly.
Cast  •   The Visionary  •  The Optimist  •  The Explorer  •  The Crusader  •
Too Much Information
(2019-10-25 • The Facility - Parlor) Various people turn up in the parlour after the mass return. cash makes a startling revelation. Felicity is oriented.
Cast  •   The Martyr  •  The Confidant  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •  The Optimist  •  The Penitent  •  The Gambler  •
Nail Polish
(2019-07-26 • Parlor) The Addict and The Optimist become friends, and there is a brief reunion with the Thrill-Seeker.
Cast  •   The Optimist  •  The Addict  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •
Know Your Role
(2019-07-25 • Parlor) A discussion about who we are, what our purpose is, and what it all means.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Confidant  •  The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •
(2019-07-25 • Anywhere Room: Rave) The Optimist and the Martyr go dancing.
Cast  •   The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •
Welcome Caretaker
(2019-07-23 • Dining Room) A few reunions, and the introduction of another poor soul locked up in this asylum.
Cast  •   The Confidant  •  The Addict  •  The Caretaker  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •  The Penitent  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •  The Competitor  •
Going Clubbing?
(2019-05-26 • The Facility) Briar, Arcade, Cheer, and Dare get ready to go clubbing.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •  The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •
Just Checking In
(2019-05-23 • Facility Dining Hall) Various people meet over breakfast, including someone new and several who haven't seen ech other since they got back.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Martyr  •  The Explorer  •  The Penitent  •  The Gambler  •  The Optimist  •
Cuddle Party
(2019-05-22 • Briar's Room) People discuss plans for a Dinosaur safari in Briar's room.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Bon-Vivant  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •  The Rebel  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •
(2019-05-18 • The Facility and Eugene, OR 1985) Dare tries to orient The Healer. Arcade "helps." dare and Briar work on their relationship.
Cast  •   The Healer  •  The Martyr  •  The Addict  •  The Optimist  •
Heckin' heck, this is hard.
(2019-05-17 • Hall of Doors and Dining Hall) The Rogue, The Bon Vivant, The Optimist, and the Martyr try to come to terms with the past and change.
Cast  •   The Rogue  •  The Bon-Vivant  •  The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •
Fun In the Sun
(2019-05-16 • Anywhere Room) The Addict, The Martyr, the Optimist, and the Thrill-Seeker take some time off to play in the ocean and enjoy the sun.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •
(2019-05-14 • Addict's Room) Dare, Briar, and Oh have tea in Briar's room as they continue to get a grip on where things stand now.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •
Wakey Wakey
(2019-05-13 • Parlor) People start to awaken from the Carnival, some to confusion, some to dismay, and some to happy reunions.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Analyst  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •
The Full Monty Python
(2019-03-22 • Carnie Camp Showers) Kemen keeps Oh company while he takes a shower. Human hygiene, courting, and mating are discussed as well as the true nature of the Ouroboras and the destruction of books.
Cast  •   The Optimist (as Oh)  •  The Martyr (as Kemen)  •
Wearing Our People Faces
(2019-03-18 • Kemen's Trailer) Oh comes to Kemen looking for a rat to borrow and gets advice on sexing mammals.
Cast  •   The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •
Not George Michael
(2019-03-10 • Parlor) Another gathering in the parlor. Among the topics discussed are movies, music, and whatever happened to our 80s icons.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Competitor  •  The Thrill-Seeker  •  The Crusader  •  The Martyr  •  The Creepshow  •  The Optimist  •  The Visionary  •  The Fool  •
Day At the Beach
(2019-03-06 • Parlor and Anywhere Room) After chatting in the parlor, the Confidant takes the Addict, the Martyr, and the Optimist to an island beach circa 2018.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Confidant  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •
On Reality and Beaches
(2019-03-05 • Parlor) The Addict, The Analyst, and The Optimist talk a bit about the nature of their reality. The topic of beaches comes up.
Cast  •   The Addict  •  The Analyst  •  The Optimist  •
Love for Sale
(2019-03-04 • Parlor) Things get real to the music of 1930's biggest hits.
Cast  •   The Optimist  •  The Visionary  •  The Martyr  •  The Creepshow  •  The Competitor  •
You Can Go Home Again
(2019-02-23 • The Facility - Parlor) After The Confidant awakens from his first brutal death in a dramatic fashion, he recovers quickly with the help of comfort food and good company
Cast  •   The Explorer  •  The Confidant  •  The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •
These Boots Were Made for Breakfast
(2019-02-21 • A Breakfast Table) The Martyr and the Optimist try to figure out reality over breakfast.
Cast  •   The Optimist  •  The Martyr  •
Blasphemous Rumors
(2019-02-18 • Parlor) The Martyr completely botches orienting the newly arrived Optimist to the Facility.
Cast  •   The Martyr  •  The Optimist  •
Played by: William Jackson Harper