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Spear Thistle

Also Known As


on MUX as



The Optimist


Gadfly Gloomcookie

Apparent Age


Played By

William Jackson Harper

Faction Membership

Thistle Family
Middle Child Syndrome

'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.

Role in 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.

Animals Are the Best People: Spear finds animals a bit more predictable and easy to understand - sure, they might bite you, but he knows WHY they do it, usually. Spear is a soft touch for a hard case, so he gets bitten a _lot_.

Bi the Way: Spear has dated both boys and girls, so rumours say. And even if that kind of reputation can get you beaten up, Spear's glad the rumour is that he's capable of dating at all.

Brotherly Love: If you go up against Star or Silver, expect Spear to find something unpleasant to do to you. His parents are in the same category. Other relatives do not always fare so well.

Can't Stop the Signal: Spear maintains a Zine where he records creepy goings on in the local area, and when his sisters okay it, he publishes their photos and sound recordings. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.

PerkyGoth: "Well her clothes are blacker than the blackest cloth /And her face is whiter than the snows of Hoth / She wears Doctor Martens and a heavy cross / But on the inside, she's a happy goth." Spear can be found with punks, weird kids, losers, freaks and geeks. He attends similarly themed concerts, poetry readings, and gallery events.

Taxidermy Firmly Worthy: If you wanna remember Fido, he has, uh, ways. He also picks up roadkill.

Year Book DefCon One: Spear really digs working on the yearbook. He likes interviewing people, and has no problems just rocking up to ask weird questions.


Brawn: Poor
- Does not even lift bro (Negative)

Easily stuffed into a trashcan by stronger people, some of which include children.
+ Great Immune System (Positive)

Dead bodies and eating old food? Spear's got the immune system of a raccoon. A _garbage_ eating raccoon. Or, well, a bug eating Spear Thistle. Nom.
Finesse: Good
+ Sneak (Positive)

He is good at moving around more or less unseen. Must be all the black.
+ Does One Thing A Spider Can (Positive)

Spear weighs hardly anything, has agile hands, and can therefore climb just about anything he sets his mind to at some speed.
+ Sewn Up (Positive)

With his taxidermy skills, Spear is good at sewing things together - skin, leather, occasionally fabric...
Brains: Normal
- Where Are We Again? (Negative)

Spear gets lost super easily, and tends to wander as well.
+ Genre Savvy (Positive)

Restricted to ghosts and spirits alone, he has read a vast amount about them and knows what various cultures think are protective symbols or things to avoid.
+ Great hearing (Positive)

Spear has unusually good hearing for someone that attends concerts. Earplugs are your friends!
Spirit: Good
- Gadfly (Negative)

It's hard to get Spear to focus on doing ONLY ONE THING AT ONCE - once he gets distracted, he'll do something else instead.
- Broken Aesthetics (Negative)

Spear likes weird things, and doesn't tend to get that others don't. He tries to impress girls with tarantulas, and boys with full scale models of coffin models from the 1750s. HE TRIES A LOT.
+ Animal Friend (Positive)

Spear knows how to behave around tame, wild, sick or upset animals, and as a result he can make most critters relax and relate to him given enough time or bribes.
+ Steady (Positive)

Spear is hard to startle or frighten - he is used to being around dead bodies and seeing things that might disgust or frighten others. Jumpscares leave him blinking owlishly.

Perks and Quirks

+ Thistle Bloodline Trait

Spirit sensitivity and resistance. Can roll Spirit to sense the presence of ghosts/spirits nearby (Vampires included), and get +1 on rolls resisting their powers.
+ Thistle Bloodline Boon

Can roll Spirit to communicate with ghosts and spirits and interact with them. On an exceptional success, can compel them.
+ Obscure Death

When your character dies, this Perk is triggered and a body is never found. You may return to play later, alive and kicking.
- Thistle Bloodline Taint

Spear's family is weird and people know it.
- Reputation

This guy picks up roadkill, probably eats it, and then EATS THE BUGS, RIGHT -
- Jilted Lover III

Cash Freeland dumped him with a Dear John letter, and things aren't great.


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Dear John

High School Senior

Get out of my graveyard, BETRAYER.



Creepy Goth Kid

Youngest Triplet Sister: She has an ear for the eerie and has found the weird sound.


Silver Luna Thistle

Senior Morbid Thistle Student

Oldest Triplet Sister: Going for the big scoop with the spook shots!



Funeral Home Director

My dad helps grieving people.



County Coroner

Mama is the best of us, truly.

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Garden Gnome

Troubled Bastard

I don't know if you know, but I don't want to be the one to tell you. Find out by your own damn self.



Wild Child

He helps me with my zines, and hangs out with me at the funeral home. It's nice to have a reliable friend.


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.

No badges for Bonds of Blood.

Shooting Ducks
(2019-10-24 • Las Vegas) The denouement for our survivors, a few of whom have gone to Vegas to celebrate their survival.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Spear Thistle  •
Are you okay, Flick?
(2019-10-23 • Cash's Car) Felicity, Silver, Ashley, Amy, Jade and Spear drive back to the Marchants' after the battle. Felicity Lies to the others about what happened to Cash. Amy wrestles with the morality of what she did.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Amy Lester  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Spear Thistle  •
Later In Vegas
(2019-10-23 • Las Vegas) A few survivors go to Las Vegas, both to celebrate and to mourn.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Thea Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Coming In the Front Door
(2019-10-22 • Old Abandoned House) It's the final showdown with Fran, and the group splits up to take both sides of the house. This intrepid group walks in the front door while the others go around back.
Cast  •   Hector de la Huerta  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Cash Freeland  •  James Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Morrison Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •  Lana Reed  •  Landon Marchant  •  Justin Michaels  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Amy Lester  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Georgina "George" Lester  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Thea Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •
The Best Laid Plans
(2019-10-17 • Big Ben's) People plan a post full moon getaway, Poor Bastards.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Cash Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •
Breakfast in Bed
(2019-10-16 • Jade's Room) Jade brings Spear breakfast in bed.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Independence Day
(2019-10-15 • Lake Havasu - Cemetery) They said he'd be in the cemetery if the unthinkable happened. Hector, Felicity, and Cash find Spear in the cemetery, sure enough. But the news, for once, is good.
Cast  •   Silver Luna Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Cash Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •
Spear Returns
(2019-10-13 • Jade's Room) Spear returns from captivity and comes to see Jade.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Vampire Captives II - The Quickening
(2019-10-08 • Prison Cellar) Ashley and Spear continue to be held prisoner by the Painkillers.
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •
Vampire Captives
(2019-10-03 • Vampire Captives) Ashley and Spear are Captives
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •
Hedgend Maze
(2019-10-01 • Hedge Maze) Fran bribes the Families to enter the Hedgemaze using Arthur as bait.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Star Thistle  •  Georgina "George" Lester  •  Amy Lester  •  Cash Freeland  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Jonny Lester  •
(2019-09-30 • Lake Havasu - English Village) Graduation is a time for celebration, and yet, the celebration in the English Village goes horribly wrong when The Painkillers make an appearance, claiming they've captured one of the new graduates.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Esme Reed  •  Landon Marchant  •  Theodore Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •
Prom Night 1994
(2019-09-28 • Prom Night) Against all expectations and odds, everyone has made it to Prom Night, for Lake Havasu High's class of 1994, in one piece.
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Sean Winters  •  Cash Freeland  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Thea Marchant  •  James Thistle  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •
Mystic Pizza
(2019-09-23 • Marchant Mansion) People chill out after the show and discuss cats and future plans while gorging on pizza.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •
Ooops Crash!
(2019-09-20 • Backstage) Hector makes a mess. Spear and Silver help him clean it up.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Eating Smoke
(2019-09-19 • Lake Havasu - Cemetery) Spear, Felicity, and Hector meet in a graveyard.
Cast  •   Felicity Bloomquist  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Spear Thistle  •
2nd Moon Gathering
(2019-09-18 • Lake Havasu - Marchant House) A lot of the senior students gather at the Marchant house this time under the guise of another party to hide from the Painkillers. They're left alone by the vampires.
Cast  •   Lana Reed  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Amy Lester  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Spear Thistle  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Cash Freeland  •  Landon Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Sky Bloomquist  •  Zane Bloomquist  •
Pat Robertson, Liberace, and the Count from Sesame Street
(2019-09-15 • Big Ben's) A variety of topics are discussed, some more appropriate than others.
Cast  •   Zane Bloomquist  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
The Dead Can Speak
(2019-09-14 • Lake Havasu - Thistle Funeral Home) The Dead Can Speak - The teenagers manage to get some time with a ghost.
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Thea Marchant  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Star Thistle  •
Movie Night at Marchant Manor
(2019-09-12 • Marchant House) There's a sleepover in the Marchant home theater, with burgers, popcorn, and Buffy.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Amy Lester  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Sean Winters  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Thea Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  James Thistle  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •
Movie Night
(2019-09-05 • Lake Havasu - Downtown) Ash and Amy head out for dinner and a movie. They bump into Spear while out and about.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Amy Lester  •  Ashley Freeland  •
Vampire Blues
(2019-09-03 • Reed House) There is a sleepover at the Reed's on the full moon, in order to protect those who have drunk from the pull of the...adversary. The vampires seem to have left, but that doesn't mean the teens are home free.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Amy Lester  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Star Thistle  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Cash Freeland  •  Esme Reed  •
Sugar Mice
(2019-09-03 • Lake Havasu - Rotary Park) Cash, Spear, and Hector run into Felicity, who's just returned to town.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Cash Freeland  •
Snakes! Why Does It Always Have to be Snakes!
(2019-09-01 • Silver's Room) Silver's Snakes Hatch.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Cash Freeland  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •
Lester Chauffer Service
(2019-08-30 • Outside the High School) Morrison is waiting for Lucas and Landon to get out of school so he can take them home. Other students arrive, and Morrison's had about enough of being the topic of conversation.
Cast  •   Cash Freeland  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Landon Marchant  •  Georgina "George" Lester  •  Morrison Lester  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Marianne Igesund  •
California Dreamin
(2019-08-30 • High School Auditorium) Talk of college in the auditorium, before some jocks try and bully Spear.
Cast  •   Hector de la Huerta  •  Cash Freeland  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Spear Thistle  •
(2019-08-29 • Mexican Restaurant) Spear and Jade go out for dinner after school and talk about the current badness.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Viva Las Vegas
(2019-08-27 • Las Vegas) Jade takes Spear for an overnight trip to Las Vegas. They enjoy the drive and go on a ghost tour. Because nothing says romance like dead people.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Cinema Nova
(2019-08-26 • Cinema Nova) Hector and Cash try to see a movie
Cast  •   Spear Thistle (as Huey)  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Cash Freeland  •
Run Like Hell
(2019-08-23 • Silver's Room) Silver takes some advice and asks Lucas over for a do-over. Unfortunately the Painkillers decided to show up in the cemetary, sending people scurrying in through her window...this was not how it was supposed to go.
Cast  •   Lucas Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Cash Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •  Star Thistle  •
(2019-08-22 • Hector's Room) Hector needs to find a place to stay where he can guard Cash. friends and family come through for him.
Cast  •   Silver Luna Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Cash Freeland  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Tribute Required
(2019-08-21 • Silver's Room) Silver is feeding her creepy crawlies and a bunch of people visit. Then Cash shows up on crank.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Cash Freeland  •  Star Thistle  •
Gonna Have to Break Up With Amanda
(2019-08-20 • Jade's Room) Spear wakes up from the party in Jade's room, but it's not what it looks like. They get a chance to talk, which is nice.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Viva la Masquerade
(2019-08-19 • Marchant House) The Marchant triplets throw a masquerade party to celebrate Spring Break. Everyone who's anyone is there. It's the event of the season!
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Sean Winters  •  Jonny Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Amy Lester  •  Landon Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Star Thistle  •  Lana Reed  •  Thea Marchant  •  James Thistle  •  Alyssa Laine  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Heather Burnett  •  Anna Wilkins  •  Cash Freeland  •  Hendrix "Squid" Lester  •
(2019-08-19 • Silver's Room) Spear, Hector, and Jade all come to check on Silver as she spends Monday in bed. They use the 'V' word, since Star isn't around.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •
Stupid Teenage Drama
(2019-08-18 • Lake Havasu - Cemetery) Stupid Teenage Drama
Cast  •   Cash Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Heavenly Creatures
(2019-08-14 • The Marchant Residence) After meeting up at the park, Zane and Mona head back to the pool to discuss costumes and chaos. Spear joins in, looking for Jade, and joins in the chatter about upcoming parties and events while dropping off a present for the male member of the trio of terror. (Immediately after Earthly Creatures.)
Cast  •   Zane Bloomquist  •  Spear Thistle  •  Desdemona Marchant  •
Prom Plots
(2019-08-13 • Big Ben) Spear has some ideas for Prom that Ashley needs to hear.
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •
Post Mortem Smoke
(2019-08-12 • Newspaper Room) Jade, Hector, Silver, and Spear share cloves after history class.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Villains In History
(2019-08-12 • History Class) Ian Thistle holds a theatrical history class about Villains in History, having students dress in costume, and then discuss what makes someone a villain, versus a hero. The nature of evil is on the table and the kids have a good think on it.
Cast  •   James Thistle  •  Sean Winters  •  Justin Michaels  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Lana Reed  •  Jonny Lester  •  Landon Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  Ian Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Amy Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •
Dance Cards
(2019-08-11 • Lake Havasu - London Arms) The college kids work on their dance cards.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Star Thistle  •

  Amy Lester  •   Ashley Freeland  •

Theoretical Fox. Theoretical Apology.
(2019-08-08 • Lake Havasu - High School) Spear Thistle happens upon Amy and Ashley and the discussion turns to animals. Spear realizes Something Is Going On.
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Amy Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •
(2019-08-07 • Lake Havasu - Rotary Park) Temp
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Noah Thistle  •  Amy Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •
Cats and Feathers
(2019-08-05 • Jade's Room) Spear comes to visit Jade, and they talk while Meezer chases a feather.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
A Quick Smoke
(2019-08-03 • Behind the School) Hector and Jade have a smoke.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Everybody Hurts
(2019-08-03 • Cafeteria) A public airing of laundry.
Cast  •   Ashley Freeland  •  Amy Lester  •  Cash Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Mausoleum Nights
(2019-08-03 • Cemetery) Jade and Spear hang out by an old mausoleum.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Spear Thistle  •
Your Ex is Who?
(2019-08-02 • The Graveyard) Thistles gather and it gets Dramatic.
Cast  •   Silver Luna Thistle  •  Star Thistle  •  Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
Cemetary Sex Ed
(2019-08-01 • The Graveyard) Hector and Spear have heart to heart amoung the tombs in Early January.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •
The First Ray Of Sunshine
(2019-08-01 • Thistle Morgue) In the fall of 1992, Cash Freeland and Spear Thistle agree to a first date.
Cast  •   Cash Freeland  •  Spear Thistle  •