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Name

Manticore

Also Known As

Sebastianus

on MUX as

The Scholar

Archetype

The Scholar

Occupation

Burlesque Dancer, 'The Illuminated Man', Calligrapher

Apparent Age

Mid 30s

Played By

Rufus Sewell

Faction Membership

Providers of Adult Entertainment
Burlesque Dancer, 'The Illuminated Man'
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The Hollow - A Perfect Circle

Run him like a blade

To and through the heart

No conscience

One Motive

Cater to the hollow

Saltkin - Purity Ring

Varnish my forehead red in evenings

Drip down over my jowls

Bid them writhe and sprout their

Heavy feathers lift my drooping head

There's a cult, there's a cult inside of me

Form the salt, sprinkle it around me

Into a bright, bound sea surrounded fury

Our bodies will return

H - Tool

Venomous voice, tempts me

drains me, bleeds me

leaves me cracked and empty

drags me down like some sweet gravity...

The snake behind me hisses

what my damage could have been

My blood before me begs me

open up my heart again

And I feel this coming over like a storm again now

I am too connected to you to

Slip away, fade away

Days away I still feel you

Touching me, changing me

Considerately killing me


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Anyone you speak with for more than five minutes can tell you're a scholar of some variety. Your family members knew you'd dedicate yourself to the pursuit of higher learning when you came of age, and you didn't disappoint. You're the academic who's read every book and paper on the subject (even the dicey ones with bad references); the researcher whose living space is nothing but research paraphernalia; the philosopher whose head is always pondering a question, be it new or old. You don't forsake your personal connections for this, but it's a near thing; it's not that you don't love them, it's that you're so easily distracted by your work. You constantly struggle to remember that not everyone is as focused on the nuances of knowledge, historical and current, and how to seek it out and make proper use of it, as you are.

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Education. History. Facts. These are the building blocks of society, and you are their loyal subject. You strive to understand the world around you and learn something new in every situation. You can never know too much.



Role in Carnival

Coming to America

For as long as mankind has existed, they've recorded their knowledge--mythologies, theories, histories--by hand. Before written language, they drew; when written language took shape, they drew and wrote. Eventually, they blended the two, giving rise to rich documents and tapestries and murals blending imagination and learning into a single art form. A number of learned beasts sprang forth from this tradition, and one of these was Sebastianus, a manticore.

He came into being during the third century, formed by scholars illuminating their texts with miniatures as they recorded their myths and legends. He was a muse to them, a guide, encouraging and frustrating by turns. Due to the text which formed him, he was also a predator to them, as any idea run rampant is to an academic. With a voice that could break a mortal mind and a voracious appetite for their flesh, he often hunted them even as he inspired them. He is a symbol of knowledge as power and danger wrapped in one, capricious and graceful in the manner of all cats, beautiful and horrifying to look upon, with a voice both dreadful and glorious voice.

Once an inspiration to the scholars of Europe, appearing all over their works, Sebastianus' power waned as illumination became rarer when Europe left the Renaissance period. Tapestries and murals remained; a feeble replacement for his true power, but enough to sustain him. When Europeans moved West to colonize new lands he went with them, hopeful that they might be inspired--by him or their own new experiences--to take up textual illumination again, but it was not to be. Printing presses and cameras came into being. Mankind no longer wrote their knowledge and discoveries by hand; they mass produced them, and Sebastianus weakened further still. Though he still loves what mankind writes, he's cut off from its power due to his nature. Modern books and libraries are bittersweet to him, temples which have been emptied of their true iconography and turned into an art market of cheap replicas.

Carnival of Wonders

No matter what shape he takes, his skin is covered with the illuminations that birthed him. They're a wonder to mortals, these tattoos (for this is how they perceive them), and in this way he found a new source of power. If he could no longer inspire mankind to learn, he could at least let them marvel at the sight of him. It wasn't the same, not by a long shot, and yet it was the fate of the very texts from which he'd arisen; to be marveled at, to be looked upon, to be placed on display. He can alter his markings at will, and does so to suit a performance. And that's what he's been doing, for decades: displaying himself. It's what he has left now.

He joined the Carnival in the early years at the urging of a devotee--his first, Olivia--who realized its acts for what they were, and knew he would be better off there than scraping by in New York City, skulking among the libraries of its universities and earning a meager living in cabaret shows. He seldom accepts work as a prostitute unless the price is appropriately exorbitant (or the Carnival is that strapped for cash), sticking primarily to burlesque and striptease. Any time he's not on stage he's covered from neck to ankles to wrists, his illuminations hidden from casual view, even in heat and humidity. He'll make an exception in the Burlesque Tent itself, since his fellow Providers aren't patrons, but outside of that or the sheep wagon he and his devotees stay in he's fully clothed. No one gets the goods for free. When the Adult Tent is dark, as it sometimes must be, he'll be found among the vendors, selling calligraphy and his own personal illuminated pages. (It helps that if someone doesn't like exactly what he has he can change it with a touch of magic.)

Mankind's knowledge is still a source of power to him, if not potent as it once was; accordingly, he's at his strongest when they're near cities with any sort of institution of higher learning, or a particularly well-endowed library.

Each of his devotees wears a bracelet: a set of five colorful, cylindrical, paper beads formed from small pieces of illuminated manuscript. The manuscript beads are strung together with small, black beads carved with vines and flowers.

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Sebastianus

Providers ('The Illuminated Man')

Sebastianus' human face, the only one he wears with regularity.

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Manticore

Sebastianus' true form, a manticore.

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Baz

One of the few other human faces Sebastianus uses, when he needs to look less like usual self.

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Bastina

When he wishes to appear as a human woman, this is the shape Sebastianus nearly always takes, going by 'Bastina'. Her hair varies from perfectly straight to a riot of curls similar to his own, and everywhere in between. He almost never performs as her, though, preferring to use this shape to move in different circles than Sebastianus or Baz would be allowed in.

Transmutation - Comics OR Animation: Sebastianus is looking into something to become, having no intention of dying in the fight against Trinity, nor becoming human, nor fading quietly. He's circling in on these two concepts.

Hunted: A manticore's venom has a variety of supposed uses, and its mane, hide, claws, and teeth would fetch a fine price...as a result, Sebastianus isn't a fan of hunting deities. He's not openly hostile towards them, but to say renowned hunters are at a social disadvantage with him would be an understatement. And if you're a poacher, he's really...really not going to like you.

Bookish: Despite his dispassion for modern, soul-less books, he reads voraciously. His followers are constantly selling off books he's read and buying new ones any time the circuit takes the show to a town where this might be feasible.

Calligrapher: Sebastianus does calligraphy and illumination on the side, selling among the vendors (with Dash's help) when the Cooch Tent is dark or he'll feeling restless during the day. Need something written out artfully, to curse or bless or just as a gift? An illuminated page strike your fancy?

Animal Ken: Sebastianus is inclined to be friendly and accommodating to all animals and his fellow mythical beasts. This isn't always welcome attention, terrifying creature that he is, though some may not be afraid of him since he only eats mortal human flesh.

Sheet

Brawn: Normal
+ Endurance (Positive)

Owing to the almost nightly performances and the need to fly far afield to hunt without raising suspicion, Sebastianus has built up quite a bit of staying power.
- Delicate (Negative)

He might have stamina, but he's not very tough.
Finesse: Normal
+ Agile (Positive)

All these years of dancing in cabarets have paid off; his movements are as efficient as they are fluid.
Brains: Good
+ Problem Solver (Positive)

Sebastianus didn't spend centuries as a muse to academics for nothing; he's remarkably good at puzzling things out.
- Distractable (Negative)

New and interesting ideas and discoveries catch Sebastianus' eye quite easily, and he can have trouble staying focused.
+ Total Recall (Positive)

Sebastianus' memory is long, and he's honed the art of remembering the vast and deep array of things he knows.
+ Perceptive (Positive)

He's a hunter and a showman; he has an eye, ear, and nose for details.
Spirit: Normal
+ Force of Nature (Positive)

Sebastianus' presence can cow lesser-willed individuals.
+ Deadly Calm (Positive)

He's patient, even icy, when he wants to be.
- Capricious (Negative)

Sebastianus has a tendency to change his mind, frequently and without rhyme or reason; this makes him come across as unreliable in his loyalties and emotions.
- Cocksure (Negative)

Like any intelligent cat, he can easily overestimate himself, and frequently does.

Perks and Quirks

- Monstrous Diet

As a manticore, Sebastianus must feed on mortal human flesh. Fortunately he only needs to every two days or so, but it does mean once a stop someone goes missing from the nearby area. He'll often fly a moderate distance to avoid arousing suspicion.
- Freak

In human shapes, Sebastinus has retractable black claws on his toes, and black fingernails that can easily grow to considerable length and sharpness. He keeps the fingernails filed to a rounded point and moderately long, because he still likes the thought of using them if he needs to. Sebastianus' human shapes are incapable of properly rendering his voice; when he speaks he has to murmur or whisper, and if he tries to raise his voice it sounds hoarse and thready.
- Bestial

The manticore is a hunter of mankind, and mortals know it when they're around Sebastianus. In the Cooch Tent it's almost a draw, this dangerous undercurrent that they can sense beneath those gorgeous illuminations and his lovely, feral smile, but out in broad daylight it drives them away. He relies on his devotees for interaction with other mortals.
- Weakness (Minor)

Sebastianus is especially susceptible to Damascus steel weapons, one of the technological advances of the era he was born in whose true production methods were lost to time. Antiques still persist, of course...
- Archaic Mind

As a manticore and beast, Sebastianus struggles with technology of most kinds, particularly things which were invented to supersede him (type writers, cameras, printing presses). He relies on his devotees for interactions with most technology short of a fountain pen or wind up watch.
+ Shapeshifter (Human)

Sebastianus always performs as a human, and if he's outside his wagon is typically in a human shape as well.
+ Minor Power: Image and Written Text Manipulation (Brains)

He can alter any sort of hand-produced image and/or text. This explicitly does not work on photographs or type-written items, though hand-written text on such items can be altered (eg. a hand-written note on the back of a photograph, or the signatures on a typed-up contract). He often uses this ability to adjust his illuminations to suit a performance for the viewers, and he can also change a piece of art or calligraphy produced by himself or another vendor to specifically suit a customer's desires. The smaller the changes are, the more detailed they can be. Larger changes have to be broader and less refined. For example, changing an entire painting might be limited to altering one color (over the whole artwork), but he can replace a signature or change an important date here and there on a contract and perfectly match the handwriting and ink.
+ Minor Power: Shadowhunter (Finesse)

Sebastianus can, with the aid of cover, shadows, and/or darkness, increase his stealthiness, making him difficult to detect via sight, hearing, or smell. This ability cannot be used on someone or something else, nor can it be used without cover. It's more effective when he's immobile or moving very slow.
+ Minor Power: Voice of the Manticore (Spirit)

In his monstrous form, Sebastianus' voice is a thing of awe and terror. Once upon a time hearing it could break a mortal mind; now, weakened as he is, it's still enough to paralyze their minds for a time.
+ Minor Power: Sting of the Manticore (Brawn)

Though no longer potent enough to kill, the venom delivered by Sebastianus' tail will still make his enemies sluggish and weaken them, even cause them to lose consciousness.
+ Minor Power: Conquer and Devour (Brains)

Sebastianus can call on the knowledge of mortals he has consumed. This is a wide range of people, so can include an equally wide range of information, but his ability to do so is limited in scope. He can only seek a specific question or piece of information. He could, for example, recall an individual conversation a previous meal had with someone, or know some facts they did on a given topic, but he can't know everything about their lives, or the ins and outs of how they led it.
+ Adrenaline Boost

When his blood is up, it's really up.

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Unicorn with a drawl

Unicorn

A kindred spirit, if also my polar opposite in so many ways. Perhaps in that way we balance one another; one to cleanse, one to destroy. A little melodramatic at times, but then, he is a unicorn.

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Yiṣḥāq

Angry Mechanic

A fierce, volatile lover for my fierce, volatile heart.

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Cattulus

Cat

A sweet cousin, if a little unaware of his own strength. He can hardly be blamed, considering.

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Cousin

Big Cat Act

As fierce as she is lovely. A cousin, in a way, and a powerful one at that.

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Avia

Runs the Cooch Tent

The queen of the tent, and well aware of it I am. Making her smile is a goal of mine, but it's tricky, as she smiles for as many horrifying reasons as amusing ones. A fine line to walk.

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Olivia Isaacson (Carnival)

Acrobat and Costumer/Seamstress
Olivia was Sebastianus' first devotee. He saved her life (in the process of obtaining a meal, it must be said), and for days after she wondered about the mysterious beast she only caught a glimpse of in a dark alley in New York City. One night, visiting a closer friend who worked at a cabaret, she saw him in his human form during his act, and recognized his tattoos (really, his illuminations). She knew those markings had to belong to the same being.

She was careful in how she approached him, because she suspected she was dealing with something from one of her gran's half-remembered tales, a beast from the old times. She sought a gift to bring him, something to convince him to listen for a moment, and found an illuminated manuscript page in a flea market. She merely thought it would remind him of his markings, but it was more precious than any gold to him. It earned her his undivided attention, long enough to tell her story, and that in turn earned her his trust. (What else was he, but a creature of story and myth?) They struck a deal: she would be his assistant, and he would keep her safe. She had no family, and he felt a mutual loneliness (though of course he'd never admit such a thing openly, yet Olivia feels he makes it known in all he does). She's been trying to make sure he eats only bad people; fortunately, there's no shortage of supremely awful people out there. Training the Object of Her Worship to focus on them? That's been a struggle.

She created the bracelets Sebastianus' devotees wear. Each is a set of five colourful, cylindrical beads formed from small pieces of illuminated manuscript. The manuscript beads are strung together with small, black beads carved with vines and flowers.

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Dashiel Hogarth (Carnival)

Sleight of Hand Magician/Trick Contraption Builder (Midway), Roustie
Young, brash, and formerly a rich kid, Dash is Sebastianus' most recently acquired devotee. He'd be a classic case of bored rich kid run off to join the circus, except it's not quite like that. It's closer to 'bored rich kid convinced magic is real and humans can learn it stumbles across a manticore and pesters him enough that he invites him to join the carnival as one of the manticore's followers'. It's not a completely one-sided deal; Dash brought an influx of money and mechanical skill, and all he asks in return is a chance to try and understand the magic of the carnival's wonders. He's sure there's some sort of explanation behind it all, something he just needs to sort out, and then, humans will continue the traditions of magic rather than letting them die out.

Sebastianus humors him, not unlike an adult cat playing with a cub. Or a meal. After all, if his patronage can belong to anyone, it's someone who has decided to find a way to learn something which is thought to be impossible. And, any time the carnival is near Dash's alma mater, Sebastianus has Dash get him entrance to the library's special collections, so he can handle the rarer texts from a time when learning was writ pure.

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Sachin Joshi (Carnival)

Trained animal act (binturong) and Cook
Sachin joined Sebastianus not long after Olivia did. The carnival was passing through a small town when Sebastianus felt something he never thought he would again: a summons. A young man, desperate for aid from any avenue, had followed the advice of a fortune teller and performed a ritual at her suggestion. Perhaps it was luck, or perhaps that fortune teller herself wasn't merely a huckster; whichever it was, Sachin's call was heard by Sebastianus.

Sachin's family was in a precarious legal situation which could easily see them deported back to India, and his parents had already given up everything to come to the country some thirty years earlier. It was the only home Sachin and his sisters knew. Sebastianus was able to subtly alter various documents to get them out of their bind, and Sachin, amazed and in Sebastianus' debt, chose to go with him.

Sachin began in the carnival as a cook, and in the process of seeking a carnival act for himself discovered he was quite good with animals. Sebastianus procured a binturong for him (Olivia suspects this was related to an incident at a zoo when they passed near Chicago), and he's gradually taught the animal, which he named Shashthi, to do various tricks with her prehensile tail.

No badges for Carnival.

2019-04-26
Spitballing
(2019-04-26 • Egyptian Camp) Sebastianus, Leona, Oh, and Osiris try to think of Avatars for each other.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  Sekhmet  •  Ouroboras  •  Osiris  •
2019-04-25
The Lily Among the Thorns
(2019-04-25 • Outside Escanaba, MI) Itchy and Sebastianus exchange various gifts.
Cast  •   Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •
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  •
2019-04-23
A League of Their Own
(2019-04-23 • Midway) Assorted rubes dunk Thomas (Osiris).
Cast  •   Osiris (as Thomas)  •  Diamond Devil (as Naill)  •  The Thrill-Seeker (as The Banker)  •  Manticore (as Hannah)  •
2019-04-23
Down in the Valley
(2019-04-23 • Valley Forge) After that close call in Industry's warehouses, Kemen, Leona, Diamanto, and Sebastianus go on a hunt.
Cast  •   Diamond Devil  •  Sekhmet  •  Manticore  •  Osiris  •
2019-04-22
Where In The World is Mephisto?
(2019-04-22 • The Workshop) Management sends a group to try and find Mephisto who has been missing for quite some time.
Cast  •   Diamond Devil  •  Coyote  •  Hodr  •  Bik  •  The Unicorn  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Sekhmet  •  Osiris  •  Manticore  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Artemis  •
2019-04-20
Chance and Strategy
(2019-04-20 • Carnival of Wonders - Illuminated Sheepwagon) Kemen meets Shashthi, teaches Sebastianus a boardgame.
Cast  •   Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
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  •
2019-04-17
Rite of Spring
(2019-04-17 • Egyptian Camp) The Wonders and their Mortal Followers celebrate a Fertility Festival.
Cast  •   Osiris  •  Sekhmet  •  Ouroboras  •  Diamond Devil  •  Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •  Chiva  •  Dionysus  •  Hodr  •
2019-04-15
Fear and Loathing in Truth or Consequences
(2019-04-15 • Egyptian Camp) A simple conversation about options for transformation and choices becomes horror and chaos and the monsters reveal themselves.
Cast  •   Osiris  •  Bik  •  Ouroboras  •  Diamond Devil  •  The Unicorn  •  Manticore  •  Urania  •  Fenrir  •  Hodr  •
2019-04-13
Let's Not Talk About It
(2019-04-13 • Hot Springs) Four fellas relax in the hot springs and do NOT discuss the news from Management.
Cast  •   Osiris  •  The Unicorn  •  Manticore  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •
2019-04-12
How to calm a unicorn
(2019-04-12 • Ignota's Tent) Kemen and Sebastianus visit Colorado to calm him in the wake of the trip to the cinema.
Cast  •   Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Osiris (as Kemen)  •  The Unicorn (as Colorado)  •
2019-04-12
Four Roads
(2019-04-12 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) Having options isn't the same as having good options. Urania delivers the news from Management to the carnival.
Cast  •   Alecto  •  Manticore  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Urania  •  Coyote  •  Áine  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Hodr  •  Diamond Devil  •
2019-04-12
Between a Rock and Several Hard Places
(2019-04-12 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) Urania informs the myths on what's to come and the various choices that they can make. Most of which seem difficult or horrible.
Cast  •   Alecto  •  Manticore  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Urania  •  Áine  •  Hodr  •  Coyote  •  Ouroboras  •  Diamond Devil  •
2019-04-10
Bonds Beneath the Desert Sky
(2019-04-10 • New Mexico Desert) In the midst of chaos, two souls unite beneath the desert sky one night in Truth or Consequences, embracing their own truth in the process.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  Sekhmet  •  Osiris  •  Loki  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Arthur Grim  •  Fenrir  •  Hodr  •  Diamond Devil  •  Urania  •  Nike  •  Dionysus  •
2019-04-10
Hollywood, Where Dreams Go To Die
(2019-04-10 • Lycium Cinema) Several of the carnival troupe visit Truth or Conesquences' cinema in order to meet with Ishtar.
Cast  •   Alecto  •  La Llorona  •  Bik  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Áine  •  Hodr  •  Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •  Gran Brigitte  •
2019-04-09
Am I More Than You Bargained For
(2019-04-09 • Carnival of Wonders - Truth or Consequences, New Mexico) Sebastianus takes Itchy for a picnic.
Cast  •   Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-04-08
The Great Game
(2019-04-08 • Carnival Grounds - Midway) Kit Coyote ballies for the carnival, is teased by a townie, thwarts a thief, receives a warning. All in a day's work.
Cast  •   Coyote (as Kit Coyote, Inali, Tybalt)  •  Manticore (as The three rubes)  •
2019-04-06
Dust and Flowers
(2019-04-06 • Hot Springs) Sebastianus and Kemen discuss Love and Death at the Hot Springs.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  Osiris  •
2019-04-05
What the Oracle Said
(2019-04-05 • Carnival of Wonders - Ignota and Company's tent) Sebastianus seeks a reading from Holly.
Cast  •   Holly Majors  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-04-05
On the Hunt
(2019-04-05 • In the New Mexico Desert) Two great cats stalk one another in the desert.
Cast  •   Sekhmet  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-04-03
An Understanding
(2019-04-03 • On the Road to Truth or Consequences, NM) Sebastianus runs something by Colorado, because he's polite.
Cast  •   The Unicorn (as Colorado)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-04-02
The Torments of Itchy Book 3
(2019-04-02 • Carnival of Wonders - Cooch Tent) Itchy's broken nose is tended to. (Directly follows Devil's Dance Floor.)
Cast  •   Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-04-02
Devil's Dance Floor
(2019-04-02 • Carnival Grounds - Cooch Tent) Itchy is called to fix some broken lights in the Cooch Tent. It goes about as one would expect. Soundtrack: Flogging Molly - Devil's Dance Floor, Camille Saint-Saens - Danse Bacchanale
Cast  •   Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Mermaid (as Callie)  •
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/  •
2019-04-01
Smash the Radio
(2019-04-01 • Carny Camp) Sebastianus brings the distraught unicorn back to camp. He and Kit talk about Radio.
Cast  •   The Unicorn  •  Manticore  •  Coyote  •
2019-03-31
ReBirthday Party
(2019-03-31 • Carnival Grounds - Adult Area) The Children Of A Lesser God have a reason to celebrate. Everyone's Invited.
Cast  •   Ouroboras (as Oh)  •  Urania (as Urania)  •  The Unicorn (as Colorado)  •  La Llorona (as Lorraine)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Nike (as Nikki)  •  Bik (as Bik)  •  Diamond Devil (as Diamento)  •  Sekhmet (as Leona)  •  Mad Sweeney (as Cedric)  •  Hodr (as Holden/Owen)  •
2019-03-31
The Feast
(2019-03-31 • Farms and grazing land outside Nowhere, Colorado) In which the hungry bellies of three hunters are filled under Kemen's watchful eye.
Cast  •   Sekhmet (as Leona)  •  Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Ouroboras (as Oh)  •
2019-03-31
Disarmed
(2019-03-31 • Leona and Kemen's Camp) Kemen finds a gift left by the faeries. Leona calls for blood. Faerie pranks ensue, kegs are brought out, and people come to drink and discuss Radio's offer.
Cast  •   Osiris  •  Benaim Hakiem  •  Sekhmet  •  Diamond Devil  •  Hodr  •  Aya Chione  •  Rana Shani  •  Nenet Fisher  •  Ouroboras  •  Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Sachin Joshi  •  Holly Majors  •  Excellent Jiang  •  Erik Burton  •
2019-03-30
Beauty of the Unhidden Heart
(2019-03-30 • Villeneuve Farmhouse and environs, Nowhere, Colorado) The unicorn seeks out Sally Villeneuve. Soundtrack: The Beauty of the Unhidden Heart - The Glitch Mob
Cast  •   The Unicorn  •  Manticore (as Sally, George, Aurelia, Grandmother Villeneuve)  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •
2019-03-30
Return of the King
(2019-03-30 • Carny Camp) Sky brings Kemen back to camp, to an admiring audience.
Cast  •   Zeus  •  Manticore  •  Osiris  •  Sekhmet  •  The Unicorn  •  Ouroboras  •
2019-03-29
A Trunk Full of Treasures
(2019-03-29 • Carnie Camp - Illuminated Sheepwagon) Sebastianus and Kemen chat over tea, and the manticore shows Kemen some of the contents of his personal trunk.
Cast  •   Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-03-29
You Know My Name
(2019-03-29 • Ignota and Mysteria's Side Show) Come one, come all, to see Ignota, the Hidden Master of the Mind, and his assistant Madame Mysteria.
Cast  •   Coyote (as Tybalt)  •  Holly Majors  •  The Unicorn  •  Manticore (as Joseph, The Thompsons, George and Sally)  •
2019-03-27
The Cruelest Month
(2019-03-27 • Foothills near Nowhere, Colorado) The unicorn thanks the manticore for his assistance.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •
2019-03-26
On the Nature of Being
(2019-03-26 • Carnival of Wonders - Illuminated Sheepwagon) Oh and Sebastianus discuss the nature of being.
Cast  •   Ouroboras (as Oh)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-03-26
In the Tea Room
(2019-03-26 • Carnival of Wonders - Madame Willow's Tea Room) Cedric, Madame Willow, and Sebastianus discuss radios, job offers, and missing gods over sweetened huangjiu and bai tang gao.
Cast  •   Mèng Pó (as Madame Willow)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Mad Sweeney (as Cedric)  •
2019-03-25
As Heard on the Radio
(2019-03-25 • Carnival Grounds - Big Top) Natsuki and Sebastianus discuss Radio's offer.
Cast  •   Kitsune (as Natsuki)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-03-25
Wonderland
(2019-03-25 • Carnival Grounds - Big Top) The Big Top puts on a flashy show in Nowhere, Colorado to draw repeat visitors and spark belief in magic.
Cast  •   Dionysus (as Dean)  •  Ouroboras (as Oh)  •  Sasha Savage (as audience)  •  La Llorona (as audience)  •  Thunderbird (as audience)  •  Mad Sweeney (as audience)  •  Taema and Tilafaiga (as Kiri)  •  Diamond Devil (as audience)  •  Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Áine (as Eve)  •  Manticore (as audience)  •  Theodore Walker  •  Aya Chione  •  Nike (as Nikki)  •  Sekhmet (as Leona)  •  Kitsune (as The Tangerine Torpedo)  •
2019-03-22
Chiaroscuro
(2019-03-22 • Flying) As offered, Sebastianus takes Kemen for a flight.
Cast  •   Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-03-21
An Afternoon in the 10-in-1
(2019-03-21 • Carnival Grounds - Ten in One) An afternoon in the 10-in-1, featuring Kit ballying for Greta, Gunter, Olivia, Excellent, and Oh.
Cast  •   Ouroboras (as Oh)  •  The Director  •  Baldr (as Logan Odinson)  •  Coyote (as Kit)  •  Manticore (as Olivia)  •  Excellent Jiang  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Greta Hellstrom  •  Gunter Hellstrom  •
2019-03-19
Never Ending Circles
(2019-03-19 • Carnival Grounds - Cooch Tent) Thomas attends a Burlesque Show, which has a guest performance by Dia.
Cast  •   Diamond Devil (as Dia)  •  Osiris (as Thomas)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-03-19
Tea with a Manticore
(2019-03-19 • Carnival of Wonders - Kemen's Campsite) Kemen invites Sebastianus for tea.
Cast  •   Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •
2019-03-19
Rustled
(2019-03-19 • Carnival of Wonders - Carnie Camp) In which a unicorn is rescued.
Cast  •   Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Áine (as Eve)  •  Theodore Walker  •  Baldr (as Logan)  •  The Unicorn (as Colorado)  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Excellent Jiang  •  Holly Majors  •
2019-03-19
Lost in Wonder
(2019-03-19 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) Two townie urchins sneak into the Carnie Camp. Chaos ensues. Conclusion: Found in Wonder
Cast  •   Osiris (as Aya-Kemen)  •  Coyote (as Kit)  •  Baldr (as Logan)  •  The Unicorn (as Colorado)  •  La Llorona (as Lorraine)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Greta Hellstrom  •  Gunter Hellstrom  •
2019-03-19
Found in Wonder
(2019-03-19 • Carnival Grounds - Midway) Logan, Gunter, Greta, Kit, and Inali return two wayward children to their parents. Follows Lost in Wonder.
Cast  •   Coyote (as Kit)  •  Manticore (as Stephen and Tina)  •  Baldr (as Logan)  •  Greta Hellstrom  •  Gunter Hellstrom  •
2019-03-19
Zechariah's Vision in the Temple
(2019-03-19 • Carnival of Wonders - Ignota's Tent) In the wake of Colorado's rescue, Sebastianus checks up on Colorado, and apologizes to Itchy.
Cast  •   Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •
2019-03-17
Something Sexy This Way Comes
(2019-03-17 • Carnival Grounds - Cooch Tent) The fine people of Nowhere, Colorado are entertained by the Carnival of Burlesque.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  La Llorona  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Georgia Stavros  •  Mal Winchester  •
2019-03-16
To Do Lists
(2019-03-16 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) Kemen and Sebastianus relax after the day's shows, and are joined by Gran.
Cast  •   Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Gran Brigitte (as Bree)  •
2019-03-16
Breakfast in Nowhere
(2019-03-16 • Carnival Grounds - Camp) The Carnival of Wonders rolls into Nowhere overnight, and the next morning breakfast is served before setup.
Cast  •   Coyote (as Kit Cody)  •  Hodr (as Holden Odinson)  •  Diamond Devil  •  Baldr (as Logan Odinson)  •  Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  The Unicorn (as Colorado)  •  Gran Brigitte (as Nightshade)  •  Erik Burton  •  Lars Holmgren  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Sachin Joshi  •
2019-03-13
No Rest for the Wicked
(2019-03-13 • The Cooch Tent) Bree and Sebastianus discuss what needs be done.
Cast  •   Manticore (as Sebastianus)  •  Gran Brigitte (as Bree)  •
2019-03-11
By the Light of the Moon
(2019-03-11 • Somewhere in Minnesota) A unicorn meets a manticore.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •
2019-03-10
The Torments of Itchy (and Holly) Book 2
(2019-03-10 • Carnival Grounds - Ignota and Mysteria's Tent) Holly receives a special delivery.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  Holly Majors  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •
2019-03-08
The Torments of Itchy Book 1
(2019-03-08 • Carnival Grounds) Itchy goes to find Dash, finds someone else instead. That's how it starts.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  Itzhak "Itchy" Rosencrantz  •  Dashiel Hogarth  •
1934-05-17
April Showers Bring May Flowers
(1934-05-17 • Kemen's Camp) A group gathers to share news around Kemen's camp
Cast  •   Osiris  •  Ouroboras  •  Diamond Devil  •  Hodr  •  Sekhmet  •  Manticore  •
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