The Shadow Network
Arthur Tutold "Longshanks"
Quote: “A capital idea. Let’s try and work on that together.”
Description: Tall and lanky, Longshanks looks like an oversized scarecrow. He dresses conservatively, slicks his hair back and has a pair of large glasses perched on the end of his nose.
His nimbus is a series of swirling motes, like trapped fireflies buzzing hypnotically around his body.
Dedicated Magical Tool: Silver-leafed book with matching pen
Real Name: Arthur Tutold
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 5, Wits 4, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 5, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics 4, Computer 2, Science (Physics, Anthropology, Organic Chemistry, Engineering, History) 4
Physical Skills: Drive 2, Brawl 1, Larceny (Security Systems) 1, Stealth 1
Social Skills: Empathy 2, Persuasion 4, Socialize 1, Subterfuge (Lying) 3
Merits: Ambidextrous, Dream 1, High Speech, Library (Academics) 3, Occultation 3, Sanctum (Shared) 3, Status: Mysterium 1
Arcana: Fate 1, Life 1, Matter 2, Mind 2, Time 3
Rotes: Fate – Interconnections (•); Life – Analyze Life (•); Matter – Discern Composition (•), Simple Transmutation (••); Mind – One Mind, Two Thoughts (•), Emotional Urging (••); Time – Perfect Timing (•), Flip of the Coin (••), Temporal Shift (•••)
Mana/per turn: 12/3
Armor: 3 (“Temporal Dodge,” Time ••)
Background: Arthur Tutold was a promising physics student, who generated decent-sized grants even as an underclassman. One day, he walked to the top of the tallest tower in the college and threw himself off. A crash into several trees saved him from an instant death, but he was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. To everyone’s surprise, he woke up 15 minutes later.
For the next five years, he traveled to different colleges, absorbing a subject from each, and then vanishing without a trace. Knowledge-wise, he collected the equivalent knowledge of a doctorate in physics, anthropology, organic chemistry, engineering and history. Finally, the Mysterium caught up with him and started teaching him real magic.
Longshanks’ cabal, the Celestial Mirror, was the one who got the assignment to find the lost Athenaeum. His cabal-mates died saving Diogenes’ Lantern from the Seers. Longshanks was barely able to save a couple of members from the third cabal involved, and the effort almost cost him his own life.
Under any other circumstances, he would have gone solitary, but several long discussions with “B” led him to join the Daedalus Elect. His decision to help the Elect find the Athenaeum caused one of the orders (he thinks it was the Guardians) to try and eliminate him rather than risk him revealing the Athenaeum’s position. Thankfully, Sister Jehoel saved his life from the intended assassin.
After that, Longshanks threw himself in wholeheartedly with his new “family,” working as the new Eye of the sanctum. Sister Jehoel never told him that the assassin who tried to kill him was from the Mysterium. Instead, Longshanks assumed it was another botched attempt by the Guardians to hide their secrets. Should this fact ever be revealed, Longshanks will be devastated and likely seek some form of payback.
Storytelling Hints: Since Longshanks is unaware of his order’s betrayal, he acts as a mole for the Mysterium. The others don’t suspect because Longshanks is a natural chameleon; he mimics his social surroundings. He often quotes Kropotkin or Marx and can argue with the most vociferous Free Council member. Longshanks’ greatest concern is that some of the more dangerous artifacts in the collection have yet to surface. He has no idea how right he is.