Name: Devlyn Calahoir
Nicknames: Devon Madoc (Alias)
Age: Appears 21; Actual age unknown (suspected to be about 1200)
Race of Character (if Fae, what kind): Changeling: mostly-human, but a Small Part Fae (Key, maybe?)
Playby: Rolland Wythe
Devlyn is not reserved so much as he is wary, but nonetheless he does not like freely sharing information about himself. His temperament can range from being the life of the party, to having a downright depressing effect on everyone around him, and his sense of humor is rather quirky – very sarcastic and satirical. He detests sugarcoating like no other, and is perfectly willing to state the truth, no matter how ugly it may be. However, countless years of observing the politics of the Fae courts have taught him to never burn bridges, so he usually shrouds overly sardonic comments in subtexts, vocabulary or deadpan sarcasm. When he becomes truly angry, all of this tightly controlled verbal venom (and physical prowess) is revealed in a rather explosive manor.
He is in constant pursuit of knowledge, loving nothing more than to soak up as many books as possible. However, despite this educated, eloquent exterior, there is a sense of the untamed about him – a wild, feral, possibly malicious element that despite being kept on an impossibly tight leash, still makes humans very uneasy. He enjoys a world in chaos, but does not go out of his way to (permanently) destroy the order of the land; and unlike the Fae, he generally refrains from handing out punishments for offenses and injustices done to him, although pushing his patience is still very ill advised.
Devlyn’s downfall is his reluctance to trust people, keeping others from trusting in him and severely limiting his chances to form any sort of relationship. When someone desires to be his friend, he orchestrates a number of “trials” for them before he deems them worthy of his trust and capable enough to be his friend. These trials can be remarkably harsh, bringing out his Fae side in his seeming disregard for people’s emotions and well being; if they fail he moves on, viewing the situation with an attitude of ‘survival of the fittest’. Those who pass the trials often wonder if his friendship was actually worth the turmoil; however, he is remarkably loyal to those who have earned his trust and respect, and will fight to the death to protect them.
Also, when his wild side does not get the better of him, he is generally a good person, and great company.
His human nature means he has a natural inclination to help those who need it. However, due to wariness and Fae influence, he ignores it unless there is some benefit offered in return.
Although he lacks the most prominent signs of Fae blood, the fact that Devlyn spent his developmental years in the Realm of the Fae and under the influence of its magic have given him some slight signs of Fae appearance. Thus, his features are a mixture of Fae and human characteristics. His hair is a flaming orange-red and his skin is rather pale, both human traits pointing to his Irish heritage; he stands at a modest 5’9”, and has lighter build. He has the rounded ears of a human, but the high cheekbones and claw-like fingernails of the Fair Folk. His golden-hazel eyes hold mischievousness and feral elements that can only come from deep ties to the Fae – not to mention the color, which was probably the result of magic’s meddling as well.
Because the movement of time differs between the Realm of the Fae and the human world, the master of a human Changeling determines how quickly he or she will grow. Through the unknown number of human centuries he has spent in the Realm of the Fae, he has only aged twenty years, and continues to mature at that pace whether he spends his time in the human world or Realm of the Fae. He currently appears to be 21.
As a human, Devlyn is unable to perform spells. However, he has acquired a few particularly Faerie-like qualities: he can create a sort of aura that attracts people to him (the only thing remotely close to magic that he is capable of), and can also manipulate people using his own ingenuity and Fae tricks and techniques that do not require magic. When he so desires, he can combine these two abilities to have strong influence over a person’s actions and emotions. He cannot tell a lie, not because it is physically impossible for him as it is for the Fair Folk, but because telling the truth is all that he has come to know. However, like most Fae, he is very skilled at evasions and manipulating the implications of his words. He is also slightly stronger and faster than the average human.
Having spent a considerable amount of time with his master in the Seelie and UnSeelie courts, he has an intimate knowledge of both – the mannerisms, garments, methods of address and proper etiquette particular to each. He has managed to divine much about the inner workings of the Fae’s magic, and uses his knowledge to avoid falling into their traps. Also, his birth in the human world and upbringing in the world of the Fae have given him firm connections with both, so that he can identify the places where the two worlds meet, otherwise known as the rips in the Veil. He exploits this knowledge to regularly travel between the two worlds, but is incapable of doing anything else.
He is a fast learner who devours books, and through his exceptional memory he has acquired in-depth knowledge on a variety of subjects.
Devlyn Calahoir was born in the earlier days of the Fae, when all kinds of magical beings still inhabited the British Isles, France, Scandinavia, and Germany. Only hours after he was born, the Fae of the Seelie Court switched him with a Fae child, and he became a changeling; though he cannot remember his parents, he knows they were of Irish (Gaelic) descent, and that they committed some crime against the Fae in order to receive a changeling child. The Veil was sealed not long after he was brought back to the Realm of the Fae.
He was raised in the Realm of the Fae and groomed to be a servant to the gentry of the Seelie Court, which was still under the rule of King Oberon and Queen Tatiana at the time. He was put in the care of a powerful member of the aristocracy named Eallair Madoc, a knowledgeable Fae whose status as one of the more fickle in the Seelie Court and love of adventure were legendary. Devlyn’s childhood was not an unhappy one – though he did not have any children willing to play with him, the adults delighted in his insatiable curiosity and would often share a story or two of their adventures.
It was decided that he should be familiar with his human heritage; once he had mastered the language of the Fae, he was taught his native language, Gaelic, and the histories of the British Isles and Scandinavia, as well as their cultures, literature, and religion. It was required that he also master the peculiarities of Fae culture, learning about their ceremonial dances, literature, and the manners one must employ in court, among other things. He became Eallair's personal servant, but always made time for reading and continued studies.
After a considerable amount of time, Eallair got bored of life on the side of "good" and defected to the UnSeelie Court, bringing Devlyn with him and quickly establishing himself as one of the highest-ranking nobility. Eallair protected Devlyn from the mischief and mayhem of their new company, and established that his Changeling servant was not to be harmed. Several eventful centuries passed in the UnSeelie Court, Eallair enjoyed the malicious schemes, and Devlyn enjoyed the vast library, even bigger than that of the Seelie court - all the books stolen, of course.
One day, the unthinkable happened. Though he did not appear a day over thirty, and did not act a day over fifteen, Eallair Madoc was one of the oldest Fae in the realm, a secret that he closely guarded. This illusion was helped along by the fact that Fae age differently from humans, not showing the toll it takes on their bodies until they just...die. And that is what Eallair did. His last act was to tell Devlyn to flee the UnSeelie Court, as these Fae would capture him and never allow him any freedom. Eallair give him the seal ring bearing the Madoc crest, allowing him to assume the identity of a half-human, half-Fae descendent of the noble Madoc family of the Seelie Court. This let him travel the Realm of the Fae without fear of being captured; he considers this seal ring his most prized possession.
Devlyn decided the best way to pay homage to Eallairwas by exercising his freedom to the fullest. He traveled throughout the Realm of the Fae, meeting new faeries and exploring everything that realm had to offer, using the Madoc seal ring and the name Devon Madoc to avoid being recognized as a Changeling, captured, and put to work as a servant once more.
When the rifts in the Veil began appearing, he used his deep connection with both the Human and Fae Realms to seek them out, and expanded his travels to include the human world as well. The first time he crossed over was some point in the 1800s, to this day he still prefers nineteenth century dress, and wears it whenever he can. After updating his English (the last form of the language he had learned was Middle English), he set out to explore his native Ireland, moving on to the British Isles and other areas of Europe once occupied by Fae, and then to America as well.
He is now traveling between the Realms, and around the world. No one knows where he might appear next…
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