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Index was once a small and close-knit community, but the town located on the western side of Washington state has grown in recent years beyond anyone's expectations. It is the ideal place for those who work in Seattle but can't afford the city's high real estate prices, and for others the natural beauty attracts them to the town. And Index truly is a beautiful place - surrounded by thick evergreen trees, tall mountains and glistening rivers and lakes. While weather is typically rainy with overcast skies even this does nothing to take away from the beauty of the town, and it is only highlighted further when the heavy snow graces the town and caps the mountains in winter. To many, Index would seem like a paradise. And yet lurking beneath this visual beauty there is more to this town than anyone might ever imagine...

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Re: [Private] Gayle the recruiter

Ásgeirr Haagan | Vampire; Senior

Posted on Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:30 pm

A smile crept upon my face as I thought about her statement. "I suppose you are right. It seems as though sometimes, the most insignificant of memories will never leave my mind." You would think that with the years, one would slowly lose the small memories to make room for new ones, but I had grown amazed by the capabilities of the human brain. "No, I am afraid I did not. All I have ever seen touched by sunlight are green hills as far as the eye can see and mountains covered in snow." My home was beautiful in its own way. Nature was still untouched, so different from the industrial ages in England. Yet the bustling city had always called to me. It was where I belonged. How times could change... It was almost sad how much I had secluded myself from society until now. "What about you, what is the last place you have seen in the bright light of the day?"

I was glad we had a chance to speak in person. Even though it was a coincidence she was here, I always liked to grab any opportunity when it presented itself. "I must admit it is hard to shake the formalities after all these years, but I will try. You may call me Ásgeirr, if you like." The wind was blowing ever so gently, causing a few reddened leaves to flutter slowly down to the path before us. Autumn had finally arrived. The longer the days, the longer I was able to roam the world. The breeze was just a nice added bonus. "Don't worry about the distance. Even though it is a bit of a hassle to travel, I enjoy returning to places I have once spent quite a bit of time. It is intriguing to see what time can do to a city, isn't it?"

I wanted to help. Even felt obliged to. Too long had I watched from the sidelines how the situation slowly spiraled out of control. I would never forgive myself if I had not at least tried to help. "I enjoyed myself yes, though I understand that enjoying myself was not the main focus of the evening. I want to offer my services, Gayle. Any way I can help, I want to." A frown appeared on my face and I slowed my pace before coming to a stop. "I need to help, really. I made a choice to shut myself off from our society. A conscious choice, made because of my current... situation." I wasn't sure whether speaking of Gwen around Gayle was a good idea. Most still looked down on any relationship with a human that wasn't for food or business. "I regret that decision because anything that seemed a risk back then pales in comparison to our current situation."

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Gayle Shaffer | Vampire; Ancient

Posted on Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:22 am

They’ll never truly be insignificant, though. It’s something I’ve fought on and off about myself - are we still human? It’s those little memories that make me think there is at least a small part of us, I said, before shooting him a grin to which, my ever present fangs would create the irony I was going for, whether that’s to be desired or not. Thousands of years, and the only way I knew to be comfortable with myself was to know the fluidity of myself. To know I would never have a definite answer, and I’d never want the same answer at any given moment. Currently, I comforted myself in the fact that I was both a human and a monster. Maybe it was the sun returning to my skin, but I loved being both. I loved enjoying the human comforts that I still could - expensive clothing, nice cars, and gorgeous vistas. My feelings toward my progenies were a mix of both, a human sense of pride and that indescribable connection the monster side of me, which made the relationships even more treasured in my mind.

It took a few silent steps before I could bring myself to answer his question. He was not a man I knew well directly, but word travels amongst our kind, and sometimes you could trust the picture that was painted. Ásgeirr was one known by many, but very rarely were words spoken of him, which rendered him either very intelligent, or to put it simply - lacking in drama. Or the most likely, both. That was the kind of man I trusted. I could easily lie to you on that subject. Perhaps a year ago, my answer to that question would be very similar to yours. And I can honestly tell you, I don’t even know for sure where that scene would be. Perhaps a bit south of France? I’ve returned only to find I’m still not quite sure. More steps, as a passing car caught my attention briefly. Would you believe me if I said I saw this very street earlier today? In the sunlight? I didn’t watch his face for reaction, at this point, even with my own kind, you could hear the body language, you could hear the change in voice.

Yes, and you’d think we would get used to it, wouldn’t you? Change I mean. Have you thought about this place in particular? The contrast of it, it’s what I love about it. In a way it feels like us - a structure that feels older than time, adorned with modernities of mankind.

I don’t think you should feel any guilt, Ásgeirr. I do wish I could be blind to what’s happening. I’m very glad you’re on board, however, even if it is your guilt I have to thank. I smiled at him briefly, then continued, The Supremacy thinks we can and should evolve. Admittedly, our kind has a few obvious deficiencies. And, I’ve taken some steps to remedy them, but there is a lot to be said for balance.

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Ásgeirr Haagan | Vampire; Senior

Posted on Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:00 pm

I nodded and returned her smile, yet mine was hollow, distant even. I had always struggled with humanity and what it meant. In my past, as a young vampire and even in my later years I had wondered if I was broken. Sophia's words were still an echo in my mind; vampires were not meant to feel emotion, to sympathize with their victims. Yet I did. Time and time again. Eventually, she didn't teach me to let go, she taught me to act. And so, slowly but surely, I became a very good actor. So good that at times I even convinced myself. "I often felt like my humanity was this piece of thread. And as long as I could hold it, it would remain. But sometimes I would have to reach so far that I almost lost sight of it." I paused for a moment. "What I want to say is... Some of us hold on, even if it's the thinnest, most fragile thread. Others simply let go without ever looking back." It had taken me quite some time to figure out what my thoughts were on the subject. That my humanity was not something to be ashamed of. "We are all responsible for our own humanity. And the fact that we, after all this time, still feel it. No matter how tiny that spark is... I think it makes us stronger, not weaker." 

If I was not standing still already, Gayle's statement would have stopped me dead in my tracks. It was hard to hide my amazement. I had seen and heard so many things in my lifetime so not a lot of things still surprised me. This, however, almost made me feel like my heart could have skipped a beat. "How?" There wasn't much else I was able to say at that particular moment. My mind was going wild and the silence that followed must have lasted only seconds but felt like it filled minutes. "I don't know what baffles me more. What you've just told me, or the fact that you told me."

I listened to her speak while remaining silent myself. How often had I dreamed about roaming freely, the sun touching my skin. I would not recommend a lifetime lacking in vitamin D. I mean... of course you get used to the darkness, but it is never the same. To fully appreciate darkness you need to see the light as well. 

"What else have you tried?" 

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Gayle Shaffer | Vampire; Ancient

Posted on Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:26 pm

How often was Mr. Haagan around humanity? I wasn’t going to hide the fact that his efforts were pointless. I don’t think it has to be that difficult, but of course, that depends on your definition of humanity. If you’re desire is to be kind, empathetic, even, remember that there are humans who murder and brutalize each other and they do not need our teeth or speed with which to do it. I’m not necessarily trying to change your mind, but perhaps I can make it less difficult for you. Was his definition of humanity realistic? Or even moreso, why did whatever he saw be only related to humans?

I wasn’t going to disagree with him, but I was much more selective. Just as I reserved my cruelty for those who earned it, the same could be said for my kindness. The rest didn’t matter. The rest were not worth the effort of my cruelty or kindness. And yes, perhaps my definition of cruelty was loose. I choose not to ignore my humanity, but I also choose not to ignore what I am. I won’t lie and tell you that I’m never cruel with my dinner, if that’s what you’re referring to.

I knew there would be some kind of reaction to my revelation although I didn’t know this man well enough to predict specifics. I turned to face him, appreciative that he had stopped. Of course what I was telling him was not just casual conversation. I was telling him for a reason. And you would be right to recognize I’m telling you for a reason. My invitations were well researched and I consider our unscheduled meeting tonight rather fortuitous. I stepped forward restarting our walk, since I was without a doubt that I held his attention. I don’t consider your invitation a gamble compared to the others, however, there are some things that we will need to do that even you might consider questionable. Including possibly working with the wolves. But you understand, the balance has been disrupted. And even being in our favor, that will not always be a good thing. That being said, I’m prepared to offer you a position of importance, which awards the benefits we’ve recently discussed if you want them.

The corners of my lips almost reflexively curled up as a human male passed and I was curious as to whether or not he would share a meal with me. Not of course, until after we’ve discussed these things of importance.


I can offer daywalking, however it comes at a price. You’ll be weaker as the protection from the sun requires at least half of your strength. I can also offer resistance to silver, but that comes at a price even if it is smaller. It’s a temporary treatment that has to be refreshed as would certain vaccinations. And it’s quite painful.

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