OOC: Atlantis Arising [M]
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September 25th, 2011 (1:54 AM). Edited September 25th, 2011 by Swolligator.
Butcher of the Sands
Name: Michael Cale
Location: Lancaster, Lancashire, England, Great Britain
Physical: The thing most people acknowledge when they see Michael is his blonde streaked hair. Naturally a dark blonde bordering on brown, his hair is most often considered “dirty” blonde however the blonde streaks in his hair make it look somewhat lighter. Of course, the streaks aren’t natural, so to maintain the colour, he gets his hair streaked about two to three times a year. Soft to the touch naturally, his hair falls slightly over his ears and just obscures his eyebrows while it lightly touches the collar of any collared shirts he wears. Behind a pair of thin framed glasses are the biggest anomaly of Michael; his eyes. Due to a lack of pigmentation in his irises, Michael’s eye colour changes constantly; more often than not when he is using one of his “Multi-Visions” which can stand out quite a bit. A fairly square and thick jawline that is almost constantly covered in stubble means that Michael often appears older than he is.
An above average build of muscularity shows Michael’s preference for training at the gym, something he does often, and eating healthily. However, unlike body builders, Michael does not have 'over the top muscles', but is rather quite defined in his muscularity. Being somewhat physically active means that Michael is slightly tanned, or though with the weather in Lancaster, tanning is something hard to do. In contrast to his muscular build, he has somewhat 'thin' fingers, better used for dealing with electronics or getting into nooks and crannies, but also good for typing on keyboards; something he does a lot of.
Michael's wardrobe is not one full of many colourful clothes. Partially due to his slight inability to see the full spectrum of colours, but also due to the fact that black, white and grey are the easiest colours to blend together, his wardrobe consists of many clothes in these shades. As far as shirts go, Michael wears a plain dark grey long-sleeved shirt beneath a buttoned black shirt. Many of his clothes contain no brands, slogans or pictures, since Michael prefers the plain colours which allow him to blend in more. Over top of his grey shirt is an unbuttoned black shirt that has long sleeves as well and a thin hood which he let's sit over top of the black leather jacket he wears often. When it gets cold, Michael will button up his shirt then zip up his leather jacket, but never does he pull up the hood of his shirt - a little quirk he has.
Due to the paleness of his legs when contrasted to the rest of his body and the weather in Lancaster, Michael prefers to wear pants. On quite formal occasions, he will wear a pair of straight cut jeans, and in casual occasions, his jeans are boot cut. His preference for these two sizes being that he can move his legs more, in case the time for defence was needed, or so he could run away. On a more personal side, he dislikes the comfort and feel of 'tighter' cut jeans. Apart from jeans, he does possess several pairs of black pants as well as black work pants alongside a couple of pairs of cargo pants, however these pare mostly in varying shades of grey. He also has a pair of black parachute pants, something he does not wear often, yet still likes to wear.
As far as shoes go, he wears a pair of black leather work shoes, which he finds annoying and uncomfortable, however they are part of the uniform for his work. When not working, he wears either a dark brown pair or black pair of cross trekkers, all dependant on what he his wearing at the time. To suit the colour scheme, all his socks are either white, black or grey.
As far as accessories go, Michael wears a silver analogue watch on his right hand, despite being right handed. A pointed labret piercing points out from below his lip in the centre; his one and only piercing.
Michael’s Atlantean tattoo appeared at the top of his spine several days after feeling the burning sensation in the back of his eyes. Shown in an attachment below, it appears somewhat similar to his younger sisters; albeit reversed.
The irony between Michael and his ability though is the fact that several years ago, he was diagnosed with Partial Colourblindness, meaning that not all the colour cones in his eyes were full, so the entire spectrum of colours that other people can see is limited; his trouble being mostly in shades of colours where one clour becomes another. For this he wears a pair of thin glasses that help him to differenciate colours by making up for the lack.
Michael is the kind of person who has to see something to believe it. People could tell him something truthful and unless he saw for himself, he would not believe the person or people. This is good since it means that he does not fall for lies easily, but bad as most people see this as trust issues. However it is safe to say he does have trust issues and unless he trusts someone, he will quite often create a façade to hide himself, more of a defensive measure than anything. Alongside this, he chooses not to get close to people, for the people he had come close to before he had felt hurt by. To obtain Michael's trust is something not many people get easily; it can even take years for Michael to trust someone.
One of his better qualities is his protectiveness. Mainly over his little sister long ago, the protectiveness is still there, often for girls whom remind him of his younger sister and close friends of his; not that he has many. If he saw a young girl around his sister's age being harassed in public, he would quickly step in to protect her; something of an automatic response. His one weakness to this though would be his sister; if anything was to happen to her, even though he hasn't talked to her in ages, he would hunt down whoever was responsible for hurting her and deal with them. Despite the distance, even now he would quickly resume talking to her if he knew where she was.
Michael's instincts however have long since taught him to flee and leave the past behind. In a situation where things could seem too much, he will often run away than face them full on unless it came to his sister; self-preservation is what he has been doing for the past several years and it has kept him alive this far. His lack of close bonds makes it easier for him to run away if the need arises. His independent attitude of relying nearly solely on himself rather than on others means that he does not often require others to help him out; but would still accept help in any given form.
One thing he is good at and loves to do is write. Writing is Michael's form of keeping himself alive and in a stable state of mind. When he was younger and first moved to England, he began writing a story about him and his sister travelling the world and going on amazing adventures. Later once he lost contact with his sister it changed to a darker approach of himself fighting against the world in an alternate universe he created. Even to date he still keeps his old writing and continues to write and improve and eventually hopes to release a novel.
No matter how much he wished, Michael had been subjected to a fairly normal life; something he saw in both a positive and a negative way. He always wished that something would happen that would change the daily grind of his somewhat boring existence since he was a young child.
Born to a Canadian Mother and an English Father in Toronto, Michael had a fairly good start to his life; having no birthing problems and two loving, caring parents. Up until the age of four, Michael had been living in Toronto with his parents and later younger sister whom at the age of only a couple of months at Michael's fourth birthday. Michael took a shining to his younger sister, looking out for her as they grew older and helping his parents with taking care of her. He was perhaps the ultimate older brother, and he loved taking care of his younger sister. After the Toronto Riots, Michael's family moved from their home in Canada to a little town in northern Spain near the French border. Up until their move, Michael had only learnt French and English.
At that sort of age, the move did not bother Michael much, and so he adapted to living in Spain, attending school at the age of five. Around home he spoke English and French and at school he learnt to speak Spanish which he picked up quite clearly. Michael spent the next seven years in Spain with his family, becoming ever more so protective of his sister as he grew older; watching out for her at school and out in public. Quite often he had stepped in when she was being harassed by local boys who weren't so fond of foreigners. Not one for popularity, Michael made several friends while at school yet remained somewhat distant from many people. It wasn't really a problem, not until he began distrusting his friends; to them this was somewhat of a shock. Around the age of eleven, Michael had begun to develop and follow a different path, something inside him changed and he took some drastic changes.
His parents saw these changes, and began to worry about Michael. They did not know what was wrong with him and when they asked him about it, he denied anything. In order to resolve the issue, he was sent to a boarding school in England, one his father had been to when he was a kid, his parents hoping that it would help turn Michael in to a good person. However, the distance not from his family, but from his sister took a toll on him. For two years he refused to talk to his parents and would only talk to his younger sister, making sure that she was okay and unhurt. She missed him too and wanted him to return, but he made a promise to her that he would be waiting for her in England, and do his best.
When he was sixteen, life turned around for Michael. The first shock came to him when his parents rang up to tell him that his sister was attending a French Girls Academy in Southern France, a somewhat prestigious academy and although he was happy for his sister, he was disappointed that she did not follow him to England, after they had promised to be reunited in time. This fracture between his sister and himself accelerated his distrust of what people say. Because of the school's policy, he was not allowed to communicate with her for the first year, and so a rift opened up between them and Michael hasn't talked to his sister even at the age of twenty; they never resumed contact.
After that, one crisis followed the next. His father called him in the middle of the night to tell Michael he was returning to England and would be arriving the following evening. Despite inner protest and the natural curiosity, Michael met his father at the airport. Upon arrival, his father broke down in tears in the middle of Heathrow Airport, and after moving his father, learned that his mother had been killed in a terrorist attack in Madrid while on vacation. Michael shed no tears for his dead and estranged mother. His father had had a funeral before he left for England, so any hopes of meeting his long lost sister at a funeral were dashed away.
Once he had his father back up on his feet, Michael left his father alone at Heathrow Airport, much like Michael had arrived. He since turned his back on his family and refused to keep contact with them; locking his emotions away in a box. He changed his last name to 'Cale' and continued to finish his school years.
When the Atlanteans revealed their existence, Michael was at the age of nineteen. He woke in the middle of the night to feel his eyes burning. Suffering in silence, he held himself together through the pain as his eyes changed dramatically with the dawning of his new abilities. Once over, he went to see an eye doctor and found that overnight he had become 'Partially Colour-blind', meaning that he could still see colours, yet he found it hard to differentiate between shades (like Dark Blue and Dark Purple, etc.) and was prescribed with a pair of glasses to help make up for the change. He soon learnt that the burning in his eyes had changed his own sight for the good, and now found himself able to switch between different visions as well as a wide array of positive and negative side effects.
Michael’s ability is very strange and intriguing; even he does not know the extent of his ability and after having several years of possessing it, is still finding out new things about it. Michael has something he dubs, “Multi-Vision”, although this isn’t quite true. Through this ability, Michael is able to switch between different types of vision. Apart from the common vision he shares with many other people, he can see heat signatures in Infra-Red Vision; see in the dark with Night Vision, as well as Ultra-Violet Vision. On occasions he has been able to access a sort of X-Ray Vision, allowing sight through solid objects such as clothing and walls, yet the thicker and denser a wall, the more obscure his vision becomes.
As a positive side effect from having his ability, Michael is able to constantly see the emotional aura’s of people around him while he is in his “Normal Vision” mode. Unable to fully interpret a person’s emotions through their aura’s, he can identify some main emotions as well as identify other’s whom have abilities like him. The other side effect he has found is a somewhat eidetic memory; able to remember nearly all that he perceives and an increased ability of “speed reading”.
Negative side effects from using some of the more strenuous abilities are the strain that is done to his eyes. Sometimes his eyes will bleed, other times his vision might blur and not return to normal for a period ranging from a couple of minutes to days. Eventually, if Michael was to use his powers long enough and often enough, he could eventually lose his sight altogether; something Michael has come to realise as a high possibility.
But Michael has the potential to do so much more; he just needs to learn how to access the greater reaches of his ability. Making things implode and explode by concentrating on them is not far out of his reach. Being able to see from another person’s point of view could also be quite possible, but something that would need to be worked on, not anything he could pick up quickly.
However if Michael was to become fully dependant on his own abilities, he could easily be deceived. Relying on what he perceives and not on what he truly sees could be his ultimate downfall. To see something that is not there or to be tricked into perceiving something is not what it is, is all too easy for Michael to fall into the trap.
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