Rictus

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Rictus

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Full Name: Rike Lehmann
Birthdate: August 5, 1986
Apparent Age: Late 20s
Occupation: Singer for Eulogy for Apathy
Virtue: Mettle
Vice: Egotistical
Threshold: Torn
Archetype: Celebrant
Geist: The Spoonman
Keystone: Murder Spoons
Krewe: Mors' Dirige Kharon's Lucerna


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Words of Inspiration

"I got this feeling I'm gonna die before I get old. I don't know why. I just have this feeling." - Sid Vicious

"A spark neglected makes a mighty fire." - Robert Herrick

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense


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Sounds of Inspiration

Hozier - Arsonist's Lullabye

When I was a child I heard voices,
Some would sing and some would scream,
You soon find you have few choices,
I learned the voices died with me

When I was a child I'd sit for hours,
Staring into open flame
Something in it had a power,
Could barely tear my eyes away.

All you have is your fire,
And the place you need to reach,
Don't you ever tame your demon,
But always keep him on a leash.

When I was sixteen my senses fooled me
I thought gasoline was on my clothes
I knew that something would always rule me
I knew the scent was mine alone

All you have is your fire,
And the place you need to reach,
Don't you ever tame your demon,
But always keep him on a leash.

When I was a man I thought it ended
When I knew love's perfect ache,
But my peace has always depended,
On all the ashes in my wake.

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Arguments
  • (2016.12.13)
Elephant In The Room: To Catch A Tiger
  • (2016.12.16)
A Walk in the Dark
  • (2016.12.18)
The Iceman Cometh: Party Crashed
  • (2017.01.13)
The Power of Crazy
  • (2017.02.05)
Praxis Court - February 2017
  • (2017.02.11)
Dead Man's Party
  • (2017.02.18)
What Everyone Wants To Do
  • (2017.02.22)
You Say You Want a Revolution
  • (2017.03.05)
Deathlords and Kings
  • (2017.03.06)
Mohawks, Lead pipes and Rictus grins
  • (2017.03.09)
Mommy and Daddy Dearest
  • (2017.03.11)
The Aardvark Job
  • (2017.03.17)
The Spoonman Murders Pt. 1
  • (2017.03.18)
Midnight Visitor
  • (2017.03.25)
Rictus and Reese Go to 7-Eleven
  • (2017.03.26)
Mors' New Kids on the Block
  • (2017.03.29)
Hello Dad, I'm in Jail!
  • (2017.04.02)
Open Mic Night at the Diviest-Dive
  • (2017.04.07)
Under the World
  • (2017.04.08)
Rictus and Marie's Krewe Binding
  • (2017.04.15)
Skull Island: Zombie Island Adventure Park
  • (2017.04.20)
Skull Island: A Wretched Place
  • (2017.04.23)
Off to See the River
  • (2017.04.27)
Spoonman Murder Resolved
  • (2017.04.29)
The arrival of the Grail Knights
  • (2017.05.11)
Krewe Comes Together
  • (2017.05.13)
Stig's Induction
  • (2017.05.20)
The Taking of Moosetown Pt. 3
  • (2017.05.21)
Suicide King Pt. 1
  • (2017.05.23)
So That's What Happens
  • (2017.05.24)
What Could Go Wrong?
  • (2017.05.27)
Learning to Tag
  • (2017.05.27)
An Expedition to Oppia
  • (2017.05.28)
Suicide King Pt. 2
  • (2017.05.29)
Up or Down?
  • (2017.05.30)
Moosetown Is Going Down
  • (2017.06.02)
In the Name of Love
  • (2017.06.11)
Kilo and Rictus Tell All
  • (2017.06.18)
How to Make Dead Paper
  • (2017.06.24)
The Phoenix Job
  • (2017.06.24)
Krewe Intentions: I Never...
  • (2017.06.28)
Real Estate in the Underworld
  • (2017.07.08)
The Farm - Delvers Gotta Delve
  • (2017.07.16)
The Science of Rebellion
  • (2017.07.20)
Spook's and Kee's Jail House Blues
  • (2017.07.21)
Finding the Boss
  • (2017.07.24)
Club Dead: Visitors From Above 2
  • (2017.07.26)
Club Dead: Visitors From Above 3
  • (2017.07.29)
Grand Theft Auto Moosetown Edition
  • (2017.08.01)
Shop Madness
  • (2017.08.03)
Coffee and Tunes
  • (2017.08.04)
A Midnight Detour
  • (2017.08.06)
Ground Zero
  • (2017.08.19)
On the Banks of the River of Hate
  • (2017.08.20)
The Road to Sid's Vicious Jacket 4
  • (2017.08.20)
The Road to Sid's Vicious Jacket 3
  • (2017.08.20)
The Road to Sid's Vicious Jacket 2
  • (2017.08.20)
The Road to Sid's Vicious Jacket 1
  • (2017.08.21)
Repo'd at the Gallows
  • (2017.08.23)
Snozzbreaker Goes Adventuring
  • (2017.08.24)
My God, It's Full of Bugs
  • (2017.08.27)
The Children of Vulcan
  • (2017.08.30)
Snozzbreaker Goes Adventuring Part Two
  • (2017.09.05)
Corpse Brides at The Gallows
  • (2017.09.16)
The Vanquish Job
  • (2017.10.01)
Second Chance Society Forest Gathering
  • (2017.10.13)
Hashing Out Plans
  • (2017.10.14)
Politically Incorrect Pt. 1
  • (2017.10.14)
U-Turn
  • (2017.10.24)
Taking Names
  • (2017.10.26)
The Shadow Merchant meets Rictus
  • (2017.10.27)
(Not So) Fresh Talent
  • (2017.11.01)
Mini-We
  • (2017.11.03)
The Shadows Are Coming - Dark
  • (2017.11.03)
Diner Explosion Investigation
  • (2017.11.05)
Friends in Low Places Pt 1
  • (2017.11.05)
Cannibal XXXX
  • (2017.11.07)
The Trouble With Accountants
  • (2017.11.09)
Nic-Nic Breaks it Down: The Slasher Kills
  • (2017.11.09)
Christmas Crackers
  • (2017.11.12)
The Inquisitive Dead
  • (2017.11.12)
Bye Bye Miss Geisty
  • (2017.11.12)
How Rictus Got His Groove Back
  • (2017.11.12)
Good times with Bad Drugs
  • (2017.11.14)
Charles
  • (2017.11.18)
Flesh Fair: Castle Orlok
  • (2017.11.19)
Friends in Low Places Pt 2
  • (2017.11.23)
Free Thanksgiving Dinner 2017
  • (2017.11.23)
Operation Bluebird: The Van Retrieval Mission
  • (2017.11.23)
Dues Ex Spatula
  • (2017.11.24)
A Ghostly Thanksgiving
  • (2017.11.27)
Lab Gate Discussions 1
  • (2017.11.28)
Lab Gate Discussions 2
  • (2017.11.30)
Clocked
  • (2017.12.01)
The Curse of Sint - The Streets
  • (2017.12.02)
Recon at Oppia
  • (2017.12.03)
Unlikely Heroes
  • (2017.12.03)
A Past that Haunts
  • (2017.12.05)
Ho-Ho-Homies
  • (2017.12.07)
How to Outlive a Legend
  • (2017.12.08)
The Great Christmas Tree Thievery
  • (2017.12.09)
Cemetery Crawl
  • (2017.12.10)
Who the Fuck is Alice?
  • (2017.12.11)
Toy Store Heist
  • (2017.12.12)
Homeless Holmes and the First-Time Tattoo
  • (2017.12.13)
The Raven King -- Rumours Spread
  • (2017.12.14)
Molly finds a navigator
  • (2017.12.15)
The Raven King -- New Plans
  • (2017.12.15)
The Raven King -- Houston, We have a Problem 1
  • (2017.12.16)
A Meeting Of Criminal Minds
  • (2017.12.16)
New-Old Family for the Kings
  • (2017.12.17)
The Raven King -- It's Elementary, Holmes
  • (2017.12.18)
SOLD!
  • (2017.12.20)
Sold for a Song
  • (2017.12.21)
Amor Eterno
  • (2017.12.23)
The Raven King -- Voodoo Shuffle
  • (2017.12.27)
The Shadows Are Coming - Kate's Revelation
  • (2017.12.27)
The Taking of Moosetown Pt. 4
  • (2017.12.28)
A Crooked Mile - The Messenger
  • (2017.12.29)
TWTWTW - The Marriage of Rictus
  • (2017.12.29)
Employee of the Year
  • (2017.12.30)
Fugitive's Night Out
  • (2017.12.31)
Firebugs at the Firefly
  • (2018.01.01)
The Taking of Moosetown pt 5
  • (2018.01.04)
Dying to Know
  • (2018.01.05)
Marriage on the Rocks, Shadows in the Alley
  • (2018.01.06)
Club Dead - Pilot Episode
  • (2018.01.07)
Ambushed!
  • (2018.01.09)
Escape from Oppia
  • (2018.01.11)
Sprichst du Deutsch?
  • (2018.01.14)
The Enforcer
  • (2018.01.19)
Cannibalism - The Food of Love
  • (2018.01.20)
A Ghost Parrot from Paradise
  • (2018.01.27)
Questioning the Ex
  • (2018.02.05)
Berlin Channel Binding
  • (2018.02.06)
Time Out Arcade
  • (2018.02.11)
The Marriage of Kilo and Rictus
  • (2018.02.17)
Maslenitsa
  • (2018.02.18)
Las Lomas - A Blast from the Past
  • (2018.02.18)
Meanwhile in Pompeii
  • (2018.02.26)
Bank Heist Debacle
  • (2018.03.18)
Dead Zone Induction: Holmes


Fuel

"If you could be either God’s worst enemy or nothing, which would you choose?”
- Chuck Palahniuk; Fight Club


Once, in Berlin, there was a boy whose father liked to beat the crap out of him on a regular basis. Until, at the age of 15, his father beat him one too man times and he snapped, killing the man.

Three years later, Rike was released from the system and he formed a band called Eulogy for Apathy, with the intent to inspire people into rising up against The Man, ending apathy. The band took off, becoming extremely popular in first Germany and then in Europe.

Seven years later, Eulogy for Apathy was touring the world, and was a hit in the United States, where they eventually settled down due to their singer becoming a vampire's Ghoul. That is, until his Regnant departed.

Rike's temper and inclination towards violence became a well known thing, as well as his inclination to sleep with anything that moves. People told him that it would get him killed one of these days.

Turns out people were correct.

Fire

  • Fame
    The lead singer for a post-modern industrial-punk band that's heavy into anarchy and vocally anti-government. Originally from Germany, Eulogy for Apathy has grown in popularity around the world (Fame 3). It's rumored that even his band doesn't like him, but the man has talent. A new album is being released soon. (For those interested, this band was inspiration.)
  • Notoriety
    Sometimes being famous has its drawbacks. All of his altercations with the law and all his jail time is public record. Assault, arson, destruction of public property, destruction of private property, patricide. There's even a rumor that a SWAT team swarmed his place and he was hauled off to prison for drug and weapons charges that were mysteriously dropped.
  • Anarchist
    He believes that all authoritarian systems need to be destroyed. From the ashes, something greater, something truly for the people, will be born. Fires, explosions, riots - they're all part of the process. He also runs a shop called Kitchen, Home, and Garden, which, while 100% legit, carries everything an aspiring anarchist might need.
  • Firestarter
    Where he goes, things tend to end up burning. He really, really likes fire.
  • Gangster
    An up and coming member of the Southside Kings. What started as a 'why not?' has turned into something more. The Kings are his family, and he'll defend them with all he's got. God help those that cross them.
  • Former Ghoul
    Vampires are assholes. Yet he was bound to one for a time. He has mixed feelings on the matter, but he does have knowledge of their ways, most of which he disagrees with.
  • Dead
    He got himself murdered. Oops. And now he's stuck with the ghost of a serial killer who claims to be a revolutionary and who lies, lies, and lies. But, hey, they're gonna save the world whether Geisty-poo likes it or not.
  • Delver
    He's a Delver. He has impressive knowledge of the Underworld, and is willing to help people navigate it, or to go in himself and locate what needs to be located. Oddly enough, he seems to be pretty friendly with a number of Ferrymen.
  • Narcissistic
    Dying didn't help his ego. If anything, it made it worse.
  • Music
    He runs Just For The Record, despite it being previously run by his ex-girlfriend. JFTR is a local record shop with a punk twist. Not only can you get vinyls, but there's a bar, a recording studio, and people with the connections to get you noticed. Local bands are supported, and perform regularly.
  • The Gallows
    The previous manager off doing good, someone has to run the place. While he's not the owner, he's managing the place, and it's clear that he genuinely cares about it. Starting trouble there could end poorly, but if he likes you, it's not hard to score some free drinks.


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The Crowd

Kilo
My best friend. My partner in crime. My wife. My fucking everything.


Darius
Oh shit, I'm the /good/ cop! This ought to be fun.


Eydis
So /that's/ what happens when you give a Viking cocaine. I like it.


Faukes
What a way to get fucking famous.


Frankie
I saw that smile.


Gio
Hello, friend. Where'd you go?


Gwyndolyn
Meets life fucking head on. Refreshing.


Holmes
He's learning.


Isrieal
Wouldn't be any shadows without a fucking fire.


Kate
I think she likes me.


Molly
Trust her with my life, and my secrets.


Nemo
My explosives just got a whole lot more colorful.


Nicole
Truth or Dare master.


Stefan
Employee of the fucking year.


Vandal
So much in common, yet so different.


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The Spoonman

The Spoonman was a real man who became something of an urban legend. In Berlin, in the late 1700s and early 1800s, there was a serial killer. As he approached his victims, he would tap two spoons together, making a clinking sound. Sometimes, he just terrorized people with the sound. Sometimes he simply mutilated his victims, leaving them to remember that sound for the rest of their lives. Most of the time, he murdered them in an exceptionally violent manner. No one ever saw his face. And then he would then use the spoons to remove their eyes. Because those that can't see, can't tell.

He was eventually apprehended and executed in 1812. His passion for murder, however, was strong. He came back. First, as a ghost, but that need was too strong. He became a Geist. Over time, many of his anchors were lost and he grew more and more erratic. He took over other serial killers. He caused a lot of deaths. And eventually, he came to Rictus' father. He turned that man into a murderer (Rictus never knew the true story about his mother's death, or that his father was linked to others). That violence caused him to beat Rictus mercilessly. Constantly. Until one day Rictus snapped.

Rictus had good timing, although he didn't know it. The Geist was weak. It'd pushed too much, drained itself. And Rictus was able to kill his father. Unfortunately, that caused his father to become a Wretched. Fortunately, a couple Sin-Eaters in the area got onto him and put him out of his misery, releasing the Geist. This led to some issues with the investigation, which led to Rictus getting it pretty easy in the end, judicially.

The Spoonman did not forget, however. And as Rictus built his own career, the Geist regain its strength. The Spoonman is determined, and passionate, and revenge is a passion. Now, fifteen years later, he's strong enough to take another, and he has Rictus in his scope. So he's in the background, manipulating things to get Rictus killed. Encouraging it. And then he will have his revenge. Of course, he's going to lie. And believably, since he knows Rictus so well.

As far as Rictus knows, the Geist is a revolutionary. They saw Rictus' spirit and thought his death came too soon. They want to work with Rictus to inspire others, to fight, to bring about revolution. Which isn't true at all. The Spoonman only wants violence and bloodshed. But he sees how much Rictus /believes/, and that idealism can be manipulated. Combine that with Rictus' anger management issues and volatile nature, and the Spoonman might just be back in business. Or perhaps he's underestimated Rictus? Time will tell.