Friday, July 17, 2009

Character of the Week: Kaelin!

I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to our Character of the Week, the Marksman Kaelin. Kaelin, tell us about you.


I'm Kaelin Trevet. I'm my father's second son, twin to our Lord Seer. My rank is Ranger, First Marksman. That means I'm the top shot in the organization. It affords me some respect in Sentinel - more than a regular ranger - and that is everything to us. Our community is built on rigid rules of conduct and alliances as we're all demons and not to be trusted. Also, the Trevets in particular are not trusted within the organization. The family of the Seers would be outcasts if they didn't need Aidan's abilities so much. It makes rangers nervous when someone knows their secrets, as secrets are stock and trade in Sentinel.

Hundreds of years ago we decided to rebel against our maker, the demon Maliquium, who tried to turn us into an army against the humans we protect. But we suffer constant battle against our true nature. The rules help us with that. My father said I struggle more with it because I descend in a direct line from Maliquium himself, and also because I'm so young. My cousins don't seem to have the same problems with their temper that I do, though they are also direct descendants. But they're older, nearly a century old, so they've had a lot of time to practice. They're not perfect, though. Jason in particular is very intense when it comes to Aidan's wellbeing. And Aidan, well. He's different. He isn't bad like the rest of us.

For fun I like to shoot and read and spend time with women. I'm kind of like Bo in that way, I guess. I can't let myself get too close to anyone, though. The enemy has already used one human against me, and she died for it. I won't let that happen again.
The most important person to me is my brother Aidan. I can say that without reservation because the enemy has already tried to use us against each other, and of course Aidan knows how I feel about him. He's important to the war effort, but he's also important to me. I can't imagine my life without him, as annoying as he gets sometimes.

So my question to you is threefold: Who is the most important person to you and why, and what would your life be like without that person?

80 comments:

Mira said...

My apologies! The server was down so this is starting late - Kaelin, I ask your forgiveness.

Destiny was scheduled today, but needed to re-schedule. He had selected Kaelin for next week, and Kaelin graciously agreed to speak with us a week earlier.

So, thank you Kaelin. And I guess my question is: are you always so nice?!

Kaelin said...

Thank you.

I don't really think of myself as nice, but I try to always be courteous.

Kalila said...

Hi, Kaelin. Your job sounds pretty interesting. I might give something like that a try once I'm done being a rock star. When you're immortal, you have to keep branching out, looking for new things to try, otherwise life gets pretty boring.

No one is very important to me. Mortals die and immortals can't be trusted. It's best not to get attached.

Ricky said...

Uh...Kalila? I'm not important?

Kalila said...

Okay, Ricky. Geez.

My pet human, Ricky, is important to me. He promotes my band and does a pretty good job of it.

(Happy now, Ricky?)

Ricky said...

More like sorry I asked.

Ricky said...

Kaelin, I don't know that I'd enjoy a job like yours, but I envy you having a brother that you like. How do you manage that? You say Aidan is very different from you, but you get along anyway.

FLOWER said...

My most important person isn't around any more so I've got someone I only met 149 days ago.
He is beyond patient and kind. He's only been disappointed in me twice for refusing to go back to see shrinks - well, three times including the art therapist.
But he was furious when he found out what I said to Egg so I really rate him. He is always nice to me but not when I don't deserve it.
If I didn't have Will I'd be really messed up - right now I'm just ...horrible.
I wish I could be who I was before but with Will for sometimes.

Kaelin said...

Ricky, I try to be patient with him. But we don't always get along. With Aidan, nothing is off-limits. Nothing. So there've been times when I had to...correct him.

Aidan said...

You'd never guess that I'm the older brother.

Kaelin said...

Kalila:
I like shooting a lot. I haven't thought much about being immortal and getting bored with it. But then, we're at war so I could die any time.

Before I was a soldier I used to think about teaching. Maybe I'll get a chance to do that someday.

Kaelin said...

Flower,
I think being disappointed is part of relationships. But my dad taught me that disappointment doesn't have to mean the end.

Kalila said...

Teaching? You mean, like teaching things to humans? Does that ever work, and what would be the point?

Oh, I see Ricky is glaring at me. He thinks it's hard to teach things to demons. It's not, actually. We just don't always feel like listening.

Nevin said...

Well, I think it's beautiful that you care so much about your brother, Kaelin. We have to respect each others' differences and love each other anyway.

Kaelin said...

I suppose I would teach my own kind to be good rangers, to fight, or maybe I could teach them about humans. Rangers tend to sequester ourselves from humans as much as possible. I know some who've hardly ever talked to a human. But I grew up among them so to me they often feel more normal.

Kaelin said...

I have a great deal of respect for Aidan. I know he's important, and not just to me.

But when he leaves his towels all over the bathroom or the milk out on the counter I tend to get a little annoyed.

Aidan said...

A little? The last time I borrowed a shirt you broke my arm!!

Kaelin said...

It was a new shirt and you ripped it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kaelin

I don't have a brother.

You guys are cool.

Shadow

Kaelin said...

And don't you have a con-call with the Lord Prince this morning?

Aidan said...

Oh crap...he's going to kill me for being late again. Thanks Kae!

Kaelin said...

Thanks Shadow. You're cool too.

Ricky said...

So where do you live, Kaelin? It sounds a lot like my world, but different.

Kaelin said...

Right now I live in Southern California with my brother, sister, uncle and cousins.

We also have houses in the UK, Stockholm, and our father's house in Canada, which Aidan signed over to me after Dad died. I haven't been there in awhile. It's odd going back without my Dad there. It's very quiet, just my houseman Jorn.

When my dad lived there and was Lord Seer, it was a very busy place.

Anonymous said...

What's your favorite kind of gun?

Ricky said...

Okay, but I watch the news every morning and I never see anything about your battles. How do manage that?

Bo said...

You shouldn't watch the news, Ricky. You'll never learn anything interesting that way.

Kaelin, do you ever have any problems with human females getting too attached? Some of them get unreasonable expectations if you're not careful.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I read your thing. Are you bad?

Shadow

Kaelin said...

Anon:

Those are pictures of my guns culled from the Internet. For a pistol I like the MK 23 - the 12 round military version. (That's a Mark 23, civilian, pictured.) It's a great pistol.

I usually shoot an HK PSG-1, arguably one of the most accurate semi-auto rifles in production, though I had to customize the scope for my range. But I also have an MSG 90 and I like it too.

Probably more than you wanted to know. I could talk guns all day.

Kaelin said...

Ricky,
My targets are usually people and creatures outside the mainstream. I've never had a target come up on the news before--I pride myself in that. Sentinel goes to great lengths to protect ourselves from the press.

Kaelin said...

Hey Bo,

Yes. I tend to leave before they wake up.

Kaelin said...

Shadow,

"Bad" has to do with context. I have a job to do, one I'm particularly well-suited for. And I'm also a soldier at war, so you can put me in that context. (Though then people start considering what side you're on. I'm on the side of protecting humans.) But I'm a demon and it's not really in our nature to feel guilty.

I am dangerous. But not to you. In fact, I would be very dangerous to anyone who tried to harm you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kaelin

Okay.

Thanks. But you taught me. That was fun.

Shadow

Kalila said...

It's a good thing the humans have you to protect them, Kaelin. They don't always realize what a dangerous place the world is for them.

What's the most dangerous situation you ever had to rescue someone from?

Anonymous said...

I want to know about the girl!

Maxwell said...

Kaelin, guns too slow. Need bombs, need chemicals.

You want? I trade. You teach me to use guns.

Bo said...

Yeah, Kaelin, tell us about the girl. Any girl. I love to talk shop.

Kaelin said...

Kalila--
I had to rescue a Council Lord one time from an enemy encampment in the Philippines. Maliquium himself was there and a lot of his army. They'd taken over the bodies of some Filipinos and I had to eliminate all of them in order to help the team get him out. I didn't actually kill the human souls, by the way, just their bodies. They're as good as dead once they're possessed by a Simulacrum. Unfortunately, it really was too late for the Council Lord--they'd tortured him into insanity.

I mostly do a lot of pure eliminations and I've done some undercover work with the enemy.

Candy said...

Hey Kaelin, Do you still have a mother and what is she like?
I don't have anyone to care about now. I guess I never have. Not really. It's pretty lonely.

Charlene said...

So did I get this right, you're job is to protect humans from other demons??

Who matters most to me? I guess my folks and my god brother; they're the ones I worry about most of all if the Institute puts two-and-two together and links me to them.


-Brandon

Anonymous said...

Hi

I want to hear about the girl.

Shadow

Kaelin said...

Candy,
My mother is dead. Maliquium possessed her for years and finally killed her.

I'm sorry you miss your family. I'm surrounded by my family and I know I should be grateful, but I'm often just glad to be alone.

Aidan said...

I think you should tell them how you feel about Mom, Kae. Might be therapudic?

Kaelin said...

Aidan,
You know I have mixed feelings about her. On one hand, she was our mom and I guess I loved her to the extent that we can love.

I know you miss her, bro, more than me. But she took us from Dad and kept secrets from us.

Aidan said...

She was trying to protect us.

Kaelin said...

Yeah, well, that protection almost killed us, right? I know you think I should forgive her. But like Dad always said, it's not in our nature to forgive.

Kaelin said...

"The" girl? The one who died? Her name was Noelle. I met her when I was undercover with the enemy. I had to be nasty to her sometimes to keep my cover, but mostly I did my best to protect her. The other demons knew not to touch her, and I killed one of them for it once. She was beautiful, pale skin and blonde. Not terribly long in the personality department, though. She did some drugs.

Maliquium's lieutenant smothered her with a pillow in front of me when he found out I was still loyal to Sentinel.

Aidan said...

I don't think that's the kind of story Bo was looking for, Kae. Why don't you tell them about Ryanne?

Kaelin said...

Brandon,
It's not like I bodyguard for humans or any one human. We're in a global war with Maliquium and his army of Simulacrum. Sentinel broke with him so long ago because of humans, and in a general sense, we believe the world belongs to them, not to us or to Maliquium.

Marc said...

Well done everyone! This is the most I've ever heard Kaelin talk.

Carry on...

Jason said...

Yeah, tell us about Ryanne.

Kaelin said...

Ryanne is different. She's a ranger. She doesn't need my protection. And there's nothing between us anyway. Lord Oman would never allow it.

Anonymous said...

Hi

I want to hear about Ryanne. Is she pretty?

Shadow

Bo said...

You mean nothing between you and Ryanne like nothing between Kalila and Ricky? You can tell a fellow demon.

Anonymous said...

What do you look like?

Kalila said...

There is nothing between me and Ricky, Bo. At least not like what you mean. Quit insinuating!

Bo said...

Insinuating? Maybe you should quit inferring, Kalila.

So come on Kaelin. You can tell us about Ryanne. I bet she's sexy.

Jessie said...

What would your life be like without Aidan?

Kaelin said...

Anon,

I'm tall and my hair is blond, almost white from the sun. I let it grow long because Aidan does. I've been growing it since he went missing. Then when he got back we just never cut it. Our sister Lucy braids it for us. I'll probably cut it off the next time I go undercover though. I'm also dark-skinned, like him. My eyes are green or grey, depending on the light, which I guess sounds attractive, except I don't think they're particularly striking compared to other demons. Some rangers have eyes like jewels or stars.

Most people can't tell Aidan and I apart, even people who are close to us, unless we talk.

Aidan is left handed and I'm right handed. I have a lot more tattoos than he does: a triangle on my palm and six ankhs on my spine (that's a symbol of mourning for those we've lost--in my case 6 humans I had to kill.) I have scars from knife fights and the cage fighting I had to do when I was undercover. I also have a big scar from where a bullet passed through my shoulder. I don't go around without a shirt much. That's another way to tell Aidan and me apart--I usually wear clothes.

Kaelin said...

Jason's right. I'm not used to talking this much, especially about myself, unless I'm debriefing from a mission.

Ryanne. She's pretty, Shadow. She has dark hair, but she cut it off really short since her father died. That's sort of a tradition in Sentinel. Her eyes are like the other rangers' I mentioned--sort of crystalline, nearly colorless.

She's a very capable ranger.

Kaelin said...

Hi Jessie,

Something you have to understand about Aidan, he's always inside my head. We telepath constantly. Sometimes he shares the things he hears when it gets to him.

When the enemy took him and held him underground, the whole world went quiet for almost a year. And it felt ... I don't know. Empty. The world lost its vibrancy.

Avenging my parents is honorable. But avenging Aidan's death--that would be about making them pay. They'll beg to die far sooner than I'll let them, I swear.

Aidan said...

Revenge wouldn't bring me back, Kae, or even make you feel better.

Kaelin said...

It wouldn't be about me feeling better. It'd be about making them feel pain.

Anonymous said...

You sound hot.

What does it mean that you're a demon?

Kaelin said...

Thanks.

I look fairly human because the father of our race formed us in human image. But we have some abilities that humans might call magic, I guess, like binding our lives together in Covenants of Protection and Aidan's Sight. We also can be bound by markings made with our blood and fire rituals, like the Celtic Knot scar (it looks like a black tattoo, but it's actually a brand) that signifies us as rangers. If it's cut off our skin, we lose the essence of what we are and die soon-after. We're fairly immortal, as long as no one kills us.

Sensibility-wise, we don't have the range of emotions humans do, except for maybe hatred. Hatred fuels us like fire; I can literally feel it burning in my veins.

Does that answer your question?

Nevin said...

Hatred is such a negative emotion, Kaelin. I would think it would be damaging.

Kaelin said...

Hi Nevin,

I wish I were different sometimes, but I have no idea where to start. Most days I hope it's enough that I don't act on my anger.

Ricky said...

So, Kaelin, since you're so good at flying under the radar, so to speak, any chance you can help me out with my demons? Lazaro is getting pretty good at hiding the bodies of his victims, but I have a real problem with Vic leaving unconscious women lying in parking lots. He pretends like he understands how humans respond to a low hemoglobin count, but his behavior is something else again.

Kaelin said...

I think it's all in who the victims are. Don't pick people who will be missed or reported.

Ricky said...

Thanks, I'll tell them. I doubt it will do much good, though.

Gabby said...

wow, you make me and my street gangs seem small potatoes. Nice to have family though! Did they teach you how to fight? Good to have a brother to care about and something real to fight for. We always had to make up reasons to attack. Kind a stupid really but we had nothing else to do.
If is can get into that band things'll be different!

Kaelin said...

Gabby
My dad hired Rangers to teach me. The top marksman (at the time, he's since died) in Sentinel taught me to shoot. My mother raised us to be fighters though, in lots of subtle ways. And I learned hand-to-hand on Aidan. Having an annoying brother will do that.

Aidan said...

Lookee there, Kaelin Trevet made a joke. Record that in the Archives!

I'm taking Kaelin out for dinner and drinks. He's wiped from today and needs a break (the joke shows how loopy he's getting). We'll check in later.

Goran Njiric said...

Seems pretty interesting, Kaelin. You sound like a pretty alright fellow.

Those weapons you use sound like good ones for your time, admittedly, they are not space-friendly, but that is not something you would need to worry about.

Though, you seem to have a strange affection for German weapons. I suppose they are some of the best, though. Is the MSG-90 the Mexican-manufactured variant that has the slightly longer barrel?

Also, have you had any experience with a Mosin Nagant? I've got someone back on Earth who says that he'll let me take a few shots with his, but I'm honestly a bit afraid to be using 200-or-so year old guns.

Also, what's your opinion on caseless ammunition? We don't use it in the FGSS, but it seems like it would be a lot better to use an automatic than the revolvers we use to keep the cases from flying everywhere. Everyone I've asked just gives dismissive waves of their hands and mumbles something.

If you'd like a laugh, I can tell you what's in my kit; An Oliveira Arms ES-5 (it's just a lighter, slightly more durable upgrade of the AA-12 from what I presume is your time), and EE 10mm revolver (a single action, seven round revolver based on earlier S%W designs, but with a different 10mm cartridge. It's often seen as an extra maneuvering device in freefall, rather than an actual weapon).

They're giving m Chimoborazo Arms gyroc pistol soon as a replacement for the revolver, but I do not think you have those in your time. Do they?

Kaelin said...

Gorin

My dad had a Mosin Nagent in his collection. Don't know that I've ever shot it though. It'd take me a lifetime to shoot all the guns in his locker.

I tend to go for reliability in the field, so yeah, I have a lot of respect for German weapons. I guess my dad influenced me that way. I think I might actually own part of HK, but I haven't seen the paperwork for my investments since Dad died.

My rifle was made in Germany some years ago--hand made by one guy--we have connections, but I'm not sure where they're manufacturing now. The only thing I'm not crazy about is policing my casings from the gun--it throws them several meters. That's ok for the street (and I usually have an assistant to clean up) but I tend to use different guns in wooded locals, depending if I have to police them or not. Frankly, the gun ruins the casings enough to make it pretty difficult for even a good forensic read, but my gun isn't very common so I have to be careful that it doesn't get traced back to me. Sentinel is a landless political state but we'd be considered terrorists by the ignorant and we can't afford to go to war with the humans too. They outnumber us badly.

I'm partial to rifles, but yours sounds like a good gun. As for pistols, the MK 23 is pretty much bomb proof (sorry Maxwell) and waterproof, so it suits my needs really well. I'll pick up a throw-away 10mm pistol for some jobs though. Sometimes I can't have my grooves coming back to bite me in the ass, and forensics is just getting better and better.

I guess you don't need waterproof in space, though, huh?

Do you mean you actually fire your weapon to maneuver in space? Isn't that kind of risky? Or are you usually alone?

Kaelin said...

Thanks everyone, btw, and Mira for hosting.

Sorry I didn't get back here last night. Aidan is still asleep from staying up all night and I just got back from... well. I'm not sure what her name was.

Thanks again.

Goran Njiric said...

Ah. I see. It is good that you own so fine a quality of weapon. An assistant does seem like a good thing to have, does the assistant normally act as your spotter? I'm not much for rifles, as we don't have much open space out here to use them. I wish I could say I had a fascination with them, but I'm just now learning things.

10mm is a good, powerful round, but it can mess with you if you're not used to it. I'm sure you don't have to worry about that, though.

As for firing in space, we have four maneuvering devices. Our bodies themselves (not recommended), Meyer sticks (Clarke called 'em broomsticks), propellant gauntlets, and our revolvers.

Normally we use the stick and gauntlet, but the pistol is amazingly useful for changing vectors in an emergency, as well as slowing down during the same.

We don't use them inside, for the most part, as the penetration can be risky; that's what the shotguns are for, with variable rounds.

All of our weapons can be used in vacuum; they have a minimum of moving parts and can function without lubrication. Ultimately, that's why we use single-action revolvers rather than automatics; fewer moving parts, and more rounds can be put through before heat expansion kicks in.

Normally, if we are using it to maneuver, we are in clear groups. Suit interfaces that help us change our vectors also keep track of crewmates. The guns aren't as powerful as some of the micrometeorites around here, so most shots that end up inevitably aimed at ships or hitting them tend to do nothing.

Kaelin said...

re: 10mm. I like knowing what I'm shooting is going to be dead. :) Also, if I'm really intent on hiding my identity, I use something entirely different than my normal gun.

I can't imagine trying to aim and shoot in weightlessness. Very interesting.

It's good talking guns. My family just isn't that interested--they're mostly serviceable shots, except for Aidan. He's pretty well useless. Too much bow training and there are differences in stance and breathing patterns that he can't seem to overcome. But between his Sight, his speed (beyond normal human speed), draw weight, and his big broadheads, he could take down a charging bull moose if he had to.

Goran Njiric said...

10mm generally is pretty good for that, unless you're using the old kind of ammo made for old S&W pistols; they weren't nicknamed Short & Weak because they had unsung qualities.

Aiming is the easy part. Shooting is easier; the recoil doesn't spin you as bad as you would expect. The hard part is lining it up along your center of mass so that it won't spin you while you're not braced against anything.

Turning your whole body around can be tricky, though. That's where the gauntlet and the stick help. The stick is easier, since you can use it like a processing flywheel to turn yourself around.

As for talking about guns, I normally don't get to do it much either, despite being on a ship full of espatiers and the like. Many are skilled, and some are interested in teaching, but a lot of them have their own things to do.

Such is life.

As for bows, they creep me out, like swords. Why would anyone want to go back to such a terrifying, personal method of weaponry?

Mira said...

Kaelin, thank you so much! I really appreciate that you took the time, on such short notice.


Thank you, thank you!

And Destiny will host in the future for sure.

Kaelin has asked Maxwell to be next week's character of the month. Will Maxwell's author please contact me?

Thanks!